Thursday, April 21, 2016

Harriet Tubman, Astrology, & Pyschic Dreams (articles/posts excerpts)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post provides one excerpt and one complete post of two online articles/posts about astrology and Harriet Tubman. These are the only articles/posts that I've found to date on this subject. And one of those posts mistakes March 10, the date of Harriet Tubman's death, as her birth day.

This post also includes a third excerpt about dreaming and Harriet Tubman as it seems to me that the information in that article might be helpful in creating an astrological profile for Harriet Tubman. The information in that article about Ashanti (Asante) [Ghana, West Africa] traditional concepts about psychic dreams is particularly interesting to me, and I highly recommend anyone else interested in that subject to read that entire article.

Although I'm interested in astrology I unfortunately don't have the skill to create any astrological profiles. I hope that this compilation helps to spur someone to write more about this subject and attempt to come up with a possible astrological profile for this extraordinary woman.

The content of this post is presented for historical and socio-cultural purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thank you, Harriet Tubman for everything that you accomplished throughout your phenomenal life. Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post.
Click for the related pancocojams post entitled ""Dreams As Validator In Traditional African Cultures" (pdf excerpt)"

Also, click for a pancocojams post entitled "Harriet Tubman (Biography, Animated Movie, & Announcement About Her Image On United States $20 Bills)"

Here are two excerpts from the biographical portion of that post:
..."Harriet Tubman was an American bondwoman who escaped from slavery in the South to become a leading abolitionist before the American Civil War. She was born in Maryland in 1820, and successfully escaped in 1849. Yet she returned many times to rescue both family members and non-relatives from the plantation system. She led hundreds to freedom in the North as the most famous "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, an elaborate secret network of safe houses organized for that purpose."

"Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross; c. 1822[1] – March 10, 1913) was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and a Union spy during the American Civil War....

In 1849, Tubman escaped to Philadelphia, then immediately returned to Maryland to rescue her family. Slowly, one group at a time, she brought relatives with her out of the state, and eventually guided dozens of other slaves to freedom. Traveling by night and in extreme secrecy, Tubman (or "Moses", as she was called) "never lost a passenger". Her actions made slave owners anxious and angry, and they posted rewards for her capture. After the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was passed, she helped guide fugitives farther north into Canada, and helped newly freed slaves find work.

When the Civil War began, Tubman worked for the Union Army, first as a cook and nurse, and then as an armed scout and spy. The first woman to lead an armed expedition in the war, she guided the raid at Combahee Ferry, which liberated more than seven hundred slaves. After the war, she retired to the family home on property she had purchased in 1859 in Auburn, New York, where she cared for her aging parents. She was active in the women's suffrage movement until illness overtook her and she had to be admitted to a home for elderly African-Americans that she had helped to establish years earlier. After she died in 1913, she became an icon of American courage and freedom."...

From ScorpioCrow, 05-16-2015, 06:31 PM
"Harriet Tubman?
It is very unfortunate that we do not know for sure when she was born. According to several biographies she was born in either 1820 or 1821 (into slavery), which tells us very little about what her chart might have looked like. Slaves' birthdays were not recorded. Darn!!

I'm sure if we did know, there would be significant aspects indicating her place in the fight for freeing slaves. If freedom = Jupiter, perhaps she had a prominent Jupiter or Pluto (radical change - it's said on this forum that a lot of celebrities and well-knowns have Pluto prominent)...

If an analysis of her personality is possible (maybe via quotes, etc), it might be feasible to reconstruct her chart. Like if she showed, for example, Cancer Moon and Scorpio Sun traits, we could assume she had those placements and determine a possible birthday from that.

Oh yeah, I just remembered that when she was about twelve she suffered a head injury which put her in a coma for like a month, and would fall asleep at random times for the rest of her life as a result. Sounds like an Aries/Pisces issue to me. She died at about 93 years old in 1913, if that helps rectify a chart."

Pisces (Feb. 19 to March 20)
"Harriet Tubman: March 10, c. 1820
Wherever selfless acts are found, so too is probably at least one Pisces. Harriet Tubman was born into slavery, so it was easy for her to understand why it was necessary to help others escape this inhuman condition, as she had done. As a result of a brutal accident caused by an irate slave owner, Harriet suffered a head injury which was said to have caused her to have visions -- vivid dreams and claims that she was receiving message from God. Given that she was born under the most visionary sign in the zodiac, it could be that Harriet truly was inspired by a power greater than anyone on the earthly plane.”

From "Harriet Tubman and Ashanti traditions of dreaming" posted by Robert Moss
Adapted from The Secret History of Dreaming by Robert Moss. Published by New World Library. Source notes for quotes and facts here are in the book.
..."Harriet Tubman is an exemplar of how dreaming can contribute to liberating people and communities from an unjust order.

Harriet Tubman famous conductor of the Underground Railroad helped many escaping slaves to get to freedom in the years before the American Civil War. She used dreams and visions of maps to get parties of fugitive slaves across otherwise unknown terrain, even across a flooded river....

In 1907, a reporter for the New York Herald plucked this from her memories: “The old mammies to whom she told dreams were wont to nod knowingly and say, ‘I reckon youse one o’ dem Shantees, chile.’ For they knew the tradition of the unconquerable Ashantee blood, which in a slave made him a thorn in the side of the planter or cane grower whose property he became.”

The “Ashantee”, or Ashanti, are a matrilineal people of the forests and highlands of Ghana, known in Harriet’s time as the Gold Coast. Recollections of gossip heard in childhood are not evidence that Harriet had Ashanti blood, but they suggest that the Ashanti were known where she grew up, and she was associated with them in people’s minds...

Harriet said she inherited special gifts — including the ability to travel outside the body and to visit the future — from her father, who “could always predict the future” and “foretold the Mexican war”.
We have an interesting source on Ashanti dreaming in Captain Robert S. Rattray, a British “government anthropologist” stationed in the Gold Coast before and after World War I. Rattray became a passionate student of the Ashanti, who called this Scot “Red Pepper” because of his blazing red hair. Though sometimes baffled by the mobility of consciousness among the West Africans he interviewed, he did his best to record Ashanti dream practices.

“To the Ashanti mind,” Rattray explains, “dreams are caused either by the visitations of denizens of the spirit world, or by spirits, i.e. volatile souls of persons still alive, or by the journeyings of one’s own soul during the hours of sleep.” In the Ashanti language, “to dream” is so dae, which literally means “to arrive at a place during sleep” — implying travel.

For the Ashanti, dream incidents are real events. If you sleep with another man’s wife, for example, you are held to be guilty of adultery and may be punished for it.

Flying is a common experience in Ashanti dreams. “If you dream that you have been carried up to the sky…and that you have returned to the ground…that means long life.” This certainly held true for Harriet Tubman, who lived to be at least ninety-one.”...

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  1. Thank you for the awesome information about Harriet Tubman!
    As you had an intrest in Astrology, we did an tribute to Harriet Tubman by looking at her birth chart. Although unfortunately, as your blog states her birthdate wasn't recorded, we were able to focus on her Pluto. An outer, slow moving planet which is generational.
    Since we can't post pictures here, here's the link about her Pluto in Pisces in the 10th house :)

    1. Greetings, AstroLuminary.

      You're welcome and thanks for sharing your facebook page about Harriet Tubman's Pluto in Pisces in the 10th house.

      Here's that a hyperlink: