An unlikely and inspiring hero has arisen out of the coronavirus panic. Captain Tom Moore, an army veteran, decided to raise £1000 ($1250) for health charities by completing 100 laps of his garden on his walking frame before his 100th birthday on April 30. So far his crowd funding has raised £21 million ($26.25m). He’s finished walking and is now doing global media interviews.
Born 30 April 1920 in Keighley, England into a family of builders, he served in WW11 in India and Burma. After the war he became managing director of a concrete firm and raced motorcycles.
He’s a stalwart Sun Taurus in a confident and super-optimistic square to Neptune Jupiter in Leo, and his Sun is also on the focal point of an innovative mini-Grand Trine to Uranus trine Pluto, with his Uranus opposition Saturn in Virgo. Plus a passionately enthusiastic Venus in Aries opposition Mars in Libra.
Tr Uranus has been sparking off his natal Uranus, Pluto and Saturn very recently; and tr Uranus will, within weeks, square his Neptune Jupiter and conjunct his Sun – all of which would prompt him to take the initiative. His Jupiter Neptune conjunction which can be head-in-the-clouds but has an aura about it, has moved by Solar Arc to within less than a degree of a conjunction with his intense Scorpio North Node with his Solar Arc Sun exactly square. A Scorpio North Node isn’t the easiest of placings but it does give a drive for success at all costs. Which in an odd way his contribution has become, even if it wasn’t quite on the scale he intended.
Add on: I’m constantly struck by the number of war veterans who lived through horrendous hardship and survived to a ripe old age.
Thomas Hermiston has just died at 103, who grew up mainly in care after his mother died, went into the army and served in WW11 in the Chindits behind enemy lines in Japanese territory.
His obituary says: ‘Living in some of the world’s most challenging terrain, the unconventional band operated in jungle and hill country, in extreme humidity and temperatures of more than 100F. Relying solely on air-dropped rations, they often went days without food. In monsoon season the incessant rain rotted their clothes and many perished from malaria and scrub typhus. To make matters even more arduous they each carried upwards of 80lbs of possessions and weapons on their back – half their own bodyweight – and slept in the open where they could. They shed stones within weeks and by the time they left the battlefield were walking shadows of their former selves. Almost all were hospitalised and most suffered Chindit Syndrome – a combination of two or three conditions such as malaria, dysentry and septic jungle sores which stood no chance of healing in the humidity. Few could stomach solid food.’ After the war he became a PT teacher.
He was born 23 September 1916 in Edinburgh and apart from his Libra/Virgo Sun square Pluto, had chart similarities to Tom Moore – Jupiter in Taurus opposition Mars in Scorpio square Neptune in Leo; with Mars trine Pluto. Optimism and determination and surprisingly strong Neptunes.
His wife died 30 years ago and by choice he lived alone at home until he died.