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.
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.
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.
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.
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.