Tag: Splay Temperament Type

Alan Turing & the machine

Alan Turing was born on June 23 1912 at 5:10 pm in London England. He was the son of a civil servant, and at educated a public school in England where his his genius in mathematics was apparent.

The Vertex is in the sixth house of Turing’s horoscope showing how when he work was taken from him he became very despondent and suicidal. Kurt Godel, another mathematician mentioned in this essay, fell into the same depression when Nazi Germany annexed Austria because of his close associations with his mentor Han Hahn, a prominent Jewish intellectual and leader of the Vienna Circle, and the prevailing belief he was also a Jew, and started to starve himself to death. Luckily for Godel, his marriage Adele Nimbursky,  got him out of Vienna and eventually to the safety of Princeton where he befriended Albert Einstein, but via Siberia.

Enter the machine

At nineteen Turing entered the University of Cambridge, Cambridge England, graduating in 1934 with a fellowship at King’s College for his research in probability theory. His paper “On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem [ Decision Problem of Austrian mathematician Kurt Godel published in 1931 at the University of Vienna that itself was a response to David Hilbert’s papers in 1921. Hilbert was the  founder of the “formalist” approach in Philosophy of Mathematics & advocated in 1921 that a researchers’ primary aim should be to establish mathematics on a solid and universal basis because of statements that could logically deduced because of their inherent truth. (“predicate” logic).

Alonzo Church at Princeton University, [Princeton, New Jersey] recommended Turing’s response despite his own published paper on the same topic and same conclusion because of Turing’s invention of the Turing machine to prove his conclusion. This machine (a reiterative logic machine similar in idea to the manual adding machine except that it reiteratively processed algorithms) is considered the forerunner of the “computer.”

A 1920’s adding machine.

Turing’s paper had an incredible effect on the scientific/mathematical community and he moved to Princeton for his Ph. D in mathematical logic under Church’s direction. He completed his studies in 1938 right before the outset of World War II.

Astrologically Turing

Turing is a Splay temperament type with a Grand Trine in Air (Gemini in the 12th, Uranus in the 8th and the Moon in the 5th). He has a preponderance of Quintiles in his chart — or the ability to create order and pattern out of nothing. Two others with this preponderance is Marc Edmund Jones and Professor Donald Knuth, a recipient of the A.C.M. Alan Turing Award — aka the Nobel Prize of Computer Science.

The quintile preponderance is found in people who have a a fascination with patterns and structures, tend to be perfectionists and who have a desire to build or make things. John Addey’s work on the 5th Harmonic was a major factor in exploring this zodiacal division first discovered by Johannes Kepler.


  • The RicR is the Richenda (Ricki) Reeves’ 165 aspect since what to call it is much debated — see Lynn Koiner and Philip Graves on their preferred names and a Qdec is Kepler’s 24 degree angle.

Mathematics Man, E. T. Bell

Our header picture of E. T. Bell is from the Constance Reid biography on him, taken when he was a freshman at Stanford, then a free college.

Bell was born February 7, 1883, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland and died December 21, 1960, Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, California. He emigrated to the United States in 1902 at the age of 19 and immediately enrolled at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California where after two years he earned his bachelor’s degree. Then there is a 4 year repast before he received he went to the University of Washington in 1908, even his biographer does not why he chose this school, and in 1 year received his masters. Another break, and another school. This time on the side of the country at Columbia University, New York City where in one more year he finished his doctorate.

Immediately after receiving his doctorate, Bell accepted a position back at his alma mater the University of Washington where he taught mathematics until 1926 when received an appointment as professor of mathematics at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California.

During the intervening academic years, Bell married and tried his hand as a mule skinner, ranch hand, surveyor, and teacher. He and his wife had one son, Taine Temple Bell, M.D. From 1931 to 1933 he served as president of the Mathematical Association of America.

Asteroid San Jose is at 17 Capricorn 17 trine Asteroid Aberdeen at 17 Aries 21. Reid mentions that Bell felt a strong connection to San Jose and Stanford. Bell is a splay temperament type with a Grand Trine in Earth offset by a preponderance in Aquarius and a Pisces ascendant. He has nothing in fire, splays often are missing one element (only planets count). Marc Jones though agreed with jean Baptiste Morin that was what missing was as important as what was found in the horoscope, and a he wrote that an absence of fire signs was an indication of a person’s underlying need to create experiences for himself — i.e. exactly what Bell did not only in his gap academic years but also in his writing life — and mask a fundamental timidity or desire to evade direct questioning.

Dr. Bell is best known as the author of Men of Mathematics (still actively in print) but he also wrote Mathematics, Queen and Servant of Science (1951 and currently out of print) and a history of Fermat’s last theoremThe Last Problem (1961 out of print). This last book is interesting as it was 33 years later by Dr. Andrew Wiles with an assist from Richard Taylor that Fermat’s theorem was proved.

Bell was a published science fiction author, under the pen name of John Taine. His The Time Stream (1946 also out of print) was the most popular. . Basil Davenport, writing in The New York Times, said Taine was “one of the first real scientists to write science-fiction [and who] did much to bring it out of the interplanetary cops-and-robbers stage.

#195 Rectifying Prince Charles of Wales, Duke of Cornwall & Duke of Rothesay

On November 14, 1948, the Prince of Wales was born in Buckingham, sometime in the evening. Princess Elizabeth was just 22 & in labour for 30 hours during which time his father gallantly played squash with his private secretary in Buckingham’s indoor courts, until the baby’s head was crowned and then rushed to the spot. That was probably a good use of nervous energy as back then men were not allowed in the natarium.

When the princess woke up from her anaesthetic, gave Philip her a bouquet of red roses and carnations. He also declared that Charles resembled “a plum pudding.” (Charles’s birth was the first royal birth not attended by the British Home Secretary, who in earlier times was required to be present to witness and verify the births of royal children.)

At 10 PM a Royal guard announced “Yes it is a boy.” At 11:45 Queen Mary left the mother and child, jubilant. The actual time is unknown and it most probable that the guard made the announcement after the Princess awoke so she could enjoy the news.

The correct time for Prince Charles. giving him an ascendant of Gemini 27 and a part of fortune 20 Capricorn in the 8th house. The PoF has a semi sextile to its house ruler Mars on the 8th house cusp, showing how he will not come into his own until the Queen, Saturn in Virgo, reposes. He is a SPLAY temperament type. Venus in the 5th shows how he married Diana for children and wanted Harry to be a girl, so he would be like his parents and him and Anne.

Marriage Chart

The rectified Charles against his marriage to Diana. Her chart and details are here. Looking at his synastry, there is no doubt that this marriage would not last. Diana was too ethereal and naive while Charles wanted to dispel these fancies with his mature wisdom. Outside of their children, they had little in common, and probably argued about their upbringing as well. Her Moon is in his 12th house of imprisonment — she was not used to Royal protocol and requirements and chaffed under them. His Sun’s Ruler was near her midheaven so she was obviously meant for him, but jealous about his infidelity with Camilla Bowles Parker. That he required her to be chaste, faithful and secluded while had no such requirements for himself, was a major problem in this modern Royal marriage. He should have followed his father’s footsteps more closely in that regard and things would have ended up much better.

The Standard Prince of Wales chart

Currently accepted time

Elizabeth Taylor twice

This time does not match ET.

After reading Randy Taborelli’s bio of Elizabeth Taylor, I noticed that she has two birth-times. One is 2:30 AM in London and the other is 7:56 in the evening that was rectified by Adrienne Ziegler and the Church of Light. There are several things wrong with Ziegler’s rectification but the most striking is Taylor does not have a Grand Trine in Water with the Ziegler chart, a salient feature of Ms. Taylor’s life (always crying, pouting, yelling and throwing tantrums) and of course her remarkable beauty (that a Grand Trine bestows).

The 2:30 AM OTOH has the Grand Water Trine and makes her a lovely splay temperament type. At this time Taylor gets a 15 Sagittarius (Two dutch children talking, a degree of confidence in any situation) rising; with Ziegler’s chart she had 04 Libra (a group around the campfire the symbol of her amiability and morale building skills, just ask Debbie Reynolds about that).

Pick this time for ET’s birth chart. It works.

Defrocking Cardinal Theodore McCarrick

Theodore McCarrick was an Archbishop Emeritus of Newark New Jersey and part of the College of Cardinals that elected the current pope.

“The story ” related by a priest to Rod Dreher of the American Conservative and author of how Dante Can Save your Life, was that “McCarrick had a habit of compelling seminarians to share his bed for cuddling”.   These allegations did not involve sexual molestation, but were clearly unwanted sexual harassment. To refuse the archbishop’s bedtime entreaties would be to risk your future as a priest was the priest’s inference.

                                                   Mapping McCarrick

His father died when he was 3 years old of tuberculosis and he was raised by his mother in the Bronx, where he was born on July 7 1930. His birthtime is unpublished, but we have pegged him at slightly after midnight and gave him a 01 Aries rising.

His chart shows no AIR — headless actions –with a Grand Trine in Fire rather aggressive and impetuous. The setup is a Splash temperament type with an strong preponderance in the fourth house of Cancer because he does have a strong opposition from Mercury to Saturn in the tenth. Saturn is exalted there, in its essential tenth house and found in Capricorn.  

Near the midheaven, this setup suggests that he was well liked by older established men in the Church hierarchy. His Part of Fortune is in the eighth house that shows a strong upward momentum in his career but is marked by the ruler of Scorpio opposing it from the second. Here we see that the greater his ambitions the less he was checked in his appetites and with Mars in Taurus gives him a strong propensity for easy pickings in familiar surroundings.

It is an interesting chart for if was consider the Ascendant and Descendant as points, we get a Grand Square, though notice that McCarrick has no overt oppositions,  and thus does not have a natural disposition, making his Grand Square hidden and lurking under the surface.

                                 Do the transits expose McCarrick?

To see if our idea is correct, about the hidden grand square, let’s go fast forward to the date of Dreher article on June 20 2018. It came out on the heels of an allegation that the Cardinal sexually abused a teenage altar boy 47 years ago while serving as a priest in New York. The 60 year old man said that the priest had been a friend of the family and was called “Uncle Ted”.   The boy had been baptized by the newly minted priest at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Tenafly, New Jersey in June 1958.  

The abuse lasted nearly twenty years.

I don’t know where the American Conservative is published so we are setting the place for Newark were McCarrick served. Here in the transiting chart with McCarrick’s natal chart within the bi-wheel, we see that the hidden Grand Square becomes manifest, this time just using the Ascendant as the only point in the chart.

Marc Jones did not use the Ascendant for anything other than to pin down the all important first house of “Identity”, but plenty of other astrologers did like Vivian Robson, Charles Carter, and Alan Leo, and we agree with the British group finding that its absence in a chart often does not uncover as much information  as when it is used.

The two Saturns are almost exact, suggesting how long this took to be uncovered and perhaps McCarrick suffered from living too long. Saturn is squared the transiting Moon at 30 Scorpio that highlights this dramatic point in his life — the old lion honored and well respected suddenly has his worst fears “uncovered” by his subordinates (sixth house rules servants and underlings). It gets worse.

That Moon is now square 04 Jupiter in Cancer (many people) and 30 Gemini in the third, demanding justice and retribution because of McCarrick’s hypocrisy. But it’s a transiting chart and that means that this was going on, or could be for many others, how do we know that this is pertinent towards him? First transiting Saturn at 07 partile Natal Saturn at 08 both conjunct his Midheaven at 01. Second, everything goes rounds the circle at meets once again at his Ascendant 01 Aries, a seal rising up to embrace a nude bather.

McCarrick and “nephew” in 1973 at the boy’s family home in Teaneck. The embrace is ironic considering McCarrick’s ascendant.  The picture is from the family archives.  The boy was then 15.  It is very unusual for a man to hold his son at the waist, that is typically for husband and wife.  More typical would be a father embracing him at the shoulders, as though to infer, a beloved pat for a job well done.

The Ascendant for the transiting chart, highlighted in yellow at the bottom is opposite the twin Saturn’s on top showing public exposure,and conjunct his natal Sun. There is no doubt that the transits were pinpointing just one person right then, and it was Theodore Edgar McCarrick.

                                              The Vatican Response

A month later, on July 28, 2018, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the Cardinal and ordered him to a “life of prayer and penance.” The pope officially suspended the cardinal from the exercise of any public ministry after receiving his resignation letter Friday evening and demanded that the prelate remain in seclusion “until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial.”

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has not responded to calls for broader reform since the allegations against Cardinal McCarrick were made public.

The president of the conference, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, released a statement saying that the pope’s acceptance of the resignation “reflects the priority the Holy Father places on the need for protection and care for all our people and the way failures in this area affect the life of the Church in the United States.” We can only pray that is true.

We constantly vet our posts for accuracy whether it be in grammar, typos or fact.  This one was revised on February 19 2019.

#220 Jackie Coogan aka The Kid is Uncle Fester

John Leslie Coogan (October 26, 1914 – March 1, 1984) was an American actor and comedian who began his movie career as a child actor in Charlie Chaplin’s film classic The Kid (1921).  This made him one of the first child stars in film history.





Later on he sued his mother and stepfather over his squandered film earnings and provoked California to enact the first known legal protection for the earnings of child performers, widely known as the Coogan Act. Coogan continued to act throughout his life, later earning renewed fame in middle age portraying Uncle Fester in the Addams Family.

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Last week I went to a seminar on Chiron by Brad Kochunas at SOTA in Cheektowaga, New York.  He gave the history of Chiron from its astronomical discovery to its astrological descriptions showing how originally it was supposed to mean “maverick” and then someone with the advent of Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, both coming out the year before, changed that to “culture changer.”

I had to agree with Kochunas that the amount of ideas, names and identities to Chiron is mind boggling and often stymies me as well on how to use him, but “culture changer,” or “breaker” rang home for the next slide was the album Never Mind the Bollocks by Johnny Rotten and I remembered how the 70’s had an ongoing rivalry between Poco, the Allman Brothers,  and the Eagles vs. Ramones,  and the Sex Pistols & the Clash.  Of course it was not that simple, there was Disco and Saturday Night Fever that perhaps influenced Close Encounters and all the coloured lights, but that was really another venue and not a major change in pop music.



Looking at Jackie Coogan’s chart, it is very noticeable that Chiron, our culture maker-breaker is right on his first house conjunct his Ascendant in Koch format.  The time is from Elbert Benjamine and the Church of Light via Coogan’s mother.  The other on Astro.com is at 3:00 pm; we are going with Mom.

His Grand Trine does not fit the typical quadruplicity rules: the sun is fixed water in Scorpio, Uranus is in its Lord in fixed air in Aquarius but Pluto (also not discovered until Coogan started his petition on September 26 1936) is in cardinal water in the fourth house, sort of suggesting that he woke up and got that trine active.  Coogan is a Splay temperament type.

Zain notes:

  1. In 1919 Jackie gamed fame playing the Kid in Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid.   His Sun is square Uranus RX in the 5th and Mercury is conjunct Mars in different houses, Mars in creative Scorpio and Mercury in his higher calling of Sagittarius showing he will suffer some hard knocks as he matures.
  2. 1925 At 11 years of age, Jackie left the movies for ten years.  He has Sun square Jupiter RX and Venus sextile Jupiter RX.
  3. In 1937, now 23, Jackie went on a vaudeville tour.  Venus transiting conjunct Venus RX.
  4. Next year, May 15 1938, Jackie sued without avail mother and stepfather for an accounting of the money he had earned.  Venus is the Court conjunct Venus natal, Mercury in the 2nd, square Uranus Rx.
  5. He won on appeal in 1939 and the Coogan Law was put into effect to protect figure young actors from finding themselves in the same situations as Jackie.  Unfortunately this edition of the law was flawed.

  1. It was not until 2000, nearly twenty years after Chiron was discovered, that the Coogan Law was updated that 15% of all minor’s earning must be set aside in a blocked trust account commonly called the Coogan account.

#344 Field Marshall Ferdinand Foch

Field Marshall Ferdinand Foch is credited with the man who ended the War to end all Wars — World War i in the Allies favour.  He was born on October 2, 1851 in Tarbes, France.  Tarbes is a commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in the Occitanie region of southwestern France and the capital of Bigorre. It has been a commune since 1790.  Tarbes was known as Turba or Tarba in Roman times and is part of the historical region of Gascony.


Marc Jones cites his time as 10 PM at night, but we found at 1 PM in the afternoon works far better.  This gives the Field Marshall an ascendant 0f 1.27 Capricorn, that  is represented by “three stained glass windows, with one damaged by bombardment.”  It memorializes his mark on history and the vision Foch had for the responsibility of exalting the abstract of peace over human greed.  It’s key word is commemoration, which is what the header image, and below in full aspect, honors.

                                                Delving in Foch

He is a Splay Temperament Type, always able like a cat to land on his feet as shown by Jupiter conjunct his Midheaven in the tenth house of Scorpio.  His Line of Efficiency is square showing that he was always looking for a way to get an advantage, that worked well as a military commander.  The lord of his ascendant Saturn is somewhat debilitated in the fourth house but it is buttressed by Uranus, independent thinking, and Pluto, transforming his environment.  Nonetheless Saturn is opposite Jupiter forming his line of motivation and its point focus is a weak Moon in Capricorn.  Mars too is not in a welcoming sign in Cancer and forms and opposition to the Moon.

So how did he pull this off?  Neptune is exalted in its lord of Pisces in the second house showing that his devout loyalty to his homeland.  It in turn is trine Jupiter in the midheaven giving him great adaptability and of course the trine works like a large magic net as it envelopes and protects him.  Finally the Mars opposition to his Ascendant mobilizes his will power and tenacity with a steely grit that feeds into a second grand Trine, this time in Earth.  So the two trines, one in water and the other in earth, should make water, but they in Foch’s case seem instead to be a fast moving flywheel that spins off all dirt, clutter and debris allowing his Mercury, the only unaspected planet in his chart, to work freely and without inencumbrance.

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                                                        Early years

The son of a civil servant, his family had originally lived in Valentine, in the Comminges area to which he returned annually. As a young child, he was inspired by the stories of the campaigns of his maternal grandfather, who had been an officer during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras, and by the age of six he was reading the descriptions of military battles he found in historical works.

In 1869 he entered the Jesuit school of Saint-Clément in Metz in order to prepare for the entrance examination for the Polytechnic School. In Metz the experience of France’s defeat in the Franco-German War left an indelible impression on him. In 1871, after the armistice, he was forced to live alongside the victorious German soldiers who were there as French Metz had become a German city. His pain and anger made him resolve to become a soldier and return Metz and the whole of the Lorraine region to France.

After the war Foch was showered with honours, including being made marshal of Great Britain and Poland. Metz and Lorraine were French again.  Foch is buried near Napoleon under the dome of the Church of Saint-Louis, in the Invalides in Paris.  The statue of the Field Marshall Foch in Grosvenor Square, London, England.

the great Field Marshall Ferdinand Foch