#901 Actress Gene Tierney is Laura


In “Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s and 50s,” edited by Sarah Weinman and published by the Library of America, Megan Abbott, a woman crime writer of the 2000s, points out that “women are the primary readers of crime fiction.” She notes a popular theory that opines “women savor the victim role,” for they “are masochists, unable to rise above the roles assigned them by the patriarchy.”

New Yorker Magazine, The Secrets of Vera Caspary, the Woman Who Wrote “Laura” by Michelle Dean, 9/15/2015

Otto Preminger’s movie “Laura” written by Vera Caspary, throws that notion on its head, just like most of the movies that Gene Tierney starred in did; she was never the hapless heroine, but always ready to role up her sleeves and get to work. Laura Hunt was such a plum role, that Marlene Dietrich auditioned for it and when Tierney landed it instead, Caspary thought hertoo “gorgeous” to give her role weight; the author was dead wrong.

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Tierney’s chart

The birth details stated in the Sabian Symbols is November 20 1920 in Brooklyn, New York for 5:15 pm is incorrect. The real date according to her daughter Christina Cassini is November 19 1920 .

Her own autobiography surprisingly never mentions the date though it does discuss lots of others events in her life including her parents Howard and Belle Tierney, a former gymnast. She was the second of three children, a brother Howard called Butch was older and a sister Patricia was younger. This new information from Ms. Cassini rectifies Gene’s (named for her mother’s brother) chart to Taurus 21 “a high wind at sea” reminding of us her role in the Ghost and Mrs. Muir though its mesmerizing and lethalness could be the tagline for “Laura” and its heroine as well. The symbol’s keyword is “”Change,” suggesting her versatility in acting and breaking away from her domineering stage-father Howard Sr.

Tierney’s midheaven us 01 Aquarius, a “Mouse sits up to reach a bit of food” and is conjunct her Mars in the 9th house showing how much she craved that extra attention and fame. She has a Grand trine in Water in her chart from the Moon in the 11th House to Pluto in the 3rd and culminating, though trines never finish, Saturn in the 5th.

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Gene married twice. the first time to designer Oleg Cassini, a Russian Count, with whom she had two daughters, Antionette Daria and Christina. The many stresses of her marriage to Cassini are documented well in her autobiography including how she contracted measles during her pregnancy with Daria. Her second marriage was to oil tycoon W. Howard Lee, previously married to Hedy Lamar. She died on November 6 1991 from emphysema, ten years after Lee himself had reposed.

Footnotes:

  1. Tierney, Gene, Self-Portrait, Wyden Books, c. 1979 — the better of the two bios.
  2. Vogel, Michelle & Cassini, Christina, “Gene Tierney: A Biography,” McFarland Publishing, c. 2005.

Updating Astrologer-Psychologist Liz Greene


In Ms. Greene’s book, The Outer Planets and their Cycles, section #5, Liz admits that her “Mercury is in Gemini”. Based on her birthday of September 4th that cannot be literally true Mercury is never that far away from the Sun (which in September is in Virgo), so she must mean is that it is in its the third house or Gemini.

Re-rectifying Liz

When we originally rectified her chart, we put her Mercury in the 9th, and Sagittarius. Now we have to switch it around 180 degrees and Mercury is in the 3rd house (vivification or the ability to make things come alive). Instead of a 28 Scorpio ascendant for 1 PM, she now has a 15 Cancer for 1 AM and the Hyperion Symbol of “candles in a shadowy room.” This highlights her ability to be attuned to opposite conditions with the fine skill which discerns each. Gavin McClung gives this symbol, the keyword of “Sensitivity.”

Change in Type

Greene was a deviated bowl; now she is a bucket with a Uranus handle at 12.33 Gemini [HS] “antique seals and sigils” commenting on her conscious sense for dealing with the unknown and forgotten pasts. As this is in the 12th house or the hidden world of the psyche, her focal determinator Uranus allows her contribute Jungian archetypes and myths in self-awareness.

Opposite her Uranus handle is a preponderance of planets in Sagittarius (Administration) in the 6th house where her daily work as a psychologist cum astrologist encourages her to travel both physically and metaphorically to expound her theories and techniques. Her South Node (SN) there is a mutable (cadent) house that always deal with realization.

With two planets and a node there, we see that Ms Greene employs understanding to find an untapped market to which she acts like a guru because coming right after the preponderance of in Leo (assurance) she makes her students (audience) feel that she not only has an “instinctive response” (the 4th) to the problems but also can express the answer both creativity and personally.” (the 5th). Such an ability has led to her unparalleled financial success (she and Robert Hand own Astro.com and now Astrotheme.com).

Greene’s Yod

Using again her idea of Pluto and Neptune for the yod points, as they a sextile away, her original yod is still at 8 Virgo but now in 3rd house. Here we see that Liz has a strong philosophical nature (she has Ph.D. in philosophy) with an abundance of ideals and concepts that do not always translate into practical terms. While she is a glib conversationalist, it’s hard to fully grasp her meanings, as talks on an abstract plane. This was apparent in the Outer Body book with her insistence Pluto is a female planet akin to the Furies, where elsewhere it is associated with Mars. Those who have read her other books can discern that same thread. Her discussion with her audience keeps her grounded, they can point out inconsistencies (and they do!) and jumps in logic that are perplexing. This is like to the conversation she has with her clients who probably do the same.

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#27 A fool for love, Prince Alfonso


Alfonso was the eldest child of the then-reigning the Bourbon King Alfonso XIII and his wife, Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg and born on May 10, 1907 at 12:35 PM according to Marc Jones. He and his youngest brother Gonzalo were both hemophiliacs like their cousin Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich of Russia. Both boys kept in specially-tailored jackets to prevent injury from accidents.

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King Alfonso was facing political problems in the country and hastened his own downfall by agreeing to a military dictatorship. He was in 1931 the monarch was deposed. The family moved into exile. There were plans for young Alfonso’s deposition but he renounced his rights to the then-defunct throne to marry a Cuban commoner, Edelmira Sampedro y Robato, in Ouchy on 21 June 1933. Alfonso took the courtesy title Count of Covadonga as were required by the regulations for the succession set by the Pragmatic Sanction of Charles III. The couple divorced 8 May 1937, with Edelmira keeping the title Countess of Covadonga.

The Prince is a deviated bowl. He has a gestalt mental chemistry.

The Prince then married Marta Esther Rocafort-Altuzarra in Havana, Cuba on 3 July 1937. That did not last either and they were divorced on 8 January 1938. He had no children by either of his wives.

Rectifying the Prince

We do not agree with the 12 noon birthtime. We have rectified it to 9:35 AM and 24.30 Cancer ascendant i.e. Cancer 25 — a dark martle is thrown suddenly around the right shoulder (keyword is destiny). This gives the Prince a preponderance in the 1st house and Cancer. Pluto discovered upon the Rise of the German Reich and the Spanish Second Republic is in his 12th house at 22.27 Gemini and near to his 01 Cancer Part of Fortune, of a flag furling and unfurling — blowing this way and that with the wind, however best suits it. A better symbol for an ascendant of someone self-interested and selfish who wants to get ahead, but for destiny it is weakened by their inconstancy in effort and changing times; and so it proved for the Prince.

He died after a car crash in Miami because he bled to death from his hemophilia and was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery there. His former wife, the Contessa of Covadonga, though asked, did not appear to pay her respects.

His natal chart with the transits of the approximate time of his car crash in Miami, FLA.

#44 British Actor George Arliss


George Arliss, original name Augustus George Andrews, (born April 10, 1868, London, Eng.—died Feb. 5, 1946, London from chronic bronchitis age 77). He portrayed many historic personages in motion pictures.

He began his acting career in 1887 but found success when he appeared with Mrs. Patrick Campbell in London during the 1900–01 season. In 1902 he played in The Second Mrs. Tanqueray in New York City, and in 1911 he had the title role in Disraeli that he would reprise later in film for an Oscar.

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George and his wife  Florence.Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. They often acted together. They were married on September 16 1899 in London.

Arliss was an established leading actor when he turned to films in 1920. His pictures include The Green Goddess (1930), Old English (1930), Alexander Hamilton (1931), The House of Rothschild (1934), and Cardinal Richelieu (1935). He won an Oscar for best actor of 1929–30 for his role in the film version of the British PM Benjamin Disraeli. He also wrote several plays and two autobiographical works: Up the Years from Bloomsbury (1927) and My Ten Years in the Studios (1940).

George’s Charts

While the Moon’s speed is about average, Arliss’s mercury is far ahead of his son for Fast Mental Chemistry. His Line of Vitality, which is not a proxy for the hyleg, is absent.

We have rectified Mr. Arliss for 17 Leo and 12:30 PM instead of the 12:06 AM and the 20 Sagittarius that Marc Jones cites. Interestingly, both give Arliss a fire ascendant. Our rectification places Pluto in his 10th house that is pertinent because it was not until 1930 that he won an Academy Award — Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto in February of that year. Dr. Jones’s would put Pluto roughly in the 12th House.

The chart, a fanhandle <sup> 1 </sup>, shows how much his career was owed to his popularity no different from a politician but with the preponderance in the 8th House for those celebrities long dead.

The chart above shows his marriage to Florence Kate Montgomery Smith. While obviously they were both thespians and attracted to each other’s abilities (the dual preponderance in the 5th house) it also shows their great loyalty and love for one another (see the Part of Fortune conjunct his Sun and Neptune). The Mars in the fourth house here depicts not squabbling but a great passion.

The final chart is for Arliss’s death on February 5, 1946 at home in London using Converse Solar Arc Directions, because this is a concrete (physical) event. Venus, that viral contagion, is in the 8th House conjunct Mercury and the lungs. With penicillin discovered but not publicly available, Arliss’s bout with bronchitis was to end fatally.

Footnotes:

  1. Marc Edmund Jones does not mention the fanhandle in his Essentials of Astrology, that temperament type was defined by astrologer Robert Jansky in his privately published pamphlet, Planetary Patterns. We agree with Jansky’s rationale and have seen its significance in many patterns and so have adopted it. This is one of the many ways we have broken with Dr. Jones.

#120 The voyage of Ernesto Bozanno


Ernesto Bozzano born January 9, 1862 in Genoa Italy. He did have a formal education but was home schooled and then self-taught. Like Marc Edmund Jones, he was impressed by the philosophical idea of Herbert Spencer and took an interest in psychic research writing more than than 60 books and 200 papers on the subject. He attributed paranormal phenomena to the survival of the human soul particularly in the deathbed phenomena i.e. life after death or out of body experiences.

Article on Signor Bozzano’s work from Carlos Alvardo who maps oob experiences.

Jones has his time for 4:08 am. We think that is a degree too fast, and pushed it back to Sagittarius 01.

Signor Bozanno’s chart at Sagittarius 01 January 9 1862, Genoa

Deciphering Bozanno

Signor Bozanno is a locomotive temperament type — while he almost fills the chart completely with his 10 planets, he has one two many conjunctions to be a splash. A splash temperament would be a good fit for the Signore as it is the most outward activated type in the Jones seven types, with the Bundle being the direct opposite but the splash can only have at the most, two conjunctions in its maps and Bozanno has three. The first is from Mercury to Sun in the first house, the second from the Moon to Pluto in the fifth and third, the deal breaker here, is in the tenth with the Line of Social Significance (Jupiter to Saturn); hence the Splash is out.

The other Grand Trine possibility is the Splay but they do have any oppositions in their chart — Bozanno has two — but instead are dominated by the obstructive square. By process of elimination, Bozanno is a locomotive with the Western side of his chart wide open making him the reluctant hero in his quest for spiritual enlightenment.

This leadership is highlighted by his South Node in the seventh house that Isabel Hickey writes, “shows there is too much emphasis on leaning on others and letting them run their life. He is pulled this way, and then that, but he must make his own decisions not only what to do, but how to respond and whether his search is right or wrong.”

As in Lady Bird Johnson’s chart, the remedy to his South Node crisis, lies in his North Node, that lies in the first house and where astrologer Martin Schuman writes ” that the native must let go of other’s demands and allow his Self to experience its own birth, and then like Columbus (also a Genoa native) discovering America will reach the awareness that he had been all the time searching.”


For his pioneering work, Signor Bozanno was named an honorary member of the American Society for Psychical Research (NYC) and the French Institut Métapsychique International (Paris).

Waheeda Rehman, Bollywood’s beauty


Marc Jones did not use TransNeptunians; he knew of them, reviewed them and felt they had nothing to offer, so he never included them in his oeuvre. He added in some Arabian Parts, but none of them were valid for making aspects: they stood alone. Some of that is problematic with Miss Rehman’s chart but workable to create her Grand Trine for her Locomotive Temperament Type open onto the western side..

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Using our rectified chart (above), we give our Tamil beauty an ascendant of 19 Gemini, but are then forced into an Earth Grand Trine from Mercury at 21.10 Capricorn to 09.49 Uranus in Taurus in the eleventh house to Neptune in Virgo at 20.43 at the nadir. Uranus is in Taurus again, eighty years later, perhaps that is why she is having a film (an Uranian creation) resurgence. Here it is in the eleventh house showing her identification with her fans. Trine the Neptune in the fourth, it gives an elusive quality to that physical beauty we can see and enjoy but not truly touch. From Neptune we trine over to Mercury in Capricorn in the eighth, giving us a glimpse into her humanitarian work that got cut off by her father’s death and forced her (Vulkanus is conjunct the Ascendant) into another line of work.weaheea rehman

Success though allowed her to leave acting and Bollywood and take up her earlier calling though not as she had hoped as a doctor. Here we see Uranus conjunct Kronos giving her a delayed start to her dreams (Neptune) to take root (Mercury).

Download the chart for Waheeda Rehman 

But as the great bard said, all’s well that end’s well and so it has been. Like all Hindi movies this one is long, but the music by Ravi Shankar is delightful and Johnny Walker brings smiles along the way. Miss Rehman is the long cool lady in a black dress.


 

#139 Earl Browder, Founder of the Communist Party of America


Marc Jones does not have a time for Mr. Browder so we rectified it to 11:03 PM on May 20, 1891 in Wichita Kansas. This gives him the Ascendant of 17 Capricorn or “a boy surreptitiously bathing naked”. This suggests his irresistible desire to strip back to essentials and gain self-renewal by close intimacy with true archetype of the self. It tells of self-sacrifice to achieve a new dimensional persona. It works well for the day he was fired by the Communist Party of the USSR his ascendant had progressed to 18 Taurus and the 4th house showing how much of a blow to the ego, and payroll, this separation was to him.

What is most remarkable about Mr. Browder’s chart, is he is relatively rare configuration of Preponderance by Square that highlights his uncompromising belief in Communism and a tendency to have it envelope his whole life. He has 7 squares, that while a lot does not compare to Maestro Arturo Toscanini who had eleven. In both cases, this preponderance of the square aspect in their chart shows their dynamic individuality and ability to make a mark on the American political scene.

Who is Earl Browder?

Earl Browder was a labor union organizer in Wichita Kansas. He was so successful that he was spotted by the Communists and invited to come to the Soviet Union in 1926. Once there he met his wife, Raisa Irene Berkman, (born January 1, 1897) a Jewish lawyer from Leningrad, with whom he had so much in common it was almost kismet. They had two sons born in Moscow, Felix, in July 1927 and Andrew. Only their third, William was born in America in 1934. All three sons went on to head Ivy League mathematics departments.

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Via Canada, the Browder’s settled in Yonkers, New York (on the outskirts of NYC) in 1933 which caused some turmoil twenty years later when the US Government wanted to deport her. However that happened, the Ruskies had convinced him to start up the American Communist Party and run for president. He did twice against FDR and garnered about 80,000 votes each time each focusing on the failings of capitalism to create the Great Depression.

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May 30th 1948.  Memorial Day was not yet a national holiday.

He coined the slogan “Communism is 20th-century Americanism,” and ran against FDR in 1936, as well as his fellow Kansan, Alf Landon, the Republican nominee. Both lost in wide margins to Roosevelt. Nonetheless, Browder Roosevelt’s Vice President Henry Agard Wallace of nearby Iowa, who was of the same mind and between the two men and with some help from the Mrs as well, caused FDR’s political agenda to go leftward. Browder was such a sensation that he appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 1938, then a venerated US weekly, with the caption “Comrade Earl Browder.”

Alas things went south for Browder after that. In his 1940 campaign he denounced both Roosevelt and Wendell L. Willkie, the Republican candidate, as two tools of Wall Street and two warmongers. In 1941 after his third election win, FDR’s FBI arrested Browder for “passport violations” and he served four years in the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary in George. As luck would have it, by the end of the year thanks to the Japs bombing Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941, Browder’s sentence was commuted by FDR.

After the War things did not get better. Browder was expelled from the Party in 1946 after an acrimonious debate because while “he participated in the working class movement and made contributions, he succumbed to the ideological pressures of monopoly capitalism.” The New York Times is probably right that Browder was cast out because Moscow abandoned its moderate policies in favor of a more sectarian (Browder welcomed Roman Catholics and other religious members) and revolutionary line. By September 15 1949, Browder was no longer on the Red payroll and had to close his Bryant Park office — see the yellow chart for details.

In the 1950’s he came back into the American limelight thanks to Sen. Joe McCarthy’s hearings on UnAmerican Activities.

Browder did very well in Midwestern big labour towns.

We constantly update and vet our essays for thoroughness and accuracy. This one was reviewed on Saturday, July 20th, 2019.

#668 Mei Lan-fang as jingxi


When Mei Lan-fang died in 1961, China mourned his passing.  s the passing of Mei Lan-fang.  Even  Premier Chou En-lai and other Party and government leaders were among those who visited him during his last illness and a 61-member funeral committee was setup.  Memorial meetings were held on August 10 1961 for the great opera nanfan.

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The young Mei Lanfang

Mei Lan-fang was naturally a  member of the Chinese Communist Party joining the party formally in 1959. He had devoted his whole life to the development of the traditional arts of the people.¹  His ninth child and son, Mei Baojiu, followed in his footsteps but he died at 82 in 2016.

Mr. Lan-fang was the son and grandson of noted opera singers, and under that influence, Mei began studying jingxi at the Peking Opera at age 8 and made his stage debut at 11, playing a weaving girl. Thereafter he played mostly female roles, becoming especially known for his portrayal of the “Flower-Shattering Diva”; his style of dance won such acclaim over the years that it came to be known as the “Mei Lanfang school.”

At age 13 he joined the Xiliancheng Theatrical Company and, through performances in Shanghai and elsewhere, acquired a national reputation. He toured Japan in 1919 and 1924, the United States in 1930, and the Soviet Union in 1932 and 1935.²

Some of his most famous roles are Bai Niangzi in Duanqiao (“Broken Bridge”), Lin Daiyu in Daiyu zanghua (“Daiyu Buries Flowers”), Yuji in Bawang bieji (“Farewell My Concubine”), and Yang Yuhuan in Guifei zuijiu (“Concubine Gets Drunk”).

Jingxi is highly formalized as the characters are encoded in traditional steps, postures, and arm movements. Traditionally it was an all-male cast with female impersonators.  The actors wear elaborate face paint to show the characters they play and acrobatics are used to suggest violent action. Wooden clappers, a small drum, stringed instruments are the musical accompaniment with narration interspersed for the actors to rest and change costume.

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Marc Edmund Jones set Mr. Lan-fang’s time at 6 am giving the above chart in Koch, a modern variant of Placidus, format.  We rectified 26 Libra to 27 Pisces and got the following.  Mr. Lan-fang is a lipped bowl.

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Footnotes:

  1. From the Peking Review, August 8 1961.
  2. Encyclopedia Britannica entry.

#498 Isabella II of Spain, Neptune’s Queen


Bourbon Spanish queen Isabella II succeeded to the throne after her father died on September 29, 1833 because his wife demanded it.  In his will, the King listened and  rescinded Salic Law or the tradition in most royalty of Europe prohibiting females and any descendants in the female line from inheriting land, titles, and offices. Isabella the eldest of his two surviving daughters from his fourth wife, Maria of the Two Sicilies, did, and it bypassed the King‘s brother for succession. This led to the First Carlist War of 1833-1839,  and was followed by a military dictatorship.

 

Diplomats arranged that Isabella would marry a cousin of Prince Albert of England; she refused. Instead, she wanted a cousin of Louis-Phillippe of France, because the rumour was he was not interested in girls and impotent, but that did not fly and instead she got his brother, Francisco of Asisi.

                                                                 Women’s Rights and the War of Spanish Marriage

This was a bold stand by the twelve-year-old, obviously much like her Sicilian mother,  and the worldwide news went wild.  Instead of War, this was  dubbed the Affair of the Spanish Marriages and everyone waited to see who this little queen of Spain would chose.   In America, the First Woman’s Rights Convention convened hailing her as their spiritual leader, arguing that with Isabella getting rid of Salic Law, the first true Queen in the known world to do so (Victoria did not count as she was not the titular head of the family but her German uncle was still and if she had had a daughter first, and a son whenever, those girls would have been ignored for him; so technically Salic Law remained intact until the British Parliament rescinded it in 2013 shortly before Prince George was born) they were empowered to rise up and do the same.

 

The world afire with these events and revolutions across Europe sprung up with the great “February Revolution” for self-rule setting the pace & our Polish Poet Juliusz Slowacki returning home to fight. Where ever one looked, in Europe, and the Americas everyone felt Isabella’s defiance as the great upheaval of the world: Millennialists said it was the end of the world.  Of course a lot of this ferment, like the Queen’s demand to overthrow the law in favour of her daughters, had been brewing for a while, but this all happened in tandem with planet Neptune’s discovery on September 23, 1846 — making everyone’s long held fantasy about to become real.
Finally, the Moderado party or the Castilian Conservatives,  made Isabella marry, at sixteen, her 28-year-old cousin, Prince Francisco on  her sweet sixteenth birthday.  Simultaneously, kiling two birds with one stone, her younger fourteen-year-old sister Luisa married 23-year-old Antoine Phillippe, the Duke of Montpensier, the younger brother of the French King. Both marriages were unhappy though Luisa provided Antoine with ten children and Isabella  a dozen.

 

            Behold the Queen!

Queen Isabella reigned from 1843 to 1868, starting one long succession of palace intrigues, back-stairs and antechamber influences, barrack conspiracies, military pronunciamentos that led to the next Carlist War.  She remained forever independent,  continually interfering with politics until forced into exile she finally abdicated in Paris on 25th June 1870 in favour of her son, Alphonso XII.
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Considering she was a religious woman she was now living separately from her husband and never lived with him again. She died on the 10th of April 1904, six months before her 82nd birthday; her husband had died two years earlier.

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We believe that the 2PM time that Marc Jones recorded is incorrect and should be 2AM.  This gives the Queen a 27 Leo Ascendant that is  conjunct the Fixed Star Regulus  but it also puts her Neptune on the sixth house cusp, suggesting an upheaval in her work envirionment (or for her a monarch her palace and hence her country).  It also puts both lords of Scorpio — Pluto and Mars in the eighth house though one in Pisces and the other in Aries — as she brings havoc to the old regime and transforms it into a new.
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#18 William Livingston Alden, canoeist


William Livingston Alden was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts on October 9, 1837, time unrecorded but we have rectified it to 10:50 am giving him a 10 Sagittarius rising.   Alden was a see-saw temperament showing the two parts of his life, his outward career of journalism and a writer of science fiction and his Neptunian career canoeing in appropriately enough, the water-bearer Aquarius’s sign.  There is a problem with that date, as

Alden attended Lafayette College and transferred to Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Missouri,  after his father, Joseph Alden, was its elected president.

After graduating from college in 1858, and read law in New York City with William M. Evarts, joining the bar in 1860. He practiced law until 1866 and then became a journalist, writing for the Scribner’s Monthly, James Russell Lowell’s  The Atlantic, New York World and Daily Graphic. He later worked on the editorial staff of The New York Times and produced a weekly column called “Minor Topics”.

While in New York City he became an early member of the Theosophical Society,  founded by Helena Blavatsky in 1875.   He married Agnes Margaret McClure and had one child.

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Alden is credited with bringing the sport of canoeing to the United States, founding the  New York Canoe Club in 1871, that was the first canoeing organization in America. He was also a founding member of the American Canoe Association and served as its first Commodore.

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President Grover Cleveland appointed him Consul General to Rome in 1885, a position he held until 1890, after which he lived in Paris, writing for the New York Herald. He died in 1908 in Buffalo, New York.