The Musical Hamilton and its Symbolism

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The musical Hamilton is not only brilliant musically but it is also ingenious in the way it breaths life and energy into often lifeless historical and political themes. Its creator Lin-Manuel Miranda picked up a biography of Alexander Hamilton, a somewhat forgotten Founding Father, at the airport. Apparently, after reading just a few chapters, he was already imagining the hero’s life as a musical. Looking at natal charts of Hamilton and Miranda, I was immediately struck by how similar they are. Both have their Sun, Moon and Mercury in Capricorn. Hamilton had additionally Venus and Saturn in this sign, which makes him an incredibly strong representative of the Saturn ruled sign. Not surprisingly, ambition and “an endless uphill fight” are the main themes of his life and the musical. The main recurring theme “How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore…” is established in the first song (“Alexander Hamilton”). From humble origins he rises to become the right hand of George Washington, the founder of the Federal Bank and the 1st US Secretary of the Treasury. From “a diamond in the rough, a shining piece of coal” he transforms himself into a man he wants to be. His life ended prematurely when he died in a duel at the age of 49.

Alexander Hamilton/Lin-Manuel Miranda

Another crucial motif, so typical of the sign of Capricorn, is forging one’s own path, following the inner vision and ambition no matter the obstacles. Hamilton’s hunger for achievement possibly comes from a subconscious premonition of being out of time. Could he have felt that he would die young? Other characters keep asking him why he is writing “like he is running out of time.” In the song “My Shot” his line is: “I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory.” Miranda said that this notion of “the ticking clock of mortality” is what he shares with Hamilton most. Hamilton lived passionately, filling every waking moment with intense activity. In immense frenzy, he wrote 51 out of the 85 installments of the Federalist Papers. Writing is his unique talent and his way of giving perfect form to his passion and zest for life. When Barack Obama invited the cast of Hamilton to perform at the White House he reminisced:

“…seven years ago, Lin-Manuel Miranda came to the White House Poetry Jam, and he took the mic and he announced that he and his musical collaborator, Alex Lacamoire that they were going to perform a song from a hip-hop album they were working on — and I’m quoting him, ‘about the life of somebody who embodies hip-hop — Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton.’ And so we all started laughing, but Lin-Manuel was serious. And who’s laughing now?”

The appeal of the musical and its groundbreaking power has to do with diverse casting. In the original version, Hamilton is the man of colour singing hip-hop, but this can go even further since Miranda has said that he is open to women playing founding fathers in the future. As Obama commented: “And with a cast as diverse as America itself, including the outstandingly talented women — (applause) — the show reminds us that this nation was built by more than just a few great men — and that it is an inheritance that belongs to all of us.” Finally, the choice of hip-hop to narrate grand historical events is evocative of Shakespeare, who was also inspired by the common speech of the street, which he turned into poetry.

In the last scene of the musical, Hamilton’s wife Eliza puts herself back in the narrative. She is the one to live and tell his story. She speaks out against slavery and expresses pride in what she sees as her greatest achievement to come: establishing the first private orphanage in New York. She ends by saying that she cannot wait to meet Alexander in the next life. There is some powerful symbolism at play here. First, the history baton is passed to a woman, now putting her in the centre. The mention of the orphanage, family, love are a signal that an astrological shift has occurred – from Capricorn to the opposing sign – Cancer.

The emphasis on Capricorn/Cancer polarity is a single most important astrological influence of our time. Astrologer Mark Jones spoke in an interview with Adam Sommer (https://player.fm/series/the-exploring-astrology-podcast-2394776/exploring-planetary-nodes-with-mark-jones) about the need of balancing “the Capricornian toughness, ambition, relentlessness and austerity with the Cancerian softness, empathy and sensitivity.” In his book Healing the Soul: Pluto, Uranus and the Lunar Nodes, Mark Jones explains that the evolutionary intention of the north node being in Cancer means that the soul is called upon to “recover the inner child and to allow the sensitive and expressive emotional nature to flow again unimpeded.”

It can be argued that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical is an integration of Cancer/Capricorn polarity in a way how it infuses the rigidity of Capricorn with emotional and revolutionary freedom of hip-hop and how it promotes inclusivity. In 2018, Miranda published a delightful little book called “Gmorning, Gnight! Little pep-talks for me and you.” Wonderfully illustrated by Johnny Sun, this is a book of positive affirmations for mornings and evenings. Far from being monumental, these little fragments are always heartwarming and extremely reassuring. This is a welcome uplifting message in our time of excessive polarization.

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12 Responses to The Musical Hamilton and its Symbolism

  1. litebeing says:

    Well done Monika! It is so interesting how we are often drawn to those that so similar to ourselves. In this case the astrology is so strongly resonant. I would like to see Hamilton but may have to wait to see the movie ( there will be one!)

    • Hello Linda, it is really amazing how their charts parallel each other. I am also waiting for the movie – not a chance to see the musical here. But I already know the soundtrack by heart (well, almost).

  2. litebeing says:

    Hi! Can you edit my spelling of your name, sorry? Also, isn’t it really late for you to be up? I am surprised you are online at this hour, lol! 😀

  3. wolfcircle says:

    Wow, great find!
    With Aries rising, both want to be the first at something… Success! I guess Hamilton must have a an issue with shadow of his Sun in the 10th House (i.e. arrogance).

    • Yes, I think the connection between them is uncanny – I’m still amazed. I don’t know though if Hamilton was Aries rising because we don’t have the accurate birth time but I would not be surprised at all if he was. I read he loved playing the piano and singing popular songs for his daughter. Another link with Miranda.

  4. Jeff Japp says:

    Tried to get tickets, but no luck. Then some opened up later, but they were asking over $400 a ticket. No way I was spending that much. I got tickets to take wife and daughter to see the Rolling Stones for way less than that. 🙂

  5. Moinika, its been an age since we connected on wordpress. meanwhile i stopped writing on my blog for three years aqnd went into depression. When i recovered i missed all my friends of wordpress. i recall with great interest your posts and hope we can connect again. i am now 78 and quite restored to my former self

  6. incidentally as you are interested in astrology, from the vedic point i am under a saturn phase and now pray to lord saturn to appease him and save me from his effects

    • Dear Indrajit,
      I am so happy to hear from you! Welcome back! Well, I assume you are talking about Dasha periods. I have only recently heard about them and checked mine – very enlightening and makes so much sense.
      Good luck with everything
      Monika

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