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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C117 Liberal’s voice, John Stuart Mill

John Stuart Mill was the most influential English language philosopher of the nineteenth century. He was logician, naturalist and an exponent of Utilitarianism. He was the foremost liberal who advocated for the delegate model of electoral rights and thus the consequences of John Locke’s empiricist (knowledge comes from experience) outlook.

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C203 Claes Oldenburg the artful joker

Claes Oldenburg made gigantism his sculptural stock-in-trade.

Christos did it too, the difference was the former got underwriting from public while Claes worked for private organizations. Thus Christos in the end was more successful, though not nearly as long lasting — all of Christos work was ephemeral.

Spoonbridge and Cherry

Claes in partnership with his second wife, Coosjie van Bruggen, balanced a maraschino cherry on a spoon big enough to be a bridge in Minneapolis (1988), I picked that one out of all his big sculptures because it was the first I ever saw in the dark winter of Minneapolis at the Walker. I happened to be there in the coldest winter on record — well actually we tied the 1859 winter — and going to the Walker was the brightest thing I found while living there.

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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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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].

Jewish women’s archive by Sandy flitterman-lewis

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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    ibid, pp. 5-6

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.


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    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 .

C182 Skillful Michelle Obama

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama was a very well loved first lady, typical of Splay Temperament types, so much so that many of her fans who heard her speak at the 2016 Democratic Convention want her to run in 2020.  She has said she will not, but politics is fickle and as Yogi Berra would say “the fat lady sings”. 1 It ain’t over till it’s over”, a popular quip of baseball player Yogi Berra’s. This is similar in spirit to “don’t count your chickens before they hatch

The political Michelle Obama

 Young Michelle did not look to Washington for her heroes—she found them right at home. Her only sibling, a brother named Craig, was twenty-one-months her senior, provided an excellent example both inside and outside the classroom. Both their hardworking parents, Fraser Robinson III, a city water plant worker, and Marian Shields Robinson, a homemaker, pushed both children to excel.

Rejecting the easy option—to send their son and daughter to a convenient public high school—the Robinsons encouraged their athletic son to enroll in a parochial school with an outstanding basketball program and for Michelle, they decided the newly opened Whitney M. Young Magnet School offered a quality education that more than compensated for the daily three-hour commute.

As a racially mixed school, Michelle associated with classmates who came from all over the city, and she did well both academically and socially. She made the National Honor Society in her junior year and was elected treasurer of her senior class.

After graduation in 1981, Michelle followed her brother to Princeton, and like him, majored in sociology. Although one of the oldest colleges in America, Princeton had only accepted women as undergraduates in 1969, and African Americans were only admitted after World War II and still comprised only about 10 percent of the student body.

Even the “little sister” of a basketball star felt like an outsider, and Michelle saw herself as a “visitor on campus, as if I really  don’t belong.”¹

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At six feet one inch, those legs never end.

She found little on her background other than through her mother she is a direct descendant of a male slave owned by a plantation in Alabama.  Nothing on her father’s side, so we imagine that they were free folks. 

She went to Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, for her Bachelor of Arts and then onto Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts for her Juris Doctor degree.  She met her husband as his Senior Legal Advisor at Harvard University.   

Later on, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright married them on October 3, 1992 in his Trinity United Church of Christ church, a social justice church, in Chicago; he parents raised her Methodist. The Obama’s joining TUCC makes sense, for it promotes universal health care, feeding the hungry, but also working to insure people are paid a living wage so they can care for themselves and their families; all hallmarks of her husband’s presidency.

After her husband’s election, Michelle Obama made more headlines because she was a Harvard-educated lawyer and former hospital executive, accustomed to bringing home a paycheck that exceeded her husband’s Senate salary, about $170, 000 per year, but now is a stay-at-home “mom in chief.” Unlike the only other attorney to become First Lady Hillary Clinton, Obama felt no need to feign culinary interests by talking about cookie baking, and instead used her first public event at the White House to celebrate a recent law extending workers’ rights.  This willingness to highlight one’s professional expertise made the 2008 election an important turning point for women and African-Americans as a whole.  ²

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    It ain’t over till it’s over”, a popular quip of baseball player Yogi Berra’s. This is similar in spirit to “don’t count your chickens before they hatch

Ann Sheridan has “Oomph”

Ann Sheridan was a popular actress in the 1930s and 40s playing opposite such notables as Jimmy Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Errol Flynn.   By the 1950s her health sidelined her and after that she was forgotten.  She was born in Denton, Texas on February 21, 1915 at 1 am (two times are given for her on Astro.com 7 am and 1 am, I found that the 1 am time worked best so have chosen that for this article) the last of five children in what she called “a normal family”.

She was the great granddaughter of Philip Sheridan, the U.S. Cavalry General for Lincoln in the Civil War and who had been assigned for Reconstruction to Louisiana and Texas to bring them back into the “fold”. “

Ann” was her stage name taken from a character she played, but she was originally baptized “Clara Lou Sheridan.” Her ascendant at 26 Scorpio 54 gives her the symbol of ” Indians making camp” representing woman’s inexhaustible capacity for self-establishment and finding everything for success at hand — true she was quite talented. The keyword is Extemporaneous.

She has a preponderance in the third house for her many dramatic and singing roles but it is her high focus Venus in the second that marks her as a beauty, trine in the Moon in the sixth house, she easily became America’s dream girl with fans on both sides of the aisle and during the War became alongside Betty Grable, a favorite GI pinup girl and was cosmetic giant Max Factor’s “Girl of the Year” in 1939. Her film career was marked by playing against such notable male leads as Jimmy Cagney, Humphrey Bogart Ronald Reagan, & Errol Flynn.

But that Moon is also her nemesis and creates her dynamic square with Mars in the highly populated third, showing the flip side of the silvery goddess — bad health from the stresses and strains of work. It is possible this means alcohol to cope, (there is no record of this though), particularly as the Moon is sextile Neptune in the eighth.


Her high focus Venus gave Sheridan the ability to have an approachable persona with the audience. Unlike MarleneDietrich who was always hands off, Sheridan was personable and came across as the girl next door, even when the next door was on the shady side of town (the Dead End Kids series). Venus, the planet of acquisitions, paid off when her long-time partner, Steve Hannagan, died in 1953 and bequeathed her a cool 2.1 million dollars.

  • Her Line of Motivation is square.
  • Her Line of Culture is inconjunct.
  • Her Line of Efficiency is absent.
  • Her Line of Vitality is absent.

Ann died January 21, 1967 at 51, from liver cancer at home in San Fernando Valley, California. Her third husband, Scott McKay, this was also his third marriage, was by her side; they had been married six months. The funeral was private and held the following day according to the New York Times obit.



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