#11 Gilbert Adrian, Hollywood costumier


This Pinterest board that has many of his designs for various Hollywood movies. He was born on March 3 1903 at 11:05 am in Naugatack, Connecticut as Adrian Greenburg to an ex-New Yorker father and a native Connecticut mother. Both sides of the family were Jewish. He was apprenticed to Irving Berlin after his graduation from the New York School of Fine Arts (now Parsons School of Design), and Berlin and Adrian remained good friends and working associates there after, though his best known film is The Wizard of Oz, and his red-sequined ruby slippers worn by # 372 Judy Garland.

We did not rectify his chart but used it from Jones 1000 Nativities in his book, Sabian Symbols and their use in astrology. His 11:05 am birth time gives Adrian a symbol 21 Gemini 27 that Marc Jones wrote signified the richness of life as found in human associations and human activities. Positively it is a degree of self-consummation or personal fulfillment of one’s abilities and talents. Negatively, Jones warns instead it just a degree of self-satisfactions.

Adrian’s Ascendant is right near Pluto at 17 Gemini 41 and opposite Uranus at 25 Sagittarius 18. Marc Jones did not read the “outer planets” as personal effects but as societally significant activities that came into play when the circumstance they resided in, was activated. Of course, one can, and we do, read them in both ways but in Adrian’s case we have like Will Rogers a Pluto-Neptune sandwich in the first and second houses but here opposite Uranus showing his unique and eye-catching designs did bring a classy Art Nouveau allure to his costumes, and the settings for which the films were set.

The North Node and Mars conjunction to each other in the 5th house, shows his drawing ability and how he worked out each set & each costume himself. This is shown by Mars opposite Venus in the Line of Efficiency, that recommended that he should have use his assistants more particularly when he was ill in the 1950’s but despite many attempts to change his work habits, he refused.

A nice montage of Adrian’s work.

Everywhere you look whether it is the stills on Pinterest or the film montage, Art Nouveau is the hallmark with strong lines, flowing longer and yet curvy (Uranus in Sagittarius) construction. Typically the lines are vertical because it takes its cues from plants and flowers, though when Adrian tackled them, as in the Wizard of Oz, they are highly stylized, bold and striking. The real epitome though, as mentioned in clip as well, is the emphasis on the female form almost as though they themselves are plants that have alive, and decorations themselves that enhanced the environment that they graced.

Adrian married Janet Gaynor, and had one son Robin born July 6, 1940, who is a retired real estate broker in Scottsdale, Arizona. Alas, Adrian never won an Oscar for either set or costume design. He became ill with heart disease in 1952 and died 7 years later while preparing the costumes for the original Broadway production of Alan Jay Lerner‘s “Camelot”, when he died on September 13, 1959, twenty years after his marriage to Gaynor who survived him. She died 25 years later on the same day.

Reverend John Melville Burgess, the first African American bishop of the Episcopal Church


John Melville. Burgess was born March 11, 1909 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on March 11, 1909, the son of Theodore Thomas and Ethel (Beverly) Burgess. He received a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan in 1930 and 1931, respectively, and graduated from Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts., in 1934. He was ordained in 1935.

He began his ordained ministry at his home parish, St. Phillip’s Church in Grand Rapids, and was charged with the mission church of St. Simon of Cyrene in a community outside of Cincinnati that he described as “the poorest of the poor.” From St. Simon’s he administered a social services center, medical clinic and day school in an effort to make the church a place that ministered to the whole person. His experiences at St. Simon’s, coupled with his activism alongside the region’s auto workers toward integration of organized labor, helped shape him as one who understood the concerns of working people and the poor and, later, as a bishop who provided unusually effective leadership across lines of race and class.

On Aug. 2, 1945, he married Esther J. Taylor in Fredericton, New Brunswick. An activist in her own right, Mrs. Burgess was arrested and put in jail in 1964 (with others, including Mrs. Malcolm Peabody, wife of a bishop and mother of Massachusetts governor Endicott Peabody) when she refused to leave the Ponce De Leon Motel in St. Augustine, Florida., after being told that she would have to eat in the restaurant kitchen.

We ran across the bishop looking for #151 the astrologer of the same name and he struck our fancy.


His commenorative stained glass in Massachusetts.

Bishop Burgess has a good chart for a religious man: Mercury is the lord of the chart and in the 9th House that highlights the higher mind and education. His Pluto is conjunct his Ascendant at 29 Gemini showing how his adulthood and later schooling, gave him purpose and solidified his faith. The North Node in the first house shows his mission to undertake daring deeds that also gives him protection against his foes to bring about his success. The South Node in the 7th house but alone, shows how he knew through his faith not to rely on man but sextile the Part of Fortune and Mercury in the 9th, his higher calling.

Judge Brett Michael Kavanaugh to Scotus


Brett Michael Kavanaugh (born February 12, 1965 in Washington D.C. ) is a Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He was Staff Secretary in the Executive Office of the President of the United States under President George W. Bush. Kavanaugh played a major role in drafting the Kenneth Starr report, which urged the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.  You can read it online via the L. A. Times website, but it dwells heavily on his extra martial affair with Miss Monica Lewinsky, and rather minimizes the real issue for the impeachment proceedings which was his lying under oath to a grand jury (perjury)  and obstruction of justice; the Democratic Senate acquitted Clinton on all accounts and he was not removed from office.

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Sagittarius 24 The bluebird of happiness

Kavanaugh once clerked for the departing Kennedy.  The President said about him that “Throughout legal circles, he is considered a judge’s judge, a true thought leader among his peers… He’s a brilliant jurist with a clear and effective writing style universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time.”

 While the Sagittarius ascendant is odd for a man born and raised in D.C., the centaur also represents the law, administration &  education and in those arenas,  Judge Kavanaugh is commanding.  His specialty is administrative law, he coaches the Catholic Youth Organization basketball teams and donates pro bono  legal work to the organization as well.  This is a speculative chart nonetheless but  the aspects between his natal and his Scotus appointment date have some interesting references.

                                                                                   Speculatively speaking

His ascendant is 24 Sagittarius,  the blue bird of happiness, that alights at the door  symbolizing good luck, happiness and abundance.  It is the degree of unexpected assistance and has the keyword of Fortune.

Kavanaugh has Jupiter in Taurus in the fifth house suggesting that he would have several girls, he has two and with Saturn in the second house, he is a serious minded man and not prone to frivolities like the late Judge Scalia. even though both are Splash temperament types.

His yod between Neptune in the eleventh and Pluto make a point at his fourth house cusp so that the “head” of the yod (Pluto and Neptune are its arms) is the midheaven at 16.06 Libra suggesting that this is fulfilling a life’s dream.  E.C. Matthews says that this degree is populated with people on both sides of the law:  Winston Churchill and Jesse James giving its native a practical but inventive mind.kavanaugh solo.png

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Astrologer: Liz Greene


from A short unauthorized bio of Liz Greene

  • September, 1946, Elizabeth Leigh (her maiden name) is born in New Jersey.
  • September, 1951, Elizabeth Leigh turns five years old.
  • September, 1952, under New Jersey law at the time, Elizabeth Leigh is of kindergarten age.
  • Circa June, 1965, Elizabeth Leigh  graduates from high school, presumably in New Jersey.
  • Age 19: (i.e., September 1965 – August 1966, or thereabouts) Elizabeth Leigh was in Boston studying with Isabel Hickey.
  • 1969: From her own statement, Elizabeth Leigh, now known as Liz Greene, is in Los Angeles, where she and Debbi Kempton-Smith meet.
  • Liz Leigh had two marriages, the first to a Mr. Greene, the second to a Mr. Johnson.
  • 1971 or 1972: Liz Greene joins the staff of Shelter Records.
  • 1973: Visits London for Shelter Records, NYC.
  • 1974: Greene settles permanently in the UK.
    • Sources: Debbi Kempton-Smith, as well as Patrick Curry (Patrick Curry interview, The Mountain Astrologer / Mercury Direct, December 2004 / January 2005, pg. 13) both put her in London at this time.
Liz Greene's chart
  • She got a Ph.D. April 2010 the History Department of the University of Bristol, UK, granted her a doctorate degree for her thesis ‘The Kabbalah in British Occultism 1860-1940″
  • In this interview she discusses how she got into astrology with Isabel Hickey.  

#118 The IT Girl, Clara Bow


Clara Bow and Gary Cooper (ages 22 and 26 respectively)

Clara Bow was born in Brooklyn, New York City on July 29, 1905 to Robert and Sarah (nee Gordon)  Bow.   She was the third child born to them, at her uncle’s, a Methodist minister, house at 697 Bergen Street; their  first two girls, Alene and Emily, dying shortly after birth.  The parents expected the same of her, so they never registered her birth.

We have rectified her chart to 8:20 AM giving her a 18 Virgo Ascendant that is called a “diamond in the rough,”   alluding to her working-class background and strong Brooklyn accent of which she was ashamed; she had little formal school beyond grammar school , though Mr. Stenn notes that she was a solid B+ student, but spoke mainly in Brooklyn slang calling herself “Jes a woikin’ goil”.

Her father has a sketchy work history, it was said “he lacked drive” and was a “tart man” ¹who  moved his family all around the borough, from Carroll Park and Bergen Street to Bay Ridge and 73rd and even out of Sheepshead Bay and Flatbush  most of these areas very rural and scarcely populated, a major reason chosen because of their remoteness from  Spanish flu epidemic.  Mainly though, she grew up on 160 Sands Street that was then the  Brooklyn equivalent of the Bowery.

 

 

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The advertisement from Brewster Publications “Motion Picture Classics” that Clara answered.

Her temperament type is a rather off bucket with a very strong Saturn handle highlighting her industriousness and ambition.  She was enthralled by Fatty Arbuckle and Mary Pickford and wanted to make pictures, but her mother disapproved saying that they were all “who ers”,  and Clara hid her dream.  Her sixth grade school teacher thought she had talent and nurtured it helping her get parts in several school plays and then at sixteen in 1921, she entered the “Fame and Fortune Contest” sponsored by a Brooklyn company called Brewster Publications,. The top prize, a “place in pictures” hiding her entry from her suspicious mother.

She won, having spent hours imitating Pickford in front of the mirror, by the time she was twenty-two all the rage.  F. Scott Fitzgerald would write

“She was the girl of the year, the “It” girl, the girl for whose services every studio was in violent competition.  She was the real thing, someone to stir every pulse in the nation”

with her heart shaped face, and thick wavy auburn hair (dyed flaming orange-red) . Yet beyond the Silver Screen, she had a hard time fitting in with the Hollywood scene, always snidely being called “the girl from Brooklyn.”  ²

Janus 5 on Clara Bow.

                                  Mapping IT

The chart is from Janus 5, the latest update.  The previous version, released at Christmas,  was not this good.  It still has some flaws, but at $225.00 for those on Windows, it’s not a bad deal.  Of course Walter Pullen has Astrologica for free, but with its Mickey Mouse VGA Graphics, that’s about its worth.

                                                And now our main feature….Miss Clara Bow

Miss Bow has few trines in her chart, and their absence is notable.  Her major trine is from Mercury in the twelfth house to Uranus in its essential lord, Capricorn in the fourth, where unfortunately Uranus, totally opposite to where it should be, at the mid-heaven, is now afflicted.  It gets worse.  Her Moon is exalted in Cancer and it too has a reverse polarity, the humpty dumpty aspect of these planets is striking and their point focus at Mercury in the twelfth exasperating.

Saturn though, in the sixth house of hard work, straightens some of this out, giving Uranus a sextilian strength and a supporting trine to the mid-heaven — Miss Bow will work hard for fame and with Saturn opposing her Mercury, it will come from being “mute.”

Saturn in Pisces is not very welcome either, but manages as it is trine Neptune, that planet of the shimmering screen, in the Tenth and the preponderance in the latter house, tells us that Bow was very ambitious and the Sun in the eleventh, does suggest very well liked.  But then there is that Saturn…again that hard taskmaster  We know that Saturn and Neptune are the rulers for avant garde art form of film, and that it often stands in the horoscope for a girl’s father,  but it is also rules sex and drugs and things bacchanal.  For Miss Bow that was to prove ominous particularly with her father, and while he did not pawn her off to the peep shows, Hollywood would prove to be the ultimate white slaver and make miss Bow the first sex goddess.

That was not what Miss Bow was aiming for when auditioning in front of Mary Pickford, she was hoping to be another ingenue, but the Gish sisters had cornered that racket, and with her looks and magnetic allure, she roped the role of femme fatale all on her own and indeed, while Fitzgerald called her the ultimate flapper, she really was the first Hollywood Sex Symbol, and when she left, shortly after filming the above film “Call her savage” she left a gaping hole in Twinkle Town’s armour.  But the  city on the celluloid hill never misses a step and soon found a platinum blonde replacement, this time from Kansas City called Harlean Harlow to fill her shoes and have the same speech problem.

Alas Miss Harlow did not far as well as Miss Bow who rode off into the Capricornian sunset with her own hero, Rex Bell, and finding happiness in another Capricornian abode — the Nevadan desert ranching cattle.³


Footnotes:

  1. David Stenn, Clara Bow:  Runnin’ Wild, Cooper Square Press, c. 2000.
    1. A “tart man” is another name for a barker who entice men to enter a whore house or peep show.
    2. Originally edited, in 1988 by Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.
  2. Laini Giles, The It Girl and Me, self-published c. 2017 Sepia Stories Publishing.  A fictionalized version of Miss Bow that despite its fantasy, has few good quotes.
  3. Rex E. Bills, The Rulership Book, Tempe, Arizona: The American Federation of Astrologers c. 1971.

Marc Jones – Point 11, Health, Physicality and the Hyleg


In our continuing tour of Marc Jones’s 16 points, next is  the health and the person. Saturn is the planet of health because it is the point of sensitivity while the sixth house is important because it is traditional the house of health and the welfare of the native. Together, these two points show if the physical weakness is psychosomatic in origin   — Saturn is sensitive to criticism and easily embarrassed — or whether there is a true hazard to them.

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Here we see that Saturn in the 7th house is sextile Mercury in the 9th.

President Theodore’s health matrix

For Teddy, Saturn is in the sign of the Sun, a term I have assigned assurance (Leo), in the house of opportunity (seventh)  in the degree of {keyword] “reflection.”   It has no aspect to the  sixth house where the Moon resides, and I do not use minor aspects as my points.  I think that they are optional creatures, that add nuance and flavour, but do not determine the overall character of the person under review. 

The essential ruler of the sixth house is Mercury (keyword mentality) and Saturn (keyword sensitivity) is in a favourable aspect to it, suggesting that his childhood ills would be minimized by travel away from the congestion and pollution of New York City. Indeed Teddy went west in 1883, drawn to the Dakota Territory about the systematic hunting of the buffalo herd in the northern plains.

The symbol  of Leo 12 where Saturn occurs,   reads: “A garden party, with lanterns, music from a string ensemble and an animated interweaving of colorful figures,” showing the easy intercourse of human souls when they are content to relax between moments of greater effort. The sun is hyleg in this chart, and despite a bad start, the older he became, the more virile he became as riding horseback (ruled by the Ninth House Sagittarius) strengthened him, and helped him obtain the physical health he desired.



Janus 5.0 on Saturn’s aspects

SATURN 11 Leo 39

Saturn in Leo
You have a strong desire for recognition and prominence in life, coupled with the urge to gain positions of power and leadership. You need to feel respected by other people. There can be a lack of self-confidence, inhibited self-expression and difficulties asserting your authority.

Saturn in 7th House
You view relationships seriously and realistically. Marriage or significant partnerships tend to be stable and enduring; however there can be emotional coolness between partners leading to feelings of loneliness and separation. You may be attracted to others of a wide age difference to you. Possibly, a partner may be obstructive, critical and uncooperative. Opponents or enemies can be persistent and relentless; and legal difficulties may be experienced.

Saturn Square Sun 7 40′ A
You have a serious and realistic outlook on life based on hard experience and obstacles on your path. While you encounter many difficulties in life, and your share of challenges and defeats. In spite of these troubles, your great powers of perseverance, enduring energy give you the ability to achieve positions of authority. You know how to shoulder responsibility and take charge of situations. Physically, you experience periodic weariness, coupled with occasional bouts of low vitality or delicate health and should rest then. You may have a testing relationship with your father or dominant males.

Saturn Trine Venus 6 22′ S
Stability and reliability in love are important to you. You are practical and realistic about love for once another has gained your trust you remain loyal and faithful in your affections. You are attracted to people older than yourself and respect their life experience and maturity.

Saturn Square Pluto 5 01′ S
Everything you achieve in life is the result of sheer determination and effort — nothing of lasting value comes to you without hard work and sacrifice. You have great powers of endurance and perseverance, coupled with a tenacious attitude and the self-discipline to see things through to their successful conclusion. You have the power to perform at the highest level, but only after you have served an appropriate apprenticeship. In summary, work hard and prosper, accept disappointments with dignity, not bitterness, and remember that difficult times don’t last forever. Separations, and great losses can be experienced at certain junctures in life.


We continually review our essays striving for accuracy and clarity. This one was revised on 3 September 2019.

Marc Jones – Point 9, Creative Fulfillment


Point 9 was originally termed Karma and Marc Edmund Jones defined it as “Karma is what you carry around with you as an excuse for being. Good karma places nothing in your way, and bad karma makes you work, therefore, bad karma is good, if it makes you put forth effort.”  He added  that Jupiter is the planet of karma, the planet of your soul or your conscious conception of your inner self. ”

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Twenty years later when he wrote his final work, Counseling Manual of Astrology, he had rethought that and felt that Point 9 was now Spontaneity and a person’s enjoyment of life and how that fulfills them, so we are re-terming that now to avoid confusion.  We are also now, changing over from Marc’s Placidus format to our Morinus/Meridian one to show how it applies.

In TR’s chart we find Jupiter (keyword expansion) in the succedent fifth house of offspring and personal environs in the sign of of Gemini that is vivification or giving life to something in a degree of assembly. The symbol (Gemini 22) reads: “An old-fashioned ‘harvest home’ festival is at its height, with flashing dancing couples crowding the dance floor.”

This is symbolic of the richness of life, found by creating good times with human association.  Conviviality is what refreshes us and gives us the good memories to empower us to go forward and the Lord Jesus himself, never refused an invitation to a party. Teddy too liked parties and the “bringing in the sheaves,¹” is giving life to ideas, and carrying them out to benefit others.


Footnotes.

  1.  Sheaves are the plural of sheaf, a stalk of a cereal plant, but no one can do much with one stalk, so harvest time is about collecting and binding the sheaves of  wheat, rye, etc., after they are cut down typically with Cyrus McCormack’s mechanical reaper.

The Rev. Martin Luther King


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Dr. King and wife Coretta

He was born Michael Luther King, Jr, but changed it to Martin. His mother said he was born at “high noon” so that has traditionally stood for the time, and the symbol of Taurus 01 is very striking, ” A CLEAR MOUNTAIN STREAM.,” depicting  the pure stream of water, spontaneously bubbling forth as a  manifestation of one’s nature emerging  from its spiritual source.

Mountain streams are conditioned by the nature of the soil and the rocky crevices over which they must flow, and that’s a poignant image for how Dr. King’s strength of character and vision was tested throughout his life, and nevertheless prevailed.  Through those various hardships a new  potentiality emerges, as though through those troubles, he was tested so that his resolve would allow him to  flow irresistibly towards a brilliant and clear future.

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Rev. King is a  Bucket Temperament Type  with a Saturn handle in the Eighth House.  This shows devout religious faith and desire for social service while being in Sagittarius highlighting the first of his many tests — he did not want to be a minister like his father.  But Sagittarius is a fickle thing sending off arrows in which direction waiting to hit home, and for Rev. King that happened when he went to Morehouse Univeristy in his native Atlanta, and met  Dr. Benjamin Mays, the president of the school and a devout Christian minister himself, who saw King’s ability and realized that this man King could crystallize the racial inequality that he had fought so long against.

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Dr. Benjamin Mays

Perhaps it was King’s resonant voice that attracted Mays,. hearing Rev. King speak is a striking experience.  His timber is rich and lustrous, it pulls you into his sermon and you become awake to its message.  That is the gift that Neptune on the Sixth house cusp gives a person — a loud and clear voice that carries.  Convinced by Rev. Mays, King did go on, pursuing his theological studies at Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania.

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But his success like that mountain stream babbling over  the rocks, were not as clear and easy and that is because Rev. King with two inner planets, and the major preponderance of planets in his chart,  in the Eleventh House of Pisces had to bring forth his message via his feet — he literally walked his message out to the people.     His Uranus in the Twelfth House is striking in this case, hints at secret enemies (J. Edgar Hoover for one), and a tendency to be working with the poor and disadvantaged  Often those with Uranus here find themselves, as he did confined unjustly since the Twelfth house rules governmental agencies and Uranus being a rebel would highlight that antagonism.

Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis Tennessee, leaving behind four children and his dear wife, Coretta.

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The Daily in Killington 11-10-17


Today it’s the Tenth of November and the Rime and Reason trails at Killington are OPEN. The air temperature is around 32 Fahrenheit, just at freezing and the snow base is a decent twelve inches. There is no fresh snow but Saturn in the Eleventh at  Sagittarius is promising that it is coming our way.  That’s good news, so are you waxed and ready? If not, take this as notice…tickets are on sale here.

We are looking at a Bucket configuration with the Moon as the handle planet totally opposing our ascendant at 30 Capricorn — basically reeling in our desires and forcing us into straight jackets of corporate composure as the sixth house of work & service demands attention — hey we do have to get paid.   Still, our feelings are on fire with the Moon just entering Leo but its release is just steam.  Try to stay cool.

Work is going at a snail pace as the insufferable blow hard drones on, over at the cubicle next door and you wonder when does the whistle blow?  Time seems to be going on at a snail’s pace, and work comes in at  overload.  The map not having a rim opposition to hold it together and give it form or focus, makes base camp look remote.

In the meantime, Mars is in the Eighth house trying to take initiating steps at rebirth, but the Blowhard, he seems to follow us around, is already ruining that, and steam eventuates.  Nothing is going as planned.  The Sabian Dice came up today on the fifth house cusp of play at Gemini 22 degrees with the symbol of A barn dance. The keyword is Gregariousness  —  a wonderful release for all that built up tension as we start Coming Down the Mountain.

Jane’s Addiction : Joel Anthony

 

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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 Alibris.com; 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.

 

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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.