ISSUE NO. 28
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An Egg and Three Kisses:
For most of us we connect Easter with eggs. So we thought it would be of interest to consider some of the parans in the chart of the man who, in 1885, gave eggs to jewellery: Peter Carl Fabergé . The son of a jeweller, Fabergé began what was to become his trademark when he presented Czar Alexander III with a bejewelled egg that the Czar had commissioned as a gift for his wife, Czarina Maria Feodorovna. Easter is the most important feast of the Russian Orthodox Church calendar, celebrated with the exchanging of eggs and three kisses. The egg reminded Czarina Maria of her homeland and from that moment on it became an Imperial tradition: the Easter gift was to always have an egg shape and it was to contain a surprise which was to be kept a secret. When Czar Alexander III died, his son, Nicholas II, continued the practice and over this time, fifty-six Imperial eggs were created, including eggs commemorating the coronation of Czar Nicholas II, the completion of the Trans Siberian Railway, the Uspensky Cathedral, the Gatchina Palace, and during the time of war, the Red Cross and the military.
of the Great Square of Pegasus, this star adds intellect and
the challenge of logic to his personal and
business networks. Brady writes of this star in Starlight:
Thus we begin to see that this love of independence of thought and difference expressed by the Venus-Uranus natally is being emphasized in the fixed stars that connect with the Venus by paran. This is seen most clearly when his younger brother Agathon, a trained jeweler, joined him in the business in 1882, for it was then that a new dimension came into Fabergé’s work. The two began to make copies of ancient Russian treasures and sell them. Their designs were inspired by historical art works imitated or copied by Fabergé from his travels or from the Hermitage, a treasury which stored all of the precious objects of the Russian czars, including gold artifacts and ancient treasures and where Fabergé volunteered his time.
However, until that time many felt the value of jewelry was
intrinsic, based upon the precious metals and stones that were used in the
piece, such as malachite, jade and lapis lazuli. Fabergé believed it was
the fine craftsmanship of
that made it art and that it was this artistic creativity
that transcended bullion value.
As one visitor to an exhibition of the Fabergé eggs at the Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia wrote:
The eggs are each unique masterpieces with
intricate designs and clever
Fabergé also has the following:
is on the nadir
Altair is the bright star in the Eagle and is associate with boldness of action and thought. Again, the story of his natal Venus in Aries conjunct Uranus is being underscored with Altair in paran with Venus, allowing him to take a non-mainstream approach and changing the idea of value in jewellery (Venus).
The hard work that makes it happen: Fabergé’s Saturn
Fabergé’s Saturn is in Pisces conjunct his Moon, suggesting an empathic connection with mother but which suffers from some form of separation anxiety at birth. Without a birth time, we do not know the natal house placement or house rulerships of this Moon-Saturn. However, the Fabergé family is French by origin. Their home had been the village of La Bouteille in the Picardy region of North Eastern France and they were Huguenots in a predominantly Roman Catholic country. In 1685 King Louis XIV of France revoked the Edict of Nantes and they lost religious freedom and civil liberty and fled east, living over the next 150 years firstly in East Germany, then Livonia, then Russia. Given this background, it is possible this Moon-Saturn may be an inherited pattern, particularly since Faberge repeated this pattern of escape later in his own life.
More closely, young Fabergé was educated in Germany and gained his apprenticeship as a goldsmith there. His father was a Master Goldsmith in St Petersburg but retired at the age of forty-six in order to live in Dresden, leaving the business in the hands of two managers, and at the age of twenty- four, his elder son.
Taking over as head of his father’s business suggests the striking once more of this bitter-sweet chord, the gift of responsibility mixed with the wrench of emotional separation. Yet under this Saturn sits some potent fixed stars:
In his young years Saturn is rising as Deneb Algedi is rising
A person who believes in the value of persistence and hard work
Deneb Algedi is the star in the tail of Capricornus, the sea-goat, the law-giving, justice-orientated ancient god who is trying to civilize his people. Translated into this star-planet paran in Fabergé’s pre-Saturn Return years tells us that he has the strength not only for such early responsibility but the gift of hard work that can achieve productivity through a genuine desire to help through a leadership role.
As well, Saturn is rising as Sirius is setting
To be a founder of an institution; an idea that goes from strength
Fabergé changed the face of jewellery through his designs and raised the humble egg to exquisite proportions, all because the most important feast of the Russian Orthodox Church calendar is Easter, celebrated with the exchanging of eggs and three kisses.
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