Recently I was reading a series of essays, “English Romantic Poets: Modern Essays in Criticism” edited by M. H. Abrams in 1960. One writer, I think it was the poet Donald Davie, mentioned how when he was young and first introduced to the Romantics he loved Shelley to the point of memorizing his poems and quoting him freely. Now writing in 1956 and 25 years after university, he found there were few poems by him he could bare to read, much less quote. I found that hilarious because as a young lit student, I too loved Shelley and like he, here are a few poems by him I can tolerate as I ot older , Ozymandias & Ode to the West Wind being foremost. Vergil’s 4th Georgics that inspired me to read that epic in the original, and raise bees, seems horribly insipid now. There is one or two more poems that are tolerable, but too much Shelley is a horrible wooden harangue, belaboring the points and forgetting the cadence in almost a clap-trap staccato beat. It is a pity; he could be brilliant.
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: `Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear —
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.’
Now concerning his claim to fame is as the father to his wife’s Mary Godwin Shelley’s Frankenstein. One old version of the flick says Mrs. Shelley wrote it in a contest, Abram’s book mentions that, and it s is attributed to Robert Southey; the essayist does not dispute it as apocryphal, so perhaps it is true.
Looking at his chart created via Matrix Software’s $69.00 program, WinStar Express, we get 04 Sagittarius for his ascendant or the City of Ecbatan at dawn. It encapsulates the idea of a person extending himself into his environment. Thomas Jefferson Hogg, his friend at Oxford, wrote that Shelley’s rooms were filled with:
books, boots, papers, shoes, philosophical instruments, clothes, pistols, linen, crockery, ammunition, and phials innumerable, with money, stockings, prints, crucibles, bags, and boxes were scattered on the floor and in every place. . . . The tables, and especially the carpet, were already stained with large spots of various hues, which frequently proclaimed the agency of fire. An electrical machine, an air pump, the galvanic trough, a solar microscope, and large glass jars and receivers, were conspicuous amidst the mass of matter.
The Abrams article mentioned that “it often remarked that Shelley read with a book held right up to his eyes, lying close to the fire.”
The latter comment makes us wonder if he was nearsighted. This is possible as a Fixed Star Aquila is right near his Ascendant, making his eyesight poor early on. According to Ptolemy gives great imagination, strong passions, and a dominating character. All true if we review his liaisons with Harriet Westbrook and then Mary Godwin, and how much he impressed Lord Byron to the extent of effecting that one’s poetry, as mentioned in the Abrams’ volume, much to the latter’s regret.
Shelley is definitely a see-saw temperament type, almost a perfect prototype. Half of his planets are in the Southern hemisphere and the rest below. There are two angles between them — one a square and the other a sextile. Plus, each half has a corresponding opposition to unite them: Pluto in Aquarius to Uranus in Leo and then Saturn to Neptune in Libra. His Mercury like Chef Bourdain is in a separate house from it’s sun showing Shelley had strong opinions and was an independent thinker. Mars is partile Jupiter showing his prolific poetry in the tenth fulfilling his dreams but also conjunct his Neptune in the eleventh, showing his hospitality to his friends and love of animals.
the second grouping in the Southern hemisphere in the eighth house has Venus partile the Sun and then conjunct Uranus. The first aspect does not bode well for marriage, as Harriet learned, and suggests jealousy and combativeness, as perhaps Mary did. Venus is semi-sextile Mercury that was unfortunate for his son, Charles, who died after being hit by lightning bolt that the mythological Hermes (Greek Hermes; Roman Mercury) used for transport.
Enter the Creature
That’s the Southern half, the public half of his chart. Now the hidden half tilts towards Mary, highlighted by the Part of Fortune in the seventh house of relationships and opportunities that joins the two hemispheres via a friendly and helpful sextile to Saturn.
It is that sextile that changes and transmutes the Poet into the Father of the “Creature,” as Mary calls him in her book. He or is it It? Shows up as Saturn, the old Kronos of the Olympic gods that is Father Time, or in her version, Father Resetting Time as he comes to life again, Prometheus Reborn, in the creative house of offspring of the fifth in Taurus. Could anything be more fitting for the creature created from bits of this and that dug up from graveyard? Mary, is obviously the Part of Fortune at 01.10 Cancer, that is perfect for such a devoted mother (and she was to their sole child Percy Florence, as well). That point, for the Part of Fortune is an Arabian calculation like the ascendant or Midheaven, and not a planet in space, is then square Neptune in the Eleventh, representing the popularly of the “creature” eclipsed for a time his own poetry which led to rumours that Shelley committed suicide and sank the Don Juan (named for his friend Byron’s masterpiece) drowning of all hands aboard the vessel.
To be honest, that last tall tale seems to be a “romanticized” version of his death. There is not much in his chart that suggests suicide, though a lot that supports his lofty ideals (Saturn sextile Moon suggests his vegetarianism that Mahatma Gandhi so admired and Uranus conjunct the Sun-Venus his pacifism), but nothing to suggest suicide. Still it makes for a good tale and as John Ford says in the Man who shot Liberty Valance, “When the Legend becomes Fact, Print the Legend,” and so for Shelley the suicide makes good copy for a “Romantic Hero.”
Well, what do you know, Gaugquelin did have Brady’s accomplice. From the Astro.com website, which explains the costume she wore.
Brady convinced Hindley that there was no God, and she stopped going to church. She absorbed his philosophies, adopted his interests, and altered her appearance to suit him, bleaching her hair and wearing Germanic clothes. She had no qualms about allowing him to take pornographic pictures of her and of the two of them having sex. They intended to crack the pornographic market but failed. Brady nicknamed her “Myra Hess”.
Also, I found how to get the asteroids and such on a Kepler chart. Seek and ye shall find, well at least some of the time.
Available for downloading is Myra’s bi-wheel, the inner circle is her natal chart and the other when she died at the Suffolk prison in England. One striking thing about the bi-wheel is that the transiting Pluto is opposite her Saturn and creating a T-Cross going to her Midheaven between the two charts. I read that her supporters claimed that away from Brady she returned to her Anglican faith and had, unlike him, renounced her crimes. This setup suggests that they were right about that much.
Miss Hindley was a Bowl Temperament type, unlike her counterpart Brady, she is very introspective but also a narcissist with four planetary pairs in her chart. It would seem that they two really understood each other and got along well.
Her Juno is in her Fifth House of play and children and is aspected to everything in her chart but Uranus, like Brady in the Twelfth House at Gemini 03.36, Venus (29.44 Gemini) and the Moon (23.45 Scorpio); none of these planets are in aspect to each other as well. She has a tight Bowl and so has no oppositions.
Hindley has few notable Arabian points. The most prominent are Love and Marriage conjunct Uranus, her Mother exact to Juno, Widowhood, Love & Family exact to Venus; nothing much. But at her Midheaven is her Part of Undoing explaining to some degree, her entanglement with Brady and her perhaps her self-hatred into which he tapped.
Her North Node at 04.46 is “the ready soldier” willing to help a friend and her ascendant, no where as afflicted as Brady’s is “a flying arrow” seeking attention is squared to a heavily afflicted Mars in the Fourth House (24.09 Leo) reminding me of the adage “ignorance is no excuse” as it has the keyword of Simplicity conjunct that North Node.
All of these aspects suggest that she knew what he was doing, did not object nor care as she found the rapes enjoyable and highly erotic. His need kill the girls afterward, is not something correspondingly found in her chart, but nonetheless, she would understand the need not to be dubbed in, her Moon in the Sixth house — 23.14 Scorpio — sextile Pluto — Leo 05.11 — in the Third and be reported to the coppers.
Ian Brady, Britain’s child murderer and rapist, died on Monday. Michel Gauquelin has his birth data, so we decided to view it The chart has some asteroids, from WinStar Express, has Kepler does not depicts them at all except on a print out; I prefer Solar Fire’s integrated approach, but SF has a lot of problems running on my Win 10 Machine for whatever reason. Perhaps in an upgrade, they will fix that so to get some of the asteroids I create the chart in WinStar for publication.
Mr. Brady has a see-saw temperament type, with most of the planets located in the Southern public part of his chart. It also leans towards the Western or opportunistic side of the map, showing how he took advantage of each situation to his benefit.
See-saws or as Robert Jansky retermed them Hourglasses, are always caught in a balancing act with a shifting emphasis between the two hemispheres in Brady’s chart between a desire to be quietly prideful (PoF at 24.58 Taurus) and an incredible desire for fame and fed into his narcissism of four planetary pairs.
The group of planets, asteroids and Arabian parts at his ascendant is disturbing. Brady has TransPluto right next to his ascendant suggesting that he grew up in a critical and perfectionist environment wherein the personality, the ego and first house, felt picked to pieces. As this aspect is coming from the Twelfth house conjunct Uranus, Brady took this very personally and harbored this criticism within
Across from Vesta in the Sixth House, and so creating a T-Cross with his Sun, 12 Capricorn, and highlighting the Ninth House as its focal expression. While the Ninth is the home of long journeys, from Glasgow to London is about 400 miles, it is also the place that journalism (the Fourth Estate) resides, suggesting that he realized making his name in Glasgow would not make as big a splash as it would in London town fueling his need and desire for notoriety and publicity.
Asteroid Hygeia, not shown, is at 1 Libra, is next to Poseidon and opposite the harsh father of Saturn. This combination of public dis-health (Hygeia) in his working Sixth, coupled with desire, Poseidon, has another outlet, this time in the Third House of Brothers and Sisters at the Arabian Part of Divorce. Could Brady have wanted to create a family for himself, of little virginal girls faithful to him, unlike his mother who serially remarried? It is hard to say, but the chart and his murders are psychotically disturbing. Of course these two T-Crosses create one large Grand Mutable Cross supporting the See-saw configuration.
Also in his Third House, conjunct Divorce are other odd parts like the Part of Deception & Lying, and Sudden Advancement which is opposite his Sun wanting notoriety, so it would seem that to him that this was a way to make a big a splash. London’s Fleet Street Tabloid journalism playing up his feats added to his glee.
As for Myra Hindley his accomplice, his chart does show Juno in the Seventh next to the Arabian part of Cooperation, opposite his Part of Fortune. There can be no doubt that without Myra a lot of this would not have happened, as he needed a willing accomplice who supported his ambition. Whether Miss Hindley was truly a victim of his Svengali methods as the London Times wrote, is difficult to say, we do not have her horoscope on hard, but with his part of marriage exact to his Saturn, there is no doubt, in my mind at least, that this was a significant relationship to Brady.
His progressed chart to his approximate time of death, shows once again everything hitting in his chart in the Tenth House of career fame. It would seem that Brady had more than his fifteen minutes of fame, and twice.
The Charts. The progressed is from Kepler, the Natal from Winstar. Both are owned by Matrix.
We start off our grand parade with Prince Albert Edward Victor (Eddy), the eldest son of the eldest son of Queen Victoria, and thus the Prince of Wales heir apparent. He, as the heading shows, is #16 in the Jones 1000 that can be found in toto at the end of Marc Edmund Jones’s book, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology.
During Eddy’s life, there were a lot of rumors about his wayward lifestyle and whether or not he was the notorious Jack the Ripper. Royal records, of course, place him outside of London during the first of the murders, and his early death, coincided more or less, with their abrupt halt. We will explore in this astrological essay if there is any validity to that claim.
Prince Albert Victor was the first born son of Albert Edward (known as Bertie), Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) and Princess Alexandra (called Alix) formally Alexandra Caroline Marie Charlotte Louise Julia of Denmark. Eddy, as he was familiarly called, was born at Frogmore House on 8th January 1864 at 8:58 PM , two months premature, weighing less than four pounds at birth. Grandmother Queen Victoria named him Albert Victor Christian Edward and he was christened, as was the custom, 40 days later in the private chapel of Buckingham Palace on Thursday, 10th March 1864.
His Royal Grandmother’s indulgent hand was all over his rearing. She chose the Reverend Neal for the education of both grandsons but the tutor found Albert Victor’s interest in his studies lacking. That may have been somewhat attributed to his inherited deafness, that ran on his mother’s side, but we do not know how much his hearing impacted him.
Every zodiacal sign rules a part of the body and Taurus rules the neck and throat, and thus essentially the second house rules the neck too. But in the Prince’s chart, Taurus appears in the ninth house suggesting that “hearing” effected his studies, as traditionally no universities used textbooks — school attendance was just a series of lectures or as the British call it “readings” and students were expected to take good notes. That scenario would make Eddy dismissive of his teachers — oral transmission does not work if they student cannot hear it and prior to Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller lip reading was unknown. Both Cambridge and Oxford still refer to their professors as “readers.”
Saturn rules ossification and in Taurus’s essential domain, but here in the Prince’s chart has Libra or the balance between the physical self and spoken word (Libra is ruled by Venus like Taurus). If all of this does not make you think twice about the connect, his mother, Queen Alix, spent a large part of her life alone & “stone” deaf.
Prince George, as the second son following the Royal tradition, set off for a career in the military, but the Crown Prince accompanied him aboard the Royal Navy’s training ship, HMS Britannia and together they sailed around the world. These travels (Sagittarius) are shown by the Mars in his watery 4th house opposite the sign of brotherly love in the 10th house in the sign of the twins, Gemini.
The Cambridge years
Upon returning to England Albert Victor enrolled at Cambridge, but the second time fared no better than the first & he as he was a regular bon vivant at University and scoffed at the lessons. He probably was not very different than most of his fellow upperclassmen shrugging off school & trusting to primogeniture (Jupiter in Scorpio) but his tutoring coach said that he was unsure if whether the Prince had any understanding of complex thought.² Perhaps the same was same of his father in his day, who despised Cambridge and wanted a military life — of course his mother the Queen would not have allowed that either.
Alan Leo, Aleister Crowley and Marc Edmund Jones (#16 ) 1 have the exact same map data for the Prince. Mr. Leo’s is the oldest of the three books, so we are crediting him with the find, but a search through the pages of the London Times, shows that he snatched the particulars from there. Still, Leo’s 1001 nativities were de rigeur for 50 years among astrologers. Everyone on both sides of the Atlantic subscribed to this publication, much like they did Raphael’s ephemeris, until it was finally closed with the advent of Great Britain entering World War II — a dozen years after Leo himself had reposed.
ith a preponderance of northern planets ( below the horizon) and the current addition of Uranus and Pluto above, we have the foresight to know that Eddy was a locomotive temperament type, who like his father did what he wanted and enjoyed the raucous. But during his life, none of those planets were known, and he would be a Splash. Should we go with the future knowledge of what will come or stay with what was? Further charts will unveil that we assume. Jupiter is in his 3rd house, so Eddy had the gift of proverbial silver tongue, and was an elegant dresser and a ladies man.
During his life, the London papers, no better then than now, reported that the Prince was an unsavory fellow, lazy and bisexual, who attended lots of brothels often going out with his brother George, with whom it was said he shared a whore. A manuscript of that era, claims he married an Irish Roman Catholic girl — hence the connection to Mary Kelley one of the Ripper’s victims — who worked in a shop opposite the brothel that Jack the Ripper frequented and they had a child named Alice Margaret. From these tidbits, came the rumours that he was Jack the Ripper.³
Who marries who?
His Neptune in the 8th shows how he was obligated to marry whomever the family chose, but that he fantasized otherwise. Originally the family first choice was his cousin Alexandra Victoria Helena Louise Beatrice, (Empress Alexandra of Russia) but Queen Victoria’s sister Elisabeth, married to Tsarevitch Nicholas’s uncle Sergei, was appalled. She did not like the Duke of Clarence, repelled perhaps by the Fixed Star Sabik conjunct his Mars (typical in homosexual charts) and his attitude towards women.
Elizabeth was resolute that they should pick the meek Mary of Teck as Alix was a Royal family favorite. That worked out well as well for England: Alexandra married Nicholas Romanov and the British was spared the Russian haemophilia . 4 Alix unfortunately was problematic with the Russian populace for other reasons as well and whether she would have worked out for England is hard to say considering she and Nicholas were madly in love. Mary supposedly more obliging, but history did not confirm that rumour, so from the personality aspect it was probably a wash.
There is no free choice for those in the line of royal ascension. Courtship the recent case of Katherine and William there was a long drawn out affair of many years compared to his brother Harry’s whirlwind romance, so both partners one could only hope for the best.
Mary, represented by forceful Aries, was more the free spirit than he was and which proved to be the case as she married his brother, the future King George IV, after he, her first assignee, died. Her cold forceful demeanor that drove Eddy to fantasy, fared better with George though even as queen, the comment was she was a selfish narcissist that cared little for others. Perhaps it did not matter who she married; she was just a poor choice.
The friction in Eddy’s and Mary’s relationship is highlighted by the Arian lord Mars in the 4th house opposite Uranus in the 10th of personal honor and royal noblesse, that highlights her domineering tendencies against his free-wheeling spirit. Yet to some degree, it would seem that Mary lived vicariously through his exploits and enjoyed them while the more dutiful George bored her.
True to his Sun at 18 Capricorn in the fifth house, he was convivial & fond of amusements. His Mars opposite the Arabian Part of Fatality hints at virulent influenza epidemic that would take his life, and with two strong planets, Mars and the generational planet Uranus, in tow, influenza’s lethalness, and idiosyncrasy — striking some and not others — was hovering overhead.
Vitality and Fatality
Prince Albert Victor has only one conjunction that of his Sun to his Moon, which Marc Edmund Jones calls the Line of Vitality. A lack of conjunctions is the hallmark of the “Splash” temperament type with its inherent tendency towards prodigality, but we have found secular humanist bowls with no conjunctions too.
Since the the north-south hemispheres are unevenly distributed with his planets heavily biased towards the south, this intensifies his suspicious, non-social disposition, making him good in group situations because he can play off others, but not so keen one on one where his foibles are easily noticed and thus making him ill at ease.
Jones writes that the Line of Vitality bestows good health regardless of its essential dignities — its an odd statement for him as he strongly endorses their use. Alan Leo, though, begs to differ because the Moon is in its detriment residing in Capricorn. That does not seem quite right either as Eddy had no ailments until pneumonia (see the Sun note below). Traditionally though, the Moon in Capricorn, highlights a poor relationship between mother and child and for Eddy perhaps Grandmother Victoria’s meddling did cause that as mother Alexandra was particularly upset about her son’s death.
Using Arabian Parts, neither Leo nor Jones did — see that the Moon-Sun conjunction is quincunx the Arabian Part of Fatality (highlighted on the map in a red box right next to the midheaven).OTOH, the Line of Vitality is strengthened by his fifth house Sun making him a flashy dresser and a charismatic charmer.
The other planetary pair that the Prince has is the Line of Personality, as Saturn (2nd house) and Jupiter (3rd) are semi-sextile. Marc Edmund Jones writes that this gives a “strange and inexorable fatality of action” to the native’s life. Jones illustrates this aspect with President Theodore Roosevelt’s chart showing his need to have a constant momentum in his life but it was true for the Prince also who toured the world with his brother and the Royal Navy.
The Prince has a cardinal mutable natural disposition as the only opposition in his chart is in mutable signs (Sagittarius 17 and Gemini 03) that are essentially cardinal houses. This aspect is another indication of him being a real libertine and the life of the party.
The Prince’s ascendant is 10 Virgo and is the “Lord of the Horoscope.” In the Hyperion symbols this is a “Round stone hidden within another” hinting towards his close friendship with his younger brother, George and the latter’s eventual triumph as king. It’s ruler is Mercury, found right on the 6th house cusp of servants and toil at 6 Aquarius 55 , or “two rivers converging at the water gap.” It’s keyword is “Agreement.” The prince did find schooling irksome and his tendency to rank-drop, hang out with the servants in what seemed like an embrace of universality, was really his way of fitting in with people he was far more comfortable, and unschooled.
Mercury in Aquarius is a place where conventional or traditional educational methods are favored. It is more experimental than scholarly here — the American inventor Thomas Alva Edison also has his Mercury there. This position explains the Prince’s diffident nature towards education and the comments by his schoolmasters. As Ascendant is inconjunt his own Mercury at 04 Sagittarius and gets the images of “A shadow of the City of Ecbatan at dawn”, alluding to the King he may have been.
On January 9th, the Duke of Clarence, who was spending the Christmas holidays with his parents at Sandringham, got attacked with a bout of influenza. He had caught cold at the funeral of his cousin Admiral HSH Prince Victor Ferdinand Franz Eugen Gustaf Adolf Constantin Friedrich of Hohenlohe-Langenburg GCB, the son of Queen Victoria’s half sister, during the Christmas holidays.
That cold, true to the Star Al Hecka 4 the fiery Martial star in Gemini, portends of inflammation in the lungs when conjunct Uranus it becomes erratic — hitting one member and yet not another, and that happened here. While others received a minor brush, the Prince’s bout turned to pneumonia but without penicillin, yet to be invented by Sir Fleming for another fifty years, it was always fatal.
Prince Albert Victor died shortly after his 28th birthday on January 14, 1892, within a week of the day on which the news of his illness had first been released. His mother never fully recovered, it was said at the time, that there was an extremely strong filial and maternal link between them. In true Victorian morbidness, she continued to keep his room at Sandringham undisturbed the rest of her life.
Albert Victor was buried at the Albert Memorial Chapel at Windsor Castle. The despondent Princess May laid her bridal wreath of sweet smelling orange blossoms upon the coffin in a touching tribute, perhaps echoing the “fields of rich red clover” found at his midheaven at Gemini 02.
His tomb, featured a recumbent effigy of the Prince in a Hussar, his military brigade, uniform. The statuary is a magnificent example of Art Nouveau sculpture. Pictures are here. After a suitable period of mourning, the Princess, with that beneficent Sun in her third house of brothers, and the continued the goodwill of her relatives, married the new heir apparent, Prince George, later to become King George V. This couple are the grandparents of the current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.
Prince’s Death Notice from Alan Leo’s The Astrologer Magazine.
Virgo 10 Ascendant notables:
Prince Albert Victor shares an Ascendant with singers Tony Martin and Rod Stewart, painter Amedeo Modigliani (died at 36 from tubercular meningitis), comedians Peter Sellers, who started off as a mime, and Patty Duke, who played twin cousins in The Patty Duke Show.
In Alan Leo’s “1001 Nativities” 4th ed., the chart is #04.
In Crowley’s book General Principles of Astrology c. 1927 originally co-written with Miss Evangeline Adams , the horoscope is Chart #8. pg. 602.
In Marc Edmund Jones “The Sabian Symbols” c. 1953 the chart is #16
op cit Crowley.
D.M. Potts, “Queen Victoria’s Gene: haemophilia and the royal family” c.1999. London: Sutton Publishing. It is available here in paperback.
Al Hecka is unfavorable for one’s career & tells of parental disharmony that had to be the case with Eddy’s antics always in the London Daily News. The fixed star portends sudden death from air borne mechanisms, like a virus, because according to Ptolemy it takes on the poignancy of a Mars attack.