J319 Havelock Ellis & the Equal vs Whole House System

Using the Equal House

The Equal House house and whole House systems are the oldest astrological house systems in astrology.  The Equal House is based on the Ecliptic, and some astrologers actually call it the Ecliptic system. It has several features:

  1. All the houses are equally spaced, meaning that each house is exactly thirty degrees wide, so it very easy to manually construct.
  2. All of the houses start on the degree of the Ascendant
  3. There are no intercepted houses, as each sign gets its own house, i.e. we equally divide the chart into twelve equal parts.
  4. The tenth house cusp (cusp is the beginning point of a house) does not coincide with the Midheaven. You can see an example of this in the case  of  Havelock Ellis, born in Croydon, Surrey, UK,

Download Havelock-Ellis in Placidus format here

Who was Havelock Ellis

Dr. Ellis was an English essayist and physician who studied human sexual and criminal behavior.  He challenged 19th-century Victorian taboos against public discussion of the subject following up on the studies of Sigmund Freud in Vienna. Many of his books, including his best, The Task of Social Hygiene, are on Gutenberg.org for free.

We do not use the Equal House system because we disagree with its construction — everything thirty degrees and no consideration for the horizon. Nonetheless, the famous astrologer, the late Lois Rodden, loved it.  In Hellenistic Astrology, the Whole House system is de rigeur and the major difference is that all houses start on ZERO and the Ascendant is shows up at the degree within it. 

We actually prefer this over the Equal House system, because we think that the Ascendant should not be tied to the first house — which is how you are seen by others.  Confusing the Ascendant and the house house we have found in our studies, is not an accurate representation, hence we typically use non-Ascendant based house system like the Zariel and Morinus and Whole House for Hellenistic charts.

Whole House System

The similarities to the Equal.

  • All the houses are equally spaced, meaning that each house is exactly thirty degrees wide, so it is very easy to manually construct.
  • There are no intercepted houses because each sign gets its own house, i.e. we equally divided the chart into twelve equal parts of thirty degrees.
  • .The tenth house cusp does not coincide with the Midheaven because the Midheaven is typically not Zero. We do not show it on the chart above.

The dissimilarities to the Equal.

  • The Equal starts always at the Ascendant. The whole always starts at 0.

As shown, under the Whole House System, Dr. Ellis’s midheaven is in the eleventh house of the public, which makes sense as he devoted his medical life to public health and hygiene; Venus, the planet of sexuality, is also there linking the two and is the handle to his bucket.

In the Equal House, the  Midheaven is in the tenth house of a career, but Venus is separate in the eleventh house and does not clearly link the two.  Other issues are in the Equal House Saturn is in the sixth house of work and labour; in the Whole House Saturn is in the seventh house of partners and opportunity. 

While we can make cases for either, it is really the nuance we prefer, and astrology is nothing but nuance.  For further discussion of houses and interceptions, another thing we dropped as being meaning, look here and here.

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#138 Funny Girl Fanny Brice

Marc Jones has no time listed for Fanny (born Fania Borach) Brice and gives October 30 1891 for her birth date.   Astrotheme differs with Marc Jones entirely and says she was born the day before    Herbert M. Goldman’s biography, Fanny Brice the Original Funny Girl support the Astrotheme date but  Astrotheme’s  time of 11 am with a 01 Capricorn rising, makes no sense, so we  have rectified it to one later around 5 pm, keeping Fanny in the earthly quadrature, but changes the emphasis.  The correct date is October 29, 1891 at 5 PM with a Taurus 11 rising in Brooklyn, New York.

The header picture is of Fanny and her third husband, Billy Rose, and the two Arnstein children from Vanity Fair, 1936.

                     Fanny & Time Forgot

Taurus 11 has the Hyperion Symbol of “Time forgotten in memory, and then recalled,” highlighting Fanny’s ability to never forget her Lower East side (Bowery) roots despite her great success and love of high fashion.  She was known to put on gala affairs where New York City’s elite gathered complete with expensive Rosenthal china, Waterford crystal and Delmonico catering and then belch,   bursting  out in uproarious laughter, much to the shock of her upper-crust guests.
October 29 1891 5 pm.

in the Beginning

Both of Fanny’s parents were Orthodox Jewish though they did not practice it faithfully.   Her mother was a Hungarian Jew and her father from Alsace-Lorraine France.  Fanny like her mother was an ambitious woman with a strong drive (Mars in the 6th).  Her chart shows her weakness for fancy men like her (Venus opposite her ascendant) father “Pinochle Charlie”
Like many show biz people from before the first World War, she hated “phonies.”   A Broadway producer once insisted he would give her “my right arm” if she worked for him. “Listen, kid,” (Fan called everyone kid copying George M. Cohan.)  “I happen to know you got a whole drawer full of right arms.”Herbert Goldman, The Original Funny girl

The Many Loves of Fanny

While her relationship with gangster Nicky Arnstein is legendary, like some Freudian confusion of both her mother who owned saloons and her father that gambled in them, she repeated this foible with Hollywood’s Billy Rose, an American theatrical impresario who had composed over 50 song hits.
Billy Rose with the Ring, Mayor Walker reading the book and the woman to her right, Rose Borach, Fanny’s mother.
On February 8, 1929, Billy Rose and Fanny Brice were married at City Hall, with mayor Jimmy Walker officiating.  Just before the ceremony, Rose turned to Walker and said “I’ll give you a dollar now and the other dollar if it’s a success.”ibid. Both ended in divorce never living up to her fantasy that like her father they would always be enamored of her. While neither marriage lasted long, their good looks, suave manner and ardent flirtations were an aphrodisiac that she blossomed under.
Fanny Borach—her friends called her “Borax,” “Twenty-Mule Team Borax,” and, in “tribute” to her stage ambitions, “Bore Act”.²   She stood five feet six inches tall by the time she was twelve, almost her adult height of five foot eight, and weighed about one hundred pounds. Her light brown, naturally curly hair came down to her waist, though Fanny tied it at her neck with an enormous ribbon. Her green eyes were easily her most attractive feature. ibid.

                                                                   Mapping Fanny

Marc Jones was entranced by Fanny too and wrote her up in his Essential of Astrological Analysis.  He neglected to mention was her preponderance of her preponderance in the seventh house suggesting her “special consistency of purpose through opportunity and relationships where her acceptance accrues because of her exceptional individuality.” 3
Fanny, seated with John Brice.  Flanking her are Wendy and Peter Stark.
Her preponderance of trines in her chart, like that of Emperor Hirohito of the Jones 1000, both with nine, reminds us how much Fanny was a product of her time and culture, which was able to capitalize on in her career.  The lack of fire in her chart,  makes Fanny an experience junkie feeding into her desire to express life and capture that for later reuse.  This may also tell us why she was a “sucker” as she termed it, for the men in her life — she wanted the material.

  Death Notice

May 29, 1951, Los Angeles, California

                                                                 The Movie Funny Girl.

Here is a scene of Barbra Streisand from her debut as Funny Girl, a rather romantic and Hollywoodized version of Fanny’s life.  Nick Arnstein objected to Omar Sharif’s portrayal of him on the grounds he was “short.”

Footnotes.

  1.  Goldman, Herbert.  Fanny Brice the Original Funny Girl. c. 1992, Oxford Publishing House, Oxford, England.
  2.  The Bore-Act nickname was a major reason she changed her name from Borach to Brice, an Irish surname.  The Brices were close family friends and pleased by her choice.
  3.  Jones, Marc Edmund. The Essentials of Astrological Analysis, c. 1960, Sabian Publishing Society, Stanwood, WA.
  4. The 11 am birth time touted by Astro.com
  5. 11 am fanny.png

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