C126 The compass points to Tetanus! from CEO Carter

Sheffield Iron

Sheffield is a town, city, and borough in Yorkshire, England.

It derives its name from the local Sheaf River and is about 160 miles north by northwest of London.  It was known for its steel and world renowned cutlery. The local iron ore was smelted with charcoal got from the nearby abundant woodlands, and smiths and cutlers used the excellent local sandstone for grindstones. 

Our header picture is of a contemporary shot of Sheffield, featuring new and old architecture.  Sheffield itself is quite old and dates back to the day of Julius Caesar’s Roman Army conquering and then inhabiting Britain for the next 400 years.

During the 15th century, the streams that converge on Sheffield were used for power for grinding and forging operations. Mary Queen of Scots spent the greater part of her captivity in Sheffield castle there; an order of Parliament destroyed it under Cromwell, in 1648.

The smelting of iron dates from Roman times, and there is proof at least from the Norman Conquest that by the 14th century the town was a well-established smelter as is shown by allusions in Chaucer’s writings. The knife trade became quite prosperous under Elizabeth I, and the Cullers’ Company was incorporated in 1624.

While London tried to usurp Sheffield’s primacy as the main provincial cutlery town, by 1700 London had been defeated in the steel wars, and from then on, Sheffield enjoyed a virtual monopoly of the English cutlery trade. Originally all cutlery was made of blister or bar steel which was thin, with the steel produced by heating blister steel and then sheared into short lengths to high heat, while being welded by hammering or rolling or both, and then finally finished under greater heat.

All that ended in 1740 with Benjamin Huntsman of Handsworth, with the invention of double shear steel, where the shear steel, from the same process as single, was cut into shorter lengths, and then welded and re-hammered into a single bar. This made a stronger and heftier knife and the town grew exponentially from there beating out the rest of Europe. In 1800, invention struck again with the Bessemer process, which totally upturned everything, because it allowed for the mass production of steel from molten pig iron.

Enter Carter’s Sheffield Boy

The story of our Sheffield boy can be found in Charles E. O. Carter’s book, Symbolic Directions.  He says little about the boy other than his birth and odd death. 

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The chart above is striking in its bizarre affinity to popping, pricking, and picking things with metal [the Ascendant at 17 Cancer conjunct Neptune 20 in the second house is opposite Uranus in Capricorn (traditional lord) conjunct Mars (exalted in Capricorn) via a translation of light thus spanning the seventh through eighth houses]

This opposition is not a constant whirlwind, but has an outlet of a T-Square in the Fifth House of Libra with Juno conjunct the {unhealthy} Moon in a relationship best characterized as “affinity.”  Unfortunately, this is an unhealthy affinity, because the Moon and not the Sun is involved; perhaps it is bordering on a fetish.

Download the Sheffield boy’s natal chart.

He died at age 15, March 18, 1926, at 13:30.  His progressed chart does not show much difference, except Uranus has progressed into the fatal degrees of Capricorn, and is very close to the exalted ruler Mars while also opposed to Neptune conjunct the ascendant now in the second house. Juno has moved into the fourth house, suggesting a pre-occupation with his adolescent body, but it is also opposite the Moon in the eleventh house and Aries, trine its lord, Mars.

The Moon is the Boy’s lord of his Ascendant, and the eleventh House suggests something dirty because asteroid Hygeia at 14 Sagittarius 53 is right on the seventh house cusp, next to Arachne for crafting with things. This duo suggests that this little boy loved playing and bending steel but he was not particularly interested in the hygiene of his tools; he was more interested in the experimental side of metal. That’s a pity, as it was a dirty metal compass point that brought about his demise via that hideous disease, lockjaw. It devastated his mother, of course, Niobe at 13 Capricorn 09 is right in-between the eighth house cusp and Mars 12 Capricorn 03 suggests maybe he was an only.

I suspect the boy was warned of his dirty ways though, Asteroid Kassandra is exact his Sun at 27 Aquarius 46, but Asteroid Icarus, that other disobedient boy of Daedalus, is also there, thus I suspect he was warned but never listened. Perhaps with Venus in the tenth house at 17 Pisces 31, he was trying to get her attention by showing off his latest creation, Cupido at Pluto 25 Gemini 58 Rx, in the second rather supports that idea.


Tetanus Connection

A Louis Pasteur student in  Paris, in 1893 discovered the vaccine for tetanus, but not highly publicized and it is doubtful that it vaccine was commonplace except in its native France. At the turn of the century in England, doctors were still recommending chloral hydrate, a nerve system sedative, as a cure, but I could not find any statistics of “cured cases.” I think the idea was to slow down the system from “locking up,” and thus check the “disease’s” progress. The problem was they did not know it was a bacterium, but thought it was its own disease, based on its medical name “idiopathic tetanus,” and so were treating it incorrectly.

The CDC recommends immunization every ten years and while it claims 20 percent of all lockjaw cases are fatal, my Uncle Arthur, the retired head of internal medicine at Pontiac General disagrees and puts the fatality closer to 100%. 

Ever since I read David McCullough’s book “Brooklyn Bridge” where he details the building of the magnificent structure and how its chief architect and engineer John Roebling died from tetanus after getting a nail stuck in his foot. I have never missed a shot — and neither should you.

Through the years with Dame Maggie Smith

Defining a Dame

Dame Maggie, the female version of a Knight, was quite the beauty when she was young, and now in late 70s still a handsome woman.  Her striking looks are probably of Venus in Capricorn conjunct her Sun in the fifth house a strong placement for the orange globe, but it is her Uranus at 27 Aries 31 Rx, squared only to Pluto that was discovered shortly before her birth in 1930 that gave her staying power.

That duo makes her chart a wheelbarrow and the outer generational planets the handles to it with Uranus giving her an off-beat view of the individual in society, but also the ability to portray that originality electronically — on the screen — while Pluto makes a sultry seductress that appeals to both men and women who are captivated by her apolmb.

One only has to hearken by to her performance in the Prime of Miss Jean Brodie where she played a strong willed young teacher who romanticizes Italy’s Mussolini  and Spain’s Franco in 1930’s Scotland to her students, to see how that remarkable performance marked her as unconventional throughout her 60 year career.

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C129 1980’s Third Party Candidate John Anderson

Our header shot is of wife Keke putting the last makeup touches on husband John’s presentation for NYC television in 1980.

                        An Immigrants’ Son

John Bayard Anderson was born on Feb. 15, 1922, in Rockford, Ill., a son of Swedish immigrants at 8:55PM CST according to Michel Gauquelin’s Book of American Charts.  Valedictorian of his class at Rockford Central High School, Anderson went on the University of Illinois for a bachelor’s and law degrees and then a master of laws at Harvard University.

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Shazam! Gomer Pyle is Jim Nabors

A pair of ripe cherries, from flickr.

We have rectified Jim Nabors’ ascendant at to Cancer 10 that gets the epithet of Great Memory from E C Matthews.  Astrologer G.K. McClung in his Hyperion symbols says that it is a degree of “ripe cherries on a tree”  creating the image of great promise, typically musical, and accomplishment.
His Sun and Jupiter are conjunct on the First House giving him great luck and a religious tone in his life.  This saw culmination in his many religious songs and Christmas tunes (click for Go tell it on the Mountain.) if not in his wide eyed happy depiction of Gomer Pyle, USMC, the ultimate lovable fool.
Jim Nabors, and Frank Sutton, on the TV series “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” Credit Associated Press.      Sutton died in 1974 at 50 years of age  from cardiac arrest.

Nabor’s  husband, Stan Cadwallader, confirmed the death.     He said that Mr. Nabors’s health had been declining for the past year and that his immune system had been suppressed since he underwent a liver transplant in 1994 having contracted hepatitis B in India when he cut himself shaving with a contaminated straight razor, which he had bought there. Nabors was 87.

                                                                      Traveling for Success

After earning a degree in business from the University of Alabama, he moved to New York, where he worked as a typist at the United Nations while harboring hopes for a stage career; that did not pan out.  Then he moved to Tennessee, where he worked as a film cutter for a Chattanooga television station finally by the end of the 1950s to Tinsel town.
Andy Griffith discovered him as a stand up comic in a nightclub along the coast and invited him to audition for the show.  First his parts were minor but Gomer Pyle,  was a hit.  Nabors played a guileless, sweet-natured gas-station attendant in Mayberry, N.C., who uttered the sheepish “gawwwleee” and wide-eyed “shazam!.” The show has been constantly on the air since its initial airing in 1960.
I n 1964 on the variety “The Danny Kaye Show”  his baritone was unveiled to the public.  It was then highlighted on the Gomer show in several episodes.  That same year Gomer  was spun off into his own series, “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.,” in which Gomer, still bumbling but well meaning, joined the Marines and,  tried the patience of his drill sergeant, Vince Carter, played by Frank Sutton.  And sometimes he sang, always a religious or patriotic tune.

Gen. James L. Jones Jr., the Marine Corps commandant, pinned the lance corporal insignia on Mr. Nabors during a spoof ceremony in 2001 at Camp Smith in Honolulu.  Credit Associated Press

After retiring he spent much of his later years in Hawaii, where he had a home in Honolulu and a 500-acre farm in Hana, off the island of Maui, growing macadamia nuts and tropical flowers. He also had a home in Montana.
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Jim and Stan at the Fairmont Olympic.

He married Mr. Cadwallader, his companion of 38 years, in December 2012 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, Hawaii News Now reported. “When you’ve been together 38 years, I think you’ve got to solidify something,” he said. “And at my age, it’s probably the best thing to do.”  Mr. Nabors was 82 at the time and Mr. Cadwallader was in his sixties. .  They met in 1975 when Mr. Cadwallader was a Honolulu fire fighter.  We could find little on his spouse.

                                                          The Nabors Map


James Thurston Nabors was born on June 12, 1930, in Sylacauga, Ala., the third child and only son of Fred and Mavis Nabors. His father was a police officer. Jim sang in his school glee club and church choir and played the clarinet in the school band.

A niece and a nephew also survive him.

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J#01 Abdul Bahá, visionary of Baha'ism

Bahá’ís have some of the most beautiful gardens on their grounds outside of an arboretum, part of their belief of creating a heaven on earth. They are worldwide with their headquarters in Haifa, Israel which is our featured shot and a popular tourist area for those travelling in the area. They also have an American site here.

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Picture taken in Montclair, Essex County, New Jersey 1912 when Abdul Baha was in the US.

The Baha’s faith

Bahais include many notable messengers whom they believe were all divine prophets of the one God thus their religion is a monotheistic unitarian one. They include Moses & Abraham of Genesis (as does Islam), Krishna & Buddha but also Zoroaster, Jesus and Muhammad. Unique though is the Bab (the founder the Babiism philosophy), Abdul Bahá, his father Baha’u’llah A (who took over Babiism and created the theology of Bahaism, all as divine messengers.

Abdul Bahá’s Chart

This chart is #1 of 1000 charts in Marc Edmund Jones book, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology. Checking various sites, this seems to be generally accepted chart for whom Baha’is called the Master¹; Astro.com cites Dane Rudhyar, a good friend of Dr. Jones & a noted astrologer in his own right, for veracity. The New York Times archives, while it does not give the time, does agree with the date.²

Dr. Jones used mainly the Placidian house method, so when recreating his charts, we will do likewise and note any discrepancies between our chart and Dr. Jones. For Abdul-Bahá there are none.

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                                           A Classic Bowl

Baha is a Southern Hemisphere Bowl temperament type and fits the ideal of having all ten planets within 180 degrees or the half circle of the wheel & there are no gaps between the planets greater than a sextile straight — there are no orbs allowed.  Note for the Abdul Bahá chart the somewhat empty Third house that has the Sun right at the cusp making for a 38 degree gap.

Often Bowls have a “rim opposition” as Dr. Jones termed it; Bahá has that between the Moon at 02.30 Leo in the Sixth and Saturn at Aquarius 07.17 in the Twelfth, that is also his “cutting planet” & Focal Determinator as it starts the parade of planets.

Bahá’s cutter is in the Twelfth, making him a highly self-contained individual in control of his own destiny and with the Bowl in the Southern Hemisphere, sharing his experiences and knowledge with others.  Alas, with Saturn leading and found in quiet dignity of Ruler of its own house, this made him very sensitive to his overall situation, but being leader of the Baha’i Faith, and was always foremost in his mind.

The square between Saturn and the Sun shows the strong effect the Bahaull’ah exerted on him throughout life, and his inability to show much of his own personality but having always to obey and regard his father’s.

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During the Baha’s trip to the USA in 1912.  He stayed on the West Side on 78 Street, so this was probably a casual stroll.

The rim opposition though did help with that and the burden of being the religious leader, as Dr. Jones writes, it made him stand up and not buckle  though the weight of the whole world bore upon him.  Bahá whatever questions he had,  held fast and did not buckle under duress or  demure from his destiny — North Node and Part of Fortune in the Tenth House, sextile again Saturn.

His Ascendant, A watchdog standing guard, supports his Bowl.  At Aquarius 17 the Keyword is Probity, or the need to search for truth almost obsessionally or religiously, in his case.  Dr. Jones writes that this gives him a “spirit that stimulates the highest response from all.”

Bahá’s North Node at 14.43 Sagittarius  is the “Ground hog looking for its shadow,” with the Keyword of Reassurance and giving him the gift of recognizing any and every opportunity that appears., explaining his travels from Tehran where he was born, to America and finally to the Holy Land using his Resources wisely (Saturn is sextile the Second House.)

He was a major proponent of President Woodrow Wilson’s League of Nations.  Bahá  died November 30, 1921 in Haifa, Israel.   The New York Times has a complete obit of the Bahá that is helpful.

We do not know what time his death occurred, so we choose morning as that is when most deaths occur.  If you are interested you do can do a comparison between the two charts.  Post your discoveries, we would love to see them.  Thanks.

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