Boris Johnson is selling in London


I believe that’s Marina’s walking to her bike.

Pictures of BoJo’s house in the Islington district of London are even fewer less than Kate’s but we did learn and BoJo and Marina are now a separate pair and according to the UK Daily Mirror & they claim he is unhappy about it. The article is here.

Kate Spade’s Apt on the Block


Alas only one picture, and that of the living room, of the Kate Spade house in Lenox Hill at 850 Park Avenue but Sotheby’s, recently sold to Frenchman Patrick Dahli, has more. It has 3,000 odd total square feet, 3 bedrooms but 5 baths. A photo gallery of the public rooms is available here.

Kate Spade's apartment in Manhattan up for sale at 6.35 Million for 3 bedrooms.

#123 Claude Bragdon, Architect


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Claude Fayette Bragdon (1866-1946) was an architect, artist, writer, philosopher, and stage designer. He was a dedicated Theosophist and occultist.  He is a Splash temperament type; notice that all but three houses have a planet contained — the eighth, the third and the sixth.  The eighth is odd because of the deaths of his two wives, but Bragdon via the occult kept in telepathic contact with them so perhaps this emptiness is best explained as not really pertinent to him as they were still in proximity but just another plane. ²

The time is unrectified but as stated in the Sabian Symbols by Marc Jones; he does not give his sources.

His  Leo 09 Sun gives us a picture of someone proud and unselfish and an inclination towards philosophical thought, as it is conjunct his Leo 05 ascendant so the predominance of the ninth house in sympathetic Pisces takes on extra significance with his Moon there conjunct the modern Piscean lord, Neptune (the historic lord is Jupiter and  is sextile the duo in the seventh house of administrative Capricorn).

His Part of Fortune is at Sagittarius 05, the natural lord of the ninth house, that is trine the duo and sextile its essential lord in the seventh highlighting his “Steadiness” and ability to “span time and space by a mighty bridge¹,” and in many ways as shown in his chart that was true.


Bragdon Drawing for a Theatrical Design

After a successful career as an architect in Rochester, NY, Bragdon entered the world of stage design in 1919, at the age of 53, after the death of his second wife  Eugenie Julier Macaulay who was said to have psychic and mystical powers died.. He had married Eugenie in 1912 shortly after his first first wife Charlotte died  giving birth to the couple’s second son.  Bragdon threw himself into his work and the absorbing task of raising two motherless boys.

The move propelled himself into a movement in American theatre called “the New stagecraft, ”  where the  actual texts and language of the plays speak for themselves.   This was implemented by rther than supplying a simple tableau like in Ancient Greece,  New Stagecraft filled the stage with symbolic colors, and innovative lighting, providing a coherent experience for its audience  — this is found in current opera theatre today still.

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Bragdon through with his theosophical beliefs, took this concept a step further by designing productions he hoped would not only move his audience, but enlighten them.  His  writings are  at Manybooks.net.  You can read more of his biographical data and correspondence at the URochester’s online library.


Footnotes:

  1. Hyperion Symbols by G. K. McClung, pg. 108 of the Quaternary Series.
  2.  One of Theosophy’s main tenets is the Astral Body that functions in the Astral World, the second lowest of their seven worlds and the one associated with emotions, desires and passion.  Like man’s five senses, the Astral Body,  is composed of matter, but is of a finer ethereal material,  and it penetrates and extends into and beyond the physical body but separates from the denser physical body in sleep, or under the influence of (psychedelic and psychotropic) drugs, but also during accidents where it takes away  the capacity for feeling pain, anxiety or displeasure.   When the event is over, the feelings return and can be very overwhelming.
    The Astral World itself is attainable to clairvoyants of even moderate powers, and they can call the appropriate body of person desired. Thought is not an abstraction in Theosophy,  but instead has a definite form  that depends upon its quality that appear as colours and shapes:  a nebulous appearance tells of an imperfect development while an ovoid (the preferred shape)  appearance suggests a more perfect development.  Colours represent thought so inferior ones beget loud colours:  anger is obviously red while religious thought is of a higher octave and blue.
    During physical life all these various things intermingle in the astral body but after physical death the elementary life of the astral body seeks self-preservation, and causes the matter to rearrange itself in a series of seven concentric sheaths, the densest being outside and the finest inside. This state is not eternal, and under the evolutionary process, the gross sheath of astral matter wears away, and then the person is clothed with the six sheaths and then five and so on, making these sheaths akin to purgatory until the last sheath fades and the person enters the Greater Astral Body called the Mental where all beings meld and communicate as One.
                    -“Astral World.” Encyclopaedia of the Occult, by Lewis Spence, Dodd, Mead and Co. , 1920, pp. 40–43.

Gertrude Jekyll: A gardener’s delight


You can read her works over on Archive.org Here’s one of my favorites.

https://archive.org/details/woodandgardenno03jekygoog

We have rectified her birthtime to 10:06 in the morning, giving her a Capricorn 06 Ascendant and making her a very resourceful lady. She has lots of planets in her eleventh house, because Miss Jekyll had many notable friends that influenced and helped her throughout her career, and in turn she helped and influenced others. Her Mercury is in the Tenth House because she is really best known through her writings on garden architecture, and is supported by her Part of Fortune in the Third House of short communications and brothers and sisters – she was quite close to her brother and his wife. The Neptune in Aquarius shows her artistic flair, that borders almost on a garden of Watercolours (she loved the great English artist, JMW Turner), and Mars nearby shows how she applied that with spade and pitchfork, creating physical replications of his great painting.

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