The adventures of explorer Børge Ousland
by Andrew J. Bevan, QHP, DMS Astrol (c) 2005
"Travelling by bus, boat, train or plane can occasionally be hazardous, but venturing single-handed and unsupported by skies to the North or South Pole raises other questions than those that can be resolved in any academic sense by reference to an appropriate timetable or travelguide."
The Nativity of Børge Ousland & Horary charts
The Birth Chart of the Explorer
 Will I succeed in winning the race to the North Pole?
Will my Husbands expedition across the Antarctic be successful?
Upon the Success of a New Attempt to cross the Antarctic solo and unaided?
Børge Ousland
Børge Ousland, born 06.50 LST (04.50 GMT), on May 31. 1962, Oslo, is one of THE greatest Norwegian explorers of modern time. His name stands out alongside with those of other famous Norwegian explorers like Amundsen, Nansen, Heyerdahl, Næss and Kagge. Ousland has many outstanding achievements to his name. On April 22.1994, after a journey lasting for 52 days with temperatures dropping well below -35C, he became the first person to reach the North Pole single handed and unaided. Then on January 17.1997, he became the first person to cross the Antarctica alone, covering a staggering distance of 2845km on skies and without receiving outside aid or supplies during his travel. Both feats require incredible endurance and the ability to prevail in extreme cold temperatures and the most hostile of weather conditions. Today Ousland is a recognised author, lecturer and he arranges expeditions to either pole for the bold and hardheaded. He has an excellent website that is a must for anyone interested either Polar exploration or who wants to learn something about those motivation factors that will drive a man to accomplishment.
Børge Ousland consulted astrology prior to his successful expeditions to the North Pole and across Antarctica in 1996-7. Although the initial reason for these consultations was due to the keen interest and concern of his spouse, Wenche, who, after all, while her husband would be gone for months adventuring across the deserts of snow and ice, she was that party who would be left behind to take care of the home and their son, Max. Wenche felt that she needed the guidance of astrology to be able to be supportive to Børge who would be challenged to the extreme during his monthlong missions into icicle marvel.
Now there is no doubt in my mind that Ousland would have set out on his conquest of the Poles and also achieved his aims without the aid of astrology but his philosophical mind considered the questions of failure or success and the dangers of such travels to open for an entirely different set of variables than may be resolved in an academic manner. Questions regarding the safety and success in a solo venture to the Pole could not be resolved in the same manner one referred to a bus table regarding the estimate times of departure and then arrival at a desired destination. In this sense, through his expeditions Børge took himself out the comfortable realm of the modern world and back to a time or rather situation where the access to essential information, security and support was meagre. Reasonable questions that could have been presented the astrologer of antiquity would include concerns of the whereabouts and well being of an absent part, regarding sickness or health, or of the danger or safety to be connected with travel. Today many of these roles of the medieval astrologer have been replaced by an entire new range of civil servants, but there are still areas where the question of fate and outcome still remains in the balance and where astrology may prove its usefulness.
Any successful challenge into he wilderness of extreme cold and ice relies upon a large number of components that all have to perform to perfection. Any error in judgement or malfunction of equipment may prove fatal to the expedition. Børge, on his own, is at the prey of the forces of nature. Upon his successful venture across the Antarctica in 1996-7, Børge had among the carefully selected items that he carried with him, and bear in mind every gram was ruthlessly discriminated (where even provisions were cut to the bone and the toothbrush lost its handle); among those items Ousland that bore on his body there was a small transcript of events that may astrologically be foreseen in regard to the different stages of his journey. This was not only to be prepared for any unexpected hindrance or delay, as may be caused by bad weather, fog, lack of wind (essential for ski-sailing across great savannas of snow and ice) or other unaccounted twists of nature but he also considered the astrological indications an important motivation factor. It made it possible for him to look ahead toward future landmarks and challenges, which when met would indicate that he was moving forward and closing in on the accomplishment of his task. Ousland sent me a personal greeting and 'thank you' via his press contact upon completing his 2845km long skitrip across the Antarctica. He also included acknowledgements in the back of his book 'Alone across the Antarctic' 1997.
This page provides links to interpretations on the natal chart of Børge Ousland and also those horary charts cast in conjunction with his quests.

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