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.Continue reading “C117 Liberal’s voice, John Stuart Mill”
In the beginning, the hedge reigned
Before Gertrude Jekyll, designing the garden was not really something done. Oh yes there is the Tuileries in France and lots of manicured green lawns and hedges thanks to Henry VIII, but not one garden incorporated the beauty of the flower. Everything prior to Miss Jekyll was about the sculpture and design of the bush, the hedge or the lawn For whatever reason, the flower, colourful and fragrant was all but ignored , snubbed if you will. Flowers were something that perhaps the workers, and cut for the table. But they never outlined or decorated lawn , for they faded fast and encouraged weeds.
Then came Gertrude who with her artistic eye, and saw the sculpture of the flower and its blossoms, not like Monsieur Redoute for the wall, but in the garden itself and as center stage. The hedges were now the backdrop, the lawn a green carpet to highlight their bold color, and wayward pattern.
It was a bold move but ended up being highly successful, as Jekyll completed about 350 commissions in her native England and America, of small snatches of Eden, that soothed the senses and encouraged the imagination. But, and this is the thing, almost all of these designs were executed without her ever leaving her home in Surrey– thus the preponderance in Sagittarius in the eleventh house was for her correspondence with her clients, not her actual appearance, for her letters traveled everywhere, while she stayed at home…tending her garden.Continue reading “C163 Gertrude Jekyll & her Garden of Earthly Delights”
A comedian does Scrooge
Sir Alastair Sim was a British actor who is best known for his role as Scrooge in the Dicken’s Christmas classic, Scrooge c. 1951. It plays somewhere on television every Christmas though recently that is just via streaming. Luckily, someone put up a copy on YouTube for the rest of us. He married his student Naomi in 1930 when he was the Fulton Lecturer in Elocution at New College, Edinburgh University. They were married when Naomi turned 18 in 1930, just when Pluto the planet, not the streaming television station, was discovered. They had one daughter, Merlith, which was uncommon even in their native Scotland. He died of lung cancer in 1976. His obit is from the New York Times.Continue reading “C158 Alastair Sim, Everyone’s favorite Scrooge”
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Carry me back to Old Virginny
We leave Des Moines where the corn is being sown to Richmond. If you want the best corn you’ll ever have, grown your own. You can do this out of a flower box like I did as a kid in Brooklyn; a friend in southwest does all his vegetable out of containers — you do not get much but just enough to enjoy one fine day or two. It gives you a real feeling of being in moment. In the meantime this week our weekly chart is based from Richmond Virginia.
Our header shot is of Richmond from the Civil War era out of the Library of Congress archives.
Covid Memoir Writing and Fortune
So this week Hidalgo appears right next to the Part of Fortune. The Hyperion symbol for 09 Scorpio is “a Thick journal full of thoughts from the past.” I imagine that is pointing to all the Covid memoirs getting released now;
Hidalgo in the news
Hidalgo being next to the Arabian Part I believe is highlighting a few things happening right now: the return of the Border crisis, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, the suspected gunman in a mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday, but most importantly, and which I am very glad to see, Democrat Sens. Duckworth and Hirono holding support until more Native American like Deborah Haaland are put forth. His cabinet of diversity has been a joke, and I’ve been dismayed that Harris, herself of Indian heritage, hasn’t done more. Perhaps Hidalgo will encourage more on this topic.The report on Hidalgo is here.
- Exalted Neptune remains in Pisces now in the tenth house.
- Exalted Sun in Aries in the tenth house.
- Both these suggest its time to really put forth energy on those things you love, even if it is yourself and you write a memoir — Mercury conjunct Neptune.
- Venus is conjunct Difda, (also called Deneb Kaitos) in Cetus, is in “the tail of the whale. ”
- It has the nature of Saturn and is associated with inhibitions and restraint, psychologically and physically.
- Mars is conjunct the North Node in Pisces and Aldebaran
- Aldebaran, has the nature of Mars and is associated with public or military honours and courage.
- It can also denote extraordinary energy and ambition.
- In conjunction with Mars depending upon the sign and element,
- here it is in the twelfth house of water but the sign of Gemini, can give rise to sudden violent passions.
- The murders in Boulder are obvious, but be careful of your own short tempers when getting sudden news concerning business affairs you may shoot the messenger who is actually bring you good news.
- North Node in Gemini.
- Non-verbal communication is highlighted. From Goldsmith of “A diplomat looks down from his window to find a glamorous woman beckoning him enigmatically and then walking away. In no time he is outside, following her with a flashlight.” Sounds like a lurker to me.
- The ascendant is 03 Cancer 56 get Charubel’s symbol of “I can see that side of the Moon that is never seen” highlighting when people step out of themselves and look back as a stranger. Good advice.
- Conjunct Fixed star Dirah, in Gemini, is a star in the left foot of the Northern Twin giving you more energy than normal, it’s a spring btw so don’t be surprised.
- Saturn in its rulership Aquarius in the eighth house. Sounds like tax time.
- Pluto in Capricorn. conjunct the Fixed star Terebellium, star in the tail of the Archer.
- Brings good fortune followed by regret or disgrace as it has the nature of Venus and Saturn.
Uranus in Taurus which is its fall because its exalted in Scorpio, always surprises me that association. As Uranus is in its essential house, Aquarius, everything seems swell, but Uranus doesn’t like the bull, so you could have software problems or a hard drive failure. The best way to handle this is less Facebook time and more personal time, perhaps writing that memoir?, as it is sextile Mercury.
- Jupiter in Aquarius in the ninth highlighting religious observances;
A Marian Anderson Welcome
Sung beautifully by the magnificent contralto Marian Anderson in the 1940s shortly after it was penned by minstrel composer and performer, James Bland. It is sheer heaven to listen to her sing. Enjoy.
Regiomontanus’s many gifts
Regiomontanus, (the King of the Mountain)) the alias Johannes Müller von Königsberg, is the creator of his eponymously named Regiomontanus house method. He was in his time a well known astrologer and mathematician, and unleashed his method in 1490 positing it as a “correction” to the Italian Campanus Brothers. The difference is supposed to lay in the cusps. Glancing up ahead at Vice President Spiro T. Agnew charts, we find that is true, and thus cuspal planets fall into a different house as well as the interceptions.
He is a quite fellow.
1 If you are interested in reading further see Regiomontanus, his life and work by Ernst Zinner published by Elsevier Science Publishers B.V. in 1990 on the anniversary of Regiomontanus’s 500th birthAs friend of both the Roman Catholic priest Martin Luther and the printer Johannes Gutenberg, Regiomontanus published the first astronomical textbook in 1472 from his studies with Janos Vitez, the archbishop of Esztergom. After that success he went to Buda (as in Buda and Pest) Hungary and built an astrolabe, and was a paid reader of ancient Greek astronomical works in the original and where he saw the 1472 comet on Christmas Day.
In 1475 Regiomontanus worked on the Julian calendar reform in Rome for Pope Sixtus IV. It would still be another 100 years before Pope Gregory XIII released an adjustment in the tropical calendar since Caius Julius Caesar’s (killed ides of March, 44 BC) original version. They fixed the drift in by inventing “leap days,” but they were already 1000 years behind the Mayan high priests who had a calendar 365.2420 days long, but was too slow. Gregory’s boys would rectify Casear’s to 365.2425 days long which is still too fast so we have leap seconds to drop some time.[mnf] from Sylvanus Morley, Ph.D. The Ancient Maya pg. 47 [/mfn]
Since then scientists have added 27 leap seconds, all in the last hundred years because the Earth’s rotation is slowing, meaning the length of our day is getting longer, and whether that also means it is going to get colder is still being debated. In the meantime, scientists determined that no leap second was needed in 2020.
The new “Gregorian calendar was released by the Roman Catholic Pope in 1582. To get the days aligned with the Sun, the mathematicians dropped 11 days and then added a “leap year” every four. It has remained the standard since, but other contenders always crop up.
Our header picture is the frontispiece of Regiomontanus’ “Epitome of the Almagest” depicting Ptolemy, the father of astronomy and astrology, and Regiomontanus sitting beneath an armillary sphere (now commonly referred to as an an astrolabe).
Now onto Regiomontanus. First we will use the earlier Campanus, and compare it to Regiomontanus and then compare the Regiomontanus to our own default, Morinus, before comparing the same Spiro T. Agnew Regiomontanus chart to a modern Placidean variant, Koch.2 The Koch house system format is slowly gaining ground on Placidus at least in American. Europeans still tend to use Campanus probably because the famed British astrologer C. E. O. Carter in 1930 endorsed it.
Agnew with Campanus
In the Campanus method, Vice President Agnew has his 2nd and 8th houses have interceptions. This obscures Uranus 23 Aquarius 45 (second house) and then naturally, interceptions require that the two opposing houses both be intercepted, Neptune 09 Leo 28 & Saturn 27 Leo 24 (both planets are found in the eighth house).
Campanus does not really highlight the problems that Agnew experience, though with Saturn in Leo 28 intercepted does suggest that he would fall from his high position after obtaining it.
Agnew with Regiomontanus
Agnew’s Regiomontanus chart also has interceptions but now they are are in the ninth house where Saturn resides, thus moving the old man from the eighth house in the Campanus, and his modern equivalent Uranus into the third .
This chart gets more points than the previous Campanus. It is what I use when I am scouting for interceptions in American charts– I find that Regiomontanus works better with those. Here it clearly shows Agnew’s constant attack by the media, Uranus in its rulership Aquarius, and in the third house of public relations, newspapers and journeys as the ultimate cause of his Uranian downfall in the ninth. The press was nonstop in their attack against the man.
Saturn is in the ninth also highlights that Agnew was not part of a “large” and accepted religious and social class. Instead, he came from a working class immigrant family, was a self-made man, and not of any of the predominant religious groups that dominant America, though he did convert to Episcopalianism to help offset that.
This problem shows up again and again in American politicians charts, particularly at the presidential level. The only Republican Vice Presidents not to really get that kind of attack was Charles Dawes, Calvin Coolidge’s Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner, and Mike Pence.
Saturn by the way, returns to the Campanus eighth house.
Agnew with Morinus
Celestiology’ s default Morinus chart has the same take as Regiomontanus but surprisingly with a different emphasis. Here in this sixth house we have Gemini which rules newspapers and the media with the South Node, of undoing, ensconced opposite its own ruler in the twelfth. The tail btw is exalted in Gemini giving it incredible power.
The South Node in the sixth highlights work and service, but here opposite his ascendant in the twelfth shows how much Agnew was an “outside” and thus not part of the sanctum sanctorum (Latin for inner circle).
Bruno and Louise Huber believe that this is because they are more concerned on doing their job and ignore the social and political realities around them — there is a natural square between Gemini’s house, the third, and the Nodal house of sixth, and thus gossip will haunt them despite their work record. That was very true of Agnew, the Washington Post hounded with unfounded allegations until he pleaded “No contest” and resigned. Remember the tail does not stay still but thrashes and strikes about.
As in a game of chess, with the bishops (the Senate) not supporting him, the pawns (the House in tow), and the press on a constant attack (the knights) the queen fell leaving the King (Nixon) alone, and easy target.
The final blow in Agnew’s intercepted chart is Mars at 28 Sagittarius 37 also intercepted first on the first house cusp showing the antipathy towards the man, who unlike most Republican candidates for Vice President, was not a seasoned politician. The media and Washington D.C. prefer one of their own like Walter Mondale, George H. W. Bush, Lloyd Bentsen, Al Gore, Jack Kemp, Joe Lieberman, Dick Cheney and Joe Biden.
Agnew with Koch
The modern day, Koch, is in synch with his fellow German, Regiomontanus.
- Zinner, Ernst Regiomontanus, his life and work by Ernst Zinner published by Elsevier Science Publishers B.V. in 1990, Netherlands.
- Zinner’s biography dispels a lot of myths about Herr Mueller including his birth date and birth place, which was not in Konigsberg but technically outside of it in Unfinden. So why do we refer to him as Mueller von Konigsberg (Mueller of Konigsberg or a Konigsberger?
- Because it’s close : Konigsberg has the geolocation coordinates of 50.07 10.56 while Unfinden is 50.09, 10.568. Zinner thinks Unfinden was farming village outside of Konigsberg when Regiomontanus was born, and now probably, suburb, where the miller (Mueller is miller in German) and his gristmill was located Possible, because even on maps of Konigsberg, Unfinden does not show up; you have to look for it, so it doubtful as Zinner admits that Regiomontanus would have mentioned this podunk as his hometown but would have instead deferred to the larger and more prosperous Konigsberg.
- Unfortunately Konigsberg turns up zilch when looking for information on him because in 1640 the town hall, where the records were stored, was burnt, and then in 1897 everything prior was chipped for wood pulp.
- What Zinner did discover was in statements from his grand niece in law, Katharina, she identified herself “the wife the son whose mother was the daughter of old Johann Muller of Unfinden who son was said to be the mathematician Johann Muller, known as Regiomontanus.
- Morley, Sylvanus, Ph.D. The Ancient Maya, Palo Alto, California: Stanford University Press, c. 1947.
- Morley comments ” Pope Gregory’s correction is 3/10,000 of day too long, while the ancient Maya correction was only 2/10,000 of a day too short.” Rather impressive for people who never invented the wheel, none of the Native Indian tribes of the Americas did surprisingly, and were still in the Stone Age. This is just one of may examples of what can be achieved by paper, charcoal and brains.
- 1If you are interested in reading further see Regiomontanus, his life and work by Ernst Zinner published by Elsevier Science Publishers B.V. in 1990 on the anniversary of Regiomontanus’s 500th birth
- 2The Koch house system format is slowly gaining ground on Placidus at least in American. Europeans still tend to use Campanus probably because the famed British astrologer C. E. O. Carter in 1930 endorsed it.
George Abrams was born on Freedom Day — 11-11-18 — in Roanoke, Virginia at 11 am to an orthodox Jewish family. He nearly became the middleweight champion of the world, but lost to Tony Zale. They inducted him into the Boxing Hall of Fame at Canastota, New York (it’s outside of Syracuse) in 2005, a trip we heartily recommend for even non-boxing enthusiasts.
We profiled the other George Abrams, the baseball player over here.
According to Jones, Abrams was born at 11 am and while poetic, we propose a 1 pm birth time instead. With the 11 am natal time, Abrams loses to Zale, because Zale out punched him — Jupiter in the outer chart conjunct Abram’s Dragon’s Tail. That does not fit with the reports of the fight.Continue reading “J03 Georgie Freedom Abrams”
Gillian Rolton, an Australian equestrian, died Nov. 18, 2017 at a hospice in her native Adelaide, South Australia; she was 61. The Australian Olympic Committee said the cause was endometrial cancer, a type of cancer that begins in the uterine lining. This is unfortunately suggested by Uranus in the 5th house, or the dissolving of the womb. She was a tireless horsewoman, who despite several serious falls, and other setbacks, never gave up. We at Celestiology are impressed by that attitude, and so when I read her obit in the New York TImes, I knew we had to salute her. RIP Gillian.
A Dinky Die Ozzie
Rolton had won an Olympic gold medal four years earlier at the Summer Games in Barcelona aboard Peppermint Grove (better known as Fred or Freddy) — the first Australian horsewoman to do so. She returned with the horse to Atlanta for a three-day competition featuring dressage, cross-country and show jumping event.
In cross-country, an endurance test for both horse & rider, Rolton was confident of her early progress. But at the five-minute mark, Freddy’s hind legs slipped on gravel as he made a turn, and he rolled over her.
“That’s where I broke my collarbone and ribs, he went sliding and I went splat.”Rolton told The Horse magazine in 2010.
A spectator grabbed Freddy, and someone else helped Rolton back astride. They galloped up a hill hoping to make up for lost time, but as they came to a water jump, Rolton realized that her left arm, which had become difficult to move because of her broken collarbone, lacked the strength to control Freddy, and she fell into the water; she remounted once again.
Rolton said instinct had compelled her to continue despite her falls and injuries, but there was also a practical reason to keep going: as the third of four cross-country riders for Australia, she needed to post a score in case something kept the rider who followed her, Andrew Hoy, from completing his ride. Ironically, she was not needed, her fellow riders had no problems and secured the gold medal. The United States took silver.
She was one of eight Australian Olympic champions to carry their country’s flag in Atlanta’s Olympic opening ceremony, because she did not qualify. In 2000, she was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.Continue reading “C159 Gillian Rolton, Australian Equestrian Olympian”