The first selfie ever taken captured Pisces Robert Cornelius, at the moment of his Saturn Return. Sadly, it was also when he turned away from invention. It is the first known deliberate photograph of a human.
From Saving The Work Of Robert Cornelius:
Cornelius was an innovator at the intersection of art and science, driven by the desire to bring photography to the forefront. The new medium caught on quickly in Philadelphia for commercial use, but it was still years away from being a reliably profitable venture. After Cornelius opened his studio on Ranstad Street in 1841, he abandoned photography three years later, presumably broke and frustrated, and went back to working for his family’s lamp-making business.
On the back of his image, he wrote: “the first light picture ever taken.” Cornelius went on to become, apparently, a pillar of the local Presbyterian Church. It is kind of cool to imagine what he would make of today’s selfie culture but sad to think that his passion could not become his core work.
Aptly, for a pioneer, he had Uranus conjunct his North Node. And, despite his segue into something less innovative, that Saturn Return first selfie moment secured him enduring fame, albeit subtle.
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