The New York Times reported today:
“Nearly 60 years after his death, Alan Turing, the British mathematician regarded as one of the central figures in the development of the computer, received a formal pardon from Queen Elizabeth II on Monday [23 Dec 2013] for his conviction in 1952 on charges of homosexuality, at the time a criminal offense in Britain.”
Turing was one of most brilliant minds of the 20th century. Unfortunately when his house was broken into on January 23, 1952, the police investigation revealed that an acquaintance of Turing’s male lover had committed the burglary. British justice went into action, convicting Turing of “gross indecency” for his “crimes against nature” which were outlawed under Section Eleven of the 1885 Criminal Law Amendment Act.
Despite Turing’s role in helping the British defeat Hilter in WWII and his seminal papers which led to the development of the modern computer, Mr. Cameron’s “progressive conservative” government denied Turing a pardon last year. It’s nice to know that the USA does not have a monopoly on backwards (aka ‘progressive’) conservative thinking. Fortunately, Queen Elizabeth II is more advanced than the dimwitted Cameron, and she decided to pardon the British hero Alan Turing this year.
The tragic fact is that the British treatment of Turing led to his suicide at age 41, which deprived the world of the unimaginable scientific advances he may have made, were he to have escaped persecution by his government and survived to continue contributing to society. As the NY Times reports:
“When Mr. Turing was convicted in 1952, he was sentenced — as an alternative to prison — to chemical castration by a series of injections of female hormones. He also lost his security clearance because of the conviction. He committed suicide by eating an apple believed to have been laced with cyanide.” He died on June 7, 1954.
Here is Turing’s natal chart:
Uranus closely conjoins the Aquarius MC. Uranus is also sextile Jupiter and trine the Gemini ASC. These symbols represent his fascination with mathematics and computers as well as his brilliant innovative thinking.
Mars rules the Placidus 12th cusp and occupies the end-of-life 4th, a potential indicator of death by suicide or death involving a clandestine affair. Mars is also semisquare his natal Sun, which rules the 4th house. Mars, ruler of the 12th, was especially active by primary direction at the end of Turing’s life (see list below).
For newbies to astrology, the 12th house typically represents (according to cafeastrology.com): “That which is hidden or below the surface, karma, self-undoing, soul growth, hidden strengths and hidden weaknesses, dreams, private affairs, lost items, hospitals and prisons, spiritual studies. ”
Using the Morinus software, I calculated the following primary directions with Placidus semi-arc and Ptolemy’s time key:
- 1952: around the time of the break-in
- Jan 1, 1952: MC converse -> square Sun (arc 39.52) (zodiacal)
- Jan 12, 1952: Square of Pluto converse -> Jupiter (zodiacal)
- Jan 23, 1952: ASC direct -> square Mercury (date of burglary) (zodiacal)
- Feb 20, 1952: Neptune converse -> sequisquare Saturn (mundane)
- 1954: just prior to his death
- May 15, 1954: Square of Mars converse -> Sun (zodiacal)
- May 22, 1954: Mars converse -> square of Neptune (mundane) (arc 41.91)
- Death by suicide (poisoning): June 7, 1954
Addendum: James mentioned Turing’s Solar Return for the year in which he died, so I have posted it below with his natal planets superimposed around it.
Many features of this return chart stand out. Mercury rules the SR 12th of suicide and the natal ASC. SR Mercury conjoins natal Pluto and squares SR Saturn in the 12th.
Mars rules the natal 12th (suicide) and the SR 7th and 8th (death). SR Mars conjoins SR Mercury and squares SR Saturn in the 12th.
The Sun rules the natal 4th (end of life, the grave) and conjoins SR Mercury, thus participating in the above configurations.
SR Neptune conjoins his natal Moon (confused emotions). In addition, the Moon occupies the natal 6th and rules the natal 3rd (his thinking process), suggesting a troubled mind that was not thinking clearly at the time.
The natal MC/Uranus conjunction falls in the 4th house of endings of the SR. Also, SR Uranus (sudden, unexpected events) closely conjoins natal Mercury at the return MC, with Mercury ruling the SR 12th house cusp of self-undoing.