Biograph:

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley was an Art Nouveau artist who died at the beginning of the 20th century from tuberculosis on the French Riviera. He had gone there to help improve his weak lungs, but it was too little too late, and he died shortly after arriving.

He was born August 21, 1878 at 11:22 am in Brighton. He had a younger sister Mabel. Both his parents were well-to-do but lost their money through a serious of miscalculations. His mother, Ellen (Pitt) Beardsley was an accomplished pianist and painter of silhouettes. Before discovering his penchant for drawing, he was a musical prodigy (Neptune in the 3rd) and with Mabel help augment the family’s poor earnings. That changed when he was diagnosed with tuberculosis (poetically called the “Dark Shadow” ) and was sent away to a school in Sussex to regain his respiratory strength. This was to be a life-long issue for him.

Being grey

If Samuel Morse Whistler, a famous American artist living in London, wore all white, Mr. Beardsley, far younger than the famous Whistler, made his signature dove gray. The picture above is painted in his typical attire, which was considered only appropriate by the British upper classes as “morning attire.” One changed for tea and if dining out again for evening dinner. Beardsley, forever the artist, refused to come out of his morning wear (mourning?), a premonition perhaps that he would die in his youth.

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The three legs of the tripod in Beardsley gray.  As he is a Splay temperament type, he lacks a natural disposition.

Chart Highlights

We have rectified his chart to an Ascendant of 12 Scorpio, that has the symbol of A Gold Rush.” Marc Edmund Jones writes that this symbol is the “exploration of one’s natural resources through personal initiative” and offers high rewards for the person genuinely willing to challenge his own human skills for their own good fortune.

Mr. Beardsley was an astounding illustrationist tapping into Toulouse Lautrec’s florid cartooning of Moulin Rouge but all in black and white. He said to have come to this idea by seeing Japanese Ukiyoe (i.e. Floating World) Art that was coming to London from Paris. Ukiyoe is a pen and ink drawing, that is colored by various washes applied over the picture (see the gallery above).

Temperament Type

Mr. Beardsley is a splay or as Robert Jansky re-termed it his Planetary Patterns, a Tripod temperament type for it is dominated by a grand trine (Saturn in its ruler to Mercury in Virgo to Pluto in Taurus).  He also has no oppositions in his chart, though several conjunctions.  He is not a bucket because typically the handle is opposed to something in the bowl.

posters from Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa, and Moulin Rouge

Focal Determinators

Saturn is the High Focus for Beardsley according to Dr. Marc Edmund Jones, a planet that through its position in the chart dominates it.  In Aubrey’s chart, it is in the southern hemisphere and the 11th house conjunct his ascendant. It is a point in his Earth Grand Trine & part of his Line of Personality (the aspect between Jupiter to Saturn) where it is inconjunct (Saturn is in its Lord Capricorn while Jupiter in Leo in the 5th).

Marc Jones work is a process of unfoldment and so names and keywords often changed throughout his works. No one book is the culmination of his astrological thought — they are to be read as a sum. Hence, what were “lines” in his Guide to Horoscopic Interpretation, where he discusses his planetary patterns and the 4 astrological lines, in his next work, Astrology, How and Why it works, they morphed into departments.

The first of these is the Line of Vitality, that documents the aspect between the Moon to Sun. In Aubrey’s chart it is trine suggesting he had an easy relationship with others and was well-liked but OTOH could like his tell-tale grey be too much of a chameleon in life and never fully growing up. This would have encouraged him to stay “put” both figuratively via his art and in location.

Jung on self-awareness; Jones and his friend Rudyhar were big followers of the psychologist.

The next line is Self-Determination between Jupiter and Saturn – his focal determinator. This department reveals Beardsley’s personality and how it make itself known i.e. self-awareness. As it is inconjunct it not synchronously with his artistic and personal yearnings (dreams) but were stifled and out of step with his inner soul. This is probably because his Line of Vitality was too agreeable with outward society and he was scared to break with his patrons and what they wanted from him.

Unfortunately, that is not uncommon in one’s personal or professional life –the status quo is hard and unrelenting — and the major reason J. K. Rowling (ascendant Sagittarius 08) chose the pen name of Robert Galbraith when writing her non-Potter books. Her line of self-determination is stronger but more constructive than Beardsley’s as it is square.

and Departments

Beardsley’s Line of Social Significance is from Uranus at 04 Leo in the 6th to Neptune in the 3rd and is not aspected — the orb is too wide and suggest as he got older he began to see his “lost opportunity” (Aries 12) by remained in his “stylized garments” too long (Leo 04) & needing to break out and establish his own vision. Jones writes that this is emblematic of a native who wishes re-establish himself in his own world and his own efforts rather than continuing to live another’s.

 long after he died

the pall ofcurtains — shutting out light.

Chiron was discovered long after Beardsley died, so while the asteroid is at 14.34 Aries on his, it is an interesting footnote for it shows where Beardsley felt the remorse:  in his house of work and health.  Because of his health that he could not draw as much as would like and Chiron’s  image of a “dark curtain casting a pall” according to  Charubel suggests an “early death.” Indeed for him it was : he died at 26 in the Southern France.

The Midheaven

Beardsley’s Midheaven shares is Scorpio 23, showing how much fame in his artistic career meant to him. He was ambitious and in his lifetime found critical acclaim and publication. It is trine his Sun at 29 Leo,a merman “seeking and responding to the creative” side of life; Charubel says this symbol is a “large white piece of paper” where the native is scribbling.

                                The Beardsley Oeuvre

You can lots of his work at Dover Publications here.†


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