#J343 Swashbuckling Errol Flynn

The great Flynn Fight, Winchell vs. Doane

Errol Leslie Flynn was a swashbuckling handsome actor of the 1930’s who starred in many films with Olivia de Haviliand including Captain Blood. He was born on the Winter Solstice in Hobart Tasmania, Australia, June 20th 1909 around 2:30 in the morning so says most astrological sites citing Doris Chase Doane of the Church of Light. His ascendant is the fiery at 13 Aries (an unsuccessful bomb explosion)  that in so many ways sums up his personal life.  Gossip Columnist Walter Winchell (in the Jones natives #981), says the year was wrong–Flynn was born in 1905.

Winchell 1904 time progressed to October 23 1959

Radioman Walter Winchell vs. Astrologer Doris Doane.

So Winchell’s chart has some problems, the least of which is Winchell is    craven, and with a tendency to bad mouth anyone who did not curry his favor.  He often extorted Hollywood stars with “created blackmail”  knowing the impact of his column , and so it s a good bet that was the case here, playing upon Flynn’s vanity. Winchell did not care if “the thing was true or even half true” 1 ibid. Winchell and Rushmore. , just that he filled copy.  Thus, Winchell’s reputation makes it a questionable birth date. But as have neither sources nor records that support either, so we have to review the two charts and see how they stand up. We cannot dismiss his claim because of bias.

Lilli Damita and Errol Flynn

Chances are that Flynn like the Duke of Wellington when held up by a London gossip hound to print some damaging letters that had fell into his hands, told the scoundrel “Publish and be damned,” responded similarly to Mr. Winchell. Doane being in Los Angeles probably heard more (unprinted) rumours than the rest of the country so knew the story Doane though was  not falling for the bait and ignored the remark. 2 Doris Chase Doane, Progressions in Action, American Federation of Astrologers, published 1977 in Tempe, Arizona. for Mrs. Doane does not use the Winchell time in her book or give credence to his sources  .

Errol Flynn news report

If she had, the chart would look like above — everything is the same but the year. Even the ascendant is still in Aries, as Doane specified, but this time at 25 or “a double promise”. The Uranian bucket of ought 9 — becomes the splay of 05. It could work and it would solve some problems, like why Flynn, handsome , light on his feet, scandal-prone, — was so evanescent, but when progressed to October 23, 1959, Flynn’s time of death,  becomes more like a monetary crisis than a fatal heart attack.

Thus, we can cast aside the Winchell 1905 time.

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Footnotes:

  • 1
    ibid. Winchell and Rushmore.
  • 2
    Doris Chase Doane, Progressions in Action, American Federation of Astrologers, published 1977 in Tempe, Arizona. for Mrs. Doane does not use the Winchell time in her book or give credence to his sources

Asteroid Eros in Astrology

The asteroid Eros was discovered on August 13, 1898, by German astronomer Gustav Witt at the Urania Observatory in Berlin.It is named for the god of love from Hesiod’s Theogony. He was the son, appropriately enough of Chaos, the primeval emptiness of the universe, but later became the son of Aphrodite, goddess of sexual love and beauty, by either Zeus (the king of the gods), Ares (god of war and of battle), or Hermes (divine messenger of the gods). Frankly I think the Chaos paternity best because this young god of desire retains his tendency to be a troublemaker much like Loki in the Norse pantheon.

The discovery chart. Eros gets the same ascendant as Edward vi.

The key to Eros is he personified sexual desire in all its indignity and neediness, chafing at restraint. In a chart, as here, Eros is the key to want you want most, desire even though it maybe forbidden, but then to Eros forbidden fruit is the tastiest of all. The Romans renamed him Cupido because of his silver arrow with gold tips he used to make his conquests. Whatever it hit, fell in love immediately. He had a second set of arrows, too: their heads were blunt and tipped with lead, and they killed affection in anyone they hit., see our header shot from Tiepolo where Eros’ lead arrow makes the nymph Daphne recoil in horror from the advances of the god Apollo.

How to use Eros

Whether Eros is in a favorable aspect with benign planets, or not, look for him to upset the proverbial apple-cart. Things will not go as planned, whether better or worse.

Famous natives with Eros

  1. Brigadier General Chas. Adams in the twelfth house suggests his drive to assert his personality for the good was an important impetus to him.
    1. Ditto for Astrologer Alan Leo
  2. Sir Francis Bacon, also at 16 Aries, but in the eighth house, suggests his need to make a name for himself and make money doing it. (That turned out poorly btw).
  3. Economist George Henry had it in the second house, suggesting his need to create resources while also helping others was the impetus behind his monetary theory.
    1. Queen Amelia of Portugal shared Henry’s goal.
  4. Dorsey Syng Baker, patron of Whitman College, Washington, wanted to help create an educational system that would help people get ahead in life.
  5. Frank Sinatra, singer and actor, with Eros in the third, wanted to be heard.
  6. and finally Simone de Beauvoir, in the fifth, needed to express herself as did guitarist Eddie Van Halen.

C263 Edward the Sixth of England

The essay on Sir Francis Bacon caught my eye about his father-in-law, Sir Anthony Cooke, being the tutor to the ill-fated Edward the Sixth; he died at sixteen presumably of tuberculosis. Then I read at fifteen or so he proposed to Mary Queen of Scots, his sister Elizabeth’s foe.

Young Henry the Eighth, Edward’s Father

Most feel he was insulting and arrogant in his proposal but he was fifteen and king, while she was all of ten, and frankly I think most are letting Lady Antonia Fraser’s overly romantic biograph cloud their logic. This is supported by history btw. King Henry VII, Edward’s grandfather has proposed to the King of Scotland, James, a descendant of Robert the Bruce, his eldest daughter Catherine in 1495 when she was ten years and six months old to avoid Scotland tying themselves further to France. Sir Anthony would have known this, even if Edward had not.

Henry, Catherine and James

Henry’s reasons for promoting the marriage, probably no different than Edward’s, was to stop the further incursion of France into England’s northern border. The problem was at this point England was not a very strong or well regarded power, and France was the European leader, so from the Scot’s point of view getting Catherine did not seem like much of a bargain — they could do better in France.

Also as the Scottish and English royalty were fourth cousins, at that time both being Roman Catholic countries, needed Papal dispensation for the marriage. But Henry did not relent and eventually got his way, and his daughter marriage was celebrated the 16th of June, 1503, in Edinburgh. Henry VII’s gambit paid off and peace reigned between the two the rest of his days, and it was this marriage that gave little Mary her standing as a competitor to Edward’s sister Elizabeth through her father James, of course, the son of that union.

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Jakob Böhme, twice

Böhme the mystic

It seems only fitting that Jakob Boehme, the great Polish  1 Even this is under dispute as the Germans would like to claim him too, but it seems recent DNA research states Bohme is a Sorb culturally and they are Polish Lutherans not Germans. That’s rather funny, as the only Poles I met growing up were all Lutherans and until college, when I met my first Polish Catholic, I was amazed. My amazement grew when the College of Cardinals in Rome made a Pole the Pope!  I’ll never know if the area in Brooklyn I grew up had Sorbian refugees or whether they were converts.   One of the many unsolved mysteries in life.  mystic, should have a birthday shrouded in mystery. 

On Wikipedia, but nowhere else, Böhme has a birthday of April 24, 1575, reading Marc Edmund Jones’s Guide to Horoscopic Interpretation  that date is wrong. He he posits another from Manly Hall, the eminent Canadian-American esotericist, author of the Secret of All Things and founder of the Philosophical Research Society.

Using the Wikipedia date for Böhme, I  rectified him for a Cancer 21 ascendant. It gets the Sabian symbol of a “magnificent opera house and its glittering audience rests in silence” highlighting the elevation and popularization of human dignity for all mankind, This makes sense, as does his Pluto in Pisces in the ninth house, for  Boehme followed the footsteps of the English William Tyndale and German Martin Luther in wanting a more democratic Church and a local language Mass.  But that chart agrees neither with the Guide’s layout, nor with Hall.  Bummer, eh?

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Footnotes:

  • 1
    Even this is under dispute as the Germans would like to claim him too, but it seems recent DNA research states Bohme is a Sorb culturally and they are Polish Lutherans not Germans. That’s rather funny, as the only Poles I met growing up were all Lutherans and until college, when I met my first Polish Catholic, I was amazed. My amazement grew when the College of Cardinals in Rome made a Pole the Pope!  I’ll never know if the area in Brooklyn I grew up had Sorbian refugees or whether they were converts.   One of the many unsolved mysteries in life. 

Pip Torrens aka Uncle Warleggan in Poldark

I honestly thought the three Warleggan family members the best thing on Poldark. Their acting was quite good and I enjoyed the performances of the actors for George, Elizabeth and Uncle Cary, immensely.

I could find little on Philip (Pip) Torrens even browsing through the British papers, though YouTube yielded a few interviews. He has a long and varied career — starting with Oxford Blues (a comedy c. 1986) to Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens ( 2015) and now the Poldark Series (2016-2019).

Bloxham to Cambridge

Torrens went to public Bloxham School, and then onto Trinity College where he read Literature. That worked out well, as he realized rather than either reading or writing it, he wanted to re-enact it, and attended London Drama School to learn the trade. He and his Poldark nephew George (Jack Farthing’s CV is quite similar) were the only two major figures in the show that shared a classical training, and it is what made them such compelling anti-heroes.

Traditionally that has been the difference between British and American talent — over there they get the academic foundation and rigour of Shakespearean training (another nativity highlighted was Patrick Stewart, who had been a Shakespearean stage actor before the Hollywood break), while in the US it is on-the-job training or coach mentoring — like the famous Lee Strasberg Method School in New York City, or directorial supervision as in the famous cases of John Wayne, Jack Nicholson, Errol Flynn, and Leonardo di Caprio.

The Hollywood difference

This is why Hollywood actors, except for the very finest, have no career after 40 — once their looks go they have little to commend them, so they turn to directing or producing films for income and celebrity.

Obviously, Pip Torrens has used his education and hard work (sixth house Moon-Pluto conjunction) to make a meal ticket that will last longer, and with Saturn in the tenth house and the sixth house trine, it was solid, older characters that he made his fortune — not dashing young leading stars. The Capricorn stellium there cements the deal.

A good memory helps

Torrens was born in Bromley, a farming town in southeastern London — and actually the only agricultural town in the borough on June 2, 1960, at what I pegged around 2:30 in the morning. This gives him an ascendant of 03 Aries 46, a symbol of “Boldness” with a midheaven of 01 Capricorn 43, or “Seriousness” — both à propos considering his film roles.

The midheaven symbol also suggests ambition, which I think is born out in his change of career. His part of fortune is in the tenth too, at a degree particularly helpful for actors having to memorize their roles: 10 Capricorn 46 (keyword Memory)


Footnotes

  • This page was updated with a full astrological essay on October 3rd.
  • This was originally a Chart-Only page.

C196 Dithering John Durham

U.S. Attorney John Durham may wait until after the 2020 presidential election to make his conclusions public on the Ukraine-gate scandal because as his ascendant shows, Aries 30, he needs to get his ducks all set up in a row. This meticulousness borders on procrastination and indecision — aka who can he afford to hurt more — is further shown by Venus in Aquarius in the tenth house — a constant gathering of information, and data so that his decisions and career remain unimpeachable.

John Henry Durham was born on March 16th 1950 in Boston and went the liberal arts college Colgate University in New York State and then Univ of Connecticut for his law degree after which he was a VISTA (a JFK created service organization i.e. Volunteers in Service of America) volunteer for two years (1975–1977) on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana. He is a Red Sox fan and his wife Susan and he live in Groton, where his alma mater also is located.

Stoolie’s and the Law

Durham has no planets in either their rulership or exaltation. He great talent in networking well (the eleventh house preponderance) and is sympathetic to those who wield power (Mercury to Midheaven) but it is his ability to resort to dodgy tactics to trap (or entrap) his victim (Mercury opposition Saturn in the creative 5th house) through the use of informants that makes him a prosecutor that is hard to beat.

Durham’s use of stoolies was so renown in the Whitey Bulger case that Martin Scorsese made it a movie starring Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg & Leonardo DiCaprio called “The Departed.” 1 Spoiler: Jack Nicholson plays Whitey in the movie and does a superb, if not unnerving, job. The main informants are Matt Damon, and Leonardo DiCaprio, though there are many others, known and unknown throughout the movie, making it a series of interconnected jigsaw puzzles .

While Durham’s methods may have been surprising, they were effective and Whitey Bulger, himself an FBI informant, was apprehended. The press hailed Durham as a hero for busting Bulger and President Clinton made him the U.S. Attorney General for the District of Connecticut.

Durham’s ascendant is opposite AG Barr’s and square President Trump’s.

This, and a few other high profile cases, led Attorney General William Barr tp picking John Durham to conduct an inquiry into the origins and conduct of the Trump-Russia investigation. Durham has recently said that he may wait until after November to reveal what he has found or to hand down indictments, according to sources cited by Fox News.

A source close to Durham said that he “does not want this seen as political” while Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and a longtime critic of the Trump-Russia investigations, warned waiting until after November’s contest might be too late and affect the election adversely. — the Washington Examiner. We argue that because of his over-cautious method he made dribble out convictions and leave the biggest when it counts least.


I updated this article on 1 September 2020 to reflect missing aspects and the latest news.

On August 14, 2020, Durham filed the first charge of his criminal inquiry against the primary FBI attorney assigned to provide legal support to the special counsel team led by Robert Mueller; this does not look too good for Mueller, but chances are it will not be making many headlines either.

Footnotes:

  • 1
    Spoiler: Jack Nicholson plays Whitey in the movie and does a superb, if not unnerving, job. The main informants are Matt Damon, and Leonardo DiCaprio, though there are many others, known and unknown throughout the movie, making it a series of interconnected jigsaw puzzles .

Hygeia: You’ve been served

Hygeia the hygienic goddess

 

 In Greek Mythology, Hygeia is the great-granddaughter of Zeus- Jupiter via the Apollo(nian) line.  Her father Aesculapius is another asteroid, and was mythologically the Greek god of healing.  He had five daughters but the two most famous are Hygeia, the root of the English word Hygiene or public health and Panacea, the cure-all. Hygienists at one time in American history called Hygeists, and Dr. Herbert Shelton of Texas popularized in the turn of century a health routine called “Natural Hygiene.” 
In the 1980’s Harvey and Marilyn Diamond’s best seller “Fit for Life” rejuvenated the method which calls for the restoration and preservation of health by natural by unadulterated means including pure water, sunshine, exercise, clean air, raw foods and no meat products of any kind.  Only fruits can be eaten before twelve noon.  Cleanliness of course was important and so Shelton recommend showering with a loofah brush to get rid of the dead skins and wake up your body. None of this matter though, if you did not  good mental and spiritual attitude.  The link above gives you the basics of the Natural Hygiene method.

Aesculapius the healer

Aesculapius himself is an asteroid and so is his daughter Panacea.  The other daughters in his family did not make the cut though his sons did.  IN paintings he was  often shown in Ancient Greece with a physician’s staff that has a   snake wrapped around it,  hearkening back to the Egyptian symbolism of snakes as a sign of  kingship, that carried the Pharaoh off to the sky.   The snake’s greatest importance was the  myth of the Ouroboros, where we see a snake biting itself, and is the the alchemical symbol for the unity of all things, material and spiritual, that never disappears but changes its form in an eternal cycle of destruction and re-creation.  This myth was so popular that it went from Ancient Egypt to Greece and in to Europe and became important for the alchemists.
  
The cock bird was also sacred to Aesculapius and sacrificed on his altar.  Unlike other Centaurs, who were violent and savage, Chiron was famous for his wisdom and knowledge of medicine and it is said he taught Aesculapius his art. As  the cock bird was a propitious sacrifice for those asking to  be imparted with his wisdom. 

Hippocrates and his oath

           
Hippocrates, the great doctor of antiquity and father of the Hippocratic oath doctors take, was said to be a mortal descendant of Aesculapius.  His oath calls upon the Greek gods as his witness, and doctors still take some form of this pledge today, sometimes without evoking the ancient gods.  It begins solemnly:

I swear by Apollo Physician and Aesculapius and Hygeia and Panaceia and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfil according to my ability and judgment this oath and this covenant. …

Hygeia was discovered in Naples
The chart has the empty houses in pink for the being in the “pink of health”.  The twelfth house is the asteroid Hybris.

                   Hygeia the Asteroid

The first recorded observation of the asteroid was April 12, 1849 by Annibale de Gasparis in Naples, Italy, we are speculating that it was 5:30 AM, sunrise,  giving a 10 Aries 07 ascendant in the sixth house of service and health. Her rising symbol is ” a  savant is revealed, a woman who has created new forms for old symbols.”  On the chart are two asteroids.  Hygeia is plainly marked but the other, opposite it is Hybris (in the US this is Hubris) the asteroid of presumptive arrogance, overpreening pride. 

Download Hygeia discovery1849

It is rather surprising to see Hygeia opposite Hybris and one wonder is Hybris there for Hygeia or is is for Il Signore Dottore de Gaspari  who also discovered Parthenope, Egeria, Eunomia, Psyche, Massalia, Themia, Ausonia and Beatrix? 

Download the chart here


 Using Hygeia

In the few cases we used Hygeia, we discovered that it works well as a public hygiene point.  Here are a few examples from our notes:

  • One very good friend of mine, June, has Hygeia in the Third House admitted she came from a very neat family where ironing, clean windows, and presentable appearance counted.  Her Hygeia is sextile her Sixth House of work and labor, and her work appearance is always  impeccable. Once out of the limelight though, she dressed quite differently, and when her co-workers met her at a company, they were stunned by her disheveled hippie-like appearance.
  • Queen Mary of Guise, Mary Queen of Scots mother, has Hygeia in the first house right next to Saturn; her daughter’s Hygeia is  in the seventh. Perhaps that explains Mary’s  neat embroidery and exemplary attire while held captive by Queen Elizabeth.
  • The French writer Baudelaire, a great fan of Edgar Allen Poe,  has Hygeia in the first, conjunct his ascendant.
  • The National Geographic founder, Gilbert Grosvenor, has Hygeia in the fifth.  I guess why he wanted photographs and not actual items of the places his exploring journalists went.
  • Another friend  has Hygeia in his Twelfth House.  This dude admits to being a “closet slob, ” cleaning up when he knew he was going to have company and then shoving  everything into the “closets” in a made cleaning dash.
  • Coach Carm Cozza has the clean asteroid in the fourth house.  Those locker rooms  must have been clean enough to eat off.
  • President Trump has Hygeia in the Eighth House and  is an admitted “germaphobe,” but so does, Joe Biden, who always seems to be immaculately dressed and coifed; JFK whose hair was like armor, never moving an iota even with pictures taken at sea, has in it in the 4th.

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