Silas wanted a car. He saw the car of his dreams on eBay — a gold Cadillac. (The picture is not of the car bought btw). The price was right, it looked sharp. Silas went for the deal, he had hooked a Cadillac but forgot to check the chart. Maybe he should have.
At the time, he did not pay much attention to Saturn in the eighth, figuring it meant “second hand car.” Pluto was in near proximity was ignored. All Sil noticed Mars in Sagittarius in the sixth — wheels.
Perhaps he should have also noticed that the symbol that the wheels at 16 Sagittarius 30 meant “Enthusiasm” and hinting he was buying with his heart and not with head. Or that it was at a critical degree with the Fixed Star Sabik in tow. (It is a falsity to believe that all critical degrees are at the 29th degree mark.) According to Vivian Robson, this star denotes “wastefulness.” To be honest, what does that mean? All cars are wasteful, they depreciate immediately, never hold their value and are money pits. It is easy to ignore that message; Silas did. But after getting the car, the lousy tires irked him and $500.00 later new Coopers made the car handle like grease lightning.
Returning to Saturn though, 24 Capricorn 33, we see another message: “insurance issues” and Pluto nearby has the keyword of “complacency” and being too “accepting.” The messages start to add up and we have not even deciphered that the dynamic duo are being opposed by the ascendant at 23 Gemini 15 “faith.”
The weekend near, Silas went to visit a friend and while parked at said friend’s house, our brand new used Caddy was totaled by a young drunk late at night while speeding through a quiet neighborhood. The tires had about 100 miles on them. His friend did not help when she said, in the whole time she lived there, this was just the second time this had happened — and that was twenty years old. Silas was sad; his friend stunned.
The next thing Silas knew he was arguing with the insurance company about getting his money for his car and brand new, tires. The culprit’s insurance company was dithering about paying for it particularly as it hit on Saturday right before he registered it on Monday. It did not help, though you thought it would, that she was found leaving the scene of the accident, but what does that mean to an insurance company? Not much.
If Silas was a man of great faith in the human condition, and decided to patiently wait for his check, the insurance company was at the opposite end — everything is a setup to them. They were skeptical about the whole deal. Did he know the driver? Did his friend? Why was he parked there and so on. He answered their questions and was patient again. Finally time ticked on and he got into gear, this was taking too long, and so after much wrangling, and many phone calls to their hq in Nashville, they paid off — almost a month later.
Money back in his pocket, and song to his name, Silas is back in the market when coronavirus hit and everything closed. Perhaps it wasn’t the right time to buy that Cadillac after all.
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 focus
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.
Now combine 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.
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.
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.
Arabian Astrology is available for purchase at the Sabian Assembly website.
In it, 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; the calculation remained the same.
His earlier 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. For Roosevelt as Virgo 18, translated how he mixed sales and politics so much that they are inseparable.
Marc Edmund Jones put together for the student of the Sabian Assembly, The Fifteen Most Important Points in a Horoscope, this was later published in a book. 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 though, 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. Of course there can be one striking thing like the singleton in a hemisphere or unaspected planet, but the chart should have not many of these things otherwise it does not stand as a whole.
the 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 myself on the way to become doctors. “You’ll have to work hard if you want to get A’s here,” the professor remarked. He told the young Jones how they could get into the laboratory at night and on Sundays, as well as in working hours. Finally, they at down before the bone box, with the idea I could recognize anything he handed me. He began with the longest bone Jones ever saw.
“If it wasn’t so big,” I said, “I’d identify it as the femur of a bird . . .. I suppose it’s a crazy kind of a hybrid.”
He laughed: “Why don’t you stick to your guns? Did you ever hear of an ostrich?”
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 take the planets because then you are reading more dynamically using the houses you are locked down and the reading is 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.
To demonstrate 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 certainly 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, of course, is my own version of the story! The young man in the Bible narrative, who was a simple sort of fellow, remarked: “What you say is very interesting. You are learned gentlemen. I am convinced you are very 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.
Mars is at 17 Capricorn 49, or energy in the sign of critical discrimination. Since I have Mercury in Scorpio, I will be giving you many nicknames 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 the idea of a warship? A warship is any ship used as a weapon for combat; never for defense. It has dignity and is often representative of 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 find a way 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.” All this is shown by this first house and the sign and the degree of Mars.
Thus, you have the first salient point in a horoscope: Mars.
Jean Léopold Nicolas Frédéric, Baron Georges Cuvier , was a French naturalist, zoologist and paleontologist during First Empire. He was born on August 23, 1769, eight days after Napoleon Bonaparte’s birth, in Montbéliard, then Duchy of Württemberg.
These notes were taken from a Marc Jones’s talk for the Guild in 1942. You can read all 15 points here.
This parable is from the Gospel of John chapter 9 verse 25, Revised Standard Version:
He answered, “Whether he is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I know, that though I was blind, now I see.”
You can download TR’s horoscope in the Placidus format that Jones used, here.
Polish-American-French director Roman Polanski was the husband of actress Sharon Tate when she was brutally murdered by Charles Manson and family. He was born August 18, 1933 in Krakow, Poland to a Jewish father and Catholic mother but was raised agnostic. We have rectified him to 10 Cancer 52 that E.C. Matthews calls “magnetic.” French author Georges Sand & Broadway showman George M. Cohan had the same degree for their Sun.
His childhood is marred by World War II and the Holocaust. Its effect on his vision and life is undoubtable; it left a deep psychic scar (Pluto in Cancer conjunct the Moon) that he exploits well for his career ( Moon semisextile his Part of Fortune).
He was a talented director, “Rosemary’s Baby with Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes is often credited with being the godmother of the Satanist horror genre; while his other notable Chinatown, has Faye Dunaway, John Houston and Jack Nicholson. This one is perverse in its handling of corruption and incest; still many site as the last of the noir genre that ran from the 40’s onward. and as as the perfect metaphor for the corporate disintegration of naive America.
The last that are worth seeing were both done after the Tate murders can be seen as the obverse of the first set: Macbeth and Tess (of the D’urbervilles) After that his exile to France and their acceptance of everything the enfant terrible created left him with few challenges; its hard to rail against the machine when it is so accepting.
Sharon Tate Murders
Of course Polanski is forever linked with the brutal murder of his pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate by Charles Manson and family on August 9-10th 1969 in Hollywood right before Woodstock (August 15 – 16th Bethel New York) later that week. Below is the relationship wheel between the Polanskis showing unfortunately the dynamism between his Saturn in Aquarius to her Venus in the unfortunate eighth house.
This biwheel is uncanny in showing the magnetic attraction between the Hollywood stars — his Moon to her Jupiter in the first house shouts how through her stardom he discovered his wild attraction for her striking beauty. Unlike his second marriage, this one was rather close in age, but then he was still young, and only ten years apart so there are many generational conjunctions within. With her North Node conjunct his South in Leo and in the second, we see how he was attracted not only to beauty and fame but her earning ability after her success in Valley of the Dolls. It is obvious to Polanski, Tate was a total package.
Besides the planets in the eighth house signifying death and his regenerative abilities, their joined fourth house intimates violence in the home. Square the Moon and Pluto in his first, and trine her Venus and South Node in the eighth, this setup does foretold the racist violence of Manson against the two (Mars in his fourth (their home) to Mars in her sixth trine her Uranus in the tenth).
While the relationship may have worked long term, his Saturn opposite her Pluto, suggests the sexual tenor of their marriage would have been dominated by her need to always be seen as the “femme fatale.”
The exile to Paris
Mr Polanski is also known for his extradition because of a rape of a 13 year old. It has resurfaced lately because of the Hollywood sex scandal and director Quentin Tarrantino, himself the son of a 15 year old mother, has openly defended Polanski much like Jack Nicholson, another son of a teenage mother did 45 years ago.
Jezebel republished Tarantino comments to shock jock Howard Stern in 2003 arguing that his former interview with Deadline was disingenuous but still defending Polanski’s rape of a thirteen-year old . He repeated the old saw that Samantha Geimer wanted sex and “was down with this.” Ms. Geimer in her book argues that point.
No matter, Mr. Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful sex in 1977, and fled the United States before sentencing. He has since been accused of sexual abuse by two other women who say they were minors when he preyed on them.
He married the French actress Emmanuelle Seigner, thirty three years his junior, in 1986. They have two children Morgane and Elvis.
the map of Roman
Reviewing Polanski we see also that:
His Line of Vitality is semi-sextile (thirty degrees apart) similar to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s. Both men use their network to ensure success; they vet them first before going public.
His Line of Efficiency is conjunct. This aspect shows that Polanski takes up projects on the spur of the moment as they suddenly appear to him as being meaningful.
His Line of Motivation is trine highlighting Polanski’s gift for making allies throughout his life.
His Line of Social Significance (aka Culture) is inconjunct. This line shows Polanski’s desire to be important within his social framework and the culture at large.
This latter line is supported by the linkage of Sun to Neptune in the same house, as Marc Jones delineates in Astrology: How and Why it works.1
Polanski’s third house stellium dominates the chart; his male friends are like age old sycophants to the Leo King who look to him for largesse and acceptance.
This Leonine preponderance starts in the second and by a series of conjunctions extends all the way to the cusp of the sixth house. It highlights his multi-faceted skill are screenwriter-director with Uranus in its domicile in the eleventh opposite Mars in Libra in the fifth, showing his lack of discipline and rather debauched vision in his work.
Again this appears in the 4-8-12 trine of Reward where his plunging into his life and its experiences are reused for material reward. Alas this also highlights that Polanski uses these experiences without necessarily dissecting them psychologically but as experiential images of his own world. This does not always work for him: Chiron in the twelfth shows that this private obsession with misery, crime and violence actually traps him because he does not see the spiritual or metaphysical beauty or goodness in people.
This aspect more than any other in his chart shows how much his early and best films, really are an outgrowth of his own inner vision and with the t-square point focus at Pluto he has the ability to simultaneously transcend those qualities and plumb further into them and explains his magnetic attraction to film goers and fellow thespians as well.
This essay was originally issued as “Chart only, ” with Polanski at 29 Libra. That has since been corrected to Cancer 11 and a biwheel of him and his late wife Sharon Tate Polanski included for support. Charles “no name” Manson is another post.
Marc E. Jones, Astrology: How and Why it Works, Patterns of Simple Expediency, Sabian Publishing Society, Stanwood, WA: 1961.
Astrological researcher and statistician Michel Gauquelin studied the birth charts of prominent Nazis several decades ago. Of 508 generals, dignitaries and chiefs, 118 entered the world when Jupiter had reached ascendancy or the upper culmination in what we now call Gauquelin power zones.
Gauquelin also felt that this demonstrated the Law of Statistical Averages, he wrote that there should have been no more than 83. That precept is actually is a fallacy because there is no mathematical requirement that short-term balances must occur and correspondingly no Law of Averages. This is also called the Gambler’s Fallacy that eventually if you play enough, you have to win because the lottery eventually will even out. Wrong. The lottery, like birth days, is a random game and one can play a 1000 times and the number #34 never appear. Aleksandr Pushkin remarked upon this over two hundred years ago in his short story, The Queen of Spades. It is a short story and worth reading. Get it here.
Jupiter and Mass Hysteria
Historically, Gauquelin noted that there was a high amount of Jupiterians in the French Resistance. Being a socialist and pro-Revolution, Gauquelin thought that being a Jupiterian might be the only way to resist Jupiterian tyranny.
In 1944, Himmler, a Jupiterian (Jupiter rules Pisces his Ascendant) supervised numerous mass murders, with Hitler’s permission. He bragged he had seen 6 million Jews died. Himmler’s revelation was met with thunderous applause. Later on, before a group of navy leaders, Himmler boasted of murdering women and children too.
Early in his life, Hitler had nothing against the Jewish people. When his mother died, he told the Jewish doctor who treated her that he would be forever grateful for the care he had given her. Hitler kept his word. Even after the Nazis came into power, Dr. Bloch felt that he enjoyed privileges not granted to other Jews.
What changed him was Hitler convinced himself that Germany lost World War I because World Jewry sabotaged the war effort many think this is the genesis of his abhorrence of Jews.
Gauquelin attributed Hitler’s tyrannical nature to the fact he was born with Jupiter near the IC in a zone of moderate influence. Hitler had Uranus in a major power zone but Gauquelin found no link between Uranus and personality.
Psychic Edgar Cayce, however, called Uranus the planet of extremes and to him, Hitler was a Uranian as the planet was near o his Ascendant. Cayce noted that Himmler also a combination of Uranus and Jupiter, had both planets conjoined in a primary power zone right at the midheaven in the Tenth house. Following Cayce’s idea, that the marriage of Uranus and Jupiter is a strong one, perhaps something to check.