#250 Playing Tennis with Sheila Birkenhead

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Marc Jones states that she was a tennis player in the Sabian Symbols.  His time is generally accepted, so our chart here agrees.  She was the daughter of William Ewart Berry, 1st Viscount Camrose and Mary Agnes, Viscountess Camrose and married Frederick Winston Furneaux Smith, 2nd Earl of Birkenhead.


She is a southern hemisphere bowl type that spans from Jupiter in Neptune in the first that hints at her own secretive literary career of biographies — Neptune showing up how she dug up information to learn about otherfamous people to obviously understand her own very public life and opposite Jupiter here does not suggest multiple marriages as much as multiple “imaginary lives” that she lived and created through her work as the point focus is Mercury, Aries 17 in the tenth house.  Also there in the tenth is Luna telling us she led a public life and was well respected, but that squared Jove in the seventh, it put strains on her marriage.

Typically Venus in Aries denotes someone who married young, but here Venus at 30º is right at the end of that sign, and so is tempered; Lady Birkenhead was 23 at her nupitals. Another misstatement about someone with a preponderenace of Arian planets like Lady Birkenhead is red hair or a big nose. But instead, that prepondereance should be seen as a signature of the person, for

“In astrology the signatures are of first importance. Aries as a sign of the zodiac is not a constellation that by some vague indefinable radiation of influence is apt to create a child with red hair and a big nose but is an occult’ signature of being marked in the heavens by the stars at the time of charting clustered in the thirty degrees immediately following the vernal equinox in the ecliptic.

All things everywhere are significant.

In occult philosophy every classification of phenomena and every tabulation of knowledge is based upon signatures. Form and fact provide the patterns and perspectives through which signatures are recognized.”

Marc Edmund Jones, “Occult Philosophy”

Some of her books can be found on archive.org. Marc Jones’ Occult Philosophy can be found here for purchase.

Ursula Le Guin sci fi author extraordaire

Authoress Ursula Kroeber Le Guin has passed. She wrote many popular sci-fiction works like city of Illusions or the Left Hand of Darkness. With her very angular chart there was no doubt that Ms. Le Guin would live a long time — she was 88 when she died on January 22, 2018 in Portland, Oregon. She was married to fellow author Charles Le Guin. Her parents were Alfred Louis Kroeber (who was previously married to a Rothschild) and Theodora Kracaw Kroeber.

Mrs. Le Guin attended Radcliffe College in Renaissance Literature and then went to Columbia University for her Masters of Arts in French and Italian literature continuing there for her Ph.D. where she won a Fulbright grant to continue her studies in Paris where she met her husband. They had three children, Elisabeth, Caroline and Theodore. They moved to Portland in 1959 and have been ever since.

                                     The Map of Le Guin

Mrs. Le Guin’s temperament type is a humanist splash. This works as Mrs. Le Guin was a Taoist, a Chinese philosophy that emphasizes that all life is part of the Tao emphasizing wu wei the effortless action of spontaneity. It is not a people-centric philosophy but a coherent whole-life system that does not fit into a unified religious thought, but instead is a series of teaching based on continual revelation.

She has few conjunctions and a major cardinal grand trine from Uranus in the twelfth to Pluto in the Third ending at Mercury in the Sixth. Those houses are familiar to Mrs. Le Guin’s reader as they deal with her greatest interest: psychology & sociology, things that are taboo and the inter-relationship of man and his environment.  Her Ascendant is 03 Taurus giving her a very mediumistic ability to draw from the outer world into writing. This is supported by its trine to Neptune in Virgo in the creative Fifth House but failing in the creation of another grand trine as there is nothing but the Mid-heaven and that too wide of orb to count.

Her Sun is in Libra and her Moon in Gemini, both part of the airy triplicity and typically artistic tastes and ability,  This trine for the Line of Vitality also makes the native love learning and good intellectual capabilities but also a tendency to get carried away by their own intellectualism and become elitist. Overall, she was an undoubtedly a highly creative woman whose literary abilities spanned from poetry to short stories to novels of the Earthsea and Hainish series with million of fans around the globe.

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Venus as Innana at the Second Gate

At sunrise this morning, May 22,  we were treated to a conjunction of the Moon with Venus.  The conjunction did not occur exactly at sunrise, however, that was later at 10:09 AM EDT, at 16 Aries 24. The two appeared very close together because Venus is only 2 degrees of declination the right of the Moon, in addition to being  in conjunction by longitude.  This article is the third in this series, please  read the two prior postings: Venus as Innana and the Cosmic Pentagram and Venus as Innana at the First Gate, for the necessary background material for this article.

In the two prior articles, in this one, and in the five articles that will follow we are observing the Moon and Venus conjunctions in this current Venus cycle that began at the Venus retrograde station on March 4, at 13 Aries 09.  You may wonder why we would want to devote this much time and attention to such an otherwise unremarkable occurrence.  The Moon in its monthly trek around the zodiac will contact each of the other planets by conjunction, so obviously a conjunction event in itself is not significant, but its significance can be understood when it is studied in the context of the compete 584 day Venus cycle and the Innana myth.  (fully discussed in the two referenced articles)

Before proceeding to discussing our main topic, Venus at the Second gate, I want to make an observation that has been on my mind of late, namely, that I think that we modern folk are suffering from, for lack of a better description, a ” lack of sky”.  We just rarely ever look up at the sky at night anymore, and if we do we probably can’t see much except the very bright stars or moon because of ground lights and the air pollution that obscures our view of the fainter stars and  the Milky Way.  This is not how we were brought up.  By this I mean that humanity, the race we belong to, through the countless millennia of presence on this earth, lived under the sky, the night sky, and observed with great care and attention the positions of the stars and the movement of the planets.  The Pythagoreans  were even said to be able to “hear the music of the spheres”.  Today we hear traffic noise or the roar of  jet planes.

That said, what is involved in this astrological exercise is probably much more psychological, maybe even spiritual, than anything objective or tangible.  Inanna at the First Gate, according to the myth, was commanded to give up her crown, the symbol of her authority.  I am not royalty, nor is anyone I know a possessor of such a pedigree,  so while there may be no crown, or great office to sacrifice possible, there is a sacrifice to be made, but on a deeper level.   What I, or anyone doing following this shamanic Venus cycle track can do, at the First Gate, is take a good hard look at “who they are”.  Who they are, that has nothing to do with ones particular role in life, social status or place on the pyramid of wealth.

There is a question that the Zen master might put to a would-be disciple that sums up perfectly what I’m getting at when the Master asks:   “Show me your original face, the one you had before your parents conceived you”.  An authentic spiritual quest or desire for transformation can only begin when we permit ourselves to ask the question, “Who am I”.

Now we will look at the chart for this Moon and Venus conjunction:

Venus Innana 2nd Gate

The Second Gate is the gate of perception and is associated with the pineal gland and sometimes is  referred to as the third eye chakra.  The lapis measuring rod and line are taken from Inanna at this gate.  This is the “mind’s eye chakra”, thus it has much to do with how we are using our mind, what we pay attention to.   Do we approach the world and life with an “either/or” attitude.  Do we tend to see things as either black or white, in other words, are we lost in dualistic thinking.?  The third eye, properly developed and used  is the faculty for intuition  and non-dualistic thinking, the ability to see the “both/and” in life situations and problems.   It gives the wisdom to find the “middle ground”.

The Sabian Symbol for the 17th degree of Aries, the degree of this conjunction is: Two prim spinsters.   Spinster is a word out of use these days which refers to an unmarried woman.  Prim derives from “prime” and has come to mean precise or overly neat, stiff, or “up-tight”.  The image of the “two prim spinsters” suggests  women who have been living close together for a long time, “are set in their ways”, opinionated, and frequently judgmental of others appearance and behavior.  It should be noted that there are two spinsters.  Two is the fundamental number of duality.  Twoness.  Study this image and the location of 16 Aries , by house and aspect in your chart.  Perhaps this is the area in your life where you would benefit most by being more open, inclusive and intuitive.