Somehow I missed the release of the television series Strange Angel, about the fascinating lives of Jack Parsons and Marjorie Cameron. They wrote Songs For The Witch Woman together. I posted about them a while back in The Rocket Scientist and the Witch. Read that post for more on their extremophile existence and synastry. But looking to find more about this latest incarnation of their fiercely Uranian lives I found a fantastic Marjorie Cameron astrology morsel.
By the 1970s, Cameron’s interest in astrology came to the fore. Parsons, who has a crater on the moon named after him, had imparted to her the importance of astrology as a magical tool, and as Lipschutz told me, she began to dress for the cosmos, wearing colors that corresponded with the moon’s phases. “It was a very serious belief system for her.”
In 1978 she started working on a series of drawings known as Pluto Transiting the 12th House, which refers to a position in the zodiac when we start ruminating on death and past lives. These drawings — perhaps her most unusual work — are like recorded transmissions from the ether; feather-light lines that move up and down, subtly shifting to create random, moire-like patterns as though guided by an invisible current.
Marjorie Cameron Astrology Factor Number One – Pluto Ruled Her
This is the artwork below. Though I think Cameron is fascinating, a madly Outer Planet Person, I am not feeling this artwork. And though I have Pluto transiting my 12th House until the 2030s. I also don’t agree with the “ruminating on death and past lives” take on it. My delineation for it, from my transits astrology report, is below. The painting is entitled Pluto Transiting The 12th house – 1978 to 1986.
Pluto In the 12th House
Pluto in the 12th brings power and deep connection to Quintessence, or Source Vibe. You’re inspired to tread dark paths of your psyche and confront aspects of your self that you would usually glide past with your collar up, hoping not to be recognized. It’s deadset the most regenerative transit possible, if you don’t try to block off your powers or wall up your raw vitality and realness. If you do? You lose energy, you become rootless. It’s an astral passage for calling back in your Shadow Selves, reclaiming all of you. It’s wholeness.
Though even a cursory scan of her hyper-rich, manic and magical life reveals the zany and Moon-Uranus nature of it, she was Plutonic. Pluto ruled her Ascendant, was conjunct her North Node and trine the Moon. As this snip from Cameron: Wormwood Star shows, Uncle Pluto showed up early in her life.
The night of Cameron’s birth was surrounded by chaos; there was a terrible thunderstorm and her father got drunk and attempted suicide because he thought his wife was dying. Her grandmother, a staunch churchwoman, believed Cameron to be a child of the devil because of her fiery red hair.
One Night She Saw A Ghostly Process Of Four White Horses Float By Her Window
As a child, Cameron began to have strange and powerful visions that were so vivid, she could not be sure if they were real or imaginary. One night from her bedroom, she saw a ghostly procession of four white horses float by her window. Later she could recall these dreams in detail and was able to capture this in her artwork and poetry. In a letter to the magician and Aleister Crowley associate Jane Wolfe, she mentions finding “a hole to hell” in her grandfather’s backyard.
Outer Planet People always show an early interest in the occult. It’s like they look around their terrain at about the age of five and conclude this is not all there is. And then, usually left with a deficit of esoteric knowledge from the people around them, they go seeking.
Frustratingly, Marjorie Cameron has not yet made an appearance in Strange Angel. But who could play her? And she did not leave any astrology notes. Thoughts?