#9 Jane Addams, social reformer


At her death on May 21st, 1935, John Dewey, Marc Jones mentor and teacher, hailed Miss Addams as the greatest social reformer in America to date. Her parents hailed from Pennsylvania Dutch country, around Lancaster, PA and went west to improve their chances as the land there was either too expensive or overgrazed. They landed in Cedarville, Illinois where their daughter Jane was born.

Her father was a founding member of the Illinois Republican Part and served as an Illinois State Senator (1855–70). He was personal friends with Abraham Lincoln and stumped for him first as senator (1854) and the president, (1860). In her book, Twenty Year at Hull House (complete with many fine illustrations) she gives a full account of her childhood and her decision after graduating from Rockford (Illinois) Female Seminary to take up social reform. The book is not easy reading, but worth the effort.

She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 shortly before her death. Hull House in Chicago has since closed.

This chart has been rectified against all known events in her life. Marc Jones states her ascendant is 21 leo 35; we pegged it at 06 Leo 05 or “constellations in the sky”.

#22 Queen Alexandra of England, Princess of Denmark


Alexandra was made of sterner stuff

Albert Edward, Prince of Wales and the son and heir of Queen Victoria was a notorious rake. His parents recognized this when he was very young and arranged a marriage hoping to keep him from getting into further trouble. The wife chosen for him was the eldest daughter of Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glucksburg and her mother was Princess Louise of Hesse-Kassel.  Other siblings were George (George I of Greece), Dagmar (later Empress of all the Russias via her marriage to Czar Alexander III, Thyra (Crown Princess of Hanover) and Prince Valdemar of Denmark.

Alexandra Caroline Mary Charlotte Louisa Julia of Denmark was born in Copenhagen on December 1, 1844 at 6:15 in the morning. Her rising symbol made her a good choice “fasting pilgrims outside the castle of the king” at 18 Scorpio 57 as she and Edward spent much of their lives apart — her in Sandringham and he in London.

On March 10, 1863 at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, Edward and Alexandra were married, her wearing a magnificent gown by Worth of Paris. They had six children including Prince Albert Victor.

While Queen Victoria chose the day, a month after her own to Albert, calendar wise, the chart was perfect for the bride. Notice the red arrow where her new Ascendant of 28 Cancer 44 is conjunct her natal Part of Fortune in the 8th house:P as her maidenhood ends, a new life as queen begins. Her Nodes surprisingly stay the same at Gemini 11 [HS a baptism the process of beginning something momentous, a sacred induction]. Her NMC is now opposite her TSun supporting again the major rite of passage she was undertaking as her TPart of Fortune is conjunct her natal Uranus in the 4th — her wishes have become true but alas (though oob) with a wrinkle — her husband will never be true (Mars as the T-Cross leg on the 7th house cusp). But Alexandra knew that.

Edwards peccadilloes

From the top left are Daisy Greville, Lilly Langtry, and Jennie Jerome. The bottom two portraits are of Agnes Keyser, and Alice Keppel.

Throughout their marriage, Edward had several well known mistresses —  the actress Daisy Greville, herself the descendant of two of England’s King’s paramours and for whom it is thought Daisy of The Great Gatsby was named ; Lily Langtry the actress, Agnes Keyser, the only unmarried woman during their affair, American Jennie Jerome the future mother of Winston Churchill and whom Alexandra was the most fond; and most famous of all Alice Keppel, the great grandmother of the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles. Despite her well known possessiveness, Queen Alexandra allowed Mrs. Keppel to visit King Edward VII on his deathbed.

The Queen was a bucket with a moon handle at 17 Leo 28, a castle-dweller, one who needs to be alone and undisturbed.

She had a scar (Saturn 03 Aquarius 17 in the 2nd, Taurus rules the neck) and wore high necked gowns or jeweled necklaces similar to her portrait above. On Edward’s coronation day she wore the gorgeous Dagmar necklace, especially made for the occasion (see the closeup below). She died at Sandringham House on November 20, 1925 from a heart attack and was buried in Windsor next to Edward, having outlived him by 15 years.

#893 In the service of the Queen, Alfred Lord Tennyson


Who was Tennyson?

Alfred Tennyson was the most popular poet of the Victorian age. With royal patronage, Queen Victoria made in Poet Laureate in 1850, his poetry defined an era. There was a time when his poems, particularly the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War. were de rigeur for high school literature.

Tennyson had a superb ability to pen quotable lines, something quite difficult, but the key to memorization. The Brigade, a not very long poem, but highly alliterative thus keeping the meter flowing, are the memorable verses of “Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. ” Thrilling stuff..as “Cannon to right of them, Cannon to left of them, Cannon behind them volleyed and thundered.”

His poor beginnings

He was born August 6th, 1809, at Somersby, Lincolnshire on the east coast of England, north of Boston, the fourth of twelve children. Despite having wealthy relatives, the Tennyson’s lived in relative poverty not only because of their poor health — most of his siblings suffered from one kind of disabling condition or another—melancholia, insanity, opium addiction, alcoholism and epilepsy. The last was tremendously fears because those who saw its victims fell suddenly under its violent spell were horrified by the sudden violence.  Even today, epilepsy can be still difficult to treat. (Fyodor Dostoevsky the Russian literary great and contemporary of Count Lev Tolstoy (War and Peace; Anna Karenina) suffered from this disease too. He wrote several pieces on the theme, the most renown The Possessed (where the possession takes some strange turns both mentally and politically) and The Idiot, but the malady is throughout his oeuvre).

His father, a minister, because of ill health increasingly took to drink — the major health tonic of the day — and under it grew increasingly mentally unstable and too physically weak so he could no longer give sermons and thus bring in money for his family. Things changed in 1827 when he could go to Oxford University. This was a transformative moment — shown by Pluto in the 3rd of communications — because it gave him the skills to create inspiring poetry. He made great  friends like Edward FitzGerald and William Makepeace Thackeray; and the college he attended boasted of eminent former members as William Wordsworth and Lord Byron. But it was his friendship with the seventeen-year-old Arthur Henry Hallam, son of a leading Whig historian that made the great impression.

The friendship came to a tragic and abrupt close when Hallam died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of twenty-two. Tennyson said , “as near perfect as mortal man can be,” and his friend in a long melancholic revelrie that lasted until his own more than half a century later.

Yet, within a year of entrance, Tennyson won the Chancellors Gold Medal for his poem Timbuctoo. This poem, a majestic, though an abbreviated echo of Lord Byron’s Childe Harold, hearkens to a far away Ancient African land of Timbuctoo where possibilities of one’s imagination are the only limits to the magic it can create, much like Percy Shelley’s Epipsychidion, click here for that one.

the Prince and Alfred

Surprisingly, after a brilliant start, several of his poem afterward got harsh reviews. Thus our soulful poet went into retreat and stopped publishing, though it seems kept writing, for the next 9 years or roughly a 1/3 of a Saturn rotation. That’s important because Saturn is conjunct his ascendant at 27 Scorpio 13 [a military band at march] making not only his father’s illness and misfortune affect him deeply but also all criticism and thoughtless sleights affect him disproportionately.

Our man Jones has 12:05 am. We totally disagree because there is nothing in the 5th house of the England’s great poet, but one can compare the two and decide. The Counting Crows get the nod here for their Rain King — actually written for Saul Bellow and his Henderson the Rain King but is evocative of Tennyson’s Timbuctoo- that is rather à propos no matter which time you pick for a man with so much water in his chart.

Then in 1842 coincident with Neptune’s discovery, he published again and this time, the attitude towards poetry and Tennyson had changed (Neptune 04 Sagittarius 07 Rx [a radical magazine gives a man high exaltation and dramatic force to succeed] and granted a civil pension. Now financially secure, Tennyson released his great elegiac poem, In Memoriam A.H. H. (Arthur Henry Hallam).

This is a full-blown poem complete with 131 sections, a prologue, and epilogue mourning not only his friend’s death but also weaving into his personal loss, Tennyson’s remorse over the contemporary dwindling of Christian faith (he wrote that the Hermetic Occultist Giordano Bruno and he had the same religious outlook), the pursuit of money (Charles Dickens not to miss a beat, wrote at the same time in prose about this latter issue in several books culminating in his admixture the Christmas Carol) and the ramifications of Charles Darwin and his theories of evolution.

The timing of Prince Albert’s visit to Tennyson is vague, but at some point the Prince went to see the poet on the Isle of Wight to discuss the Memoriam because of John Stuart Mill’s great praise of the poem. Tennyson was flattered, showcased his works and read some of his more recent works. It was a successful meeting and the Prince of England, recommended Tennyson to be William Wordsworth’s (author of Tintern Abbey) successor as poet laureate on November 5 1850. This of course brought his university years full circle, and flush with funds, Tennyson married Emma Sellwood shortly thereafter.

Fitzgerald served another queen, his wife Zelda. The parallels of the two charts highlight all that went wrong with the American’s prestigious talent (Jupiter on the cusp of the 7th conjunct, his South Node or his snobbish disdain of thinking himself too good to work for money.  This became his undoing because him and Zelda’s reckless lifestyle made him even more dependent upon a salary, but his inability to accept the role of a “worker” and develop his poetic insight, instead made him a slave to them and ultimately led to his self-destruction.) The Fitzgerald essay explores this further.

Baron Tennyson died on 6 October 1892 at 83 years old & was buried at Westminster Abbey. His eldest son, Hallam (named for his friend) received his title 2nd Baron Tennyson and since he had been his father’s personal secretary, wrote a biography of him. Here is Hallam’s version of that great Victorian death-bed scene:

The tendency to fatal syncope may be said to have really commenced about 10 A.M. on Wednesday, and on Thursday, 6 October [1892], at 1:35 A.M., the great poet breathed his last. Nothing could have been more striking than the scene during the last few hours. On the bed a figure of breathing marble, flooded and bathed in the light of the full moon streaming through the oriel window; his hand clasping the Shakespeare which he asked for but recently, and which he had kept by him to the end; the moonlight, the majestic figure as he lay there, “drawing thicker breath,” irresistibly brought to our minds his own “Passing of Arthur.”

Hallam Tennyson,  Alfred Lord Tennyson: A Memoir by His Son(1897) 

Hallam then went onto to become the second Governor-General of Australia. When he retired from his post in 1904, he returned to England where he died 15 years or so later.


We continually vet and review our essays for accuracy and typographical errors. This was one edited on 15 November 2019.

#33 Louis Alter, Composer / Pianist


Louis Alter was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts on June 18, 1902 at 7 o’clock in the morning. Alter played in vaudeville houses as the accompanist for headliners Irène Bordoni and Nora Bayes appearing with Bayes continuously until her death in 1928. Since he had previously written some songs for Broadway shows, Alter concentrated on that after Bayes’ death.

His first hit was “Manhattan Serenade” (1929), originally an instrumental that later became the theme music of the Easy Aces radio program.

Alter is a see-saw temperament type with a Moon in Scorpio in the 5th suggesting an easy and romantic style to his compositions. His Moon is also opposite Venus suggesting that his best compositions were evocative of a time, place or even a certain person for he was a composer that always needs a muse.

download the louis alter chart.pdf

#38 Andrew MacBeth Anderson, Scots jurist


Andrew Macbeth Anderson, Lord Anderson DL was born on 6 November 1862 at 7 pm, getting an ascendant of 08 Cancer, (HS) or One great eye wreathed in rays and beams where one lives outside his immediate limitations and the gives the world an uncluttered view of the true self — keyword Representation.

His line of vitality or the Scorpio Sun opposing its Taurean moon suggests a constant need for Judge Anderson to affirm his views by continually specializing in one facet of the cosmos after another. He was a see-saw temperament type.

He was a Scottish barrister, judge and Liberal Party politician and eldest son of Charles Enverdale Anderson, Provost of Coupar Angus. Anderson was educated at the High School of Dundee and Edinburgh University and graduated with MA and LL.B degrees. He was awarded the Forensic Prize as the most distinguished law graduate of his year. In 1901, he married Agnes Catherine (“Kate”) Mackay from Midlothian. They had two sons and two daughters

#28 Prince Alfred, son of Victoria and Albert of England


Prince Alfred was born in Windsor Castle on August 6, 1844 at 7:50 am. His biographical data is here; a pleasant but unimpressive man. His son is #29, Prince Alfred of Edinburgh (Alfred Alexander William Ernest Albert) and his daughter Princess Marie Alexandra Victoria, born on 29 October 1875, is #646 as Queen of Roumania.

His chart shows a preponderance of sextiles and an absence of planets in common signs, exemplifying a savoir faire that others found pleasing, but it was his determination by retrogradation in the southern hemisphere that helped attract socially better mates for his children.

#367 Mohandas Gandhi Lives


The chart data is from Alan Leo and his 1001 Notables. Marc Jones adoped it for his own. Jones loves Gandhi so much that he wrote a book on the man, Gandhi Lives available for about $5.00 here. our header picture is of Mohandas Gandhi at age 19.

Gandhi and women

Gandhi has a 02 Scorpio rising with a preponderance in Scorpio in the 1st house, showing his need to recreate the world he lived in. It is also part of the opposition to the 7th house showing the push-pull problems (mars and Venus opposite Jupiter) his strong ego had working with other people particularly with women (Moon 20 Leo 11 in the 10th house) that did not develop until he was in his 30’s (the Moon cycle is 29 days in secondary progressions this would be a day for year i.e. 30 years).

He married Kasturba in 1883 when he was 13 years old; she was 14, but within his culture that was normal (notice the partile relationship of Mars and Venus in his first house). Their sex life was also typical, and she was pregnant within the first year; all total they had 4 children with the last one born 15 years later.

But, his problem with sex arose was when his father lay dying, and Gandhi left his bedside to have relations with his wife (the Moon is opposite its essential house where the South Node (05 Aquarius 52 in Aquarius) is found). It was this act that caused lots of sexual tension in Gandhi’s life with his eventually decreeing , “It is the duty of every thoughtful Indian not to marry. In case he is helpless in regard to marriage, he should abstain from sexual intercourse with his wife.”

Gandhi’s Bania Caste.

He was of the The Bania caste, a generic term derived from the Sanskrit word vanij meaning merchant or trader. However some Banias are not merchants. In the fourfold division of Indian society, there are innumerable Bania subcastes, such as the Agarwala, part of the Vaishya, or commoner, class. In religious affiliation they are generally Vaishnavas (worshipers of the Hindu god Vishnu) strict vegetarians, teetotalers, and orthodox in observing ceremonial purity.

On February 22nd, 1942 after a few years of deteriorating health, Katsurba Gandhi died. She was cremated on the grounds of the Aga Kahn Palace. Married 62 years steadfastly remained by the pyre, nothing was left. “After sixty years of constant companionship,” he said, “I cannot imagine life without her.” For the rest of his life, on the 22nd of each month, Gandhi honored her memory with extra prayers.

from the New York Times archives. They did not cover the actual assassination, but days later after the horrible event, mentioned that Truman sent his condolences as did other world leaders. The Times did not state how he died but to say that Bombay was rioting.

Gandhi himself was assassinated by  Nathuram Vinayak Godse on January 30, 1948, New Delhi, India.

He had begun a peace fast earlier in the month and by the 18th of January, his doctors were warning that at 79 he was too old to undergo the rigours of the ritual. The Moslem League, a Karachi newspaper, urged him on, nonetheless he stopped. On the 28th, he visited a Moslem shrine and was shot by a fellow Hindu who objected to Gandhi trying to bridge the two religions.

#11 Gilbert Adrian, Hollywood costumier


This Pinterest board that has many of his designs for various Hollywood movies. He was born on March 3 1903 at 11:05 am in Naugatack, Connecticut as Adrian Greenburg to an ex-New Yorker father and a native Connecticut mother. Both sides of the family were Jewish. He was apprenticed to Irving Berlin after his graduation from the New York School of Fine Arts (now Parsons School of Design), and Berlin and Adrian remained good friends and working associates there after, though his best known film is The Wizard of Oz, and his red-sequined ruby slippers worn by # 372 Judy Garland.

We did not rectify his chart but used it from Jones 1000 Nativities in his book, Sabian Symbols and their use in astrology. His 11:05 am birth time gives Adrian a symbol 21 Gemini 27 that Marc Jones wrote signified the richness of life as found in human associations and human activities. Positively it is a degree of self-consummation or personal fulfillment of one’s abilities and talents. Negatively, Jones warns instead it just a degree of self-satisfactions.

Adrian’s Ascendant is right near Pluto at 17 Gemini 41 and opposite Uranus at 25 Sagittarius 18. Marc Jones did not read the “outer planets” as personal effects but as societally significant activities that came into play when the circumstance they resided in, was activated. Of course, one can, and we do, read them in both ways but in Adrian’s case we have like Will Rogers a Pluto-Neptune sandwich in the first and second houses but here opposite Uranus showing his unique and eye-catching designs did bring a classy Art Nouveau allure to his costumes, and the settings for which the films were set.

The North Node and Mars conjunction to each other in the 5th house, shows his drawing ability and how he worked out each set & each costume himself. This is shown by Mars opposite Venus in the Line of Efficiency, that recommended that he should have use his assistants more particularly when he was ill in the 1950’s but despite many attempts to change his work habits, he refused.

A nice montage of Adrian’s work.

Everywhere you look whether it is the stills on Pinterest or the film montage, Art Nouveau is the hallmark with strong lines, flowing longer and yet curvy (Uranus in Sagittarius) construction. Typically the lines are vertical because it takes its cues from plants and flowers, though when Adrian tackled them, as in the Wizard of Oz, they are highly stylized, bold and striking. The real epitome though, as mentioned in clip as well, is the emphasis on the female form almost as though they themselves are plants that have alive, and decorations themselves that enhanced the environment that they graced.

Adrian married Janet Gaynor, and had one son Robin born July 6, 1940, who is a retired real estate broker in Scottsdale, Arizona. Alas, Adrian never won an Oscar for either set or costume design. He became ill with heart disease in 1952 and died 7 years later while preparing the costumes for the original Broadway production of Alan Jay Lerner‘s “Camelot”, when he died on September 13, 1959, twenty years after his marriage to Gaynor who survived him. She died 25 years later on the same day.

#802 American Folk Hero Will Rogers


America’s Cowboy

Biograph:

William Penn Adair Rogers was born November 4th, 1879 on a ranch between Claremore and Oologah, Oklahoma. We have rectified his chart to 16 Sagittarius, [SS] Sea gulls watching a ship, a symbol demonstrating the spirit’s demand for its full share in the privileges and rewards of all of human society. This gives him the birth time 9:25 AM.

Betty and Will Rogers

Both his parents had a small amount of Cherokee Indian blood and he quipped about his forefathers being there “to meet Columbus.”. Rogers has a Grand Trine in Water and no air in chart, highlighting how his comments were born more of personal experience than great thought. This is probably why he is a considered a modern “folk hero.” The small stellium in the 5th house is interesting as Pluto was discovered just about when he died; Neptune is the other part of the sandwich with Mars — his sharp tongue — in between. This stellium highlights the problems he had of keeping his wild eyed naivete of the American West all the while it was disappearing.

And Neptune, the alchemical dissolver, highlights as his strongest opposition to his very personal Sun, via the push pull call of the plains (Taurus) vs his personal need to recreate a mythos for public consumption. This dichotomy literally collapsed, when Pluto was discovered and the horrors of the 1930’s Dust Bowl ravaged Oklahoma and the attendant Midwest as thousands of families took flight, chronicled by John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, to the sunny fields of Bakersfield, California.

Early Years

Kemper Military Academy c. 2010

Rogers attended Kemper Military Academy in Boonville, Missouri (the school closed after the 2002 graduation)  for two years (“One in the guardhouse and one in the 4th grade,” he said later.) He left school in 1889, and became a cowboy in the Texas Panhandle. Then he drifted off to Argentina and turned up in South Africa a few years later as a member of Texas Jack’s Wild West Circus.

Texas Jack Mile Marker

Will Rogers made his first stage appearance in New York City in 1905 where he met many vaudevillians like George M. Cohan, Eddie Cantor and Fanny Brice. He first reached real fame in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1916. In 1918, he started his motion picture career; in ’34 he made it to the Broadway stage.

NYTimes , August 17 1935

Rogers married Betty Blake, an Arkansas schoolteacher, in 1908. They had four children. He was killed in a plane crash near Point Barrow, Alaska, while on a flight to the Orient with the famed speed aviator #772 & fellow Oklahoman Wiley Post aboard the Winnie Mae of Oklahoma . The nation doubly mourned; Congress halted and led everyone in prayers.