C114 Thor’s Hammer and Sir Francis Bacon

Thor’s Hammer exposes scandals, and clandestine behavior and how much they will affect you depends upon whether the luminaries or the Ascendant are effected. In Sir Francis Bacon’s, the man accredited with insisting upon experimentation to buttress observation and so considered the Father of Scientific Research, chart it was a deadly combination: first disloyal to his patron and then a corrupt judge.

Bacon’s Inductive Reasoning

At Cambridge, Bacon read and studied the Scholastics and came to the conclusion they were wrong: observation was not the end all in science for observation without experimentation could be misleading. Sometimes things are not as plain as Bacon wanted: it took until 1967 when Neil Armstrong was on the the Moon did we know for a fact, that Galileo’s theory of falling objects and gravity fields and Galileo came to this conclusion by observation — he knew little math and of course could not test his theory.

The Scientific Method

Still his method has been the backbone of Western thought since his rigorous reorganization of science, and his ardent belief that a four-prong analysis of attacking a problem, really any problem but most typically used in the sciences, should be applied is a non-pareil. Basically he outlined a series of steps for systemically analyzing a problem — any problem. The first step is the Hypothesis — the idea that a problem exists. This could be anything from why your boyfriend is not as interested in you to why your lawn is turning brown. The key is that it is a problem that concerns you greatly.

The second step, is Collecting Data. This is a rather important step and is the most error prone because we often have biases of what we think is wrong: your boyfriend has another girlfriend, your lawn is over fertilized, thus this step requires digging up all sorts of clues and perhaps interviewing others for further information. When you have turned over every stone, looked at every possibility then you can proceed to step 3. There is though a possibility that you may have to return to Step Two if something or someone new appears.

The third step is Proposing a Hypothesis. This is a possible explanation of what is going wrong based not on your hunches but on what you uncovered in Step Two. That is the key. If Step Two did not find anyone who admitted to seeing another girlfriend, it is true they could be lying but they also could be telling the truth. Left with the data you have, you have to believe there is no one else and the idea that he is busy from too much work is really the culprit. As for your lawn, questioning family how close you were with each pass, or just examining the pattern on the lawn maybe the key.

Fourth Step, Testing the Hypothesis. Now that you have a theory you have to set up a series of experiments to prove it. You now believe he is over working so why no ask, Are you getting overtime for all this work? And start that discussion. If he is not, then why is he doing it? If the answer is he is bored, well no matter how you like to hear it, the fault is not with another but with yourself. As for the lawn, sad but true, you did not follow directions. Time to figure out how to solve the problem you created, in both cases.

After Cambridge

Bacon was well loved by Queen Elizabeth. His father, Sir Nicholas Bacon, was a courtier, lawyer and very well educated and stood in high regard with her, where he was promoted to “lord keeper,” or the holder of the Great Seal of the State that had to be applied to all official edicts. His mother, Lord Nicholas’s second wife, was the daughter of Sir Anthony Cooke, King Edward the Sixth’s tutor, thus he came from an esteemed and very well educated background. He has matriculated from Trinity College, Cambridge at the age of thirteen and by sixteen he bemoaned the current state of scientific investigation leading to his analysis and recommendation of the Scientific Method.

Things were going well when he got a position in France, and then his father died: the Moon in Aries loss of a nurturing parent pointing to the father not the mother in this case, perhaps because it is in the fifth house naturally the home of Leo. Unfortunately, Lord Nicholas left his family a very small fortune as towards the end because he had fallen out of favour.

The son despite his mother’s wealthy brothers and cousins, did not fare well. They were jealous of his intellectual talents and ignored him at every turn. Needing some career to make money, Bacon turned to the law, the tenth house in Gemini shows two occupations, but alas it also represents double dealing as well. He hated the law and through his step-brother he met Robert, Earl of Essex. Quick to spot a smart young ma,, Essex befriended him and Bacon became his private secretary, a good berth those days. Essex supported him as Attorney General, but Lord Burleigh won that round with Elizabeth telling Essex that Bacon was “nice chap but rather silly.”

Bacon’s rising Star

Fortune changed and as Bacon’s legal standing rose, while Essex’s fell because of the fiasco in Ireland. Finally Bacon, in what could only be seen as a truly vile act, betrayed his patron and good friend at his trial lying that the letters Essex’s claimed were sent on his engagements with Tyrone were fabrications. (see the clip above ). Essex went to the gallows and was beheaded; Bacon lived and married a woman who hated and cheated on him (Venus opposite the ascendant next to Pluto, the other men). It is hard to sympathize.

Neptune at Taurus 28 at the midheaven, reminiscent of Charles Manson, shows how he would turn on another for his own benefit, but the Thor’s Hammer highlights t while he escaped that treachery, his bribery would eventually catch up with him and get him into the Tower of London under James I, Elizabeth’s successor. His personal secretary was David Hume, the great Empiricist who believed everything is sensation and the mind is a “tabula rasa” i.e. blank slate, bringing back the Epicureanism of Ancient Rome. Hume learnt nothing from Bacon’s mishaps strangely enough, and was a corrupt judge prone to bribery.

Bacon Wrapup

The proposed chart for the great polymath Sir Francis Bacon
Gold houses mark the Thor’s Hammer in Bacon’s Splash Temperament Type

Still Bacon was a great scientist, a gifted writer — for years it was thought he was William Shakespeare, a theory propagated by the American Ignatius L. Donnelly, the man who brought us the myths of Atlantis — but alas he was craven man, for no one is perfect, at least not in politics. He died from the aftermath of a trying to freeze a hen to see if that would really delay putrefaction on April 9th 1626. His only heir was his grieving widow.

A. L. Kroeber cultural anthropologist, father of Ursula LeGuin

Hi Folks, I’ve been ill with vertigo from an inner ear infection, so I’ve been reading alot and posting little. I will try to get those tasks more intune in the days that follow. Thanks.

Alfred Louis Kroeber was an American cultural anthropologist who studied under famed Franz Boas at Columbia University. He received the University’s first doctorate in anthropology in 1901 on the importance of the bear in the Arapaho culture, and tying it into the story of the Big Dipper 1 The Big Dipper is the oldest constellation known to humankind, and is traced to the Sumerians where it was Bear hunting party. Kroeber’s linkage of the Arapaho’s Bear Story to it was of extreme historical and anthropological importance. .

He was the first professor of Anthropology at the fledging University of California, Berkeley, and played an integral role in the early days of its Museum of Anthropology, where he served as Director from 1909 through 1947. His influence was profound and was hailed as “Dean of American Anthropologists” during his lifetime.

He was born June 11, 1876 in Hoboken, New Jersey, to a pair of German Protestant immigrants. He died around his daughter’s birthday in Paris, 1960 right before she married Frenchman Charles LeGuin on Christmas day there. An interesting coincidence.

It was his work with Ishi, thought to be the last California Yahi Indian., that was path breaking though Ishi may have been of mixed ethnic heritage, with a father from the Wintu, Maidu or Nomlaki tribes, thanks to his second wife, and Ursula’s mother, Theodora Kracaw Kroeber, biography Ishi in Two Worlds, even though Ms. Kroeber never met Ishi.

Kroeber’s relationship with Ishi was the subject of a film, The Last of His Tribe (1992), starring Jon Voight, actress Angelina Jolie’s father, as Kroeber.

Alfred and his wife Theodora. Notice their daughter Ursula wore the same hairstyle.

Astrological tells

Kroeger’s ascendant is 13 Sagittarius 38, giving him the Hyperion Symbol of Prajapati, a Vedic Sanskrit god, who births the later Hindu gods. It is an image of when the urgrun of existence is captured in the endless chain of sons, fathers, grandfathers or anthropology itself, and highlights the importance of making the potential of men, manifest. Prajapati is associated with Brahma, born from a golden egg and who created the earth and all things on it.

He has a Grand trine in Water from Jupiter in the eleventh to Venus in the seventh to the North Node in the second, This would have made him rather aloof from people, perhaps even his children, and tend not to identify with them as much as he did others. It would have also encouraged him to seek out esteemed feedback — i.e. feedback from colleagues, associates who had standing, or whom he admired.

Kroeber after his doctorate

Professor Kroeber is a locomotive temperament type. His focal determinator is also his lead planet, Jupiter at 24 Scorpio 09 Retrograde, or the Hyperion symbol of an Egyptologist translating hieroglyphics for others to read

His Line of Motivation was a biseptile, or 102 degrees 50 minutes apart , making Mars in the seventh house of Cancer, as the most exact sphere away, key to how he matured. For Kroeber, this encouraged him to go into anthropology, a subject far different from anything he identified with at home, move to California where he knew no one, and divorce and marry one of his students and start a family anew. He was heavily dependent upon change as a catalyst for his growth.

His Line of Vitality from Moon to the Sun is trine, an easy aspect that gave him good looks and charm. This helped him immensely in his career.

His Line of Efficiency from Mars to Venus is vigintile. both in Cancer and both in the seventh house again reinforcing the Line of Vitality’s charm and adding the ability to get without asking what he needed.

Finally, his Line of Culture, from Neptune to Uranus, is square, one of the few squares Kroeber has in his chart, and all of them in the modern generational planets. This fits in with his desire to study, work and return to a more primitive time and peoples, a period before industrialization where personal alliances (kinship), alliances and skills were more valued, and indeed in his most ambitious work he tried in  Configurations of Culture Growth (1945), to unite psychology, sociology, culture and anthropology into a grand logical and philosophical construct.


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    The Big Dipper is the oldest constellation known to humankind, and is traced to the Sumerians where it was Bear hunting party. Kroeber’s linkage of the Arapaho’s Bear Story to it was of extreme historical and anthropological importance.

PBS goes Golden

PBS debuted in the U.S. on October 5, 1970, from Boston, Massachusetts. It has since moved to Arlington, Virginia, a suburb of Washington D.C., but looking at the its natal chart, its mission has always remained the same: good family entertainment and solid information.

Its original programming schedule has a three-fold attack. They aimed mornings at children like Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood; they filled afternoons with instructional help from Julia Child and others; evenings were McNeil/Lehrer news report and Paul Kangas’s Nightly Business Report.

Within a short time after its debut, This Old House, Frontline, The American Experience, and Antiques Roadshow joined the retinue and has stayed with it since becoming cultural icons.

Today, its top shows are Masterpiece’s (no longer Theatre) Downtown Abbey, Antiques Roadshow, FRONTLINE, NATURE & NOVA. Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood was retired on August 31, 2001, after running a vaunted 31 seasons.

A reliable Saturn Bucket

PBS debuted with long-lived and reliable Saturn as the handle to its bucket formation. Its part of fortune, also in Capricorn, is in the sixth house, depicting how PBS began with established names capturing experts in each field. Saturn opposite Venus shows how it built upon that basis, and then created its repertoire of experts like Ken Burns’s American documentaries, chef Lidia Bastianich and Martin Yan.

For the network’s a 9 am (assumed as I could not find neither the actual time nor the first show aired) Boston birth is 07 Scorpio 04 or “the moon shining across the lake.”This magical symbol captures well the non-commercial programming that PBS pioneered.

PBS’s successful delivery

Its midheaven of 15 Leo 15 suggests in the Hyperion Symbols a “package delivery van” is an interesting metaphor for how the network delivers its message: through a series of local station franchises that pay dues to carry its broadcasts. This has proved very profitable for the station and helped it keep up a high level of well-produced shows, vaunted experts and varied programming so it can remain competitive with the cable networks.

As for its success, one has only to look at that crowded eleventh house stellium showing its variety and myriad of fans. The preponderance in Scorpio spans the twelfth house of large organizations and government funding to the supplementary donation of first house of individual foundations and “friends”, or as PBS says during its donation drives, “viewers like you.”

C134 Cory Booker from New Jersey

Senator Booker started his career working for the Urban Justice Center in New York City, from there, jumped over to nearby Jersey and now is back in his hometown of DC. Does he have any other changes of address in the future?

With his degree from Yale Law, Cory’s first job was in Urban Justice, but quickly decided to run for a seat on the Newark City Council in 1998, where he surprised many by defeating a longtime incumbent, Mayor Sharpe James, himself originally from Jacksonville, Florida. Booker ran on a law and order ticket, and claimed he would clean up Newark and make it a liveable city again. With all the money that Prudentiall Insurance was pouring in to revitalizaing the city, rebuilding an opera center, putting in the Double AA baseball team the Newark Bears , named for the old 1937 team, (they folded the same year that Booker went to Washington) , those were word that honey to the voter’s ears; James on the other hand ran on his personality and being a known quality.

Cory, mother Carolyn, (his father had already passed from Parkinson’s) unknown, Veep Biden, unknown, brother Cary when Cory was sworn into the Senator by Biden October 13, 2015.

The newcomers in Newark did not buy that song and the race was the focus of the acclaimed documentary Street Fight (2005), highlighting the race of Booker against the incumbent Sharpe James. Booker attacked James’s salary of more than $200,000, his boats, his two vacation homes and his 1980 Rolls-Royce. ”We invested well and we’re very frugal,” James responded said. But Mr. Booker pointed to Newark’s deficiencies in education, health and crime. Booker did not only claim he was better suited to move Newark forward his Twitter magic made him a household word. All of this catapulted Cory onto the national scene, and a second bid, in 2006, was very successful. As mayor, he garnered national attention for initiatives on gun control, a major issue of his (see Mars in the 10th house in Sagittarius highlighting firearms in his car

After assuming office, Booker sought to combat an epidemic of drug abuse, and he took up residence in one of Newark’s most crime-afflicted areas. It was a great start to a political career culminating in running for mayor of Newark, but was defeated in 2002.

Cory’s Next Step

When Senator Frank Lautenberg died in 2013 from pneumonia, a special election on November 14, 2014 to fill Lautenberg’s U.S. Senate seat was held, and Booker won handily. Looking at the chart below , that was no surprise, he garnered a lot of financial support (2nd/8th axis) from large corporations (Mercury in Gemini in the 8th – business assisted by Saturn (established companies) in the 7th partile Venus the booty) and did not have to spend it all (he actually kept 25% of the haul) to get into the Senate (12th house preponderance). That war chest, helps with future senatorial bids and why once in office, incumbents always win.

After being sworn by then Vice President Biden. Sen. Booker is the first African-American Senator to be sworn in since the election of Barack Obama. Many feel that his Twitter popularity was a major help, but so was according to the AP his “fund-raising potential for the Democrat Party”. 1 https://go.gale.com/ps/retrieve.do?tabID=T004&resultListType=RESULT_LIST&searchResultsType=SingleTab&hitCount=4185&searchType=BasicSearchForm&currentPosition=6&docId=GALE%7CA445364764&docType=Brief+article&sort=Relevance&contentSegment=ZNEW-FullText&prodId=STND&pageNum=1&contentSet=GALE%7CA445364764&searchId=R1&userGroupName=pl1774r&inPS=true . The article continued the speculate as to how “Sen. Booker Congressional career would play out, ” and whom he would “choose to emulate.” After the morning oath, the House had a roll call and then Cory met with with President Obama for lunch.

Another Oxford Rhodes Scholar

Booker is not the first New Jersey Senator to be an Oxford Rhodes Scholar. That honor go to Senator Bill Bradley, who was also a former professional basketball player for the New York Knicksm but he is the first black senator from the Garden State.

Booker’s natal chart progressed to the Special Election. As it was a state race, the outcome was based for the New Jersey capitol, Trenton.

Cory was born on April 27th 1969 , time unknown, in Washington D.C. His parents were the first black sales executives for IBM and were based in its Federal Division. He has one elder brother Cary Booker II and both boys attended Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan growing up near IBM’s headquarters at Armonk.

He attended Stanford University, where he studied political science (B.A., 1991) and sociology (M.A., 1992). He was awarded a Rhodes scholarship to the University of Oxford like former president William Jefferson Clinton, where he received a bachelor’s degree in history (1994). Upon his return, he attended Yale Law School, earning a doctorate in jurisprudence in 1997. He has no doubt a very prestigious resume.


Birds on the wing

Celestiology has rectified Senator Booker to an Aquarius ♒ 04 ascendant. The Hyperion symbol of Birds on the wing, highlight cooperation as paramount to facilitate anything worthwhile. The keyword Kent McClung gives is Safety that illustrates Cory’s cautiousness in his public life. While Cory is like John F. Kennedy, who also has Neptune at his midheaven, Cory on the other hand, has never really relayed his dreams to his constituency or when he was running for President the country at large. He was inside tentative and reserved and this led to him leaving the race early on.

This tendency could because his Neptune is opposite Mercury the Senator does not like being pinned down by them, they are another form of restraint, and if anything, Booker’s chart shows a strong dislike of checks and curbs on his behaviour. This has led many to suggest he is homosexual — he doesn’t even like to get pinned down with a partner, until recently with Miss Rosario Dawson, and his flippant comment “So what if I am,” does not help the matter.

His ascendant is also inconjunct his moon, suggesting he plays to the gallery and “mugs it up.” This is a good example of where he dared the Senate to throw him out for breaking senatorial rules. It did not happen and Senator Booker knew that and it made for good talking points but it also made many look skeptically at him just like his call for “Defunding the Police”,. contrary to his strong law and order position in Newark.

Booker: ‘I’m knowingly violating the rules’ and am releasing documents

The Booker Chart

Senator Booker is a see-saw temperament type, as if one couldn’t already guess. His Neptune is right near his Midheaven giving him a good voice and pleasing appearance his North Node is in Pisces in the 2nd house highlighting his need to become more compassionate and less flippant with others. While he is methodical and detail oriented in his work, his emotional distance from those around him, particularly women, as Venus is conjunct, make him seem uncaring and distant.

Celestiology’s rectified chart for Senator Booker.

His Line of Vitality is trine showing how easy things are for him, and that he takes that for granted, and not work as hard as he should.

His Line of Efficiency is trine suggesting he procrastinates on everyday things; he is not very attentive day to day and only wakes up when something inspires him or is urgent. While this makes him a good firefighter, without follow-up, things will quickly fall into disarray, again.

His Line of Motivation is sesquiquadrate showed in the clip above that he is highly aggressive and often baits others. That does not always work out to his advantage as the two planets cover the third and eighth houses ,so his taunts are often ignored like a gnat and his grandstanding becomes tedious. It also makes him enwrapped in his own snares.

The last line of Social Significance — or how Booker interacts with society is sextile between the eighth, other people’s money, and the tenth, his dreams, houses. The eighth house shows up a lot with this four Sabian lines and tells how he relies heaving on shows on he relies on networking and the social constructs of politics for his advantage.

Marc Jones wrote that people born from 1962 to 1971 work best with others because they are so receptive to ideas.

The transits of Cory

His current transits are below

His progressed chart to around Election Day 2020, see the yellow wheels above, do not look like he’s going anywhere. The stellium in the sixth house with Virgo is suggesting he needs to work hard to overcome his tendency, shown best by his opposing part of fortune at 25 Pisces 02 ala Sepharial, he is too “assured in his success” and “he walks through life fully suited in armour with a regal bearing.”


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