The Father of Liberalism, John Locke

John Locke was an English philosopher born to Puritan parents in Wrington, Somerset, England on August 29, 1632 about 11:30 in the morning. His ascendant 12 Scorpio, [SS] “is the “embassy hall,” or the social dramatization that brings self fulfillment. Implicitly, this is an emphasis on the practical values of life and the political organization of society as the consummation of these potentials. The keyword is Display, and the symbol works well for someone who is the father of the “Rights of Man.”

Educated at Oxford University, Oxford, England, principally in medicine and became the physician to the future 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury. After the latter’s fall from grace, fled to the Netherlands where he supported the Glorious Revolution, the overthrow the historic English monarchy (James II) and the installation of William of Orange (the colour of the Dutch) and his wife Mary. 

During this time he wrote his magnum opus, the “Essay Concerning Human Understanding” (1688) where he postulated “sensationalism”  the philosophical theory where the mind perceives physical qualities (size and shape and weight) but also other indefinite attributes that vary depending upon the observer (taste, smell and colour).  These properties could be combine things into further compound properties and ideas.  

(c) Government Art Collection; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Locke disagreed with the Divine Right of Kings, instead writing that the King was responsible to Parliament and a ruler’s obligation was foremost to his subjects, to ensure the right to freedom, to thought, to speech and worship. This was all underpinned by the most important right of all — that of property.  This was a hypothetical “social contract,” and became the nucleus of the politics of Liberalism** and the foundation of the both the French and American Revolutions. While similar sounding to Natural Law, first posited by Aristotle, Locke’s Natural Rights are ex-deo — not God given.**

Dr. Locke died on October 28, 1704 at Essex England.

The Locke Chart

Dr. Locke has a preponderance in his 10th house of Virgo, so it unsurprisingly that he began his career as a medical man. This grouping would also encourage him to align himself with stronger or politically more adept men, are a sceptic and very introspective. He has few planets retrograde, so was not a staunch traditionist and with a Mars in the 11th house in Libra, near the 12th cusp, felt that revolution was a purgative for the public soul.

His line of motivation (Jupiter opposite Square) supports his Locomotive Temperament Type with his life broken into two separate periods —  the latter being an attempt to expunge his earlier moral weakness and state plainly his beliefs (Saturn in the 12th at 23 Scorpio 07).  This is probably his 2nd tome, where he displays an almost fanatical adherence to principle. Saturn here also suggests that he may have been too practical in the quest for an ideal partner and thus unmarried (we could find nothing to support that he married) or that his own lack of funds inhibited his search.

Locke’s Dynamic Aptitude, using Saturn but this time to the socially significant planet of Uranus, suggests that despite his rigid belief in liberalness, he was autocratic & arrogant. While these aspects may have been offputting in his lifetime, over time, they have not mattered, as his thoughts and philosophy, much as he hoped, the man himself.

Immanuel Kant and Emmanuel Swedenborg also had the dynamic square of these Saturn to Uranus, suggesting the importance of pointing a philosophical way for people or society to follow; Locke surely posited that in his writings. Though raised a Puritan (Saturn on the 1st house cusp), he later embraced Socinian Christology (a Polish form of Unitarianism that also denies the trinity but importantly argues for the separation of church and state, while stressing the importance of the moral life; George Sylvester Morris & John Dewey also agreed ***) shown via his Uranus- Saturn sextile.


1* The epithet “Liberalism” has changed in the past hundred years as each political party has claimed it as its own, but Liberalism as a political philosophy (not as a party) has always meant what Locke in The Second Treatise of Government wrote:  the defense of the individual’s rights and a representative government.
Locke believed that people have these rights were prior to the existence of government—often called  “natural rights” because they do not government to create them, and that people form a government to protect, not grant them. According to Locke,  when a government exceeds that role by creating superfluous rights to extend its power or abridge the natural rights, it justifies people in revolting. 
A representative government is the best way to ensure that it sticks to its proper purpose for “Government is not free to do as it pleases… The law of nature stands as an eternal rule to all men, legislators and others.”

2* For further discussion of Natural Law vs. Natural Rights, see this but simply stated: natural law is bestowed, while natural rights are demanded. They may or may not be the same.

3* Marc Jones thesis for his Ph.D. was on George Sylvester Morris, that he later published via the Sabian Publishing Society. He was also an attendee of Morris’s most renown student, John Dewey’, and his ill-fated Chicago Laboratory School.

Teriyaki Style: Murderess Sada Abe

Sada Abe was  a prostitute working as a maid in a Tokyo hotel in the Hirohito area, pre-War WWII Japan, 1936.  She strangled her lover, Kichizo Ichida, who was also her employer, during mad passion after he told her he no longer wanted her sexual favours.  She then cut off his penis with a carving knife &  carried this souvenir around for several days until arrested and put on trial.

Asked why she was carrying around his ding a ling, Miss Abe said “Because I couldn’t take his head or body with me. I wanted to take the part of him that brought back to me the most vivid memories.”

Incredibly she became a folk hero.

In 2015,  William Johnston wrote about this macabre episode in the book called,“Geisha, Harlot, Strangler, Star.”  Previously the only coverage was within Japan until a movie called “in the Realm of the Senses” was made in 1979.  There is a trailer is on Youtube to give an atmospheric feel for the milieu. The movie is now part of the Criterion Collection and cinema writer Donald Richie writes about it here.  It has an X-rating.  You can buy the DVD at the site too.

                                      Miss Abe’s Map

Ms. Abe has a fantastic chart, from a purely astrological point of view.  She has two Grand Trine Kites, a Yod, a Wedge and a T-Square.  The main map shows the Yod going to Mars in his Lord’s house of Scorpio, incredibly in the twelfth from the sextile of the Sun and Venus — a lovely lady.  That Mars in the twelfth gave her a healthy sexual appetite which worked out well for a geisha girl.  We read that she and her victim had notoriously long sexual rendezvouses — they were insatiable.

                         Up up and Away with my beautiful balloon!

Grand Trine Kites are supposedly a rare astrological configuration, which is why Miss Abe having two is striking.  As they are both in Mutable signs, this makes her more interested in people and personal relationships.  Two contemporary singers also have this configuration in the same quadrature: Whitney Houston and her husband Bobby Brown and Madonna with her first husband, Sean Penn.

Abe’s first Kite is a mutable variation made of Mars, Uranus, and Saturn ending with Neptune in the eighth house of legacies and sentimentality.  For her parting is such sweet sorrow that she would need a “reminder,” unable with Saturn in the Piscean third house, to let the past go.

Her second Grand Trine Kite is almost the same composition except for Mercury entering the picture, and it too is mutable.  One thinks of Glenn Close & Michael Douglas in Fatal Attraction with this setup.

Woe is me!

Japanese hotcakes rise higher than Americans. The recipe is here.

Miss Abe’s has two T-Squares. The first is  in the Fixed Signs, with Mars in   Scorpio (its Lord)  opposite Mercury in Taurus finding cold expression at Saturn in 02 Pisces 41 — just out of quadrature in the common signs but in the 12th, the home of fatalism revenge and intrigue with the SS symbol of a “petrified forest.” Jones writes that this emblem is symbolic of the dramatization of her own survival. That was how the Japanese press sold the story, and it resonated well in the militaristic Japan of that era: a poor farming girl leaves home at 14 , goes to the big city to make her fortune as a geisha, only to find as she matured (the Saturn aspect to her South Node she was now about 30) she was spurned and cast off like a worn-out shoe (the mutable angle), no pension, no savings, no future. It sold like hotcakes.

The topsy turvey doll. You can read about its history here.

Her second T-Square is in the Mutable Quadrature:  her Gemini Sun (Mercury ruled) opposite her first house cusp at the sword wielding 12 Sagittarius 01 (a topsy saucily asserting herself, keyword Growth). It final expression is the Moon in 01 Aries 11 (the need to exert her life force) and just over the mutable border in cardinal Aries. So too the Moon who rules the fourth, is found here in the place of home, hotels, and brothels.

Her Line of Personality is sextile.    Her Line of Vitality is square.  Her Line of Efficiency is in opposition, as is her Line of Culture.  As we noted before, that a person who has all four sets of planetary pairs is narcissistic and self-involved. This fits the profile of “passion murderers” who are more concerned about themselves and their loss than the lover-victim’s death..

                 Now for some Symbols

Miss Abe’s ascendant is at 00 Sagittarius.  Miss Wheeler gives this the image  of the “Grand Army of the Republic (the Union’s Army in the War Between the States) at the campfire.”  Marc Edmund Jones who expands and writes the commentary says that this symbol about the cultivation and preservation of ties to others (that works well here).

Her Mars, at 11.07 in Scorpio (an embassy ball), and her bucket handle. A bucket handle is a “focal determinator” something within the chart that shows a predisposition. Mars located here is in one of the hurtful signs, ot how the individual receives emotional and physical hurt (or pain) and then amplifies it is core to their being.  The ideogram of “Cinderella at the embassy ball” is poignant, suggesting her desire to hold on to a relic (Mars is retrograde in the 12th) of time lost much like Marcel Proust’s evocative madeleine.

              In the end

Ms. Abe went to jail for six years and got out in 1942 as War began to unfold in Japan; there is no specific date of when in ’42 she was released, but we imagine it was early in the year. She died in 1966.  I have not read that she ever married.

Download Sada-Abe‘s chart here.

We continually update and review our essays and charts for accuracy. This one was vetted on Tuesday, 29 October 2019.