The Resurrection of Mr. Rogers

If you’re keen on worshiping a human being, it’s best to choose someone deep in the annals of history. Find an ancient sage-king that taught humans to read, write, grow corn, or turn wheat into bread. Choose a being whose life is shrouded in mystery whose daily habits are completely unknown or lost in time.

You may even want to look to a galaxy far, far away for this person.

The closer in time your object of worship lived (or lives), the more likely that this person will have noticeable flaws. The more a being is physically present and near to you, the greater these flaws seem, sometimes to the point where you’d like them to leave the room because of the way they chew.

This is what Ohio Astrology calls The Idol-Time Inverse Adoration Curve. The data is currently being compiled and the book will be available in the next decade or two. If bookstores still exist then, look for it there.

For now, Ohio Astrology recommends when choosing a person of worship and adoration, think “time and distance.” Absence, you may have heard, makes the heart grow fonder.

Mr. Rogers Films

Speaking of idols, the late Fred Rogers who created the children’s show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood is the subject of two recent films – the 2018 documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and this year’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood which is based on a true story of a journalist writing an article about Rogers.

In both films, the “saintliness” of Rogers is questioned – was he really that nice, that simple? Spoiler alert – neither will show you a Fred Rogers diametrically opposed to his on-screen image. If you’re a sensitive sort, both are tearjerkers.

Why resurrect Fred Rogers? And why now?

Pisces and Neptune

According to this Astrotheme horoscope, Rogers had both sun and moon in the sign of Pisces. His sun is in 29 degrees called the anaretic degree (the last degree of the sign) and his moon at 11 degrees. He also had Mercury and Venus at 2 degrees of Pisces for a total of four planets in Pisces.

In the 29th degree, it’s the end of a cycle of the energy, the extreme of the energy. What is Pisces energy?

Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac and is mutable and water. That means it’s the most flexible and adaptive of the signs, often to the point of sacrifice putting others’ needs first. Pisces is sensitive and empathetic in the extreme and often does not have clear emotional boundaries and picks up the feelings of others as its own. Pisces is the therapist who listens without judgment and who may fulfill its own needs by a subtle manipulation of yours. Pisces is dreamy and can seek to “escape” the harsh world of reality through drugs, alcohol or media. Or it can be extremely creative instead.

The ruler of Pisces is Neptune. Neptune is an ethereal, other-worldly energy which led astrologer Liz Greene to write an entire book on it. Neptune transits each sign for about 15 years and idealizes what that sign represents. Neptune is the desire to merge with others and that hazy glow of attraction is Neptune. Neptune is not the raw physical attraction, but the emotional and mystical attraction such as the screaming girls felt when seeing the Beatles.

Idols and gurus are Neptunian – they channel emotions for us and often take us out of ourselves. They inspire us to do things we might not do on our own (sometimes positive, sometimes not). They love us unconditionally.

Neptune rules moving picture which contains all of the facets of Neptune – emotional release, glamour, escape and manipulation.

Fred Rogers

Since 2011, Neptune has been transiting Pisces, the sign it rules. So it’s both comfortable and transmitting pure Neptunian energy. It’s idealizing itself.

At the time of the 2018 release of Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Neptune was at 16 degrees of Pisces and at about the same place for this year’s release of It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Because Neptune is so far away, it often appears to travel backwards (called retrograde) then goes forward again. Between the two film releases, Neptune went retrograde.

Neptune, then, is idolizing the energy brought forth by Fred Rogers beginning in 1968. In that year, there was an unusual conjunction of outer planets Pluto and Uranus in the sign of Virgo, which is the sign opposite Pisces. In 1968, they were traveling in 20-25 degrees of Virgo. Saturn was in Pisces at the time and challenge to authority was paramount.

According to the films on Rogers, he created his show because of what he saw on television, to provide an alternate, positive image for children. Remember that 1968 was a year of social upheaval, widespread recreational drug use and “counter culture. Think of Mr. Rogers’ red sweater during a time of bell bottoms and paisley prints. At the time, it might have felt backwards.

According to the documentary (as I never watched the show), serious themes were addressed, not bypassed such as war. What Rogers accomplished was truly Piscean – the processing of feelings, the feelings that occur during regular, human life.

To be male (in this country at least) and an open feeler is very brave. In fact, the only place where it is socially acceptable to be male and sensitive is in a religious life which Rogers also pursued. Rogers 29 degrees of sensitive Pisces actually allowed him to cross over into the 1 degree boldness of Aries – it was a bold choice, a streak of individuality. Fred Rogers made a decision to be 29 degrees of Pisces.

In other Pisces traits, we see Rogers swam daily (Pisces is represented by the fish and usually loves water) and had musical ability (which is both Neptunian and Venusian). Moving image, of course, being under the spell of Neptune.

Why Now?

As Neptune transits its own sign, we clearly need Neptunian figures. Neptune can be the rescuer, the savior. Unfortunately Neptune carries such spiritual power that we also project our negative onto it where it can become scapegoat and sacrificial object.

Our comfort in Neptune may stem from the abundance of ambitious Capricorn energy right now. Since 2008, Pluto has been transiting that sign. In very late 2017, Saturn joined. Jupiter just joined on December 2. Capricorn is an earth sign associated with authority, social conscious and social structures. Pluto is transforming all of this which is why society seems to be deconstructing itself. It’s a critical time of choice on how much we want others to control our lives.

As much as people say they dislike government and want it to change, no one wants their house to lose value or their job to move overseas. There is much humans proclaim that is out of sync with the striving for stability and material increases that drives most lives.

So along comes Neptune for comfort. And Neptune brings Mr. Rogers who gave us the message in 1968 that having a bad day was normal and we could feel our feelings and not let our feelings take us into chaos and aggression (too bad we didn’t listen).

As the great shifts in society occur, Neptune has resurrected Mr. Rogers, a man who walked with us but we mostly ignored because he didn’t seem real; he was something children could believe in but adults could not. And some tried (and still try) to make the saintly Rogers into a regular human, as he was, but looking for his flaws and hidden “badness.” And even if he was nasty in ways we do not yet know (or as a nasty co-worker proclaimed to me), I suspect Neptune will keep him on the pedestal of adoration at least for the next five years as it makes its way through Pisces.

There is, of course, always the option to stop worshiping other humans. There’s no law (right now) that says we must. But if we must, why not Mr. Rogers? Why not now?

About ohioastrology

I'm just another soul trying to make sense of the world. As I've grown, so has my understanding of astrology. I'd like to communicate that astrology is not occult and not fortune-telling but that it is a fluid, creative description of the life we choose to live.
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