Neil Gorsuch and the Supremes

Judge Gorsuch’s chart was put up on the site rectified.  You can download it here.judge-gorsuch


Who is he?

Judge Gorsuch is a rara avis — he is a Westerner appointed to the Supreme Court and an Episcopalian.  All the judges nominated in the past thirty years, indeed since Justice Stephen Breyer, who hails from have been from the East Coast and either Roman Catholic or Jewish. He originally clerked for the first Coloradan Justice,.Byron Raymond White.

That said, the Judge has Eastern based chart, the majority of his planets are in the Eastern portion of his chart.  This tells that us that he relies upon his own resources and abilities and not opportunities. With so many planets in the Northern Hemisphere, this makes him an introverted thinker, unlike the extroverted Anton Scalia he is replacing. [We will be uploading Scalia’s chart for comparison shortly.]

His mother, Anne Gorsuch, was the EPA chief under Pres. Ronald Reagan. She had a rather controversial outing and was soon replaced by William Ruckelshaus.  Her son, Neil, despite all the leftist outrage does have some liberals praising him; others want a total boycott of his nomination.  Chances are with a  blemishless record, his nomination will pass.

                               The Judge’s Temperament

Judge Gorsuch is a bucket with a Saturn handle at 12 degrees Aries, handle.  As it is located in his eighth house, he is concerned with his judicial legacy, & probably why his personal life is beyond reproach: he believes what he practices..  It is also conjunct the asteroid Chiron, telling us that he thinks that the law to be therapeutic, and cathartic and not punitive:  that someone by going through the legal system one is ultimately purged of their mortal sins and cleansed.  This is probably a good philosophy for a Judge and in line with its historic value not only in the US Supreme, John Marshall, but biblically (Book of Judges:  Deborah, Gideon and Samson) as well.

Comparatively, Scalia is a Splash temperament type with his Part of Fortune and Jupiter in the eighth house, suggesting that the late judge had a rather social collective attitude towards the justice system.  That is in tune with Judge Gorsuch’s historical view but  we are not sure  at this  point how unique that is at this juncture; we just have not done enough of the Justices to know.

                                              Line of Culture

The Judge only has the Line of Culture in chart, that is the aspect between Pluto 23 Scorpio and Uranus 24 Virgo.  It is conjunct, almost exactly.  Pluto, found in his second house of resources, tells us that he is a man who has the utmost probity in his life, symbolized by  “A jewelry shop”assuring us he has an array of talents that he directs towards his larger vision.judge and wife.jpg

The Honorable Judge and Mrs. Gorsuch

Uranus the other pair in this cusp is part of the earth stellium in Virgo.  It has the symbol of “Mary and her little lamb” suggesting the Biblical proverb of “having a child’s eyes to enter the Kingdom of God,” 1

We wish him and his family, all the best.


  1.  That verse comes from Luke 18 v. 16-17

But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.  17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

J156 Ruffian Dick and his nights in Arabia

Sir Richard Francis Burton is renown for the being the first European to penetrate Arabian culture in the 19th century so thoroughly that he could write sixteen volumes of their stories and folktales in The Arabian Nights. His books are here on

Click here to download sir-Richard-burton’s chart

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones was also enthralled by Burton’s writings and condensed them for his readers in a series of lesson sets the 1001 Nights.  A full list of his condensed notes here. The Sabian Assembly is in progress of republishing them for public purchase.

The Scorpio ascendant does not spare pains with himself, and he cares nothing for the sensitiveness of others.He expects everyone to be as strong as he is himself He is in fact a somewhat dangerous associate, for his magnetism is so great that those who are working with him are insensibly drawn to emulate his vigourous energy, and they are extremely likely to overstrain themselves and collapse. Scorpio, within his own limitations, is a grand master of organization.

Aleister Crowley,

He is intensely thorough in his preparation, and his foresight is marvellous. In fact, it is one drawback to the immediate success of the very best types of this sign that they possess an idea so big that it is generally impossible of realization within the compass of a lifetime.

We find them building for posterity, and perhaps suffering intensely in consequence of their absolute refusal to swerve from their appointed path in order to deal with temporary exigencies.


Sir Richard Francis Burton was a British soldier, explorer, author, and translator.  He was born in Torquay, Devonshire, England, March 19, 1821 in Torquay, England.   Both Crowley and Jones have his nativity in their books, though with slightly different times; Crowley renders Burton at 06 Scorpio and Jones at 08 Scorpio.  The latter used Alan Leo’s 1001 Nativities for his data, so we giving Leo-Jones the nod.

             The Burton MAP

The most noticeable thing about Burton’s astrological chart is everything is in the Northern hemisphere (bottom part of the chart) telling us he was very much an “undercover man.”  His Moon handle is in the Eleventh House at 12  Libra, suggesting he could adapt to the crowd.   In the Hyperion Symbols, a modern universalist look at the Symbols, suggests that this degree is “the substance of human culture” hearkening backward to see the cultural value in all of man’s existence.  G. K. McClung gives this the symbol of “The Moon of Leto, Apollo’s mother.”


In Greek Mythology, Leto is is a daughter of the Titan pair Coeus and Phoebe; her sister is  Asteria, who becomes with time, the personification of justice. The family comes from the island of Kos. In Roman Mythology, Leto was then renamed as Latona & her family the Titanides.  In both myths Leto/Latona is a bride of Zeus/Jupiter  and mother of the twins Apollo and Artemis/Minerva.  Her iconography suggests that Leto was a goddess of modesty and perhaps also  of the night, both of which fit Sir Burton’s moon perfectly, as he did most of his work in full sheik’s costume complete with the ghutrah — cloaking himself  and a good ability to tan well would have assisted in the masquerade.

Leto in Attic pottery

Of course, the real issue would be the language, and here, Burton was helped by a stellium in the creative languages of the fifth house in Pisces, spilling over into the sixth with Mercury & Saturn and suggesting that he had a true talent in straddling both formal and informal social structure and a great instincts.   All of which would have been necessary in an incredible gamble.

His Mercury, via a translation of light to neighboring Saturn at 15 Aries, is opposite his Moon in Libra & highlights his ability to get into the “rhythm” of his work and lose his identity in it.  Others with this aspect are actress Bette Davis, Alan Leo (both of them with their Sun) and the adorable multi-talented Shirley Temple (her Venus).  The comparison of Ruffian Dick’s adventures with acting is not without merit.

                                    A lot of water in the Araby desert

Sir Richard has little elemental air in his chart, so he truly did not “translate” as much as “transcribe”  the stories and tales he heard. (Neptune in the third house of communications and letters) He wrote in the papers at the times, that he felt he was capturing (his Midheaven is at 18 Leo that is often as E. C. Matthews writes, the sign of the writer) a world that time forgot.

A site devoted to Sir Richard is here.

                          Lines of Awareness

Sir Richard does not a major aspect for his Line of Vitality, as they are inconjunct.  Marc Edmund Jones writes that this suggests “neither a direct emphasis on action” nor an awareness of their potential implying that his own ego is subordinate to his life’s work.  That would make sense how he operated undercover as an Arabian sheik, not as a British soldier.

His Line of Personality, the aspect between Jupiter and Saturn, are conjunct, suggesting a life through his own physical abilities, and making Sir Richard, exceptionally aware of his experiences.

The Line of Efficiency, the aspect between Mars and Venus is also conjunct.  Marc Edmund Jones in his “Guide to Horoscope Interpretation” says that the steel magnate Andrew Carnegie and the fantasy writer cum mathematician, Lewis Carroll, also had this aspect.  It suggests a high degree of concentrated insight into their work.

The final Line of Culture, that aspect between Uranus and Pluto, is also conjunct, like songwriter Stephen Foster, and suggests in both cases, an ability to lose one’s self and cultural identity.  That would definitely be Sir Richard’s case.


  • Hyperion Symbols, Gavin K. McClung, 2012, Infinity Publishing.  Available here.
  • Degrees of the Zodiac Analyzed, E. C. Matthews, 1947, Fixed Star Press.  Available here.
  • Leo, Alan, 1001 Notable Nativities, London, England c. 1926.

New to NBC: Megyn Marie Kelly

Download Megyn-Marie-kelly‘s chart here.



Megyn Kelly,  previously the Kelly File, on the cable network FoxNews, had a major run in with Presidential candidate Donald Trump.  She was asked if this was “political” and she said No,  we wanted to check if she was right.  She says that her political slant is “independent.”

She has been married twice.  The first time to a Daniel Kendall, M.D.  The divorce was acrimonious and ended in 2006.  The second marriage to Cybersecurity analyst turned writer, Douglas Brunt has been far more successful.   The Brunts have three children, 2 boys, and a girl.  She is a graduate of the Albany Law School and is half Italian and Irish.

                           Where were you born? says that Megyn was born in Syracuse.  Wikipedia OTOH says Champaign Illinois.    We did the charts for both and found the Illinois birthplace implausible, so we are going with the Syracuse one.  It makes more sense all around as all her schooling is in New York State, and her father, Edward Kelly taught at SUNY.


Kelly.pngThe Chart

Ms. Kelly is a bucket temperament type with a Saturn handle in her fifth house of creativity & speculation. Saturn is the protector of the zodiac at nineteen Taurus, & as her handle creates the symbol of a “Newly formed continent, ”   suggesting the raw substance of existence and that her experience shapes and develops her character more than her education.   He allows her to see opportunities that others miss and gives her the revolutionary potential to recreate her image and her environs.

Mrs & Mrs Douglas Brunt

But this handle is under stress from the very benevolent Jupiter that also constituents the Line of Personality that makes her gravitate towards hubbub of turmoil and upset, and explains why she attacked candidate Donald Trump to such a great deal — she loves the attention.

Jupiter at 18.34 Scorpio is rather accurate for an interviewer, “A parrot listening and then talking.”  Dr. Jones writes this gives her the inherent sensitivity to reworking reality in the service of her own “personal aspirations,” and with not T-Cross to allow for a fuller expression it forces to recreate herself and her career almost chameleon-like.

Her Midheaven at  20.15 Libra is conjunct, within two degrees, to fiercely ambitious Mars at 18.31 Libra.  Here found in her ninth house of travels, writing and long distance communications, it suggests that she has had many disruptive moves as she directs her consciousness towards her new visions.  Mars has the symbol is a “gang of robbers in hiding” emphasizing her need to express her personal freedom, a vital ingredient in her various transformations and supports her first husband’s comments about her wanting a  role reversal marriage.  Luckily her second husband, Douglas Brunt, found a second career as a writer that would tolerate that.

                                    Network?  Networking?

SDC11588.pngWith a stellium of planets in her ninth house, Ms. Kelly has a Rolodex to die for.  She is networked, connected to everyone.  She swaps business cards immediately upon meeting someone, and then dutifully keeps in touch so that connection does not go stale.

Her Sun at twenty-six Scorpio is square her Part of Fortune, the symbol of Indians making Camp, encourages that, as she makes the least promising situations turn around to her benefit.  There is no doubt, Ms. Kelly is a hard worker.

That Part of Fortune is found in her intercepted eighth house, so she also spends a lot of time making it look good and effortless.  The changes in makeup, hair style, clothing, and networks, are all part of her desire to run up a significant image and bank account, eventually allowing her to write her own ticket.  Ms. Kelly’s Midheaven at twenty-one Libra is probably a run in the political arena as it has the symbol of a “Crowd gathering on a beach” to hear important revelations.  Watch her pick up the Hillary Clinton mantle sometime in the next ten years.

                                                             What’s your Line?

Ms. Kelly’s Line of Vitality 1 is squared.  This aspect is determined by the aspect between the Sun and Moon.  Dr. Jones says that this native uses her physical energy to focus her will and the houses where the planets reside are those where she put the most effort into.

For her, this is the eighth house of legacies and the eleventh house of networking and friends.megynkellyfocusdonaldtrumpvsmegynkellyhnkxznfdnxul  She feels strongly about impressing her personality upon sphere in which she operates & needs to be a high profile person on television, as well as traditional & social media.  As she is exerting her physical will here, she will work tirelessly for that to happen.

Her Line of Personality, the aspect between Jupiter and Saturn has an opposition.  Her Saturn is also her High Focus planet,  and this point agrees with the Line of Vitality about her conscious decision for her personal place in the scheme of things.

Her Line of Culture, sextile Uranus, and Neptune is the third of the four lines that Dr. Jones created.  This aspect as these are outer planets happen generationally and tend to define age groups, so the houses that this is found in are more important than the character itself.  For Kelly, Neptune at 1 degree Sagittarius, tells us that she is very appreciative of her family, both past, and present, in supporting her.  This is demonstrated that her eldest son is named after her late father, Edward Kelly, as well as her on-air mentioning of her children and spouse.

Neptune at 1 degree Sagittarius, tells us that she is very appreciative of her family, both past, and present in their support.  This is demonstrated by the naming of her eldest son after her late father, Edward Kelly, as well as her on-air mentioning of her children and spouse.

Ms. Kelly has the final Line of Efficiency as well. This is not particularly common, and we have noted in our studies that those who do tend to be a bit more self-centered than the general populace.  For her, that Line, determined by  Mars and Venus, is sextiled.  The two planets are found in the ninth and eleventh houses suggesting that moving and being nimble-footed, is part of the desire for success.  She may be at NBC New York now, but like many other of her moves, she will be elsewhere in the future when opportunity strikes.


1.  Discussion of the personality pairs  can be found the Guide to Horoscope Interpretation.  Philadelphia:  Quest Books c. 1972.  Search for a copy here &   Astrology How and Why it works available over here on Amazon owned Alibris.



No longer flying with the Eagles – Nick Foles

                               Our first chart is Foles and Brady’s composite chart, that connects the midpoint of two people to get a better understanding of how they interrelate.  In a composite chart there is core identity that signifies its “purpose” (the Sun at 08 Taurus) and emotional responses and needs (the Moon at 27 Scorpio) which are here found in an oppositional pair making Tom and Nick very aware of each other’s moves and motives.

Their mode of communication (Mercury 25 Taurus, which is Nick’s Ascendant) works with their ideals (Venus 26 Taurus), that is in this venue is that both of them want to capture the Superbowl. How they will express that is via Mars (17 Taurus).

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Scots Rite: Mary Anne MacLeod Trump

Based on the data from the New Yorker Magazine article, this is our presumptive guess for President Trump’s mother’s horoscope.  The reason that she has so many intercepted houses is because she was born in a very northern latitude and Koch seems to do no better with them than Placidus except that the interceptions move. 

Who is Mrs. Trump?

We rectified Mrs. Trump’s chart to 9:12 PM,  giving her a 10 Sagittarius ascendant, which E.C. Chambers in his book, Degrees of the Zodiac Analyzed,  says is “zeal”. 

PM Winston Churchill has the same degree for his Sun.  Her Temperament Type is a Bucket with a Jupiter Handle. Typically, Jupiter in the Twelfth House, particularly in its own Lord, would make the native a very religious person, but in Mrs. Trump’s case it is afflicted by Moon in the Third house, and so while she probably attended Sunday services, it was more out of duty than devout belief. 

Also, Jupiter handles show up in people who are highly conventional and supportive of established societal values,  but in an ostentatious manner and so do everything in a big and grand way (her son seems to have inherited that flair).

You can download her chart here  Mrs-fred-trump. 

                                 She’s leaving home

We know little about Mrs. Trump herself, other than tidbits reported like the New Yorker story aforementioned.  The Map though does shed a little more light on the lady, confirming that she was born with some amount of wanderlust to leave her native Scotland and go aboard,  full of optimistic conviction that things would turn out.

With Pluto in her seventh house, we wonder if the reason was not because as her 28 Pluto in Gemini suggests that she felt that the opportunity in her natives Lewes was “bankrupt” and as the keyword for this symbol suggests, she needed “deliverance” from a bleak and sterile environment.  If so, going to New York City and not a much closer,  London, was a rather fortuitous choice.  Maybe the issue there was London was not far enough, or as a Scottish patriot, she did not want to become English.

Neptune and Mars in the Seventh house suggest that while she married a dynamic and energetic man, they were different and so his busy business schedule and her busy societal one worked out well after the initial attraction; Neptune suggests that they had little in common other than their children and the ambitious dreams of a New York “power couple.”

                                                    Vital Lines

Mrs. Trump has no aspects for her Line of Vitality.The orb between the Sun and the Moon is too great to matter.  Marc Edmund Jones writes that in that case, that she does not take physical control of her life, but relies much more on fate, rather à propos for a devout Presbyterian.

The only planetary pair that she has is the Line of Personality, that aspect between her Saturn and Jupiter.  In Mrs. Trump’s case it is trine like the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung.  This Dr. Jones writes, that she has a “natural momentum” with great sensitivity to her opportunities.  It also agrees with her presidential son, that it belies her  “surplus of mental energy” in handling anything thrown at her.  It would seem that besides her golden hair, President Trump also inherited a few other attributes from his Mum.

Choosing Labor Day : McGuire vs. Debs

             P. J. McGuire and Labor Day

Peter J. McGuire, the general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was the first person to suggest that special day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.” He recommended that this special national day be sometime between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.  He felt that would break up the long period and allow workers to enjoy the beauty of the Creator and rest.

Others contend that it really was a peace offering from President Grover Cleveland to Eugene Debs for the killing of a dozen or more of the striking railway workers in Pullman, Illinois.  We decided to look at the two arguments and see what the Natal Chart of the holiday suggests

            Bowling Green

The first Labor Day was in New York City on September 5, 1882 according to the United States Department of Labor.  The whole day was announced by the mayor to be in its honor, so we chose midnight for its birth. The event’s  temperament type is a bowl 1 i.e.: all ten planets fall cleanly with the parameters of a tilted hemispheric rim angling from the 5th House of play & sport to the 11th house of the public. 

Bowl temperament types are rather self-contained and this one, primarily Northern based, has most of the planets shining upwards towards the southern or visible hemisphere, showing that the original Labor Day was indeed the familiar one of parties, barbecues and beaches.

The rim makes sense for the original Labor Day as Mr. McGuire intended. Later though, the more widely accepted Labour Day, takes on a different angle and becomes more political, but it also has a different nativity. Pluto while shown on the map was not discovered for another fifty years by Dr. Clyde Tombaugh.

The 06 Cancer Ascendant (Hyperion Symbol) of a “boxer skipping  rope” i.e. resting up by taking on some idle exercise to be in better shape agrees;   it is conjunct Jupiter and via a translation of light, the Moon. This is an excellent combination as Jupiter is exalted in Cancer and encourages good-naturedness and enthusiastic enjoyment of things undertaken. Also, this conjunction in the 1st house  denotes indulgence and patronage on the mudane level an important reminder as McGuire felt it should be a paid one bestowed by the employer, otherwise how can someone really luxuriate in the day?

Labor Day 1882, shown in whole house format

                              What’s the line?

The Line of Vitality, that aspect between the Sun and the Moon is sextile suggesting an effortless time where everyone decides to put off today their chores for tomorrow and just enjoy the bounty that they have sown.

The Line of Motivation, the aspect between Jupiter and Saturn, is missing.  While semi-sextile, that is not  major aspect according to Marc Jones’s  planetary rules and  so suggests the spirit of the day is undisciplined and unregulated. Probably true too then as it is now, as it is has become a major end-of-summer shopping spree dictated more by the sales than by need.

The third line is Social Significance (previously the Line of Culture) and appears  in a harmonious trine. We see that as everyone is in agreement, whether it be in parades or barbecues.

The fourth line of Self Determination is between Neptune and Uranus. This aspect is also in trine, indicate according to Marc Jones “man’s opportunity for significance in his world.” This is also prominent in the chart of John L. Lewis, the great UMW leader.

One rather striking thing is that Lilith is partile (exact in degree) to Neptune highlighting that from the onset there were many who disputed McGuire’s notion of a respite. We can look to the second and national holiday to see how that turns out.

If you would like to download this chart click here First Labour Day 1882.

The Second Labor Day

The next Labor Day is when President Grover Cleveland signed a bill making it national six days after the Pullman Railroader’s strike declaring it to be the first Monday in September after a full weekend. In 1894 that would be September 3, so we have another chart for that date.

Another bowl but this one lipped, making Uranus in the 4th the scoop.

We have another bowl with the national Labor Day but this one has a Uranian lip, keyword independence, in the 4th house of Virgo, keyword assimilation, that works as a focal determinator, or focus point, for the chart. Thus here the Uranus scoop highlights that the holiday had changed in meaning — where as before it was a happy family holiday — now it was a strident call for fierce independence and recognition by the nation of that call.

The Asteroid Lilith, this was revised in June 2019 when we are discussing her, is now in the 5th House, and now an unaspected point, so while she hovers over in Sagittarius, keyword administration, she is making a little bucket of her own. Jones did not recognize anything but the four traditional asteroids, Juno, Pallas, Ceres and Vesta and never counted them in his planetary pictures, but we do particularly when they are pointing to something in the chart that needs recognition.

We feel that Lilith as the bucket handle to the new chart crystallizes the inherent “competing interests” that the original McGuire chart saw: political parades, candidates politicking for office vs. the unofficial end of summer, shopping and cook-outs.

This chart has an ascendant of 08 Leo (in the whole house system everything starts at the beginning so the ascendant is not on the first cusp but somewhere in the first house depending upon its degree. Read more about this and the competing types here. Leo 8, (HS) “Zeus’s thunder-bolt” is the human instinct to focus on the important points and ignore the rest.

No lines, so now what?

The line of motivation is now absent, while the line of vitality is semi-sextile and Jones does not recognize that. There is only one conjunction in the map and that of Mental Chemistry, the aspect between Mercury and the Sun. Here the aspect is less than 1 degree that shows the blind rush to pushing through the legislature.

The line of social significance is inconjunct and culture is missing, so overall there are no important planetary lines but there is one opposition, from Saturn to the Midheaven giving the latter at 26 Aries (HS bread baking) some added weight over the ascendant, making the bucket type culminate in a personal shrewdness that is best utilized by the individual.

In the end, the difference is the recognition that America was becoming a more political sophisticated country, but because of the dual nature of the bowl vs bucket typing, it was also bucking against that and wanting to retain its idyllic purity. And so for the most part since then over the intervening years, American politics have argued that very point.

We constantly review and vet our posts for accuracy and thoroughness. This one was revised on June 14, 2019.

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C188 Confirming Rex Tillerson


Mrs and Mrs Tillerson and daughter Jill

Forbes Magazine rates Rex Tillerson as the 24th most important person in business for 2016.President-elect Donald Trump must have agreed, as he tapped Mr. Tillerson over his staunch friend ex-Mayor of New York City,  Rudolph Giuliani, for the Secretary of State post.   Trump later made him Cybersecurity chief.

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Information on Mr. Tillerson is slight.  He started his career at ExxonMobil in 1975 after graduating from University of Texas at Austin with a B.S.Civil Engineering degree and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.


Mr. Tillerson became CEO of his only employer in 2006. He is friends with Bush family, also Texas-based, and many oil men and close ties to the most influential person on FORBES’ list, Vladimir Putin,  ruler of Russia and former KGB operative, whom Tillerson knew in the 1990s when he led Exxon’s interests in Russia.

Since being made CEO, Exxon has recovered from a steep drop in its stock price showing his shrewd business savvy but he reaches Exxon’s mandatory retirement age of 65 in March 2017, and so retires today,  December 31, 2016.  Darren W. Woods, age 51 is Tillerson’s successor at Exxon whether or not he receives Congressional approval for his  Secretary of State nominations.

Tillerson considers himself a devout Christian.  He has supported the US Boy Scouts all of his life, becoming an Eagle Scout in 1962 when he was ten years old.  He is also a Distinguished Eagle Scout, Silver Buffalo Award recipient and past national president of the Boy Scouts of America and told  National Convention of Eagle Scouts that they are special because they have personal integrity.

“People trust you. They count on you,” he said to the 5,000 Eagle Scouts gathered. “Your personal integrity, once established and earned, people don’t have to think about it. They know. They know you. They know you’ll do the right thing every time.”

Mr. Tillerson has been married twice and has four children.  The first time to his college sweetheart that ended in divorce, and the second time to Renda St. Clair, that has been far more successful.


                      Astrological Overview

Horoscopes are many ways depending upon the astrological method, but Marc Edmund Jones emphasized that the basic qualities of the chart  could do the bulk of the work, and  they are  the four quadratures,  the three triplicities  and four hemispheres.  Quadratures are the astrological traits  of the signs, liked  fixed, cardinal or mutable, each sign has one and only one of these natures.  Then there are the triplicities, that are again singular, as signs belong to one of the four elements,.  Last are the hemispheres and quadrants that are the physical divisions of the circle  — a hemisphere being the halves that the map is broken into and quadrants those halfs halved again.  In these cases we look at the dominant and empty portions for direction.

Mr. Tillerson has no earth in his chart which is rather odd for a man whose undergraduate degree in civil engineering  —  building large public or commercial works. Instead the elements of fire and water dominant it  (he has four planets in each), but they are polar opposites that clash and take each other out, giving the Air & lack of Earth in his chart prominence. This is best seen with the Saturn and Neptune conjunction in his seventh housean image of dutiful fidelity, but in Air (Libra is intercepted in this chart) and so becomes a reaction against being fenced in by marital requirements.

Perhaps that is why the first marriage to his school sweetheart Jamie Henry resulted in dissolution, while his second nuptials to Renda St. Clair in 1984 has been more rewarding. In the twelfth house,  controlled by the Diana and Aphrodite, {the Moon and Venus}  one can speculate if this is not a horoscope of a man wedded to his job.

                                Locomotive Temperament Type

Mr. Tillerson is a mutable locomotive temperament type because his Grand Trine s found in mutable signs.  Locomotives,  like motorcycles, do not back up, but instead go forward and circle to turn around:  momentum is their keyword.  Here we see Tillerson instead of retiring out to the golf course, picking up a whole other career as US State Department head, based on  personal relationships he made at ExxonMobil.

His high focus planet is Mars in the 8th House of legacies, which tells that Tillerson is a man inspired by leaving behind an enduring legacy built, like President-elect Trump,  with his own particular imprint.  [Mars is in the nineteenth degree of Scorpio, that is his eighth house.  In Medieval astrology, Mars rules Scorpio and is thus dignified here giving Tillerson some impetus to assert his own agenda.]

rex's yod.pngThe Sabian Symbol for his Mars illustrates this point as “A parrot listening and then talking.”  MEJ writes that such a degree when activated favorably the native rejects aspects of himself that he finds useless and creates others in their stead, that are useful to his overall purpose.  For Tillerson, that purpose is found in his Part of Fortune, a mathematically derived point that emphasizes life’s purpose  at 29 Aries, A Celestial Choir Signing, or the desire to use all of his abilities to their fullest.

Reading his Forbes biography,  Tillerson’s career at ExxonMobil   went from oil fields of Texas and Oklahoma to the deserts of Saudi Arabia  and then to the tundra and Byzantine cities of Russia.  It would seem that at least geographically, he stretched himself to his utmost.

                                                                               The  tightest T-Cross

Tillerson’s s focal planet is Mars and opposite both his  Mercury and Jupiter in the first house creating a T-Cross, that planetary pattern that accents the stresses that one has to bear.  Not all temperament types have T-Crosses, but locomotives usually do.

For Tillerson, the Mars-Mercury/Jupiter cross ends with a release of Uranus in his fourth house [in his chart under Gemini]  suggesting that his method of dealing with the strains of creating his personal legacy is by forgoing a conventional home life.   Instead, for Tillerson home is the proverbial where his hat lays, and with a Sagittarius midheaven, that could just be about anywhere.

Uranus is at 10 Gemini, the symbol of an Airplane Falling, which MEJ writes is man’s independence from the same nourishment that most other men have accepted as a limitation.

                                                 The Boy Scouts Yod

Yods like T-Crosses do not appear in every chart, but Rex Tillerson has one which we think is rather crucial to understanding him.  Yods show skills that the native need to perfect and then used in a constructive and selfless way. 

The skills that the native uses are shown by the sextile planets, while challenges are demonstrated by the quincunxes.  The apex planet shows the native’s personal mission. In Tillerson’s layout, this is at 20 Leo in his Fifth House  which rules children and creativity.  Leo rules this-this house showing  the importance of leadership in its sphere and is s symbolized  by Tillerson’s ongoing commitment to the Boy Scouts.


Will Congress approve him?  Yes, we think so.  Will he be a good Secretary of State, if we define good as effective, honest and diligent, all aspects point to yes but remember locomotives have their view of things (see above the caveat on Mars in Scorpio and agendae) so there may be a some amount of dissonance within the Administration.

Update:  The Senate on Wednesday, February 1, 2017  confirmed former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, sending him to the State Department.  Career officials mount a formal protest against Mr. Trump’s immigration initiative stating that he U.S. faces a complex set of foreign-policy challenges for which his team is unprepared.

C182 Media Man: Stephen K. Bannon

Bannon a man of all places

Bannon is almost mythic.  He was a Navy SEAL, an investment banker with Goldman Sachs, a Hollywood filmmaker, producer of many Seinfeld episodes, which he owns, Breitbart publisher and now a senior advisor for President Donald J. Trump.

The Biosphere 2 layout

After a few years at Goldman Sachs, Bannon, in 1990, launched his boutique investment bank, Bannon, and Company and helped Huffington Post go IPO.   In between Goldman and being bought out by Societe Generale,  he ran Biosphere II after its initial failure because scientists had created a glut of organic material like peat and compost in the soil inside the domes that set off an explosive growth of oxygen-eating bacteria.  Bannon was integral to rekeying focus on how to balance that bacteria, so the Biosphere project could be sustainable and successful.

From there, he became an executive producer of several big hit movies ranging from the Oscar-nominated “Titus,” starring Anthony Hopkins, to the Cold War documentary “In the Face of Evil,” and underwrote many of the early episodes of Seinfeld.

Investing new media


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Andrew Breitbart


He met Andrew Breitbart when the latter, also a resident of Southern California, was launching his eponymous news website in the early 2000s. The two joined forces, and the networked Bannon provided office space and investors.

Following Breitbart’s sudden death on March 01 2012 in LA,  from heart failure at age 43, Bannon took over as executive chairman of the website and oversaw its relaunch. Today, Breitbart News draws about 21 million unique visitors per month and has podcasts on itunes.  It was a central web force in generating animosity toward House Speaker John Boehner, driving the Speaker from office. When Bannon joined Trump’s White House, Boehner focused his wrath on the two bemoaning Bannon’s mistreatment.

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There is no known birth time for Mr. Bannon’s birth date of November 27, 1953, in Norfolk Virginia, so we have rectified it to 10:59 AM that is 02.07 Aquarius  the essential lord of which is Jupiter &  Pluto.¹  It has a poignant symbol of a “Deserter from the Navy”   that Marc Jones writes “symbolises his independence carried to the point of rebellion for the sake of the immediate liberation of the spirit.”  But on a deeper level, the Ascendant falling in the Twelfth House suggests that Bannon undermines his own success — perhaps pushing it too far.

He is a bucket with a Jupiter handle, making him an experience junkie who captures activities that have started by others and then brings them to consummation. Jupiter is dignified by term giving his handle extra prominence and as it is a semisextile away from the Lord of his Chart makes it and Uranus work in tandem in seeing and capturing opportunities almost preternaturally 1 Or at least Rob Reiner thinks so about Bannon’s capitalization of Seinfeld.

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Vintage cross cut sequoia tree

Another rarity he has, is his Unaspected Saturn in the Ninth House suggesting that he decides on imporant issues in an all or nothing manner, when he senses that his aim isin peril.  Click here to read more about Bannon & Unaspected Planets.

His 03 Aquarius Ascendant suggests he is an extreme individualist, with a disregard of the consequences and constraints of the societal polemic on his actions.  This makes him a demanding personality that “does not flourish into responsible action”¹ until the native gets his “wake up call.”  That call would literally be his separated Moon, ruled by the Archangel Gabriel, and exact to fixed star Regulus at 28 Leo, that called him out of  his selfish stupor.

             Leo 28 is a tree felled and sawed and a symbol of employment of the lesser for the greater good and the individuals ability to rise in a crisis to the center of attention by pressing forward the functions and necessities valuable to overall life.  The Keyword is Immediacy and suggests positivitely man’s enthusiastic emphasis to mobilize those around him, but negatively tells of popular disregard by of other’s  lack of vision.

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Image of Falling Swirling Autumnal Leaves

On the other side of the “gap” is Bannon’s Mars at 16 Libra “a boat landing washed away” that heralds the sudden awakening which from the many accounts online — there is no written biography of him — suggest happened about thirteen years ago when he became a born-again Roman Catholic thanks to the efforts of actor-evangelist James Patrick Caviezel.

                                             A stellium of planets dominates

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The Uranian literary society is the semi-sextile to his Pluto / Moon conjunction in his seventh house.  This agreement between the three planets is not to Bannon’s advantage; chances are his partners have a hard time living up to his expectations, and he is far too critical and exacting for their peace of mind.  Perhaps this aspect is the reasons for his two acrimonious divorces.

Sagittarius 06

That sextile in the partnership house brings us back to the Part of Fortune of the Autumnal Leaf and the square his Sun at  06 Sagittarius for a continuing game of cricket.  Like Sir Donald the great batsman himself, Mr. Bannon learns from his mistakes as squares are strict teachers that force the native to do their work otherwise boxing them into a Sisyphean world of endless sorrow.  Alas not everyone shows sportsmanship in losing or the willingness to learn from them,  but Bannon can.

Comments?  Suggestions?  Let us know.


The Morinus House System, proposed by Morin De Villefranche, a seventeenth-century astrologer, the astrological houses are divided equally onto the equator thus separating the Rising Sign from the Rising Degree.  Australian astrologer David Cope fixed that problem with his Meridian system.  Both systems can be used in any latitude unlike the Porphyry, Placidus, Koch and Regiomontus.  See our article on House systems for more including an example chart of Wendell Willkie here.

Thus the ascendant is not always either on the cusp of the first house or in the first house and two, there are not any intercepted houses.  Author Tracy Porter from a post in 1996, likes intercepted houses and writes about their value here; we disagree and have dropped them mostly.


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    Or at least Rob Reiner thinks so about Bannon’s capitalization of Seinfeld.

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