Mary Margaret McBride was born to a Missouri farmers daughter in 1899. Her earliest education was “disorganized” because the family often relocated, but she entered a preparatory academy at the age of six and at 16 entered the University of Missouri. She earned her journalism degree by the age of 19.
Having reasonable success as a “girl journalist” with the Cleveland Press, she moved on to the larger New York Evening Mail & did quite well contributing freelance pieces to periodicals.
Then there was the Depression & hundreds of writers found themselves unemployed, and McBride was among them. She was now in her mid-thirties with her writing career essentially over, but getting a hunch (Mars in the seventh house of opportunities) she went for a radio audition and stayed on the air for the next forty years.
Her ascendant is opposite the electric Mars in her sixth house showing her knack for metal and radio waves, as well as indomitable work spirit. This opposition creates a T-Square to the Midheaven in Cancer hinting at her warm effusive interviewing style. You can listen to her interview actress Carol Landis here, #543 in the Jones 1000 btw. Her musical director was Paul Whiteman, # 965.
Her see-saw is definitely an odd shape, but oppositions, while nice, are not required for this temperament type, and she has no major planets that make up the configuration. That Mars makes it look like she took a 90-degree turn in her life and found success when she went from print to WOR-radio in New York City.
Her Line of Vitality (Sun aspecting the Moon) is absent (Jones in Essentials misstates that as being in opposition)¹. Remembering that this line does not portend a long life, it is not an update to the hyleg, it tells us that she tended to be freewheeling regarding her abilities (second house) and where her opportunities may occur (ninth house). Her biography supports that for she moved like her parents did where-ever the corn was growing highest — she did not let weeds dictate her circumstance.
McBride died at 76 years of age in West Shokan, Ulster County, New York about 22 miles west of Kingston on the NYS Thruway in the Catskills. A fuller discussion of her career can be found here on Patrick Murfin’s site.
- Essentials of Astrological Analysis, pg. 117 as an example, along with General Francisco Franco of the sun and moon in an opposition aspect.
- Jones, Marc. Essentials of Astrological Aspect, 1970, Stanwood, Washington, USA. There are several reprints as well.
- FWIW, we prefer this time and Ascendant for McBride. It does not change her Line of Vitality nor really her placement of Mars except to move the latter closer to the eighth house that is its essential ruler giving it strength to make the proverbial lemonade out of lemons.