Tag: Western-biased Bowl

A Bowl where most of the planets are on the Western Side (Right) of the chart.

#43 Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyle

Princess Louise Caroline Alberta was born March 18, 1848, at Buckingham Palace, the fourth daughter and sixth child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha shortly after 8 in the morning. She was christened on May 13, 1848, at the Private Chapel in Buckingham Palace.

Princess Louise has a strong preponderancein Pisces in the 11th House. Her ascendant is 24 Taurus.

In 1863, the Queen permitted Louise to enroll at The National Art Training School, to pursue her interests and she became a very skilled painter and sculptress. Later in life, she sculpted a statue of her mother that is still on display. Information on her is here.

Bernie Sanders has Chutzpah

Bernie Sanders was born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York  on September 8th 1941, three months before the advent of World War II to Eli a Jewish immigrant from Poland in the 1920s and Dorothy who was born in the lower East side of Manhattan.  He went to James Madison High School in the Midwood section of the borough as did New York Senator Charles Schumer and Chief Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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His mother died when he was attending Brooklyn College after which he transferred to the University of Chicago for a bachelors in political science.  He lived in a kibbutz in Israel and in 1964 married Deborah Schilling with whom he bought a summer home in Vermont.  They divorced and Bernie had a liasion with Susan Campbell Mott with whom he had a son, Levi in 1966.  Twenty two years later he married Jane O’Meara Driscoll in Burlington and adopted her three children.

                                       Bernie’s Chart

Bernie is a lipped bowl temperament type.  The purple line on his chart demarcates the bowl and the two planets on the other side of the hemisphere that make up the lip, that Marc Jones says is how he scoops up his past resources using them as proxies to create his experience.  As these planets are the Moon and Mars this gives him great energy, daring and a tendency towards bravura.  It can make the Senator moody and at times irascible, but overall, its influence is one that allows his emotions free rein and makes him say what he thinks.  The Moon tempers the harshness of Mars here so what would have been a militant revolutionary becomes more of a maverick with unusual ideas for the times.

Opposite that duo is Venus his Sun’s ruler and this hints that his earlier relationships were neither kind or easy on either party, leaving deep wounds that are easily stirred.  Conjunct his Mercury (not an unusual aspect as these planets can never be more than 76° apart) it does gives the septugenenerian some charm and affability and rhetorical skill.  But it is Neptune right next door to logical Mercury that truly invigorates and colours his mental view.

Neptune that florid and impressionible planet, fertilizes his imagination and stirs his soul, as the Senator  views all of life through the prism of social obligation reinterpreting it into his socialist philosophy.    Neptune is then sextile Pluto in the eighth house showing that he is very aware of his legacy and he important it is to him to be transformative figure.  It is then sextile against his Uranus, a pioneering imaginative planet, showing how easy it was from him to go from Burlington mayor to Senator with his wild eyed vision of what the future could be.

This also  creates a natural yod in his chart with an apex in the second house of Sagitarrius and its head right at his part of Fortune at 30 Gemini highlighting his romantic traditionalism, viewing a golden agarian age much like Vice President Henry Agard Wallace did 70 years ago when he first ran for President with his Green Party.  For Bernie this hearkens to the farming communal life that he experienced in the kibbutz, as good antidote to the frenzied world of Facebook, Apple & Google where one is always on and in touch.  His strong succedent or fixed emphasis in his chart shows that he is always futured oriented and looking ahead. but also says he has a tendency of hoarding up what he comes upon.

His protege, is Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez.  Recently, the Green Mountain Senator,  accounced his candidacy for President in 2020.  We covered that here.

Le Figaro & Jean Baptiste Alphonse Karr

                                                             plus ca change, plus c’est la même chose

Marc Jones, a wide and erudite reader, mentions “Alphonse Karr” in the second chapter of Astrology:  How and Why it Works citing his phrase “the more it changes, the more it’s the same thing,”  as a wonderful thing.  Monsieur Karr has severals books available on Gutenberg.org, all in French, but if you chose “read this book online”, Google will automatically translate them.

In 1832 Karr published a novel, Sous les tilleuls that was quite popular.  A second novel, Une heere trop tard, followed next year, and was succeeded by many other popular works. His Vendredi soir (1835) and Le Chemin le plus court (1836) continued the vein of autobiographical romance with which he had made his first success.

 Genevieve (1838) is one of his best stories, and his Voyage autour de mon jardin (1845) was deservedly popular. Others were Feu Bressier (1848), and Fort en theme (1853),  had some influence in stimulating educational reform

Les Guepes…aka The Wasps

In 1839 Alphonse Karr, who was essentially a brilliant journalist, became editor of Le Figaro, to which he had been a constant contributor; and he also started a monthly journal, Les Guepes, of a satirical tone, a publication which brought him the reputation of a somewhat bitter wit.

His popular epigram  plus ca change, plus c’est la même chose,” was the one that Jones quoted.  His other on the death penalty, . and, on the proposal to abolish capital punishment, “je veux bien que messieurs les assassins commencent,”  (let the gentlemen who do the punishing start the process).

He also worked with J. J. Granville on  the Animated Flower, that Granville illustrated and Karr wrote the “floriculture.”  It is similar to Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairies that came 70 years later.

                           Biograph of Alphonse Karr

Karr was a French critic and novelist,  born in Paris, on the 24th of November 1808.  He was educated at the College Bourbon, and became teacher there too

A nonedible Bamboo he named, Bambusa Multiplex.

In 1848 he founded Le Journal. In 1855 he went to live at Nice, where he indulged his predilections for floriculture, and gave his name to more than one new variety notably in dahlias. He practically founded the trade in cut flowers on the Riviera.

He devoted to fishing, in Les Soirees de Sainte-Adresse (1853) and Au bord de la mer (1860) he made use of his experiences. His reminiscences, Livre de bord, were published in 1879-1880. He died at St Raphael, on the 29th of September 1890, Michelmas.

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                                                      The Karr Chart

Mr Karr was rectified to 15 Leo and 9:36 PM.  He has a Grand Trine in Earth.  The cut trade is shown by Mars in the second opposite the preponderance in the eighth house of death — cute how that works out.  His business acumen is demonstrated by the seventh house, and his love of work with Venus at 02 Capricorn on the sixth house cusp making it especially strong.  The fifth house is his tarvelling Sun and Neptune for his fishing and poetry, the fourth house shows he win live long — he was 82 when he died — and happily.


 Transpluto right at the midheaven is striking at 05 Taurus, as it gives him inexhaustable patience for success.

John Hawkins, who wrote the book on Transpluto, believes that the hypothetical planet is ruled by Taurus and assigns as its totem the Bee — perfect for flowers.  That works out well, as the Asteroid Dalian, often used for the dahlia is right next to it at Taurus 03. ¹

Right next to the Asteroid Ceres — discovered 1801 — used often as a proxy for commerce, and growing things is conjunct the other dahlia asteroid, Daliya, named for the 18th century Swedish botanist, Anders Dahl — a student of the great Carl Linnaeus — for whom the beautiful Mexican flower was named.²


  1. The asteroid Dalian is actually named for Dalian, China, so using it as a proxy is because it is a near homonym.
  2. The dahlia was named for Anders Dahl in memoriam for his work by the Spanish Abbe of the Real Jardin Botanico (the Royal Gardens).  If you are in the area it’s a real treat and next door the marvellous Prado Museum.

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a shot of the garden from Google Earth

#529 Dr. Franziska Lash – Rosicrucian Astrologer

Marc Jones says she is a German born astrologer, but after a lot of searches we found Dr. Lash as a contemporary of Danish-born Max Heindel and his Rosicrucian group.   She continued his work in Medical Astrology after he died in 1919, that we surmise, was from the Spanish flu epidemic,  most who were middle aged adults and Heindel at 54 was a bit on the high side of that mark.  Still if he had underlying health issues, that would have weakened his system, the flu would have had a good threshold to work from.

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from Memoirs About Max Heindel And The Rosicrucian Fellowship

Dr. Lash is a bowl temperament type, that clings to the Western or resourceful side of the chart. Her ascendant is 06 Scorpio, “drawings a prehistoric bird” highlighting her strong desire to extend her horizons into the unknown past that unknowingly open doors into another world and makes empathetic connections to her former perspective.

This is supported by the translation of light between her Moon and Venus, both in Scorpio opposing her Neptune at her midheaven.  The point focus is at her ascendant, and being out the outlier for her visionary gifts.  Dr. Lash has a preponderance of planets in the second house probably making her rather a physically striking lady with perhaps luminous eyes, while Uranus in the second house in wide conjunction to the Sun shows that she unusual ideas about health and medicine and its cure.

The header picture is of her hometown Bornhof Mecklenburg, Germany that is in Northern Germany and like so many nativities we have done, on the Prussian near the  North Sea and south of Denmark. Nothing other than the excerpt above could be found.mechklenburg


#831 Pretty boy Karl Schulze

It’s hard to be a boxer ad not want to get hit in the face. Sooner or later, no matter how good you are, you will run into someone who will punch you in the kisser and you’ll fold like a cheap card table. That is the story of Pretty Boy Karl Schulze, number 831 in the Jones hit parade.

Jones has his birthplace as Bremerhaven; the German boxing site says Wandsbek.  He was born on May 14, 1907 in Wandsbek, Germany at 3:30 AM according to Jones. There is no record of his childhood, or even a photo — we have pieced that together from his boxing record and chart.


Harry Stein;
there is no extant
picture of Karl

Karl Schulze was the 1925 and 1926 German Amateur flyweight champion.  In  1925 he was third in the  European Championships in Stockholm behind Emile Pladner of France and J.W. James from England. In July 1928 he began his professional career in Berlin.  His career started off with a technical knockout (when the referee gives 10 counts for the boxer to get back on his feet; when he doesn’t because he realizes he is licked he shakes his head no and a TKO is scored; this can also happen if the fighters face is gnashed, and he is bleeding) against Urban Grass  in the second round.

Two months later, Schulze lost twice to Harry Stein, both times on points. In January 1929 he won the German flyweight championship over Erich Kohler by a knockout but later that same year he lost his title because of weight problems (Neptune in Cancer) and had to go up a class to bantamweight (the difference in division is about 15 pounds).

The River Elbe is marked in red. Wandsbek is near Hamburg

After some rough times, Schulze was back.  In the autumn of 1929 Karl won the  German championship and retained that until July 1930. There is little information on him, from then to his 1932 bout against the undefeated Richard Stegemann: he lost both matches.

On October 21, 1932, Schulze went south to Stuttgart for a tournament,  Here Hans Schiller knocked him out in the third and his short career was over.  There was nothing more about him until 1935,  where while swimming in the Elbe, Schulze drowned.

Boxing with Schulze

Schulze had talent as a western-based bowl: he has the asteroid Toro next to Jupiter in the fourth house and with Tisiphone (one of the three Ancient Greek goddesses of Furies symbolizing vengeance) coupled with the North Node at 25 Cancer 13, he had a bad temper and a punch to match. But with Venus in his first house next to his Ascendant — a vain boxer is an anathema to the sport no matter how hard that exalted Mars in Capricorn maybe, and his Mercury in a close sextile to Jupiter (which is square a good drinking buddy Neptune) suggests he liked to party in beer halls, hard.

Uranus in Capricorn is an oxymoron, for while Schulze may reach his utmost goals, at the last moment he will get cold feet and run away. This is probably abetted by his South Node there but it is difficult to ignore Uranus in the tenth opposing Neptune in Cancer (and square Jupiter remember) doubles down on alcohol problems. Neptune is conjunct Jupiter could also intimate drowning.

Schulze with the Bremerhaven birth place.


For reasons unbeknownst to us, Bremerhaven and Wandsbek came up as west of GMT in the original post. We caught it when reviewing the essays and noticed the longitude data, though the chart itself was correct.  Wandsbek is near Hamburg, now part of Central European Time Zone, and one hour east of Greenwich. The new charts and reports reflect this change.

Mapping Vivian Maier

Photographer Vivian Maier takes a lot of self-portraits, so much so that it is rather overwhelming while watching the cult movie “Finding Vivian Maier,” by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel.

Maloof realized he found something good in 2007 when he bought the contents of Maier’s derelict storage locker at auction (for $380), and discovered 100,000 negatives, 700 rolls of color film, and 2,000 rolls of black-and-white film, taken during the decades that Maier worked as a nanny for wealthy families in New York and Chicago. he then set out to find her, and couldn’t which is wild as she was still alive, dying in 2009 at the age of 83.

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The key to the Maier cult is that she never published a thing during her life — instead, she stored it all away and that she took her Rolleiflex everywhere with her, on her various nanny jobs and eventually around the world.

What we learn is that she was born in Brooklyn New York on February 1, 1926. She had a brother and we learn from the film a family in France and she was tall and took photos of street life. Not much more, but we do see a lot of her photography in the film and learn how Maloof became totally entranced by this celluloid goddess. that’s about it.

Mapping Vivian D. Maier

download the chart for the photographer cum nanny vivian maier

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This chart has been rectified for an Ascendant of 18 Sagittarius with her camera, Mars at Sagitarrius 25, right by its side.  She is a Western Bowl Temperament Type that highlights her resourcefulness much like sewing aficionado Nancy Zieman.  Her bowl with a rimmed opposition from the Moon in the Ninth (travelling for education) and Venus in the Third (seeing it through a keen eye) but it the scoop,  seeing the world from the two generational planets of Neptune in the Eighth, capturing bits of forgotten things and Uranus in Pisces, distilling it (via photography) into a unique vision that was truly her gift.


If you cannot catch the movie, look at the pix on the Maloof site here. and be entranced.


Cayce SC Amtrak Derailing

from the New York Times

At a news conference near the crash site, Robert L. Sumwalt, the current N.T.S.B. chairman, ruled out foul play and said investigators initially believed that a switch had been manually thrown and then padlocked. “The key to this investigation is learning why that switch was lined that way because the expectation was, of course, that the Amtrak train would be operating like this,” he said, pointing to a whiteboard showing the passenger train’s southbound direction.

Amtrak has described itself as a “safe and reliable transporter,” but Mark V. Rosenker, a former chairman of the N.T.S.B., said that although Sunday’s accident was another in a “series of anomalies,” it perhaps hinted at a “lack of safety culture” at Amtrak. He suspected that Sunday’s crash involved some discrepancy in the way CSX communicates with Amtrak, which does not own large swaths of the track it uses, and Mr. Hall suggested that the design of the nation’s rail network invited collisions between passenger and freight trains.

Derailments rarely cause more than minor injuries, but the aftermath was tragically different on Sunday not far from Columbia, the state capital. Gov. Henry McMaster said the engine of the Amtrak train, which had been carrying eight crew members and 139 passengers on its route from New York to Miami, was “barely recognizable.”

“It’s a horrible thing to see — to understand the force that this involved,” Mr. McMaster said.

The Lexington County coroner, Margaret Fisher, identified the dead as Amtrak employees: the train’s 54-year-old engineer, Michael Kempf, of Savannah, Ga., and a conductor, Michael Cella, 36, of Orange Park, Fla. Both men were in the first car of the train. Dozens of passengers were taken to a nearby middle school, where the American Red Cross set up a temporary shelter and passengers tried to make sense of what had happened aboard Train 91 at about 2:35 a.m. on Sunday.

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                                                    What happened?

Looking at the chart and the yod drawn on it, I would say that with Pluto in its essential ruler Scorpio in the Eighth and Saturn in the Seventh focal determinators to the opposition of Uranus in the Eleventh and the Moon in the Fourth (Aries and Libra respectively), that one of the engineers was hotdogging the rails i.e. going at too fast a speed to slow down for incoming traffic.  I am not sure if it is CSX or Amtrak that was the culprit and I twist and turn the two around, one time coming up with CSX based on the Ascendant and another time coming up with Amtrak based on Saturn in the Seventh.  If you have an alternative reading, drop us a line. Thanks.

the chart for the amtrak derailing

Here’s the update:  Amtrak was the culprit from the New York Post, my hometown paper.