American astrologer described as “the No. 1 astrologer of the U.S.” in an article in LIFE magazine (“Hollywood Likes Myra Kingsley’s Horoscopes,” 7 August 1939), it appears in full below. She wrote “Outrageous Fortune: How I Practice Astrology” (Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1951). Miss Kingsley died on November 20, 1996 aged 99.
Myra was the daughter of William Morgan Kingsley, President of the United States Trust Company and treasurer of New York University, and when she was 18 went to Boston so that Evangeline Adams could read her horoscope to see if she would be successful in music. One of the first thing that Miss Adams said was that Myra herself had the “gift” and would be a “great astrologer.” Was she interested in learning? Taken aback, Miss Kingsley said yes but she wanted to go to NYU and continue with music first. Adams agreed and told her that after that was done, she could always come back.
Kingsley got her bachelor’s degree, married a baritone George Houston and then returned to Boston and Evangeline Adams. She had started her esoteric career reading palms, went up to the tarot and now wanted to perfect astrology. While studying with Miss Adams, Myra gave readings to all her friends, her father and then at parties until finally she went professional by going to Carnegie Hall and musicians and whether this was the right path for them and what was ahead. Word grew and soon she took on Broadway. Basil Rathbone was a major client. The downside though was that Myra was often called in the middle of night at her home in the Hotel Dover, at Lexington Avenue & 57th Street, about upcoming surgeries, dates and upcoming weddings and sometimes business deals.
Her marriage to Houston did not last, it was a short affair and in between that and her next marriage, she gave lectures on astrology at NYU and the other colleges around town. As member of the Astrologer’s Guild, Myra predicted FDR’s win while Evangeline said it would be Hoover. Kingsley was right that the 18th Amendment (Prohibition) would be repealed and in 1932 said that the Stock Market and banking in general were in for a rough ride. She said that it will last until 1942 when a “major revolution” will occur. 🙂 (that btw was WWII).
— excerpted from the New Yorker Magazine, October 1932.
Based upon reading two interesting bits on Miss Kingsley that she lied about her age upwards (so as to seem older and more mature than her rivals) and that she was 18 in 1919 (the American Astrologer) we are rectifying her chart to 1901, which puts her in the same age group as Ruth Gerry and Isabel Hickey. The chart remains a see-saw temperament of a fanhandle– we prefer the latter.