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Alan Turing – a belated 80 years late tribute

 

Computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing will feature on the new design of the Bank of England’s £50 note. He was the technical genius behind Britain’s successful efforts to break German codes in World War II and was a mathematician, logician, computer scientist. His “Computable Numbers,” 1937, is considered one of the outstanding scientific papers of the 20th century, a blueprint for what would become the electronic digital computer and his “Universal Turing Machine” was an ancestor for the entire information age.

He got a posthumous apology from PM Gordon Brown for his treatment as a homosexual. There is now a suggestion that his supposed suicide in 1954 might have just been a chemical accident.

Born 23 June 1912 at 2.15 am London (his mother told Charles Harvey) he did have Uranus in its own sign, scientific Aquarius, exactly conjunct the Midheaven which sounds spot on. Though others placings in his chart are marginally puzzling. He had Cancer Sun, Mercury and Gemini Pluto Venus in the 2nd which rather suggests an obsession with money which doesn’t emerge from biographical details.

Genius-level mathematicians usually have very strong Neptune oddly enough and his Neptune in the 3rd house of thinking and communication was on the focal point of a T Square to a Moon opposition North Node. But it still seems strange to contemplate a fuzzy 3rd house Neptune as being the driving force to world-changing ideas. His only earth planet is Saturn in Taurus in the 12th sextile Uranus MC (= inventive) and sextile Neptune (= intuitive and creative).

His seminal paper on computable numbers would be written during the highly creative Saturn opposition Neptune of the mid-1930s. His time at Bletchley Park during WW11 saw him in his first Saturn return and had tr Uranus and Saturn trine his Uranus Midheaven, conjunct his Gemini Ascendant, square his Solar Arc Uranus MC and opposition his Jupiter. So good for flashes of intuition and a significant moment for him in his career.

When he died from cyanide poisoning on 7 June 1954 it was thought he made his suicide look deliberately accidental to protect his mother, though media stories are now promoting the notion that he mistakenly ingested the cyanide from a sloppy experiment.

I wouldn’t be surprised if it was suicide since he had tr Pluto conjunct his Sun/Moon midpoint that year which can be pretty anguished plus tr Uranus conjunct his very emphasised Neptune which would make him exceptionally highly strung; and tr Saturn in a career-setback square to his MC Uranus. On top of that he had tr Neptune, tr Uranus and tr Saturn all hitting Mars midpoints which would make him feel undermined, highly aggravated and depressed.

There’s no way of knowing but the fact that he appeared together to friends and colleagues is hardly a guide. People have an extraordinary way of hiding their deeper agonies from those around.

He had a good many creative quintiles and septiles in his chart. His craftsman 5th Harmonic is especially strong and talented with an Air Grand Trine formed into two Kites. His ‘wild genius’ 7th Harmonic is also rock solid with a Fixed Grand Square involving his Midheaven and the North Node – so tying him into the zeitgeist. His obsessional-idea 11th Harmonic and making-a-mark-on-history 17th Harmonic (like Steve Jobs) are also strong.

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3 thoughts on “Alan Turing – a belated 80 years late tribute

  1. I have that 3rd house Neptune and I think it gives great intuition and imagination (a number of notable writers have the placement also) but I agree, its terrible for anything academic or ‘finely tuned’ for a subject that must have exact answers and equations.

    When I did my degree a few years ago, I felt I struggled monumentally with the academic side. Subjects that must have specific answers and presented in an essay really muddled my thinking and kept making me question everything, which just compounded the stress. Give me a pen and paper though and tell me to write something creative, and I’m already off the starting blocks creating interior worlds.

    Awful how he was treated though. Glad we have come along somewhat over the decades.

  2. Was it suicide? Tropical astrology does not give us an answer….however if we use asteroids for suicide and poisoning, we get a ‘yes’. Asterods for poisoning are: Sokrates, Martina and Karel. Asteroids denoting suicide are Erigone, Williams, Elisa and Dido.
    These asteroids have been tested on thousands of charts.
    In Alan Turings triwheel converted to a 90 Degree tridial, on day of death we get:
    Natal Sun = Solar Arc Ascendant-Sokarates(poison)-Elisa(suicide)-Williams(suicide)
    =Dido(suicide)
    =Aries Point.

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