In Mac Jones, The Essentials of Astrology, he writes that James R. MacDonald is his illustration of the “see saw type” and the real creator and organizer of the Labor Party in Great Britian.

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MacDonald was born in Lossiemouth, Scotland on October 12, 1866 at 11:24 PM according to Jones.  He was the first Prime Minister in the Labour governments of 1924 and 1929–31 and then again in the national coalition government of 1931–35. He came from humble beginnings,and married up (Pluto opposite Venus) and had insatiable ambitions.  Jones finishes his essay on MacDonald stating that he was “more the communicator than generally supposed.”¹

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Despite his two oppositions he does not have a Grand Cross as they are in different quadratures.  The opposition is in Fixed Signs (Pluto to Saturn) is not too bad.  This is because the Fire of Pluto is trapped in earthy Taurus against earthy Saturn in watery Scorpio and rather make him patient and hardworking.  The other in Cardinal signs though was stressful.  Here we have fiery Mars in water where it is in its detriment versus Jupiter in Capricorn that restrains work relationships and puts burden on the Mars that has its own problems.  He gets a Grand Trine with Chiron in the ninth house to Saturn to Uranus but none of that is strong enough to overcome the oppositions so it becomes great desire to get things going, but lack of support (seventh house angle) to actually get it done.

He died in the Atlantic Ocean en route to a journey to South America from a heart attack or Mars in Cancer trine Saturn in Scorpio in the fifth and leisurely pursuits that because of a sextile to Jupiter in Capricorn he could not let go.


  1. Jones, Marc Edmund Jones, Essentials of Astrological Analysis, pg 43.  Sabian Publishing Society, Stanwood, Washington.  Currently this book is running about $32.00 via
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