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Carter himself once suggested that the coastal area of "Bournemouth
and the neighbourhood are almost certainly under Pisces" (An
Introduction to Political Astrology page 98. See also his different
classifications of geographical rulerships in general in this volume).
At the time of his birth in the late 19th century the sea-side resort
of Bournemouth was only an infant borough, situated between the
older harbour towns of Christchurch to its east and Poole to its
west. (Running along latitude approximately 51° 43' North, from
01° 45' West to 02°00' West). Parkstone, named after a special
megalithic stone that once stood there, covers an area just to the
east of Poole centred approximately 01° 57' West.
Charles Carter's large family home at Parkstone Heights, (the building
is still in existence but is now subdivided into flats), had panoramic
views overlooking Poole Bay on one side and a short walk to one
of the pottery works beside the main Ringwood Road on the other.
This pottery no longer survives but a pub across the road still
bears the name The Pottery.
The panoramic view out accross
Poole Harbour from nearby Charles Carter's family home.
|A view back towards Parkstone
from Poole. The arrow marks the white tower of
Charles Carter's family home, clearly visible amidst the tree
tops high up on the hill.
may be an appropriate energy for a piece of southern England that
not only borders the sea, but holds a unique and to some a 'sleepy'
atmosphere due both to its sheltered position and its thick blanket
of pine trees. A lone traveller on this coastal path in the 19th
century would have found a wild and mostly unpopulated area between
the towns, inhabited only by nature and some large gypsy camps.
Watching from the cliffs as the wheel of stars turned silently into
the sea, it would be no surprise to learn that two pivotal names
in modern astrology (Alan Leo and Charles Carter) would have associations
with this coastline. As Bournemouth grew into a fashionable Victorian
health resort, attracting the rich and infirm, it was not only physicians
and hoteliers that thrived. Un-numbered clairvoyants, palmists,
card-readers, phrenologists - and astrologers - quietly flourished
behind the lace curtains. While other sea-side towns enjoyed the
spice of the "naughty nineties", this Pisces area was
less openly brash. In parts a romantic retirement haven away from
the world; it was also imbued with an aura of mystery that the occult-loving
Victorians and Edwardians found irresistibly attractive.
Leo became a regular visitor in the late nineteenth century when
he was courting his future wife Bessie and teaching her astrology.
Sometimes - in her recollection - drawing sign and planetary symbols
on the beach with a stick in the sand. The Bournemouth branch of
the Theosophical Society was the busy astrological hub of their
world, but Carter was then only a boy and did not meet Alan Leo
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