Lucy Maud Montgomery of Canada
Montgomery’s ancestors were among the wealthy and educated immigrants who came to the Island of Saint John (now Prince Edward Island) from Scotland in the 1770s. Her maternal great-grandfather, William Simpson Macneill, was a member of the provincial legislature from 1814 to 1838, and Speaker of the House of Assembly. Her paternal grandfather, Donald Montgomery, served in the provincial legislature from 1832 to 1874 and was appointed by Sir John A. Macdonald to be a senator in the federal government from 1873 to 1893.
Montgomery’s mother, Clara Woolner Macneill, died from tuberculosis in 1876 at the age of 23. Montgomery was not yet two, but she claimed that her earliest memory was of seeing her mother in her coffin,
I did not feel any sorrow, for I knew nothing of what it all meant. I was only vaguely troubled. Why was Mother so still? And why was Father crying? I reached down and laid my baby hand against Mother’s cheek. Even yet I can feel the coldness of that touch.
Her father grief stricken sent her to live with her maternal grandparents in Cavendish, PEI and moved west to Prince Albert, North-West Territories (now Saskatchewan) in 1887/ She joined her father and his new family in 1890, but felt homesick and somewhat disheartened by her relatively marginal position in her father’s new home alongside his new wife, with whom she had a strained relationship.
The chart of L. M. Montgomery
the Map of Maud
We have rectified Mrs. Macdonald’s chart to 06 Leo after reading her biography on the Encyclopaedia of Canada. It seems to us that the comment of having a “marginal position” shows a Leonine prideful attitude towards her person — she deserves better. This creates a major opposition between Mars and Neptune in the Tenth in her chart with a T-square at her First house making her an action oriented woman, who when life gives a bad hand, decides that is not for her and takes action typically by fleeing to safer place (her grandmother, marriage etc.)
Even the comments by her niece that she was depressed and may have committed suicide support this, as does her risque behaviour with young men in her youth. Obviously she did not think that the mores of the time were attributable to her.
Mrs. Macdonald said that writing was something that she did for money, supported by her Moon in Second house and trine to her Venus — a way of alleviating her worries and fears but also giving her via her female characters, a way to reinvent and recreate her life to something better (Venus then trine to Neptune).
This set of aspects creates a Grand Trine in her chart making her a Locomotive Temperament Type. She is not a Splash because she does not have enough oppositions and does have too many conjunctions. She is not a Splay because she does have an opposition and they cannot have one. Her wheel in her Locomotive is half Fixed and half Cardinal giving her a rickety ride — she wants to take action but then halts because she fears the repercussions to a woman in Canada at that time and so grows cautious.
The Grand Trine, obviously her writing, softens that carousel and gave her some piece of mind, but with Saturn in its Lord opposite its co-Lord Uranus in the First house, she was often despondent because her dreams did not meet reality (Saturn square Neptune). Thankfully she left us some wonderful books in the meantime…..I’m reading the Avonlea series now.