#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

#190 Lord Admiral Charles Beresford

Admiral Charles William de la Poer Beresford, First Baron Beresford, G.C.B., G.C.V.O., Royal Navy was an officer of the Royal Navy.

from his Memoirs

Born in Curraghmore, Waterford County, Ireland, on February 10 1846 he was son of a Protestant minister and his wife. Beresford enjoyed a career in the Royal Navy and as a Member of Parliament for the Unionist cause. His indomitable spirit gave him the nickname of Charlie B — a pun on England’s John Bull. He died shortly after attending President Theodore Roosevelt’s funeral from pneumonia on 6 September, 1919 . The similarities in these two political / military lives is striking.

Highlights of his Chart

  • Southern bowl temperament
  • Gestalt Mental Chemistry
  • Line of Vitality in opposition
  • Line of Efficiency semisquare.
  • Line of Culture inconjunct.
  • Line of Motivation is quintile.
  • With his North Node in the Tenth House, Donna van Toen in her The Nodes Book, writes this placement give the native a tendency to dream of success by overcoming educational, familial and status limitations by rising above his station in life. Often he does this by gaining the support of authority figures or others who are in a position to help. Difficulties with one or both parents are common.
  • None of that is pertinent to the Lord Admiral so perhaps we should view the north Node in the eleventh as it is 1 degree away. If so, Ms. van Toen writes : In the eleventh house, hang-ups can involve honesty, knowledge, or ethics – all things that would seem to correlate more with Sagittarius / ninth house at first glance. Where North Node in Sagittarius / ninth leans towards lack of discrimination and fanaticism, the eleventh house North Node takes a cold, dispassionate approach. Whatever is perceived to be the truth or the right way is done without concern about the damage that may be done particularly if the “truth” is biased or flawed . Relationships are often spoiled by this attitude of ‘honesty is the best policy’ that is construed as brutal and demeaning.
  • Ascendant is 01 Capricorn, the HS of a whirlpool — a force of irresistible strength and force of nature.
the Lord Admirals Arabian Parts as renamed by Marc Jones
  • Part of Conviction conjunct Midheaven (career) and Jupiter exalted in its own house in the ninth. It would be hard to tell him he was wrong OTOH he was a fierce and courage fighter for his beliefs.
  • Part of Fortune conjunct Mercury in the 12th.
  • Part of Relevance conjunct Part of Fortune in the 12th.

Excerpts from the Lord Admirals writings

  • Here is a site discussing his book on the reasons for breaking China. it was written in 1899 five years before both the Boxer Rebellion in China against foreigners & the Kerensky in Russia against the Tsar.
  • Archive.org has his memoirs written when he as 50 and made quite a stir on both sides of the Atlantic. It begins with his viewing of the Royal Fleet in 1858 as it came to winter in the harbour of Waterford County and ends in 1909 when he retired and became a landlubber. There is little on his private life as one would expect from a Southern bowl and dedicated to his brother officers of the Royal Navy; it details the many ships he served and military actions he saw in his career. It is well written and I enjoyed the pages I read.

“Seamen often curse and swear when they are aloft furling or reefing sails in a gale of wind; but I have never heard a sailor blaspheme on these occasions. Their language is merely a mode speaking. Although in the old days I have heard men blaspheme on deck, blasphemy was never heard aloft perhaps because they felt they were closer to the Almighty where he could hear them.”

Memoirs of Lord Charles Beresford Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1914, volume 1. 22 illustrations are within.

#4 John Dalberg aka Lord Acton

John Emerich Edward Dalberg is Lord Acton. He was born on January 10 1834 in Naples in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (now Italy) to Sir Ferdinand Richard Edward Acton (1801-37) & Marie Louise Pelline von Dalberg, a German heiress. Upon the father’s early death, the mother remarried Granville Leveson-Gower, the 2nd Earl Granville, Leveson but called Lord Leveson, who became the Liberal foreign secretary under Prime Minister William Gladstone – the political successor to Benjamin Disraeli.

His mother, now Mary Louise von Dalberg- Leveson died in 1860. The Dalberg-Leveson marriage had no issue and now a Baron, Leveson-Gower remarried Castilla Rosalind Campbell in 1870.


John Dalberg, was trained at St. Mary’s College in New Oscott, a Roman Catholic seminary in the Birmingham Archdiocese because Cambridge would not admit Catholics. Dalberg then went to Munich and continued his studies under Johann Joseph von Dollinger, who educated him in the new German methods of historical research.

After graduating from there, he travelled to the United States finally returning to England and settling at the family seat in Aldenham Shropshire where he was elected to the House of Commons (similar to the US House of Representatives) for Carlow but this came to a grinding halt when in 1864 he publicly denounced the doctrine of papal infallibility that espouses that the pope acting as supreme teacher can only under certain conditions and for a limited time, cannot err in matters of faith or morals because he is aided by the sublime spirit of the Holy Ghost as he is speaking ex cathedra (from the chair) of Saint Peter.

The Infallibility Issue

Dalberg barely outlived this outrage without being excommunicated he principal and severest censure, is a medicinal, spiritual penalty that deprives the guilty Christian of all participation in the common blessings of Catholic society like marriage, communion and Church attendance. Dalberg argued that infallibility deprives the faithful of pursuing freely scientific, historic and philosophical truth because it denies individual liberty.

While this stopped his current political career, it created a new one where he continued his thoughts on the importance of individual rights, and freedom as something that should be pursued by man as he continues his spiritual journey to union with God (see Galatians Chapter 4 verses 24-29).

In 1865 Dalberg married Marie von Arco-Valley of Bavarian lineage and ran for MP (member of Parliament) for Bridgnorth. The couple were happily married and had one son and three daughters. In 1869, PM Gladstone appointed Dalberg, Lord Acton. Our featured image is of Gladstone and Dalberg meeting in Tegernsee.


In 1892-1895 thanks again to his friendship with Gladstone, he was appointed the Lord in Waiting (private secretary) to Queen Victoria, and in 1895 he was appointed the Regius Professor at, of all places, Cambridge University. He died seven years later while working on his modern history of the French Revolution in Tegernsee, a spa town in the alpine Bavaria region of Germany.


Lord Acton is definitely a bowl temperament type, with all his planets basically on the left hand side of the wheel facing and spilling out east via the small yellow spout in the fourth house. His distribution of planets is a bit crowded in the first house with a large stellium of Capricornian planets there though his Mars in Sagittarius starts the parade. This gives the cold organizing logic of Capricorn a lot of weight of how Acton presented himself to the public and it is square Capricorn’s lord in its essential tenth house with Libra up top. This gives Saturn and Venus a close square, though the opposition of Saturn to Pluto is almost exact and thus becomes Acton’s Dynamic aptitude.

Dynamic Aptness according to Jones is the single most important aspect in the native’s approach to his immediate social or economic group or he identifies with it — it is his go to method of handling life’s circumstances. For Acton, the close applying aspect of Pluto and Saturn gives a strong barometer of success, particularly as Jupiter in the same department as Saturn is conjunct the relationship via a translation of light.

Da Plane! The Plane!

We have rectified Lord Acton’s chart to 10 Gemini or Airplane’s Falling, the symbol of man’s capacity to plunge into experience with a complete disregard of personal consequences following instead his belief in individual liberty while ignoring the limitations others find comforting. This native tends to have the luck of Jupiter (Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter) in crises that end prematurely one avenue by opening up another either equally advantageous or an improvement over the former circumstance.

His Jupiter conjunct the fifth house suggests not only his creative prowess but also his four children while the empty seventh house tells us that most of his works were done with his own cognition and self-reliance. The Part of Fortune is in the eleventh, conjunct the cusp of the twelfth, highlighting his friends in high places (Gladstone of course) and avoidance of trivial and banal ideological alliances as expressed in this final quote.

Download his chart here from Scribd.


#31 William Allen, MP Dundee

Outside of Dr. Jones’s reference, we know little of Sir William.

Astrological Notes

  • Sir William’s ascendant is 29 Scorpio, an X-Ray machine symbolizing man’s organic integrity and the unvarying structures that create intelligence. This symbol suggests that he is able to keep fit for his performance on a greater stage.
  • Saturn is conjunct is Sun, an aspect he has in common with Sir Gurandas Banerjee, highlighting he was a “self made man.”
  • His Mental Chemistry, the aspect depicting the relationship between the Moon, Sun & Mercury is balanced.
  • His Moon is conjunct his Mars suggests a personal with a practical outlook and a robust health.
  • His North Node in the 4th house.
  • With Mars right on the 1st House cusp, at 28 Sagittarius, Sir William aimed to get out of the small town Dundee and see and more importantly be part of London.
  • Jupiter conjunct the Midheaven in the ninth house suggests that his religious views did not interfere with his career as he was skeptical of them anyways. This aspect also shows up with those who work with the law as Jupiter rules Sagittarius.
  • His Line of Vitality (Moon to Sun) is vigintile.
  • His Line of Motivation (Mars to Venus) is absent.
  • His Line of Social Significance (Uranus to Neptune) is semi-sextile, an innocuous relationship and probably why there is no trace of him..
  • His Line of Culture (Saturn to Jupiter) is sextile.

He is a Bucket with a Jupiter in the Ninth Handle.

#618 James Ramsay MacDonald, Labour PM

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 Bookfinder.com

#235 The Prism of Lord William James Cullen

The Hon William James Cullen QC (9 September 1859 – 19 June 1941) was a Scottish judge who rose to be a Senator of the College of Justice. He was the son of Thomas Cullen, an inspector of stamps and taxes in Edinburgh. He grew up 6 Waterloo Place at the east end of Princes Street. He attended Edinburgh Collegiate School and the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated with an MA in 1880 and an LLB in 1883.

Our header image is of the Edinburgh roofline from the Edinburgh Tourist Council.


Cullen joined the company of J & F Adam in 1884 as a writer to the signet, a specialist form of solicitor. In Scotland, solicitors were called writers as neither appear in court; only barristers appear in court.  In 1888, Cullen married Grace Rutherfurd Clark (1864-1943), from Manchester, England They had one daughter, and two sons.

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progressed to death

In April 1907 he became an unpaid Commissioner For Lunacy, and in 1909 he was raised to the bench as a Senator of the College of Justice with the judicial title of Lord Cullen, filling the vacancy caused the resignation of Lord Pearson. Cullen died at his home 18 Grosvenor Crescent in Edinburgh on 19 June 1941, aged 81.

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natal and transit to death

The data in the Jones 1000 was used for the chart, little information could be found on him. but the Wikipedia article was where most of the biographical data was taken.

  • Line of vitality inconjunct.
  • Line of efficiency absent
  • Line of motivation semisquare.
  • Line of culture absent.

#161 Prime Minister Sir Henry Campbell Bannerman

Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, born September 7, 1836, Glasgow, Scotland-died April 22, 1908, London, England. He was the British prime minister from December 5, 1905, to April 5, 1908. He granted self-government to the Transvaal (1906) and the Orange River Colony (1907), despite the Boers recent defeat by the British in the South African War (1899-1902).


‘C-B’ was educated in Glasgow and Cambridge. He became a partner in the family firm, and married Charlotte Bruce in 1860; the marriage proved to be a long and happy one. As MP for the Stirling Burghs from 1868 C-B showed himself a radical Gladstonian, supporting Scottish disestablishment and Irish Home Rule (Pluto in the eighth house).

Throughout his career he derived strength from his capacity to foster the confidence of radical Liberals for his advocacy of progressive causes including women’s suffrage, Labour representation, and Scottish devolution; on hearing of the dissolution of the Russian Duma by the Tsar he uttered one of his two memorable remarks: ‘La duma est morte; vive la duma.’ (The Duma is Dead; Long live the Duma, in Latin).

In 1884-5 C-B served briefly as chief secretary for Ireland and reached the cabinet as secretary of state for war prior to the Home Rule crisis in 1886. He retained this post in Gladstone’s last administration in 1892 and under Archibald Primrose, Earl of Rosebery in 1894-5.  While he thought he would be Speaker, he ended up filling the vacuum left by PM Herbert Gladstone’s retirement as both John Morley and Herbert H. Asquith, senior to him,  declined the poisoned chalice, thus C-B became the leader by default.

                                         C-B as PM

He was promptly faced with guiding the divided Liberal Party through a period dominated by the Boer war.  His leadership was challenged by Rosebery and undermined by the liberal Imperialists who supported the government’s South African policy. Lord Horatio Kitchener’s scorched earth policy against the Boers followed by a Dachau like concentration camp where women and children were starved, provoked C-B’s other memorable words: ‘When is a war not a war? When it is carried on by methods of barbarism in South Africa.’

His prospects transformed during 1902-4 as the Balfour government wrestled with the consequences of the war and split over tariff reform. In 1905-8 as PM he successfully bridged the gap between New Liberal policies and Gladstonian traditions by giving free rein to his able ministers. Important reforms concerning trade unions and school meals; old-age pensions were implemented Asquith and the British army reorganized by Haldane. By the time of his retirement through ill-health in 1908, C-B had pointed the Liberals towards their great goal-the reduction of the powers of the hereditary House of Lords.

In 1907 Campbell-Bannerman’s health failed, and, 17 days before his death, he resigned in favour of Lord Asquith.—from Britannica 11th Edition.

Marc Jones cites him as born September 7, 1836 in Glasgow. No time. We are putting him at 5:13 AM giving him an ascendant partile to his sun, by a few minutes. The chart is above.

#35 First Baron of Amulree, Wm. Warrender MacKenzie

William Warrender Mackenzie, 1st Baron Amulree, GBE, PC, KC — Knight Commander — (19 August 1860 – 5 May 1942) was born in Scone, Scotland, a town outside of Perth..   He was the fourth son of Robert MacKenzie and his wife the former Jean Menzies.  The Baron was also known as Sir William Mackenzie between 1918 and 1929. His alma mater was the University of Edinburgh where he took a M.A. and later towards the end of his life, received an honorary LL.D.   His elder brother  James was a distinguished physician, and knighted for his service.

MacKenzie several books on the history of the standardization of elementary education from 1870-1891.  He was considered a knowledgeable advocate and later adviser to Parliament, business and law on this topic.  Under fellow Scot, Ramsay MacDonald, he was the Secretary of State, between 1930 and 1931.¹

Marc Jones has the Baron listed as 1859 instead of 1860 and the time at 11:25 PM. We have rectified that to 1:25 PM giving him a 20 Scorpio rising or the symbol of the Shield of Odin, highlighting his attitude that a higher order of consideration must be taken from the group perspective.mackenzie.jpg

                                            And Justice for all

MacKenzie is a bucket with a Mars handle, rather appropriate for his calling as a barrister.   He was a competitive man who needed challenges in his life otherwise would be restless, and remained politically active all of his life.  The asteroid Justitia is appropriately in the ninth house of higher education and calling and it and the eighth have the bulk of his natal planets.

He was married once to Lilian Bradbury on June 1, 1897, who shows up as the Venus on the eighth house cusp.  They had at least one son, Basil William Sholto MacKenzie, the 2nd Baron Amulree born July 25, 1900 before she reposed on June 3, 1916.  There is a semisextile interception in his eighth as well, demonstrating his devotion  to her memory.

Pluto in Taurus, discovered on February 18, 1930, corresponds roughly to his retirement from active politics, though he did remain an occasional adviser to his party.   It has the symbol of a “Red Cross nurse” and shows how he was always on call.


  1. Wilson, Horace. “WILLIAM WARRENDER MACKENZIE, BARON AMULREE OF STRATHBRAAN; HIS INFLUENCE ON INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS.” Journal of the Royal Society of Arts, vol. 94, no. 4709, 1946, pp. 106–113. www.jstor.org/stable/41362238.