Father Teilhard de Chardin is in the center of the group

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was born on May 1st, 1881 to Emmanuel and Berthe-Adele Teilhard de Chardin. His mother was the great-grandniece of Francois-Marie Arouet, more popularly known as the French auteur-philosophe Voltaire.

He was the fourth of the couple’s eleven children and was born at the family estate of Sarcenat near the twin cities of Clermont-Ferrand in the ancient province of Auvergne.

The long extinct volcanic peaks of Auvergne and the forested preserves of this southern province left an indelible mark on Teilhard. In his spiritual autobiography, The Heart of Matter, Father de Chardin writes about the hills and valleys of Auvergne 

…they molded me.   Auvergne served me both as a Museum of Natural History and as the wildlife preserve. Sarcenat in Auvergne gave me my first taste of the joys of discovery to Auvergne I owe my most precious possessions: a collection of pebbles and rocks still to be found there, where I lived.

(translated in Claude Cuenot, Teilhard de Chardin, Baltimore, 1938, p. 3.)

Teilhard developed his unusual powers of observation which was especially fostered by his father who maintained an avid interest in natural science. Teilhard’s earliest memory of childhood was not of the flora and fauna of Auvergne or the seasonal family houses but a striking realization of life’s frailty and the difficulty of finding any abiding reality

March 10, 1937, New York Times

During his five years at this boarding school, Teilhard exchanged his security in stones for a Christian piety largely influenced by Thomas a Kempis’s Imitation of Christ. Near the time of his graduation, he wrote his parents showing that he wanted to become a Jesuit. That  training provided him with the thoughtful stimulation to continue his devotion both to the scientific investigation of the Earth and to the cultivation of a life of prayer. He entered the Jesuit novitiate at Aix-Provence in 1899 & developed the ascetic piety that he had learned in his reading at Mongre.

But just two years later, in 1901, an anti-clerical movement rose in the French Republic, & the Jesuits and other religious orders were expelled, so the novitiate moved to the English island of Jersey for refuge.

His timeline is here at the American Teilhard Association site.  Download Father-Teilhard de Chardin‘s chart here.


                                           Father’s de Chardin’s Map


Father de Chardin’s temperament type is a Fan Handle a variation of a bucket with an Uranian handle located in his fourth house of home, monasteries & gardening. This was important for the priest, as it shows the tear between two careers, the first in his beloved archaeological paleontology and the second in his love of God.

Zipporah Dobyns in her “Node Book” says that the nodes found in the sixth and twelfth house are typically found in religious persons.  See the yellow circle above for the Dragon’s head.  The tail is not shown.

The Uranian handle at 09.45 Scorpio has the symbol of the “Red Cross Nurse.” It depicts his  devoted caring for the land via the academic fields of botany, geology, paleontology and archaeology — all ruled by the fourth house and which at Unverisite Paris-Sorbonne he studied.  .  Uranus rules also his Midheaven, so the dichotomy of his longtime hobby and his new found career in the Jesuits became morphed via the great “rug of Earth” upon which children play (21+ Aquarius MC)

Striking of course are all those planets in the eleventh house.  They tell  us how much his friends helped him in joint careers, via letters (Mercury), unconditional support (Jupiter and Saturn conjunct almost exactly), and a great and overwhelming desire to master (Sun) his physical world and use it for humanitarian benefits (Neptune, Venus and Chiron).  None of that is surprising with his Ascendant at 21. Gemini “the barn dance” conjunct his Moon and highlighting his special desire for universal love and sympathy that would transcend the physical.

                                       Peking Man

All of this sound almost prosaic, except Teilhard de Chardin could not stop from being a scientist and so he undertook a massive project of reconciling God and Science after his co-discovery of Peking Man.

Peking man, extinct hominin of the species Homo erectus, known from fossils found at Zhoukoudian near Beijing. Peking man was identified as a member of the human lineage by Davidson Black in 1927 because of a single tooth. Later excavations yielded several skullcaps and mandibles, facial and limb bones, and the teeth of about 40 individuals. Evidence suggests that the Zhoukoudian fossils date from about 770,000 to 230,000 years ago. Before being assigned to H. erectus, they were variously classified as Pithecanthropus and Sinanthropus.

Peking man is characterized by a cranial capacity averaging about 1,000 cubic cm, though some individual skull capacities approached 1,300 cubic cm—nearly the size of modern man’s. Peking man had a skull that was flat in profile, with a small forehead, a keel along the top of the head for attachment of powerful jaw muscles, very thick skull bones, heavy browridges, an occipital torus, a large palate, and a large, chinless jaw. The teeth are essentially modern, though the canines and molars are quite large, and the enamel of the molars is often wrinkled. The limb bones are indistinguishable from those of modern humans.

Peking man postdates Java man and is considered more advanced in having a larger cranial capacity, a forehead, and non-overlapping canines. The original fossils were under study at the Peking Union Medical College in 1941 when, with Japanese invasion imminent, an attempt was made to smuggle them out of China and to the United States. The bones disappeared and never recovered, leaving only plaster casts for study. Renewed excavation in the caves, beginning in 1958, after Father de Chardin’s death, brought new specimens to light. Besides fossils, core tools and primitive flaked tools were also found.


Teilhard did not believe that progress was possible without pain.  In an essay he had described the Christian virtue of resignation with the Cross as the symbol of struggle.  he thought the Christian had no business to “swoon in its shadow” but to walk intently behind.

The Risen Christ, Teilhard wrote,  would only win the faith of the doubting scientists if He were seen to incorporate the theory of  evolution which was so often, and so falsely, opposed to Him. Teilhard rightly saw that “evolution” and “creationism” were separate issues but he found it hard as a theologian to separate them as both sides of the paleontological fence would not budge:  scientists argued for both and the Church wanted neither.  His writings were an attempt to show that evolution, development with a classification was acceptable and desired by God, but total creation out of nothing comes something, was scientific gibberish.

These arguments are still at the heart of the evolution debate today, with “evolutionists” arguing for an evolutionary creation from the unknown while believers argue for an evolutionary creation from God.  Both are theories and unproven and a matter of faith.

He died in New York City, New York 12 April 1955.  He was 71.  You can download his obit from the New York Times here.






There is little information on the Meridian House System.  It was created in the early 1900s to fix the Morinus method by Australian astrologer, David Cope, who worked under the magical name of Zariel. It does have many similarities to the older method — it too displaces the Ascendant from the first house but the major difference is that its cusps are on the meridians and not equatorial.   This effect will be noticed if you have have a lot of “cusp” planets, and from our observations, the planet now goes to the previous house. 

Alfred Witte and the Hamburg school used the Meridian system before abandoning the house system entirely and going to his 90 Degree Uranian Dial.  Astrometrologist Carl Payne Tobey & Sydney Omarr, good friends,  were also fans.


John Llewellyn Lewis was a coal miner and son of coal miners who became an American labour leader & president of the United Mine Workers of America (1920–60). He was also the chief founder and first president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO; 1936–40), now part of the AFL-CIO.

He left school in the seventh grade and went to work in the mines at age 15. In Panama, Illinois, he became head of a United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) local, and by 1911 an organizer for the parent union, the American Federation of Labor (AFL) . in a meterotic climb to the top, by 1917 he as vice president of the UMWA in 1917, acting president in 1919, and president in 1920, by which time the UMWA had become the largest trade union in the United States.

Lewis remained UMWA’s leader for the next 40 year, leading a successful national coal strike in 1919, but during the 1920s the UMWA’s membership shrank from 500,000 (half a million) to fewer than 100,000 as nonunionized mines in the southern Appalachians grew in favour and northern Unioned mines were increasingly ignored.

Mapping John L

John L has a natural disposition of Saturn in the common sign of Virgo, and one that is also associated with digging and tireless working, in the tenth house where Saturn rules. That makes both the sign and the house earth based, which was true as his career was totally dedicated to the UMW and Miner’s welfare. But he also has a focal determinator of Saturn being alone in the Southern hemisphere that both dispositions should how much his physical strength, his endless work and sheer tenacity kept him well-loved by his members.

His North Node, in the second house and retrograde, is coincidentally in the earth sign of Capricorn and trine his reminding us that is where his strength comes from: if we spin this as a mundane chart his strength is from using the the nation’s resources, if we return to the natal level it is his own great personal understanding of the process of using the resources at hand, whether it is in his own life or the men whom his Union represent.

His Venus, beautiful and acquisitive, is also nearby in the second, is partile to that North Node, and shows how he was constantly on the alert of finding new and safer ways to extract that precious coal from the earth. Venus is then trine again to Neptune in the sixth where a person toils creating a Grand Earth Trine that kept him focused.

The sixth house shows a persons toil, not what they necessary make their fortune or name from, but where they work for others fulfilling their duty. Here in Lewis’s chart we find the underground Pluto holding court in the black pits of the earth below, while Neptune with his trident extracts or explodes the iron (Mars) for other peoples use, and thus fulfilling perfecting the promise above.

Finally, Lewis’s ascendant is Mars 16 that is ruled by Scorpio in the twelfth, or what is often considered the dark house of the chart. It is opposite its own Lord in the sixth making the midheaven the point focus. As Uranus is close enough to work into the midheaven via a translation of light, one more time we see how Lewis’ worked the old man of the stars to his advantage.

The New Deal and Labour

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal presented organized labour with opportunities that Lewis used well. The formation of the National Recovery Administration through the National Industrial Recovery Act (1933) guaranteed labour the right to bargain collectively and Lewis launched new organizing campaigns in the coalfields of Appalachia and elsewhere, tripling the UMWA’s membership within a few years.

Unions continued to grow with the 1935 passage of the Wagner Act (officially, the National Labor Relations Act) and Lewis and other AFL union leaders formed the Committee for Industrial Organization (CIO) with the intention of organizing unskilled workers in mass-production industries. This was apostasy by traditional unions who did not anyone but the skilled craft workers in their unions — reminiscent of the medieval apprentice system in Europe.  Lewis’s arguments had the day and steel, tire, rubber, concrete pourers,lift operators, bus&  truck drivers all became  unionized in what many considered Lewis’s greatest coup.

With his midheaven exact the Fixed Star Regulus, when John L. spoke, the earth shook and miner’s walked out. In the Great Takeover when FDR tried to nationalize the Mines in 1935, and Lewis, a lifelong Republican, led his men into a strike despite having endorsed FDR in 1932.

 Stymied, Roosevelt passed the first federal anti-strike bill giving the President power to penalize strikers or draft them into government service. It took another 50 years, but Roosevelt got his wish and all of the Coal Companies closed, and their Union Men lost their jobs as steel and coal went overseas.  

Today we see the Democrats echoing FDR’s complaints against coal this time in the guise of clean energy, but anthracite from Pennsylvania is the cleanest burning fuel ever — and there are some other spots, notable West Virginia, that share that distinction, but there was a time when one man could stand up the state and force their hand and so we join the old miner’s toast, God Bless America and John L. Lewis.



The original chart we had on the site was dead wrong, citing an October 22, 1905 birthdate. You can view that here john L. lewis .


 P. J. McGuire and Labor Day

Peter J. McGuire, the general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners and cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was the first person to suggest that a special national day be created to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.” He recommended this holidays be sometime between Independence Day and Thanksgiving to break up the long four month span and allow workers to enjoy the beauty of the Creator and rest.  He was insistent that this holiday should be with pay.

Others contend it was a peace offering from President Grover Cleveland to the Railway Union President Eugene Debs for the killing of a dozen or more of the strikingrailway workers in Pullman, Illinois.

In this essay, we look at the two arguments to  see what the holiday’s Natal Chart suggests.

 Bowling Green

To do that, first we had to settle on a “birthdate”  and location for the grand event.  According to the United States Department of Labor, the first Labor Day was in New York City on September 5, 1882. It was announced by the City’s mayor to be an all day affair,  so we chose midnight for its birth.

The event’s  temperament type is a bowl 1 i.e.: all ten planets fall cleanly with the parameters of a tilted hemispheric rim angling from the 5th House of play & sport to the 11th house of the public. Bowl temperament types are rather self-contained and this one, primarily Northern based, has most of the planets shining upwards towards the southern or visible hemisphere, showing that the original Labor Day was indeed the familiar one of parties, barbecues and beaches.  The rim, keeping everything contained within and so rather complacent,  makes sense for the original Labor Day as Mr. McGuire intended, but  this was just  a localized celebration, and not the intended national Labor Day .

 The next labor day

The 06 Cancer Ascendant (Hyperion Symbol) of a “boxer skipping  rope” i.e. resting up by taking on some idle exercise to be in better shape agrees;   it is conjunct Jupiter and via a translation of light, the Moon. This is an excellent combination as Jupiter is exalted in Cancer and encourages good-naturedness and enthusiastic enjoyment of things undertaken. Also, this conjunction in the 1st house  denotes indulgence and patronage on the mudane level an important reminder as McGuire felt it should be a paid one bestowed by the employer, otherwise how can someone really luxuriate in the day?


 What’s the line?

The Line of Vitality, that aspect between the Sun and the Moon is sextile suggesting an effortless time where everyone decides to put off today their chores for tomorrow and just enjoy the bounty that they have sown.

The Line of Motivation, the aspect between Jupiter and Saturn, is missing.  While semi-sextile, that is not  major aspect according to Marc Jones’s  planetary rules and  so suggests the spirit of the day is undisciplined and unregulated. Probably true too then as it is now, as it is has become a major end-of-summer shopping spree dictated more by the sales than by need.

The third line is Social Significance (previously the Line of Culture) and appears  in a harmonious trine. We see that as everyone is in agreement, whether it be in parades or barbecues.

The fourth line of Self Determination is between Neptune and Uranus. This aspect is also in trine, indicate according to Marc Jones “man’s opportunity for significance in his world.” This is also prominent in the chart of John L. Lewis, the great UMW leader.

One rather striking thing is that Lilith is partile (exact in degree) to Neptune highlighting that from the onset there were many who disputed McGuire’s notion of a respite. We can look to the second and national holiday to see how that turns out.

If you would like to download this chart click here First Labour Day 1882.

The Second Labor Day

The next Labor Day is when President Grover Cleveland signed a bill making it national six days after the Pullman Railroader’s strike declaring it to be the first Monday in September after a full weekend. In 1894 that would be September 3, so we have another chart for that date

We have another bowl with the national Labor Day but this one has a Uranian lip, keyword independence, in the 4th house of Virgo, keyword assimilation, that works as a focal determinator, or focus point, for the chart. Thus here the Uranus scoop highlights that the holiday had changed in meaning — where as before it was a happy family holiday — now it was a strident call for fierce independence and recognition by the nation of that call.

The Asteroid Lilith, this was revised in June 2019 when we are discussing her, is now in the 5th House, and now an unaspected point, so while she hovers over in Sagittarius, keyword administration, she is making a little bucket of her own. Jones did not recognize anything but the four traditional asteroids, Juno, Pallas, Ceres and Vesta and never counted them in his planetary pictures, but we do particularly when they are pointing to something in the chart that needs recognition.

We feel that Lilith as the bucket handle to the new chart crystallizes the inherent “competing interests” that the original McGuire chart saw: political parades, candidates politicking for office vs. the unofficial end of summer, shopping and cook-outs.

This chart has an ascendant of 08 Leo (in the whole house system everything starts at the beginning so the ascendant is not on the first cusp but somewhere in the first house depending upon its degree. Read more about this and the competing types here. Leo 8, (HS) “Zeus’s thunder-bolt” is the human instinct to focus on the important points and ignore the rest.

No lines, so now what?

The line of motivation is now absent, while the line of vitality is semi-sextile and Jones does not recognize that. There is only one conjunction in the map and that of Mental Chemistry, the aspect between Mercury and the Sun. Here the aspect is less than 1 degree that shows the blind rush to pushing through the legislature.

The line of social significance is inconjunct and culture is missing, so overall there are no important planetary lines but there is one opposition, from Saturn to the Midheaven giving the latter at 26 Aries (HS bread baking) some added weight over the ascendant, making the bucket type culminate in a personal shrewdness that is best utilized by the individual.

The difference is the recognition that America was becoming a more political sophisticated country, but because of the dual nature of the bowl vs bucket typing, it was also bucking against that and wanting to retain its ikeep purity. And American politics have argued that  very point.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

  • Mars sextile Asteroid Selene 1:31 AM EDT,
  • Venus square Chiron 3:45 AM EDT
    • and sextile Uranus 4:03 AM EDT,
  • Pluto square Zeus 9:47 AM EDT,
  • Mercury trine Asteroid Astraea 9:47 AM EDT,
    • and trine Juno 2:17 PM EDT

Monday July 31, 2017

  • Venus enters tropical Cancer 10:53AM EDT,
  • Mercury parallel Sedna 5:20PM EDT

Tuesday August 1, 2017

  •  Venus trine Apollon 1:10AM EDT,
  • sun square Pallas 3:09AM EDT,
  • North Node enters sidereal Cancer 3:16AM EDT,
  • Mercury square Selene 12:36PM EDT,
  • Venus sextile Transpluto 1:35PM EDT,
  • Mercury contra-parallel Neptune 9:57PM EDT
    • and sextile Hades 10:56PM EDT

Wednesday August 2, 2017

  • Mercury conjunct Vesta 3:07AM EDT,
  • Venus contra-parallel Saturn 11:28AM EDT,
  • Mercury contra-parallel Zeus 2:13PM EDT
    • and contra-parallel Juno 2:38PM EDT,
  • Venus opposes Hygeia 10:46PM EDT
  •  Uranus stations retrograde 10:30PM Pacific DTThursday August 3, 2017
  •  Uranus stations retrograde    12:30PM CDT
  •  Uranus stations retrograde 1:31 AM EDT 
  • sun square Poseidon 6:45PM EDT

Friday August 4, 2017

  •  Venus opposes Astraea 1:27AM EDT,
  • Mars contra-parallel Astraea 1:52AM EDT,
  • Venus opposes Juno 3:17AM EDT,
  • Jupiter square Pluto 2:48PM EDT,
  • Mars square Pallas 10:31PM EDT

Saturday August 5, 2017

  • Mercury contra-parallel Jupiter 3:02AM EDT,
  • sun quincunx Neptune 5:31PM EDT,
  • Jupiter conjunct Zeus 7:25PM EDT

Sunday, August 6, 2017

  • Hebe (the goddess of youth) stations direct 3:12 AM EDT at 17Sag44,
  • Venus conjunct Hades 12:42 PM EDT,
  • Neptune parallel Juno 8:51 PM EDT