#727 Nourritt, Jacqueline Pianist

We have information on Jacqueline Nourritt #727 in the Jones 1000, but it cannot corroborate it. We will probably add her into our database nevertheless but we would appreciate it if someone can confirm her existence.    July 1, 2017

Well that ended happily thanks to E.C. Chambers in his magnificent book Fixed Stars and Degrees of the Zodiac Analyzed published originally 1923, reprinted in 1949 states that Miss Nourritt has Three degrees of Pisces for her moon.  That was rectified to a 7:07 PM birth time for her birth place, Asineres-sur-Seine, France getting the ascendant of 12 Sagittarius or “a flag becomes an eagle and the eagle a chanticleer triumphant.”

Chanticleer is a French Rooster which maybe inappropriate for her sex, but definitely works for her music as she was quite the sensation. Chantecler chickens were named similarly by Brother Wilfred Chatelaine, a Trappist monk and Doctor of Agronomy, at his monastery in Canada.  They are particularly cold hardy and I used to raise and exhibit the partridge variety.  The American Club, for those interested, was formed by the versatile poultryman, Michael Gilbert, who created the blue egg laying Ameraucana too.

The Chanticleer’s Chart

Here is her chart for those interested.

French Musical prodigy J. Nourritt

She does not have a grand trine as defind by Marc Jones.  He requires the composition to be three places, and no points.  If the ascendant was allowed, then she would have a grand trine in fire, so instead she is a Fanhandle with the Moon and Uranus in Pisces — a musical sign being her lead planet — somewhat like a multi-planetted bucket.  Thus her Moon gives her the ability to express herself deeply, important for an artist, while Uranus the desire to be highly individualistic, somewhat reminiscent of Franz Liszt though without the frenzy,

The Uranus in the third house would encourage her versatility:  for Mademoiselle Jacqueline  she started playing the piano as a young child, by her adolescence had mastered the organ,  all the while transcribing harpsichord pieces.  This was unusual as the piano and harpsichord though seemingly similar are truly of different instrumental family:  the piano is a percussion instrument and the harpsichord a string instrument but the Uranus placement gives her an uncommon ability to bridge the two.

In the book, Maurice Duruflé, 1902-1986: The Last Impressionist by Ronald Ebrecht, he notes that her mother would not let her go the Conservatory in Avignon feeling that the expense outrageous, so  young Jacqueline practiced & studied her music voraciously so as to get a perfect 10 in all her pieces and thus win a scholarship for further study.

The following year in the class of Edouard Charles, who hailed from the Niedermeyer School in Paris, and was considered an accomplished master in harmony, the Mademoiselle won another perfect score in a class of ten harnessing her North Node in Libra at the top of chart giving her an innate ability to understand harmony,   She was undoubtedly a tour de-force and hailed as a true prodigy; her preponderance in Cancer spanning the sixth through seventh houses, shows her tenacity and desire to impress others with her talent.

Our featured image is the notice for her recital  on the SS France of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique French Line on 22 January 1931; she would be nine and half years old.  it was probably on a Steinway L, the premier choice in the 1930s.  This documentary is about the dedication and hard work required to make this American classic; quite similar to the musicians who play on it.

Alas nothing more is known of Mademoiselle.  Pity.


  1. Ebrecht, Ronald. Maurice Duruflé, 1902-1986: the Last Impressionist. Scarecrow Press, 2002. pp. 185-186.  You can hear one of his compositions here.
  2.  Hedge Fund Manager John A. Paulson is not related to President George W. Bush’s  Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson.
  3. You can download the chart for Jacqueline Nourritt here.
  4. This essay was originally published on June 29 2017 and was revised on May 23, 2021.

#278 Eau de Dietrich

Our featured photo is of her and Cesare Romano in “The Devil is a Woman” directed by Josef von Sternberg. It was her favorite film because it made her look “beautiful.”  You can watch it here and see if you agree.

Marlene Dietrich, a German femme fatale, is also a mutable hourglass. Like Joseph Haydn, she has a Virgo Ascendant, but her hourglass runs totally contrary to his.  While he has a singleton in the third quadrant of spirituality; she has nothing.  She was a professed atheist though born and raised Roman Catholic.  Where Haydn has plenty of planets in the first quadrant of intellectual endeavour, Ms. Dietrich is empty.

The bottom of her hourglass ends right on the the cusp of her Seventh House of Aquarius, with Venus standing tall.  Perhaps this gives added weight to her comment, supported by her daughter,  that she was bisexual.   This would not be notable except its part of the cutting pair (hourglasses are like scissors with two blades) and the only planet in the third quadrant.  The bottom part of the blade is Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, in the fourth house of home affairs.

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Maria Elisabeth Sieber Riva, Dietrich’s daughter
  • “As a child I thought my name was ‘Maria The-Daughter-Of’.”
  • I think I wanted to be a teacher, or something important. My mother didn’t force me into anything.
  • Most of my dear friends came from my mother’s lovers. I had a lot of strange fathers; some of them were women, some of them were men.

She married director Rudolf Sieber in 1923 and they had an open relationship, allowing each other lovers. With him, she had her one and only child  Maria Elisabeth who was also born in Berlin on December 13, 1924.  Miss Sieber was known professionally as Maria Riva.

Download her chart here: Marlena Dietrich,

Her planetary emphasis runs towards creativity and self-expression that she nurtured incessantly, almost narcissistically, reading her daughter’s accounts.  As a singer and actress, she went on USO tours during World War II and raised War Bonds.  In 1992 when she was 92 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for those efforts.

Pluto on the cusp of Gemini and Taurus bestowed her a smoky  voice and a curvaceous figure. Her Neptune (29.56 in mutable Gemini)  suggests she took great pains in protecting her assets and for her traveling was just a matter of course (those many planets in Sagittarius).

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marlene_dietrich c 1943

Her Line of Personality is conjunct (Saturn Jupiter  in Capricorn) making her someone who was very much part of her times (1930s-1940s Hollywood) and a wise investor — she was known to be penurious and left her daughter a fortune.  Her Line of Vitality also conjunct,  bestowed a long life.  She has no major aspect to either to her Lines of Efficiency, definitely not her thing as Marc Jones writes “that these people are not concerned with daily details”, which is probably true as she had people for that;  nor does she have a Line of Culture, that Jones later re-termed Social Significance because they are outer planets.  For this lack, he writes, this is a person not particularly concerned with the socioeconomic troubles of their fellow man.


Marlene Dietrich’s natal chart progressed to her date of death.


The Times Obit…

“Marlene Dietrich is a professional,” Alfred Hitchcock once said. “She’s a professional actress, a professional wardrober, a professional lighting technician. . . .” Hitchcock knew his subject well, having directed her in “Stage Fright” (1950), in which she introduced one of her favorite cabaret songs, “The Laziest Girl in Town.” Dietrich was a professional just-about-everything because of her many planets from the sixth to the eighth house in the area of work, opportunities and legacy, she wanted to make sure evveryone was doing their best to ensure hers.



According to one of her associates, at least part of the reason for her dazzling figure was a tip-to-toe flesh-colored body-stocking with the tensile strength of steel. Artifice was her fine art shown by transpluto in the sixth ; she took no chances.




Photos: Dietrich in “The Devil Is a Woman” (1935) — The keeper of her own flame. (Photographs by Movie Still Archives); Dietrich in Paris during the 1940’s.

PS.  At her time of death, her progressed Saturn, Father Time, was trine her natal Midheaven.  Her progressed Ceres was conjunct it and the Nodes were activated to the Ascendant.




C191 Reality Winner & Voter Fraud

Why Reality matters

Long before the 2020 elections and their allegations of voter fraud, Reality Winner, in 2017, released classified documents that this was going on, but no one paid attention. Reality Winner’s birth time was taken from her Arrest Warrant where it states she was born December 4, 1991, in Kingsville, Texas, but her moment of relevance occurred just nine days ago in Augusta, Georgia.

Reality Leigh Winner (née Sarah, it seems) was arrested for leaking an NSA report to The Intercept .  She printed the report, photographed it with her cell phone, and then exchanged emails from her work account with the staff at The Intercept, before emailing the photos of the report to them, also from her work account. The Intercept shared the document with the NSA to confirm it — rather humorous isn’t that bit?  When the FBI looked her up, according to the arrest affidavit, she admitted to being the one who sent the document.

The leaked memo of Voter Fraud

What’s in the leaked memo?The document, printed with some redactions at The Intercept, reveals that the Russian government’s attempts to interfere in the 2016 election went further than the public previously knew (read: beyond email hacks at the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign), and, that despite denials from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who just the other day floated to Megyn Kelly that perhaps “freelance” hackers were behind the tampering, Russian military intelligence agents were, responsible

Citing intelligence gathered since April (but leaving “raw intelligence” out of the document), the memo says agents with the GRU, Russia’s largest foreign intelligence agency, launched two attacks before the election: one attack in August on a voter-identification software company not named but is believed by The Intercept and others to be Florida-based VR Systems, and a second attack was just before Election Day in late October or early November in more than 100 local elections. Both hacks came via “spear phishing” (the same tactic used on Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta) where bogus emails are sent from Gmail or Outlook accounts tricking people to open documents that installs software on their computers to compromise their information. Alas they have no cute mnemonic for plugins that do that to a WordPress site as recently happened to me.

The attack, which the memo says was likely successful, was planned as a one-two punch: First, hack VR Systems, whose software is used by local officials in several states to maintain the list of registered voters; then, pose as VR Systems to send an email blast to an estimated 122 local election officials, tricking them into clicking on a fake company manual and stealing their information, too. If there was ever a reason to return to paper ballots this is it, a democracy cannot stand when the elections are suspect, those tricks are the hallmarks of a totalitarian government.

Reality’s NSA work

Reality supports Black Lives Matter, Bernie Sanders and of course, hates the Republican Party & Trump.  None of that matters for either her job or her NSA clearance, but instead is based from her stint in the Air Force where she had been a cryptographic linguist.  According to the newsfeeds, she is fluent in Farsi (Persian), Pashto (a national language of Afghanistan for those of Iranian origin), and Dari (another national language of Afghanistan for those of Iranian origin) .  These three are the major languages spoken in Afghanistan, and probably Iran (formerly known as Persia) as well.

That means she was translating intercepted communications from Afghanistan or Iran, for consumption first by the NSA,, the National Security Agency, which is then passed along to the CIA. (We know this because NSA intercepts and processes communications, while the CIA analyzes communications.)

We also know she had a top-secret clearance originally for some kind of extended background investigation, we are guessing about Afghanistan when she was in the Air Force.  Ms. Winner then separated from the Air Force, we do not know why and took a job shortly afterward with government contractor Pluribus International that is a privately owned company headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, but has since been purchased by METIS in June 2019. Reality though was based in Augusta, Georgia.

As a top-secret clearance costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to process, literally, not to mention any months Pluribus probably asked the  NSA, to sponsor extending her clearance, so she could get up and running (then and billable to the NSA) as soon as possible.

Understanding Reality

Her progressed chart is a wedged, framed by the trine from  Jupiter to Saturn, which is actually a consolidation of her native Bowl temperament.  Her progressed Neptune is opposite her progressed Ascendant with no T-Square for some expressive outlet, so she is bouncing between her duty and her feeling that she is the “odd one out” thanks to 16 Cancer.

There are a lot of reasons for that feeling of not fitting in, her change of name, that the NSA was not as progressively liberal as the Air Force or just being in the Peach Tree State.  Any one of those could do it, and without a T-Square, we cannot positively id what that was, other than her new employment and her vocational desires are a mismatch.

Her Moon in Capricorn in the ninth encourages that because these natives typically do have a political-philosophical bent and they want to use it to further their belief system.

Respecting A Winner

Chiron, that asteroid of Personal Respect, is in the first house at 08 Leo 18, tells us that Ms. Winner has a high regard for herself, and sextile (sixty degrees away) from her Part of Fortune at Gemini 8 it exactly conjunct her native Ascendant.  That Part of Fortune has progressed to her eleventh house and between the two spheres creates a yod with its apex at the North Node-Sun conjunction in the house of labor, the Sixth house and the progressed south node, in the Twelfth House of self-undoing, governmental endeavors, and secretive business, her midpoint.

E. C. Chambers writes this midpoint degree highlights “unconventionality” and a desire for “recognition.”  The Hyperion Symbols gives us the image of “Madrigal singers performing, ” that works well as Ms. Winner really did put on some solo performance.

That this is not a good career move, and perhaps that was somewhat intended, she seems to have thought this would get her out of her Pluribus contract, is shown by her Progressed South Node on the cusp of her natal second house.

Other indicators that this was a way out is her progressed Moon at 16 Cancer 11 to natal Part of Fortune.

Sabian Departments

Her Line of Motivation, Jupiter to Saturn, is trine, suggesting her receiving plaudits was a slam-dunk.  She sang the right tune to the right audience, and received the showers of praise. Even her sentencing amounted to a slap on the write: five years for counter intelligence against the US government.

Her Life of Efficiency, the aspect from Mars to Venus, is and semi-sextile, so thinks of something and without much further thought, does it.

.Her Life of Culture, the aspect from Uranus to Neptune, is conjunct in the eighth house, hilighting her decision to go into government work and be of public service.

And finally, her Line of Vitality, or Personal Assurance of the Moon to the Sun, is also semi-sextile.

All of this suggests, that Ms. Winner’s timing was impeccable.  As for whether her story holds up?  That’s a chart I do not have.

Is Boris Johnson the next UK PM?

We think that Boris Johnson has a good running for the next PM of the UK. His natal Part of the Fortune at 13.08 Aquarius tells us that he is subject to the ups and downs of the fickle finger of Fate. His ascendant at 11.00 Libra makes its natives have a predilection for socially progressive ideas – what is more progressive than breaking up the German dominated EU? England btw never adopted the EU but has kept the pound. His natal Ninth House has an air stellium of planets suggesting long journeys that also is endemic to the mutable Fourth Estate and journalism.

England btw never adopted the EU but has kept the pound. His natal Ninth House has an air stellium of planets suggesting long journeys that also is endemic to the mutable Fourth Estate and journalism.

But that is so yesterday…….what does his progression say about right here, right now?

Boris Johnson Natal chart

                             Progressing BoJo

Neptune is right at his Mid-heaven. Duty calls Mr. Johnson, are you up to the task? His second house of Ready Resources has Saturn conjunct that Part of Fortune which suggests at 03.14 Pisces which is exact to the star Fomalhaut – we don’t need no stinking orb here.

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Solicitor Marina Wheeler aka Mrs. Boris

Fomalhaut is important because while Regulus was long considered King of the Four Guardians of the Apocalypse, Fomalhaut is assigned to Gabriel who announced the messianic conception of Virgin Mary.  Later in the book of Revelations, the Archangel Gabriel  is said to bring forth a “new stage in human spiritual evolution, ” for which Gabriel must come blow his horn!

Traditionally, Gabriel is associated with the Moon that is found in the Rising House at Scorpio 01 that E. C. Matthews writes ” a strategic person who is powerful and good natured, sometimes outrightly humorous.  Original and often a winner because he is prepared for the unexpected.”

His Sun at 29 Gemini is sextile the other Royal Star, Regulus, 29.

We have attached for the Natal and the Progressed charts for you to view. Let us know what you think.

The Boris Natal chart

progressive BoJo.pdf

Tunkhannock Killer wants a big Splash

The Weis Tunkhannock Murders

The local news had a big writeup about 24-year-old Randy Robert Stair who worked the night shift at Weis Markets at 600 Hunter Highway in Tunkhannock, Wyoming Co., PA. The store is located on the bend of the lazy Susquehanna River and the town is just about as sleepy as the word itself.

Tunkhannock is from the Lenni Lenapi Indians meaning just that “bend in the river”; the river that flows by it, the Susquehanna from the same tribe means “Muddy River” because its so shallow. Before the discovery of the Mississippi, which is actually deeper, the Susquehanna was a major tourist destination. But that was long long ago.

And that’s about how often something in Tunkhannock, — not only, so Stair’s killing of his three co-workers before finally pulling the trigger on himself was a shocker. The news item can be found here on the WNEP site but it made national attention on The Heavy though I am not sure why they have been updating it as recently as March 2021.

The ascendant for the actual killing took place is 15+ Pisces, which E. C. Chambers writes is the symbol of “someone who is extroverted, bombastic, and anxious to attract attention.” He goes on to say that typically this attention takes the form of nefarious dealings, surprisingly it fits.

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Go Fish: Abe Vigoda

I loved the television show, Barney Miller, and today watching a very old rerun, Fish caught my eye, with his deadpan lines and expressionless look, and so I decided to do his chart.  You can read about him at his New York Times obituary here.

Abe Vigoda was a solid actor, and part of the Hollywood tableau when minor or supporting actors were acknowledged as the meat and potatoes that hang a movie together.  Director Elia Kazan (On the Waterfront) prophesied in the 1950’s, that with everyone wanting  to be star, movies would die.  Recently, director Martin Scorsese echoed that opinion that “film” was dead because comic book themes and their heroes are dominating the scene — I am amazed it took him so long.

 There was no public birth time for Mr. Vigoda so we rectified it, making this a speculative chart.

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An electrical Storm

Mr. Vigoda’s ascendant is symbolized by an “electrical storm,” with the keyword Transformation highlighting his aplomb and ability to dramatize the values at hand while simultaneously suggesting the potential ahead.  This really summed up his role as Salvatore Tessio, among others, in the epic Francis Ford Coppola movie “The Godfather.”

The Lord of his Ascendant is found conjunct in the Twelfth House of Aries, a cadent house and tells us despite his deadpan man, he was a very hard-working and ambition actor who was willing to take on any role and learn its vagaries thoroughly.

A seesaw Temperament

Mr. Vigoda is a See-Saw or Hour Glass temperament,  but unlike most see-saws that have a decided emphasis for one hemisphere over the over, his does not.  This makes his two cutting planets,  the Sun above and the Pluto below, work well together, almost as though they were conjunct, giving him staying power and a certain dynamism that belies that cool exterior.

Seesaws, Dr. Jones wrote, have a tendency for its planets to group together in pairs.  We see that with the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn (the line of personality) and again with the Sun and Uranus (eleventh house), suggesting a decided bias towards outward expression and end results over method and philosophy.

                                                                     What’s your Line?

Mr. Vigoda has two other lines in his chart as well.    The Line of Vitality (Sun inconjunct the Moon) suggesting resourcefulness of character and the Line of Culture (Uranus inconjunct Neptune 11.45 Leo) suggesting an artistic endeavour would be his calling.

His Part of Fortune at 01.40 Sagittarius, (image the ocean covered with whitecaps)  tells us that he will have physically travel from his hometown and flexibility in adapting to a myriad of roles will be a great asset. So with everything sounding good, what happened to his career that it did not soar?

 The YOD, on the downloaded version, shows that despite his desire and acting range, he was pigeonholed into a character extra and never a leading man.  The problem was not with his talent, it was with the one-dimensionality of a business that did the same to Jimmy Durante, Boris Karloff, Karl Malden, Walter Brennan and many others.

Download the Abe Vigoda chart

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