Can I cross the Antarctic in 85 days?
by Andrew J. Bevan, QHP, DMS Astrol (c) 1996
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The question was phrased by the Norwegian Explorer BÝrge Ousland, known as the first man to reach the North Pole alone, unaided. Unaided means without dogs and without assistance from outside world during the trip by either means of food or other supplies. Now Ousland wants to attempt become the first man to cross the Antarctic on those same terms. All food and necessities are packed into a pulk which he has to pull behind him over a distance exceeding 2500 km.
One of the reasons why he wants to know whether the Antarctic can be crossed in 85 days is because weight is crucial and he doesn't want to carry more bulk weight than necessary, meaning an 85 day food ration. Additionally, five other men will attempt to cross the Antarctic, like BÝrge, at the same time, which makes it into a competition between the six of them of who will be the first to succeed. BÝrge made a similar attempt to cross make this trip in the winter of 95-96, but was forced to abandon his main ambition after reaching the pole, due to loss of provisions. BÝrge Ouslands question was asked at 09.08 LST, or 07.08 GMT, on Sept. 4. 1996, Oslo. 
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BÝrge intends to start on his strenuous journey across the ice on either 1st or 2nd of November and wants to know which of these days is most beneficial for him in view of his potential to achieve his aim. To this I observed the Moon's passage through Cancer on November 1st, only to apply to opposition of Neptune before going Void of Course. I was sure that this was no good and would take him no where, but if he starting after the Moon's entry into Leo, Ousland would have the journey ahead of him. The time I elected was between 11.20 GMT and 13.00 GMT. The Moon would then have separated from the opposition of Uranus, saving him from the unexpected, but after having been taken up to the starting point by plane, BÝrge, the individualist, would be left alone on the ice with his mission up front. The Moon applying by trine to retrograde Saturn in Aries, shows his ability to accomplish in the extremely cold and isolate part of nature. Moon then moves to trine Pluto in Sagittarius, which I felt confident would promote his ability to stretch, move "mountains" or borders in terms of the long journey he intends to accomplish. Luna lastly applies to the sextile of Venus, dignified in her own domicile, and conjunct the Moon's North Node; I was sure this promoted success in his venture and would bring him safely home.  
Concerning the horary, I observed the question was asked on the day of Mercury and hour of Saturn. These two lords are friendly attuned, as they both are cold and dry of their natural powers. Saturn, lord of the hour, is exalted in the Libra ascendant, which also is of his triplicity, so the chart is radical and his question not without merit. The relationship by exaltation gives strength and fortitude in matters of competition and exertion. Saturn is the perfect lord of hour for someone who contemplates to cross the Antarctic in extreme cold and isolation. However, the lord of the hour does oppose the ascendant, as it almost goes without saying that Ouslands mission cannot be achieved without going to considerable trouble.  
I noted that both luminaries were in the signs of Mercury, which indeed is an auspicious condition to be found on a Wednesday. On these terms alone, as given above, it is safe to confirm the question and state that the querent may achieve his aims.  
BÝrge Ousland, the querent, is represented by the Libra ascendant, planets in the first house, and almuten of the first, which is Saturn. That Saturn should represent the querent is also indicated by the fact that Saturn is lord of the hour. That Saturn is strong by angularity, but in his fall and retrograde which is ill of reputation and must be explained. Although BÝrge presently weighs 88kg and is well built, this is merely a means for him to carry extra energy with him into the Antarctic, and body weight at a time his pulk also is at it's heaviest. But BÝrge is generally of a lean build, and when he came back from his last expedition there was only 65kg, or the mere bones, left of him. Personal hygiene is also a complication and largely disregarded when passing through such extreme cold temperatures. As BÝrge says, his socks eventually stand of themselves. Saturn is retrograde and BÝrge returns to perform a feat that was uncompleted on a previous attempt. The Moon in Gemini might mean doing something twice.  
Do notice that Saturn is in reception with Mars, who is in his terms and has dignity by triplicity, elevation and migration by the presence of Venus to offer; Mars in his own triplicity is the trade and industry that sponsors Ouslands expedition. They have interest in Ousland through advertising potential and through lectures. Saturn is in both the domicile and face of Mars; Ousland is foremost an athlete and warrior of build and ambition. Saturn is also in the terms of Jupiter; He is an explorer of business and has written books about his travels; Saturn is in reception with Jupiter, since the latter is in his sign and has dignity by face to offer. The expedition has value in terms of accomplishment and geographical exploration. These receptions give Ousland, signified by Saturn, merit to be a place he does not belong.  
The Moon's north node is in the first house, which favours success in his venture. Then there is Mercury, who is in his first station and on the cusp of the ascendant. Mercury is extremely significant in the chart because he is lord of the day and dispositor of both the luminaries. Regarding Mercury's station I judge that the journey is controversial and Ousland is pushing the possible to the limit, but, as according to Bonatus, the first station is better than retrogradation. His angularity in the same sign as the north node is affirmative. The luminaries, Mercury and Ascendant in the signs of the inferiors hasten business, says Bonatus.
Regarding the journey, these details are revealed by the Moon who is the co-significator of any question, intercepted in Gemini in the 9th house. The 9th house signifies a long travel, which due to the interception takes Ousland way beyond the reach of common people. It is interesting to note how the Moon travels towards her extreme Southern latitude.  
The Moon separates from the sextile of Ouslands signifier. Saturn, and shows the progress of his venture. I took 1 degree to symbolise 1 day in time to find the details of his path through the snow and ice. Of great importance I noted the time for when the Moon would reach the conjunction of Mars and Venus, two polarities, and predicted that Ousland would reach the pole point on the 50th day. Ousland confirmed his estimate of reaching the pole point between the 45th and 50th day. I added to my deduction that he was likely to encounter unpredictable forces, as provided by nature on the 49th day, as the Moon opposed Neptune. This could be bad weather, fog or moisture and it would be his issue to avoid energy leaks. Ousland added that pushing himself too hard during the first leg of his trip may seriously deplete him of his energies for the remaining travel from the Pole point and out, so my prediction of reaching the Pole on the 50th day was satisfactory and provided the better strategy.
I noted that the Moon entered Leo on the 53rd day, which would indicate a change of rhythm and applied to the opposition of Uranus on the 54th day. This prediction is similar to the one cast for the opposition to Neptune but of an opposite nature. Ousland said that at this time he expected winds to pick up on his way out from the Pole point so that he could use a parachute as a sail to drift him along the snow banks.
On the 84th day the Moon would be directed to the conjunction of Regulus, the Royal fixed star, before entering Virgo which is in the 11th house of hopes and wishes; Virgo which contains the Sun, and is disposed by Mercury in the Ascendant. From this I judged that his journey would be completed on the 84th day, which means he may complete it in less than 85 days and his expedition will be successful. The End.

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