H.G. Wells: The War of the Worlds
“Think of the totality of all Being, and what a mite of it is yours; think of all Time, and the brief fleeting instant of it that is allotted to yourself; think of Destiny, and how puny a part of it you are.”
--Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161-180 A.D.
“We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.”
By Mark Lerner
Dateline June 19, 2005 – 108 years ago in April 1897, a nine-part series began appearing in the British magazine Pearson’s. The author was a 30-year-old former teacher who had begun transforming the literary genre later known as “science fiction” – a realm of literature pioneered by Jules Verne during the second half of the 19th century. H.G. (Herbert George) Wells had already rocketed to stardom in England via his 1895 blockbuster The Time Machine.This was followed by The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896) and The Invisible Man (1897). Little did he realize that by creating The War of the Worlds during 1897, he would set in motion a story profoundly affecting the entire globe in unforeseen ways for more than a century.
In researching this article – in preparation for the new film by Steven Spielberg (War of the World – release date Wednesday June 29) – it became clear that the feature needed two parts. This first one covers three major areas: (A) Astrological connections of people, events and turning points. (B) The highly unusual synchronicity between H.G. Wells and actor Orson Welles, who panicked the American public with the famous radio performance of The War of the Worlds on October 30, 1938. (C) Whether the link between Mars and the Earth as first envisioned by Wells in 1897 has importance now in 2005-2006 as the Spielberg film-rendition of the book strikes the collective imagination of the nation and the world, and while America careens toward an astrological confrontation with its own progressed Mars (Summer 2006). The second part of this story will focus more on the power of Mars itself in the consciousness of humanity, how the new movie(s) – hint: there’s more than one! -- on The War of the Worlds are affecting us, curious parallels between 1977 and 2005 (aligning Steven Spielberg/George Lucas), and whether there is more fact than fiction concerning life ever existing on the red planet.
If this written presentation were actually a film, I would list the Cast of Characters as follows:
H.G Wells; Virgo; The Discovery of Uranus; The Discovery of Neptune; Aquarius; The War of the Worlds Publication; (Special Appearance by Thomas Edison); Orson Welles; The Most Famous Radio Broadcast in History; The Red Planet; Chiron: The Mysterious, Magical Centaur; Mercury: Messenger of the Gods; Venus: Planet of Love and Romance; Gene Barry & The War of the Worlds 1953 Version; Steven Spielberg; Tom Cruise; War of the Worlds Release.
Brief Biographical Sketch
H.G. Wells was born as the youngest child in a lower middle class English family on September 21, 1866 in Bromley, Kent – not far from London. His father was a gardener, semi-professional cricketeer and importer of china. His mother was a housekeeper and maid. During his teenage years he worked as a draper’s assistant and drugist’s apprentice, but always wound up giving up jobs due to lack of interest. He was particularly fond of works by Plato, Jonathan Swift, the famous French writer and satirist Voltaire, the revolutionary poet Percy Shelley and his wife Mary Shelley (whose novel Frankenstein in 1818 some consider the first science-fiction book).
Wells attended the Normal School of Science in England and one of his teachers was T.H. Huxley, someone who was profoundly influenced by Charles Darwin, his The Origin of Species (1859), and the theories of evolution. This connection to Huxley and Darwin would play a serious role in developing the early novels of H.G. Wells – from The Time Machine to The War of the Worlds. Wells became dissatisfied with his studies in school and had some serious health problems as a young man, but was able to become a teacher himself, before his literary abilities in the 1890s made him a professional author for the rest of his life.
By the time he died just a month short of his 80th birthday on August 13, 1946, H.G. Wells had written well over 100 novels and was considered one of the great visionary authors of the modern era. He was a socialist and imagined several utopian societies in his writings. He was fervently anti-war, a strong believer in world peace, and that humanity needed to be guided by an inspired Brain Trust – a core-group of high-level thinkers and “imagineers” who could save humanity from destroying itself due to technological, scientific wizardry outstripping our morality and ethics as a species. Often called the “Father of Science Fiction,” he has always rivaled Jules Verne (A Journey to the Center of the Earth, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in 80 Days) for this august title.
Wells also found himself at the center of several romantic scandals and, in many respects, followed a pathway of “free love” decades before it became tolerable or fashionable. This undoubtedly comes from the closest major alignment at his birth – Venus at 15 Scorpio (elevated) and almost precisely opposite undiscovered Pluto at 15 Taurus. Not only is this astrology pattern exact, but it occurs at the 15th degrees of two, fixed power signs. The great astrologer Dane Rudhyar considered 15 Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius “Gates of the Avatar,” and release areas for the four sacred turning points of the year (the Equinoxes and Solstices). On two occasions he attempted to run for political office in the House of Commons and was soundly defeated. While the literary public of 1920 was dazzled by his epic book The Outline of History, he will always be famous for the quartet of early “scientific romances” as they were called. [The actual term “science fiction” was invented by Hugo Gernsback who founded Amazing Stories in 1926.]
The novelist Joseph Conrad was so impressed with The Invisible Man that he wrote to Wells directly, naming him the “Realist of the Fantastic.” Early on the esteemed American novelist Henry James saw the youthful H.G. Wells as a budding superstar in the literary realm, but later became horrified by Wells’ scandalous affairs and his tendency to veer from “art for art’s sake” to using literature as a vehicle for social change and propaganda.
There was no way H.G. Wells was going to fit into anyone’s ideas of what a novelist should be in the late 1800s and early 1900s. His destiny was going to be directed by cosmic forces – a la Uranus and Neptune and their discovery moments. What is extraordinary to realize is that he anticipates video cassettes and television (“Babble Machines”) in When the Sleeper Wakes (1899), tank warfare in The Land Ironclads (1903), and created the phrase “atomic bomb” in The World Set Free (1914) – 31 years before it is invented, tested and then dropped on the Japanese to end World War II. In 1914 – at the start of World War I – he wrote a book entitled: The War That Will End War. Decades later school children all around the world, when learning about the World War from 1914-1918, will hear it called “The War to End All Wars” – in a kind of paraphrasing, stolen tribute to H.G. Wells who had really coined the expression himself. His utopian novel of 1933 -- The Shape of Things to Come -- became a rock and roll song of the 1960s (“but nothing can stop the shape of things to come!”). Without any doubt, the Orson Welles radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds in October 1938 has clinched the deal where H.G. Wells becomes one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th century.
Back to Square One: Discovering Uranus and Neptune
A few months ago in Earth Aquarius News I presented the astrological story of America’s most renowned inventor Thomas Edison. [This is still available in our News Section online.] I explained how Edison – born on February 11, 1847 – had astounding astrological ties to the Discovery of Uranus (March 13, 1781) and the Discovery of Neptune (September 23, 1846). He was also strongly linked to Chiron and Pluto – neither of which had been discovered at the time of his birth. Edison and Alexander Graham Bell (born March 3, 1847; inventor of the telephone) were both born within six months of Neptune’s discovery and Edison was born with a triple conjunction of Mercury-Sun-Neptune in Aquarius.
With Edison – the greatest inventor in history – the central key between his chart and the Discovery of Uranus is that Edison’s Uranus (11+ Aries) is conjunct the Mercury placement (11+ Aries) when Uranus was discovered. Keep this association with Mercury (thinking, consciousness; information; communication; five senses; literary expression) firmly in mind as we unravel the life mystery of H.G. Wells. When Edison perfects the light bulb in October 1879, transiting Saturn is at 11+ Aries. When H.G. Wells is born on September 21, 1866 (within 2 days of the 20th anniversary of the Discovery of Neptune), transiting Neptune is located at 11 Aries 47 – within 3 minutes of arc of Mercury (11 Aries 44) from the Discovery of Uranus. This kind of precision goes way beyond coincidence. It reveals several things. (A) The discovery maps of cosmic bodies are extraordinary in their influence. (B) Human beings often “time their own births” and incarnation into the physical plane to tap into the power of these outer planets in order to accomplish some kind of historic soul mission on Earth. (C) We can learn about the higher life purpose of unique individuals by coordinating their planetary placements with those positions from the discovery of celestial bodies.
Okay, so far, so good. We see that just as Edison was linked to the Uranus and Neptune discoveries, Wells is also dynamically connected back to the Discovery of Uranus – since his natal Neptune (imagination; visions; nightmares) is right on the Uranus discovery placement of Mercury (literary expression; communication; words and language). We might say this is a kind of a “scientific marriage made in heaven” as Uranus links to technology, the future, cutting-edge changes and revolutionary shifts in consciousness. However, H.G. Wells and his first four successful novels are NOT stories of scientific achievement within humanity. They are tales of how, one way or another, human beings may become monstrous in nature or attacked by a monstrous rival species to humanity – due to misuse of scientific technology going way beyond the human ability to control it for the greater good. And here is why H.G. Wells cannot accept a pure Uranian, scientific future for humanity: His natal Mercury at 19+ Virgo is exactly conjunct Mercury when Neptune was discovered on September 23, 1846! Thus, he is almost a physical embodiment, messenger and ambassador for Neptunian ideas, ideals, imaginations and visions.
You really need to stop for a moment and let all this settle in. This is something all of us should investigate – how our charts fit into the discovery maps for all the outer planets. [Pluto was discovered on February 18, 1930; Chiron was discovered on November 1, 1977.]
The simple and indisputable astronomical fact is that Mercury (literary genius) at 19+ Virgo is the common denominator linking the Discovery of Neptune to the birth of H.G. Wells. Since he is also connected to the Discovery of Uranus placement of Mercury (11+ Aries) by his own natal Neptune, this is like a “cross pollination” effect. He is going to stand up for all the higher principles and ideals as aligned with Neptune, but is going to weave in the lessons and warnings coming from Uranus. This blend of shocking-surprising-revolutionary-destabilizing Uranus with visionary-imaginative-utopian-confusing Neptune is what readers of The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds have come to admire.
[Important: Mars – the planet that consumes the story of The War of the Worlds – has been considered the ancient ruler of war. It is the red planet and “red” really represents bloodshed. When Uranus and Neptune are both discovered, Mars is the unique planet involved in two precise triangular patterns. Mars in Sagittarius squares the Sun in Pisces and opposes Uranus in Gemini – forming a T-Square triangle – at the discovery of Uranus. Mars in Virgo, Pluto in Aries and Neptune-Saturn conjunct in Aquarius form an exact Pythagorean triangle at the Discovery of Neptune. Mars is the only planet in both discoveries that is part of the configuration. Mars at the Discovery of Neptune is conjunct the natal Pallas-Sun union in the horoscope of H.G. Wells. Therefore, it is not surprising that Mars becomes the focal point of the attention of H.G. Wells in The War of the Worlds. In the larger sense, it is the elimination of war (Mars) that was the lifelong goal of H.G. Wells through all his writings.]
The War of the Worlds: A Talisman to Prophesy War
One of the four charts presented with this article is for the first printing of The War of the Worlds in Pearson’s Magazine. Although the official book would be published in February 1898, a serialized version began with nine monthly installments, starting in April 1897. To show you how connected The War of the Worlds publication is to both H.G. Wells the author and the Discovery of Uranus and Neptune, I have offered a chart for the New Moon of April 2, 1897. You can clearly see a triple conjunction of the Sun, Moon and Mercury – with all three celestial bodies at 12+ Aries. This is within 1 degree of the Discovery of Uranus placement of Mercury, the Discovery of Neptune placement of Uranus, and the H.G. Wells natal Neptune. Once again, Mercury is showing up as a major planetary connector. In addition – and this is truly extraordinary – this New Moon as The War of the Worlds is first launched into public consciousness is within 1 minute of arc (that’s one-sixtieth of one degree of the zodiac, effectively no orb!) of the Discovery of Neptune placement of Uranus (12 Aries 43).
A further inquiry into The War of the Worlds’ first printing chart shows (A) Mars at 5+ Cancer and (B) a Saturn-Uranus conjunction (late Scorpio and early Sagittarius) right at the top of this chart for the New Moon of April 2, 1897. Why are these placements important? Transiting Mars in April 1897 – as The War of the Worlds first greets the literary world – is returning to its natal placement in H.G. Wells’ birthchart. Simultaneously, Saturn and Uranus are converging for the first time in about 45 years. They will make three unions in 1897 – January 5, June 1 and September 9. Saturn and Uranus meeting is a linking between the past and future, the traditional and rebellious, the old and new, the conventional and eccentric. It is not an easy and flowing rendezvous. Instead, it stands for shocks to the system, breakdowns in society, and a clash between what is “safe” (Saturn) and what is “risky and unconventional” (Uranus).
Now the novel of The War of the Worlds depicts an unsuspecting southern English countryside suddenly being confronted by an invasion of cold, cruel, bloodthirsty machine-like entities from the planet Mars. In many ways, the book anticipates what will happen 17 years later when World War I starts. On the other hand, as the novel appears in book form by 1898, we have the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, The Boer War in South Africa, and the lead-up to the Russo-Japanese War of the early 1900s. If you think this through for a moment, you realize that in the 17 years before World War I and as The War of the Worlds arrives into the public domain, we have wars linking Europe and America across the Atlantic (Spain and USA), Europe and Africa (the Boer War), and Japan and Russia (Far East and Pacific Zone). Almost the entire Earth is being engulfed in mini wars as H.G. Wells releases his most famous novel.
When the radio broadcast of the novel panics America on October 30, 1938, it is just following Hitler’s gobbling up of Czechoslovakia during the infamous “Peace in our Time” proclamation by Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in England – when he thought he had won the peace from the Nazi dictator by allowing an entire country in Europe to fall into the evil clutches of a madman. Less than one year later, Martians (in the form of Nazi storm troopers) would invade Poland on September 1, 1939 – beginning the horror and nightmare of World War II.
In 1953 – when The War of the Worlds becomes a movie starring Gene Barry (born June 14, 1921 at a Sun-Mars conjunction (!) and during a precise Uranus station; later famous as TV’s Bat Masterson) – the world has just been shaken by The Korean War. This is a battle within the Cold War between America and Russia. The Korean War ends with a stalemate (still ongoing along the 38th parallel with nuclear overtones now in 2005!), but back in those days General Douglas MacArthur almost pushed our country into a nuclear war against Red China.
Now – as we approach the June 29 release date for Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds film starring Tom Cruise (and also a British movie that may only appear here via DVD, much more true to the actual story as told by H.G. Wells) – we have the possible perpetual War on Terror that began with the nightmare of September 11, 2001. We are also approaching an American date with destiny in July 2006 when the USA Progressed Mars makes its first station retrograde ever in our history. [See my article on this subject in a red-colored box on the website.]
In essence, every time The War of the Worlds becomes “larger than life” and strikes the public consciousness, imagination or airwaves, there is a major battle taking place within humanity or on Earth. I believe this stems from the astrological birthing of the novel itself during the year when Saturn united with Uranus and Mars returned to its natal placement for H.G. Wells. Notice also that Wells was born with a very close Mars-Uranus conjunction in Cancer. This is also the rising sign for film director Steven Spielberg (born December 18, 1946 – just 4 months after Wells died), Tom Cruise’s Ceres-Sun-Juno triple conjunction, the USA Venus and Jupiter, and the film release placement of the Sun. The Sun on June 29 (7+ Cancer) is exactly illuminating the H.G. Wells Mars-Uranus conjunction! Furthermore, what are the odds of this? The film’s release occurs at the monthly time of a Moon-Mars conjunction – that just happens to ignite 11+ and 12+ Aries. These are the same degrees I have mentioned several times because they are the Discovery of Uranus placement of Mercury, the Discovery of Neptune placement of Uranus, Neptune for H.G. Wells, Uranus-Pallas for Thomas Edison, and the New Moon when The War of the Worlds is first printed in April 1897. There is something happening at 11-12 Aries through the centuries that goes far beyond regular astrology.
Chiron: Déjà Vu All Over Again (with credit to Yogi Berra)
Here’s another bizarre synchronicity. H.G. Wells was born within 24 hours of a potent Mercury opposition to Chiron. On the day the new film is released – June 29 – Mercury exactly opposes Chiron. This is also identical in the sense that in both cases Mercury is moving forward while Chiron is retrograde. We know that since Chiron orbits between Saturn (chronological time) and Uranus (eternity) that this comet-like celestial body has something to do with the twilight zone and being “out of time” or in an altered state of consciousness. Zane Stein coined the term “chirological time” over two decades ago just after Chiron was discovered. As a prophetic novelist, H.G. Wells was a major explorer of Time itself. He did that in a big way with The Time Machine (1895), but The War of the Worlds also represents another planet (Mars) that has an older evolution of beings (the Martians) who actually represent what humanity might evolve into as the future unfolds over time. The Martians who coolly and powerfully overwhelm the defenseless English citizenry – eventually the invaders are doomed by invisible microbes -- are really a symbol for what a future humanity could mutate into thousands of years in our own future!
H.G. Wells was not only born with his Mercury conjunct the Discovery of Neptune placement of Mercury, and opposite his own Chiron, but he was born with a Sun-Chiron parallel (through declination via the Celestial Equator) that has an orb of 1/3 of a degree. H.G. Wells – like Thomas Edison – was a maverick, outsider, pioneer and emissary of Chiron. [Strange Note: I didn’t know this until I began intensive studies of H.G. Wells, but just following the publication of The War of the Worlds, an American astronomer named Garret Serviss wrote a book called Edison’s Conquest of Mars. In this amazing story, Thomas Edison and some other famous scientists from Earth travel to Mars and use various disintegrator rays to retaliate against the Martians on their home soil! This reveals another line of connection – beyond the astrology linking Edison and Wells to the Discoveries of Uranus and Neptune – between the world’s most famous inventor (Edison) and the father of science fiction (Wells).]
It turns out that when Wells passed away on August 13, 1946, transiting Chiron (also representing the greater quest in life and rainbow bridges linking spirit/soul to personality) was at its perihelion or closest approach to the Sun in its orbital cycle of 50 years. It was located at 18+ Libra – exactly where America’s Progressed Mars will station retrograde in July 2006 (connecting to a possible new upsurge of violence and war around the globe and a potential move toward martial law in our own nation if something catastrophic happens along the lines of a new September 11 terrorist attack). By the way, Chiron (see below) was also rising at the Orson Welles retelling of The War of the Worldson the radio in late October 1938.
The Most Famous or Infamous Radio Broadcast in History
This first part of our feature would not be complete without understanding what happened just after 8PM Eastern Time on Sunday night October 30, 1938. To tell this story fairly and completely would take a book itself. Here I can only give some highlights.
Orson Welles was born on May 6, 1915 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. While the spelling of their last names is almost identical, they were not related. However, they were both born with the Moon in Aquarius – a lunar placement that also occurred during the famous radio broadcast! Orson Welles has a solar placement at 14 Taurus 55 – that is within 1 minute of arc of Pluto (terror; extremes; underworld; death-rebirth) for H.G. Wells. This tie makes extraordinary sense if you study what occurred in America as the radio broadcast happened live to the nation. Their births are separated by 48+ years and therefore their Chiron placements (remember Chiron’s connection to twilight zones and being “out of time”) are conjunct within 1 degree. When H.G. Wells was born in September 1866, Jupiter (expansion of consciousness) at 22+ Capricorn had just made a direct station and was trining Pallas (mental brilliance) at 24+ Virgo. Orson Welles was born with a Pallas-Jupiter conjunction within one-half degree – a union also embracing Chiron. Their Mercury placements are trine each other within 1 degree and Orson Welles named his group of actors the Mercury Theatre! In terms of connections between the two, I have saved the best for last. Will it surprise or shock you that Orson Welles – and remember that he created what most reviewers have called the greatest movie ever made, Citizen Kane (1941) – has Venus (ruling his Taurus Sun sign) at 11+ Aries! This brings his Venus into direct alignment with all the other planetary forces energizing this unusual degree-area of the zodiac.
Skipping the early life development of Orson Welles and the time-period in the 1920s and 1930s when H.G. Wells – then in his 60s and 70s – was greatly disillusioned (negative Neptune side) with where humanity was headed, we reach the night before Halloween, October 30, 1938 – some 50+ years (another Chiron cycle) since the book publication of The War of the Worlds. Let me take a moment to set the stage.
Orson Welles and his actors (including John Houseman, later famous for his portrayal of a stodgy, erudite professor in The Paper Chase and as a star of TV’s epic series The Winds of War) were figuring out a way to dramatically enliven the original story of The War of the Worlds set in England of the 1890s. They decided on making the entire story much more contemporary – setting the action of Martians landing in New Jersey and making the radio broadcast sound as if it were happening LIVE. In the few days before the broadcast, the main group of writers frantically worked up a script that still seemed inept to them, but at least had a chance of pulling listeners from the big Sunday night show – featuring comedian Edgar Bergen (father of actress Candice Bergen) and his dummy, Charlie McCarthy. This show – called The Chase and Sanborn Hour – was on a rival broadcast network and receiving awesome ratings of nearly 35% of the listening audience. On the other hand, the more scholarly Mercury Theatre shows – broadcast primarily via CBS radio – were receiving a paltry rating of below 4%. What happened that Sunday night was completely unexpected.
Both radio programs began at 8PM Eastern Time and most people were listening to the Bergen-McCarthy comedy show. Meanwhile, on CBS, Orson Welles and his fellow actors were indicating to anyone listening – and this was repeated several times later – that their version of The War of the Worlds was a modern recreation of the story originally written by H.G. Wells fifty years earlier. However, because around 6 million listeners were tuned into the comedy show rather than the Mercury Theatre, they didn’t hear the original statement that the broadcast was from a fictional book. About 12 minutes into the Bergen-McCarthy show, a lot of commercials were being played and those listeners shifted over to the radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds. Told with stunning language and drama – and done realistically as if actual Martians in spacecrafts were landing in New Jersey (with other sightings around America) – tens of thousands of Americans panicked, thinking we were actually being invaded by Martians. [ABC radio stations carried the broadcast of The War of the Worlds beyond the East Coast area – creating worry and panic in other regions of the USA.]
Well, as the saying goes, the rest is history and you can read all about it via Google online by typing in: War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast. Suffice it to say, by the next morning, The New York Times and many newspapers were reporting the terror and panic that gripped millions of people around the nation. You have to remember that while the action took place primarily around the East Coast, the scared-to-death listeners were also calling radio networks, newspapers and relatives in other parts of the country – setting off other shockwaves. The young Orson Welles – only 23 at the time – became a household name, eventually going on to stardom in Citizen Kane just three years later.
What’s astounding to note astrologically are the following. Chiron in Cancer (twilight zones and being “out of time”) was rising as the broadcast reached the critical point and millions of people started to panic. This Chiron placement was conjunct the H.G. Wells natal Mars-Uranus conjunction. Earlier on the morning of October 30, 1938, Venus at 5 Sagittarius made a retrograde station. It wasn’t moving and Venus (peace and harmony) is the opposite energy to Mars (war). Remember that Venus at the birth of Orson Welles was located at the 11+ Aries portal, he was a Sun sign Taurus and therefore Venus was a big player in his life. Now with Venus not moving and turning into reverse, his life was being turned upside down due to a radio broadcast of a story about war and Martians destroying America.
Meanwhile, Mars itself was in a Venusian sign (Libra), but squaring the horizon and almost precisely trine to the Moon. This Moon-Mars trine in air signs (think radio waves and air waves here) was probably a major reason why so many listeners thought we were actually being invaded by Martians. Furthermore, this whole evening occurred as a First Quarter Sun-Moon square was about to happen in fixed, power signs. Quarter Moons always signal some kind of crisis. Dane Rudhyar labels a First Quarter as a “Crisis in Action.” To make everything more extreme, Pluto would station on November 2, 1938 and its nefarious powers were already affecting humanity on October 30. In addition, transiting Neptune (recall the dynamic links between H.G. Wells and Neptune) had just returned to its placement for America. The USA was born as a nation on July 4, 1776 with Neptune overhead at 22+ Virgo. Now Neptune was exactly back to its natal position within a few minutes of arc. Neptune rules over dreams, nightmares, mass confusion and imaginative power. To ice the cake, transiting Saturn on this Halloween Eve disaster around the country struck the now familiar 12 Aries degree region of the zodiac.
Although he was originally upset by the radio broadcast fiasco – particularly because Orson Welles changed the location of the story and updated it to make it seem live on the air – H.G. Wells and Orson Wells connected in a positive way on San Antonio radio station KTSA close to the second anniversary of the broadcast.
Using an equal house set-up for the approximate birth time of H.G. Wells (4:16PM GMT on September 21, 1866), we find that the First Quarter Sun-Moon placements from the radio broadcast were right on his Ascendant (consciousness) and 10th house cusp (power) in Aquarius and Scorpio. If you relocate the H.G. Wells natal chart to Grovers Mill, New Jersey – the main town where Martians landed according to the Orson Welles radio broadcast -- then good-old Mercury (literary prowess) at 19+ Virgo for H.G. Wells is overhead at the Meridian. This is one way of confirming the birth time for H.G. Wells.
In preparing for Part II and the release of the new film, be aware that Steven Spielberg is born with a Sagittarian Sun closing in on a conjunction with Mars in Capricorn. His Moon at 7+ Scorpio is exactly united with the Sun from the radio broadcast, and he and H.G. Wells share the same Venus in Scorpio placement.
In a stunning, cosmic tribute to this master of science-fiction literature and to a dreamer of a world where war could be supplanted by peace, he died within 24 hours of a direct station of Mercury and where Venus and Mars had just united while on his Sun in Virgo within the last week of his life. The solar system appeared to be tipping its cap to H.G. Wells as the 79-year-old departed the material plane to hone his skills in the spirit world.
© 2005 by Mark Lerner and Great Bear Enterprises, Ltd. All rights reserved.
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