C130 Mark Middleton, FOB now DOA

Mark Edward Middleton, 59 of Little Rock, Arkansas, went to be in the “loving arms of God on Saturday, May 7, 2022” the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

The header picture is his heart-broken wife Rhea, with whom he had two daughters, Lindsay and Lauren, ages unknown. His parents Charles and Anita and two brothers and sister also survive him. The funeral was May 12 in Little Rock.

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C119 Guillaume Cizeron of Papadakis & Cizeron

Guillaume Cizeron the other part of the team

If you search on YouTube, you can find tons of events where Guillaume Cizeron and Gabriella Papadakis of France have won in ice skating competitions.

They range from ice dancing to free ice dance couples event, but the win at the Olympics is only available on the paid portion of internet only on Peacock TV. Of course you can join any time, and just for a month but having to shell out $4.95, its 9.95 if you do not want commercials, to view the Olympics is rather offputting; admittedly, I did.

The best I could find is a warmup ice dance that is available, though I had to search a bit for it.

Guillaume Cizeron of Papadakis & Cizeron

Gabriella and Guillaume have been skating together for the past decade — since he was 17 years old and she sixteen, and so in many ways they have grown up together on ice. Besides winning  the silver at the 2018 Olympics, they have been four time world champions, five time consecutive European champions, seven time French national champions, taken ten gold medals at the French Grand Prix and broken world records 28 times.

While they still compete for France, they both live and train in French- speaking Montreal Canada, and were the odds on favorite coming into the Olympics.  They fulfilled their billing, and o Monday, February 14th, 2022 they took the Gold for France.

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#J136 Clive Brook as Sherlock Holmes

The First Film Sherlock

Clive Brook, a popular British actor, the first to play Sherlock Holmes on film. His bearing and elocution set the stage for the popular Basil Rathbone, and even the later, much later, Benedict Cumberbatch. Thatmakes sense as his chart has an incredible preponderance of Gemini spanning the whole of the tenth house, perhaps highlighting both his sardonic wit and acting career. This air preponderance suggests he was very communicative, enjoyed feedback, and probably read all his critical reviews. because he was interested in the ideas of people as they concerned him and his career. An air bias would be a good choice for the intellectual Holmes.

He studied at Dulwich College, one of the many public English schools for boys and then elocution, his accent is impeccable, at a technical school — his family ran into fiscal problems and he could not go to University and then of course there was the First World War that interrupted many man’s career. Still, he did rather well as he was one of the more highly paid actors at the time.

He was born June 1 1887, London. The Chart is based on that from Marc Jones in the Sabian Symbols; the year was changed to 1887 from the 1891 specified there.

A Western Bowl

Clive is a Western Based bowl suggesting his success was owed to his own merits aka the connection he made via school and circumstance. His chart is deviated between north and south showing he kept them separate. That makes sense as when his children’s lives were threatened after the Lindbergh case, he moved back to London with nary a look back. His ascendant, 07 Virgo 56 from the Hyperion Symbols is “trees in the distance near a church” showing how he was open to all possibilities in life and had an expanded awareness of them — which in turn fits his resume. McClung writes this is the “forerunner of what is in his field of attention gives him presage of what is to come.”

Clive’s Departments

  • His line of Vitality is trine.
  • Clive’s line of efficiency from Venus to Mars is absent showing that he gave great thought to his next line of action, but with his fast Mental Chemistry, once he committed to something, he was implacable.
  • His line of motivation is square showing he was a religious man and relied on his faith, his daughter’s name, for guidance.
  • His line of culture is absent.

Other notable aspects: Mars is accidentally dignified in the tenth house, which it is exalted in Capricorn. The Sun is accidentally in its fall in the eleventh house, showing he was not comfortable with public adoration, probably because he was a private man.

Later when he came to America this actually became a problem as his children were threatened with kidnapping : the Sun rules the fifth house and offspring and here opposing itself would make them vulnerable. Mercury in Gemini is in its rulership and exalted in Aquarius where it shows up as part of the Gemini preponderance highlighting his superb communicative skills.

Saturn in Cancer, in its detriment as Saturn rules Capricorn, in the eleventh and finally Uranus accidentally in its fall in the second house probably highlighting his tenacity in overcoming his humble beginnings by embracing something new and unproven–film.

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Dribbling with Naismith

James Naismith, the Presbyterian minister who invented basketball, was born November 6, 1861, Almonte, Ontario, Canada, twenty-six miles south-west of Toronto.

The International Young Men’s Christian Association Training School recruited Naismith in 1891. Once on board, Luther Halsey Gulick, Jr., head of the Physical Education Department, told the young Presbyterian minister to invent non-contact sport that would replace the boring calisthenics used during the winter for YMCA attendance was dropping off, and idle hands often turned to ill-pursuits. As a former athlete, Naismith relished the challenge, but during the long incubation period questioned whether if this was an impossible task.

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Mozart ala Christine Grenard's Book: Astrology


Lovely pictures in this book by French Astrologer Christine Grenard. It was originally published in Paris.  Cassell of London translated thankfully it for English readers. She does a nice comparison of Gandhi and Mozart, but I’m only attaching Mozart for viewing.

Wolgang Amadeus Theophilus Mozart was born on January 27 1756 at around 10 pm in Salzburg, then the Holy Roman Empire. He was christened, Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. His father was from a wealthy family from which he was estranged, and a musician, though to support his family a music teacher. His mother came from a middle class family, from which no history of musicianship is known.

Unlike any other composer in musical history, he wrote in every musical form of his day and excelled in each one. His taste, his command of form, his range of expression have made him seem the most universal of all composers. His musical teacher was Franz Joseph Haydn, who also taught Ludwig Beethoven.

But no matter how you view his chart, he is always astounding, but his 5th Harmonic that really shows the dynamic between himself and his father. The incredible preponderance at the top of chart is obviously Wolfgang’s ability to transcend that vigorous discipline and demonstrate his his own defiant will and ability created music as close to perfection as man as ever attained.

By the time of his death Mozart, at age 35, he was widely regarded not only as the greatest composer of the time but also as a bold and “difficult” one; Don Giovanni especially was seen as complex and dissonant, and his chamber music as calling for outstanding skill in its interpreters. His surviving manuscripts, which included many unpublished works, were mostly sold by Constanze to the firm of André in Offenbach, which issued editions during the 19th century.

Mozart’s reputation was such that even before the end of the 18th century two firms had embarked on substantial collected editions of his music. Important biographies appeared in 1798 and 1828, the latter by Constanze’s second husband who obviously say their worth. The first scholarly biography, by Otto Jahn, was issued on Mozart’s centenary in 1856. 

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Mozart reposed on December 5, 1791 in Vienna. The cause is still unknown. Maybe an interesting exercise for those interested in medical astrology. If so, Eileen Naumann’s book is a good start.


This was updated on November 1 2020 with the harmonic and other charts for general interst, as well as his progressed chart for his date of demise.

Through the years with Dame Maggie Smith

Defining a Dame

Dame Maggie, the female version of a Knight, was quite the beauty when she was young, and now in late 70s still a handsome woman.  Her striking looks are probably of Venus in Capricorn conjunct her Sun in the fifth house a strong placement for the orange globe, but it is her Uranus at 27 Aries 31 Rx, squared only to Pluto that was discovered shortly before her birth in 1930 that gave her staying power.

That duo makes her chart a wheelbarrow and the outer generational planets the handles to it with Uranus giving her an off-beat view of the individual in society, but also the ability to portray that originality electronically — on the screen — while Pluto makes a sultry seductress that appeals to both men and women who are captivated by her apolmb.

One only has to hearken by to her performance in the Prime of Miss Jean Brodie where she played a strong willed young teacher who romanticizes Italy’s Mussolini  and Spain’s Franco in 1930’s Scotland to her students, to see how that remarkable performance marked her as unconventional throughout her 60 year career.

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Walter Koch & Koch House System

Dr. Walter Albert Koch was born on September 18 1895 and died February 25, 1970, He developed his system for the Hamburg School, and it was originally used by Witte and the Uranians before they abandoned a house system entirely and went to their dial. It was originally named the “birthplace” system but has been used for other purposes like Joyce Wehrmann’s gambling scenario. He did not release it publicly until 1964 and is today in America, at least the Koch system is a close second to the Placidus system and worldwide third behind the Argentinian Topocentric but it has one major flaw that has caused it from eclipsing all competitors, and that is the cusps are just as points on the ecliptic, and do not intersect it. This is problematic if the astrologer uses Primary Directions.

That said, the late Swiss astrologer Bruno Huber uses it exclusively in his work but that is okay since Switzerland, as does most of America, falls between the latitudes between 66N and 66S which is all Koch’s house tables define; for example Fairbanks Alaska is right at the limit at 64 North 50 while obviously the Artic Circle is outside of it.

The Alchabitius House system, made for the Middle East, has the same flaws. These two houses show why many astrologers pick a house system that works in their latitude and ignore births born outside of it. That though with all the immigration into Western Countries is becoming harder to do.

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C161 Dr Edmond Eger anasthesiologist/scientist

Dr. Edmond I. Eger II, was a leader in the development of the universally used technique to determine the proper dose of anesthetic gas administered in operating rooms — an advance that has saved an untold number of lives and made surgery safer for everyone.   I once jokingly asked my late Uncle Arthur, also an anesthesiologist, though in Detroit, what was the big deal about anaesthesia — why did it pay so well  [fmn} and also by the way it has correspondingly astronomical malpractice fees [/fmn]  And he said “You want to wake up don’t you?”

Our header picture is The Gross Clinic by American master Thomas Eakins, who is shown in the painting in the upper left busy painting away. You can read more about the painting and its importance in art here on the NPR site.

The doctor died on September 20, 2017 from pancreatic cancer, said Dr. Steven L. Shafer, a professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California and editor of an up coming autobiography of Dr. Eger.  He was 86 years old.

A Mac Man

Inhaled gases like ether and chloroform had been in use as anesthetics for more than 100 years when Dr. Eger graduated from medical school in 1955, but there was still no clear standard for dosing, or for comparing the strength of one gas to another.

Without a systematic way to measure the effects of anesthesia, doctors looked for signs like changes in a patient’s muscle tone, breathing and pupil diameter. But those traits were of no use in research because they varied from patient to patient and did not occur in lab animals. As new anesthetic gases were developed, the need grew for a more precise way to test, compare and dose them.

Dr. Eger devised a method working with Dr. Giles Merkel, Dr. Lawrence Saidman and other anesthesiologists at the University of California, San Francisco. They identified one value to use as a benchmark: the concentration of anesthesia at which 50 percent of patients did not move in response to a painful stimulus, like being cut with a scalpel.

Other patients would require a slightly higher or lower concentration to achieve the same effect, but the variations were not large. That led to their introduction in 1965 of a concept, called the minimum alveolar concentration, or MAC, that quickly became the standard measure of potency for anesthetic gases. Because powerful anesthetics work best at lower concentrations and thus weaker version require higher doses, a lower MAC value would indicate a stronger drug. Anesthesiologists use MAC values when planning doses needed for surgery.

The values are highly consistent from one patient to another and even among animals. For any given drug, about the same concentration can anesthetize a 200-pound man, a smaller woman, a dog or a rat. The amount needed to reach that concentration differs depending on the patient’s size, but the effective concentration itself does not change.

Edmond "Ted" Eger
Dr. Eger in an undated photograph. Credit Richard Schlobohm

Dr. Shafer said the technique devised by Dr. Eger and his colleagues made the administering of anesthesia far safer and has saved millions of lives.In later work, Dr. Eger identified new drugs that could be used as anesthesia, such as isoflurane, sevoflurane, and desflurane, which are still the most widely used general anesthetics.

“Ted Eger revolutionized modern anesthetic practice, and led the way to the development of the anesthetic gases used tens of millions of times a year,” Dr. Michael A. Gropper, the chairman of the department of anesthesia and perioperative care at the University of California, San Francisco, wrote in an email.

A poor salesman

As a boy, Dr. Eger skipped at least one grade, became a whiz at checkers and led the Hyde Park High School checker team to two city championships. He graduated at 15, but, as a bored and indifferent student, wound up in the bottom 20 percent of the class.

“The ‘ah ha!’ moment, the thrill of solving the hardest puzzle in all of pharmacology, the biological mechanism that responds to anesthesia, awaits another investigator.”

Dr. Eger in his Autobiography

He was soon hired to sell women’s shoes, but after only one day on the job he decided he had had enough and resolved to apply for college. He was accepted at Roosevelt College in Chicago, where “he went from not working at all to working his butt off,” Dr. Shafer said. After a year, he transferred to the University of Illinois, where he majored in chemistry with a minor in math. He went to medical school at Northwestern University.

In 1955, the same year he graduated from Northwestern, he married Dollie Ross, a speech therapist. The marriage ended in divorce in 1983. In 1996, he married Dr. Lynn Spitler, an immunologist, who survives him. Dr. Eger is also survived by three daughters, Cris Cadence Waste, Doreen J. Eger and Renee R. Eger, and a son, Edmond Eger III, all from his first marriage; a half-brother, Larry Eger; two stepchildren; seven grandchildren; and six step-grandchildren.

After completing his internship and residency, Dr. Eger served for two years as a captain in the medical corps, based at the Army hospital at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. From 1960 to 2006 he was a faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco. He was an author of more than 500 scientific articles and an author or editor of seven books.

“He received every award known to man in his specialty,” Dr. Shafer said.

Dr. Eger spent the last 20 years of his career trying to understand how inhaled anesthetics work. The drugs and their effects remain a mystery. The same concentration that knocks out a person will anesthetize a sea slug or an amoeba, and will even paralyze a fern that normally curls up when touched, Dr. Shafer said. The universality of those reactions suggests the drugs are tapping into some biological mechanism that evolved eons ago

The Ted Chart

An interesting point in Dr. Eger’s chart is its low fire showing instead of inspiration, he relied more on intuitive (water) hunches born from enlightened (air) experience (earth), He also has no grand trine to unite various parts of the chart, but instead a Grand Cardinal Square

Dr, Eger’s Grand Cardinal Square often shows up in people who rely on their free will to deal with opposing forces in their life, thus like his original foray as a shoe salesman, that he was unsuccessful there was not important to him, but the experience of trying it out. It did not take long for him to see, the grand square “irked” him into making another career choice which would be aligned to the houses his grand square lies in : 12th house hospital, 6th house medicine, 2nd and 8th house dealing with other people’s bodies handling drugs to prevent death.

Thus his “karmic cross” required him to swallow his pride, and admit his mistake of not applying to college for a professional career, and playing to his strength — intellectual endeavours. Some with cosmic crosses cannot swallow their humility and try again on another track, forever stubbornly stuck in that pattern. Of course a lot of that depends upon whatever other aspects encourage the lethal intellectual arrogance; luckily Dr. Eger did not suffer from that particular problem.

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