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
Tsarevich Alexei was the only son of Tsar Nicholas & Empress Alexandra of Russia. His birth was announced by his father on August 12, 1904 as at 1:00 PM and heralded by a twenty-gun salute.¹ Marc Jones incorrectly states that the “Czarevitch Alexis Nikolaevich” was born at 12 noon.
His Ascendant, 10 Scorpio that falls in the twelfth house; Alexander the Great is said to have this degree as his Moon. Positively it is an affectionate but fickle aspect but most importantly denotes a change in fortune; President Lincoln had it for his Uranus.
His Jupiter is at 00 Taurus 07 , but if we follow Marc E. Jones rule that it did not have impetus to reach the 1 mark, then it falls back to Aries. This gives him a Cardinal Square to Neptune in Cancer in the eighth house, denoting his bleeding disease (hemophilia) was that quite active and almost unprovoked — it could start from the smallest physical transgressions.
Jupiter as the a planet of excessiveness is trine the Moon in Virgo at the midheaven but in the ninth house, we see that this caused the effect on his Mother, whose position in the Russian Monarchy became tenuous with her son so ill. The Moon in Virgo is in the ninth house of religion, encouraging Tsarina Alexandra to taken on a heightened sense of extreme religiosity, (via the Rasputin affair) to protect herself and him from their doubting eyes. But the Moon there also hints his bleeding may have been an overreaction because his health’s (Hygeia) importance to the succession of the Crown.
Here a Septile, there another
The Tsarevich has a septile at Uranus in the second house of ready resources or genetics to Saturn in the Third House of Family. Uranus 26 Sagittarius 11 Rx and intercepted, and shows how powerful the little boy’s health exerted on his month (trine the Moon). With Uranus in Sagitarrius a symbol of hemophilia or traveling blood i.e. the blood does not clot or pool in the kidneys but instead just runs, we see that whatever he demanded became a directive , scared that not listening to the boy tyrant he would start to bleed. And as Uranus is sextile Saturn 17 Aquarius 32 Rx, he was well aware of his position as boy-Tsar over his parents and their encourage (Saturn in its domicile in Aquarius opposition Leo in his conjunct Venus).
At the time since so little was known about the hemophiliac disease, it was not understood how to stop or control it. Also amazingly his sisters were not bleeders. Far from unusual, it is incredibly rare to be a female hemophiliac as they are the carriers of the gene; while the men are the sufferers. As none of his sister married, we do not know whether any of them were carriers, but chances are at least one was — that’s just the statistical norm, and in reality could have been quite different. The eldest, Olga, had the chance but did not want to leave Russia, an unfortunate decision, in retrospect. And of course Anastasia, was a hoax.
Then there’s the Yod
His Pluto that has a vigintile aspect to Neptune: the boy was precocious, perhaps intuitive, in understanding the manipulation of pain and fear — many of his ancestor had used it to control the populace. Smack in between the two is the asteroid Alexandra as though she is channeling his emotions in some type of hysterical frenzy. The Empress shows up throughout his chart, unfortunately.
Alexei’s Pluto is opposite the asteroid RUS for Russia (not shown but at Sagittarius 13 so scribble it in) in the intercepted first house making a point focus at his Mercury in the tenth at 16 Virgo. This aspect takes the form of hypochondria as passive control and with asteroid RUS is also inconjunct asteroid Demeter (again the mother Empress Alexandra, who seemed to have had a morbid obsession with death that she neurotically ciphered to her children) sextile Alexei’s Mercury. In short, mother and child are too close for comfort each using the other for the own plans..
Finally we get to the yod. Made up of the Asteroid Moscow at 18 Cancer conjunct the Fixed Star Capella (the head) and Bellatrix. Capella is a good star, Jean Harlow had it too, but Bellatrix (Latin for female warrior) hanging onto the right shoulder, offsets that. It portends a painful death, something both Alexei and Harlow did share. Its next point is the North Node at 18 Virgo 41, also Count Leo Tolstoy’s Sun degree suggesting a good memory — the boy knew and remembered his best antics and saved them for the right time.
The third point is the singleton in the third house, Alexei’s Saturn at 17.3 that has the meaning of “isolation”. Helena Blavatsky who shares this day with the Tsarevich also has this degree, but with Jupiter. It is not hard to imagine being the only boy and getting special tutors and then sickly Alexei Nikolaevich would have been isolated from his sisters shown far away on the sixth house cusp at Jupiter Taurus 01. Outside of a Septile to his Pluto, the four girls are quintile to his Saturn, suggesting more of their catering to him as a superior figure, and future head of All of the Russias, than an equal footing amongst siblings.
Not all Bad
Before readers get the idea that everything was horrible for the Tsarevich, let us remember are just dealing with his septiles. If we look at the many positive aspects in his chart like noviles, deciles and such, we see that he had a phenomenal memory, was a good student and an keen mind. To blame him and his mother the Empress for the downfall of the Tsarist regime would also be incorrect; many of those seeds were placed by forces outside of the country who wanted to bring the regime down for their own purposes; they unfortunately were at the wrong place at the wrong time,in the end is the real lesson of septiles: being out of trend with larger dynamic forces.
D.M. Potts, Queen Victoria’s Gene: Haemophilia and the Royal Family. c. 1999. London: Sutton Press.
Marc Edmund Jones has the Tsarevich listed as #24 in his 1000 Nativities in the book the Sabian Symbols in Astrology, c. 1953. but with the incorrect time of 12 noon.
Sir Richard Francis Burton is renown for the being the first European to penetrate Arabian culture in the 19th century so thoroughly that he was able to write sixteen volumes of their stories and folktales in The Arabian Nights. His books are here on Gutenberg.org. Click here to download sir-Richard-burton’s chart
Dr. Marc Edmund Jones was also enthralled by Burton’s writings and condensed them for his readers in a series of lesson sets that he called the 1001 Nights. A full list of his condensed notes here. The Sabian Assembly is in progress of republishing them for public
“The Scorpio ascendant does not spare pains with himself, and as a rule he cares nothing for the sensitiveness of others.
He expects everyone to be as strong as he is himself He is in fact a somewhat dangerous associate, for his magnetism is so great that those who are working with him are insensibly drawn to emulate his vigourous energy, and they are extremely likely to overstrain themselves and collapse. Scorpio, within his own limitations, is a great master of organization.
He is intensely thorough in his preparation, and his foresight is marvellous. In fact, it is one of the drawbacks to the immediate success of the very best types of this sign that they possess an idea so big that it is generally impossible of realization within the compass of a lifetime.
We find them building for posterity, and perhaps suffering intensely in consequence of their absolute refusal to swerve from their appointed path in order to deal with temporary exigencies.
Sir Richard Francis Burton was a British soldier, explorer, author, and translator. He was born in Torquay, Devonshire, England, March 19, 1821 in Torquay, England. Both Crowley and Jones have his nativity in their books, though with slightly different times; Crowley renders Burton at 06 Scorpio and Jones at 08 Scorpio. The latter used Alan Leo’s 1001 Nativities for his data, so we giving Leo-Jones the nod.
The Burton MAP
The most noticeable thing about Burton’s astrological chart is everything is in the Northern hemisphere (bottom part of the chart) telling us that he was very much an “undercover man.” His Moon handle is in the Eleventh House at 12 Libra suggesting he could adapt to the crowd. In the Hyperion Symbols, a modern universalist look at the Symbols, suggests that this degree is “the substance of human culture” hearkening backward to see the cultural value in all of man’s existence. G. K. McClung gives this the symbol of “The Moon of Leto, Apollo’s mother.”
In Greek Mythology, Leto is is a daughter of the Titan pair Coeus and Phoebe; her sister is Asteria, who becomes with time, the personification of justice. The family comes from the island of Kos. In Roman Mythology, Leto was then renamed as Latona & her family the Titanides. In both myths Leto/Latona is a bride of Zeus/Jupiter and mother of the twins Apollo and Artemis/Minerva. Her iconography suggests that Leto was a goddess of modesty and perhaps also of the night, both of which fit Sir Burton’s moon perfectly, as he did most of his work in full sheik’s costume complete with the ghutrah — cloaking himself and a good ability to tan well would have assisted in the masquerade.
Of course, the real issue would be the language, and here, Burton was helped by a stellium in the creative languages of the fifth house in Pisces, spilling over into the sixth with Mercury & Saturn and suggesting that he had a true talent in straddling both formal and informal social structure and a great instincts. All of which would have been necessary in an incredible gamble.
His Mercury via a translation of light to neighboring Saturn at 15 Aries, is opposite his Moon in Libra & highlights his ability to get into the “rhythm” of his work and lose his identity in it. Others with this aspect are actress Bette Davis, Alan Leo (both of them with their Sun) and the adorable multi-talented Shirley Temple (her Venus). The comparison of Ruffian Dick’s adventures with acting is not without merit.
A lot of water in the Araby desert
Sir Richard has little elemental air in his chart, so he truly did not “translate” as much as “transcribe” the stories and tales he heard. (Neptune in the third house of communications and letters) He wrote in the papers at the times, that he felt he was capturing (his Midheaven is at 18 Leo that is often as E. C. Matthews writes, the sign of the writer) a world that time forgot.
Sir Richard does not a major aspect for his Line of Vitality, as they are inconjunct. Marc Edmund Jones writes that this suggests “neither a direct emphasis on action” nor an awareness of their potential implying that his own ego is subordinate to his life’s work. That would make sense how he operated undercover as an Arabian sheik, not as a British soldier.
His Line of Personality, the aspect between Jupiter and Saturn, are conjunct, suggesting a life through his own physical abilities, and making Sir Richard, exceptionally aware of his experiences.
The Line of Efficiency, the aspect between Mars and Venus is also conjunct. Marc Edmund Jones in his “Guide to Horoscope Interpretation” says that the steel magnate Andrew Carnegie and the fantasy writer cum mathematician, Lewis Carroll, also had this aspect. It suggests a high degree of concentrated insight into their work.
The final Line of Culture, that aspect between Uranus and Pluto, is also conjunct, like songwriter Stephen Foster, and suggests in both cases, an ability to lose one’s self and cultural identity. That would definitely be Sir Richard’s case.
Hyperion Symbols, Gavin K. McClung, 2012, Infinity Publishing. Available here.
Degrees of the Zodiac Analyzed, E. C. Matthews, 1947, Fixed Star Press. Available here.
Leo, Alan, 1001 Notable Nativities, London, England c. 1926.
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.
Bahá’ís have some of the most beautiful gardens on their grounds outside of an arboretum, part of their belief of creating a heaven on earth. The featured shot is of their grounds in Haifa, Israel.
The Baha’s faith
Their faith includes many notable messengers like Moses & Abraham of Genesis, Krishna, Zoroaster, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, and of course the Bab (the founder the Babaism philosophy), Abdul Bahá, his father Baha’u’llah A(who took over Babaism and created the theology of Bahaism). They are Unitarians, for like the Jews & Moslems, believe in only one divine God. Click here for their site in the USA; they are worldwide.
Abdul Bahá’s Chart
This chart is #1 of 1000 charts in Marc Edmund Jones book, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology. Checking various sites, this seems to be generally accepted chart for whom Baha’is called the Master¹; Astro.com cites Dane Rudhyar, a good friend of Dr. Jones & a noted astrologer in his own right, for veracity. The New York Times archives, while it does not give the time, does agree with the date.²
Dr. Jones used mainly the Placidian house method, so when recreating his charts, we will do likewise and note any discrepancies between our chart and Dr. Jones. For Abdul-Bahá there are none.
A Classic Bowl
Baha is a Southern Hemisphere Bowl temperament type and fits the ideal of having all ten planets within 180 degrees or the half circle of the wheel & there are no gaps between the planets greater than a sextile straight — there are no orbs allowed. Note for the Abdul Bahá chart the somewhat empty Third house that has the Sun right at the cusp making for a 38 degree gap.
Often Bowls have a “rim opposition” as Dr. Jones termed it; Bahá has that between the Moon at 02.30 Leo in the Sixth and Saturn at Aquarius 07.17 in the Twelfth, that is also his “cutting planet” & Focal Determinator as it starts the parade of planets.
Bahá’s cutter is in the Twelfth, making him a highly self-contained individual in control of his own destiny and with the Bowl in the Southern Hemisphere, he is willing to share his experiences and knowledge with others. Alas, with Saturn leading and found in quiet dignity of Ruler of its own house, this made him very sensitive to his overall situation, but being leader of the Baha’i Faith, and was always foremost in his mind.
The square between Saturn and the Sun, shows the strong affect that the Bahaull’ah exerted on him throughout life, and his inability to show much of his own personality but instead having always to obey and regard his father’s.
The rim opposition though did help with that and the burden of being the religious leader, as Dr. Jones writes, it made him stand up and not buckle though the weight of the whole world bore upon him. Bahá whatever questions he had, held fast and did not buckle under duress or demure from his destiny — North Node and Part of Fortune in the Tenth House, sextile again Saturn.
His Ascendant, A watchdog standing guard, supports his Bowl. At Aquarius 17 the Keyword is Probity, or the need to search for truth almost obsessionally or religiously, in his case. Dr. Jones writes that this gives him a “spirit that stimulates the highest response from all.”
Bahá’s North Node at 14.43 Sagittarius is the “Ground hog looking for its shadow,” with the Keyword of Reassurance and giving him the gift of recognizing any and every opportunity that appears., explaining his travels from Tehran where he was born, to America and finally to the Holy Land using his Resources wisely (Saturn is sextile the Second House.)
He was a major proponent of President Woodrow Wilson’s League of Nations. Bahá died November 30, 1921 in Haifa, Israel. Click to read the Obit of the Bahá from the New York Times.
We do not know what time that occurred, so I choose morning as that is when most deaths occur. If you are interested you do can do a comparison between the two. Post your discoveries, we would love to see them. Thanks.