I have frequently noted in studying well-documented reincarnation cases, that transiting Saturn is in hard contact with the natal North Node (conjunct, square or opposed) when a past life memory emerges — either consciously or subconsciously.

The Case of Margaret Kempthorne and Gladys Deacon

Gladys Deacon was born on January 25, 1900 in Leicestershire, England (birth time unknown). As a young child she had a phobia of falling down, and a fondness for the name Margaret.

At age 11 while on a family Christmas trip to visit Dorset (in December 1911, a place she had never been before), Gladys found the area extremely familiar. She told her brother, ‘When I was quite a little girl I lived in a house near here. I remember running down a hill in that field with two grown-ups holding my hands and we all fell down and I hurt my leg badly.” She even described the clothes in detail that they had been wearing. She said as well, “My name was Margaret then.”

Encapsulating this Christmas time period are two very important Solar Arcs involving the natal North Node: SA Venus was square the North Node (May 2011) and SA Jupiter was conjunct the North Node (April 1912).

It wasn’t until 17 years later in 1928 when Gladys was 28 years old with transiting Saturn conjunct her natal North Node that she was able to validate her past life recollection as a young girl.

In 1928, while Gladys was traveling with her employer through Dorset, they encountered a flat tire, and stopped at a cottage for tea. Gladys saw an old portrait hanging on the wall and realized to her amazement that she recognized herself in the portrait as a young child running down the same hill. In this portrait, the young girl was wearing the exact clothing that Gladys saw in her past life memories when she was 11 years old.

She learned from a woman at the cottage that the young girl in the portrait was Margaret Kempthorne who at the age of 5 had fallen down the hill, broken her leg and never recovered. She died two months later.

Margaret Kempthorne was born as well on the same date, January 25th, in 1830 and died on October 11, 1835. Gladys was born 65 years after Margaret died.

Learn more about the reincarnation case of Gladys Deacon and Margaret Kempthrone.

Gladys Deacon's Birth Chart

Margaret Kempthorne's Birth Chart


I have frequently noted in studying well-documented reincarnation cases, that transiting Saturn is in hard contact with the natal North Node (conjunct, square or opposed) when a past life memory emerges — either consciously or subconsciously.

Here are a few fascinating case examples for study:

The Case of John Elliotson and Dr. Norm Shealy

Dr. Norm Shealy, a world famous neurosurgeon, inventor, writer and specialist in pain management, was born on December 4, 1932 in Columbia, South Carolina (birth time unknown).

In January 1972, at age 39, while attending a lecture at the Neuroelectric Society in Aspen, Colorado, he learned about his past life as John Elliotson, a 19th century British physician who was also a medical trendsetter and pain specialist (Elliotson was born October 24, 1791 in Southwark, London; birth time unknown; he died July 29, 1868).

When Shealy heard the lecturer Dr. William Kroger say, “In the last century a British physician demonstrated that you could operate on patients who were mesmerized. His name was John Elliotson,” Shealy said he felt as if someone had thrust an iceberg down his back and said to himself, “My God, that’s me.”

Immediately after, Shealy contacted a medical librarian to learn about John Elliotson but no information could be found. Hence in June 1972, Dr. Shealy traveled to London to research Elliotson’s life.

Upon his arrival, he was intuitively guided with the same “iceberg down his back” sensation to the University College Hospital of London where his office had been as John Elliotson. Shealy said that as soon as he walked into the building he felt at home. Transiting Saturn was square the natal North Node in June 1972.

Similarities in both lives highlight the reoccurrence of transiting Saturn to Shealy’s natal North Node:
John Elliotson had striking black curly hair and walked with a congenital limp. He was also the first physician in London who did away with wearing knickers.

Around the age of 4 or 5, Norm Shealy wanted black curly hair so badly that he cut off a lock of his aunt’s black hair. At that same age he also declared he was going to be a physician.

At age 9, Shealy refused to wear knickers and said he threw temper tantrums in rebellion. He also fractured his right tibia bone, which led to an infection. That’s when he was told that he would always walk with a limp. At age 9, transiting Saturn was square the natal North Node.

At age 16, Shealy dyed his hair black when he went off to college. He also said that this age was when he always thought he was going to be a neurosurgeon. At age 16, transiting Saturn was opposed the natal North Node.

John Elliotson graduated medical school at age 19. Norm Shealy entered medical school at age 19. Shealy went on to teach at Harvard and became a world renowned pain specialist, duplicating the professional direction of John Elliotson.

Dr. Norm Shealy's Birth Chart

John Elliotson's Birth Chart

Learn more about the reincarnation case of John Elliotson and Norm Shealy, MD, PhD.

More reincarnation case examples will be added frequently. Please check back soon.

I thought this was a good horoscope to share particularly with a dominant Neptune-Saturn square, which is often difficult to understand. It can register as confusing ambition or putting it to sleep; things can be doubted, pessimistic, threatening, insecure, or unknown.

The horoscope (Dec 12, 1963; 4:00 PM; Athens, Greece; Asc 03 Gem 36) shows a strong western hemisphere emphasis, with two dominant squares. The first square is Neptune (r. 11th)-Moon in Scorpio (r. 3rd) in the 6th square Saturn (r. 9th) elevated in the 10th near the MC: suggesting doubt about lovability and recognition probably linked to the father, carrying over onto the mindset; being idealistic, a perfectionist or escaping into a dream world. Neptune is quindecile the Ascendant, perhaps a protective veil over the persona.

The second square is Jupiter in Aries in the 11th (r. 7th, 8th) square Mercury (r. Asc, 2nd, 5th)-Mars (r. 12th) in Capricorn in the 8th house: suggesting anxiety about good things not lasting / doubt about the way things are going, linked to a lack of self-confidence about feeling special, valued or supported by others; as well we feel behavior over-compensating to make things happen and get things done strategically in his own way, in order to gain personal recognition. The Sagittarius Sun in the 7th quindecile the Ascendant echoes the drive for recognition, a “you will notice me” attitude.

The psychological theme in this man’s life IS all about doubting himself and being a perfectionist. No matter how successful he was with each of his endeavors, it was always “I could have done it better”, “If I had only done that or why didn’t I think of this.” Always beating himself up! Nothing he did was good enough. He is the biggest promoter of Grand Prix racing events and expositions in his country, and his most recent racing event last week was covered internationally by CNN, BBC, and many well-known sports networks. Wow, things couldn’t be better. He had just completed a two-year transit of Pluto conjunct his Sun in the 7th – talk about creating and arousing prominence! But his self-esteem was zero (and this man who is extremely attractive, kind, and sensitive).

When I asked him to tell me why his wife loves him, to tell me one positive quality about himself…he thought about it seriously and looked at me and said, “I really don’t know”. I said, “Oh come on my friend, I know you can tell me ONE thing you are proud of, one thing you like about yourself, one thing your friends admire about you?!” But honestly as hard as he tried he couldn’t come out with ONE thing! Boy, did we have self-worth issues to tackle here!

It all stemmed from his father. It wasn’t that his father wasn’t supportive of him, it was that his father never acknowledged his achievements, never gave him a pat on the back, never gave him any reinforcement of recognition. By never hearing his father comment on his grades in school or recognize any of his accomplishments, he interpreted his father’s silence as “he thinks I’m not good enough since he didn’t say anything…I should have done it better.” So as an adult, no matter what recognition he receives from the public, from his spouse, from his friends, he doesn’t believe the authenticity of their compliments (8th house tension) and his conditioned way of thinking is, “I should have done it better”!

Now here’s where Noel Tyl’s genius and guidance comes in (please read Noel’s article this month entitled “Filling in the Gaps”…wow, so powerful to use in consultation). I used Noel’s technique and cut out two circles from cardboard. I put one of the coaster’s on the desk and said, “Let’s see this circle as the ideal situation, the way you’d like to have things (the issue was about really feeling successful in his profession, without always doubting himself and needing to be perfect).” I gave him the other marker and said, “Now please put this in relation to the ideal marker, where you think you are with this issue right now.” He pointed to the far corner of the room and said, “Over there in the corner.” I said, “Okay, now please tell me, ‘what’s in between?” He said, “Doubt”.

So I said, “Let’s imagine the following…hypothetically what if…just what if, you didn’t doubt yourself anymore, you stopped trying to be perfect…how would things be different? How would your life change?” He thought about that and said, “you know, I’ve thought about that before, and when I allow myself to remove the doubt even if it’s only for 10 minutes, I feel so high as if I could take on anything, that I could tackle the world!!!” I said, “That’s exactly right, you could! Okay, we both know that the doubt is self-defeating…it’s disruptive, you know that and I know that. We know where it comes from…from the conditioning with your father. And you’ve just told me what you gain when you stop it…you said, ‘I feel as if I could take-on the world!’ Now please tell me, can you think of anything positive about the doubt? What purpose it serves in your life?” He responded, “No, none!” I said, “Bravo! That’s right, NONE! It doesn’t have any purpose whatsoever!” So he said, “Okay, now how can I stop the doubt when it starts to creep up into my mind?” And I said, “by being CONSCIOUS of it and taking back your power…every time you feel yourself slipping back into doubting yourself, you need to catch it right away and say, ‘No, I am not going there…this has no purpose in my life…this is self-defeating’, and each time you do that, you are taking control over the doubt, and the doubt is no longer taking control of you! And soon I guarantee you that you will start to see a difference…that over time you will no longer allow the doubt to have any power or control over you!”

Client's Birth Chart

Due to the speed of transiting Mars, this occurs about every two years, and for the most part will last 2 to 3 months. Should Mars turn retrograde, it can take 6 or 7 months to move through the 12th house.

What I’ve observed with myself is that everything seems to slow down, almost put on hold, and often I’ve found that a sense of “self-undoing” can seem right around the corner!

In my own horoscope, Mars is at the AP (00 Cancer) and rules the 12th house. Perhaps that contributes to what I’ve experienced each time tr. Mars visits its home stomping grounds, if you will.

Granted there will be other more significant transits and Solar Arcs occurring simultaneously. For example, this year when Mars was moving through the 12th, I also experienced the retrograde hit of tr. Neptune conjunct Mercury, the last hit of tr. Saturn opposed Mercury, and the final hit of tr. Saturn conjunct Uranus. With Mars moving through the 12th, it seems a bit grimmer!

Two years ago in 2005, Mars went retrograde through my 12th house for an extended period of 7 months. At that time the larger measurements were SA Saturn=Pluto, SA Pluto=Saturn, and tr. Pluto opposed the Moon.

Granted the background measurements may not form a pretty picture, but it just seems to me that tr. Mars through the 12th house has a void-of-course Moon feel to it.

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