WUTHERING HEIGHTS


   "Wuthering Heights" has been called "one of the most tempestuous, unique and controversial books of the 19th-Century". It was published in December, 1847:  "Critics were hostile, calling it too savage, too animal-like, and clumsy in construction. Only later did it come to be considered one of the finest novels in the English language." (Britannica) 

   The author, Emily Bronte, died of tuberculosis at the age of 30, and is a spiritual enigma for biographers. She was silent and reserved, and left no correspondence of interest. D. H. Lawrence said of her "...life does not mean length of days. Poor old Queen Victoria had length of days. But Emily BrontŰ had life. She died of it." 

   The Encyclopedia goes on saying:  "she constructs an action, based on profound and primitive energies of love and hate... The somber power of the book and the elements of brutality in the characters affronted some 19th-century opinion." 

   In case you haven't read it, here is summary of the plot from the Britannica: 

<<It recounts in the retrospective narrative of an onlooker, which in turn includes shorter narratives, the impact of the waif Heathcliff on the two families of Earnshaw and Linton in a remote Yorkshire district at the end of the 18th century. Embittered by abuse and by the marriage of Cathy Earnshaw --who shares his stormy nature and whom he loves-- to the gentle and prosperous Edgar Linton. Heathcliff plans a revenge on both families, extending into the second generation. Cathy's death in childbirth fails to set him free from his love-hate relationship with her, and the obsessive haunting persists until his death; the marriage of the surviving heirs of Earnshaw and Linton restores the peace.>>
   These words do not reveal the powerful feelings, the wolf-like passion, the primal love that survives after death which characterize the novel. The centaurs reveal it very well. Emily Bronte was born July 30, 1818. At Noon GMT, we find Venus in 12,06 Virgo and Mars in 11,51 Virgo. This may be part of the explanation, but it doesn't explain why her spiritual atmosphere was so plutonic; neither was she a Scorpio: the energies described above are centaurean. 

   First, consider these positions when she died, one year after the publication, December 19, 1848. To me, they describe the novel perfectly (they are precession-corrected to her time of birth): 

                            Sun = 26,56 Sag 
                            Venus = 27,08 Sag 
                            Chiron = 27,21 Gem 
                            Pholus = 29,59 Sag 

                            natal Pluto = 26,15 Pisces 
                            natal Chiron = 25,06 Pisces 

   Yes! She was born at the time of a Chiron/Pluto conjunction. At her death, Venus was cazimi, "in the heart of the Sun", in applying conjunction with Pholus and opposing Chiron, so that natal Pluto/Chiron were in the axis of a T-cross. Emily Bronte speaks herself through Kathy Earnshaw:

"I cannot express it, but surely you and everybody have a notion that there is or should be an existence of yours beyond you. What were the use of my creation if I were entirely contained here? My great miseries in this world have been Heathcliff's miseries, and I watched and felt each from the beginning. My great thought in living is himself. If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be. And if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger---I should not seem a part of it. My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods; time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath---a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He's always, always in my mind."
   Jerome Bump, professor of English at the University of Austin, calls the book "one of the most famous examples in literature of pure enmeshment, a total loss of boundaries that seems to triumph over death, sustaining the myth that romantic love is a viable form of spirituality."  [ref.: http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/bronte/ebronte/bump6.html]

   He also mentions an analysis by Barbara Anne Schapiro in "Literature and the Relational Self" (New York: New York U P: 1994), who sees in the book the "psychodynamics of rage", "directed both inward and outward, at self and other, and the consequent intrapsychic splitting". In her view the "end of the novel achieves a restructuring and integration of self" 

   The constellations above describes this perfectly, and the darker aspects of the book can be related to the following configuration at birth: 

                            Sun = 6,38 Leo 
                            Asbolus = 3,15 Leo 
                            1994TA = 3,33 Leo. 
                            North Node = 4,13 Taurus 

   The Sun, in the midpoint of Uranus and Pluto, is only three degrees from the somber conjunction that squares the nodes. The "3" appears twice: in the position and in the distance. Something happened when she was 3 years old (1821) that marked her life forever: her mother died of Cancer. Two other sisters died in 1825, and her alcoholic and drug addict brother had died 3 months before she herself died in 1848. Then her sister Anne died one year after her, in 1849. 

   Before writing "Wuthering Heights", Emily had published "Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell", together with her justly famous sisters Charlotte (the author of "Jane Eyre") and Anne (author of "The Tenant at Wildfell Hall"). Although I don't know her time of birth, the Moon was in 6 Cancer at Noon GMT, so it is almost certain that she has it in that sign. Here is a quote from her poem "Stars":

O stars, and dreams, and gentle night; 
O night and stars, return! 
And hide me from the hostile light 
That does not warm, but burn; 

That drains the blood of suffering men; 
Drinks tears, instead of dew; 
Let me sleep through his blinding reign, 
And only wake with you!


   This is very well expressed by her Moon in Cancer and the aspects mentioned above, at birth as well as at death. It is also what incarnated in the love of Heathcliff and Catherine, surviving the death of both; and, amazingly, is very similar to the words that Isolde sings in her "Liebestod"

   I had always felt that "Wuthering Heights" is strongly centaurean and "pholusian"; now I think it can be demonstrated. It is a good example of how plutonic the centaurs are. And it illuminates the importance of the time of death to achieve an understanding of a person's spiritual life. 
 

Juan Antonio Revilla 
San JosÚ, Costa Rica, March 27, 1999.


 
 
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