I. Edgar Rice Burroughs -- America's Early Time Traveler?
By J.e. Ante
Edgar Rice Burroughs who died in 1950 was most likely one of the first time travelers tasks by the American military. Since the time travel and teleportation discoveries in the late 1940s beginning with the Philadelphia Experiments the military has sought to prepare the public for the eventual discoveries of intelligent life on Mars and throughout the solar system. Few men were better qualified and mentally resilient enough to be the first to travel in time and space to the other worlds.
Since time travel was only discovered by the Americans in the late 1940s Burroughs must have written his Mars fictionalized accounts in the late 1940s and then time traveled them to his publishers back in 1911 when they were first published. This back dating and publishing of Burroughs Mars works was probably undertaken to prepare the masses in the future time for the discovery of the many bizarre lifeforms that existed on the Mars surface.
Many other science fiction writers of the late 1940s may have also been approached to travel in time and space and write about their experiences in fictionalized stories. Burroughs with military connects and his Pacific WW2 experiences was probably one of the first writers approached and successfully implemented into the time traveler and planetary teleport programs. But the question arises of whether he time traveled extensively off-planet to Mars, Venus, Moon, and the hollow Earth core or did he simply read and view photos and written accounts by the actual travelers and only write about it.
The other question is whether he spent extensive time in the past or future experiencing life and writing about it in other times and off world. Or did he stay in the present time only and read about other time traveler experiences. The fact that he describes the time travel, teleport technologies, and many strange Mars lifeforms closely as we know them today seems to show that he knew them intimately and saw off-world alien lifeforms directly.
Since the elite American military and political leaders did not reveal the secrets of time travel and teleportation and intelligent life on other planets to the masses much of Burrough's early efforts to write and publish his eleven book John Carter of Mars series and teleport them to his publishers in 1917 seems largely wasted.
Most of Burroughs works are action adventure science fiction of a hero who saves a beautiful girl from evil encounters against great odds with little more than brute force, special skills, and determination. This formula along with the colorful alien environments and many counter twists and suprises made Burroughs writings the most popular of his time. But the question remains what was his time and where did he spend most of it -- in the past, present, or future writing his popular novels of alien worlds.
Perhaps someday the military will declassify this information and the true story can be told again of one of America's first time and space travelers. And other successful science fiction writers and time travelers can be documented and acknowledged openly for the first time.
Burroughs most likely was contacted in 1911 by Army time travelers because his death was known to be in June of 1950. He was probably a little known businessman in his original timeline with no published works of his own to distinguish himself. He was probably contacted in 1911 at age 35 by military time travelers with a deal to publish their provided works which in return would make him a comfortable living as a writer. All he had to do was recopy them to his own notebooks and make small changes of his own. Even the rewrites would be handled by them. Probably a dozen or more science fiction writers in the early 1950s were tasked to write the Burroughs novels. Burrough's autobiographer provides ample clues that this was what happened.
"The Edgar Rice Burroughs of summer 1911 who entered hesitantly into the field of writing was almost a dual personality. To relatives and close friends he was a delightful man, a humorous practical joker and composer of fairy tales and clever drawings for favorite nieces and nephews. Yet in the business world where he struggled desperately for success he was matter-of-fact, never disclosing the creative imagination of a writer. For example, in a letter discussing his first story he used the stilted jargon of commerce: "It is purely a business proposition with me and I wish to deliver the goods in accordance with your specifications." Though this seems ludicrous, it must be remembered that Burroughs bore not only a suppressed talent but an accumulation of buried hopes, regrets, and frustrations. Approaching thirty-six, he probably viewed his present unhappy circumstances and the past years of random ventures and short-lived occupations with bewilderment and confusion. He had reached a dead end, unable to discover goals or direction." -- Irwin Porges, page 25, in autobiography-- Edgar Rice Burroughs The Man Who Created Tarzan.
Burroughs himself hints that he did not write his stories. He originally refers to himself in margin notes in the pen name of "By Normal Bean" referring to himself as a normal person. And he also summarizes his first Martian story to a magazine curiously in the third person. "The story is supposedly from the manuscript of a Virginian soldier of fortune who spends ten years on Mars, among the ferocious green men of that planet as well as with the highly developed and scientific race of dominant Martians, who closely resemble the inhabitants of Earth, except as to color. It is a member of this latter race which gives the story its name and at the same time infuses the element of love into the narrative." --- E.R. Burroughs page 29 in Irwin Porges autobiography of Burroughs.
But the telling clue of a time-travel Burroughs connection with the 1950s is the fact that the Martian John Carter of Mars series of books and articles was Burroughs first published works at age 36 with no previous writing or work experience. But the question remains what group of science fiction writers in the 1950s wrote the Burroughs novels for him to publish. And did Burroughs himself travel in time between 1947 and 1950. I would like to think that he did.
Burroughs opens his first published novel "Princess of Mars" with these words-- "I am a very old man; how old I do not know. I have never been like other men. I remember no childhood...." Pg 26, in Irwin Porges Burroughs autobiography. Perhaps the former old cowhand and cavalryman was given a chance to travel or live in time in his later years.
II. Astrological Report on Edgar Rice Burroughs
Natal Report for Edgar Rice Burroughs
September 1, 1875 ~ 9:00 PM ~ Chicago, Illinois
Calculated for: Local Mean Time, Time Zone 0 hours West
Latitude: 41 N 51 Longitude: 87 W 39
Positions of Planets at Birth:
Sun 9 Vir 12
Moon 4 Lib 51
Mercury 19 Vir 06
Venus 3 Vir 29
Mars 0 Cap 31
Jupiter 29 Lib 05
Saturn 21 Aqu 28
Uranus 17 Leo 06
Neptune 2 Tau 53
Pluto 23 Tau 38
N. Node 8 Ari 34
Asc. 12 Tau 55
MC 23 Cap 58
2nd cusp 11 Gem 40
3rd cusp 3 Can 11
5th cusp 18 Leo 43
6th cusp 23 Vir 54
Chapter 1: How You Approach Life and How You Appear To Others
You have a sensible and realistic outlook on life and your two feet are always planted firmly on the ground (though you may, on occasion, have your head in the clouds). Others often see you as a rock of strength, solid, reliable, dependable, and constant. You are, in fact, amazingly consistent for you possess great powers of endurance and do not like to make changes or adjustments in your regular routine. You do things deliberately and methodically and do not easily accommodate the unexpected. Though you have a gentle, even soft, appearance, you are enormously strong-willed and stubborn. You go at your own pace and refuse to be rushed or pushed into anything before you feel sure about it. You can be coaxed and persuaded by charm, beauty, love, or affection - but never forced. You won't fight either, but simply stubbornly resist any attempt to coerce you to do something you do not want to do.
When you have a purpose, you are extremely fixed, immovable, and bull-headed about it. Your obstinacy is often infuriating to others, especially since it takes much provocation to make you flare up or respond to their anger. You appear calm, unruffled, and nonemotional most of the time, but behind your easygoing and peaceable appearance there lies great strength. When it comes to a contest of wills, you often win simply due to your relentless persistence, your ability to outlast just about anyone. Another reason for your slowness to make changes is your very strong need for security. You are most comfortable in stable, relatively unchanging conditions and you also have a strong desire for tangible security - a home of your own, money in the bank, job-security, etc. The other side of your steadiness is that you easily get caught in a rut and will stay in a familiar situation (be it job, marriage, or whatever) long after it has lost its vitality and interest.
You have a keen appreciation of the natural world and get much happiness from simple creature comforts and the physical world, with all of its myriad delights. You are quite sensual in a very natural, wholesome way and you know how to enjoy yourself. You are appealing to the opposite sex in an earthy way. You are also a great lover of beauty and your tastes are basically conventional or classic - not modern.
Chapter 2: The Inner You: Your Real Motivation
Sun in Virgo:
At heart you are modest and humble, and you rarely strive to be in the limelight or in a position of power. You have a sharp analytical mind, a keen eye for detail, and you prefer to observe, dissect, and study life from a distance. Conscientious and conservative, you can be relied upon to be careful, efficient, and thorough in your work and you take pride in doing a job well. What you may lack in self-confidence you often make up for in skill - developing expertise, technical knowledge, and competency in some specialized area. You are adept at using your hands to create or fix things, and meticulous attention to detail and careful craftsmanship are your forte. Some would say you are a little TOO meticulous, for you can be extremely critical and petty if everything is not done exactly as you think it should be, and you worry about things that other people consider trivial and unimportant. You like to organize, categorize, and arrange everything into a logical system, and you are often distinctly uncomfortable when something does not fit into a neat category. Disorganization vexes you. You probably wish that you were not such a perfectionist, for besides being a stickler for details, you can be mercilessly self-critical as well. Whether in your environment or in yourself, you tend to focus on the flaws, with a desire to improve, refine, and perfect. You are strictly factual, truthful, and scrupulously honest in your self-estimation, and you often do not give yourself enough praise or credit.
You are also highly discriminating and may be especially particular about your diet, hygiene, and health habits. You have high aesthetic standards and refined sensitivities, and will be bothered by elements in your surroundings (such as disorder, cigarette smoke, etc.) that others overlook. Your tastes are simple, understated, but refined. Coarseness, bluntness, and vulgarity really offend you. You can be difficult to live with sometimes because of your fastidiousness, your sensitivity, and your idiosyncrasies about food and cleanliness.
Though you seem rather cool and self-contained, you have a very helpful nature and you enjoy serving others. You are content to be in a supportive, assisting role rather than in the lead. You are quietly devoted to the ones you care for.
You are careful and cautious in your approach to life, realistic, practical, and disinclined to gamble. You analyze before you act. You are too serious sometimes. Allowing yourself to play and to make mistakes would be HEALTHY for you!
Sun in 5th house:
You have a very dramatic, creative, expressive nature and you love to perform. You enjoy being the center of attention and you seek to shine, to excel, and to be outstanding in some unique way. You are very involved in your own creativity and self-expression, and take great pleasure in developing and using your special talents, whether these are artistic, athletic, or intellectual. You have a strong sense of pride.
Sun Conjunct Venus:
You are loving and well-loved by others, and have a strong need for kindness, friendship, and affection. Your artistic and creative powers are also well developed and you do everything in a harmonious, gracious, pleasing manner. Aesthetics are very important to you. Your personal appearance and attractiveness are also very important to you.
Chapter 3: Mental Interests and Abilities
Mercury in Virgo:
You are an exacting perfectionist with a clear, logical, analytical mind and an aptitude for work that requires meticulous attention to detail and efficient organization. Well-grounded and pragmatic, you tend to develop specialized skills and technical expertise in some practical field. Knowledge, ideas, and theories don't really interest you unless they are useful in a tangible way. You are inclined to analyze, measure, and dissect everything and to miss nuances, subtle shades of feeling and meaning. Your strengths are in your precise thinking, careful craftsmanship, and mastery of technical skills. You tend to be very good at what you do and critical of others' work if it does not meet your high standards.
Mercury in 5th house:
You enjoy puzzles and other games that challenge you intellectually. You like to show off your verbal or intellectual skills and to use your mind creatively. Writing, dramatic speaking or some other display of your creative intelligence appeals to you.
Mercury Trine Pluto:
Your mind is deep and penetrating and you are interested in anything secret, mysterious, or hidden, including the deeper aspects of the human psyche. You possess an aptitude for private investigation, psychology and research work. You are also drawn to esoteric or occult studies.
Chapter 4: Emotions: Moods, Feelings, Romance
Moon in Libra:
Your desire for harmonious relationships and surroundings is so strong that you avoid personal confrontations or any expression of intense, unpleasant emotions. You are an idealist who would like to paint the world in pastel colors, and live in peace and harmony with others at all times. You are able to see points of similarity and unity with people who are vastly different from yourself, and befriend many different types of people. You are a considerate and thoughtful friend, and have a real flair for making others feel accepted and appreciated. Inwardly you are often torn with indecision and are much more at odds with yourself than others would ever guess from your smooth, even disposition.
Moon in 6th house:
You have a sympathetic nature and instinctively reach out to people in need of help. You also have a deeply ingrained tendency to want to improve or "fix" other people's lives, which can be annoying to the person who has no desire to be changed or "helped" in this way. For you, affection and caring must be expressed in tangible acts or service of some kind.
Moon Square Mars:
You are temperamental and impatient and can be very difficult to live with. You tend to respond with a temper tantrum (overt or subtle) if your desires are frustrated. You become very irritable and bad tempered if you do not have enough vigorous physical activities or other outlets for your aggressive, feisty spirit.
Venus in Virgo:
You are quietly devoted and faithful to your loved ones, and often become a kind of servant to your love partner. You are more comfortable showing love for someone by doing something for them, making something for them, or simply being there for them - rather than telling them so in a romantic, soul-stirring sort of way. You are timid about expressing too much sentiment or emotion. You also underestimate your attractiveness and lovability and doubt your own worthiness to receive love and appreciation.
Venus in 5th house:
You love romance and wish the honeymoon phase of your love affairs would last forever! You need dramatic romantic gestures and displays of affection from your partner, and you want to feel very, very special, like a King or Queen, to your beloved. You also have an artistic flair and enjoy creating art or beauty in some form.
Venus Trine Mars:
You are warmly romantic and openly express your appreciation and love of the opposite sex, though rarely in a crude or insensitive manner. You enjoy playing match-maker and bringing people together romantically. Fulfillment and harmony in love is likely for you because you know what you want and need in a romantic sense and express those desires honestly.
Venus Trine Neptune:
Sensitive and compassionate, you tend to be the "giver" in any relationship. You have high ideals and a refined attitude towards love, seeking to relate in ways that are beyond ego needs and selfishness. You are attracted to people with artistic or mystical inclinations.
Chapter 5: Drive and Ambition: How You Achieve Your Goals
Mars in Capricorn:
You are serious about your ambitions, and disciplined, dedicated, and tenacious in pursuing your objectives. Your drive and energy are directed toward practical material accomplishment and achieving concrete results. You also strive to be in a position of authority and social influence; you enjoy being the person who is in command.
You are hard-working and capable of forgoing immediate comfort in order to achieve your long-range goals. You can easily become a workaholic and are very responsible and conscientious about doing a thorough job.
Realistic and pragmatic, you are an excellent strategist. You attain success by formulating a conservative and workable plan and following through with it. You are not a gambler when it comes to attaining your goals; you depend on your own efforts and perseverance rather good fortune. You have a natural shrewdness and instinct for business or organizational management.
Mars in 8th house:
You meet numerous challenges and possibly defeats in pursuit of your goals and desires, and your setbacks often occur because you've been too rash or intent on working your own will regardless of the impact on others. You are intense and passionate, and simply don't know when to stop sometimes! Recklessness with others can be a problem for you.
Mars Trine Neptune:
You dream up creative solutions to problems and take an imaginative, unusual approach to getting a job done. When difficulties arise you prefer to avoid conflict and confrontation in favor of more peaceful or subtle methods of resolving problems. Working to help others or for a cause that transcends your own narrow, personal interests is satisfying for you. You have an artistic flair and appreciate the colorful, unique, or strange.
Mars Sextile Jupiter:
Your self-confidence and vitality are strong and you believe you can do just about anything you want to. You have an enterprising spirit, a good sense of timing, and the ability to sense what will succeed and what won't. You usually make fortunate decisions in work or business activities. You enjoy healthy competition and you have a rather playful, good-humored attitude toward it. You mostly compete with yourself to see how far you can go or how much you can accomplish. You like to keep stretching your limits.
Chapter 6: Other Influences
Jupiter in Libra:
Your strengths lie in your ability to cooperate, to be diplomatic, and to know just what behavior is called for in whatever social situation you find yourself. You also possess a strong sense of fairness, the willingness to listen to opposing viewpoints and opinions, and the ability to be (or at least seem to be) impartial and moderate, rather than extreme and one-sided.
Jupiter in 6th house:
You have a positive and constructive attitude toward work and what other people might consider drudgery. You enjoy helping people improve their lives, and the more service you render, the more benefits and rewards you find coming back to you. Promoting health in some manner is a very good avenue for you.
Jupiter Opposition Neptune:
You are big dreamer, highly idealistic, and open to anything. You can be extremely impractical and gullible, and will believe anything is possible no matter how "far out" or impossible. You can be an escapist, forever looking for some Shangri-La. ("Somewhere Over The Rainbow" could be a favorite theme song of yours). You need to balance your dreamy idealism with temperance and practicality in order to succeed in life. You are also a very generous, giving soul and sometimes find it difficult to limit your charitable impulses.
Saturn in Aquarius:
You have an innate distrust of groups and/or a cynical attitude toward society that may leave you feeling out of step and unable to participate in activities with your peers. Overcoming a sense of aloofness and alienation from others is an important task for you.
Saturn in 11th house:
You are generally not a "joiner" and do not feel comfortable in clubs, organizations or other groups of people that are centered around some common ideal or interest. If you do participate in a group, you may find the rules and procedures restrictive - or you may simply feel that you do not fit in with the others.
Being alone or with older, more experienced people suits you better than being with groups of your own peers.
Saturn Opposition Uranus:
You seesaw between playing it safe, and doing something unique and original, between self-control and letting loose, between being a responsible adult and a rebellious adolescent, between what you have to or should do and what your spontaneous impulses tell you. All of this creates enormous inner tension as well as friction with people in your environment. You may, for instance, bitterly resent the government or authority figures who "crush your individuality", and yet ignore your obligations and responsibilities, thus ensuring that they will come down on you. Learning to give each side its due is an ongoing challenge for you.
Saturn Square Pluto:
Once you decide what you want to do, you will pursue it tenaciously and, if necessary, sacrifice a great deal for your deeply felt convictions. This trait tends to make you feel a little out of step with others. You take things a little more seriously and have an inclination to be a bit of a fanatic, although probably not flamboyantly so, so others may not know how deeply you feel and how driven you are about the things that are important to you. You have a deep inner resolve and are willing to struggle to do the things that are really meaningful to you, rather than follow an easier but less meaningful course in life.
Uranus in Leo:
You are part of a 7 year group of people who are unusually self-willed, proud, and egotistical. You are a group that defies authority and insists on having its own way. Parents and school teachers found that it was extremely difficult to discipline your age group. Governments that are repressive to individual expression and freedom meet a great deal of resistance from your age group, and you tend to rise up against any form of tyranny and oppressive rule.
Uranus in 4th house:
Your childhood or your relationship with your parents was unsettling or unstable in some way, so that you may never have felt that you had firm ground beneath your feet. One of your parents may have been unusual, eccentric, or an inconstant influence in your life. Abrupt changes in location or in family relationships may have made you feel insecure, but positively you were given more freedom and less pressure to conform to conventions, which enables you to be more of an individual and less tethered to restrictive ideas of how one "should" behave, feel, or live.
Neptune in Taurus:
You are part of a 14 year group of people that are very practical and down-to-earth in their religious philosophy and spiritual outlook. Your age group incorporates its ideals and visions into everyday life, and invests more time and energy than other generations do in beautification projects, developing parks and recreation areas, and preserving beautiful or unique natural wildlife areas. Building construction is also done with careful attention to the aesthetic quality, and your generation finds it difficult to understand how other age groups can erect buildings with so little aesthetic appeal.
Your age group does not speculate a great deal about spiritual and metaphysical matters. You are more involved in utilizing your imagination and intuition in practical, artistic ways rather than exploring metaphysical issues. Some of the art and music of your generation is among the world's most beautiful.
Neptune in 12th house:
Compassionate and extremely sensitive to the emotional tones in the atmosphere surrounding you, you are naturally "psychic" or able to sense and understand much about a person without talking to them or knowing them consciously at all. You are deeply interested in the hidden realms of life and the afterlife. Your powerful sensitivity may also remain latent or repressed through much of your life and then be fully awakened in adulthood.
Pluto in Taurus:
You are part of a 30 year group of people who are highly motivated by practical concerns. There is a very strong psychological need to feel that there is a firm foundation and a solid basis for one's life. There is an irresistible urge to make sure that the basics are taken care of and everything is built on a solid foundation. Consequently, your generation works hard to improve the economy, ensure adequate food supplies, maintain and build roads and buildings, increase productivity, and develop other facilities that are essential foundations for a healthy, thriving economy.
There is a strong tendency to measure the value of something by its utilitarian value. For example, in education and research the emphasis is on ideas of practical value and there is little support for more purely theoretical research.
Your generation is pragmatic and productive, and is driven by a need to build and DO things. This concern with practical affairs often becomes unbalanced, and a rampant materialism with little regard for humanitarian, ethical, and spiritual values often develops in your age group.
There is also a strong sensual craving in your age group, and a great deal of emphasis is placed on physically comfortable surroundings and good food. Romance is particularly important to your age group, and a great emphasis is also placed on the physical attractiveness of the opposite sex.
A small minority of members of your age group are likely to be uncomfortable with the practical and materialistic atmosphere of the times, and consequently become alienated and antagonistic towards the social norm.
Pluto in 1st house:
You are an intense person, inclined to be wholeheartedly and passionately involved in whatever your current interest is. You easily go to extremes and you make more moderate, easy-going souls feel uncomfortable.
You may have unusual charisma and also be profoundly influenced by powerful, charismatic figures whom you model yourself after. Learning to use personal power appropriately is an issue for you. Negatively, you can be manipulative and obsessed with personal aggrandizement. Positively, you can be a potent force for change, growth, and healing in the world.