N o . 5  Determining one’s Mental Chemistry

The moon’s average daily motion and whether Mercury is separating or applying to the Sun is how Marc Edmund Jones determined a person’s mental chemistry.  If you check the ephemeris for October 27, 1858, the moon is moving at 14° 18′. Knowing the average daily motion of the moon is 13° 10′ we can determine in Teddy’s case that the moon is fast i.e.: it is travelling faster than average.

Whether Mercury is clockwise from the sun,  or counter-clockwise is the second step in determination and in Roosevelt’s case Mercury is ahead of the sun and not retrograde,. 

The normal pattern of Mercury is that Mercury follows the golden orb but here it is going counter-clockwise (it will at some point have to change course to follow the Sun).  With both the Moon and Mercury are faster than normal, this gives Teddy Roosevelt an abrupt mental chemistry, well represented by the young lady who “got all her exercise by jumping at conclusions.” 

Roosevelt too was always stumbling over his own toes, his mind six leaps ahead of itself. Fortunately for American history, he made use of this foible, rather than allowing it to defeat him.

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Marc Edmund Jones c. 1925

When the moon’s daily motion is swift, the faculties of the perception are quick rather than certain and if Mercury rises ahead of the sun, the mind is eager rather than deliberate. Combining these two elements makes for a hair-trigger mentality — he does not wait to decide, he acts upon the situation and goes.

This though is not  statement of intelligence, but a comment about how a person reacts to information at hand.  I say this because to my way of thinking, everyone is basically intelligent because it is part of the functioning of self of Mercury — and everyone has a Mercury in their chart.

Teddy Roosevelt

With Teddy Roosevelt, we see that Mercury is in the house of the higher mind — the ninth house — and the sign of the creative-ability — Scorpio.  The Sabian symbol for Scorpio 03  is  “In pioneer days, all the neighbors gather to aid in a happy house-raising” giving us the keyword of “alliance”   In an earlier period of this country’s history, houses were not built as they are today by contractors and teams of men.  People lived far apart and in desolate areas so  a man would get everything ready, and then the neighbors would come far and near, and work together to get the house up before night.

The symbol, house and sign all stress  the constructive factors in human society, and the desire of men to share experience  These three factors create an image of the creative Scorpio emboldened by the inner genius of the 9th house. When applied to T.R., we see that he had a  tremendous ability to unite Americans towards the allied goal of building the country into a leading nation.


Point #4, the Dragon’s head, can be found here.

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