Roosevelt’s Bull Moose Party is born

TR goes rogue

On the evening of June 22, 1912, former President Theodore Roosevelt, commonly referred to as “TR” asked his supporters to leave the floor of the Republican National Convention and reconvene in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall to endorse the formation of a national progressive party. TR was angry the Republicans had not endorsed him for a third term, instead recognizing the current president, William Howard Taft, as their flag bearer.

When formally launched later that summer, the new party chose Roosevelt as its presidential nominee, getting its name from TR’s quip about his health, “I’m as strong as a “bull moose. ” Roosevelt’s new party promised to increase federal regulation, protect the welfare of ordinary people, give women the vote and allow all federally elected officials to be “recalled.”.

With the part of fortune intercepted in the eighth, it’s hard to see that the Bull Moose had much of a future. Jupiter in Sagittarius in the eleventh is obviously Roosevelt, while the Sun and Mercury in Cancer, the sitting president, Taft. Neptune on seventh house cusp is another tell-tale sign that Roosevelt (Saturn in the fifth) had pipe dreams about winning a third term.

Former protege gone bad

When Roosevelt tapped Bill Taft as his successor in 1908, he had assumed that Taft would continue to support his agenda. Instead, TR argued Taft coddled up to business and neglected conservation; his protege was a great disappointment. 0Then adding foment to the fire, TR argued the sitting President had allowed fraudulent seating of delegates in order to capture the presidential nomination from progressive forces within the party (unproven) and that was the only true reason he lost — the election was rigged. Teddy does not have a preponderance in the fifth house of creative imagination for nothing.

None of the allegations really hold up and they thought the Republicans, the party founded by Abraham Lincoln, did not want to break the precedent set by George Washington of limiting presidential terms to two; some argued that should be the rule throughout all of government, but that of course never happened. TR resented having to be bound by a former’s unspoken dictum, even if it was Washington, and so he ran, and ran bitterly against Taft in 1912.

Taft’s Legislative Legacy

While Roosevelt’s support of government regulation, and his groundbreaking efforts in conservation and consumer protection, plus his willingness to work with organized labor did alienate pro-business party members who wanted a more limited form of government, Taft set aside more public lands than Roosevelt had for national parks and brought about more anti-trust suits than TR too thus no matter what TR claimed, it could not have been Taft’s record, though admittedly Taft never ran on the women vote issue.

Thus technically TR was wrong, but that never seemed to stop him. Instead, many historians think he just wanted a third term like his cousin FDR (he kept the initials like his elder cousin) got when he broke Washington’s implicit two-term rule in 1940.

But what the real beef we’ll never know as Taft remained silent to the grave on the matter and only wished his mentor the best. A class act.

President Taft Speaking at Manassas Court House. November 10, 1911. Prints & Photographs Division

The campaign was bitterly fought, but with the Republican Party divided, the progressive Democrat Woodrow Wilson captured the presidency handily. TR felt he had lost to a clone of himself; Wilson ran his game and said often “I would have had a sporting chance if the Democrats had put up a reactionary candidate.”

Although he failed to become chief executive again, Roosevelt received twenty-seven percent against Taft’s twenty-three percent in what many political analysts claim was a scorched earth campaign and while TR never proved any claims, nonetheless Taft was forever running a defensive game.

William Howard Taft is the most underappreciated constitutional figure since George Mason, who refused to sign the original Constitution because it didn’t have a Bill of Rights.” 

Judge Douglas Ginsburg of the u.s. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Wilson ran for two terms and in the second brought in the woman vote, he died in 1924 outliving his successor Warren Harding who died in office. Taft went onto the Supreme Court as Chief Justice and stayed there for years before dying on March 8, 1930 and TR? He went home to Oyster Bay, helped with the WWI effort, and died January 6, 1919 from a blood clot in his veins. He was 60 years old.

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.

Presidential Face-off: Donald Trump vs Theodore Roosevelt

As a special Christmas gift we are giving a comparison of Donald Trump vs previous presidents we highlighted. The first of the series, Teddy Roosevelt to Trump is here. At first, I was rather surprised by how far apart the two men were apart, with their major point Roosevelt’s Saturn at 12 Leo to Trump’s Pluto at 11 Leo, but upon reflection the differences made sense as did the commonality of “Japanese fire lanterns sway in the wind with music from a string ensemble interweaving among the crowd,” for Roosevelt in the third house of how America interacts with other nations, and in the twelfth for Trump for how American interacts with itself.

Jones summed it as positively as the examination of social values while recommending getting lost in day to day enjoyment of new hopes.

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