British/American Philosopher Alan Watts was born when the Moon was transiting Virgo and the Sun Capricorn. His Ascendant was Sagittarius, with Venus rising in Sagittarius in the Twelfth House. The Ruling Planet Jupiter was in Aquarius, like his Sagittarius Ascendant appropriate for a Priest, a Monk, a Teacher, a Philosopher, Early Environmentalist, Bohemian and Zen Master, all of which he was at some times in his life! Or a ‘..lone wolf thinker and social rascal…’, as some critics described him.
Mercury and Mars were also in Capricorn, conjunct the Sun, explaining his combative spirit and gift with words (he wrote twenty five books and gave numberless lectures and speeches throughout his life. His radio talks are still aired today and his podcasts are extremely popular with a young generation of seekers). The prevalence of Capricorn shows also his deep interest in centuries old traditions and knowledge which he endeavored to translate into modern expression.
The critical and acute Virgo Moon was in perfect Trine to the exalted Mars in Capricorn, indicating emotional courage and talent for leadership, despite a timid emotional nature seeking solitude and calming routines.
His no nonsense approach and interest in man’s place in Nature have certainly a lot to do with the prevalence of Planets in Signs of Earth (Realism, Earth Magic) and Air (Reason, Communication); the Fire Signs giving him vision and aspirations beyond the ordinary. The lack of Planets in Water Signs, apart from Chiron in Pisces, shows a clear issue with emotions and longing to penetrate their mysteries.
Saturn disposing of (ruling the Signs of) Sun, Mercury, Mars and Jupiter was the hidden Ruler of his Horoscope. Saturn was in Gemini, conjunct Pluto on the cusp of Cancer. There is a magnificent Air Grand Trine between Saturn-Pluto, Jupiter-Ascending Lunar Node and the Mid-Heaven. Watts belonged to the eccentric and fiercely individualistic Uranus in Aquarius generation. He belonged also to the Neptune and Pluto in Cancer generation, born in 1915, on the cusp of change, the chasm separating the world before the First World War and the world after it. These people also witnessed the Second World War cataclysm and its aftermath.
Watts died, at the age of 58, on November 16 1973, having also witnessed and upheld the New Age movement embracing Eastern traditions of thought and the psychedelic revolution.