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.


Footnotes:

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 Quora.com 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.

Sikhing Harmeet Dhillon


Dhillion has gotten a lot of recent press because of defense of whistleblowers vs Big Tech which she terms as the most prevalent threat to our liberties. Recently this came to the fore with Google denying Claremont College, Claremont, California, the use of their platform. Google later reversed itself and said it was a mistake. Tucker Carlson interviewed her on the issue asking “How many times have we heard this from some big tech company or another when caught silencing conservatives?”

Dhillon replied: “Well we hear it every other day and Tucker, I am not delusional. People are actually discriminating against conservatives every other day in this way and they’re gas-lighting us by saying ‘oh it was just a mistake, you imagined that.’” This highlights the problem that many see that Google, Facebook, Tumblr are not private platforms but public utilities like the electric, water and gas companies (the telephone company, AT&T and its subsidiaries, once fell into this hole but was broken up in 1984); this debate is far from over.


Something about Harmeet

Harmeet is a first generation American. She was born in Chandigarh, Punjab, India to two Sikh parents on October 2nd, 1968 about 4 am, giving her a Virgo rising and the [HS] symbol of “2 crones and a maiden in telepathic conversation,” highlighting her ability to see and recognize new methods of intellectual conversation. Her parents emigrated here to further her father’s medical training — he is an orthopedic surgeon.

Dhillon’s wheelbarrow with Saturn and the Moon pushing everything into her first house, makes life difficult for Ms. Dhillion, as its creates a large stellium in the first and third houses highlighting her need to be a public spokeswoman against the modern problems of the Digital Age versus individual rights. Her North Node in the 8th house highlights her decision to protect and other’s subconscious from exploitation, but with the Mars inconjunct, it also suggests it will be a constant battle particularly as sextile Mercury in its own essential house of communication creates a yod to it. Most troubling though is her many preponderances in the first quadrant of her scope showing that by defending her clients she puts herself out there too much and sacrifices personal happiness i.e. Neptune on the 2nd house cusp square the Moon in Aquarius.

Ms Dhillion has been married 3 times and has no children. She is the former vice chairwoman of the California Republican Party, and the National Committeewoman of the Republican National Committee for California. Despite that she has supported fellow Indian, but non-Sikh, Kamala Harris and her senatorial run and is on the board of the Northern California chapter of the ACLU.

Senator Harris has not returned the favour in supporting Harmeet and Sikhs during her tenure as California’s Attorney General. In 2011 she upheld the Prohibition against state correctional officers from wearing beards for religious reasons, even though exceptions were given for medical purposes. The Sikh community has asked the Senator to apologize.

Husband, Harmeet and parents. Washington D.C>

Harmeet is the senior partner in Dhillon Law Group Inc.

Being a Sikh

Sikhism is a modern monotheistic religion, created in the 16 century in Punjab India by  Guru Nanak who preached a message of love and understanding , criticizing the rituals of the Hindus and Muslims. Guru Nanak passed on his enlightened leadership of this new religion to nine successive Gurus. The final living Guru, Guru Gobind Singh died in 1708.

“I observe neither Hindu fasting nor the ritual of the Muslim Ramadan month; Him I serve who at the last shall save.

The Lord of universe of the Hindus, Gosain and Allah to me are one; From Hindus and Muslims have I broken free. I perform neither Kaaba pilgrimage nor at bathing spots worship.

One sole Lord I serve, and no other. I perform neither the Hindu worship nor the Muslim prayer; To the Sole Formless Lord in my heart I bow.

We neither are Hindus nor Muslims; Our body and life belong to the One Supreme Being who alone is both Ram and Allah for us.” 

Guru Arjan Dev, Guru Granth Sahib, Raga Bhairon pg. 1136

John Davidson, a 30 Bob man


The poet

Recently I have been reading A History of Modern Poetry by David Perkins, Harvard University Press, and rediscovered many a familiar poet that I haven’t read in ages. John Davidson was one though I probably could not have told you more than he was “poet with Eliot connections” but that was about all.

The painting The Anger of Achilles (from the Iliad) c. 1819 now at the Kimble Art Institute in Dallas by French Neoclassicist Jacques Louis David. Thought by many to be a comment on Emperor Napoleon’s dismissal of Josephine.

Luckily Prof. Perkins filled in the details and gave a stanza from one of Davidson’s better poems, 30 Bob a Week. Of course doing a lot of poets, like a lot of anything is tedious, but some of the minors peppered with the greats should prove interesting fare.

Davidson is a PRISM. Notice he has no air in chart. His North Node is conjunct his Part of Fortune at 29 Pisces 57 that is in turn conjunct Neptune 21 Pisces 17 that starts off the bundle parade. Neptune is trine his Moon that is trine his Saturn giving him a Grand Trine in Water. Since the Moon is at the bottom of the chart in the Northern hemisphere this makes Davidson use every emotion that he encounters as fodder for his poetry / writing life.
Alas with the prism being in the third house of Scorpio and the essential house of airy Gemini, makes his writing too emotive and dark with a reductionist tinge. The North Node in the eighth house in Aries is sextile the essential lord’s Martian ruler, making him embrace the practical side of life to the extent that the spiritual questions of life and death are ignored. The Dragon’s tail is in the first decan of Libra and in the second house this often hints at a career choice that leads to poverty that he stubbornly choose because of his refusal to accept advice.

Davidson and eliot

John Davidson was the son of a Presbyterian minister and born in Barhead, Scotland. He wrote for several newspapers but in the 1890’s devoted himself to verse. He was married with 2 children. He had a rather strange compulsion about “getting cancer” and when he did, he left his wife and his family and went to Cornwall to commit suicide. He was buried at sea with another strange request: his poems could not be anthologized until the copyright ran out. Needless to say, this left his wife and children penniless.

Thomas Stearns Eliot, the Great American poet, liked Davidson because the Scot was one of the first “Moderns” to write in slang. This is highlighted by Davidson’s moon in the 3rd house at 15 Scorpio 38 — making his writing more attuned to sound than prose — as a good poet should be but the kicker is it is opposite via a translation of light (from Mars) to Uranus in Taurus making that sound not high and literary but common and offbeat i.e. slang. The Midheaven at 26 Taurus 05 is conjunct and Venus partile, suggesting as he traveled he squirreled away bits and bobs of language for future use.

Still that stellium in the 9th house is troubling even with Jupiter there with his strong belief in nothing, that the ethereal netherworld of thought, philosophy and poesy that he did embrace left him empty. The fixed signs near the 10th, help fasten him some but with only the Moon opposite and that with Mars only supported his very bleak nihilistic view (sextile Saturnin the 11th).

Merlin and Kassandra

Merlin and Vivien from Gustave Dore

His Yod from Mars to Saturn holds out little promise, pointing as it does to 07 Sagittarius and the Asteroid Kassandra from Homer’s great poem the Iliad as she portends the Trojans falls if they allow the gift from Greeks within their walls.

That is supported by another wizard of fortune, the fabled English Merlin , a fictitious character from the Bard Geoffrey’s Historia Regum Britanniae. Merlin is well known for his many prophecies of the One and Future King of England, Arthur and the Holy Grail, and in Davidson’s chart is right next to his ascendant. Fatalistic to the core, Davidson like astrologer Jerome Cardan had always feared the hand of cancer as it foretold death and when he received a diagnosis of the curse, fled to Cornwall to make it so.

For the record, Cardan did not die from cancer, but because he had prophesied his death on a certain day, and to prove himself right, did.

A tale of two leaders: Alan Garcia of Peru and Marcelo Oberbrecht of Brazil


Alan Gabriel Ludwig Garcia Perez was born May 23, 1949, Lima, Peru at 3 am. This gives him the symbol of 16 Libra (HS) “terrific winds in the stratosphere.” Coupled with Neptune at 13 Libra explains a lot of his personality that seems more undulations of bravado than plans. At 6′ 4″ (193 cm) tall he had a commanding appearance.

Born in APRA

Both his parents were members of the rebel group ‘American and popular revolutionary alliance’, ‘APRA’ founded in 1924 in Mexico City, Mexico. This seems not to be unusual according to one Aprist, as APRA is akin to a brotherhood in South America and membership seems almost ancestral. Our header picture is of the young Alan with his. Date and age is unknown.

For generations, being an Aprista has been an inherited identity; militants join the Party because their fathers and mothers were members, and their grandparents before them. When I asked Erasmo Reyna, Garcia’s personal lawyer, to define the Apra, he made no mention at first of ideology or policies. “Aprismo is a feeling,” he told me. “A brotherhood. It’s like you’re part of a big family.” I pointed out that it sounded as if he were talking about a soccer team. He shook his head. “We’re not a club. We’re not a fan base. We’re bigger than that.”

New Yorker Magazine, July 1st issue

García studied at Pontifical Catholic University in Lima and earned a law degree (1971) from the Main National University of San Marcos of Lima. After several years of additional study in Madrid and Paris, he returned to Peru, where in 1976 he joined the familial center-left American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA). A gifted & charismatic public speaker, García career rocketed: elected to Congress in 1980, APRA party leader in 1985 and then president at 36 years of age.

His meteoric rise made him “Peru’s JFK” and he entered office as the country’s youngest-ever president. How much he owned to the power of APRA can only be guessed, but his midheaven is 12 Cancer ” a rainbow trout” where one’s mind’s eye opens the door to a world beyond.” Its keyword may sum Apra best of all: “Secrecy,” like the Freemasons.

President Garcia and Pope Benedict

First Term disastrous

García’s presidency turned ruinous. His first decision was not like Kennedy’s to cut taxes but instead raise them, nationalize the banking industry, and to suspend the country’s foreign-debt payments. This should have not been a surprise as Scorpio is in the second house of his chart and it wants to play creatively with the status quo. Venus that rules that house is in Venus on the 8th-9th house cusps and suggests that philosophy over pragmatism would win out.

Incredibly, Peru plunged into economic ruin as inflation skyrocketed to 7,500 percent. Shortages of food and five million Peruvians in the streets results. The Maoist rebel group Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso) a radical offshoot of APRA led by Comrade Gonzalo who believed like Chairman Mao an industrialized state is not needed for overthrow as Marx had specified stepped up its attacks and called for a violent toppling of Garcia’s regime.

García left office in disgrace. Alberto Fujimori reigned as dictator for the next 10 years while Garcia under the threat of arrest on corruption charges, fled to France in 1992 and then took up permanent domicile in Spain. The statute of limitations ran out in 2001 and incorrigible (Neptune’s waves hit again) he returned to Peru to lead the party, again. He ran for president but lost to Alejandro Toledo ( a full foot shorter than Garcia) fondly called “El Cholo” (“The Indian”) because of his indigenous ancestry.

2nd Presidency

A river runs through it ; Peruvian desert the wonder of Oberbrecht

Garcia bounced back again and in 2004 won the presidency a second time. He was different, his agenda was free-trade, low inflation and solid economic growth a marked reversal of the fiscal and political disasters of his first term. The bi-wheel above could be the key” Saturn typically takes full effect after 58 — he was now 55, so a maturer and more fiscally responsible Garcia was in charge.

Not knowing when the elections were, we have chosen the winter solstice for analysis

As his natal Saturn is 30 Leo and partile his Part of Fortune, [HS] “ephemeral clouds caught in the sunlight” he was able to manage his exuberance of being president and a leader, and think long term of his legacy [Mars and Venus in the 8th house of Gemini]. He now spoke [transiting Mercury in the 7th] of visions and growth; Pluto both trine, has markedly changed his tenor and tone.

Constitutionally barred from seeking a consecutive term, García was unable to run for reelection in 2011. Like a yo-yo he waited for 4 years before trying again.

A third term?

It’s 2015 and with Neptune in the first house those cyclic waves have Garcia running for president. However, this time he received less than 6 percent of the vote in the 2016 election and was forced to step down as leader of APRA; humiliated he returned to Spain. Charged with having accepted kickbacks from the Odebrecht construction giant (part of the Petrobras scandal) during his second term as president he returned to fight. But because of his affiliations with the US, his enemies were able to make the allegations stick.

What Odebrecht brought to Peru: Chavimochic

Petrobas, Oderbrecht and Peru

The crux of the problem is Odebrecht, which began work in Peru in 1979 under Garcia & rose to be one of the country’s chief constructors of roads, bridges, dams and highways. It built a $4.5 billion road that connected the Pacific to the Amazon basin and an electric train in Lima. It was also the engineering construction company behind a $1.9 billion irrigation project called Chavimochic (see above) that irrigated a section of desert on Peru’s northern coast and paved the way for the export of asparagus and strawberries.

the president they call PPK

The brouhaha hit Peru in late 2017, when President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, son of Polish Jews who fled Hitler to Peru, and former university economist, was linked to a $782,000 payment from Odebrecht; his rivals in Congress moved to impeach him. He avoided that by resigning last March. According to U.S. Justice Department documents, Odebrecht paid US $29 million in bribes to Peruvian nationals over the span of 10 years when Kuczynski served as Prime Minister; the listing does not mention any payments to Garcia.

President Toledo at the UN in NYC.

Alejandro Toledo, aka El Cholo, president in the early 2000s, is wanted for extradition from the United States where he lives in San Francisco, but has refused to return to Peru — no dummy there — the DoJ listing has 10 million going to him. Ollanta Humala, president from 2011 to 2016, and former military commander, was detained but released after interrogation.

Picturesque Peruvian winter — July; all Peruvian images from NY Sunday Times

The End

On November 17, after a judge banned García from leaving the country for 18 months worried that he would return to Spain. He moved into the Uruguayan embassy and requested asylum. Perhaps he should have tried Ecuador as Uruguay denied the petition.

His natal Sedna is conjunct the transiting Sun at time of death as is transiting Sedna conjunct his natal Sun. See our writeup on Sedna here.
(Jailed Odebrecht CEO Marcelo Odebrecht / World Economic Forum)
Marcelo Odebrect CEO

It did not matter what DoJ found, Peruvians believed he was as guilty as the other.

Officials arrived at Garcia’s Liman home, on April 17 1917, and García with his transiting Part of Fortune conjunct his South Node in Libra fatally shot himself.

Astrologer Ivy Jacobson says that, “Any planet or angle in the same degree as the Nodes points to a catastrophe, casualty, fatality or tragedy whether it is a horary or natal chart.” In her “The Way of Astrology” , she further notes that during the year that a progressed angle lines up with a natal or progressed node, there will be some tragedy in the life often as a result of previous poor judgment.

Two months later on June 18, Odebrecht, filed for bankruptcy protection after years of graft scandals and trials involving top Latin American businessmen and politicians. Marcelo is fine albeit a billion dollar poorer, but happy in jail.

Footnotes:

  1. The inspiration for the story was the article in New Yorker Magazine, July 1 2019, titled What Led Peru’s Former President to take his life? Click here to read it; the New Yorker gives a few articles each month for public viewing.

#98 Countess Birkenhead, Sheila Berry Birkenhead


Countess Sheila Birkenhead was born on May 13, 1913 at 9:50 AM in Weybridge England. Marc Jones in his Sabian Symbols cites that data as does Mrs. Lois Rodden, probably from him. She was the daughter of the newspaper proprietor 1st Viscount Camrose, and married the 2nd Earl of Birkenhead in 1935. They had two children.

The Birkenheads were a distinguished literary couple: she was a key figure in the Royal Society of Literature and the Keats-Shelley Association as well as a biographer of 19th century literary and artistic life. She was a courtier, she was lady-in-waiting to Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent.

Hay Wrightson did the photographic portrait above in 1931.

Countess Birkenhead’s ascendant is 10 Leo. Below is her chart with Percy Bysshe Shelley since she did so much work on his legacies behalf. There are several conjunctions in the 1st from his ascendant to her Venus and then from his Ascendant that is partile her literary Mercury. Then again in the 7th House where her Part of Fortune is opposite the previous aspects and conjunct his (Muse) Neptune.

bi-wheel between Shelley to Birkenhead

Her North Node is in Aries that Dr. Koparkar writes signifies that Countess Birkenhead’s previous incarnation was luxurious and that good things in her life were her main pursuit. Now in the 12th house, it is in the house of “moksha” or final liberation where she needs to devote herself to something greater than herself in a form of service to some ideal. Her south node in Libra in the sixth gives her great health and the ability to work hard but alaso a tendency of impatience with delays.