#27 A fool for love, Prince Alfonso


Alfonso was the eldest child of the then-reigning the Bourbon King Alfonso XIII and his wife, Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg and born on May 10, 1907 at 12:35 PM according to Marc Jones. He and his youngest brother Gonzalo were both hemophiliacs like their cousin Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich of Russia. Both boys kept in specially-tailored jackets to prevent injury from accidents.

The Spanish Civil War

King Alfonso was facing political problems in the country and hastened his own downfall by agreeing to a military dictatorship. He was in 1931 the monarch was deposed. The family moved into exile. There were plans for young Alfonso’s deposition but he renounced his rights to the then-defunct throne to marry a Cuban commoner, Edelmira Sampedro y Robato, in Ouchy on 21 June 1933. Alfonso took the courtesy title Count of Covadonga as were required by the regulations for the succession set by the Pragmatic Sanction of Charles III. The couple divorced 8 May 1937, with Edelmira keeping the title Countess of Covadonga.

The Prince is a deviated bowl. He has a gestalt mental chemistry.

The Prince then married Marta Esther Rocafort-Altuzarra in Havana, Cuba on 3 July 1937. That did not last either and they were divorced on 8 January 1938. He had no children by either of his wives.

Rectifying the Prince

We do not agree with the 12 noon birthtime. We have rectified it to 9:35 AM and 24.30 Cancer ascendant i.e. Cancer 25 — a dark martle is thrown suddenly around the right shoulder (keyword is destiny). This gives the Prince a preponderance in the 1st house and Cancer. Pluto discovered upon the Rise of the German Reich and the Spanish Second Republic is in his 12th house at 22.27 Gemini and near to his 01 Cancer Part of Fortune, of a flag furling and unfurling — blowing this way and that with the wind, however best suits it. A better symbol for an ascendant of someone self-interested and selfish who wants to get ahead, but for destiny it is weakened by their inconstancy in effort and changing times; and so it proved for the Prince.

He died after a car crash in Miami because he bled to death from his hemophilia and was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery there. His former wife, the Contessa of Covadonga, though asked, did not appear to pay her respects.

His natal chart with the transits of the approximate time of his car crash in Miami, FLA.

#724 Dr. Hideyo Noguchi, bacteriologist


Hideyo Noguchi was born Nov. 24, 1876 in Inawashiro, Fukushima, Japan. Marc Jones only has the date and Japan in his notes; Britannica & his biography by Teppei Morita, the curator of the Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Hall in Fukuskima Japan. A brilliant bacteriologist. Dr. Noguchi, made many discoveries, but it his isolating Treponema pallidum, the highly invasive pathogen a causative agent in all forms of syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease (STD), that placed his name among the great scientists and led ultimately to its cure.

Noguchi found the syphilis pathogen by examining the brain cell cultures expired afflicted persons. The only cure for this acquired disease is penicillin but it was not only another 50 years that Dr. Alexander Fleming (b. 1881) discovered that cure, so this was a disease in search of a cure and the great doctor wanted to do something of substantial importance to validate the faith and trust of his family and mentors.

Dr. Noguchi has a stellium in the 3rd house that highlights his concern about proving himself to others. This worry consumes the natives with this placement into taking larger and larger risks for their applause.

A peasant destined for greatness

The Noguchi family were poor peasants for generations and Seisaku (清作), his youth name was destined along that path when Fate intervened at when he was one and a half years old he fell into a fireplace and suffered a burn injury on his left hand. There was no doctor in the small village, but someone who had been trained in Japanese traditional medical arts examined the boy.

“The fingers of the left hand are mostly gone,” he said, “and the left arm and the left foot and the right hand are severely burned, but I know not how badly.”

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Mr. Sakae Kobayashi

And so Seisaku (清作) was not destined to be a peasant. Smart and hard working, his school teacher Sakae Kobayashi (小林栄), saw that the boy received a formal education by raising money from other teachers for Noguchi’s private education and then the modern medical treatment that allowed Noguchi to recover about 70 percent mobility and functionality.

Noguchi’s CV

Dr. Noguchi graduated in 1897 from a proprietary medical school in Tokyo and apprenticed himself to the surgeon, Dr. Watanbe, who had operated on him. In 1898 he changed his name to Hideyo after reading Shoyo Tsubouchi’s “Tosei Shosei Katagi” (Portraits of Contemporary Students where one student was Nonguchi Seisaku who the author protrayed as overcame many handicaps and showed great promise. Noguchi realized this was him and asked his mentor Mr. Kobayashi for advice of how to make this prophesy true. The esteemed teacher recommended the name, Hideyo “determination” as a talisman and so it was.

In 1900, he sailed from Yokohama port for Philadelphia Pennsylvania to work with the noted Dr. Simon Flexner who found the cure for spinal meningitis. While there, he apprenticed himself to Dr. Silas Mitchell for the study of snakes and their venom, where his work got him some amount of fame and a research grant to study under Dr. Thorvald Madsen in Copenhagen for advanced work in serology — the study of watery component (serum) of blood. After completing his studies, in 1904, he followed Flexner to the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, New York City, that would sponsor his work for next quarter of a century.

One of Noguchi’s most brilliant inventions was devising a method of how to cultivate microorganisms for chemical and microscopic study that previously could not be grown in the test tube (like syphilis). He and Flexner were able to reproduce in monkeys a nonfatal form of poliomyelitis and pass it from monkey to monkey, thus trapping the polio virus for laboratory study.

His final work was a vaccine for yellow fever, but while in the field in Accra Ghana Africa, he contracted the disease and died. He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx New York. His wife Mary survived him by 20 years and reposes by his side.

Funeral stone for the Dr and Mrs. Noguchi, in a traditional Buddhist setting

The Chart of Dr. Noguchi

. Dr. Noguchi is a bucket with a Neptune, duty, handle in the 8th house supporting his 3rd house stellium of his obligation to others until the point of death, a highly regarded Japanese trait. We are ignoring Pluto in the 9th as it was not discovered in 1930 just before the doctor died but does highlight his determination in transforming his and those around him lives.

His Arabian part of Mother is conjunct his Pluto in the 9th house. His mother was a devout Buddhist, and Dr. Noguchi remained true to her conviction evinced by his funerary stone.

The bottom south eastern portion of Noguchi’s chart depicts his secondary role to Dr. Simon Flexner, the lead scientist that actually propelled his Part of Initiative (2nd house aspect bottom chart). This could explain his decision to go to Ghana for independent research; Flexner OTOH never left NYC and the Rockefeller Institute.

Jones has several Arabian Parts listed in his Mundane Perspectives book though, incongruously, he applies it only to his own his chart. Jones allows a generous five-degree orb. In Noguchi’s cases, his Part of Conviction is aligned to his Part of Fortune at 4 Gemini that Dr. Gordon says ” this highlights someone who has a systematic & methodical approach to their personal vision. He will met great opposition from superiors and either conquers them or perishes trying. And alas he did. The Sabian Symbol of 4 Gemini is “holly and mistletoe” a gift for fellow participation by suppressing his individuality for the greater good.


We routinely review our charts accuracy and completeness. This one was vetted on September 13, 2019.

Baby birth gone wrong


from the American Federation of Astrologers Archives

Why did this little boy leave us so soon?

We must have looked at this chart from every angle and saw nothing. Yes it was born early, but my own father in law was born also as early as this fellow, a year later in another borough of New York City. The Saturn handle in the seventh house is the first clue opposed to his Ascendant at 18 Taurus ( a woman holding a bag opposing a woman who is father of her own child) both support the astrological meaning of the aspect “material duty sacrificed.” (Or really any duty given for a cause).

Why then the sacrifice? What happened? The child seems healthy, the Mars at the top does not suggest a breach birth, the midheaven is odd because it suggests a “nursery” as though this little one will never get out there (and he didn’t). Every aspect seems to tell us that there is something fatally wrong, but it is only upon coming to the Part of Fortune that we discover what: 14 Ge 23, two Dutch children chattering and realize that they lost time about what to do for junior instead of putting him the incubator and saving his life.

Or perhaps there is another reason for “her sacrifice” and could it have been an early abortion thus they forced the pregnancy to an end, the little fellow lived and was allowed to naturally die without any support. We will never know but that Mars at Taurus 03 (stepping up to a verdant lawn refreshed) is troublesome.


Our image is of a typical house in Flushing, Queens, New York c. 1934.

Death by diptheria


She was born on August 20th, 1900 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Twelve years later right a fortnight before Thanksgiving — it was late that year — on  November 15, 1912,  she was admitted to Minneapolis hospital with diptheria.  The cart are coloured coded:  the middle is brown and represents the progressed chart to that cruel day while the outside parti-coloured chart is the transit of approximate day of demise.  The green innermost chart is her nativity.

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The arrows show a lethal virus hit her, Venus to Neptune opposite the Moon to her natal Venus conjunct Moon.  One suspects that looking at the first-seventh house that someone older in her family contracted it first, perhaps her grandmother or an aunt and transmitted it to her.

She was not born under the most propitious circumstances; her natal chart is bifurcated right in the middle, Jones calls that a deviated bowl, with nothing in the tenth and eleventh houses somewhat hinting that she would not make it to adulthood.

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1905 Minneapolis 

Another interesting aspect is her Uranus bumping up from her first to the twelfth house highlighting an unusual relationship with a hospital — perhaps this was her first and only visit that is semisextile to her ascendant’s ruler Jupiter that is also the lord of the twelfth house (Jupiter rules Pisces).  In the progressed chart not much changes as it is just one turn around the wheel so that just replicates the natal chart for the most part except for Uranus that is now just entering air-borne Aquarius in the second house opposite Mars in Cancer in the eighth where it is in its essential ruler.  But it is the Venus-Neptune setup that introduces the lethal virus unfortunately without pencillin the poor girl did not have a chance.  Our belated condolences.

Viktor Frankl the last great philosopher psychiatrist


Dr. Viktor E. Frankl of Vienna, Psychiatrist of the Search for Meaning, Dies at 92

By HOLCOMB B. NOBLE
Published: September 4, 1997

Viktor E. Frankl, sed his experiences as a prisoner in German concentration camps in World War II to write ”Man’s Search for Meaning,” died at 92.  He was considered to be one of the last of the great Viennese psychiatrists.

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The standard chart of Dr. Frankl  – it cries out for rectification.

He died of heart failure, the International Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy said yesterday. Viktor Frankl’s mother, father, brother and pregnant wife were all killed in the camps. He lost everything, he said, that could be taken from a prisoner, except one thing:

”the last of the human freedoms, to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

”Every day in the camps, he said, prisoners had moral choices to make about whether to submit internally to those in power who threatened to rob them of their inner self and their freedom. It was the way a prisoner resolved those choices, he said, that made the difference.”

 

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Our rectified one.  The houses in gold are emtpy of major planets so you can clearly see the temperament type.

In ”Man’s Search for Meaning,” Dr. Frankl related that even at Auschwitz some prisoners were able to discover meaning in their lives — if only in helping one another through the day — and that those discoveries were what gave them the will and strength to endure.  Dr. Herbert E. Sacks, president of the American Psychiatric Association, said Dr. Frankl’s contributions shifted the direction of the field, especially in existential psychiatry, adding: ”His interest in theory galvanized a generation of young psychiatrists.”

"Der Mensch hat Sinn": 105. Geburtstag von Wiens Ehrenb¸rger Viktor E. Frankl

Decades later after its initial publication in 1946, psychiatrists across various schools of therapy were still recommending the book to their patients, especially those who complained about emptiness or the meaninglessness of their lives. It also is used by teachers of ethics and philosophy. In a 1991 survey by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club, people who regarded themselves as lifetime general-interest readers called ”Man’s Search for Meaning” one of the 10 most influential books they had ever read.

Dr. Frankl’s writings, lectures and teaching, along with the work of Rollo May, Carl Rogers and others, were an important force in reterming older concepts  of a repressed sexual identity and inability to exert oneself in society at large to  a conscious need to find meaning and purpose.

                         Frankl & Freud

After graduating from the University of Vienna Medical School in 1930, Dr. Frankl evolved the theory, while he was serving as chief of the university’s neurology and psychiatric clinic, that the search for value and meaning in the circumstances of one’s life was the key to psychological well-being. He devoted much of his life in the years before the war to developing this theory and writing a book about it.But the three years he spent in Auschwitz and Dachau, from 1942 to 1945, reinforced his thinking, he said, more dramatically than he could have imagined.

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We are calling this a “Stalled Locomotive” Temperament type.

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                      Viktor Emil Frankl was born in Vienna on March 26, 1905. His father held a government job administering children’s aid. As a teenager he did brilliantly in his studies, which included a course in Freudian theory that prompted him to write the master himself.

A correspondence ensued, and in one letter he included a two-page paper he had written. Freud loved it, sent it promptly to the editor of his International Journal of Psychoanalysis and wrote the boy, ”I hope you don’t object.””Can you imagine?”

Frankl recalled in an interview before his death. ”Would a 16-year-old mind if Sigmund Freud asked to have a paper he wrote published?”

                                                                                                          The War Years

In December 1941 he and Tilly Grosser were among the last couples allowed to be wed at the National Office for Jewish Marriages, a bureau set up for a time by the Nazis. The next month his entire family, except for a sister who had left the country, was arrested in a general roundup of Jews.

Dr. Frankl’s wife sewed the manuscript of the book he was writing on his developing theories of psychotherapy into the lining of his coat.After their arrival at Auschwitz, they and 1,500 others were put into a shed built for 200 and made to squat on bare ground, each given one four-ounce piece of bread to last them four days. On his first day, Dr. Frankl was separated from his family; later he and a friend marched in line, and he was directed to the right and his friend was directed to he left — to a crematory.

He took an older prisoner into his confidence and told him about the hidden manuscript: ”Look, this is a scientific book. I must keep it at all costs.’ The prisoner cursed him for his naivete.

 

They were stripped and sent to showers, and then a work detail. Their own clothes were replaced with prison clothes, and the manuscript was never returned. There was a link, he found, between the other prisoner’s loss of faith and giving up.  He  began to  that the only meaning in his prison life for him was to try to help his fellow prisoners restore their psychological health.

”We had to learn ourselves, and furthermore we had to teach the despairing men, that it did not matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us,” he wrote. ”We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life but instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life, daily and hourly and prevent among themselves, at least, suicide.

The Germans allowed  prisoners to commit suicide and they were punished if they interfered.  A good example, Frankl gives in his book is that No one could cut down a man attempting to hang himself. Instead, Frankl believed that the  goal was to try to prevent the act. The healthy prisoners would remind the despondent that life expected something from them: a child waiting outside prison, work that remained to be completed, a legacy that should not be ignored.  When they could not find anything, he would “talk” (the Greek word logos) and explore something that meant a lot to them before the war that rekindled their love of life.

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                                              Post WAR years

After the war, he earned his doctorate in psychiatry, in 1948, and remarried after the Red Cross was able to verify that his first wife was dead. He and his second wife, Eleanore, had a daughter, Dr Gabriele Vesely both who survive him as well as two grandchildren.

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Death and Dying, Elisabeth Kubler Ross


Dr. Kubler Ross was the second of the triplets. We have rectified her chart from the more popular 10:46 to 11:03 AM. She came to the United States because of marriage to an American, but was stymied, Mars to the Moon-Saturn conjunction from the Second house, because she was pregnant with her son Kenneth. She then changed her specialty from pediatrics to psychology where she developed her Five Stages of Grieving (interesting her ascendant is 23=5 in Pisces, the last of the zodiac).

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Ken Ross and Mom 1981.

More importantly though is its trine to her Saturn in the Eighth House in Scorpio, whose natural Lord is Mars, an inconjunct away. Using that Mars and sextiling to Venus in the Third (the house of brothers and sisters) we get a Yod to that Saturn that highlights her interest in respecting another’s wishes concerning their death & encouraging a fully participatory engagement towards life’s final act.  Click here to read more about the five stages.

The Ross’s were divorced in 1979 but she did not remarry which based on her Uranus in the First house at 29 Pisces and opposite an empty Seventh, was a smart move.  She was far too independent a thinker with solitary habits that would have made a difficult spouse yet perseversely, Uranus in Pisces would also make her compassionate to others i.e. non-related people.

Dr. Kubler-Ross died on August 24th 2004, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her son Kenneth and daughter Barbara survive her.

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RIP Arabella Kennedy


Arabella Kennedy was the first of the four children born to John and Jacqueline Kennedy on August 23, 1955. Only two of their children made it adulthood, and two, Arabella and John Patrick, died at birth and both were born in August.

Arabella died shortly after birth and was buried the next day in Newport, Rhode Island with a simple marker “Daughter”.  Chances are that the mother laid in there, because Hammersmith (our featured image by the way)  was the home of her mother, Janet Lee,  and her second husband, Hugh Dudley Auchincloss , whom she married in 1942.  Also part of Hammersmith was a parcel called the “Windmill” a  single-family home built  like a windmill, with three bedrooms, two baths  on a 6.5-acre lot, that Jackie summered at after her mother’s remarriage with her sister Caroline Lee (Lee Radziwill), but it would be doubtful that the pregnant Jackie would have stayed there alone.

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Sisters Jackie and Caroline Lee

Curiosity made me bring up this chart, and looking it i was caught immediately the amount of her oppositions therein, including an ominous one from the Second to the Eighth House that seems to suggest that Mrs. Kennedy had had a bad pregnancy.  There is an interesting Septile from Mercury to Saturn that makes me think of toxemia, but of course that is a guess.  The birth time was set for sunrise.

Then there is another unfortunate aspect from Hygeia at 19 Capricorn to Venus at 14 Cancer in the Twelfth House that may have been indicative of this heavily watched and doctored pregnancy. Yet, despite all their efforts, the baby was not to be.

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Carter’s Sheffield Boy + Tetanus


Sheffield is a town, city and borough in Yorkshire, England and is about 160 miles north of London.  It was known for its steel and in particular cutlery.  The local iron ore was smelted with charcoal obtained from the nearby abundant woodlands, and smiths and cutlers used the excellent local sandstone for grindstones.  Our header picture is of a contemporary shot of Sheffield, featuring new and old architecture.  Sheffield is quite old and dates back to Julius Caesar.

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During the 15th century the streams that converge on Sheffield began to be used for power for grinding and forging operations. A cutlery industry  grew, and Sheffield emerged by the 17th century as the main provincial cutlery town and a powerful rival to London. By 1700 London, had been defeated, and Sheffield enjoyed a virtual monopoly of the English cutlery trade.

Our Sheffield boy can be found in Charles E. O. Carter’s book, Symbolic Directions.  He  says little about the boy other than his birth and odd death.  Looking at his chart, it is rather obvious that he had a rather unfortunate affinity to popping, pricking and picking things with metal see the Ascendant at 17 Cancer conjunct Neptune 20 opposite Uranus in Capricorn conjunct Mars involving a translation of light.  The T-Square comes out in the Fifth House via Moon conjunct Juno that we feel is best characterized by the word “affinity.”  Here with Moon and Juno together this is an unhealthy affinity perhaps bordering on a fetish.

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He died at age 15, March 18, 1926 at 13:30.  His progressed chart does not show much difference, except that the fatal degrees of Uranus in Capricorn, its Lord, is now very close to Mars and still opposed to the Neptune – Cancer conjunction.  Juno is now in the Fourth House, suggesting a pre-occupation with his adolescent body but is now opposite the Moon in the Eleventh House of Aries and trine its Mars.

The moon of course is the Boy’s lord of his Ascendant, and in the Eleventh House suggests now something dirty and Hygeia at 20 Sagittarius is not opposite Pluto, as it was not discovered in his lifetime, but instead inconjunct the Ascendant – Neptune group, telling us that hygiene was not something he paid attention to or noticed.  That’s a pity, as a dirty metal compass point brought about his demise via that hideous disease, lockjaw.death.png

The tetanus vaccine was discovered by a Pasteur student in  Paris, 1893, and so was known, but we doubt highly publicized. The CDC recommends  immunization every ten year and while it says only 20 percent of all lockjaw cases are fatal, my Uncle Arthur, the retired head of internal medicine at Detroit General disagrees and puts the fatality closed to 100%.  Since reading about John Roebling’s death building the Brooklyn Bridge, I have never missed a shot — don’t you either.

How do i love thee? #140 Elizabeth Barrett Browning


 

                              HOW DO I LOVE THEE?

(From Sonnets from the Portuguese)

by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  •          HOW do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
  •          I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
  •          My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
  •          For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
  •          I love thee to the level of everyday’s
  •          Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
  •          I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
  •          I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
  •          I love thee with the passion put to use
  •          In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
  •          I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
  •          With my lost saints,- I love thee with the breath,
  •          Smiles, tears, of all my life!- and, if God choose,
  •          I shall but love thee better after death.

THE END

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                A brief intro

Elizabeth Barrett Moulton-Barrett was born on Thursday, March 6, 1806, the eldest child of Edward Moulton-Barrett (1785–1857) and Mary Graham-Clarke (1781–1828), at Coxhoe Hall, County Durham, England.   Both come from families with extensive plantations in Jamaica, where Edward was born and lived until the age of seven.

EBB’s beloved brother Edward Moulton-Barrett (‘Bro’, 1807–40) is born 26 June 1807. The other siblings most important to EBB (there are twelve children altogether, eleven of whom survive infancy) are Henrietta (1809–60), born March 1809, Arabella (Arabel, 1813–68), born 4 July 1813, and George (1816–95) born 15 July 1816.

The Barretts left Coxhoe in the Autumn of 1808 and, after a period spent mainly in London and at Mickleham in Surrey, move at the end of 1809 to Hope End, near Ledbury, Herefordshire (purchased for £24 000).  This would be their home until August 1832. The original house is converted into stables and a new mansion in exotic Turkish style is constructed.

Her mother died from rheumatoid arthritis on July 7th, there has been a lot of conjecture that is what EBB had as it is a hereditary disease; here is one view.

                                                                                 The Neptunian Sprite

Mrs. Browning is not esteemed in literary circles to be a great poet,  except for Sonnets from the Portuguese which thankfully her husband Robert Browning encouraged to her publish. Prior to that most of her poems were sweet but lacked depth.  but her chart tells us that Neptune’s  discovery during her lifetime and she married four years later,  had a monumental effect on this lovely lady and its conjunction in her chart exactly to the then Galactic Center (24.14 in Sagittarius that fell in her Third House of short communications (unlike her husband she wrote no long poems) was just about to change everything.

So, if anyone epitomizes Neptune in the Arts and the Spirit of this planet, it is this delicate lady, who wrote extremely popular, well-paid and well-loved verse all from the confines of her couch.

That Neptune centered in the part of her bowl emphasizing Personal Expression is square her Sixth House that owns a flurry of planets working busily to make her, during her lifetime, the most Popular and Well-Paid Writer in Victorian Britain — and for a woman no less.

                                   Elizabeth and Emily

Often it is said that Emily Bronte, who shares much in common with Mrs. Browning is the Neptunian Definition, but the problem with that is that while well-loved this was all because of the movie on Wuthering Heights with Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier and not on its own merits.  Mrs. Browning, on the other hand, needs no movie, no Hollywood send-up, her Sonnets are one of the most well-loved, highly regarded and memorized set of poems in modern times.

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An invalid, Saturn in the Second House, may have had HPKK but it also resembles what was called then “neurasthenia” or what is now referred to a fibromyalgia — sensitive neural pathways that overreact to stress, exercise, and fatigue.  As the disease typically overwhelms the victims, it is hard for them to manage daily existence and as stress is a strong contributor, and her father’s overbearing manner (Saturn in the Second sextile the North Node exact to Jupiter in the Fourth House of the Home and father) did not help there.

She found great comfort (Jupiter in the Fourth House sextile the stellium in the Sixth) in her work.  Mercury and Mars show her vigour for writing and self-expression.  Pluto separates that pair — and was yet to be discovered for another 70 years — from the Sun conjunct Venus just sitting proud and regal on the Seventh House of Relationships cusp — they met through her work.

It was the relationship that fueled gossip rags, angered people and gave hope to the love lorn:  infirm and quite wealthy Elizabeth left all to be with her great love, the nascent poet Robert Browning, in Italy.  They hoped that the warm of the Mediterranean rays would help her health.  She lived another fifteen years, so who knows if it did, but it was Browning that disciplined her mind, broke her from her father and made her create great passionate verse that made Shakespeare’s sonnets look pale in comparison.

Her ascendant at 30 Virgo, Dr. Henry J. Gordon (he was a medical doctor who took up astrology after World War I) writes that this degree gives one an “eccentric nature” that is in tune with mysticism, and will tend towards mental work.  He cites that this is a tragic degree because they are too attuned to their own body.

For Mrs. Barrett, the Mercury trine to Saturn conjunct Uranus (the individual breaks out from structure and demands through sorrow) semi-sextile Neptune/the Galactic Center (extreme sensitivity to a new mode of expression) was just that extra push that she needed.  But let us not think that her father was her only impression; her mother’s death (Saturn inconjunct Venus and just missing a conjunction to the Moon) started her poetic career with Aurora Leigh, telling us how sorrow, love, and partings were all melded into one beautiful whole in her writings.

Her part of Fortune is at 25 Aries in the Seventh, suggesting that Marriage would allow the potential within to be unlocked….and we most definitely agree.  Go to Gutenberg.org and download the Sonnets, or go to Poemhunter read them.  Either way, you will not be denied.

You can read a little more about her from this essay here.

“First time he kissed me he but only kissed
The fingers of this hand wherewith I write,
And ever since, it grew more clean and white,
Slow to world-greetings, quick with its ‘Oh, list,’
When the angels speak. A ring of amethyst
I could not wear here, plainer to my sight,
Than that first kiss. The second passed in height
The first, and sought the forehead, and half-missed
Half falling on the hair. O beyond meed!
That was the chrism of love, which love’s own crown
With sanctifying sweetness, did precede.
The third upon my lips was folded down
In perfect, purple state; since when, indeed,
I have been proud and said, ‘My love, my own!’

 

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#572 Prince Leopold of England, hemophiliac


Prince Leopold was the eighth child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and the youngest of their sons.  He was born April 7, 1853, and delivered with the aid of chloroform, administered by the Royal accoucheur, Dr. John Snow.  He was the first of the Queen’s children to be born with her under it;  Beatrice who followed four years later and was the last of the line, also received it as the Queen was trying to popularize the drug.

; Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany; Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, Duchess of Argyll by W. & D. Downey
by W. & D. Downey, albumen print, 1868

The safe arrival of Prince Leopold didn’t silence opposition to obstetric anesthesia altogether, but the Queen’s heartily expressed enthusiasm for pain-free childbirth helped make chloroform use respectable.

Albert wrote that “Leo was jolly and fat” and “no beauty, ” and that set the tone of how the Royal parents treated him — he was left to the care of nannies until his father died on December 14, 1861, at which point the Queen became very taken with her last boy as solace.  She wrote that he was “abnormally pale” but tall and it was after she became close to him that she started to notice he “hemorrhaged” easily.  By the time he was a teenager, the family realized the problem.  He was the first of the British Royal family to have the problem.


The comparison of his chart to his second cousin, the Tsarevich, is an interesting one.


Leopold, the Duke of Albany, is Bowl with a lip that is formed by the Line of Personality –Saturn in the Ninth House at 16.57 in a week inconjunct aspect to Jupiter in the Fourth at 24.27 giving an interesting emphasis to Jupiter at its throne in Sagittarius.  Jupiter rules the bloody as the thought is that an excess of it gives enthusiasm, here in the Fourth House of maternal inheritance, it would agree particularly as Saturn is in the natural house of Sagittarius and lending an almost fatalistic hand to the Duke. As Aries rules the head and governs the Red Ray of Blood, it hints that he would die from a fall to his head & probably die from bleeding profusely from an inherited familial disease especially as Mars is also found in the house of its Lord.

The Duke also has a prominent stellium in the Eighth house of Legacies and Death with his Sun and Mars the Lord of Aries on its Throne there as well.  As Aries rules the head, it does hint that injuries to the head could be fatal to the Duke particularly if while he was travelling (the Sagittarian connection).

Like his cousin the Tsarevich he has a few septiles in his chart.  The first one shows up between Pluto at 0.56 Taurus and his North Node at  21.42 Gemini in the Tenth.  The others are the larger bi-septile aspect both types that according to Emma Belle Donath¹ suggest a “personal sacrifice”.  One at Mercury at Taurus 08 in the Eighth House to Jupiter in the Fourth at Sagittarius 25 and then from Jupiter again to Venus at Aries 09 Aries in the Seventh.  Mercury has a Virgintile to Venus that has no ominous overtones at all but instead suggests like his older brother Edward, was quite the ladies man.

 

 

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The Duke’s chart via Kepler Software

 

When he died, February 21, 1884 at 3:30 according to his mother’s diary, the Duke of Albany had one Septile active, this time from Jupiter and the Galactic Center to his MidHeaven at 18.25 Cancer, a Hyperion Symbol of “Guitars and Mandolins” embracing the duality that is  life and the North Node having moved from the Tenth House of aspirations to that of the Ninth and long journeys.

 

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The Duke’s Progressed Chart to approximate time of Death

 

                                          Afternotes

His son, Charles Edward Leopold, his Royal Highness Prince Leopold Charles Edward, inherited his title and became the second Duke of Albany, Earl of Clarence and Baron Arklow.  The Duke, called Charlie, was born at Claremont House, near Esher Surrey, on July 19, 1884. He was the first cousin of King George V (Edward and Leopold were brothers) as well as Kaiser Wilhelm II.  He was forced by Grandmother Victoria to take over the House of Coburg-Saxe and Gotha, despite his many protestations at age fifteen.

Charlie married the niece of Empress August of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenberg, Victoria Adelheid (Adelaide) and had five children including a daughter who married into the Swedish Royal Family and brought hemophilia to that Royal family.  He and his family remained loyal to the Kaiser during World War I while his sister who was married to the British Queen Mary’s brother, the Duke of Teck stayed on the British-Allied side of the Great War.

The Second Duke and his family remained loyal to the Kaiser during World War I while his sister who was married to the British Queen Mary’s brother, the Duke of Teck, stayed on the British-Allied side of the Great War.  It, of course, made lots of headlines.


  1. Minor Aspects between natal Planets, Donath, Emma Bella.  c. 1981, American Federation of Astrologers.  Tempe, AZ.
  2. Queen Victoria’s Gene Haemophilia and the Royal Family, Potts,  D.M, c. 1999, Sutton Publishing.  London, UK.