Gen McMaster & dereliction of duty

Brigadier General Herbert McMaster, jr. was born on July 24th 1962 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at about 4 o’clock in the morning, giving him the HS of Cancer 06 “a boxer skipping rope,” a symbol suggesting his dexterity and skill in enlisting his varied experience in the greater service of the self. The downside is an overeager concern about the security of state shown by his Ascendant square Part of Fortune 07 Aries 57 (the news of an eastward storm) in the 10th house.

Our header picture is of the General with his wife, Kathleen Trotter, the eldest daughter of retired Orange County, California Judge John K. Trotter and one of 7 children. She and McMaster met before he graduated from West Point and were married in 1983. They have 3 girls, Katharine, Colleen and Caragh (Gaelic for Cara).

McMaster’s Chart

McMaster’s chart highlights two important things in his life both spotlighted with asteroids. This first is his army career 01 Taurus 55 with asteroid Armor conjunct the Moon 02 Taurus 55. This encompasses both his West Point education and military performance culminating in a brilliant manuever in the first Gulf War, where he earned a Silver Star for gallantry leading a tank assault that destroyed a far larger Iraqi force.

The second event is his book, shown with asteroid Viet 22 Aquarius 49 for Viet Nam titled Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam. This 1997 book was based on the then Major McMaster’s Ph.D. thesis at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina in military history. Dereliction supported the Rand Corporation’s David Halberstam’s arguments from 1972 tome The Best and the Brightest (which was really a rehashing of the Pentagon Paper leaker Daniel Ellsberg’s Stalemate Machine), that Lyndon Johnson made Vietnam policy based on domestic-policy implications, and these decisions led to the Viet Nam failure.

What gave McMaster’s tale a new spin in rustling up this shop-worn tale that Johnson’s preoccupation with domestic concerns, Robert McNamara’s arrogance (later head of Desert Storm where McMaster served), was as vetted military commander he gave a studied agreement with his predecessors that the Joint Chiefs of Staff did not make clear it to Congress, and in turn the American people, the force levels needed in Vietnam to win.

Throughout the opus, McMaster insists that the deception of Congress, and hence the public, was at the root of the disaster, but again like his predecessors, he totally ignores the protests in the US (rock and roll music like Credence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son”, or our favorite from Woodstock — a massive antiWar rally in August 1969 — from Country Joe McDonald and the Fish “I feel like I’m fixing to Die”, Hanoi Jane Fonda, a constant barrage of media covered college sit downs) that showed America was not fully behind this War effort. McMaster instead naïvely posits that the US Military in Nam should have been like USN Admiral Farragut in the Battle of Mobile (Alabama) Bay and said “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.” Alas, it was never that simple.

McMaster’s support of Ellsberg- Halberstam, though, made him a cause célèbre of the left, and when he joined the Trump administration, they thought he had jumped ship. Recent intelligence from AG William Barr in his his visit to Italy highlights how whistleblower Eric Ciaramella, an intelligence officer specializing in Russia and Ukraine, and McMaster’s personal aide and during the Obama administration, are both like the FBI’s Jim Comey serving “a higher loyalty,” and so no one had nothing to worry about.

It’s all in the chart

Jupiter conjunct the Midheaven in the 9th suggests his motivation (Jones’s keyword for Jupiter is just that — motivation) at the symbol of 11 Pisces 55 Rx or ” men seeking illumination.” On first blush Jupiter as Lord of Sagittarius should be in good, but in the watery house of Pisces it gets instead the negative meaning of “hypocrisy.”

McMaster’s Jupiter is then conjunct the Viet asteroid and opposite Leo 29 (Regulus) where Uranus is lurking and a translation of light to Venus suggesting that McMaster is a lone ranger concerning the country because he feels he should. That’s an odd idea for an army general sworn to uphold his Commander-in-Chief’s decisions, but with Pluto right night to Uranus in the 3rd and the conjunct to social destruction of Pluto at 08 Virgo 33 — could this be a scorched earth policy of enemies threatening not just the State but his own career and relevance?

Pluto is conjunct in this 3rd house stellium Venus 12 Virgo who finds herself in an airy abode, thus is it is not surprising that her symbol is a “bride’s veil snatched away” with the meaning “contempt” — for who would want that when their special day is nearby some interloper, obviously President Donald Trump because his Mars is nearby at 27 Leo and definitely within Regulus’s orb.

So why would he do this? It is simple, peace is threatening to the Army. Without a constant threat they have no jobs. Without an overseas perpetual base they have no promotions, no free forays to Hong Kong, Paris and Bangkok, no free medicare care, etc. Let us be clear, Congress makes money, big money on war…..and so does the military, there will be no peace in their lifetime if they can help it, and for most of our lives, at least those of use living in the United States, there has not.

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Discovery of Jamaica May 1494

Christopher Columbus discovered Jamaica on May 5, 1494. The ascendant of 06 Cancer for this 9 am find is a “dark archway with ten logs” highlighting what would become a history of great potential undermined by bondage and fear.

Venus opposes Neptune, out of quadrature no less, highlighting the beauty of the Caribbean island , the idyllic environment but a shady morality –hints of the Rum Triangle yet to come:

  1. New Englanders manufactured and shipped rum to the west coast of Africa in exchange for slaves.
  2. The slaves were taken on the ‘Middle Passage’ to the West Indies where they were sold for molasses and money.
  3. The molasses would be sent to New England to make rum and start the entire system of trade all over again.

Rhode Island and Massachusetts were two American colonies that were the greatest offenders,  as they produced the highest quality rum from the molasses and sugars that were imported from the West Indies. These distilleries made the triangular slave trade profitable. Later on, Virginia’s tobacco and hemp production helped supplement the  demon Rum business abetted by Carolina and Georgia cotton.


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Pluto is opposite Mars is right in the middle of a stellium of Sun and Mercury — a combative aspect in the eleventh.  Perhaps it hints at the enforced slave labour that made the coffee and sugar plantations so lucrative.

Theodor Landscheidt, the Eclipse and Harvey


While Veep Albert Gore is ballyhooing Global Warming, meteorologist cum astrologer Theodor Landscheidt, believed that after 2000 the world would be cooling based on his research.  Fellow astrologer Michael Erlewine was so convinced of Herr Lanscheidt’s argument that he dedicated his book on “Sun Storms, Solar Flares” to him.  meyerland2.png

One of the many physicists that agree with Landscheidt is the 1973 Nobel Prize co-winner in physics,  Norwegian Physicist Dr. Ivar Giaever, & he makes a good scientific argument for it here.

                                      The Rationale & CMEs

Erlewine’s book at seventy-two pages is an easy read, so I am not going to recount it here, but he mentions some  rather fascinating that he uses to support his work.  He notes¹ that a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) had a M5.6 solar flare on July 2, 2012 at 7:52 am EDT and he believes that CME’s and Eclipses have a profound cooling effect on the environment.

A CME is when huge bubbles of gas are woven with magnetic field lines ejected from the Sun over the course of several hours. While the Sun’s corona has been observed during total eclipses of the Sun for thousands of years, the existence of coronal mass ejections were discovered only as recently at the 1970’s.

During a natural eclipse of the Sun the corona is only visible for a few minutes at most, so  only the innermost corona is visible above the brightness of the sky  — this is also what those of us viewing the eclipse saw with our sunglasses or in my glass homemade cereal box² — but from space the corona is visible for large distances and can be viewed continuously.  Those CME’s spew out tons of protons and electrons into the atmosphere during an eclipse and this  past Monday, August 21st, Americans got a treat in seeing an eclipse that cut diagonally through the country.

The best place according to NASA to view the eclipse was Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and  the distance from Hopkinston to Houston by car, not as the crow or wind flies, is 830-odd miles.  According to mundane astrology though, it is the path of the umbra that is important which could be far larger and the people living there are most strongly influenced by that eclipse. The University of Houston states that its residents received 67% of the eclipse & that the eclipse began  there  at approximately 11:45 a.m. and lasted until approximately 2:45 p.m., with peak viewing time at approximately 1:16 p.m. (See below or that chart)

Eclipses  are defined as a total or partial blocking of light, or an occultation, of one heavenly body by another.  Astrology concerns itself with eclipses that involve, the Sun, the Moon and the Earth or the solar and lunar eclipse.  August 21st’s eclipse was a solar one as it occurred  when there was a conjunction between the Sun and the Moon after the New Moon.

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the eclipse at Houston.  The Saros point is 5 Cancer and in the Eighth House, sextile Mercury in the Tenth and trine Neptune in the Fourth that in turn are opposite each other.


This one was spectacular because it was close to the Earth, near its perigee and a total band of Earth was dimmed by the Moon’s shadow cone so that the Sun’s corona that is invisible to the eye was now visible.  That corona is what throws off CME’s.


                 Where does the saros cycle fit in?

The saros cycle was first noted by the ancient Mesopotamians. It is 6,585 days or 18 years, and about 11 days, when the Earth, Moon, and Sun line up in relatively the same position. According to Prof. Francesca Rochberg, what the Ancient Chaldean priests, did with that information is unknown, but we have lots of tablets recording weather patterns as their astrologers, or as Michael Erlewine calls them “cultural astronomers” were looking for relevance.

The ancient Mesopotamians also  understood the difference between the Morning Star and Evening Star Venus but it was when Venus and Mercury were both retrograde, a period just under a week, all decision-making stopped.

The Saros cycle is important because it is the longest running recorded planetary phenomena, and eclipses are measured by the  cycle they fall within, with the first eclipse in the cycle setting the tone for all the others. Currently, we are in Saros cycle #117. It started on June 24, 1971, at the degree of 05.50 Cancer, the symbol of “an automobile wrecked by a train. ”  Marc Jones writes that 06 Cancer shows a genius for reorganization but also needs to be wary of insensitive recklessness, which makes all solar eclipses since then until the next cycle starts in 2054 carry that mark — the periods do not run consecutively, but overlap.  The next significant Saros alignment is supposed to be around the year 2200; some of us today will be there to witness that; I will not be among you.

Another thing about eclipses is noticing which equinox the eclipse falls near. Ours fall near the autumnal one, September 21st, so this suggests, according to Ptolemy, that the fall harvest will be impacted.


                    From Saros to CME and back again

Eclipses have a profound impact on living creatures and weather patterns. This disruption, makes many animals react to the drop in temperature by going to bed earlier than normal. I noticed that my birds did grow quieter and went back to the coop while many of my flowering herbs closed up for the night as well.

Human beings do not follow that pattern; instead, they get rather excited & flustered, with some people lapsing into fits insanity or do extraordinary things (lunacy). The reason for the difference is an interesting foray into zoology and way beyond my scope,  but astrophysicists know that the CME effect is known for affecting weather patterns, but astrophysicists, cannot predict how.

                  The Bungula  Effect

This eclipse found the sun & the moon at 29 Leo conjunct to the Fixed Triple Star of Regulus. Regulus is a blue and white star; Texas’s state flag is like the US national flag and red white and blue, so nothing there, but Regulus has very Jupiterian nature and often photographs orangey red. It is a rather captivating image the blue and white of Texas being pounced upon by red exuberance of Jupiter. Well, it works for me.

These three planets found in the Ninth House at the time of the eclipse, suggest that the eclipse itself would be very abundant and long traveling. They were also square to 24 Scorpio, the eclipses watery Ascendant, and the Fixed Star Bungula and that was going to prove rather important for Houston.

Bungula is a double star system, white and yellow and it is the brightest star in the constellation of Alpha Centauri. It is said to bestow a Venusian and Jupiterian effect giving the time a feeling of friendship and refinement. Bungula, great name isn’t it?, is also the closest star to the Earth other than the sun at 4.2 light years away.

That worked for the Eclipse. People traveled, parties and weddings occurred, and everyone had a summer holiday. Bungula made the Eclipse fun and the horoscope for the week before showed everyone gearing up for the big day.

                        Houston, we got a problem

Houston is the fourth largest city in the US.  It is also a major refining & financial center, so every meteorologist worth his salt was trying to figure out when and where Harvey would hit. Originally they forecast at night further down the coast at Corpus Christi, but   as the Moon was via combusta and in horary astrology,  ithas long been said that that no charts should be done during that time, we joked at Sabian Earth about how far off the pundits would be and felt that the Category 8 that they were calling for would be just lots and lots of rain.

Harvey hit in the morning at Houston.

And rain it did.  Harvey fell upon Houston’s second house and with gay abandon.  Jupiter flooded the lowlands ands made the city’s inhabitants see red.  As the planet was also square the transformative Pluto, the city took on the look of an aquarium.

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It is not uncommon that a Solar Eclipse is found with Jupiter according to Sky & Telescope, but how it would affect things is another thing.

As the eclipse’s Sun & Moon at 28 degrees of Leo  was now in Houston’s First House on the ascendant &  sextile the new transiting Moon in the Second.  Jupiter is still hanging on for the ride next to the Sagittarian Moon  and so Harvey travelled up the coast hidden by the via Combusta Moon & the rain came down not in the charts temperament type of a splash, but in buckets,  as watery Neptune hung out in the Seventh House of Public Harmony and Business Relationships,  and after weeks of angst, we all came together from neighboring states,  prayer and sent goods down to Houston.

All our best to those affected.  God Bless and keep you from harm.


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  1. Erlewine, Michael.  Solar Storms, Solar Flares.  Big Rapids, MI:  Startypes Publishing, 2012.  page 43.
  2. An important additional step to the cereal box eclipse viewer is covering it with either brown paper bagging or gift wrap otherwise the box is not dark enough to truly see the little speck move.  It is also good to have a place to lean again as eclipses are long and changes are you will grow tired.
  3. Rochberg, Francesca, Ph.D.  The Heavenly Writing: Divination, Horoscopy, and Astronomy in Mesopotamian.  Cambridge, UK.  Cambridge University Press, 2004.


RIP: Donna Cunningham

Astrologer Noel Tyl has announced on his eponymous website, that astrologer Donna Cunningham has reposed. He gave her details on July 5, 1942, at 7:40 in Onawa, Iowa, a town found on the outskirts of Decatur, Iowa north of Omaha, Nebraska.  Mr. Tyl’s  data is similar to that on AstroSage.

She Ms. Cunningham reposed in Portland Oregon on her 75th Birthday.  Our sympathies to her friends and family and many readers.  No online obituary could be found at this date.  A list of her books can found at; we recommend at least The Consulting Astrologer’s Handbook though we are partial to her 1983 book, Healing Pluto Problems.

In this latter book, she discusses Amelia Earheart,  Mohandas Gandhi, Sigmund Freud, Madame Marie Curie, the discoverer of plutonium, several abuse & incest cases and finally psychologist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

Her website is at Skywriter.


Donna Cunningham’s Natal Chart


Astrologically she is a Bowl Temperament Type that pours out to the West, demonstrating her need to express herself fully and leave an imprint on her environment.  She has no rim opposition, that suggests that she had a constant struggle between her home and professional life, where one suffered at the other’s expense.  In her book, Healing Pluto’s Problems she mentions that those natives with Pluto in the First House especially when they are close to the Ascendant, have a “difficult placement” and often have a provocative sexual manner that may overflow into weight problems or brooding expressions.

Their relationships are often one way with the native doing too much for others and when the native is ignored will shut down.  She finishes her essay saying that this placement is “a signature of the healer or psychotherapist, for these people see right into the heart of the problem and empower others to heal themselves.  These people may also be mediums, whether aware of their talent or not..”

For the record, Ms. Cunningham had a Masters in Social Work.

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Her Progressed Chart to Portland at approximate time of death

Download the Donna C progressed chart here.




The Titanic Sinks

The Titanic sank four hours after its distress call at 2:26 Newfoundland Time on  April 15, 1912.  Easter had been celebrated aboard the ship a week earlier on April 7th.

As depicted in both Titanic movies, the Bandmaster took control of the panic alleviated the dismay with song.  He chose fittingly, Hold Me Up in Mighty Waters, ” though according to survivor Mr. Harold Bride many thought it was the ironic “Nearer My God to Thee.”  The song, is actually titled “Autumn ” and occurs in the Anglican hymn book.  It can be heard here on Youtube from the eponymous Broadway musical.  Here are the words to sing along.

God of mercy and compassion!
Look with pity on my pain;
Hear a mournful, broken spirit
Prostrate at Thy feet complain;
Many are my foes, and mighty;
Strength to conquer I have none;
Nothing can uphold my goings,.
But Thy blessed Self alone.

Savior, look on Thy beloved,
Triumph over all my foes;
Turn to heavenly joy my mourning.,
Turn to gladness all my woes;
Live or die, or work or suffer,
Let my weary soul abide,
In all changes whatsoever,
Sure and steadfast by Thy side.

When temptations fierce assault me,
When my enemies I find,
Sin and guilt, and death and Satan,
All against my soul combined;
Hold me up in mighty waters,
Keep my eyes on things above,
Righteousness, divine Atonement,
Peace, and everlasting Love.

The Final Titanic Chart

Was the bandmaster correct that music would calm the savage beast of angst?  A glimpse at the final chart suggests Yes,  as Pluto and Mars becomes subdued by the trio of the  Sun, Mercury and Saturn.  The apex is now at Jupiter showing Courage started to sweep the decks and the head of the Yod — undrawn — lays in the Fourth house of end of life.

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Thanks to the Bandleader and his belief in the power of music, things aboard the vessel transformed from mayhem, dread and fear to a more peaceful attitude.    The Ascendant at 02.58 Aquarius, has the symbol of a “Deserter from the Navy,”  and the keyword of Defiance  which sounds more appropriate for the previous hours, but as we read further, comes  the suggestion of “Genuine psychological courage.  “

Despite early misgivings, we are assured, that the passengers aboard the greatest embodiment of human engineering and ship-building skill to date, rose to the final challenge,  reminding us of the original Titans, a race of giants, sons of Heaven and Earth, who were hurled into the abyss for daring to challenge the great god Zeus (Jupiter on the map and part of our Yod).  Like their forerunners, our Titans found themselves submerged beneath Neptune and became mythic.²

Neptune is at 22 Cancer, the mighty waters of the sea, in the Sixth House of works and labour.  From what we have seen, it is unfortunately true that the works of the lax Captain caused the wreck.  Cancer’s Lord is the Moon found next to vain Venus on the Second House Cusp and opposite the South Node — that karmic herald — reminding us that he who trusts in vanity, emptiness is his reward.¹


  1. Job 15.31 Let him not trust in a worthless speech. He leads only himself astray, and  emptiness will be his reward.
  2. Sepharial (Robert Cross), Cosmic Symbolism, London:  William Rider & Son, Ltd. 8 Paternoster Row, c. 1912

Not so Sunny von Bulow


Martha (Sunny) von Bülow, was an American heiress who first married Austrian playboy prince and then to a Danish-born man-about-society who was twice tried on charges of attempting to murder her, died on December 6th, 2008 on a Saturday at a nursing home in Manhattan. Mrs. von Bülow, who was 76, had been in a coma for nearly 28 years.

Maureen Connelly, a spokeswoman for the family, confirmed the death. Mrs. von Bülow’s three children said in a statement that they “were blessed to have an extraordinary loving and caring mother.” The cause pulmonary arrest, Ms. Connelly said.  Her was  27 years, 11 months and 15 days after she was found unconscious on the floor of her bathroom in her mansion in Newport, R.I., on Dec. 21, 1980.

Newport House

In her long, silent years at the Milstein Building at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital, and then at a nursing home on the Upper East Side, doctors said Mrs. von Bülow never showed any signs of brain activity.  She was fed through a tube in her stomach. There were always fresh flowers in her room, and photographs of her children and grandchildren sat on a bedside table. She was attended by private nurses, and her room, for a while at least, was guarded by private security.

another-sunnyShe is survived by her daughters, Annie-Laurie von Auersperg Kneissl Isham and Cosima Pavoncelli; her son, Alexander (Ala) von Auersperg; and nine grandchildren.

In his first trial, in Newport in 1982, Mr. von Bülow was found guilty of twice trying to kill his wife and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. He appealed and posted a $1 million bond believed to have been put up by his friend J. Paul Getty Jr., the oil tycoon.Sunny von Bülow in 1976, four years before she entered a coma that led to two trials for her second husband, Claus von Bülow.

The first appeal was guided by Alan M. Dershowitz, the Harvard law professor who asserted that information had not been made available to the defense, and there had been no search warrant when Maria Schrallhammer, Mrs. von Bülow’s longtime maid, confiscated the pills from the black bag that belonged to Mr. von Bulow.  So true to form, he did this later in the famous O.J. Simpson case, Dersh got Mr. von Bulow off on a technicality.

In reality, the contents of the black bag were given by the maid to Mrs. von Bulow’s daughter Ala, who passed to the family physician for chemical analysis.  A lab determined them to be Seconal and a paste form of Valium.  As the seizure was illegal, the lab report was inadmissible as evidence.

 On Dec. 21, 1980, Mrs. von Bülow was again found unconscious and taken to Newport Hospital. Shortly afterward, an investigator working on behalf of the two older children searched the house and found a black bag said to contain three hypodermic needles, one with traces of a sedative, again,  and insulin.  Another trial and another acquittal; Sunny in the meantime lingered on in a comatose state.

          Boo Koo Bucks

Mrs. von Bülow, who had inherited $75 million, was depicted by the defense as a quiet woman who drowned her insecurities in alcohol and was familiar with drugs. The von Auersperg children, backed by Ms. Schrallhammer, claimed that Mrs. von Bülow needed as little as two drinks to appear that she had had too much.

The prosecution put Alexandra Isles, a socialite and former actress who had been Mr. von Bülow’s mistress, on the stand to admit that she had given Mr. von Bülow an ultimatum about dissolving his marriage. It was noted, too, that a divorce would have voided the $14 million that Mr. von Bülow would have inherited under his wife’s will and left him with a measly annual income of $120,000 from a trust.  This would be about 1,000th of her total welcome.

Mr. von Bülow acknowledged that he and his wife had discussed divorce, but he denied that the issue was another woman. He initiated the talks, he said, because he wished to return to work and his wife did not agree. He had been working intermittingly as a stock broker.

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Claus von Bülow in court during his attempted murder trial on Feb. 9, 1982. Credit Associated Press

                    The early Years

Mrs. von Bülow, the former Martha Sharp Crawford, was born in Manassas, Va., on Sept. 1, 1932, the only child of Annie-Laurie and George W. Crawford.

Originally nicknamed Choo-Choo because she was born in her father’s railway car but later called Sunny because of her disposition. She attended the Chapin School in Manhattan and St. Timothy’s School in Maryland, and had an elaborate debut in 1949.

She was 24 when she married Prince Alfred von Auersperg, a 20-year-old tennis pro at the private Schloss Mittersell in Austria. The couple settled in Munich and later in Kitzbühel, Austria. Anne-Laurie von Auersperg (known as Ala) was born in 1958 and Alexander the following year, June 13, 1959. The marriage ended in divorce in 1965. The princess had few interests in common with her husband, did not share his ardor for big-game hunting in Africa or his womanizing.  She also missed the United States. The prince received $1 million and two houses in a settlement.notice

(In a twist of fate, Prince von Auersperg also went into an irreversible coma in 1983 after an automobile accident in Austria. He died in 1992.)

The year after her divorce, the princess married Claus von Bülow, whom she had met years earlier in London. He was originally neither a von nor a Bülow. His mother was divorced from his father, Svend Borberg, a playwright and drama critic who was convicted of collaborating with the Nazis by a Danish court after the war. He was sentenced to four years in prison, released after 18 months and died shortly after.

Claus grew up with his mother and maternal grandfather, Frits Bülow, a former minister of justice in Denmark and a successful businessman. Claus adopted the Bülow name and added “von” as a young adult.

At the time of his marriage, Mr. von Bülow was a senior aide to Mr. Getty.

Clarendon Court at Newport

The couple settled in an imposing Fifth Avenue apartment facing Central Park. A short time later, following the lead of her mother, Mrs. von Bülow acquired a Newport estate, Clarendon Court, a 23-room Georgian mansion on 10 acres overlooking the sea. Mrs. von Bülow had the huge lawn lowered 17 feet to improve the view of the ocean.

The house had been the setting for the 1956 musical “High Society,” starring Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Bing Crosby. The property was sold in 1988 for $4.2 million; the same year, an auction of von Bülow furniture, paintings, porcelains and silver brought more than $11.5 million.

cosima.pngA daughter, Cosima, was born April 10, 1967, and the three siblings apparently got along well until their mother’s Marriage-Legacy aroused the suspicions of the von Auersperg children. Miss von Bülow supported her father during his trials and as a result was cut out of her maternal grandmother’s will.

When Mrs. Aitken died in 1984, Miss von Bülow filed suit claiming that family members had turned her grandmother against her. In a 1987 settlement, Mr. von Bülow renounced all his claims to his wife’s fortune in return for his daughter’s receiving a share of Mrs. Aitken’s estate, equal to those of her half sister and half brother.

Ms. Connelly, the family spokeswoman, said the three siblings, after a long period of estrangement, are “reconciling and moving forward together as a family, because that is what their mother would have wanted.”  Anne-Laurie married Ralph Isham of New York, June 10, 1989.Van Bulow Mansion for Sale

After the trials, the von Auerspergs founded the Sunny von Bülow National Victim Advocacy Center, with headquarters in Fort Worth, Tex., and the Sunny von Bülow Coma and Head Trauma Research Foundation in New York.

 Hollywood made the scandal the subject of the 1990 movie “Reversal of Fortune” with Glenn Close as Mrs. von Bülow and Jeremy Irons as Mr. von Bülow.

The author Dominick Dunne wrote about the case for Vanity Fair.  He had known Mrs. von Bulow since she was a debutante. Dunne said she had been portrayed unfairly in the film as an emotionally frail alcoholic but that  she was a “beautiful and shy” woman who “really did not like the social life, although she was associated with it.”

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                   Charting Sunny


We have rectified Mrs. von Bulow’s chart to 04.25.Libra that has the symbol is a  “woman teaching real inner knowledge,” the keyword affinity. It has the warning, and one which we believe Mrs. von Bulow should have heeded in “subtle attempts to dominate her environment.”  She has Cardinal Grand Cross &  a  stellium of planets in the twelfth house suggesting both hidden enemies and a bond with large institutions.  Her temperament type is a bucket with a Saturn handle, with no intercepted houses via the Koch layout.

That Saturn handle is at 16.44 Capricorn.  It is also is part of her boomerang Yod (see the Aqua on the chart) as the inconjunct point between Pluto in Cancer and Mercury in Virgo (its Lord).  It is an impressive set of aspects because the Yod shows how the ghoulish publicity about her health, all those planets in Virgo.  The Saturn, in High Focus,  as it is the turning point of her chart, whether it is part of the bucket’s handle, the apex Yod, or within the Grand Cross.  Its symbol tells of a “girl surreptitiously bathing in the nude” suggesting furtive activity around her.

Part of her Fixed X-cross is a translation of light between Uranus and the Moon on the seventh-eighth house cusps as Mrs. von Bulow shifts emphasis in her life between the four points of institutions, home. Marriage-Legacy and limelight.

          In the end…

Was Mrs. von Bulow murdered? Or was this negligence or perhaps even an attempt at suicide?  We think that the answer lays in her Midheaven, a calculated point, and not an aspect.It has the symbol of a dark “archway and ten logs at the bottom,” that competence in handling life’s affairs, but with the warning of being in bondage to them.  E.C. Chambers in book “Fixed Stars”  cuts to the chase and says “Miserly.”

Choosing Labor Day : McGuire vs. Debs

             P. J. McGuire and Labor Day

Peter J. McGuire, the general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was the first person to suggest that special day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.” He recommended that this special national day be sometime between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.  He felt that would break up the long period and allow workers to enjoy the beauty of the Creator and rest.

Others contend that it really was a peace offering from President Grover Cleveland to Eugene Debs for the killing of a dozen or more of the striking railway workers in Pullman, Illinois.  We decided to look at the two arguments and see what the Natal Chart of the holiday suggests

            Bowling Green

The first Labor Day was in New York City on September 5, 1882 according to the United States Department of Labor.  The whole day was announced by the mayor to be in its honor, so we chose midnight for its birth. The event’s  temperament type is a bowl 1 i.e.: all ten planets fall cleanly with the parameters of a tilted hemispheric rim angling from the 5th House of play & sport to the 11th house of the public. 

Bowl temperament types are rather self-contained and this one, primarily Northern based, has most of the planets shining upwards towards the southern or visible hemisphere, showing that the original Labor Day was indeed the familiar one of parties, barbecues and beaches.

The rim makes sense for the original Labor Day as Mr. McGuire intended. Later though, the more widely accepted Labour Day, takes on a different angle and becomes more political, but it also has a different nativity. Pluto while shown on the map was not discovered for another fifty years by Dr. Clyde Tombaugh.

The 06 Cancer Ascendant (Hyperion Symbol) of a “boxer skipping  rope” i.e. resting up by taking on some idle exercise to be in better shape agrees;   it is conjunct Jupiter and via a translation of light, the Moon. This is an excellent combination as Jupiter is exalted in Cancer and encourages good-naturedness and enthusiastic enjoyment of things undertaken. Also, this conjunction in the 1st house  denotes indulgence and patronage on the mudane level an important reminder as McGuire felt it should be a paid one bestowed by the employer, otherwise how can someone really luxuriate in the day?

Labor Day 1882, shown in whole house format

                              What’s the line?

The Line of Vitality, that aspect between the Sun and the Moon is sextile suggesting an effortless time where everyone decides to put off today their chores for tomorrow and just enjoy the bounty that they have sown.

The Line of Motivation, the aspect between Jupiter and Saturn, is missing.  While semi-sextile, that is not  major aspect according to Marc Jones’s  planetary rules and  so suggests the spirit of the day is undisciplined and unregulated. Probably true too then as it is now, as it is has become a major end-of-summer shopping spree dictated more by the sales than by need.

The third line is Social Significance (previously the Line of Culture) and appears  in a harmonious trine. We see that as everyone is in agreement, whether it be in parades or barbecues.

The fourth line of Self Determination is between Neptune and Uranus. This aspect is also in trine, indicate according to Marc Jones “man’s opportunity for significance in his world.” This is also prominent in the chart of John L. Lewis, the great UMW leader.

One rather striking thing is that Lilith is partile (exact in degree) to Neptune highlighting that from the onset there were many who disputed McGuire’s notion of a respite. We can look to the second and national holiday to see how that turns out.

If you would like to download this chart click here First Labour Day 1882.

The Second Labor Day

The next Labor Day is when President Grover Cleveland signed a bill making it national six days after the Pullman Railroader’s strike declaring it to be the first Monday in September after a full weekend. In 1894 that would be September 3, so we have another chart for that date.

Another bowl but this one lipped, making Uranus in the 4th the scoop.

We have another bowl with the national Labor Day but this one has a Uranian lip, keyword independence, in the 4th house of Virgo, keyword assimilation, that works as a focal determinator, or focus point, for the chart. Thus here the Uranus scoop highlights that the holiday had changed in meaning — where as before it was a happy family holiday — now it was a strident call for fierce independence and recognition by the nation of that call.

The Asteroid Lilith, this was revised in June 2019 when we are discussing her, is now in the 5th House, and now an unaspected point, so while she hovers over in Sagittarius, keyword administration, she is making a little bucket of her own. Jones did not recognize anything but the four traditional asteroids, Juno, Pallas, Ceres and Vesta and never counted them in his planetary pictures, but we do particularly when they are pointing to something in the chart that needs recognition.

We feel that Lilith as the bucket handle to the new chart crystallizes the inherent “competing interests” that the original McGuire chart saw: political parades, candidates politicking for office vs. the unofficial end of summer, shopping and cook-outs.

This chart has an ascendant of 08 Leo (in the whole house system everything starts at the beginning so the ascendant is not on the first cusp but somewhere in the first house depending upon its degree. Read more about this and the competing types here. Leo 8, (HS) “Zeus’s thunder-bolt” is the human instinct to focus on the important points and ignore the rest.

No lines, so now what?

The line of motivation is now absent, while the line of vitality is semi-sextile and Jones does not recognize that. There is only one conjunction in the map and that of Mental Chemistry, the aspect between Mercury and the Sun. Here the aspect is less than 1 degree that shows the blind rush to pushing through the legislature.

The line of social significance is inconjunct and culture is missing, so overall there are no important planetary lines but there is one opposition, from Saturn to the Midheaven giving the latter at 26 Aries (HS bread baking) some added weight over the ascendant, making the bucket type culminate in a personal shrewdness that is best utilized by the individual.

In the end, the difference is the recognition that America was becoming a more political sophisticated country, but because of the dual nature of the bowl vs bucket typing, it was also bucking against that and wanting to retain its idyllic purity. And so for the most part since then over the intervening years, American politics have argued that very point.

We constantly review and vet our posts for accuracy and thoroughness. This one was revised on June 14, 2019.

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