Monday 10 June 2013

Captain Athol Rusden, 1918-2012 (New Zealand writer & adventurer)

* Athol Rusden, the New Zealand seafarer who titled his autobiography "Rascal of the South Pacific," had the mischievous Aries decan of Sagittarius on his Ascendant, ruled by adventurous Jupiter in watery Cancer.

Rusden wrote of his maritime experiences in an autobiography which recounts a colorful life in the South Pacific. Over a period of 50 years he captained some 28 vessels ranging from cruising yachts to luxury motor yachts and larger cargo vessels. He provides valuable insights into the life of numerous South Pacific societies (including the Cook Islands, Tahiti, Samoa, Toanga Vanuatu, New Caledonia, the Galapagos Islands and many small atolls), in the era before mass tourism and modernization. According to an online tribute Rusden died on 19 June 2012 at the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, aged 93.


Ahoy! Check out Mars in the Pisces decan of Scorpio in the 12th House of seafaring at the apex of a T-square with Uranus and Saturn - providing plenty of impetus to set sail.


BIRTH DATA: Athol Richard Rusden, 15 September 1918, 10:00 (10 a.m.) NZT (-11:30), Auckland, New Zealand (36s52, 174e46). ASC: 14 Sagittarius. RR: A/B (from autobiography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield (c) quotes Athol Rusden & Brian McNiven, Rascal of the South Pacific (Self published: Auckland, 2005), p. 13.

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