October 13 1792 The Laying of the White House Cornerstone

We were impressed that the cornerstone for the White House was laid on the anniversary of Columbus’s arrival in the Americas. It’s that thoughtfulness for tradition that has built this country into Washington’s shining empire and “city on the hill.”

This chart shows several important asteroids at the time of ceremony. Washingtonia is at 21 Sagittarius 21 right on the 11th to the 12th house graphically depicting how the White House was not only a public monument but a place where the President was secured, and the head of government resides.
Asteroid George itself is at 20 Leo 23 in the 7th House square Asteroid White House at 24 Aries 14 in the 4th house — the place home, hearth, position of the Father of the Country and end-times (after being president, most men have retired with the notable exclusion of Taft who went onto the Supreme Court).
Asteroid Virginia, depicted as a indehiscent shell, is in the first house at 04 Aquarius 52 — because Washington D.C. was carved out of the state.

The aspects for the Ceremony

The ceremony get a very noticeable bucket with a Saturn handle. Newly discovered Uranus is on the 8th House cusp right next to Asteroid George, because no man left such a mark on our country as General and President George Washington did, from declaring t the start that all the colonies must support the endeavour, to personally supporting the troops, marshalling them on the field, to declaring that it was to be republic and not another monarchy by being its first president.

Antique American Photograph: Early drawing of The White House, Washington, D.C., United States, 1900: Original edition from my own archives. Copyright has expired on this artwork. Digitally restored. Sketch showing the White House which was exhibited at the Centennial Celebration in Washington, D.C.

Nonetheless, its first resident was President John Adams and his asteroid, Asteroid Johnny, is right there in the fourth house nadir at 12 Taurus 22. The rising sign is 03 Capricorn, “the human soul receptive to growth and understanding.”

Alas the few sour notes appear on the chart as well, Mars is in Sagittarius, a fiery planet in a fiery sign in the essential house of Aquarius — the 11th. Saturn is opposite the yet to be discovered Neptune in the 10th depicting the war between philosophy and pragmatism; and Uranus is opposite the very far out Pluto highlighting the inventive nature that will become America’s heritage suggesting with the square to both the Sun and Saturn highlighting its Damoclean imperative as noted by President Kennedy.

After the 1929 fire

While the ceremony gets the Dynamic Aptitude of Jupiter to Neptune – a sensitivity to sufferings of others (immigration) and welcoming them aboard, it dominated by oppositions (4). Marc Jones writes that this gives the White House, and hence the greater house of the country itself, a naivete in dealing with others, forcing it to continually struggle for its supremacy of its charter.

Fast Forward to 2019

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Moving ahead for its 227th anniversary, things have changed. Mars is now right the cusp of the first house at 23 Taurus 39 and a “mounted Indian with scalp locks,” sort like those cigar store Indian totems that once advertised tobacconist’s ware, and it opposed Neptune on the cusp of the seventh in Scorpio. Saturn is still at the nadir with the Midheaven across and via a translation of light gets an out of sign conjunction to Pluto in the 10th. This of course creates another Cosmic Cross, a fixed one, as though the battle lines have been drawn and the ascendant at 12 Gemini “an eagle that crows” is having an identity crisis.

c. 1900 White House

#6 When was Evangeline Smith Adams born?

Having just finished Karen Christino’s biography on “Eva Adams” the controversy on her birthdate is barely settled. She gives that Evangeline, a popular name at the time, was born to the poor side of the Adams family on Pavonia Avenue, right next to Journal Square (where the PATH station is these days) Jersey City, New York on February 8, 1868 at 8:36 am.

Marc Jones has the same but 8:30 am that Astrotheme has as well. Christino mentions a lot of things that are odd for Adams to be the youngest of 3 mainly that she supported her mother and two older brothers and that there was during her life a discrepancy of 1859 or 1869.

Her autobiography “Bowl of Heaven” (p.27, quotes of her dad’s diary that was she born 2–8-1868 and the exact time.) Karen Christino, her biographer quotes that the “A Genealogical History of Henry Adams of Braintree, MA”‘ has that same date on her death certificate that coincides with the 1900 Boston census. Problem is by 1896 after her mother died, Evangeline was not in Boston but in New York City. We doubt that like Joseph and Mary of Matthew, she had to return home to be counted.

Then there is problem of her marriage to Mr. George E. Jordan, jr.

Keeping the public’s perception in mind, Adams claimed to be 50 and Jordan 42 on their marriage license; in reality, she was 55 and he, 32. They were married on a Thursday afternoon at the Little Church Around the Corner and while Evangeline had not remained observant, church records nevertheless indicate that she still considered herself a Congregationalist. Jordan was Unitarian.  

The New York Herald of April 7, 1923 announced that the marriage would,  …result in a merger of their interests, which will just about give them a monopoly. Their horoscopes have said right along that they should marry late in life. They intend to sail for Europe and after a short trip will go to England to negotiate for the opening of a branch office there. If that scheme is successful they will be the only international firm in the astrology business. 

Karen Christino, Foreseeing the Future, page 248.

The problem there, based on the proprietary pictures in the book, Miss Adams, she always kept her “stage name” looked rather odd even for 55. It is really more likely that there was 30 year difference, and Catherine H. Thompson wrote into

Catherine H. Thompson wrote to Modern Astrology issue July 8 1933*,

“I notice that the Director of the Evangeline Adams Studios states that she was born in 1868. That is officially contradicted by the record in our Public Library which says that Evangeline Smith Adams was born in 1859….. I met Miss Adams in Boston in 1898 and have friends who knew her there and we cannot understand why ten years have been taken off her age. Records in our State House say that her husband, Mr. George Edwin Jordan, Jr., was born June 20, 1890 at Foxboro, MA, and his mother who lives here states that his wife (Evangeline) was 30 years older than himself.”

The Charts

This is the one Evangeline likes. She has a grand trine in Fire making her a locomotive.

This second one is the same day, same time but in 1859 making her 13 when her father died and the eldest child. She gets the same Ascendant but it odd that it is right on degree — that’s something we do when rectifying because anything 1 minute higher is rounded up, so we try to avoid that unless we mention to round down; she gets it naturally.

According to Sepharial, 25 Pisces is a “woman in full Armour, fully equipped and bearing a shield.” He says it is a degree of Security, ” that is the index of a mind set upon high resolves and capable of sustaining the assaults of its enemies in such a degree as to achieve its purposes without loss of fortune, prestige or honor. Such a one may prove to be a great warrior, a woman of the swords like Joan of Arc, and to whom honors will be given without stint. A queen she will sustain her throne by the use of aggressive measures and by victories gained over all her enemies; while she may be of lowly birth she will snatch her crown. Her mind will be upright, astute, aspiring and sustained by an unswerving faith.

For the 1859, Adams is a bucket with a Saturn handle in the 5th house of creativity that would also show no physical children. Mars and the Moon are in the 1st here suggesting that there was some problem with her birth, and perhaps why her brothers were much younger than her than typical of the age. Here she has the modern ruler or Neptune exalted in the 12th house while Jupiter is in 3rd highlighting her writings and voluminous notes she kept on each client.

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The Sun of course is in detriment as she was born in winter, and opposite her Sun’s ruler Saturn, showing that her father was absent and not helpful to her advancement, that she was forced to grow up fast to help the family, and that this embittered her a bit. She had to work hard to make her mark, and that Venus conjunct the Midheaven, it would be something of a “first” for females. While biographer Christino does not say so, one does get the feeling that the 1859 chart, Adams was a bit of suffragette and fighter for women in the workplace because there was no man to count on.

For 1868 Adams is locomotive open to the west with leadership thrust upon her unwillingly with just Neptune in the 1st house and Jupiter exalted in the 12th house. Her midheaven is unspectacular except that she was a traveller and her home was her base of operations.

So what do you think?

The Asteroid Lilith Discovery & Lili Boulanger

Marc Jones wrote very little on the nodes, so last month we took a turn with several other authors and highlighted their work on the nodes. Naturally, we found some better than others like Martin Schulman, Georges Muchery and Bernice Grebner, but in all honesty we did not survey Dr. Mohan Koparkar, Haydn Paul and the Hubers, so this month, June,we are going to continue our with the nodes, highlighting them.

Each month we will be discussing another popular asteroid or transneptunian planet. This month we start the parade with Asteroid Lilith which discovered on February 11, 1927 at 11 pm Parisian Time  by Benjamin Jekhowsky, himself a Russian emigre born of noble parentage, at the French Observatoire De Paris, the national astronomical observatory of France. The observatory was founded by Louis XIV at the instigation of J.-B. Colbert, and construction at the site in Paris began in 1667. It was enlarged in 1730, 1810, 1834, 1850, and 1951 and now houses the headquarters of the International Time Bureau, where the standardization of time occurs for the world’s observatories.

Gian Domenico Cassini, the Italian born French astronomer, was the first of four generations of his family to hold the post of director of the observatory. He was born  Jun 08, 1625 · Perinaldo, Kingdom of Genoa, Italy and died Sep 14, 1712 in Paris, France. The NASA Cassini space probe was named in his honour. The list of all 75,000+ asteroids with their numerical designation can be found here.

Asteroid Lilith is conjunct the Midheaven at its initial debut and is trine Saturn in Sagittarius and just barely, the Aquarian Sun. Apropos to its namesake, it almost has a second grand trine, this time in water, but is missing something in Scorpio. Searching, we found Asteroid Diana, the Virgin huntress, at 18.50 Scorpio. In Greek Myth she is Artemis, the daughter of Selene (the Moon) and Zeus (Jupiter). The Asteroid Lilith is at Leo 7, “the constellations in the sky, ” a symbol that her discovery and subsequent naming was in tune with the infinite. The ascendant at 30 Libra supports that as it is at an anaretic (critical) degree.

There are 3 Liliths used in astrology. The Asteroid Lilith which takes 4 years to orbit the Sun; Black Moon Lilith popularized by Demetra George & Dark Moon Lilith also known as the Waldemath Moon or Sepharial’s Moon. We will survey the others in succeeding months. Only the asteroid is a real astronomical body, the others are like the transneptunians, hypothetical.

According to Martha Lang Westcott, the asteroid Lilith signifies, “important decisions regarding competition and / or playing to win.”

Calling Asteroid 1181

Asteroid 1181 Lilith was named after Lili Boulanger a French classical composer not as many believe the Gnostic dark shadow of Eve, Lilith — that is Dark Moon Lilith. Lili was the first female winner of the Prix de Rome composition prize. Her older sister was the famous composition teacher Nadia Boulanger. She rose to fame quite early, when it was discovered when she was two years old, that she had perfect pitch. Her parents, both of whom were musicians, encouraged their daughter’s musical education.

Her mother was Russian Princess Raissa Myshetskaya (Mischetzky), who married her Paris Conservatoire teacher, Ernest Boulanger (1815–1900). Boulanger himself had won the Prix de Rome in 1835 and was was 77 years old when she was born. His father, Frédéric Boulanger, was a noted cellist as was her grandmother Juliette, for whom she was named (Marie Juliette Olga Boulanger). Her father, Ernest, died when she was 7; her mother succeeded her and lived until 1935. Her famous younger sister, Nadia, died in 1979 at 92.

This piece was composed the year she died in memoriam.

Alas Lili was just 24 when she died March 15, 1918 of tuberculosis but in her short life made a great impression in the music world that noted composers wrote music for her that artists still perform. For her chart we picked a morning time that is not fully rectified because of our lack of biographical data.

Lili Boulanger was a Locomotive. The empty houses are highlighted in peridot, the gemstone of her birth month August. In her chart, the yet to be discovered Lilith namesake asteroid is at 7.18 Virgo conjunct her Mercury in a fast mental chemistry position. Asteroid Siwa for sound is at 2.43 Virgo and Asteroid Pandora (unexpected surprises) is partile her Mercury as is Asteroid Photographica. That is prescient — we have lots of photographs of Mademoiselle Boulanger but no recordings.

This hypothetical birth time gives her an ascendant of 23 Virgo or SS “animal trainer” that shows her adroitness and patience in subduing her passions to perfect her craft. It is also conjunct her Saturn, highlighting in her short life the importance of her father and then grandfather.

Interestingly, like Aubrey Beardsley, also born on August 21 in London, she was devoted to things black & white (in her case the piano keys, his drawing) and both died of tuberculosis. None of the asteroids are shown, but asteroid Diana, the Roman equivalent of the Moon goddess and virgin huntress, is conjunct her Sun at 28 Leo, Asteroid Memoria, for memories and memorials, is partile her ascendant sometimes these things are just uncanny.

#85 Living on 24 hours, Arnold Bennett

Enoch Arnold Bennett was born on May 27th, 1867 in Hanley, Staffordshire, England. Jones states he was born at 10:30. Hanley is on the the English Potteries towns which he hated and with great ambition became a successful writer.

A statue of Bennett at the Potteries Museum

Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission. …….Arnold Bennett

He wrote The Old Wives’ Tale, the Clayhanger trilogy (Clayhanger, Hilda Lessways, and These Twain), and The Card. He also wrote such intriguing self-improvement books as Literary Taste and his most famous book of all, How To Live on 24 Hours a Day.

Banned: Alex Jones, Milo Yiannapolis & Gavin McInnes

We ran essays on both these men, who are now banned by Facebook. Some like Laura Loomer has been banned by every social media platform out there because she has criticized Rep. Ilhan Omar, another one of our luminaries.

Facebook Inc. has  banned an array of personalities whose views it deemed too inflammatory to be shared on its social network on Thursday, including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan (May 11, 1933 Bronx NY),  talk-show host Alex Jones (profiled here) and conservative Jewish activist Laura Elizabeth Loomer.

The move was Facebook’s most sweeping yet against online provocateurs. Facebook said the people it banned violated a set of policies that prohibit “dangerous individuals and organizations.” That category, as defined by Facebook, includes people or groups that have called for or carried out acts of violence, use hate speech or slurs in their descriptions or follow a hateful ideology.

“The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today,” a Facebook spokeswoman said.

In response to the Facebook decision Mr. Yiannopoulos said, “Read Orwell. Censorship doesn’t stop at the fringes. You’re next.”

Alex Jones browbeating the press.

Ms. Loomer said: “It’s absurd that this is happening in America.” She added, “I have never violated the Facebook terms of service.”  and has  already been banned from Twitter, Uber, Lyft, Venmo, PayPal , GoFundMe and Medium, losing 90% of her income as a result.

Laura Lorimer

“I can’t do anything now. I don’t have any platform,” she said. “We’re at a point in America where if these tech tyrants in Silicon Valley don’t like you, or if you piss them off, they will ban you, and they will ban everybody associated with you,” Ms. Loomer said

Facebook said it would remove pages, groups and accounts set up to represent the people banned. It also said it would remove events on Facebook when it knows one of the individuals is taking part.

Gavin McInnes

Mr. Jones had recently hosted Brit Gavin McInnes, a speaker and activist, on his show Infowars. Facebook  banned Mr. McInnes (July 17 1970, UK) from its platform already because he argues that Islam is not a religion of peace and that they want to destroy Western values and culture.

McInnes is a Bucket with a Saturn handle that is partile his PoF. The Bucket is a bit deviated showing how his career fortunes affect his personal demeanor particularly with the Moon in the first house in wild mood swings: when things are going his way he radio persona is happy and bright when things are against, he’s bitter, sardonic and snarky. The NN is in the 3rd and Pisces showing his disdain for dishonesty and his marital faithfulness — something he takes very seriously. He will accept personal testimonials more readily than hearsay and with Saturn in the 5th dislikes extravagance and exaggerations. On the negative side, he needs to learn to separate his career from his personal life and relax.

The author is Georgia Wells for the Wall Street Journal.  You can respond to her at Georgia.Wells@wsj.com .  This article appeared in the May 3, 2019, print edition of the Wall Street Journal as ‘Facebook Bans ‘Dangerous Users.’

#114 Leonard Borwick, concert pianist

Leonard Borwick (26 February 1868 – 15 September 1925) was an English concert pianist especially associated with the music of Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms.

Early training and debuts

Borwick was born in Walthamstow, Essex — East London on the River Lea — of a Staffordshire family that relocated that for business. He studied piano under Henry R. Bird; violin and viola under Alfred Gibson and then specialised in piano with Clara Schumann at her Hoch Conservatory, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

While on leave from Clara Schumann’s school in the 1880s Borwick met the baritone Harry Plunket Greene while playing at Arthur Chappell’s house in London. Chappell was the owner the major piano manufacturer, Chappell & Co., at 50 New Bond Street in London and often had young pianists come to his home for recitals sometimes publishing their works if popular enough (Gilbert and Sullivan was one of their greatest hits).

Plunket Greene knew of Borwick through his older brother, as they had attended the Jewish boarding school Clifton College in Bristol together and introduced himself. A natural friendship grew up between the two s that later developed into a musical partnership.

Marc Jones incorrectly states that his name is “Borwich,” and not Borwick. All other details are correct and he gives the time of 7 am. We could not find enough information to rectify it further, so the chart stands with a Pisces 08 ascendant. He is bucket with a Saturn handle and with the North Node in his sixth house, loved his work. He has a strong preponderance on the eastern side of his chart showing how well he used his experiences in life for his advancement.

His music can be found on the BBC click here though it seem to me more Plunket Greene. Perhaps I did not listen enough. He died on September 15, 1925 in Lemans, France.

#53 Wilhelm Backhaus, pianist

Wilhelm Backhaus, (born March 26, 1884, Leipzig, Ger.—died July 5, 1969, Villach, Austria), German pianist was best known for his interpretation of the works of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Backhaus studied piano in Leipzig and in Frankfurt am Main. His rst concert appearance took place when he was eight years of age, and in 1905 he won the Rubinstein prize in Paris. He held teaching appointments at the Royal Manchester College of Music (1905), at Sondershausen (1907), and at the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia (1925).

After World War II, he settled in Lugano, Switzerland., but continued to tour and make recordings. His style was described as severe and articulate, with scrupulous regard for the score.

Marc Jones only has March 26, 1994 in Leipzig. We have rectified him to Cancer 01. His charts, natal, progressed and the transits at his demise, are below. There is a nice t-square that has point focus at his part of fortune Gemini 19 showing his very persistent nature to use and mature his natural talents. He is a bucket with a Saturn handle on the fifth house cusp of entertainment and creative arts.

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.

Speculative Chart for Andrew Yang

Sarah Blakely is a big fan of Andrew Yang’s and as a member of our Real Political Astrological group on Facebook asked us to rectify his chart and see his potential in the upcoming 2020 election.  It’s good she asked; we had not heard of him.

All you need is self-driving cars to destabilize society,” Mr. Yang, 43, said over lunch at a Thai restaurant in Manhattan last month, in his first interview about his campaign. “In just a few years” , he continued, “we’re going to have a million truck drivers out of work who are 94 percent male, and have an average level of education of high school or one year of college… That one innovation,” he continued, “will be enough to create riots in the street. And we’re about to do the same thing to retail workers, call center workers, fast-food workers, insurance companies, accounting firms.”

Andrew Yang to the New York Times.

With the limited information out on the Net for the multi-millionaire, Presidential contender, Andrew Yang, we are calling his chart “speculative” because we cannot find enough information to verify it. Nonetheless, we have rectified his chart  for 28 Libra rising (Hyperion Symbol) “The Statue of Liberty.”    McClung writes this implies “the best of attack for true freedom is complete rejection of its opposite, as bondage is not reality but an illusion.”  Its keyword is Revolution, and shows how his Universal Basic Income and his concerns of the upcoming financial crisis (is this the Jupiter Saturn conjunction of 2020?) is rocking the boat. Yang also dissents against Bernie Sanders and AOC’s Green plank because of its economic mandates.

Nuclear energy is a relatively low-impact option for generating electricity. While the mining and enrichment of uranium has environmental impacts, and the storing of nuclear waste isn’t easy, it is overall an efficient way to generate energy. With modern safety standards, it’s also a safe way to generate electricity.

Andrew Yang…On the Issues

Making the millions

Prior to running for office, Yang founded a nonprofit organization Venture for America, that trains college graduates for working in startups — where the greatest win-loss ratio exists, as Andrew himself knows. He started his career in a healthcare startup, where with his Columbia University (NY, NY) law degree he was their corporate attorney. He has never run for office previously.


Charting Yang

His southern bucket is rather eclipsed so his Saturn aspect to the Sun-Moon line of Vitality accentuates his natural disposition making him cardinal-mutable — he is very action oriented when working working with people, teams or projects.  All of his eight squares, his chart like Maestro Arturo Toscanini is dominated by them, are separating except for the one between Pluto to Saturn, that is applying, showing that Mr. Yang invites challenges where he can learn new things and grow.

This preponderance of squares, puts a lot of emphasis on the Saturn handle of his northern bucket. It makes it [HS 15 Cancer] “the reality that never changes”, highlighting the practical aspects of his vision.  As Saturn is in its detriment in Cancer, but exalted in the tenth house, for Mr. Yang there is a constant push pull in his life of being a hard worker who gets financial remuneration for his efforts but emotionally is unrewarded.  Perhaps this Presidential bid will help alleviate some of those problems for him.

We continually vet our essays for accuracy; this one was reviewed on September 11, 2019

Tripp Palin-Johnston son of Bristol

There was an article in the New York Post today about Dakota Meyer’s poor treatment of his stepson, so I was interested in the boy’s chart.  He was born at 5:30 am in Palmer Alaska on December 27, 2008, making him 10 years old at his next birthday. His ascendant is 15 Scorpio, or “children playing around five mounds of sand,” rather apropos as he is the only boy in the Johnston-Palin household; he has four younger sisters, Breeze, Indy, Sailor and Atlee.

He is the only boy for Palin and Johnston who among them have 4 girls (2nd house Jupiter conjunct Mercury).Trip Palin.jpg

His chart supports his mother, Bristol Palin-Meyer’s comment that he is a sensitive child that was upset by Meyer’s lack of communication during and after the divorce because of the large preponderance of Saturn in his chart, that is also his focal determinator and handle of his bundle-bucket.  Ms. Palin-Meyer  did mention that his biological father, Levi Johnston, was now stepping up the plate and getting more interested in the boy which can only be a good thing for such an introvert.

We wish him and his extended family all the best.