Working with Panacea

Panacea‘s Mythological Importance

Panacea is the daughter of Asclepius and Epione.

She is one of their four sisters each performing a facet of Apollo, Asclepius’s father’s art. They are also called the Asclepiads. She first appeared in the weekly chart for Jackson Mississippi.

Our header image is Dr. Marcus Welby (played by Robert Young and shown with his assistant James Brolin) and his steady companion the doctor’s black bag, once a staple of the visiting family doctor.

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All hail Hygeia

Hygieia, was closely associated with the cult of her father as the goddess of health and is the highest regarded. Her name follows directly after her father Asclepius and before Panacea’s in the Hippocratic oath, as Panacea was considered her helper, not a goddess in her own right. Panacea though grew in time particularly because of Alchemy, the bastard daughter of astrology. It was not till the end of the 16th century AD. that she stood on her own, thanks to Copernicus, and eventually morphed into the science of chemistry, the same way medicine was a magical or sacred art at first.

There were five daughters of Aesculapius who all were associated with health and thus beauty. TELESPHOROS, who has no accompanying asteroid, was always shown hooded with a cape, the costume of those who have recovered. He was the god of Convalescents according to classicist author Robert Graves, who also edited Larousse, but he does not state how he fits into this tree. Perhaps it is a near relation through Apollo.

Aesculapius’s daughters

  1. Panacea (the goddess of universal health)
  2. Hygieia (“Hygiene”, the goddess/personification of health, cleanliness, and sanitation)
  3. Iaso (the goddess of remedies)
  4. Akeso (the goddess of the healing process)
  5. Aglæa/Aegle (the goddess of beauty, and adornment)

Hippocrates with his theory of the four elements reigned supreme throughout the middle ages. They were

  • The earth is dry and cold and corresponds to black bile
  • The water is wet and cold and represents the phlegm
  • The air is wet and warm and corresponds to the blood
  • The fire is dry and warm and corresponds to the yellow bile

and were the basis of William Lilly’s temperaments and lent themselves to the search for the alchemical philosopher’s stone and a universal panacea. Thus Asclepius and his daughter Hygeia arrived with her little black bag, Panacea filled with herbs, stones, drugs, perfumes, and vapors filling the texts of the Greek Claudius Galen, second only to the great Hippocrates himself.

Galen is supposed to have written 200 volumes of his miraculous cures, all in his native tongue of Greek; some so incredible he was considered a magician. The Arabian Avicenna documented much of Galen’s cures and popularized them in his imagic descriptive style, but it is unknown how good a doctor ibn Sina (his Arabic name) was in his own right.

Panacea and Demeter’s Eleusian Mysteries

While Panacea had begun with Eleusian mysteries, she is entwined with the idea that nature held all the answers to the problems of humankind, alchemists felt counterfeiting her was the natural answer — the panacea aka cure-all. and Paracelsus, whom Sir Francis Bacon chastised heavily for his ad hoc attitude toward science (he came onto the scene burning the books of Avicenna) ignored the father of the Scientific Method and pursued his experimentalism.

Paracelsus threw out the four element theory and instead felt the human body was a “ microcosm ” that corresponded to the “ macrocosm,” containing in itself all parts of visible nature,—sun, moon, stars, and the poles of heaven and thus by understanding that, one could cure human beings of anything.

He utterly rejected all parts of external nature because life was a germinative process controlled by its indwelling spirit (the archeus) and diseases was not natural at all; instead, they were spiritual and how someone was out of sorts with their basic nature. Remedies were “antagonistic” not to the disease but to the spirit pervading the person. If he was phlegmatic and tired then the antithetical cure should be applied that bridged the connection between remedy and essence ” of the disease.

That may be easier said than done, hence he recommended opium, via laudanum, to help, and it is no wonder that the Sixties hippies embraced Paracelsus in their hopes of “tuning in” to their own spiritual vibration and turning out all else.

Jacob Boehm sees the Mystery of God

The mystic C147 Jacob Boehm though, anticipating Georg Hegel, rejected this idea, for a different reason than Bacon. His reasoning was not everything could be in nature, could not be revealed and it was he, that brought nature to light,, not nature who was supreme.

Boehm did not see nature as self-revealing, and while he did not explicitly agree with Bacon or Descartes, he felt pure experimentation would fail. It is rather surprising that Isaac Newton, a genius of the first order, and religious Christian, ignored this argument of Boehm’s — perhaps he was blinded by gold fever.

Ask how the beasts learnt their arts? If nature can instruct dumb animals, cannot not do more for intelligent human beings?


Panacea, like her father and sister, was elevated to asteroid status, finally in 1980; her sisters have not.

Panacea shows up on the seventh house cusp in the Chart of Karl Marx. Her father, Aesculapius, is on the second house cusp, and they are trine. So how do you think the two work here?

Panacea in many charts

When Panacea is sextile to your Moon, you will believe that the answers are found in the house the Moon is in. An example is Moon in the seventh house, here you believe other people can give you the answer.

  1. If it is in the sixth house, like Diego Maradona the soccer great, or Barack Obama you believe that your work and service will bring you the answer to your problems, and they will help you find your way.

2. The charismatic evangelist Billy Sunday had it trine Neptune, thus he believe his preaching would help others find the answers of faith through his sermons.

3. C140 Attorney Sydney Powell has it in the seventh house believing the Law is always the answer, Looking at her progression these days, I think that belief has been shaken a bit.

4. C142 President Trump has Panacea sextile Mercury and it is obvious he believed he could deliver the message of what’s wrong with America through his posts and rhetoric and make a change.

5. C141 Singer Josephine Baker had it in her eighth house and believed that her fan’s patronage would solve her problems. Alas square her Venus, it just wasn’t enough.

6. Elbert Benjamine, aka C.C. Zain, aka Benjamin Williams, had it in his ninth house, rather apropos for a man who founded the Church of Light. It is also trine his Part of Fortune.

7. Marc Jones, the Dean of American Astrology, had it conjunct his Mercury and there can be a doubt that he believed his writing and communications with the members of his School, which is what the Sabian Assembly was founded after, are voluminous.

8. And finally, C136 Benito Mussolini, the man who man the trains run on time, had it conjunct his North Node in the twelfth but square his Mercury and Sun. Talk about a moth to the flame. Here we see someone feeling that if fixed everyone else’s problems, he would dissolve because he could not bear he was not perfect, thus il Duce put the cart before the horse and lost it all. His Black Moon, also nearby, did not help this unfortunate situation.

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Mental Chemistry, What is it?

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Getting a grip on Mental Chemistry

Marc Jones in How and Why Astrology works, posited the idea of Mental Chemistry. it is an odd name and often confused with intelligence. But that is a mistake, as Dr. Jones made clear at Point 5 of his Fifteen points of how an astrologer should read a horoscope.

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The idea behind Mental Chemistry is understanding how you react to information and then via the Department of Efficiency how you apply it to the task at hand. So Mental Chemistry is the initial grasp of information, or how you collect or react to information. It is not the impetus to action, because for that you need to look at the Line of Efficiency. So how do you find your Mental Chemistry, and then once knowing how do you use it? That is what this article wants to discuss.

First you must find your Mental Chemistry. To do that you need to know the daily average speed of the Moon. That is a simple numeric: 13 degrees and 10 minutes. Now you take the speed of the Moon on the day you were born. For our simple example it is 13 degrees and 09 minutes, or fairly exact. Now you take the position of the planet Mercury relative to the position of the Sun: it is close, very close, far away and in which direction? Thus the three items become a matrix of average, fast and gestalt depending upon the speed of Mercury, the speed of the Moon and the relation of the former to the Sun. So jot that down, and we are ready to go.

Understanding Gestalt Chemistry

First we have Gestalt. Here the planet Mercury is behind the great luminary in the sky by several degrees, and the speed of the Moon was slower than its average daily speed of 13 degrees 10 minutes. The term gestalt is misleading as many think it is related to the Gestalt Psychology method, but in reality, gestalt traces its heritage to the great German philosopher, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who first posited the idea of when the “whole is greater than its parts.”

Rather a good point if one remembers the parable of Solomon’s baby, where two mothers argued that the child was theirs. Great King Solomon listened to the two mother’s argue back and forth, and finally in his wisdom said, “Let’s split the baby and that way you can each have a piece.” Of course a piece of the baby is not only a horrific idea but worthless, what can one do with a dead child? And would you want kill your baby just to have it? how gruesome!

Naturally everyone was alarmed at such a decision, and so too was the “real mother” who cried out “No, let her have it I do not want my baby murdered”, hile the fake mother agreed to this monstrous atrocity. Solomon was not called the wisest man in all of Israel for nothing, and smartly told the first mother, “He’s yours” because he knew only the mother would rather see her baby wholly alive with another than partly dead with herself, for indeed, a half was not better than a whole.

Why Gestalt?

Student of Chemistry and Pharmacy by Karl Jos. Litschaur (1830-71, Austrian)

Marc Jones borrowed this term from his teacher Jenny Bollenbacher, and idea behind it is a gestalt mental chemistry does not react to isolated bits of information, but waits until the whole picture is known to them. It is that waiting, for the Moon is slow and thus not reflective of what is actually happening, that makes the gestalt individual need to see and verify a pattern before acting, and that need to know the whole picture, understand the whole megillah, that makes them “slow,.” it is not as Dr. Jones pointedly states a comment on their intelligence, it is a comment on their reaction to information.

Since they are waiting, as in in Samuel Becket’s proverbial Waiting for Godot scenario, nothing gets done, because it is possible that all the pieces will never be known, or are found out because the situation is now revealed and so nothing has to be done, for it is complete.

Thus for gestalt Mental Chemistry types, they have to set limits on how much they need to know, and how long they are willing to wait, otherwise the wait becomes the end result in itself, or after waiting for so long when it finally comes in they have lost interest.

Jumping ahead, Fast Mental Chemistry

On the other hand someone who has a Fast Mental Chemistry, barely waits at all. They jump to a conclusion basing it more on intuition, the Moon effect, than logic. People will ask them, how do you know? What are you basing it on, and often they do not have an answer, because while it seems readily apparent to them, they find when pointedly asked, they cannot pinpoint to a single thing that gave them the answer and so look foolish.

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Point 2, Pars Fortuna

Point number two is the Part of Fortune, because of its importance of the relationship between a person’s luminaries.  This mathematical point shows a person’s general focus of existence.  To calculate your Part of Fortune click here.

Pars Fortuna tells the person’s emphasis in his life — fundamentally and biologically.  For while Mars gives the basic direction of your life, the Part of Fortune emphasizes it by clarifying it,  just as the moon moves away from the sun, creating a new horizon.  The Pars Fortune then is your horizon and through its  sign, house and symbolical degree shows the will’s focustdr

In TR’s chart the PoF is the eighth house, in Virgo. My nickname for Virgo is assimilation because Virgo has the particular and peculiar gift of absorbing and incorporating outside substances into the whole.  Think of how we assimilate or bring food into our system for nourishment.  Food outwardly is nothing we can use, but we can use it and transform it by a series of mechanical and chemical processes to make it something we can us.

Lego Blocks

Combining this idea of assimilation with the eighth house idea of regeneration and get the picture of someone ill taking in nourishment to get well again.  Let us add another idea in and that is of the 18th degree of Virgo that has the image of sharpness and we apply this to TR’s chart for a new picture of him having the focus in life of assimilating ideas and projects in sharp contrast with his own current self but he saw could help him become his new, regenerative, self.

The eighth house is where you live according to the ideas other people have of you and how you try to conform to those ideas which could be discordant with what you want to be or project.  For Roosevelt he wanted to project the image he was in touch with the innermost hopes and dreams of the American people — he was aligned to their interests.

Marc Edmund Jones

Looking at the Sabian Sabian symbol (Virgo 18) we read “Two giggling young girls are sitting facing each other, knees touching, working a Ouija board on their laps.”  This shows the touch between the realms visible and invisible and sheds a significant light upon the character of Theodore Roosevelt that he was sensitive to the things under the surface, or the future effect of present causation.

In viewing his personal history, TR started out assimilating everything in his life in a self-regenerative mode via a series of tete- a-tetes with experience. This meant almost anybody could visit the White House and find the President not only willing to talk to him about his interests but well-read on a variety of topics as well, so that the visitor could have a reporte with him on an equal basis.

Part 1 of this series is here.

The Part of Fortune is further discussed in Marc Jones’s unpublished Arabian Astrology, dated April 17, 1933.   The whole mss. deals with Jones discussion of John Gadbury’s (c. 1627)  parts, including the pars fortuna, and his reflection upon their validity.  He renamed many of them to what he thought more meaningful and match his four lines and departments.

In Arabian Astrology,  Jones  discusses  his preliminary idea for the Pars Fortuna being a “focus of the self in business,” a different idea than what he postulated here, ten years later in the Guild meeting though the calculation remained the same.  His original reasoning is a person (his Ascendant) + his feeling for life (the Moon) – his Will (the Sun) demonstrates by Symbol and aspect, his particular ability to succeed in business. 

Jones felt Roosevelt’s Virgo 18, translated into how he mixed sales and politics so much that they became inseparable in his vision. Currently, this boosterism, is not popular in America, where the country is just a bit player on a much larger stage, and should be understood in its historic narrow context.

Arabian Astrology is available for purchase at the Sabian Assembly website.

Point 1 Mars the energy center

What is the 15 point method?

Marc Edmund Jones put together for the student of the Sabian Assembly, The Fifteen Most Important Points in a Horoscope. He felt it was a dependable method that could help anyone go through a chart and create a general portrait of the person. He later expanded this to 16 points.

He was insistent that his method required an exact birth hour. If the astrologer rectifies the chart, then this new chart , must give its own clear testimony of the person, as one aspect depends upon another, and so on creating a unified portrait. There can be one striking thing like the singleton in a hemisphere or unaspected planet, but the chart should have few of these things, otherwise it does not stand as a whole.

Ostrich skeletal system

Ostrich atomy

Jean Léopold Nicolas Frédéric, Baron Georges Cuvier1, once remarked: “Show me a bone and I will identify the animal.” Jones said he thought the comment humorous until he took a class in comparative anatomy. The professor greeted me with a grudging cordiality; “Why are you, a philosophy major, doing over here on the science side?”

“Well,” I said, “philosophers have to talk about science sometimes and I want to know what I am talking about.”

He turned to address the group of us, all but me, on the way to become doctors. “You must work hard if you want to get A’s here,” the professor remarked. He told me how I could get into the laboratory at night, Sundays and work the hours. Finally, we sat down before the bone box, with the idea I could recognize anything he handed me. He began with the longest bone I ever saw.

“If it wasn’t so big,” I said, “I’d identify it as the femur of a bird . . .. but I suppose it’s a crazy hybrid.” He laughed: “Why don’t you stick to your guns? Did you ever hear of an ostrich?”

Marc Jones

Astrology duplicates this preposition every day. If you have skill enough, you can take any fragment of a chart and read the life from it. For practice we would take a torn quarter of a chart and find how much we could gather from just that. This is how I boiled down the technique.

Beginners always take the houses, and go around the chart completely, bringing out everything about personality first, then money, and so on. A more effective method is to just use the planets because then you are reading more dynamically because with the houses you are locked down and pinned into a reading ; i.e. it is becoming static. Better to just look at quadrants, like Ptolemy suggests, and see the geometric layout of the chart but read from the planets as they are the dynamic bodies that distribute the forces of actual living and experience, setting up the strains and stresses of life and create a basic complex. They articulate the forces of the universe and represent your distribution of this energy.

Demonstrating Teddy Roosevelt

To show this method, we will use the chart of President Theodore Roosevelt whom George MacCormack, a founder of the Guild, got the data rather directly from the Roosevelt family, and has done a lot of work upon it, so we can be rather sure of its accuracy.


Mars – the energy center

I begin with Mars because it has the most to do with activity. It represents how you throw off energy, fly off the handle, and move the hardest to get things done. It is also the planet closest to the earth. Mars is in the first house in Teddy Roosevelt’s chart, therefore it calls for unusual energy, which describes the native. Now let’s get a technique down for this proposition of reading from the planets. First look at each planet by what sign they are in, then by house and finally symbolic degree.

The justification for a use of these symbolical degrees is that they work. Here is something that baffles people. I remember the story in the Bible of the boy who was cured of blindness. The learned people came to him and said it was impossible. It just didn’t happen. The “medical books” said it couldn’t be done that way. This is my version of the story! The young man in the Bible narrative, who was a simple fellow, remarked: “What you say is very interesting. You are learned, gentlemen. I am convinced you are clever and know much more than I do. However, all I know is that once I was blind, and now I see.”3

And so, like that boy, we won’t go into a discussion of the symbolical degrees, but content ourselves with the fact they are something that works.

Critical Discrimination

Mars is at 17 Capricorn 49, or energy in the sign of critical discrimination. Since I have Mercury in Scorpio, I will give you many a nickname tonight, and I would suggest that you make your own when mine do not click. I have made them for myself to save time and effort, and I find them a great help. To me, Capricorn is the sign of “critical discrimination,” well illustrated by Teddy’s campaign against the “nature fakers.”

The Sabian degree for Capricorn 18 reads:

“From the proud new warship of Britannia, a token of her maritime power, flies the Union Jack in calm dignity. “

T.R. made the United States a first-class power, and he did it with the Navy. The symbol puts the case forward exactly. But what is a warship? It is any ship used as a weapon for combat; never for defense. It has dignity and represents the country that builds and floats it, and so too this man, with his personality and critical discrimination — the ability to distinguish two or more things from each other — was a man who, in everything he did, said: “We have to make this stand out, & make this dignified.”


It was no different for himself.  He went out West and became a cowboy, and a good one. Not the kind they have on dude ranches–pretty boys that prance around and do nothing, but a real working cowboy who roped and broke horses.  He used these skills in the Rough Riders, the First Volunteer Calvary unit in the Spanish-American War.

When he was a sickly, scrawny youngster with squinty eyes, he was determined to be well, and he made himself over in the image of male virility and health by becoming a real “rough rider.” It shows all this by his first house and the sign and the degree of Mars.

 Thus, you have the first salient point in a horoscope: Mars.


  1. Jean Léopold Nicolas Frédéric, Baron Georges Cuvier , was a French naturalist, zoologist and paleontologist during First Empire. Cuvier was born August 23, 1769, eight days after Napoleon Bonaparte’s birth, in Montbéliard, the Duchy of Wurttemberg.
  2. I took these notes from a Marc Jones’s talk for the Guild in 1942.  You can read all 15 points here.
  3. This parable is from the Gospel of John chapter 9 verse 25, Revised Standard Version:
    1. He answered, “Whether he is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I know, that though I was blind, now I see.” 
  4. You can download TR’s horoscope in the Placidus format that Jones uses, here.

C148 Life, liberty & property and John Locke

John Locke was an English philosopher who is called the “Father of Liberalism.” 1 While the epithet “Liberalism” has changed in the past hundred years as each political party has claimed it as its own, Liberalism as a political philosophy (not as a party) has always been defined by The Second Treatise of Government :  the defense of the individual’s rights against an abusive government. His philosophy was pegged to both a representative government and the importance of individual property rights.

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    While the epithet “Liberalism” has changed in the past hundred years as each political party has claimed it as its own, Liberalism as a political philosophy (not as a party) has always been defined by The Second Treatise of Government :  the defense of the individual’s rights against an abusive government.

The first edition of the Sabian Earth Newsletter

                The inaugural issue of SEN

The Sabian Earth Newsletter was a publication that highlighted Marc Jones’s techniques.   It was a success in spirit but not format and 40 days after its publication, the Sabian Earth website was created.  After four years of work, that was replaced by this current site, Celestiololgy.

The title was a nod to the small Yahoogroup, Sabian Earth, that really was the forerunner of the Sabian Earth and Celestiology websites.  It had about five  members.  I asked all the member to submit something to the Newsletter but most were bashful and balked but M.K. Saladin, a senior Sabian member,   became intererested as well.  Mo decided to take on the Martin Luther chart from Jones’s How to Learn Astrology, the first of his many astrological books.


The Gunpowder Plot & Martin Luther

Mo’s choice was unusual because Sabian Earth, as it name suggests was just a mundane astrology group, but his reasoning was that Martin Luther was pivotal to Marc’s decision to originally become a Presbyterian minister, and as an admirer who had met the man way back in the Seventies, thought it an appropriate gesture for someone he holds in high regard.

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