Astrologer Gail Fairfield in her book Choice Centered Astrology states her parents were missionaries to Foochow, one of the five treaty ports opened wholly to the West, and where she was born on February 27, 1950 at 3:52 PM. She has written several books on the tarot and astrology and is a student of astrologer Joanne Wickenburg, winner of Marc Edmund Jones scholarship award, whose major work was on astrological Interceptions.

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 Mapping Gail

Fairfield’s ascendant is 26 Scorpio 35 or the Hyperion Symbol of a blackbird whistling highlighting her ability to see things that other people cannot and enjoy the subtlety of the experience; its keyword is an enigma.

Gavin McClung writes that the poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, read in the video above by its author, Wallace Stevens1 and written in 1917 was the inspiration for this degree, which coincidentally favours occult tendencies. Her Jupiter in Aquarius conjunct Mercury bestows an “electric intelligence” that can see and perceive connections before anyone else notices.

Foochow anchorage, unknown Chinese painter c. 1870

A Splash temperament with few conjunctions (blind spots), some oppositions (awareness) with her Northern hemisphere slant ties this together forcing her to overcome her reclusive tendencies for her career (Saturn in Virgo in the Tenth) and reach out beyond her small circle into the world at large to express her singular view on the occult tradition. Her few oppositions are striking though they help bridging the two separate parts of her See-saw temperament.

One such opposition is between Pluto in the Ninth and Mercury highlight how her long distance travels and good education have given her a penetrating awareness of gender/racial/class/age constructs in language — something in both her astrology and tarot books she seeks to avoid.

I worked with a number of mythologies that described the Major Arcana (in Tarot) as a system and became dissatisfied with each one in turn. I have realized that for me, the greater mysteries of the universe go beyond any one mythology or ordering system. Many of the stories are effective as triggers that can help us remember what the cards mean, but too often we get caught up in the limitation of those stores and forget that the myth was just created to help us with our memories. We see the myth as the only truth.

Gail Fairfield, Everyday Tarot, a choice-centered tarot, Red Wheel/Weiser LLC. copyright 2002

In that brief clip, we see how her three conjunctions, all at Trine points, give her ability to always see the choices in life via her penetrating awareness of the limitations of the current rage of one-dimensional decks but it is also a key point to her writings on the two subjects. She insists this myopic trend gives a false hope of nirvana to readers, as they become locked in another’s viewpoint and slowly get cut off from other deeper implications of the tarot, or for that matter, planets and asteroids in astrology.

1895 FooChow penny stamp

If you ever read one of Gail’s books, and I hope you do, at least keep that admonition in mind as it maybe just the tonic for seeing Jupiter not only as enthusiasm but also as a “seeker”2 and thus a desire for the quest for power and money or even perhaps someone who goes into politics or the law to seek social justice.

Sabian Aspects

  • Gail’s Mental Chemistry is perceptive but cautious. Gail may see trends ahead of time but she tends to keep those ideas close to her vest and wait for confirmation.
  • She is a Splash temperament type and tends to be people-centric, particularly if she is in charge.
  • Her Line of Motivation is sesquiquadrate.
  • Her Line of Vitality is absent.
  • Her Line of Efficiency is inconjunct.
  • Her Life of Culture is absent, highlighting her lack of interest in making an effect on society at large. Instead she is more interested in her own circle of friends, family and associates.
  • She has a marked Air emphasis that shows her missionary zeal towards her Choice-Centered approach and has written books on the subject: two on the tarot and one astrology. She writes what she she feels very strongly about, and has the need to communicate this to others.

Other Aspects – Configurations

Other aspects Gail has is a Rosetta Stone. This is rather new configuration created by Sally Fisher and Linda Shelnutt which is made like a yod but instead of the two planets in sextile pointing to a third that is mutually inconjunct, a Rosetta Stone aspect has two planets that are trine each other and inconjunct the third; obviously this aspect does not show up often.

With the Rosetta Stone, problems bounce off the individual but never to find closure! For Gail the Rosetta is comprised of Uranus in the eleventh, Mars in the third and Venus in the sixth, so she is also searching for an astrological solution but never happy with the results, and so continues her exploration. The abundance of Air in her chart probably contributes heavily to this miasma.

The other unique configuration Gail has is Thor’s Hammer. This one is composed of the Moon to Mercury to Mars. Alice Portman, an Australian astrologer based in Adelaide, gets the nod for this aspect which again is similar to the yod. This time the two planets are squared (ninety degrees apart) to each other and both make a sesquiquadrate aspect (135 degrees) to a third planet. Another aspectual rara avis. Portman says that the Thor’s Hammer is a harsh aspect with the native having little patience for excuses, why you need an aspect to tell you this, is another question.


  1. The poet Warren Stevens died in the same hospital as our friend Mike “Bogey” Boguslawski at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Stevens, while born in Reading, Pennsylvania, worked at the Hartford Insurance Companies, as an attorney; Mike was born in a nearby Connecticut suburb and had returned home to be with friends and family.
  1. Fairfield, Gail, Choice Center Astrology, Red Wheel/Weiser LLC, 1998. Gail calls Jupiter the “Seeker” in this book, the only astrology book I am aware of her penning. In it she writes that Jupiter’s ORBIT: is SOCIETAL where one is actively taking part in the World and its task is to seek the truth and philosophize about what it finds.
    1. ITS VOICE: is I teach and expand the possibilities for growth.
    2.  JUPITER is the largest Planet in the solar system, and its meaning reflects its size.
    3. Its symbol signifies the expansive mind, questing outward for broader knowledge and experience. 
  2. –Fairfield, Every Day Tarot, Red Wheel/Weiser, c. 2002. pg. 19.
    1. Here like in Choice Center Astrology, Gail eschews mythological and religious associations, thus tarot card #5, typically the Hierophant, is not associated with the planet Jupiter.
    2. Gail writes, while “the image of the Hierophant is usually that of a religious leader, often the Pope He is a morally conscious and conscientious person who has the desire and responsibility for blessing others or making decisions for others. 
      1. ” Upright: You are involved with a group or another person because of your shared philosophy, common goals, or social orientation. You may have a sense of connectedness with a family, lover, church, political group, spiritual group, or whatever. You feel loyalty toward these others and choose to live in accordance with the beliefs you share with them.
      2. ” Reversed:  A part of yourself is accountable to another part of yourself. You are choosing to live by a particular philosophy or belief structure that seems important to you. As a result, you direct your own actions in accordance with your philosophy. Even when your drives or desires may lead you in one direction, you will choose to curb them in order to be accountable to your larger goals or aims.”

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