It’s been almost a year since we posted the want ad for Billy Bruce, we finally found him in London.
Marc Edmund Jones lists in his 1000 nativities¹, a singer named Billy Bruce. Place unknown, born December 2nd, 1903 at 4 PM. Several searches have found no one by that name and date. We need some help. Thanks.
We know so little of Mr. Bruce i.e. what type of singer: choral, dance hall, operatic we are keeping our commentary to a minimum.
the Line of Vitality inconjunct. This line is how a person exerts his personality over his environment. As it is inconjunct, Mr. Bruce was a risk taker.
the Line of Efficiency square This line is how a person exerts his personality towards goals. Again, Mr. Bruce tend to be contrary and tend to take the road less trod.
the Line of Motivation is absent. Here Mr. Bruce tended to scatter his energies.
the Line of Culture (also called the Line of Social Significance) is square. This line is how a person exerts himself over his fellows. In this aspect of his life, Mr. Bruce is semisextile and would rely on his friends and associates for tips and leads.
Jones, Marc Edmund. The Sabian Symbols in Astrology. Stanwood, WA: Sabian Publishing Society, 1953
In the second half of the 19th century Adelina Patti was probably the best operatic soprano of the day. She was peerless. Audiences flocked to see and hear her from St. Petersburg to San Francisco. Internationally famous authors eulogized her; critics renowned for their severity were unstinting in her praises. Even other prima donnas, a breed unknown for their generosity to rivals, acknowledged her supremacy. She remains for many in the operatic world, the yardstick that all others are measured against.
A Golden Voice
Astrologically, Miss Patti is a rimless bucket with a Moon handle in the Eleventh House of Hopes and Dreams. It is right on the cusp of its own house, Cancer, giving her that extra boost.
That handle is also trine her Sun in Aquarius sextile its ruler in Ninth House, Uranus. This alone would give her a very unorthodox approach to self-expression, i.e. singing as opposed to speaking, but it is compounded by her Sun and Mercury are conjunct the Eighth House of psychology, making her a Diva of Coloratura, considered the highest of all sopranos as she is capable of seemingly superhuman feats with an agile voice range, firing out fast paced sections that ascend as high as the 3rd F above middle C (and in a few cases even higher). Think of Australian Dame Joan Sutherland’s piece from the Mad scene from Lucia di Lammermoor. Click here to hear that.
Her chart abounds in Aquarius, (Jupiter, Sun, Neptune & Mercury) Pisces (Uranus) but not the third leg of Taurus (which we have noted shows up with Tenors) — a triptych we call the musical signs. Both her parents were professional singers, her father a tenor and her mother a mezzo-soprano (the opera Carmen is for mezzos) of Italian descent.
There two more planets in Capricorn in the Sixth, the House of Labor, suggesting she worked with lots of women and older men (conductors and composers and some tenors) opposite that Moon that here is probably depicting the fans around the globe who loved her fiercely.
Venus in the Sixth is opposite the cusp of the Twelfth with the Moon is impressive but the T-Square ending at Uranus in the Ninth tells us that travelling far and wide to appease her admirers was something she found enjoyable.
Her Second House at 00.29 Virgo is ruled by Venus a trine away from that opposition, suggesting that despite the wear and tear of performing and traveling, she would gain wealth. Another trine over takes us to her Moon, her worldwide fame that encompassed even the President and Mrs. Lincoln, but in the end, even Grand Diva’s give final performances. She died at home in Wales with her third husband by her side.
Thankfully, we can hear her still here and watch a BBC biograph there.
Marc Jones got the data for #752 from Alan Leo but it should be noted that the London Times has this data but I suspect it is incorrect as the BBC documentary gives Leo’s data.
ADELINA MARIA JOHANNA CLORINDA PATTI was born on the 19th February, 1843, and she has been engaged in operatic singing at Brussels, Ghent. Liege, Loraine, Amsterdam, the Hague, Utrecht, Paris, Vienna, London, and other towns in England, in the course of which she has earned very large sums of money.
Her singing engagements were entered into on her behalf by the defendants, who assumed to act as her guardians, directed and controlled all her movements, and received all the profits of her engagements, which amounted in one year to upward of £24,000, for which sum they have never accounted to Mme. PATTI.
We have information on Jacqueline Nourritt #727 in the Jones 1000, but it cannot corroborate it. We will probably add her into our database nevertheless but we would appreciate it if someone can confirm her existence. July 1, 2017
Updated: E.C. Chambers in his magnificent book Fixed Stars and Degrees of the Zodiac Analyzed published originally 1923, reprinted in 1949 states that Miss Nourritt has Three degrees of Pisces for her moon. Kepler Software was able to rectify that to a 7:07 PM birth time for her birth place, Asineres-sur-Seine, France. Above is her chart for those interested.
She is a Splash Temperament Type, something we have noticed shows up often in prodigies. In this particular type, the more opposition the better, as it clues you into the persons versatility: for Mademoiselle Jacqueline she started playing the piano as a young child, by her adolescence had mastered the organ all the while transcribing harpsichord pieces. This was unusual as the piano and harpsichord though seemingly similar are truly of different instrumental family: the piano is a percussion instrument and the harpsichord a string instrument.
Her Ascendant is opposite Pluto suggesting that she was an intense student and musically creative. In the book, Maurice Duruflé, 1902-1986: The Last Impressionist by Ronald Ebrecht, he notes that her mother would not let her go the Conservatory in Avignon feeling that the expense outrageous, so the young Jacqueline practiced & studied her music so voraciously as to get a perfect 10 in all her pieces and thus win a scholarship for further study.
The following year in the class of Edouard Charles, who hailed from the Niedermeyer School in Paris, and was considered an accomplished master in harmony, the Mademoiselle won another perfect score in a class of ten. She was undoubtedly a tour de-force.
Joseph Haydn was a baroque era composer. He was born March 31, 1732 and died May 31, 1809. He is considered the “Father of the String Quartet” and was instrumental to the piano trio, considered to be the genesis of the sonata form. Of his 3 brothers: Michael Haydn, was also an accomplished composer & Johann Evangelist Haydn, a virtuoso tenor. Besides his own compositions, he taught both Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven.
His chart has a mutable accent to its see-saw temperament type, suggesting someone who was always having to adapt to the times via his extended network. The shifting sands of this type, have a heavy bias towards opportunity as well, but for Haydn that was dependent upon himself and his ability to sell and market his talents as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd houses houses form his base.
Uranus was discovered during his lifetime ( March 1781) appearing in the 3rd house where getting good students was as important as his own compositions. And indeed, on Jan 29Mozart‘s great choral opera “Idomeneo” premiered in Munich. Neptune, not discovered until after the Maestro reposed, is at his midheaven next to the Moon, illustrating how much his music, particularly his invention of the “Sonata” was the “sound” of the era.
The early years
Haydn (pronounced High-den) started off as a choirboy obtaining a scholarship for his singing, but then just as suddenly lost it as his voice changed (Uranus in the 3rd house highlighting sudden changes in his ambition (Mars). Rebuffed at his first choice, he undertook the self-study of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the second son of Johann Sebastian Bach, and a crucial composer in the transition phase between the Classical Style of his father and the Baroque period.
It was his tedious copying (Mars opposite Neptune conjunct Moon at the Midheaven) of Bach’s chords and forms — the traditional method of studying this brought brought him the attention of Italian composer and singing teacher Nicola Antonio Porpora, who invited him to his school, first as accompanist for voice lessons and as Haydn’s developed, compositions.
The natural ruler of the Third House is Gemini which does bestow musical gifts, being an air sign, and its ruler is in the 7th House, partnering with others, particularly men who are in the top of their profession.
From Porpora, Haydn was introduced to music-loving Austrian nobleman Karl Joseph von Fürnberg, who in turn brought him to the attention of Count Ferdinand Maximilian von Morzin. His job title under Morzin was Kapellmeister, musical director, and he led and developed the Count’s orchestra. Unfortunately, while von Morzin loved music he had little money and so he graciously recommended Haydn and troupe to the Prince Pál Antal Esterhazy (Hungary), the richest man in the Holy Roman Empire. Morzin was probably hoping for some sort of finders fee as well.
With Esterhazy’s backing,Haydn provided for his patron more than 150 compositions featuring the baryton, a cellolike instrument. Listen to it here on Youtube by musician Roland Hutchinson. Haydn also travelled with the family throughout the capitals of Europe, putting on performances of chamber music, and even operatic productions. it was a grueling job, but it seems Haydn relished it as it gave him access to his own orchestra to play his works.
The London Years
When Esterhazy died, Haydn was put on a pension and freed of his works, so he traveled to London and met Rebecca Scott Schroeter. With Saturn in the 7th House, this suggests a physical relationship for either an older woman or widow growing out of a mutual interest (Sun, Saturn and Mercury).
Despite their mutual affection, they could not marry as Haydn was married to Maria Anna Keller with whom he rarely lived, but as a devout Catholic would not consider divorcing (see Venus in the 9th house of Taurus suggesting the bonds to the Chuch triumphed all.)
In the end
Haydn returned to Vienna, homesick and took up teaching and pushing the musical envelope. When unable to compose, he prayed the rosary, claiming it gave him great inspiration and insight (Moon in the 10th). He died in 1803 in his beloved Vienna, fourteen years before Napoleon invaded.
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