C178 Don Everly The First of the Everlies, the Last to Repose

Don, was born Issac Don in Brownie Creek Kentucky, on February 1, 1937 and two years before bandmate Phil, to Margaret (nee Embry) and Ike Everly. They were recording since they they were six years old thanks to their parent’s radio station on KMA in Shenandoah, Iowa. Both boys attended Longfellow elementary school in Waterloo, Iowa, and the brothers finished their school days at West High, Knoxville, Tennessee. Don is the brunette; Phil the blond.

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C104 Always capable, Tom Selleck

From Magnum P.I. on, Tom Selleck has been a television heart throb. He made few movies because his studio would not release him, fearing that further publicity would make his demand more in next contract, thus Harrison Ford got the title role, and highly lucrative, Indian Jones part. Pity isn’t it?

Selleck has a grand trine in air, perhaps that is why he plays such compelling detective roles — almost becoming a modern day Sherlock. His Neptune part this trio is in the twelfth house conjunct Jupiter, showing the limited range the studios have allowed him, but how nonetheless he has been able to create a successful, and very popular, career for himself within it.

While his good looks cannot be denied, his voice, getting a part of fortune in Taurus is key to his successful — a smooth luxuriant baritone tht exudes confidence. His ascendant at 26 Libra 58 is close enough to his Scorpio first house to show how his sexual appeal is part of his charm. It gets the symbol “the symbol of an eagle flying as a brilliant spot in the sky while an airplane flies in the same air space.” Jones writes about Wheeler’s symbol that it is about the privilege some people have as the dwell above the normal stresses of life and portray to all viewing, the calm deliberation and cool observation that encourages them. Yes, he does that well.

Selleck is a Splash Temperament Type filling up nearly 5/8th of the wheel with either planets or astrological points. If you have never seen a Magnum episode, I cannot help you as they all locked up on YouTube and viewing is fee-based. Instead what follows is my favorite…it’s classic Selleck btw.


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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#J75 Among many Hollywood’s Firsts, Warner Baxter

  • Warner Baxter was the first American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor.
  • He was the first actor to portray the character of Jay Gatsby on-screen in The Great Gatsby (1926).
  •  By 1936, Baxter was the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, earning a record $284,000.

His best role is that of the doctor who treated Abraham Lincoln‘s assassin, in The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936). Sorry, cannot find that one. But the one below was directed by the great Frank Capra.  This one is rather amusing as Baxter had a fear of horses — Uranus (which rules the Equines btw)  20 Libra 25 in the twelfth house, large corporations, self-imprisonment and self-undoing,  conjunct his ascendant at 23 Libra.


Baxter was born on March 29, 1889, in Columbus Ohio but when his father died when he was nine, his mother moved the family West to San Francisco. Things according to his account were going well when in 1906, the Great Quake struck Frisco, and the Baxter family found themselves living in tents. They were lucky it was Spring. 

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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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    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. 

J101 Dr. Alexis Carrel & the Dakin Solution

Before Dr. Alexander Fleming invented penicillin, Dr. Carrel developed the Dakin Solution, a type of hypochlorite solution made from diluted bleach and applied to decrease skin irritation. Chlorine, the active ingredient in Dakin’s solution, is a potent antiseptic that kills most forms of bacteria and viruses. This simple solution saved many men in World War they still use it and when people are out in the wild, far from critical care centers and hospitals.

Carrel though had already won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1912 for his experimental, and ultimately successful work, on vascular suturing & the grafting of blood vessels and organs, ” that is considered a forerunner of Dr. Christiaan Bernard’s cardiac transplant surgery because of his Nobel work.    His other honours are Legion d’Honneur, France; Nordhoff-Jung Prize for Cancer Research, 1930; the Newman Foundation Award, Univ. of Illinois, 1937 and the Rotary Club of New York Service Award, 1939 and honorary memberships of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR,

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The Star Center: Jim McDaniels

                 Jim McDaniels  Kentuckian

James Ronald McDaniels was born in Scottsville, Kentucky, on April 2, 1948, to James McDaniels and his wife, Sendy Binom McDaniels. His stepfather, Dickie Stovall, helped raise him.  He died in his native Kentucky on September 6 2017.

  Jim McDaniels was a star center who led Western Kentucky University to the N.C.A.A. Final Four but whose professional career was marred by contract disputes right at the start.  He died in his native Kentucky on Wednesday in Bowling Green. He was 69. His wife, Carolyn, said the cause was complications of diabetes.

  Big Jim’s Career

A 6-foot-11 center and power forward with an unusually soft touch for a big man, McDaniels led the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers to the most successful years in their program’s history. In his senior year he averaged 29.3 points per game in helping Western Kentucky reach the Final Four of the 1971 N.C.A.A. tournament. Meeting at the Astrodome in Houston, the Hilltoppers lost to Villanova in a semifinal match and beat the other semifinal loser, the University of Kansas, to take third place, their best finish to date.

McDaniels was named All-American that year.  But the next season, after McDaniels had started to play professionally with the Carolina Cougars of the American Basketball Association, the N.C.A.A. found that he had violated college rules by signing professional contracts (with an agent, the team and the league) before the start of his senior season.

After a year in Italy, he played for the Los Angeles Lakers. and the Kentucky Colonels of the A.B.A. He played his last season as a reserve center for the N.B.A.’s Buffalo Braves, which he joined after another year in Europe.

“I’m a player and a very dedicated athlete,” McDaniels told United Press International in 1977. When I leave the game, I want to be able to say that good or bad, I gave 100 percent.”

He retired in 1978 with a career average of 10 points per game and his free throw percentage is 72% the same as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lou Alcindor).  His stats are here.

He graduated in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.  After retiring from basketball, he coached high school basketball and sold cars, a natural interest for the metal ruled Aries Sun.   He married Carolyn Wright in 1990 who survives him.

                                                    The proud Kentuckian

We chose 6 Libra for his Ascendant. that gets the symbol of a “pilgrim sits on a rustic bench and one by one his ideals take shape before him”.   Jones writes that this symbol is one where the native must be on the alert not to fall from his visions but instead continue working throughout his life to keep the lessons of his youth foremost in mind. Neptune in the first house is conjunct, that works well because of his famous “soft” touch with the ball, and with his Sun opposite both in the seventh house tells of the muddles and mistakes by pushing his will too far.

  Indeed, in McDaniels chart  the Sun aspectually is highly prominent, making a connection to all the other planets and points therein, pointing to strong arrogance that did not take direction well — his Sun is in its detriment is in the seventh house that Libra essentially rules so this makes him rather stubborn and hard headed about his standing.  Applying the Regiomontanus house system to his nativity, the problem becomes heightened with  Sagittarius the sign of education, the law and contracts  is intercepted.  Opposite, as all interceptions work in pairs, his Venus, and later his downfall via diabetes, is intercepted where it is exalted in Taurus showing how he just did not trust others and so legal contracts became more of a jousting match than a set of negotiations with  mutually agreed goals.

Hindsight of course is always 20-20, and the resulting T-square in his chart at 05 Cancer does hint that this own father would not be as instrument as a surrogate.  While that midheaven does suggest a “man in an automobile maddened by the lust for speed,” it also highlights his own ambition at being a stellar player, and a desire to create his own destiny.  Trine the Moon at 11 Aquarius 53 shows his innovative and very intuitive way of handling the ball.  Another thing we find in favour of this chart, is that the Midheaven at Cancer finds it’s Lord in the Creative and Gaming House of the Fifth, which in turn is ruled by the softer side of Saturn:  Uranus.

                                                 Splash   Mates

McDaniels has a lot of planets in the House of Friends; basketball is a team sport and this shows how he thrived off the rivalry between team mates on and off court, but it is Pluto  is opposite almost exactly the Moon right on the Eleventh house cusp that intimates how he came alive on the court in front of a cheering crown.  This last point has been raised recently during the Covid arena events, 

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with players saying they miss the cheers, and the jeers, of fans that help them keep their concentration.

Mr. McDaniels is a Splash Temperament type with the maximum of two conjunctions — Pluto to Saturn and Saturn to Mars — that because of their close proximity, is also  Translation of Light giving that aspect extra significance.  It is a powerful trio, highlighting the Eleventh House of fans and publicity and shows us how his fans loved him and how he felt indebted to them in kind.  This debt was fulfilled by his hard work, and total dedication to his game as well as learning more about basketball off the court (Mercury 21.45 in the Sixth).

The one problem  here is Mars is not near the ascendant as Monsieur Gauquelin preferred, and also in the eleventh house.  We will be reading and studying more about those requirements updating the chart, as we rectified it, as needed.


  On a personal note, when I saw McDaniel’s obit in the Times, I immediately snagged it,  because my cousin Nick played ball at University of Kentucky way back then and mentioned  McDaniels as the “next big thing.”  Funny how many years later those things come back to you.

Which House system? Looking at the Meridian

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After one conquers learning the wheel, an astrologer must decide on what house system to use, and there are many.  This is a series of posts on the many house systems there are and why they exist.  In each one we highlight one of the Celestiology notables, put up a chart of the highlighted house system, and then one of our default Morinus system and finally the Koch system because it is one of the most popular used formats in the world.  In the United States, it runs second after the Placidian.

       Why the Meridian System?


The Australian Astrologer, David Cope, who worked under the magical name of Zariel, created the Meridian House System in the early 1900s. His intention was to fix the problems he found in the Morinus System, by replacing the equatorial calculations with the meridians, as that is more stable. He kept the idea of Jean Baptiste Morin of separating the ascendant from the first house, though.

Janus software has the Meridian System, both its European name (Meridian) and its Australia (Zariel), probably because they are in New Zealand.

Alfred Witte and the Hamburg school used this one before abandoning the house system entirely. Astrometrologist Carl Payne Tobey & Sydney Omarr were also fans of the Meridian, though I have never seen a published post with it; all that are in the Equal House format, but they mention it favorably.


                          Greta Garbo & the Meridian House System

For this example, we are using is Swedish-American 1930s screen star, Greta Garbo. Because neither system pegs the Ascendant to the first house, that is moves under the two methods does not matter. See the red arrow at the first house. The second arrow shows that while the Midheaven did not change, the house cusp of the tenth house did; a minor detail.

What does change is the position of the Moon. In the Morinus system, the Moon is in the seventh house of other people and opportunities presented by them, while in the Meridian, only Jupiter is in the seventh and the Moon is now in the sixth house of work and service.

The third chart is the reference chart using the Walter Koch System, originally titled the Birthday System. The Ascendant in that system is  tied to the traditional first house and here Garbo’s third house has an intercepted Capricorn with Uranus; neither the Morinus nor the Meridian has any interceptions and Uranus is in the second.



You have to be wondering why I am doing this a third time. I know I am. The reason is when I changed the name of the site from Sabian Earth to Celestiology I lost a lot of posts; I believe about 70, and I have yet to figure out how to restore one domain name to another. I guess upon reflection, that is BoldGrid problem since I use their Total Backup.


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