26 Jul David Sibley: The Big Year, The Big Man
The ornithologist David Sibley began birding in childhood whose father Fred Sibley was also an ornithologist. After leading tours in 1980s and 1990s, he found out that existing field guides did not generally illustrate juvenile plumages of birds. He cited that wildlife artist Lars Jonsson as a great influence to his own work. As his birth time is not available, we will look at the moon chart as a secondary assessment.
His chart ruler Jupiter which rules 1st house and 10th house of career sits in the 11th house of social networks and large organization. Jupiter is conjunct Saturn which rules the 11th house itself as as well as the 12th house of seclusion. Jupiter is debilitated but it is uplifted by a strong Saturn in Capricorn in the 11th house. His Ketu (South Node of the Moon) is also in the 12th house.
Sibley is all about his birdwatching work, writing, fieldwork, and illustrations. He is immersed into his birding career his entire life and it started from childhood. He is very well-known in the birding industry and his fame reaches far and wide. He has to spent extensive amount of time in the field secluded from civilization to do birdwatching and related works. He gains extensive achievements and gains from his intensive work in the area. Famous birdwatchers with such dedications can have similar combinations.
Both Jupiter and Saturn are in the powerful invincible nakshatra (lunar mansion) of Uttara Ashadha which gives him the ultimate victory in his field of expertise, birding. He also has Rahu in the 6th house of competition in the nakshatra of Magha. He is able to thrive in the fierce birdwatching industry and beats over most competitors in the industry as a leader. Magha gives him the prominent power and leadership to emerge as one of the top birdwatchers in the world. Both Jupiter and Saturn in the 11th house of hopes and dreams granted him the manifestation of his dreams of a top birdwatcher and ornithologist.
Birding Publications and Illustrations
Sibley’s Moon rules the 5th of writing books residing in the 1st house means that he is acquainted with books writing. The dispositor of the Moon is Jupiter residing in the 11th house of great gains. Venus as ruler of the 3rd house of hobby, creativity, and artistic design is in the 7th house aspecting his Ascendant.
He is renowned for his work of the book “The Sibley Guide to Birds”. He has skills in bird illustrations drawn by his hands and bird-watching is his lifelong hobby that also serves as his career.
He also has numerous publications and illustrations which include “The birds of Cape May”, “Sibley’s Birding Basics”, “The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and behavior”, “The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America”, “The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America”, “Hawks in Flight”, “The Sibley Guide to Trees”, and “Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds”.
Sun, Mercury, and Mars are located in the 8th house of deep research. Sun as the soul means that he has deep interest linkage to researching in birds. Sun rules 6th house of difficulty and is the significator of father and Mars rules 2nd house of family and 9th house of father. His father spent a lot of time in his birdwatching and career as well just as what Sibley is doing right now. His father must have spent lots of time out in the field and in his research that it shortened the family time together. Mercury rules both the 4th house of home and 7th house of marriage. Similarly under the impact of his father, Sibley too is sacrificing a lot of time away from his home and spouse in order to complete his birding research. Seclusion is the price of greatness.
Awards and Achievements
In 2002, Transiting Rahu was in the 3rd house and Transiting Jupiter was in the 5th house and both are aspecting his 11th house of achievements where his powerful Natal Jupiter and Saturn are. He received the Roger Tory Peterson Award from the American Birding Association for his lifetime achievement in promoting the cause of birding.
In 2006, Transiting Saturn was aspecting it’s own 11th house of awards. Transiting Rahu was in the 1st house aspecting the 11th house ruler Saturn boosting his reputation. Transiting Jupiter was in the 8th house of research where it crossed over his Sun and gave his the self-esteem and pride in his work. He was awarded the Linnaean Society of New York’s Eisenmann Medal.
Among the birdwatchers and birding people, you need to have a strong chart like Sibley in order to be so famous in the world of birdwatching.
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