Seeking perfection Jerrold Nadler

Congressman Jerrold Lewis Nadler was born on June 13 1947 rectified to 3:30 in the afternoon in Midwood Brooklyn according to his Congressional site but since his father was at that time a poultry farmer in nearby rural New Jersey why Jerry was born in Brooklyn and not in Jersey seems odd.

The family relocated to Brooklyn after the father’s bankruptcy and Nadler received a traditional Yeshiva education focused on studying the Talmud (the book of Law) and reading the Torah (the five volumes or Pentateuch, or the 5 books of Moses). He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1965 and ran for student government president in a campaign organized by his good friend Dick Morris (November 28, 1946).

He is married with one son. The rest of his biography is here.

The Congressman is a Bucket with a Jupiter handle in the first house highlighting his intemperance with sensual pleasures. His Moon opposite Neptune does not help but encourages him to overeat when overworking or anxious. as Cancer which the Moon rules rules the breast, chest and stomach.

This opposition though, from the 6th to the 12th house highlights how once he gets an idea from his work, he pursues it with zealous ferocity, particularly if it deals with issues from the 12th house (where Neptune,. the modern ruler of the 12th, is found. This opposition is rather karmic, as he always wants to right the wrongs of the individual/community/country against his perception that capitalistic business is rigged against the average citizen (in his case his father). This probably explains his strong criticism of President Trump, a former businessman but myopic because of the amount of Democrat millionaires in Congress itself. This uneven application of justice is problematic in his life and career, but he is certainly not alone.

The Congressman has a stellium in the 8th house highlights his desire to get control over the uncontrollable whether it is his weight or the many forces of nature or politics as he resents anything beyond his own grasp. This stellium suggests that despite his vengeful nature, he is good with money.

Nadler’s ascendant is 25 Libra [HS] a Rabbi throwing dice on the Tree of Life shows his dsire to seek knowledge of the perfection proceeding from the Deity so that he may at least have indirect contact with its true Being. This is supported by his Mercury in Cancer in the 9th house highlighting his moody approach to this quest.

A rather striking note is that both Congressman Schiff and Nadler had fathers that were unsuccessful in the private arena and it is that inner anger that makes them such intense critics. In Nadler’s case, he also symbolizes the age old dichotomy between King and Parliament (see John Locke) or Executive privilege being unaccountable to Congress. America provides for three equal legislative branches in a series of checks and balances: Presidential, Congressional and Judicial in the first three articles of the Constitution. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has also been a large critic of these statements. Nadler is also outraged that Trump is dismantling the bureaucratic establishment as he believes that should be the sole source of American citizen’s income; Ginsburg champions John Anderson’s “fair voting” allowing certain people greater share in the electoral process and universal suffrage. However Trump’s inquiry turns out, this see-saw argument is will predominant world politics for a long time.

These aspects remind us of Maximilien Robespierre. A quick biwheel of the two shows many similarities including an exact trine to the ascendants. The Robespierre chart is taken from unchanged.

Mathematics Man, E. T. Bell

Our header picture of E. T. Bell is from the Constance Reid biography on him, taken when he was a freshman at Stanford, then a free college.

Bell was born February 7, 1883, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland and died December 21, 1960, Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, California. He emigrated to the United States in 1902 at the age of 19 and immediately enrolled at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California where after two years he earned his bachelor’s degree. Then there is a 4 year repast before he received he went to the University of Washington in 1908, even his biographer does not why he chose this school, and in 1 year received his masters. Another break, and another school. This time on the side of the country at Columbia University, New York City where in one more year he finished his doctorate.

Immediately after receiving his doctorate, Bell accepted a position back at his alma mater the University of Washington where he taught mathematics until 1926 when received an appointment as professor of mathematics at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California.

During the intervening academic years, Bell married and tried his hand as a mule skinner, ranch hand, surveyor, and teacher. He and his wife had one son, Taine Temple Bell, M.D. From 1931 to 1933 he served as president of the Mathematical Association of America.

Asteroid San Jose is at 17 Capricorn 17 trine Asteroid Aberdeen at 17 Aries 21. Reid mentions that Bell felt a strong connection to San Jose and Stanford. Bell is a splay temperament type with a Grand Trine in Earth offset by a preponderance in Aquarius and a Pisces ascendant. He has nothing in fire, splays often are missing one element (only planets count). Marc Jones though agreed with jean Baptiste Morin that was what missing was as important as what was found in the horoscope, and a he wrote that an absence of fire signs was an indication of a person’s underlying need to create experiences for himself — i.e. exactly what Bell did not only in his gap academic years but also in his writing life — and mask a fundamental timidity or desire to evade direct questioning.

Dr. Bell is best known as the author of Men of Mathematics (still actively in print) but he also wrote Mathematics, Queen and Servant of Science (1951 and currently out of print) and a history of Fermat’s last theoremThe Last Problem (1961 out of print). This last book is interesting as it was 33 years later by Dr. Andrew Wiles with an assist from Richard Taylor that Fermat’s theorem was proved.

Bell was a published science fiction author, under the pen name of John Taine. His The Time Stream (1946 also out of print) was the most popular. . Basil Davenport, writing in The New York Times, said Taine was “one of the first real scientists to write science-fiction [and who] did much to bring it out of the interplanetary cops-and-robbers stage.

C202 A Skeptic at heart, Rene Descartes

René Descartes was a philosopher whose work, La Géométrie, proves Pythagorean mathematics. He posits, and this becomes the basis for scientific thought, that without proof, it’s all theory.

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Fibonacci, Julia Robinson and Hilbert’s 10th Problem

Fibonacci Day is November 23rd, and celebrates the work of medieval mathematician Leonardo of Pisa. We have no solid dates on Leonardo, but 11-23 was chosen as those are the first numbers in the sequence. In honour of the day, Science Magazine published an article on an American mathematician who utilized the Fibonacci series to solve German mathematician David Hilbert’s 10th problem of his original list of twenty-three.

Her name was Julia Robinson.

Who is Fibonacci and why do we care?

Leonardo Fibonacci, slang for Filius Bonacci, son of Bonacci, was a medieval Italian mathematician who wrote Liber abaci “Book of the Abacus” in 1202. He was the first European work on Indian and Arabian mathematics and discovered an intrinsic and self-evident algorithm that appears throughout nature.

This is called a “Fibonacci sequence” in his honour and is simple enough: the sum of the two preceding numbers make the next in the series. Thus 1, 1 = 2, 1+2 =3, 3+2=5, 4+5=8 and so on down the line. It is used everywhere including in technical analysis for analyzing stock market charts where lines on a price volume chart are drawn using Fibonacci Retracements, Fibonacci Time Series, and Fibonacci Arcs.

But the most common appearance of a Fibonacci series is in nature, as in the agave plants leaves below. It is a recursive  number sequence because to go forward you must go back, much like back stitch in blackwork embroidery.

Microsoft Bing’s wallpaper honoring the nature of the Fibonacci series.

Fibonacci numbers in botany

Fibonacci numbers are also exemplified by the botanical phenomenon known as phyllotaxis where the whorls on a pinecone , pineapple, or petals on a sunflower follow a sequence of Fibonacci numbers or the series of fractions

David Hilbert poses a problem; Julia responds

Julia Robinson wanted to know the answer to Hilbert’s 10th problem. She worked on it, and found no solution. Just after her 50th birthday, in 1969, twenty two year old Soviet mathematician Yuri Matiyasevich announced that he had solved the problem and acknowledged her paper on how to algorithmically compute functions (also called the recursive functions) as key.

Her paper uses not only the Fibonacci sequence but the Turing wheel for support.

Hilbert’s 10th Problem
Find an algorithm to determine whether a given polynomial Diophantine equation with integer coefficients has an integer solution.
Result: Impossible; Matiyasevich’s theorem implies that there is no such algorithm.

Julia’s Genethetical Chart.

A bucket with a Uranus handle. Her Ascendant is 28 Scorpio.

Julia was born on December 8 1919 in Saint Louis, Missouri to Ralph Bowers Bowman and Helen Bowman who died when Julia was two. Her father remarried and moved the family out to California where Julia got both rheumatic and scarlet fever. In 1936, Robinson entered San Diego State University at the age but transferred to UCal Berkeley in 1939 where she met Raphael M. Robinson, her mentor and later husband. Her specialty was game theory and she was the first female mathematician to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Her Ascendant is 28 Scorpio, [HS] a book about memory techniques or the ability to bring into being a state of accord a system. Her Moon is incredibly fast at 15.07 and then while her Mercury is just 4 degrees away, it is in another sign at 03 Sagittarius 21, making it unfettered. Thankfully her Mercury is also retrograde giving Mrs. Robinson the ability to jump forward in her thought process and visualize what she was looking for, and then be able to trace that process back and write it in mathematical notation. We have not run into this configuration previously.


  • I saw this article in Science News and was captivated, so I did her chart. That’s usually how it works.
  • Julia’s sister, Constance Reid, wrote a biography on both Julia and German mathematician David Hilbert.

Roger Ailes Media

Roger Ailes was born on May 15, 1940 at 11:21 am in Warren, Ohio. He was a hemophiliac (look at the septiles below) and is best known for his Emmy-awarded TV production before moving into the political consulting. He is credited with the orchestra pit theory of news-making .

If you have two guys on a stage and one guy says, “I have a solution to the Middle East problem,” and the other guy falls into the orchestra pit, who do you think is going to be on the evening news?

Roger Ailes
Roger is a lipped bowl.

Roger died on May 18 2017 in Palm Beach Florida from a heart attack aggravated by his hemophilia. His wife Elizabeth and son Zachary survive him.

Loving Marianne Williamson

Marianne Deborah Williamson born July 8, 1952 at 3:53 am in Bellaire, Texas, a suburb of Houston, to conservative Jewish family. Her father Samuel was a WWII veteran and after the War an immigration lawyer; her mother a homemaker for her family. Marianne is currently running for President as a progressive liberal against Joe Biden, using the Kabbalah Tree of Life as her platform in effort to showcase Tikkun awareness, including their slogan of “Love and Awareness.” After her unsuccessful bod for president, she became a columnist for Newsweek online, ostensibly for her political savvy.

She has never been married and has one daughter. Her ascendant, 23 Gemini 58 gets the [HS] symbol of an “avatar taking human form,” and is a see-saw temperament type. McClung writes that this is “giving without condition to the future state of being.” That works well with her campaign slogan of “Think. Love. Participate.”


  • This post was updated on March 13 2021 with her latest endeavours and replacing the missing chart.

C155 Black & White and Gorey

Edward Gorey by Richard Avedon for the New Yorker.

We rectified Mr. Gorey to 10:23 PM in Chicago Illinois on February 22nd, 1925. This puts Saturn 14 Scorpio 19 Rx in the first house suggesting he had a strong emotional connection to his work — he enjoyed creating his characters, and watching the tableau play out. They were his playthings and children (trine Uranus in the 5th).

A large part of their allure was that they were so eccentric and quirky they could only be his — he liked the idiosyncratic projection of his self threatening the world at large (Mars opposite Saturn where Saturn is in its accidental fall and Mars in its accidental detriment because it is opposite its rulership in Scorpio) demanding attention.

This combination also creates skilled artisans often mimicking metal and stone (Gorey worked predominantly like Aubrey Beardsley in black and white but with chiseled effect).

Jupiter at 14 Capricorn according to Dr. Raman the great Vedic Astrologer, signifies bachelorhood.

Accidents will happen

Accidental’ dignity indicates the strength a planet gains for some reason other than its position. Mars on the midheaven, for example, is accidentally dignified because it is exalted in Capricorn which naturally is the 10th house. In the current chart Mars falls in the sign of Virgo but in the 10th house, it is now accidentally dignified.  

So too, the accidental fall of Saturn in Gorey’s chart is similar — the reason is that Saturn is exalted in Libra (the 7th house) and now in the 1st, it is in its detriment, but as this is by placement not naturally, it is accidental — just how the roll of the zodiac fell because of his ascendant, the Lord of the Chart.

Mars has a similar problem: it rules Aries, the first house but is “accidentally” fallen into the 7th house where it is in detriment — the house opposite one’s lord is the detriment; opposite the exaltation is the fall. In Gorey’s chart Mars is accidentally in detriment.

This makes the two planets weaker than they would be but the fixed Grand Cross bucks them up a bit and makes each determined to win the contest. Of course since Mars is faster moving than Saturn, it will eventually cede position to Saturn, the dark and dreary master of the soul.

The other opposition – Venus Neptune

The other opposition of Venus to Neptune is not so dour. Neptune is accidentally in its fall in the 10th house but Venus is free of all encumbrances — thus Venus wants to get out and acquire new things and bring them into the house, Neptune remains shy and cloistered with his work. How does this turn out? Well as a rather shy person who goes and about through his vision and work — and at a distance, reading about his success, the comments from the safety of his liar.

These two oppositions create Gorey’s Grand Square or Cosmic Cross in fixed planets of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. They are also at the angles giving the cross stability and fixity of purpose — i.e. bucking up the weak points. This aspect would have made Gorey a rather crotchety person, much like his characters, who did things his way, without explanation or heed.

Edward Gorey died on April 15, 2000 in Hyannis, Massachusetts of a stroke. He left a large part of his estate to cats, rats, bats and dogs, and a few spiders.

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