#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”.

Horary: Will Pres Trump be impeached?

This chart is a horary for the then forthcoming impeachment trial for President Trump. I followed the rules of Marc Edmund Jones in his Horary Astrology book that was an updating of William Lilly’s 300 years prior. That was the reason he took the topic up — the two previous books by Sepharial, Raphael and William Simmonite were rarely available even when Jones was writing in the 1940’s.

In the Regiomontanus format. The Ascendant is 27 Pisces 51 (28 Pisces – a fertile garden under the full moon – keyword Ultimacy) and ruled by Jupiter found at the top of the chart in the 9th House at 25 Sagittarius 17 (a boy on his hobbyhorse probably Trump himself).
The Descendant is accordingly 27 Virgo 51 (28 Virgo — a bald headed man keyword Dominance we think that this is Adam Schiff) and ruled by Mercury found in the 8th house at 20 Scorpio 01 RX (a soldier derelict in duty keyword Deviation — this could be several people but probably not Michael J. Flynn). They are separated by a semisextile aspect.

Lilly’s works have often been the province of antiquarian book sellers for great lots of money. Besides the physical book on Amazon, Lilly’s book is available for downloading on Archive.org. Since Dr. Jones updated the rules, there have been many more authors on the subject. We have not read them all, glanced at few, and have no further comment.

  1. Horary Astrology Rediscovered: A Study in Classical Astrology  by Oliver Barclay
  2. Horary Astrology: Course VIII  by Elbert Benjamine (aka C. C. Zain) — this is the best deal on the list. It’s the only free Mystery School around. Contact the Light of Egypt and get good hermetic education. Their correspondents are worldwide.
  3. The Art of Horary Astrology in Practice by Sylvia DeLong
  4. Horary Astrology by Robert DeLuce
  5. Modern Horary Astrology by Doris Chase Doane
    1. Mrs. Doane worked with Elbert Benjamine. She is a good astrological author with 30 books in her purse.
  6. Horary Astrology Re-Examined by Barbara Dunn
  7. Simplified Horary Astrology by Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson
    1. a lot of Mrs. Jacobson’s works are in the AFA Grant Trust archives.
  8. Handbook of Horary Astrology  by Karen Hamaker-Zondag, Ph. D Psychology
  9. Horary Astrology Plain & Simple, by Anthony Louis, Ph. D Psychology
  10. The Martial Art of Horary Astrology  by J. Lee Lehman
  11. The Only Way To Learn About Horary and Electional Astrology by Marion March, and Joan McEvers — part of the The only way to learn series.
  12. Horary Astrology and the Judgment of Events  by Barbara Watters

Jones’s book is the epitome of conciseness with well structured rules. Once you understand them, horary astrology becomes a great tool in your repertoire. We have a copy of the chart available for downloading as well. Send us your findings; we are always interested in feedback. Thanks for reading.

Father Martin Luther, a student of theology, posts 95 Theses

Marc Jones starts off How to Learn Astrology with an enigmatic chart for Martin Luther, a cleric that he held in great esteem. There was a lot of research to uncover the basis for the chart, when asked Jones would say, “figure it out yourself,” and when this project was just starting, we did.

Cardano-Jones gives Luther the ascendant of Leo 1, a “symbol of overwhelming potentiality” a case of apoplexy. Reverend Luther is a bundle temperament type. Joanne Wickenburg in “Your Hidden Powers: Intercepted Signs and Retrogradation” writes that a very wide house typically contains a whole sign with neither its beginning or end touching the cusps, is an interception. The energies of that sign don’t have a house to act out and there is no area of life is directly represented by the sign. Instead look to its ruler… For Luther his fifth house is intercepted and its ruler is the Sun found in his first house. Thus, for Luther instead crating artistic works his great ingenuity came out through his own personality and scholarship.

Next the question was what house system did Marc use? He was a major proponent of the Placidean, but that did not match the chart in the book. It took some while when discovered he used Luther’s friend Regiomontanus’s method, which coincidentally is the same that William Lilly, the self-professed Christian astrologer did, everything was of a piece. This is documented in our first and only newsletter the Sabian Earth Newsletter, published 3 years this coming week.

On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses on the church door at Wittenburg and things have never been quite the same.

OCTOBER 31, 1517, on the even of All Saint’s Day

Out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light, the following propositions will be discussed at Wittenberg, under the presidency of the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and of Sacred Theology, and Lecturer in Ordinary on the same at that place. Wherefore he requests that those who are unable to be present and debate orally with us, may do so by letter.

In the Name our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

  1. When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, “Repent” ( Matthew 4:17 ), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.
  2. This word cannot be understood as referring to the sacrament of penance, that is, confession and satisfaction, as administered by the clergy.
  3. Yet it does not mean solely inner repentance; such inner repentance is worthless unless it produces various outward mortification of the flesh.
Luther and Wittenberg

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November Birthday List

This is the current catalogue of our nativities and the list to spell out states and countries. We are going to the ISO 2 letter country code and the American state abbreviations — it is easier on our end for sorting. When CA starts the birth place entry, it is Canada; when it follows a city, it is a state i.e. Sacramento, CA. November is a short list, so we added some of December in too.

New Yorker magazine calls Astrology Witchcraft

On a Sunday night in June, the twenty-nine-year-old astrologer Aliza Kelly was preparing to broadcast an Astrology 101 live stream from her apartment, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. A glittering SpectroLED light panel made the living room feel like a tiny movie set. “My manager took me to get these lights at B&H,” she said.

A windowsill was lined with gifts from clients—an illustrated zodiac, a white orchid. Kelly sat cross-legged on a taupe ottoman, wearing cat eyeliner and large hoop earrings, greeting people and waving as they appeared in the online chat room. “That is one of my favorite things, as a Leo and as a person—building community,” she said. It was a little before eight-thirty, and some fifty-two participants—who had paid between $19.99 and $39.99 each—were typing hellos; one woman, in Europe, had set her alarm for 2:30 a.m., to log in.

Once the class started, Kelly clicked through a slide deck about ancient Babylonia; William Lilly, a devout Christian, was the “English Merlin,” who was consulted by both sides during the English Civil War; and the signs of the zodiac. To explain the traits of Aries, she put up a picture of Mariah Carey (“She loves getting presents”). For Pisces, she had Rihanna and Steve Jobs. “My main favorite thing is to talk about the signs as celebrities,” she said. “Because these are modern-day mythological figures. In ancient Greece, if you said ‘Athena,’ everyone knew, Oh, that’s what Athena is like.”
Kelly’s schedule is typical for a millennial astrologer. She writes books (on zodiac-themed cocktails); does events (at the private club Soho House); offers individual chart readings (a hundred and seventy-five dollars an hour); hosts a podcast (“Stars Like Us”); makes memes (“for lolz”); manages a “virtual coven” called the Constellation Club, with membership levels that cost from five dollars to two hundred; and has worked as a consultant for the astrology app Sanctuary.

She writes an advice column for Cosmopolitan and hosts an occasional Cosmo video series in which she guesses celebrities’ signs based on their answers to twelve questions. According to the editor-in-chief, Jessica Pels, who has expanded the magazine’s print coverage of astrology to nine pages in every issue, seventy-four percent of Cosmo readers report that they are “obsessed” with astrology; seventy-two per cent check their horoscope every day.

Astrology is enjoying a broad cultural acceptance that hasn’t been seen since the nineteen-seventies. The shift began with the personal computer, sped up with the Internet, and has reached new speeds through social media. According to a 2017 Pew Research Center poll, almost thirty percent of Americans believe in astrology.

But, as the scholar Nicholas Campion, the author of “Astrology and Popular Religion in the Modern West,” has argued, the number of people who know their sun sign, consult their horoscope, or read about the sign of their romantic partner is much higher. “New spirituality is the new norm,” the trend-forecasting company WGSN declared two years ago, when it announced a report on millennials and spirituality that tracked such trends as full-moon parties and alternative therapies. Last year, the Times, in a piece entitled “How Astrology Took Over the Internet,” heralded “astrology’s return as a compelling content business as much as a traditional spiritual practice.”

The Atlantic proclaimed, “Astrology is a meme.” As a meme, its life cycle has been unusually long. “My account, was  meant to be a fun thing for me to do on the side while I was a production assistant,” Courtney Perkins, who runs the Instagram account Not All Geminis, which has over five hundred thousand followers, said. “Then it blew up and now it’s like—I don’t know. I didn’t mean for this to be . . . life.”

In its penetration into our shared lexicon, astrology is a little like psychoanalysis once was. At mid-century, you might have heard talk of id, ego, or superego at a party; now it’s common to hear someone explain herself through sun, moon, and rising signs. It’s not just that you hear it. It’s who’s saying it: people who aren’t kooks or climate-change deniers, who see no contradiction between using astrology and believing in science.

The corporate world has taken note of the public’s appetite. Last year, the astrologer Rebecca Gordon partnered with the lingerie brand Agent Provocateur to produce a zodiac-themed event where customers could use their Venus signs to, in Gordon’s words, “find their personal styles.” This spring, Amazon sent out “shopping horoscopes” to its Prime Insider subscribers. In times of crisis, it is often said, people search for some hope that the troulbes will pass.

The change is fuelling a new generation of practitioners. Fifteen years ago, astrology conferences were the gray-streaked province of, as one astrologer told me, “white ladies in muumuus decorated with stars.” Kay Taylor, the education director of the Organization for Professional Astrology, said that those who came of age in the seventies were worried about the future of the profession. Now, she said, “suddenly there’s this new crop.” In the past year, the membership of the Association for Young Astrologers has doubled.

The first newspaper astrology column was commissioned in August, 1930, in the aftermath of the stock-market crash, for the British tabloid the Sunday Express. The occasion was Princess Margaret’s birth. “What the Stars Foretell for the New Princess” was so popular—and such a terrific distraction—that the paper made it a regular feature.

Astrology helped people decide when to plant crops and go to war and was used to predict a person’s fate and interpret his character. Would he have good luck with money? Would he ascend the throne? (When the astrologer Theogenes cast Augustus’ chart, Bobrick writes, the astrologer “reportedly gasped and threw himself at his feet.”)

According to Bobrick, Theodore Roosevelt kept his birth chart on a table in his drawing room, and Adolph Hilter, General Charles de Gaulle and François Mitterrand sought advice from astrologers.

In 1942 and 1943, the Allies distributed a fake astrology magazine called Der Zenit, which endeavored to disguise the Allied ambush of German U-boat operations.) Ronald Reagan’s chief of staff said that Reagan consulted an astrologer before “virtually every major move and decision,” including the timing of his reëlection announcement, military actions in Grenada and Libya, and disarmament negotiations with Mikhail Gorbachev.

It’s hard to understand the deep appeal of astrological practice without having or observing an individual chart reading, an experience whose closest analogue is therapy. But unlike therapy, where a client might spend months or even years uncovering the roots of a symptom, astrology promises to get to answers more quickly. Despite common misconceptions, an astrologer is not a fortune-teller. In a chart reading, she doesn’t predict the future; she describes the client to herself.

The power of description can be great. Couching characteristics in the language of astrology seems to make it easier for many people to hear, or admit, unpleasant things about their personalities—and to accept those traits in others. (The friend who comes over and never leaves? She can’t help it. She’s a Taurus.) Most astrologers say that it’s important not to use your sign to excuse bad behavior.

Still, as the AstroTwins have written, “astrology is kind of like the peanut butter that you slip the heartworm pill in before giving it to your Golden Retriever. You can tell someone, ‘You’re such a spotlight hog!’ and they kind of want to slap you. But if you say, ‘You’re a Leo. You need to be the center of attention,’ they’re like, ‘Yeah baby, that’s me.’ ”

Co-Star outputs for Today

For centuries, drawing an astrological chart required some familiarity with astronomy and geometry. Today, a chart can be generated instantly, and for free, on the Internet. Astrology is ubiquitous on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and in downloadable workshops, classes, and Webinars. A new frontier has opened with mobile apps.

In July, I was ushered into a glass-enclosed conference room on the sixth floor of a building in Tribeca to meet with Banu Guler, the thirty-one-year-old co-founder and C.E.O. of the astrology app Co-Star, whose Web site promises to allow “irrationality to invade our techno-rationalist ways of living.” It’s available on IOS only.

Guler is a casting director’s idea of a tech executive. A vegan who used to design punk zines and was a bike messenger until she got into “a gnarly car wreck.” She has cropped hair, a septum piercing, and a tattoo of Medea on the back of one leg. A copy of Liz Greene’s “Relating: An Astrological Guide to Living with Others on a Small Planet” lay between us. Guler hasn’t read it, but it’s been on her Goodreads list forever. 

(“Literally, this one guy wrote, ‘I usually wish people well, and in your case I don’t, because you’re defying science and the Enlightenment era,’ ” she told me.) Now venture capitalists, excited by a report from IBISWorld which found that Americans spend $2.2 billion annually on “mystical services” (including palmistry, tarot reading, etc.), are funnelling money into the area.

Co-Star is backed by six million dollars. Since its launch, in 2017, it has been downloaded six million times. Eighty percent of users are female, and their average age is twenty-four.Co-Star has competitors. There’s the Pattern, an app whose creepily accurate psychological and compatibility analyses are generated by birth charts but delivered free of astrological references.

(The actor Channing Tatum recently had a meltdown on social media—“How do you know what you know about me, Pattern?”—after his pattern, apparently, hit too close to home.) The doyenne of popular astrology, Susan Miller, uses an assistant, four editors, and eight design engineers to produce her books, calendars, Web site (it has eleven million views annually), and app, which caters to those who find the forty-thousand-word forecasts on her site insufficient.

(Miller was an early Internet presence, and her style is at once maternal and optimistically pragmatic. At a recent event in Macy’s flagship store, in Herald Square, she told the audience, “Freezing your eggs is expensive, but I want every girl here who doesn’t have a baby to do it!”) Sanctuary offers free daily horoscopes and, for twenty dollars a month, a fifteen-minute text exchange with an astrologer. One person I interviewed compared it to “a psychic 900 hotline for the DM era.” The most informative app is Vice’s Astro Guide, which the company imagines as a “tool not just for self-care but for cosmic wellness.”

In “The Stars Down to Earth,” Theodor Adorno’s 1953 critique of a newspaper’s sun-sign column, he argued that astrology appealed to “persons who do not any longer feel that they are the self-determining subjects of their fate.” The mid-century citizen had been primed to accept magical thinking by systems of fascistic “opaqueness and inscrutability.”

It’s easy to name our own opaque and inscrutable systems—surveillance capitalism, a byzantine health-insurance system—but to say that we are no longer the self-determining subjects of our fate is also to recognize the many ways that our lives are governed by circumstances outside our control. We know that our genetic codes predispose us to certain diseases, and that the income bracket we are born into can determine our future. “Fate” is another word for “circumstance.”

Read more here.

Phases of the Moon

Here is a good site, from Eric Blackman, a professor of astronomy & physics at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, to understand the phases of the moon. It creates this wordcloud

Our favorite moon phase calendar site is over on Mooncalc.org. Click to see it in action. And while reading all about the moon, here’s a good cover by the Japanese band, The Pascals, for inspiration.

This was revised on October 18, 2019.

Table of Contents, v.4

We are halfway there and creating this has been a lot of work, so all our efforts are now being put into getting the ToC and the site in tune. This week we are sorting by birthplace, but we finally have a searchable ToC so that can help you find what you are looking for also. In cases like “Tiger Woods” we have him listed as Eldrick Tiger Woods; Prince Harry is listed formally as Prince Henry Chas. Makes sense as I run with Mo Saladin but am still called “Joel” by those in the know. Everyone has a nick.

Those though are the least of our problems — the real headache lurks below the scene: so many natal charts are buried inside of mundane events. Right now, we are just doing the easiest first, and leaving the buried alone — it will give us something to do during the long winter.

Above, is the Autumnal Equinox chart. It is a Splash chart telling us that for the nation and most people, the next 3 months is all about doing things with people — particularly planning it seems for winter (Moon opposite Saturn 13 Cap 56). This could either be the holidays and travel (Jupiter in the 5th) or if you one of the many running for President, the New Hampshire primaries (Uranus conjunct the Midheaven 14 Taurus 48).

And no, no one was cutting off the Buffalo’s head, it was just a cropped shot of him a new ear tag. At 3000 pounds one has to be careful.

Everyone wants something

Speaking of which, with Pluto right next to Saturn in the 6th House, we are calling that Vice President Biden is going to have a lot of work to overcome the Hunter news — the next full moon on October 13th, 2019 at 5:08 PM ET, is the Hunter’s Moon , and it looks like the front runner, the Veep himself, will need good will, hunting for that top Democratic spot.

We feel that Venus in the 8th house means that the Supreme Justice will not be returning to the bench, this year or next. If so, we’ll all be singing the Witches Song from MacBeth.

Best of Luck – Mo Saladin

Margo the singing home engineer

Margo wanted to be part of the party. With a voice like a canary, shown by the grand trine in water, the stellium in the 10th makes her wants her never to be backstage or second best — to ensure that she has foregone her vast talents and been a singing home engineer. This is also where we find also the opposition — 29 Sagittarius 12 to 25 Gemini 16 between Jupiter and the Sun, showing she tends to bite off more than she can chew, is a bit of the prima donna in her personal life and while saying she does not want to be in the spotlight, on the other hand…she craves attention and personal significance.

Bending with an Oppo

This may lead her to bend the truth, or argue too strenuously and alienate those around her, all in her attempt to gain importance, but it never works out as she plans, but instead often ricochets back at her with that square to the North Node/ Ascendant that makes her even more alienated and upset. Perhaps instead, she needs to avoid these unhealthy habits & clean up her act, working more on her honesty and communication skills and less on her fear of exhibiting weakness.

Neptune in the 2nd house often comes up with rich kids; in the worst case like Loire’s chart, it is part of her Dynamic Aptitude and makes it careless with that inheritance. For Margo, it makes her disregard and shun it–Neptune 06 Scorpio 37. Interesting both are Virgo Ascendants, though Loire is at the end near Libra and Margo smack in the middle. Another rich friend, has an ascendant right at the beginning of Virgo, perhaps it is why Eugene Johnson argued for Trump being Virgo 01? Whatever…

The sign Virgo is a crystallization of all that comes before it and why so many have diabetes (crystallization of sugar) & kidney (stone) problems, for Margo with her North Node partile her ascendant there, there is a possibility that her constant demands, careless handling of truth, can tip right over into deceit and infidelity.

Unconsciously, this perfidy may become just another game — filled with trite excuses or another Virgoan foible she may indulge in the gossip that she so disdains — either ways she can bring the moral and physical suffering of the Gotterdammerung upon herself as she fears being found out (Moon 28 Pisces 22 conjunct SN). Marc Jones who felt that the ascendant was overrated, would give the Moon sway here, and say that the fear of being found out was a strong enough deterrent that it does not happen; let’s keep a good a thought and agree.

Table of Contents, v.2

This is the second update to the Table of Contents. We are expecting 3 more before it is finished and then probably another two to make sure it is correct i.e. errors, typos, etc. Unfortunately the TOC is not searchable, so each week we will sorting the list differently; this week is in surname order.

The fields are Column #1, the Jones 1000 numbers, column 2 the physical row number, column 3 is the person’s name, column 4 the birth month and column 5 the category they reside. The last column may not line up with the category they are currently under, so take that with a grain of salt.

Thanks. Mo Saladin