J#85 How to write by Arnold Bennett

Arnold Bennett was a 19th century writer. His most notable short story piece is The Idiot, the same name as Fyodor Dostoevsky’s longer piece. I do not know if they influenced each other, but the tale is available online at FullerReads.com. His greatest works were the highly detailed novels of the “Five Towns”—the Potteries, in his native Staffordshire (Saturn in the fourth house) somewhat in the vein of George Eliot’s Middlemarch, where he so aptly painted the life of a way of life that has long vanished from the industrial scene that it is almost a historical case study.  One of his books, Anna of the Five Towns,  was reproduced by BBC Radio 4 here.

Bennett learnt his craft the old-fashioned way, from the intensive study of other writers he enjoyed (Mars inconjunct Moon).  In Bennett’s case they were the French realistic novelists, like Gustave Flaubert and Honore de Balzac, both two writers who emphasized detailed description of people, scenes, and events so much so that not only the characters but the whole milieu in which they find themselves comes to life from the page.

The only aspect in declination Bennett has is Venus-Jupiter, which is found in its rulership, highlighting the strong love of his hometown’s major craft that once was the finest in the world — English dishware. This pride is also revealed by Uranus in Cancer in its essential house the eleventh, perhaps telling us he felt he was its literary ambassador: enjoy your tea in Meakin and read about the people who made it possible.

He was less successful in his plays, although Milestones (1912), written with Edward Knoblock, and The Great Adventure (1913), adapted from his novel of five years earlier, Buried Alive (1908), both had long runs and have been revived.

Bennett is a Bundle that just has a Saturn handle making it into a bundle-bucket. The handle is opposite his Midheaven which though in the same sector, is not really near his Mercury in Gemini. His Part of Fortune and Sun finish the grouping, showing his insistence of making a successful go at writing. The opposing Saturn seems to anchor the group in the Fourth House of Scorpio but also casting a rather sardonic eye above.

The Ruler of Scorpio is right next to his Ascendant in Leo giving him a fierce pride in his work and yet with so many planets in Common {Mutable} Signs it tells us he was more agreeable than he would let on, pulling everything that came near him like a crab to its stomach and letting out just choice morsels.

Here’s a good review of The Idiot. The story itself runs about 3 pages.

arnold bennett 1867.pdf


William Barr, AG again

Something about Bill Barr

William Pelham Barr was born on May 23, 1950, in New York City. He earned his bachelor’s degree in government from Columbia University in 1971 and his master’s degree in government and Chinese studies from Columbia University in 1973.

His father, Donald Barr, was headmaster of the prestigious Dalton School in Manhattan, his mother a housewife. He is the second of four sons. He is married to the former Christine Moynihan, a librarian. Her relationship to the late senator from New York, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, is unknown.

The Barrs have three daughters, Mary, Patricia and Meg, the eldest Mary Daly, age 41, previously worked for the Department of Justice where she was a former federal prosecutor. She left her job the day before they swore her father into office. Her husband, Michael Daly, also an attorney, still works in the National Security Division of the Justice Department.

Barr and Robert Mueller are long-time personal friends.   The Barrs live in his native Manhattan are worth about at least 24 million dollars based on his SEC filings when he took his current government post.

Barr credentials

Barr worked at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA, when the head was George H. Bush, and while working for the CIA, Barr earned his law degree from George Washington University in 1977. He clerked for a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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Something about Biden

Joseph Robinette Biden, junior was born on November 20, 1942 in Scranton Pennsylvania. Both his parents were native to the city. The topographical map below is from the USGS catalogue. His parents moved when he was young to New Castle Delaware where he currently resides. Biden received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Delaware in 1965 and a law degree from Syracuse University, Syracuse New York in 1968. He married (1966) his high school sweetheart Neilia Hunter, and the couple later had two boys and a girl.

After graduating from law school, Biden returned to Delaware to work as an attorney before quickly turning to politics, serving on the New Castle county council from 1970 to 1972. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972 at the age of 29, becoming the fifth youngest senator in history. About a month later his wife and infant daughter were killed in a car accident; his two sons were seriously injured.

Although he contemplated suspending his political career, Biden was persuaded to join the Senate in 1973, and he went on to win reelection six times, becoming Delaware’s longest-serving senator.

Veep Biden, the young Ashley and Jill.

Second Marriage

In 1977 he married Jill Tracy Jacobs, an educator from Willow Grove, Pennsylvania who holds a doctorate in education. They have one daughter Ashley Blazer Biden in 1982 who wed to Philadelphia Otolaryngological surgeon Howard David Krein in 2012 in the White House in a dual Roman Catholic-Jewish ceremony. In addition to his role as U.S. senator, Biden also was an adjunct professor (1991–2008) at the Wilmington, Delaware, branch of the Widener University School of Law.

Biden is the 47th vice president of the United States (2009–17) serving under President Barack Hussein Obama. He announced in April 2019 his decision to run again for the Presidency in 2020 against incumbent Donald Trump.

Astrological Notes

  • The former Veep is a lipped bowl, scooping up experience through the Moon lip, making him emotional and loyal to his family and friends.
    • Like most politicians with this layout, Vice President Biden’s is open on the south east side showing how he cannot fully control his future as he is reliant upon electoral turnout and voting.
  • Biden’s North Node in the Ninth House according to Isabel Hickey suggests there is too much emphasis on his thought and self-will, and not enough on his superconscious power.
    • She recommends greater faith and devotion to an ideal because he is too his personal feelings and passion (Venus partile the Sun support this too).
  • Relatives are the source of difficulties (Pluto in the eighth).
  • His Ascendant is 04 Sagittarius, shows he is fastidious, and optimistic.

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