#520 Stalin Prize Winner: Rockwell Kent


Rockwell Kent was born in Tarrytown, Westchester County, New York the same year as  fellow artist, Edward Hopper.  The Tappan Zee Bridge now separates the two counties, back then it was a ferry service.  Their art, unsurprisingly, is quite similar, desolate landscapes with few people and the two took similar methods, if only by their opposite, is obscuring their life:  Kent moved all the up to Plattsburgh, at the end of the Adirondack Mountains & five miles from the Canadian border, while Hopper went into the heart of Manhattan and was lost in the crowd.

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The yellow arrow is the Old Zee and the blue points to its replacement looking at Rockland on the west shore of the Hudson River.

                                       Multi-faceted Kent

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There is not much information on Kent the man or artist but there are lots of articles about his political activism and how in 1966 he was elected to the Academy of Arts of the U.S.S.R. and donated a large portion of his art works to the Soviet people.  Jones and the introduction to his N&E woodcut work, state that he was born at 4 am, though we are skeptical of that time and Gemini ascendant and Sun.

Like James Russell Lowell, Rockwell Kent is a bundle, but instead of being all in the southern hemisphere and extroverted, his is on the south-eastern portion and self-reliant and insular.  Another difference between the two is where Lowell covered all four departments; Kent only has two –the Lines  of Vitality & Motivation — so much for bundles being just the same.

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Rockwell Kent

Jones writes that Kent is a “restless soul who practiced architecture before turning to painting” which is partially true. Kent attended the Horace Mann School, while it was still in the Village next to New York University,  where he excelled at mechanical drawing.  His family’s financial circumstances prevented him from pursuing career in the fine arts, so after graduating in 1900, he applied to Columbia University, uptown at Morningside Heights,  to study architecture.  A thorough biography of Kent’s artist career is on the National Gallery of Art’s site including discussion of this three marriages, five children and turn to paint.¹  They have many of his works of art as well on display.

He died on March 13, 1971 in Plattsburgh from a heart attack. His third wife, Sally, was at his side.

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Kent started as an illustrator for an architecture firm, but found that illustration for the mag trade like Vanity Fair in the 1910’s was more lucrative and more to his style.  He and the Art Nouveau movement fit together like hand and glove, much like another illustrative artist, Aubrey Beardsley, who was born in Great Britain, eleven years earlier.



As for our choice, we prefer 4 pm and not 4 am. that gives him the ascendant of 18 Scorpio with its essential ruler square it in the ninth house.  We feel that is important because because it depicts his independence from convention both in his schooling and his politics and as it square his ascendant the personal cost.  We think that he is not as self-reliant as the 4 am chart shows but more experiential and Pluto’s discovery in 1932 considered with Mr. Kent’s crossover from an illustrative artist to fine artist with his art book Sea & Sky.

Jupiter in the seventh house works better for a man married several times and the Moon in the tenth is perfect for someone who worked in metal lithography and engraving — both art forms that highlight sun and shadow over color and the Moon is sextile the metallic Mars in the first is an added bonus.  Kent’s ascendant is directly opposite Neptune giving a particular importance to water-travels in both his life and art.

Saturn is next to Neptune in the sixth, showing the influence his father had on his work and sense of duty.s  Trine Saturn’s essential tenth house that gives Mr. Kent great form and precision in his work and while the midheaven is exact the fixed star Regulus, it is also square Pluto reminding us that his poor choices in the opportunities at hand undermined his talent — this most likely is his support for Stalin and Communism during the Cold War.  Even a recent retrospective in the Adirondacks mentioned that now that “hostilities were over”  Rockwell Kent’s work could be shown “again.”

Right now if you are vacationing in the Lake George area, we recommend stopping in at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls near the Queensbury Factory Malls.  It is an exquisite museum and showing some of his art work…until alas July 22nd.



Footnotes

  1. The National Gallery of Art on,“Rockwell Kent,” NGA Online Editions, https://purl.org/nga/collection/constituent/4494 (accessed June 26, 2018).
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#98 Stock Market Wizard: Roger Babson


“More people should learn to tell their dollars where to go instead of asking them where they went.”  Roger Ward Babson, economist

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Mr. Babson is a  Splash temperament type with a fixed Cosmic Grand Cross in his chart making him very persistent with things.  We rectified his Ascendant to 10 Sagittarius,  giving him a noble and honorable character with great self-confidence.  It is a common fire sign ruled by Jupiter, that is found in his tenth house of career and outward purpose.  Sagittarius is also the sign of the “gambler” though it is doubtful that Mr. Babson would have thought of him as such, with his Saturn at 26 Cancer in the second house, but most think of investing as a form of high-stakes poker.

For Babson though, investing and market forecasting was a science, and a statistical one at that.  Saturn in the second house is in its essential house, which helped him take an obscure mathematical construct used before him for crop reports, and make it into an advanced quantitative tool for analyzing numerical facts.  Sextile Neptune in Taurus in the fifth house of creative offspring, Babson was able to take those ideas and make them something concrete and useful.  Pluto is also in the fifth that gave him impetus to tie his name and standing with his invention thus making it integral to his identity (Pluto is also trine his Part of Fortune).

Babson married twice.  The first time for 56 years and the second for a little under ten.  He had no children and many think that Neptune in the fifth house denotes that, but he did leave lots of honorary children through Babson College.  It is quite impressive, click here on Wikipedia to read the list of illustrious alumni.

 


Roger Ward Babson was bron in the seagoing town of Gloucster Massachusetts and was educated as an engineer at Boston’s MIT.  It was during a bout of tuberculosis that he taught himself statistical analysis.   Realizing that statistics was an unknown field, he bought a typewriter, and developed a market index based on Newton’s law of action and reaction (lower prices must follow higher prices and vice versa).

  • In 1904 he founded the Babson Statistical Organization, Inc., whose business and financial statistics, published in Babson’s Washington Service, were sold in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada.
  • In 1919 he established Babson Institute (now Babson College), in Massachusetts, and in 1927 he founded Webber College, in Florida.
  • And in 1929 he was the lone wolf who called the Stock Market Crash and publicly announced his findings in the New York Times on Friday, September 6th, 1929.  His great competitor, Irving Fisher, disagreed.

Wise investors will pay up their loans and avoid margin speculation at this time because a “crash” of the stock market is inevitable. Roger Babson, statistician, said today before the sixteenth National Business Conference at Babson Park, Wellesley.

What of the future?” he went on. ”Sooner or later the stock market boom will collapse like the Florida boom. Some day the time is coming when the market will begin to slide off. sellers Will exceed buyers. and paper profits will begin to disappear. Then there will immediately be a stampede to save what paper” profits than exist.”

Investment trusts will first bcgin to sell. They have so broadly advertised their paper profits & will very anxious to cash in on them. ‘

“As-soon as word gels abroad that the large American investment trusts are selling, the European houses will begin to sell out their customers who are now buying in the American market.

The general public will then follow with a desire to cash in. then margin. accounts will be closed out, and then there may be a stampede for selling which will exceed anything that the Stock Exchange has ever witnessed.

One thing more to remember: Thus far there has been few. deaths among those with very large stock holdings. Before. long these. men will begin to die. and their holdings will be put on the market. This especially .applies to: public utility stocks.” Mr. Babson advise investors to buy bonds, but was bullish on gas stocks

In 1940 he was the Prohibition Party’s presidential candidate, polling 57,812 votes (the highest it ever got).  The party got started out of the temperence movement of the previous century and was founded in Michigan by John Russell, Methodist preacher, in 1869. Though women in the USA did not have the right to vote until 1920 when it was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, the Prohibition Party allowed them to be members and vote at their conventions.

Babson was the author of many books on finance and investment, among the best known of which are Business Barometers (1909, 10th ed. 1961), Investment Fundamentals (1930, 4th ed. 1948), and If Inflation Comes (1937).

#938 Eight foot high and counting – Bob Wadlow


Robert Wadlow (Born Robert Pershing Wadlow on 22 February 1918 – died 15 July 1940) is the tallest person in medical history for whom there is irrefutable evidence. He is often known as the “Alton Giant” because he was born in Alton, Illinois

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Robert Wadlow reached 8 feet 11.1 inches (272 cm) in height and weighed 490 pounds (220 kg) at his death. His great size and his continued growth in adulthood was due to hypertrophy of his pituitary gland which results in an abnormally high level of human growth hormone. He showed no indication of an end to his growth even at the time of his death.  He is an hourglass temperament type and his chart sorrowfully depicts his thwarted ambitions:  at his death he was studying for the law.

 


The No. 938 like all posts so numbered refer to the Jones 1000 in the Sabian Symbols.

the Pearl: Janis Joplin


Janis Lyn Joplin was born on January 19, 1943 at 9:50 am in St. Mary’s Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas. Her father, Seth Joplin, worked at Texaco, and she had two younger siblings, Michael and Laura. When she had acclaim she admitted that the Empress of the blues singer, contralto Bessie Smith (1894-1937) and the voice of the Civil Rights movement, Odetta¹ ( 1930-2008) was her vocal  inspiration.

She has a wonderful voice and died too young from a heroin overdose on October 3, 1970 in Hollywood California. We have rectified this chart to 28 Aquarius that highlights her eccentric and unique bluesy-rock style. She has little earth in her chart for which she compensated for by  overweight and visceral jazzy appeal.

She could be a bucket with a Neptune handle in the seventh house but there is a grand trine in air which gives her a possibility of   a wheelbarrow with the  Mars and Neptune  far enough apart for handles.  Instead of Venus  in the tenth like actresses, she has Mars in Sagittarius there, demonstrating how musicians travel for their supper while actors may instead get long stage runs.

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But maybe, we have try a little bit harder.

Let us try again, because grand air trine and the two open spaces on either side are both less than 120 degrees  and so she becomes a Locomotive and it makes sense.  No one pushed Janis to succeed like Ms. Joplin, she was a tireless worker, traversing the country East to West and then North to South for every venue she could book.  Her career was meteoritic — from joining Big Brother in 1966 to her death when she was in the Full Tilt Boogie Band for  four years but  her output was prolific.  She had no problem getting songwriters to pen songs for her like her famous Me and Bobby McGee, written by former lover, Kris Kristofferson, one of the many who were convinced that she did not commit suicide, but was just an adventure junkie that unfortunately ran right off the rails.

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Janis progressed to approximate time of death on October 4, 1970.  She died near her first Saturn return.

The seventh house is  obviously her partnership with Big Brother and The Holding Company in Haight Ashbury, San Francisco that propelled her career. The big trine of Neptune to Mercury to Uranus is how she sang her poetry, like Bob Dylan, with Uranus showing how her friends and peers were really a “piece of heart heart.” because she knew everyone — Gracie Slick and the Jefferson Airplane, Bob Dylan & Jimi Hendrix &  Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones and Jim Morrison of the Doors.  The last three of these friends all died of heroin overdose too, so it has always been speculation of who shot up with whom.

But there is more to Janis than that.  There is her public adoration with so many of her planets in the public Southern hemisphere including her Sun in the eleventh showing a strong liberated female.  Janis was strong and independent an icon of the Sixties but there were always her private fear in the northern hemisphere scattered below about  her desire to be part of a “family,”  — perhaps the reason for the groups built all around her.   The sextile between Neptune and the Moon right on the fourth house cusp tells us that her Southern Comfort drinking was another problem.  Indeed, while on stage Ms. Joplin smoked and drank throughout her performance in attempt to fortify her courage.

It was a lethal habit.

 



Footnotes:

  1. The voice recording is Janis at Woodstock, New York, August 14 1969.
  2. Odetta Holmes, always called Odetta, was the “Queen of American Folk Blues” according to the Reverend Martin Luther King, jr.  and Janis Joplin claimed to have learned “everything she sang.”
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    “The first thing that turned me on to folk singing was Odetta. I heard a record of hers Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues in a record store, back when you could listen to records right there in the store. Right then and there, I went out and traded my electric guitar and amplifier for an acoustical guitar, a flat-top Gibson. . . . [That album was] just something vital and personal. I learned all the songs on that record.”

 

Azzedine Alaia fashion designer


Azzedine Alaïa,  died on Saturday in Paris. He was 82. His company said the cause was a heart attack.  Alaia was called a sculptor of the female form, and his couture were worn by women from the First Lady Michelle Obama to Rock Star Lady Gaga.

“I dressed women directly on their body, by intuition. This is how I gained experience,” he once said.

He “changed my conception of fashion,” said Nicolas Ghesquière, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton, in a documentary on Mr. Alaïa made by the stylist Joe McKenna and released this year.

Diminutive in stature his models alled him “Papa,” as he was a guardian of sorts for her in Paris at the beginning of her career like that of Algerian model  Farida Khelfa .  Another famous trait was he  was always attired in a uniform of black Chinese cotton Mao-style pajamas, probably imitating fellow Communist Pablo Picasso and a renunciation of bourgeois “style.”

Azzedine Alaïa was born in Tunis, Tunisia, on Feb. 26, 1935 (though some biographical sources list his birth year as 1939 or 1940). He had a twin sister and a younger brother, and his father ran a wheat farm outside the city.

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First Lady Michelle Obama in an Alaia

Azzedine became interested in art and design at a young age.“I was helping Madame Pinot,” a French midwife he recalled in an interview with the fashion magazine The Ground in 2011. “I told her that I liked to draw. She gave me books, pamphlets to art exhibitions, and my first book of Picasso.”  Soon she registered him at the School of Fine Arts in Tunis, he said, “against my father’s will.”

He found a job in a small dress shop. “The owner was looking for someone to finish up the dresses,” he said. “My sister had learned sewing with the nuns, and she had a notebook with all the basics. ”

He is survived by his partner, the painter Christoph von Weyhe; and several nieces and nephews.  Some of his designs can be found in a slideshow here.

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Christophe and Azzedine

The Charismatic Sri Satya Sai Baha


I have come to light the lamp of love in your hearts, to see that it shines day by day with added luster. I have come to tell you of this universal, unitary faith, this spiritual principle, this path of love, this duty of love, this obligation to love. Every religion teaches man to fill his being with the glory of God and to evict the pettiness of conceit. It trains him in the methods of unattachment and discernment, so that he may aim high and attain spiritual liberation.Believe that all hearts are motivated by the one and only God; that all faiths glorify the one and only God; … That is the message of love I bring. That is the message I wish you to take to heart.         

                               Sri  Sathya Sai Baba

Sri Satya Baha was born on November 23, 1926 in Padapati, India in what is now Andhra Pradesh.   He said he was the reincarnation of Sai Baha of Shirdi  and the incarnation of the Hindu Lord Shiva.  His teachings fall under the heading of Bhakti Yoga, the path of Love and Self-Devotion and is one of the four paths to Enlightenment.   The ultimate goal of this practise is to reach the state of rasa (essence), a feeling of pure bliss achieved in the devotional surrender to the Divine.  
Sri Baha condemned all distinction based on religious caste. This is the website devoted to his teachings.  It is slow loading btw but has many free videos and books written by him for those interested that will explain his teachings better and in greater detail.

                                       A Tree Felled

Sri Baha’s ascendant is at 28 Aquarius and has the symbol of a “A tree felled and then sawed” giving him an ability to focus attention to the most important matter at hand joyfully.  It is opposite his Neptune in the Sixth House of Health and Work and tells us  his path was disrupted many times by slander, rumours and disbelief in his declarations (Mars in the Third House of Communication at 06 Taurus and the point focus of that T-square).

As a  Locomotive Temperament Type; he has far too many conjunctions for a splash and no gathering of planets into a distinct group for a See-Saw he was determined to spread his teaching far and wide and the emphasis in Sagittarius shows his travels.

  Locomotives typically have a Grand Trine, though it is not necessary, and while Sri Baba does,  it is made up of two points and Saturn, and not three planets. (Sri Baba’s trine is made of Saturn at 29 Scorpio, to the North Node at 08 Cancer and then to the Ascendant at 28 Aquarius).  This gives Saturn (28.51 Scorpio ) a predominance in the chart overall as well,  that  gives a serious bent to his philosophy and strong determination to share its value with others.   It also intimates that he will run into legal and/or administrative troubles, which did happen to with some allegations of fiscal malfeasance by former adherents.Saturn also has a square to Jupiter in the Twelfth and Neptune in the Sixth that support that idea.

There are several dispositors in his chart, one of the them is Saturn in Scorpio in the Ninth House making Sri Baba a charismatic leader with a strong sense of purpose, conjunct the Sun.  Part of a larger stellium that spans through the Midheaven to Mercury. As it is not contained within the 9th House wholly but does predominate within a sign,  it is a stellium by quadrature (quality).

                                          Emphasizing the Quadrature

For Sri Baha, the emphasis on the Mutable Quadrature shows his concern for people that goes beyond just his own circle, but flows to all mankind and takes on a spiritual concern for their plight [9th House Emphasis].  Mutable or Common emphasis horoscopes are always concerned with people, they try to find some point of contact or understanding between  themselves and others.  They tend to be lateral thinkers, broad minded and friendlier than the other quadratures.  While they do suffer from boredom, and many like the Sri are addicted to travel and change, they in reality like the anatomy the rule  rule the lungs, bowels, liver and thighs — go through life alone as they find few that truly understand them.

Sri Sai Baha, a spiritual guru to millions around the globe,  reposed on 24 April 2011 from heart failure in his native India.  He was 85.

 

Download Sri Satya Sai Baba Natal Chart.pdf

Margaret: Pearl of the Green Mountain State


Margaret is a friend of ours who offered up her horoscope for discussion.  Bravo Margaret, we need more volunteers to fill up our database! Margaret’s chart is here,  without our notations.

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Her Ascendant at 24.02 Scorpio is “An X-Ray” suggesting her integrity and her ability to share herself selflessly with others but it warns of her being oversensitive to her environment particularly as this is semi-sextile her Chiron, the unicorn healer / patient of the zodiac.

She is Bowl temperament Type with a Jupiter handle in the Fourth house.   Margaret tends to let things go; she is forever expending energy on things particularly that relate to her house and environment.  Jupiter right on the Fifth house cusp makes her a Drama Queen and rather melodramatic.

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Ceres at 21.13 Sagittarius is a “Chinese Laundry” receives an opposition from the wild card of the zodiac, Uranus, Cancer 09.29, suggesting that these various stresses result in “Seclusion” impairing her mobility, and as it effects the Ninth house, a lot of this is by choice. That is supported by her Saturn in Virgo on the 12th House cusp where fearing failure because of her own harsh self-criticism, she has put too much stress on her “gut” forcing her to withdraw from participation in life because of “health problems.” She needs to let those debilitating Virgoan thoughts go, as they are not only working against herself but creating a wedge between her others as she is too judgmental and critical. Instead, she should harness Pisces where her North Node resides and learn to be more loving, sharing and spontaneous.

Margaret’s Part of Fortune at 22.10 less than a degree away from Ceres, “Immigrants Entering”  emphasizing her need to surrender extraneous matters and concentrate on what matters most. That unfortunately puts us back to her Jupiter handle of her Bucket and her desire to be part of everything, thus the samsara tug of needing to let go and her not wanting to relinquish dominates her life.

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                 Do two T-squares make a Grand Cross?

Margaret has two T-Squares in her chart, but no they do not make a Grand Cross.  The first is with Jupiter is opposite Pluto in the ninth house of faith and religion with its outlet at the Moon in the twelfth house, suggesting that experiences with large institutional religion may unleash some bad experiences.  Scorpio 17.28 is the “woods rich in autumn coloring,” with the keyword of Fulfillment but reminds tells her that she needs to heed the desire of following perverse things for the sake of being perverse, as that may ricochet back in her face.

Her next T-Square is between the asteroid Chiron and Uranus pointing to unusual health issues.  The outlet here is at Venus suggesting that they will be debilitating and slowly progressive,  but as Venus is in a stellium of the Sun, Neptune, and Mercury that instead of seeing what she lost, she needs to focus on mastering new talents and modes of communication.

Mercury is the key here, as it is in the tightest orb to the opposition at Libra 06.06.  Its symbol is a “woman feeding chooks and protecting them from the hawks.”  it is on the cusp of the 1-11th house, suggesting that her trials and tribulations should be used as vehicles for greater social awareness, instead of morbid self-pity.

She is a garrulous talker and communicator thanks to her Line of Efficiency and lives for an audience.  YouTube and oral blogging are just two ways for her to communicate with an audience and share her insights, as well as local library chats.  With all four planetary pairs aspected in her chart, Margaret would enjoy the hubbub of social activity & camraderie.

Firecracker Debbie Reynolds


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Debbie Reynolds was unfortunately in the news this past Christmas holiday, when her only daughter, Carrie Frances Fisher, had a heart attack on board a flight from London, the UK to Los Angeles, California.

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Debby and husband Eddie Fisher

The plane was forced to stopped but the fifteen minutes of getting Ms. Fisher to a hospital was too long, and a few days later, the sixty-year-old actress died.Ms. Reynolds was discussing with her only son, Todd Fisher, his sister’s funeral when she collapsed saying “I miss her so” and died several hours later of a cerebral stroke.  She was 84.  Only her son, Todd, and her granddaughter, Billie, survive her.

We were not alone in being saddened by the news, nor we were probably alone in searching for their birth data.  We found Ms. Reynold’s data on the late Lois Rodden’s Astro.com site and were impressed at first, but then when checking it against the symbols, we were thought it a bit off.

We reviewed the symbols, and the aspects, and rectified Miss Reynold’s Ascendant from 6 Libra, The ideals of a man abundantly crystallized to 8 Libra, A blazing fireplace in a deserted old home.

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Fireworks by Grucci

We found the critical aspects in Ms. Reynolds, were a bit broad to fully captured her fierce loyalty to the people in her world, but that they worked. First & most notably is her relationship with her daughter Carrie and her strong reaction to the latter’s sudden demise.  Second her spontaneous  reunion with her old but estranged friend Elizabeth Taylor.  These episodes, as well as her exuberant film career, exemplify, the joyousness of a firecracker.

                          Fire gives warmth

With that idea in mind, it was easy to rectify Miss Reynold’s Ascendant from 6 Libra, The ideals of a man abundantly crystallized to 8 Libra, A blazing fireplace in a deserted old home.  Our reasoning is that we see here a bundle of naive energy that burst upon the Hollywood stage, full of cardinal warmth and devoted loyalty to the people in her world coming as she did from a staunch Pentecostal home in El Paso, Texas.

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Son Todd, Debby and Carrie

Marc Edmund Jones gives 8 Libra the keyword of  Guardianship, a person who is guardian, protector,  and caregiver of their charge.  That is very akin to her role as a  single mother raising her two young children after her husband, crooner Eddie Fisher deserted her for Elizabeth Taylor.   So too, is her fierce reaction to her daughter Carrie’s sudden demise, as though she had been negligent in some way.

Years later, Debby and daughter Carrie.

Her horoscope shows us through the aspects to personal yod (she has two) that either of her children’s death would have exacted the same toll as she was first and last,  a devoted mother.

A Seesaw with 2 yods

Miss Reynolds is a seesaw temperament type which disposes her to be more mutable than her chart would allow.  This showed up in her favour as being a versatile performer:  she sang, danced, and acted and won plaudits for her varied work.  Her fiery temperament was often capitalized in her various roles:  the Tammy series,   The Unsinkable Molly Brown,  How the West was Won,  and of course, the fabulous Singing in the Rain with Gene Kelly.

As her Seesaw yields two yods, they have to be addressed as each one is in a different part of her hourglass configuration .  The top one in her Southern hemisphere, is in her  public life using the Midheaven as one arm and Neptune (doing double duty) as the other.  The foot to this group is dreamy Moon (Aquarius 27.52).  Its midpoint is appropriately enough, her Part of Fortune at 22.55 Leo, with the Keyword of Audacity and the symbol of a “bareback rider.”

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The second yod is has its apex at Saturn, where she was both mother and father to her two children, Carrie and Todd, after they were abandoned by her gigolo husband the crooner Eddie Fisher ran off with the grieving Elizabeth Taylor.  You can read about it (shorter version) here .   Its  midpoint is in dutiful Neptune (Virgo 05.42)  as she was forced to become a single mother in the symbolic “merry go-round” of what is life.

That Saturn, making her sensitive to her home life, is semi-sextile (the keyword here is agreement) to the Moon in the fifth house (28 Aquarius, keyword immediacy) and sextile (the keyword for sextiles is Understanding)  to Mars (29 Pisces, keyword Validation)  in the sixth house of work and health.  If one steps back for a second and sees the Moon as Carrie and Mars as Todd, we see how interlinked she was to them.

RIP, Debbie.  We’ll miss you.

The Equal vs Whole House System


havelock equal.pngThe Equal House house and whole House systems are the oldest astrological house systems in astrology.  The Equal House is based on the Ecliptic, and some astrologers actually call it the Ecliptic system  It has several features:

  1. All the houses are equally spaced, meaning that each house is exactly thirty degrees wide, so it very easy to manually construct.
  2. All of the houses start on the degree of the Ascendant
  3. There are no intercepted houses, as each sign gets its own house, i .e. the chart is divided into twelve equal parts.
  4. The tenth house cusp (cusp is the beginning point of a house) does not necessarily coincide with the Midheaven as in the case  of  Havelock Ellis, born in Croydon, Surrey, UK, at right.
    1. Dr. Ellis’s midheaven is the aqua lettering up top of the chart, right in the middle of the tenth house.

Download Havelock-Ellis here.

Dr. Ellis was an English essayist and physician who studied human sexual behavior.  He challenged 19th-century Victorian taboos against public discussion of the subject very similar to the much later  American Masters & Johnson studies.  Many of his books, including his best, The Task of Social Hygiene, can be found here on Gutenberg.org

We do not use the Equal House system because we disagree with its construction — everything thirty degrees and no consideration for the horizon. Nonetheless, the famous astrologer, the late Lois Rodden, loved it.  In Hellenistic Astrology, the Whole House system is de rigeur and the major difference is that all houses start on ZERO and the Ascendant is shows up at the degree within it.  We actually prefer this over the Equal House system, because we think that the Ascendant should not be tied to the first house — which is how you are seen by others.  Confusing the Ascendant and the house house we have found in our studies, is not an accurate representation, hence we typically use non-Ascendant based house system like the Zariel and Morinus and Whole House for Hellenistic charts.

As shown, under the Whole House System, Dr. Ellis’s midheaven is in the eleventh house of the public, which makes sense as his medical life was devoted to public health and hygiene; Venus the planet of sexuality is also there linking the two.

In the Equal House the  Midheaven is in the tenth house of career but Venus is separate in the eleventh house and does not clearly link the two.  The modern Koch system, available for download, approximates the Equal House setup btw and while we did use that for many charts on the site, we tossed that too because of its adherence to the Ascendant.

Other issues are in the Equal House Saturn is in the sixth house of work and labour; in the Whole House partners and opportunity.  While cases can be made for either, it is really the nuance we prefer, and astrology is nothing but nuance.  For further discussion of houses and interceptions, another thing we dropped as being meaning, look here and here.

  1. Havelock Ellis WHOLE house system
  2. Havelock Ellis EQUAL house system
  3. Havelock Ellis KOCH house system

 

 

 

 

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