Some readers of this blog have been having a discussion about Alzheimer’s in the comments section under the short post on Terry Pratchett, the English author who died recently of the disease.
They have come up with several interesting hypotheses about finding a predisposition for the condition in the chart. So I thought it would be interesting to get up a few charts of well-known people who were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and see what we could see.
The proposals are
- Mars-Mercury contacts
This is to do with Mercury’s rulership of aluminium and Mars’ of iron. The processing of these metals is thought to be a factor in some forms of Alzheimer’s.
- Orcus-Arachne contacts, or just Arachne
Jeremy Neale, who is an expert on Orcus, a planet that twins Pluto, wrote an interesting piece about Alzheimer’s called The Astrology of Oblivion. To read it click here. He did a neat look at the chart of Dr Alzheimer himself and found an Arachne-Orcus link.
Locus Beatus had a discussion on her FB page about Arachne but I cannot find the link.
Arachne is the girl who was turned into a spider, of course, for daring to compete with Athena’s weaving. You can see a mythical connection there between the goddess of mind, and losing your mind.
This is what Eleonora said: “I checked Hypnos (there is an underworld river of oblivion in the greek mythology, called Lethe. There is no asteroid with such name, but Lethe is connected to Hypnos, and to Pluto of course). In nearly all charts (I checked around 20 different) secondary progressed Hypnos was conjuncting a planet AND aspecting the moon (memory) when Alzheimer appeared. Alternativly, it was conjuncting / aspecting the ruler of moon. In case of Terry Pratchett, it was his Saturn. His natal Hypnos conjunct Pluto.
There is one more interesting thing… The orbit of Hypnos is not steady. It is a very fast asteroid, but it remains in zodiac signs gemini, cancer and leo, longer (about 3 years), and then it moves very fast through other signs (1 year). So, most of us have their natal Hypnos in gemini, cancer or leo. Consequential, the generations with pluto in these signs will be more prone to get the Alzheimer (especially pluto in cancer, because Hypnos is longest in this sign (the sign of memory).“
As the master of dissolution and dissolving, he could be involved in losing one’s mind.
So here are the charts. We ought really to look at transits to these charts for the onset of Alzheimer’s, but I think this is enough to be getting on with. All charts are from astrodatabank. I’ve put the Rodden Rating next to them. AA means birth time is accurate to DD meaning darn dubious. For the most part, I’ve stuck to close aspects.
I have made brief notes below each chart, but I think you’ll see immediately that Eleonora is definitely on to something here, especially when you throw in Neptune.
It’s worth remembering that Mercury plus Moon equals mind: left and right brain if you will. And that Sun equals the sense of self.
Also Alzheimer’s takes many forms. Rita Hayworth, for example, was terribly disabled by it, poor lady, while Terry Pratchett managed to carry on reasonably well until he died.
Hypnos ☌ Neptune (in Cancer) sextile Sun (partile)
Sun ☌ Arachne square Chiron
Mars and Mercury in Taurus (too wide for ☌ and separating)
Hypnos ☌ Neptune (wide) (in Leo) trine Chiron
Arachne opp Orcus (partile)
Arachne ☌ Uranus (partile) trine Moon (partile) trine Hypnos (wide)
This is a Grand Trine in Air.
Orcus sextile Mercury (partile).
Hypnos ☌ Pluto square Sun qq Moon
Neptune qq Mercury
Arachne ☌ Pluto
Orcus sextile Arachne (partile) Hypnos on the midpoint (in Gemini)
Sun ☍ Orcus
Orcus ☍ Arachne Rising square Hypnos on MC
Mars ☌ Mercury Rx
Arachne ☍ Uranus
Hypnos in Gemini ☌ Chiron
Orcus in Gemini
Mars ☌ Mercury in Taurus
Hypnos ☌ Moon trine Chiron
Mercury ☌ Uranus (applying)
Orcus trine Arachne
Hypnos square Arachne qq Orcus
Mercury ☌ Uranus (applying)
Hypnos ☌ Neptune (wide)
Hypnos square Orcus sextile Arachne
Arachne ☍ Chiron
As you can see, Hypnos conjunct Neptune seems to be a frequent signature. Uranus may also be important: take a look at Dr Alzheimer’s chart. I’d be interested to hear what you think.
Finally, here is the chart of Dr Alzheimer himself.
He must really have been a great diagnostician. Look at the conjunction of Saturn and the Moon in Libra — and it’s trined by Hypnos.