Thor’s Hammer exposes scandals, and clandestine behavior and how much they will affect you depends upon whether the luminaries or the Ascendant are effected. In Sir Francis Bacon’s, the man accredited with insisting upon experimentation to buttress observation and so considered the Father of Scientific Research, chart it was a deadly combination: first disloyal to his patron and then a corrupt judge.

Bacon’s Inductive Reasoning

At Cambridge, Bacon read and studied the Scholastics and came to the conclusion they were wrong: observation was not the end all in science for observation without experimentation could be misleading. Sometimes things are not as plain as Bacon wanted: it took until 1967 when Neil Armstrong was on the the Moon did we know for a fact, that Galileo’s theory of falling objects and gravity fields and Galileo came to this conclusion by observation — he knew little math and of course could not test his theory.

The Scientific Method

Still his method has been the backbone of Western thought since his rigorous reorganization of science, and his ardent belief that a four-prong analysis of attacking a problem, really any problem but most typically used in the sciences, should be applied is a non-pareil. Basically he outlined a series of steps for systemically analyzing a problem — any problem. The first step is the Hypothesis — the idea that a problem exists. This could be anything from why your boyfriend is not as interested in you to why your lawn is turning brown. The key is that it is a problem that concerns you greatly.

The second step, is Collecting Data. This is a rather important step and is the most error prone because we often have biases of what we think is wrong: your boyfriend has another girlfriend, your lawn is over fertilized, thus this step requires digging up all sorts of clues and perhaps interviewing others for further information. When you have turned over every stone, looked at every possibility then you can proceed to step 3. There is though a possibility that you may have to return to Step Two if something or someone new appears.

The third step is Proposing a Hypothesis. This is a possible explanation of what is going wrong based not on your hunches but on what you uncovered in Step Two. That is the key. If Step Two did not find anyone who admitted to seeing another girlfriend, it is true they could be lying but they also could be telling the truth. Left with the data you have, you have to believe there is no one else and the idea that he is busy from too much work is really the culprit. As for your lawn, questioning family how close you were with each pass, or just examining the pattern on the lawn maybe the key.

Fourth Step, Testing the Hypothesis. Now that you have a theory you have to set up a series of experiments to prove it. You now believe he is over working so why no ask, Are you getting overtime for all this work? And start that discussion. If he is not, then why is he doing it? If the answer is he is bored, well no matter how you like to hear it, the fault is not with another but with yourself. As for the lawn, sad but true, you did not follow directions. Time to figure out how to solve the problem you created, in both cases.

After Cambridge

Bacon was well loved by Queen Elizabeth. His father, Sir Nicholas Bacon, was a courtier, lawyer and very well educated and stood in high regard with her, where he was promoted to “lord keeper,” or the holder of the Great Seal of the State that had to be applied to all official edicts. His mother, Lord Nicholas’s second wife, was the daughter of Sir Anthony Cooke, King Edward the Sixth’s tutor, thus he came from an esteemed and very well educated background. He has matriculated from Trinity College, Cambridge at the age of thirteen and by sixteen he bemoaned the current state of scientific investigation leading to his analysis and recommendation of the Scientific Method.

Things were going well when he got a position in France, and then his father died: the Moon in Aries loss of a nurturing parent pointing to the father not the mother in this case, perhaps because it is in the fifth house naturally the home of Leo. Unfortunately, Lord Nicholas left his family a very small fortune as towards the end because he had fallen out of favour.

The son despite his mother’s wealthy brothers and cousins, did not fare well. They were jealous of his intellectual talents and ignored him at every turn. Needing some career to make money, Bacon turned to the law, the tenth house in Gemini shows two occupations, but alas it also represents double dealing as well. He hated the law and through his step-brother he met Robert, Earl of Essex. Quick to spot a smart young ma,, Essex befriended him and Bacon became his private secretary, a good berth those days. Essex supported him as Attorney General, but Lord Burleigh won that round with Elizabeth telling Essex that Bacon was “nice chap but rather silly.”

Bacon’s rising Star

Fortune changed and as Bacon’s legal standing rose, while Essex’s fell because of the fiasco in Ireland. Finally Bacon, in what could only be seen as a truly vile act, betrayed his patron and good friend at his trial lying that the letters Essex’s claimed were sent on his engagements with Tyrone were fabrications. (see the clip above ). Essex went to the gallows and was beheaded; Bacon lived and married a woman who hated and cheated on him (Venus opposite the ascendant next to Pluto, the other men). It is hard to sympathize.

Neptune at Taurus 28 at the midheaven, reminiscent of Charles Manson, shows how he would turn on another for his own benefit, but the Thor’s Hammer highlights t while he escaped that treachery, his bribery would eventually catch up with him and get him into the Tower of London under James I, Elizabeth’s successor. His personal secretary was David Hume, the great Empiricist who believed everything is sensation and the mind is a “tabula rasa” i.e. blank slate, bringing back the Epicureanism of Ancient Rome. Hume learnt nothing from Bacon’s mishaps strangely enough, and was a corrupt judge prone to bribery.

Bacon Wrapup

The proposed chart for the great polymath Sir Francis Bacon
Gold houses mark the Thor’s Hammer in Bacon’s Splash Temperament Type

Still Bacon was a great scientist, a gifted writer — for years it was thought he was William Shakespeare, a theory propagated by the American Ignatius L. Donnelly, the man who brought us the myths of Atlantis — but alas he was craven man, for no one is perfect, at least not in politics. He died from the aftermath of a trying to freeze a hen to see if that would really delay putrefaction on April 9th 1626. His only heir was his grieving widow.