C134 Congresswoman Liz Cheney, no more

Congresswoman Elizabeth Lynne Cheney is running as an incumbent.The odds she loses right now are 90% according to CNN. Our header picture shows her campaigning in blue to get Democratic voters in Wyoming — crossover votes are allowed there.

Cheney was born on July 28 1966 in Madison, WI to her Richard Bruce Cheney and mother Lynne Cheney. Her grandfather worked for the Department of Agriculture as a soil agent, which explains the agriculture aspects showing up in her chart.

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Divining Congresswoman Frederica Wilson

Our header picture is Congresswoman Frederica Wilson with President Barack Obama.  She represents Florida’s 24th Congressional District since 2009, and won re-election handily in 2020.  In 2019 she was in the news over flak between her President Donald J. Trump over his phone calls to the families of  four fallen American soldiers from a Nigerian skirmish. 

This is not the first time she has come into the national spotlight for taking controversial stances. Previously she was a spokesman for the Trayvon Martin case against George Zimmerman. Her district covers  large swath of eastern Miami-Dade County and a sliver of southern Broward County. including Miami, portions of Opa-lockaNorth MiamiHollywood, and Miramar — all heavily black populated areas.

She has been a stalwart supporter of Barack Obama, and now Joe Biden since Obama announced his candidacy in 2008, well before she was in Congress.

Some Frederica facts

Representative Wilson was born on November 5, 1942 in Miami Beach, Dade County, Florida to first generation parents of Bahamian immigrants. She and her late husband, Paul, have three children, Paul, Lakesha and Nicole.

She graduated with a bachelor of arts from Fisk University, historically an all-black university in Nashville, Tennessee that is also the alma mater of New York Yankee, Derek Jeter, gospel singer, Mahalia Jackson, and Washington D.C. major, Marion Barry, Booker T. Washington and WEB DuBois. She continued her education at University of Miami for a master of arts degree, speciality unknown.

There is no time for Mrs. Wilson but we are advocating this chart based on the known facts of her life.


She introduced in July 2020, H.R. 6707 bill legislating Masks for all, a house bill supporting Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont’s Senate bill, requiring the federal government to use all available authorities, including the Defense Production Act, to eliminate all shortages of face masks, surgical masks, and N-95 respirators and distribute masks to the public as soon as possible.

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Alcabitius House System & Simone Signoret

Alcabitius is the Latinized version of  Al-Quabisi, a tenth century Christian Egyptian. He is notable because the house system that bears his name predates him, but he described it in his only extant work “Book of the Introduction to the Craft of Astrology” written in Arabic and Latin and two, he encouraged the scientific aspects of the craft without religious bias.

Janus 5.0 has Alcabitius with semi-arcs; Kepler only uses daily arcs; and they do make different charts. After viewing each, I think the semi-arc method is much better. I will show the differences ala Madame Signoret’s chart. In the beginning of this crazed enterprise, I used Koch and Alcabitius, and while I have been correcting the text over from SabianEarth, I have kept the charts in the same format.

Placidus and Koch are variants of Alcabitius’ s method but instead of a trisection of the quadrant onto the ecliptic and then projecting it onto the equatorial latitude, the latter two use the intersection method. Alas, there is little out there on the two different methods to fully understand the difference other than by observation and then you do not get the underlying nuances because unless you can find the math behind the method, you do not know what you are seeing: it may just be serendipity that something matches or not.

I used the Alcabitius system for both the Battle of Karabala and the Death of Saladin, but did no house comparisons there. Perhaps that is something you can do. If so let me know how it turns out.

Predating Alcabitius

The Porphyry system predates Alcabitius and is named after the discipline of Ptolemy, though Ptolemy is thought to have used the Equal system and like the Alcabitius method is named for a man who did not invent it. We know this because Vettius Valens describes such a system in his works, and I guess it received Porphyry’s name because it would give the method his stamp of approval and validity.

The similarity between Alcabitius and Porphyry is they both divide the hemispheres into three, not four, equal parts, but Alcabitius then uses the right ascension while Porphyry uses the equatorial longitude (the ecliptic). The idea behind triangulation is you have to know at least two of the points to make a mathematical estimate of the third. Since knowledge of the earth’s sphericity was not yet proven, but speculated, that this works at all is rather remarkable.

Burnett-Yamamoto’s Al-Qabisi

Charles Burnett and Keiji Yamamoto wrote a book for the Warburg Institute, London, on Al-Qabisi: the Introduction to Astrology published in 2004 that is superb but a lot of the footnotes are in Latin; some in Greek and some even in Arabic. A full fifty pages is the Latin-Arabic glossary.

A more recent tradition, probably written because the Burnett-Yamamoto translation is out of print by Dr. Benjamin Dykes, that runs about $20.00. I have never read it, so I cannot comment. I would recommend inter-library loan, which is how I read the Burnett version, though based on the scarcity of the book, and the ridiculous price, AbeBooks is quoting $350.00, I doubt they will release it beyond their four walls.

In Burnett-Yamamoto’s book, Al-Qabisi says the Tetrabiblos and the Almagest 1 ibid, pp. 5-6 are required reading for an astrologer for they must understand how the earth and the skies interrelate: it is the crux of his science. I cannot disagree there.

Al-Qabisi then gives 4 stages of an astrologer:

  • the highest the one makes his own house system, orbs and aspects based on “rational demonstrations and experiments.”
    • This is the historical mundane astrologer who understands and can explain the world in which they live.
  • The next is the astrologer competent in his skills but does not understand the mathematical pretexts for it.
    • This is the genethlialogical (natal) astrologer who investigates how an individual lives within their world.
  • The third knows only one technique that they got from their master and no other
  • and the fourth relies on his instruments and dutifully recites them.

It is obvious though by all the writers, Al-Qabisi quotes, he was very well read. He cites Abu Masar, Vettius Valens and Dorotheus and their pronouncements on the Tetrabiblos — where they agree, disagree or expand but he himself makes no value judgements on their work because that is something the reader, the working astrologer, must do for themselves. This was the traditional method of teaching and journalism, and why old textbooks are back in style, since currently these institutions have thrown unbiased reporting out the door for political positioning.

On another note, valuable to those who follow Marc Jones’s idea of a high-focused planet, and that is Alcabitius strongly urges the astrologer to discover the most important planet in the chart and work for there. I believe that is where the similarity ends, for Jones always defaults to positional emphasis while Alcabitius uses aspectual. I tend to agree with the latter.

And now Madame Signoret…

Simone Signoret in Porphyry

The Porphyry system is far older than Alcabitius’s and dates from the 3rd century AD. It is named for the Porphyry, the Neo-Platonist philosopher, best known for his works on his mentor Plotinus Marc Jones loved the philosopher and wrote many “lesson sets” on his works.

Porphyry’s method, based on his notes on Ptolemy, was written in his “Introduction to Ptolemy’s Tetrabiblos, ” (that I have never read), and uses the 10th House cusp for the midheaven. Therefore, many systems do still.

Kent McClung, an astrologer and author of the Hyperion Symbols, uses the Porphyry, probably because of the Plotinus connection, though to be honest I never asked. He did say how he tried to persuade his mentor and great friend, Marc Jones, to do the same, but Jones would have none of it and stayed with Placidus throughout his career.

As for Ms. Signoret’s chart, the time is from Amazon’s IMBD.com She has no interceptions though the fourth house looks odd, split with a full thirty degrees between Uranus in Pisces and the Sun in Aries. As it is a quincunx to the ninth, where Neptune lies, shows her strong devotion to the Soviet Union and Communism, while The tenth shows how her “Moon” made her receptive to how outsiders and avant-garde politicos thought. Her understanding and portrayal of them would lead to her career success, and since acting is a performing art, the combination the Moon and Jupiter represents the field, and the multitude of characters and people it deals with, well.

Simone Signoret- Yves Montand were known for its engagement with causes of social justice and human liberation. They campaigned publicly against the execution of the Rosenbergs, the Vietnam War and the Franco-Algerian War; [When Soviet Russia invade Hungary in 1956] they personally told Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev of their [disagreement].

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Alcabitius (Kepler) Daily Arc & Simone Signoret

This is a great disappointment, as only the cusps changed between the two and Ms. Signoret had no planets lurking near them. We did not even get any interceptions. Obviously, we must move on. Still, Saturn and Jupiter are now in the tenth, highlighting her cultural appeal and also her use of her status to push her Communist philosophy, with the Moon in Libra in the eleventh, for the ardor of her fans.

Venus in the fifth in Taurus, where she is exalted, highlights her beauty and great allure and charm, and it is hard to ignore her presence in any scene she appears in. Of course her size plays into that, but that is all part of the Bull’s majesty. Her fifth house is trine the ninth where we find Neptune in Leo and highlighting her many roles as either mistresses to married men, as in Diabolique, or as outright whores because of her political beliefs that whatever she does is above reproach. An idealistic attitude, but then this is Neptune, and that planet tends to impart both to person and philosophy a rosy glow.

Kamala Harris, who shares this opinion, has Neptune in Scorpio, a different fixed sign and in the sixth thus coming from a different angle: this time making her empathetic to women who work for a living and thus more fiercely protective. It is important to note, that it is not the Neptune that makes either woman sympathetic to prostitution, but it is Neptune that colours their eye when regarding their own sex regarding the circumstances that Neptune evokes.

The poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, for example, has Neptune in Sagittarius, and while I do not know her views on prostitution, I can say that with Neptune’s placement there in the third house in her chart, she wrote because while crippled and frail, her spirit would not be kept down and she demanded to be heard.

Alchabitius (Janus & Semi Arc) & Simone Signoret

Eureka! We have a difference, though no interceptions. Still, Signoret has a balanced chart in this layout, though lacking in air, showing how she was rather headstrong, practical and dynamic. Of course this fits her cinematic personality too because as the saying goes “no one acts that well” and having done enough film stars, the old saw is true.

Alchabitius is the British spelling of Alcibiades (Greek spelling).

Jupiter and Saturn have moved to the eighth house from the previous Alcabitius daily arc ninth and here depict her hard work and persistency in carrying out her dreams. Perhaps here is it also showing her desire to topple the capitalism of France and all of Europe, in the French Communard spirit.

Venus previously square it’s essential house of the second is now sextile, suggesting friends and reputation helped her career. Now conjunct Mars Venus highlights her great sex appeal.

Mercury and Uranus, for her personal resources, are in the second but square their own essential ruler and show how she was a woman who smoked too much. Unfortunately, that led to her poor health and premature death from a heart attack at 61.

Uranus is opposite Jupiter, highlighting both her performances and own personality, but also Montand and going to Moscow to visit the Premier to give him a piece of their mind. Amazing but true, and while this was all rather avant garde and shocking for the time, now does not surprise much.

Koch and Simone Signoret

We have a difference here as well, and the similiarities between Koch and Alcabitius semi-arc suggests Koch used the semi-arc method. Another thing I had been expecting was interceptions, because they typically come for German births, and Signoret, her stage name, was born in Wiesbaden. Here with Koch, her third and ninth houses have interceptions and so Jupiter and Saturn (also her Line of Motivation) hide in Virgo still showing us her hard work ethic and dedication to her craft, but as they are latent making it appear natural.

Mercury and Uranus hide in Pisces too, perhaps suggesting that she preferred to get success on her own terms but also why she was banned from coming to America and thus Hollywood because of Communist viewpoints that got on the U.S. State Department “do not enter list.”

**Frankly, I missed this as I could not find any real for this duo in the ninth, much less intercepted, M. K. Saladin pointed that one out., which I used in the pull-quote above.

Her being listed there is a bit of a misnomer because it was her father who was Polish Jew, not her mother, much like Roman Polanski. Since Jews trace their lineage through the female line, as explained in this article from the Jewish Telegraph Archive, she could not have a Jewish ceremony at the funeral, nor would the family sit Shiva afterwards.


As a reward, watch Diabolique and know why she is such a brilliant actress. Her many charts surveyed are below in one pdf package. Vera Clouzot, the director’s wife, is also a treat. Frankly, I think she steals the show.


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#J41 Margaret Anglin, an early Broadway feminist success

Born Mary Warren Anglin on April 3rd, 1876 in Ottawa, Ontario, it was as Margaret Anglin she found Broadway success. The youngest of nine children of newspaper editor and politician Timothy Warren Anglin (1822–1896) by his second wife, Ellen MacTavish it doesn’t seem much of her child hood destined her for the stage except being held by Oscar Wilde, novelist cum playwright, a guest of her father, when she was six years old,  probably during Wilde’s first visit to America via the SS Arizona in 1882, when he conducted a 140 Lecture Tour across North America (US and Canada).

Margaret Cameron’s famous portrait of Margaret Anglin

Her parents then sent to her Toronto and Loretto Abbey and then the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Montreal. There are not any records that record Mary’s sudden love of the stage, but perhaps there was a high school paly that she was in that sparked the interest because next we find her is graduating from the Empire School of Dramatic Acting, New York City in 1894. Located within the Chas. Frohman Empire Theatre, she studied under Nelson Wheatcroft, a famous actor turned dramatic teacher.

Under his tutelage, her acting skills brought the attention of the impresario Charles Frohman who provided her with the opportunity to make her professional stage debut. She changed her name to Margaret Anglin because it took up more billboard space, and in the Bronson Howard production of “Shenandoah,” the Civil War pacificist play, she won wide acclaim.

                                                 The Anglin-Hull Marriage

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Howard Hull

Miss Anglin met future husband, Howard Hull of Kentucky, presumably through the business though little is know about his career but his brothers were all in theatre so we must imagine it was through various connections they met. The couple was married May 9, 1911 in New York City at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Her Part of Fortune Marriage is conjunct her Saturn as is the Part of Legality and it was through her nuptials she became an American citizen.

Most of Broadway attended the gala affair as did some nascent movie stars most likely because the couple was well connected: Hull was the older brother both of Shelly (husband of Josephine Hull of Arsenic and Old Lace & Harvey fame) and Henry the John Ford character actor. and while he is listed as an actor, but little could be found on Howard’s career or Shelly’s.

Mary MacLaren and Stanhope Nelson Wheatcroft

Hull became her manager, and so took a backstage to his talented wife, who was center stage acting or backstage herself producing, and directing many Broadway plays that were typically large affairs with huge casts, elaborate sets and best of all, great reviews.  Then in 1927 Margaret began making demands (the Thor’s Hammer from the Sun to the Moon to Jupiter strikes supported by part of self-undoing conjunct her ascendant) that Howard, be given parts in her plays, it was not an unusual request Hollywood is filled with nepotism but they denied her request. Furious, she walked out of two major productions despite the entreaties and adverse publicity.

Broadway got its revenge and for eight long years she did get any Broadway work until Ivor Novello (born David Ivor Davies), a Broadway sensation, cast her in 1936 in his Fresh Fields plays where she once again she received great critical acclaim. Author Lillian Hellman, Dashiell Hammett’s wife, put Anglin in Watch on the Rhine at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto.

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One of the many magazine articles on Miss Anglin

               Mapping Margaret M. Anglin

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Rectification to Slave Girl demanding her Rights

We rectified Miss Anglin’s birth time to 8:05 in Toronto and that seems to fit her career and life well and gives her the Ascendant of 11 Gemini or a slave girl demanding her rights which fits well as she was not only the actor on stage but often also the director & producer and probably the first woman to fill these roles simultaneously and successfully (Mary Pickford followed suit in film).

Anglin is a locomotive. A mutable T-Square from the first house stellium to the seventh gets a point focus in the tenth at Saturn in 03 Pisces 55 highlighting both her Line of Momentum and restless spirit accentuated by her Grand Trine in Fire. Her Harmonic 7th Chart shows a mutable Grand Cross that reflects as both a woman and a foreigner she was bitter about her second standing. Anglin’s Line of Motivation, Jupiter to Saturn, focuses on her growth within partnerships, like with her husband Howard. and later Novello. Perhaps both those issues had her force her hand with Howard in the play, knowing that men often put their lovers in roles ahead of talented actors.

Anglin’s Harmonic seventh chart

Both charts show her strong preponderance toward water signs, a good barometer for the acting life, and Jupiter in the seventh highlights her facility to juggle unique roles easily. Her Sun is trine her Moon in the fourth house demonstrates her knowledge of both the physical setup of the stage and public reaction to fuel her inner creativity and with her Moon sextile, her Ascendant in the first house it gives her the ability to play different roles as she needs to fulfill her dreams. 

Miss Anglin’s final chart. I picked 8 am arbitrarily but there are many interesting points nonetheless on the chart, suggesting she was in a rest home at the end because of her health. Her progressed Jupiter is conjunct her natural Saturn and her progressed Galactic Sun conjunct her NGalataic Sun with her Part of Fortune for both charts just 10 degrees away suggesting at 82 years old, she was ready and missed Howard.

After her husband  died, Miss Anglin returned to Canadian Theatre where she reposed on January 7, 1958. Despite her friendship with Mary Pickford, she did not make any moving pictures.

C170 First Lady, Mrs. Melania Trump

Melania Trump was born Melania Knaus in what was then the artificially created Yugoslavia, and is now Slovenia on April 26, 1970.

We have rectified it 02 Scorpio for her rising — keyword is Absolution, probably hinting at her strong Roman Catholic faith and a turning from the jaded world of fashion to philanthropy. The symbol itself is evocative: is a beautiful bottle filled with perfume lies on its side, slowly dripping out its contents on thread worn carpet, suggesting her desire to share generously the many gifts she has gained.

Melania’s train

We could not resist using the photo of Mrs. Trump’s twelve foot wedding train here, because she is a Locomotive temperament type as outlined in Jones’s The Guide to Horoscopy. She a Grand Trine in Earth, Uranus in the eleventh, her atypical career path to First Lady as a model, to Saturn in Taurus, her marriage and attraction to an older man, and finally culminating with her Moon in Capricorns, or childhood dreams of what she may become.

Her part of fortune at 05 Cancer 51 in Sagittarius — A pioneer family sets up a new homestead as the wife arranges stuffed animals in the nursery, and her husband builds a high fence around the house. It would seem walls were in her destiny.

Opposite her Moon at 09 Capricorn 59, it would seem the clarion call of  fertility — two captains arguing about the course of the ship — was a major part of the  decision to get married to Donald J. Trump sr. (appropriately enough, in January 2005)  and have children (Barron William Trump born March 2006).

  • Her Line of Vitality, the aspect between the luminaries, is trine, giving her long life and robust health.
  • Her Line of Efficiency, the aspect between Mars and Venus, is conjunct, making her a steadfast marriage partner.
  • Her Line of Motivation, the aspect between Jupiter to Saturn, is absent.
  • Her Line of Culture, the aspect between Neptune and Uranus, is a biseptile, highlighting the difference in age between herself and her husband and her adaptation to a new country and culture.

Official Portrait

Our header image is the First Lady’s official portrait. It shows her in a Dolce & Gabbana black Burlington blazer.


I originally published this post on January 26, 2018, on the old SabianEarth.com site but was updated for this on in December 2020.

C125 Enfant Terrible Director Roman Polanski

Polish-American-French director Roman Polanski  was married to actress Sharon Tate (C126) when she was brutally murdered by Charles Manson and family. Prior to that he was considered a “Young Turk” with his movie with Mia Farrow, and John Cassavetes in the ghoulish Rosemary’s Baby. Later on, he made the movie Chinatown with John Huston, Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, and the two movies have more in common than most think .In this essay, Celestiology explores how Polanski burst onto the Hollywood scene, and how he utilized his past in Nazi Poland to make these classic films.

Roman magnetism

Polanski was born August 18, 1933 in Krakow, Poland to a Jewish father and Catholic mother but was raised agnostic. I rectified Polanski to 10 Cancer 52, a degree that E.C. Matthews calls “magnetic.” French author Georges Sand & Broadway showman George M. Cohan had the same degree for their Sun.

Polanski’s childhood is marred by World War II and the Holocaust. Its effect on his vision and life is undoubtable; it left a deep psychic scar (Pluto in Cancer conjunct the Moon) that he exploits well for his career (Moon semi-sextile his Part of Fortune).

A talented director, “Rosemary’s Baby with Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes is often credited with being the godmother of the Satanist horror genre; while his other notable Chinatown, has Faye Dunaway, John Houston and Jack Nicholson, in a perverse movie, melding corruption, murder and a long held taboo – incest.

Some call the later movie the last of the film noir genre that ran from the 40s onward. and the perfect metaphor for the corporate disintegration of naïve America. I think the reason Chinatown is so powerful is that takes away the magic of Rosemary’s Baby and Satanizes the old developer, as played by John Huston, the director, while Faye Dunaway, who is his unwitting daughter, is a good update to the earlier Farrow ingenue. In both cases, Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown, there is a “baby” whom the mother seeks to protect from more of the father’s evil and the two work as tableau — the young Farrow eventually becomes complicit with the Coven, to save and nurture her baby, while Dunaway, years later, realizes that very mistake and tries now to run away and free her child from evil about.

The last that are worth seeing were both done after the Tate murders can be seen as the obverse of the first set: Macbeth and Tess (of the D’urbervilles by Thomas Hardy) His exile to France changed his works, for their acceptance of the enfant terrible left him with few challenges; it’s hard to rail against the machine when it is so accepting.

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J156 Ruffian Dick and his nights in Arabia

Sir Richard Francis Burton is renown for the being the first European to penetrate Arabian culture in the 19th century so thoroughly that he could write sixteen volumes of their stories and folktales in The Arabian Nights. His books are here on Gutenberg.org.

Click here to download sir-Richard-burton’s chart

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones was also enthralled by Burton’s writings and condensed them for his readers in a series of lesson sets the 1001 Nights.  A full list of his condensed notes here. The Sabian Assembly is in progress of republishing them for public purchase.

The Scorpio ascendant does not spare pains with himself, and he cares nothing for the sensitiveness of others.He expects everyone to be as strong as he is himself He is in fact a somewhat dangerous associate, for his magnetism is so great that those who are working with him are insensibly drawn to emulate his vigourous energy, and they are extremely likely to overstrain themselves and collapse. Scorpio, within his own limitations, is a grand master of organization.

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He is intensely thorough in his preparation, and his foresight is marvellous. In fact, it is one drawback to the immediate success of the very best types of this sign that they possess an idea so big that it is generally impossible of realization within the compass of a lifetime.

We find them building for posterity, and perhaps suffering intensely in consequence of their absolute refusal to swerve from their appointed path in order to deal with temporary exigencies.


Sir Richard Francis Burton was a British soldier, explorer, author, and translator.  He was born in Torquay, Devonshire, England, March 19, 1821 in Torquay, England.   Both Crowley and Jones have his nativity in their books, though with slightly different times; Crowley renders Burton at 06 Scorpio and Jones at 08 Scorpio.  The latter used Alan Leo’s 1001 Nativities for his data, so we giving Leo-Jones the nod.

             The Burton MAP

The most noticeable thing about Burton’s astrological chart is everything is in the Northern hemisphere (bottom part of the chart) telling us he was very much an “undercover man.”  His Moon handle is in the Eleventh House at 12  Libra, suggesting he could adapt to the crowd.   In the Hyperion Symbols, a modern universalist look at the Symbols, suggests that this degree is “the substance of human culture” hearkening backward to see the cultural value in all of man’s existence.  G. K. McClung gives this the symbol of “The Moon of Leto, Apollo’s mother.”


In Greek Mythology, Leto is is a daughter of the Titan pair Coeus and Phoebe; her sister is  Asteria, who becomes with time, the personification of justice. The family comes from the island of Kos. In Roman Mythology, Leto was then renamed as Latona & her family the Titanides.  In both myths Leto/Latona is a bride of Zeus/Jupiter  and mother of the twins Apollo and Artemis/Minerva.  Her iconography suggests that Leto was a goddess of modesty and perhaps also  of the night, both of which fit Sir Burton’s moon perfectly, as he did most of his work in full sheik’s costume complete with the ghutrah — cloaking himself  and a good ability to tan well would have assisted in the masquerade.

Leto in Attic pottery

Of course, the real issue would be the language, and here, Burton was helped by a stellium in the creative languages of the fifth house in Pisces, spilling over into the sixth with Mercury & Saturn and suggesting that he had a true talent in straddling both formal and informal social structure and a great instincts.   All of which would have been necessary in an incredible gamble.

His Mercury, via a translation of light to neighboring Saturn at 15 Aries, is opposite his Moon in Libra & highlights his ability to get into the “rhythm” of his work and lose his identity in it.  Others with this aspect are actress Bette Davis, Alan Leo (both of them with their Sun) and the adorable multi-talented Shirley Temple (her Venus).  The comparison of Ruffian Dick’s adventures with acting is not without merit.

                                    A lot of water in the Araby desert

Sir Richard has little elemental air in his chart, so he truly did not “translate” as much as “transcribe”  the stories and tales he heard. (Neptune in the third house of communications and letters) He wrote in the papers at the times, that he felt he was capturing (his Midheaven is at 18 Leo that is often as E. C. Matthews writes, the sign of the writer) a world that time forgot.

A site devoted to Sir Richard is here.

                          Lines of Awareness

Sir Richard does not a major aspect for his Line of Vitality, as they are inconjunct.  Marc Edmund Jones writes that this suggests “neither a direct emphasis on action” nor an awareness of their potential implying that his own ego is subordinate to his life’s work.  That would make sense how he operated undercover as an Arabian sheik, not as a British soldier.

His Line of Personality, the aspect between Jupiter and Saturn, are conjunct, suggesting a life through his own physical abilities, and making Sir Richard, exceptionally aware of his experiences.

The Line of Efficiency, the aspect between Mars and Venus is also conjunct.  Marc Edmund Jones in his “Guide to Horoscope Interpretation” says that the steel magnate Andrew Carnegie and the fantasy writer cum mathematician, Lewis Carroll, also had this aspect.  It suggests a high degree of concentrated insight into their work.

The final Line of Culture, that aspect between Uranus and Pluto, is also conjunct, like songwriter Stephen Foster, and suggests in both cases, an ability to lose one’s self and cultural identity.  That would definitely be Sir Richard’s case.


  • Hyperion Symbols, Gavin K. McClung, 2012, Infinity Publishing.  Available here.
  • Degrees of the Zodiac Analyzed, E. C. Matthews, 1947, Fixed Star Press.  Available here.
  • Leo, Alan, 1001 Notable Nativities, London, England c. 1926.

C103 Adams & Crowley’s Congenital Idiot

Astrologer Evangeline Adams has this chart first in her 1927 book, “A Place in the Stars.” Aleister Crowley, who helped edit the book, also has the chart in his Compleat Works. It is for an unknown woman whom they give the epithet, “Congenital Idiot” i.e. someone who was born with developmental, but not necessarily hereditary, disabling mental disease. Historically, this was called Mongoloidism.

Then in  1959, thirty years after the original book was published, the French physician Jerome Lejeune discovered that an extra copy of chromosome 2 caused Down’s syndrome. Since people with  named after Dr. John Down  have three copies of this chromosome, instead of the normal two copies, the condition is called trisomy 21 and is now recognized as the cause of Down’s syndrome.  The disease is associated with many facial malformations, such as a slight flattening of the face, a low nose bridge and a fold of skin over the corner of the eye, but more seriously  major deformations such as heart defects and a smaller brain size.

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                           Rectifying the Young Lady

We rectified the chart from an Ascendant of  #5 Libra that Adams and Crowley had  to Libra #1 or the Sabian Symbol a person frozen in time like a butterfly with a single dart – the image seems fitting.

 Our house system is different from them as well; we use Morinus while they chose the ever popular Placidus.  No matter, either way she is a Bowl Temperament Type with all her planets in the Southern or upper hemisphere of her chart, giving her a public persona despite her private personal life.

The lack of a rim opposition suggests there is no closure in her life — things happen and disappear without cause or meaning, at least from her point of view.

Download Miss CI’s chart.

                      What we know about her

Miss CI was born on September 1st, 1880 in London, England. Neither Adams nor Crowley make any comments about her family background, but her Arabian Parts suggest that she came from a wealthy family with possible Royal Connections (Juno is conjunct the part of Royalty). That the family had money makes sense, as it is doubtful that a poor miscreant would have gotten good care, and thus be brought to their notice.

Astrologically, she has a multitude of earth planets in her chart — six are in Virgo alone and those are in the twelfth house of confinement. Two more are trine them in the eighth house in Taurus, thus she has a Sabian preponderance of earth signs — one of the six is Venus in the house of her fall, Virgo, thus casting a cold pall upon our gal, and making her emotions stifled; she would be hard pressed even without her developmental problems to show great warmth as her natural emotional proclivity is reserved and standoffish.

What’s her line?

Venus is also part of the Line of Efficiency that Marc Jones re-termed the Ptolemaic planetary pairing of Mars and Venus, and here so closely conjunct (less than a four degree orb) highlights her outward demeanour being so at variance with her inner turmoil.

 Like the Alice in Wonderland writer, Lewis Carroll, whom Marc Jones wrote profusely about in his Alice in Wonderland series, her Line of Efficiency depicts the fundamental adjustments she had to make within her world around her.  Conjunct, it is conjunct suggests she does not but prefers to remain alone and insular; complete and unto herself as well “little discrimination in petty things” — her intense reaction against things in her environment being changed or moved.

Her conjunct Line of Vitality and the other planetary pairs that Dr. Jones created as a shorthand to understand how a person inter-reacts with themselves, their environment & their outer world show that she puts a lot of value on how she acts and reacts to the world; she is aware of it whether she can capably interact with it.

The Line of Culture, oddly named in this case, but actually referring to how a person reacts to their times and the milieu in which they live, is trine. Helen Keller, born deaf and blind, also has this aspect, suggesting a total communicative independence in both their cases from their environment. How these ladies converse and interact with others and their environs is their own devising. Thus, both our gal and Miss Keller did not bond with the outside world but developed their own language that their parents did not understand. For Miss Keller, it was not until Miss Sullivan came along and helped her, was she was able to communicate with anyone outside of herself; our gal was not so lucky.

Finally, and perhaps Miss C.I. also has Saturn and Jupiter conjunct in Aries in her seventh house, which Marc Edmund Jones calls the Line of Personality. 1  He writes that this gives a person an “outsized” consequence to their life.

And so it has been.


  1.  Jones, Marc Edmund. The Guide to Horoscope Interpretation.   pg.140.


  • Adams, Evangeline. “The General Principles of Astrology” The General Principles of Astrology: Evangeline Adams, Aleister Crowley, Hymenaeus Beta, ISBN: 9780877289081
  • Jones, Marc Edmund. The Sabian symbols in Astrology. Stanwood, WA: Sabian Pub. Society, 1955.
  •  Jones, Marc. Edmund.  The Guide to Horoscope Interpretation.  Philadelphia: David MacKay Publishing, 1941.


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