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Astrologer Evangeline Adams has this as her  first chart in her 1927 book, “A Place in the Stars.”  Aleister Crowley who helped edit the book  also has it in his Compleat Works.    It is for an unknown woman whom they give the epithet, “Congenital Idiot” i.e. someone who was born with developmental, but not necessarily a hereditary, mentally disabling disease.

We rectifed this chart from an Ascendant of  #5 Libra to Libra #1 or the Sabian Symbol a person frozen in time like a butterfly with a single dart – the image seems fitting. Our house system is different from them as well; we use Morinus while they the ever popular Placidus.  No matter, either way she s a Bowl Temperament Type with all her planets in the Southern or upper hemisphere of her chart giving her a public persona despite her private personal life.

Download Miss CI’s chart.

                      What we know about her

Miss CI was born September 1st, 1880 in London, England.  Neither Adams nor Crowley make any comments about her family background, but her Arabian Parts suggest that she came from a wealthy family with possible Royal Connections (Juno is conjunct the part of Royalty).  That the family had money makes sense as it is doubtful that a poor miscreant would have gotten good care, and thus be brought to their notice.

Astrologically, she has a multitude of earth planets in her chart — six are located in Virgo alone and those are in the twelfth house of confinement. Two more are found trine them in the eighth house in Taurus, thus she has a Sabian preponderance of earth signs — one of the six is Venus in the house of her fall, Virgo, thus casting a cold pall upon our gal, and making her emotions stifled; she would be hard pressed even without her developmental problems to show great warmth as her natural emotional proclivity is be reserved and standoffish.

What’s her line?

Venus is also part of the Line of Efficiency that Marc Jones re-termed the Ptolemaic planetary pairing of Mars and Venus, and here so closely conjunct (less than a four degree orb) highlights her outward demeanour being so at variance with her inner turmoil.

 Like the Alice in Wonderland writer, Lewis Carrol,whom Marc Jones wrote profusely about,  her Line of Efficiency depicts the fundamental adjustments she had to make within her world around her.  Conjunct, it is conjunct suggests that she does not but prefers to remain alone and insular; complete and unto herself as well “little discrimination in petty things” –her intense reaction against things in her environment being changed or moved.

Her  conjunct Line of Vitality and the other planetary pairs that Dr. Jones created as a shorthand to understand how a person inter-reacts with themselves, their environment & their outer world show that she puts a lot of value on how she acts and reacts to the world; she is aware of it whether or not she can capably interact with it.

The Line of Culture, oddly named in this case, but actually referring to how a person reacts to their times and the milieu in which they live is trine.  Helen Keller, born deaf and blind, also has this aspect, suggesting a total communicative independence in both their cases from their environment.  How these ladies converse and interact with others and their environs is their own devising. Thus both our gal and Miss Keller, did not bond with the outside world but instead developed their own language that their parents did not understand.  For Miss Keller, it was not until Miss Sullivan came along and helped her, was she able to communicate with anyone outside of herself; our gal was not so lucky.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Miss C.I. also has Saturn and Jupiter conjunct in Aries in her seventh house, which Marc Edmund Jones calls the Line of Personality. 1 He writes that this gives a person an “outsized” consequence to their life.

And so it has been.


  1.  Jones, Marc Edmund.   The Guide to Horoscope Interpretation.   pg.140.


  • Crowley, Aleister. “The General Principles of Astrology” The General Principles of Astrology: Evangeline Adams, Aleister Crowley, Hymenaeus Beta, ISBN: 9780877289081
  • Jones, Marc Edmund. The Sabian symbols in Astrology. Stanwood, WA: Sabian Pub. Society, 1955.
  •  Jones, Marc. Edmund. The Guide to Horoscope Interpretation.  Philadelphia: David MacKay Publishing, 1941.


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The Fairy Tale:

“Bluebeard” (French: Barbe Bleue) is a French folktale, it’s origin is unknown. The most famous version of Bluebeard was written by Charles Perrault and first published by Barbin Press of n 1697 in “Histoires ou contes du temps passé.” You can read the 1895 version  here on Gutenberg. The French fairy tales preced the German Grimm Brothers stories by several centuries.

The story tells of a wealthy and ugly man who sets up bizarre conditions for his wives around one particular room in his chateau (castle). He tells her that she can open any door in the house with them, which each contain his riches, except for an underground chamber that he strictly forbids her to enter lest she suffers his wrath.

 He then goes away and leaves the house and the keys in her hands. She invites her sister, Anne, and her friends and cousins over for a party. However, she is eventually overcome with the desire to see what the forbidden room holds; and she sneaks away from the party and ventures into the room.

 She immediately discovers the room is filled with blood and the murdered corpses of Bluebeard’s former wives hung on hooks from the walls. Horrified, she drops the key into a pool of blood, picks it up squeamishly and flees. Back in her rooms, she tries to wash the blood from the key, but the key is magical and the blood cannot be removed. Her husband will know that she knows his secret and end up like the rest but forewarned is forearmed and she plans her defense…

 Bluebeard and the Black Widow

Whenever there is a man who has a long list of wives that all died suddenly and he inherits it all, he is called a Bluebeard. If it is a woman, she is called The Black Widow, because female spiders kill and then eats her mate during sex the majority of the time.

Landru’s two chateaux are about 5 1/2 hours away by horse and carriage.  Paris is at the lower right in Royal Purple.



Henri Landru got this epithet of Bluebeard because he had ten fiancees that all mysteriously disappeared. Three were later found After sifting all of the cinders and the rubbish at his villas at Gamboise and Vernouillet, that are near each other (see the map above).  Examining the bones  doctors were able to piece together fragments and teeth which show that at least three human bodies burned wherein,  were these women.

Unlike the original Bluebeard, Landru chose his victims by several criteria. First, they would not be easily missed. And two, and this was the key point, they had very large insurance policies, that in his charm and savoir-faire he got to sign over to him or one of his accomplices; they then split the money. Once that feat was accomplished, Monsieur Landru invited them one day to luncheon at one of his villas and gave them a dish of morels from his garden, followed by a lovely cocktail carefully mixed with a culture of typhoid germs. In four cases, he succeeded in drawing for himself or his accomplice’s exceedingly large sums of francs. The insurance company got suspicious.

In 1912, Monsieur Landru’ s friend, Duroux insured himself for 20,000 francs in Landru’ s favor.  This was far too tantalizing for Landru and shortly thereafter Landru invited his best friend Duroux to a mushroom dinner and knockout cocktail. Amazingly Duroux was impervious to the drink and lived!  Unrebuffed, Landru invited him back for another repast – this one did the trick, but the attending physician was now suspicious. He could not figure out the culprit, though he knew he was poisoned and was forced to let the issue go. Years later, the doctor testified against Landru.


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Obit of Landru’s attorney from Nov 1956,  mentioning the famous case.


Nine years later they apprehended Landru they found his journal full of Invited X for morels, and a whole library filled with the studies of mushrooms, the published manuscripts of Louis Pasteur & medical books. Oh, and yes, tubes of typhoid bacilli.

Bluebeard Landru’s Maplandru map

Monsieur Landru is a bucket with a Saturn handle that just coincidentally falls in the eighth house of death and legacies, at 16+ in Sagittarius with the symbol of “seagulls watching a ship,” implying his ability to exploit another’s largesse. See the chart above that shows this layout.

Saturn’s own house happens to be the tenth where his midheaven falls at 15.50 Capricorn suggesting “boys and girls in gym suits” depicting Landru’s ability to unite many disparate people into his cause. That midheaven is sextile to a massive fire stellium in the twelfth house which is intercepted.

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Both yod’s have midpoints at Asteroid points.  The red is at Zeus suggesting Landru’s ability to research thoroughly for his work; and the one in blue at Apollon, this time telling us that his need to perfect and test his craft was insatiable:  hence his murder of his friend Doroux.

Intercepted signs are found between the cups of two house but most importantly, not on either of them. On Landru’s chart, Pisces is the sign of the twelfth house and Taurus is the sign of the first, but Aries is not shown on the cusps at all. On the chart shown, instead Aries is shown on the lines going from Pisces to Taurus, implying that it is intercepted.

Planets in intercepted signs have more importance than usual upon the affairs of the house in which they are found, so this stellium trine his Saturn handle, conjunct his ascendant, square his Uranus in Cancer and inconjunct his Mars in Leo, literally influences every aspect of Landru’s map. But interceptions make the sign hidden, so their influence while pervasive, is subtle, and it’s that elusive quality that causes so much trouble because it wants to get out of the shadows and shine.

1Bluebeard-.pngFor Landru, this is particularly rough, as within the insidious Arian group lies a Sun and Moon conjunction that is imprisoned, so his Line of Vitality is strangled. The group though searches for a way to manifest itself and show its creativity (trine Mars 16.02 Leo fifth house) and it is only through the Line of Personality in a trine aspect between the enthusiastic idealism of Jupiter & the cruel tenaciousness of Saturn in the eighth that it strikes out.

His Line of Efficiency is another venue to the outer chart. This time with hidden Venus to the manifestation of a creative and forced force inconjunct the Midheaven. Mars thus, has really nothing in the chart to inhibit or mollify it, and so its square to the Saturn handle has incredible power, and here in Leo, unleashes it animalistic impulses freely.

 In the end

Monsieur Landru was tried and found guilty of his crimes. He did have one lady friend who stood in his defense and said he was the nicest and kindest of men, but alas she was poor, and so ignored. He was guillotined on 25 February 1922.C’est la Vie

You can read the full obituary for Monsieur Landru here.98990039

We start off our grand parade with Prince Albert Edward Victor (Eddy), the eldest son of the eldest son of Queen Victoria, and thus the Prince of Wales heir apparent. He, as the heading shows, is #16 in the Jones 1000 that can be found in toto at the end of Marc Edmund Jones’s book, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology.

During Eddy’s life, there were a lot of rumors about his wayward lifestyle and whether or not he was the notorious Jack the Ripper. Royal records, of course, place him outside of London during the first of the murders, and his early death, coincided more or less, with their abrupt halt. We will explore in this astrological essay if there is any validity to that claim.

Frogmore Castle. Eddy was the first Royal to be born here. The Mausoleum of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert also stands on the west side of the gardens at Frogmore House, chosen by the Queen after her beloved Albert reposed.


Prince Albert Victor was the first born son of Albert Edward (known as Bertie), Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) and Princess Alexandra (called Alix) formally Alexandra Caroline Marie Charlotte Louise Julia of Denmark. Eddy,  as he was familiarly called,  was born at Frogmore House  on 8th January 1864 at 8:58 PM , two months premature, weighing less than four pounds at birth. Grandmother Queen Victoria named him Albert Victor Christian Edward and he was christened, as was the custom, 40 days later in the private chapel of Buckingham Palace on Thursday, 10th March 1864.

His Royal Grandmother’s indulgent hand was all over his rearing. She chose the Reverend Neal for the education of both grandsons but the tutor found Albert Victor’s interest in his studies lacking.  That  may have been somewhat attributed to his inherited deafness, that ran on his mother’s side, but we do not know how much his hearing impacted him.


Every zodiacal sign rules a part of the body and Taurus rules the neck and throat, and thus essentially the second house rules the neck too. But in the Prince’s chart, Taurus appears in the ninth house suggesting that “hearing” effected his studies, as traditionally no universities used textbooks — school attendance was just a series of lectures or as the British call it “readings” and students were expected to take good notes. That scenario would make Eddy dismissive of his teachers — oral transmission does not work if they student cannot hear it and prior to Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller lip reading was unknown. Both Cambridge and Oxford still refer to their professors as “readers.”

Saturn rules ossification and in Taurus’s essential domain, but here in the Prince’s chart has Libra or the balance between the physical self and spoken word (Libra is ruled by Venus like Taurus). If all of this does not make you think twice about the connect, his mother, Queen Alix, spent a large part of her life alone & “stone” deaf.

 Birth data for Prince of Wales Albert Victor per Alan Leo. Solar Fire does the charting here.

Prince George, as the second son following the Royal tradition, set off for a career in the military, but  the Crown Prince accompanied him aboard the Royal Navy’s training ship, HMS Britannia and together they sailed around the world. These travels (Sagittarius) are shown by the Mars in his watery 4th house opposite the sign of brotherly love in the 10th house in the sign of the twins, Gemini.

The Cambridge years

Upon returning to England  Albert Victor enrolled at Cambridge, but the second time fared no better than the first & he as he was a regular bon vivant at University and scoffed at the lessons.  He probably was not very different than most of his fellow upperclassmen shrugging off school & trusting to primogeniture (Jupiter in Scorpio) but his tutoring coach said that he was unsure if whether the Prince had any understanding of complex thought.² Perhaps the same was same of his father in his day, who despised Cambridge and wanted a military life — of course his mother the Queen would not have allowed that either.

 Chart highlights

Alan Leo, Aleister Crowley and Marc Edmund Jones (#16 ) have the exact same map data for the Prince. Mr. Leo’s is the oldest of the three books, so we are crediting him with the find, but a search through the pages of the London Times, shows that he snatched the particulars from there. Still, Leo’s 1001 nativities were de rigeur for 50 years among astrologers.  Everyone on both sides of the Atlantic subscribed to this publication, much like they did Raphael’s ephemeris,  until it was finally closed with the advent of Great Britain entering World War II  — a dozen years after Leo himself had reposed.

ith a preponderance of northern planets ( below the horizon)   and the current addition of Uranus and Pluto above, we have the foresight to know that Eddy was a locomotive temperament type, who like his father did what he wanted and enjoyed the raucous. But during his life, none of those planets were known, and he would be a Splash. Should we go with the future knowledge of what will come or stay with what was? Further charts will unveil that we assume. Jupiter is in his 3rd house, so Eddy had the gift of proverbial silver tongue, and was  an elegant dresser and a ladies man.

During his life,  the London papers, no better then than now, reported that the Prince was an unsavory fellow, lazy and bisexual, who attended lots of brothels often going out with his brother George, with whom it was said he shared a whore.  A manuscript of that era, claims he married an Irish Roman Catholic girl — hence the connection to Mary Kelley one of the Ripper’s victims — who worked in a shop opposite the brothel that Jack the Ripper frequented and they had a child named Alice Margaret. From these tidbits, came the rumours that he was Jack the Ripper.³

 Who marries who?

Looking at this chart, the only torture we see is Eddy marrying the very plain Mary of Teck whom it does not care much about. Another problem with Eddy being Jack the Ripper is typically murderers have a strong Mars-Pluto axis and an extreme amount of strong oppositions — several from planet outward. See the Russian murderer Picushkin as a counterpoint.

His Neptune in the 8th shows how he was obligated to marry whomever the family chose, but that he fantasized otherwise. Originally the family first choice was his cousin Alexandra Victoria Helena Louise Beatrice, (Empress Alexandra of Russia) but Queen Victoria’s sister Elisabeth, married to Tsarevitch Nicholas’s uncle Sergei,  was appalled. She did not like the Duke of Clarence, repelled perhaps by the Fixed Star Sabik conjunct his Mars (typical in homosexual charts) and his attitude towards women.

Elizabeth was resolute that they should pick the meek Mary of Teck as Alix was a Royal family favorite. That worked out well as well for England: Alexandra married Nicholas Romanov and the British was spared the Russian haemophilia . 4  Alix unfortunately was problematic with the Russian populace for other reasons as well and whether she would have worked out for England is hard to say considering she and Nicholas were madly in love.   Mary supposedly more obliging, but history did not confirm that rumour, so from the personality aspect it was probably a wash.

There is no free choice for those in the line of royal ascension. Courtship the recent case of Katherine and William there was a long drawn out affair of many years compared to his brother Harry’s whirlwind romance, so both partners one could only hope for the best.

Mary, represented by forceful Aries,  was more the free spirit than he was and which proved to be the case as she married his brother, the future King George IV,  after he, her first assignee, died.  Her cold forceful demeanor that drove Eddy to fantasy, fared better with George  though even as queen, the comment was she was a selfish narcissist that cared little for others.  Perhaps it did not matter who she married; she was just a poor choice.

The friction in Eddy’s and Mary’s relationship is highlighted by the Arian lord Mars in the 4th house opposite Uranus in the 10th of personal honor and royal noblesse, that highlights her domineering tendencies against his free-wheeling spirit. Yet to some degree, it would seem that Mary lived vicariously through his exploits and enjoyed them while the more dutiful George bored her.

True to his Sun at  18 Capricorn in the fifth house, he was convivial & fond of amusements. His Mars opposite the Arabian Part of Fatality hints at virulent influenza epidemic that would take his life, and with two strong planets, Mars and the generational planet  Uranus,  in tow, influenza’s lethalness, and idiosyncrasy — striking some and not others — was hovering overhead.

 Vitality and Fatality

 Prince Albert Victor has only one conjunction that of his Sun to his Moon, which Marc Edmund Jones calls the Line of Vitality.    A lack of conjunctions is the hallmark of the  “Splash” temperament type with its inherent tendency towards prodigality, but we have found secular humanist bowls with no conjunctions too.

Since the the north-south hemispheres are unevenly distributed with his planets heavily biased towards the south, this  intensifies his suspicious, non-social disposition, making him good in group situations because he can play off others, but not so keen one on one where his foibles are easily noticed and thus making him ill at ease.

Around Eddy’s demise, Regulus is hidden in the twelfth. Disruptive Uranus is in tenth of career aspirations, and conjunct both Al Hecka & Betelgeuse, martial bliss and opposite the Galactic Center, making a strong pull towards the end. Having looked at many stars on this day, he really had none that were favorable suggesting that the odds were against him in this fight (Bellatrix conjunct the Midheaven).

Jones writes that the Line of Vitality bestows good health regardless of its essential dignities — its an odd statement for him as he strongly endorses their use. Alan Leo, though, begs to differ because the Moon is in its detriment residing in Capricorn. That does not seem quite right either as Eddy had no ailments until pneumonia (see the Sun note below). Traditionally though, the Moon in Capricorn, highlights a poor relationship between mother and child and for Eddy perhaps Grandmother Victoria’s meddling did cause that as mother Alexandra was particularly upset about her son’s death.

Using Arabian Parts, neither Leo nor Jones did — see that the Moon-Sun conjunction is quincunx the Arabian Part of Fatality (highlighted on the map in a red box right next to the midheaven).OTOH, the Line of Vitality is strengthened by his fifth house Sun making him a flashy dresser and a charismatic charmer.

The other planetary pair that the Prince has is the Line of Personality, as Saturn (2nd house) and Jupiter (3rd) are semi-sextile.  Marc Edmund Jones writes that this gives a “strange and inexorable fatality of action” to the native’s life.  Jones illustrates this aspect with President Theodore Roosevelt’s chart showing his need to have a constant momentum in his life but it was true for the Prince also who toured the world with his brother and the Royal Navy.


The Prince has a cardinal mutable natural disposition as the only opposition in his chart is in mutable signs (Sagittarius 17 and Gemini 03) that are essentially cardinal houses. This aspect is another indication of him being a real libertine  and the life of the party.

  Hyperion Symbols

vintage lithography of Ectaban, Persia (now Iran)

The Prince’s ascendant is 10 Virgo and is the “Lord of the Horoscope.”  In the Hyperion symbols this is a “Round stone hidden within another” hinting towards his close friendship with his younger brother, George and the latter’s eventual triumph as king. It’s ruler is Mercury,  found right on the 6th house cusp of servants and toil at  6 Aquarius 55 , or “two rivers converging at the water gap.” It’s keyword is “Agreement.” The prince did find schooling irksome and his tendency to rank-drop, hang out with the servants in what seemed like an embrace of universality, was really his way of fitting in with people he was far more comfortable, and unschooled.

Mercury in Aquarius is a place where conventional or traditional educational methods are favored. It is more experimental than scholarly here — the American inventor Thomas Alva Edison also has his Mercury there. This position explains  the Prince’s diffident nature towards education and the comments by his schoolmasters.  As Ascendant is inconjunt his own Mercury at 04 Sagittarius and gets the images of “A shadow of the City of Ecbatan at dawn”, alluding to the King  he may have been.

On January 9th, the Duke of Clarence, who was spending the Christmas holidays with his parents at Sandringham, got attacked with a bout of influenza.  He had caught cold at the funeral of his cousin Admiral HSH Prince Victor Ferdinand Franz Eugen Gustaf Adolf Constantin Friedrich of Hohenlohe-Langenburg GCB, the son of Queen Victoria’s half sister,  during the Christmas holidays.

That cold, true to the Star Al Hecka 4 the fiery Martial star in Gemini, portends of inflammation in the lungs when conjunct Uranus it becomes erratic — hitting one member and yet not another, and that happened here. While others received a minor brush, the Prince’s bout turned to pneumonia  but without penicillin, yet to be invented by Sir Fleming for another fifty years, it was always fatal.


Prince Albert Victor died shortly after his 28th birthday on  January 14, 1892, within a week of the day on which the news of his illness had first been released.  His mother never fully recovered, it was said at the time, that there was an extremely strong filial and maternal link between them. In true Victorian morbidness, she continued to keep his room at Sandringham undisturbed the rest of her life.

Albert Victor was buried at the Albert Memorial Chapel at Windsor Castle. The despondent Princess May laid her bridal wreath of sweet smelling orange blossoms upon the coffin in a touching tribute, perhaps echoing the “fields of rich red clover” found at his midheaven at Gemini 02.

His tomb, featured a recumbent effigy of the Prince in a Hussar, his military brigade,  uniform. The statuary is a magnificent example of Art Nouveau sculpture.  Pictures are here. After a suitable period of mourning, the Princess, with that beneficent Sun in her third house of brothers, and the continued the goodwill of her relatives, married the new heir apparent, Prince George, later to become King George V.  This couple are the grandparents of the current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

 Prince’s Death Notice from Alan Leo’s The Astrologer Magazine.

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Virgo 10 Ascendant notables:

Prince Albert Victor shares an Ascendant with singers Tony Martin and Rod Stewart,  painter Amedeo Modigliani (died at 36 from tubercular meningitis),  comedians Peter Sellers, who started off as a mime, and Patty Duke, who played twin cousins in The Patty Duke Show.


  1. In Alan Leo’s “1001 Nativities” 4th ed., the chart is #04.
    1. In Crowley’s book  General Principles of Astrology c. 1927 originally co-written with Miss Evangeline Adams , the horoscope is Chart #8. pg. 602.
    2. In Marc Edmund Jones “The Sabian Symbols” c. 1953 the chart is #16
  2. op cit Crowley.
  3. D.M. Potts, “Queen Victoria’s Gene: haemophilia and the royal family” c.1999. London: Sutton Publishing. It is available here in paperback.
  4. Al Hecka  is unfavorable for one’s career & tells of parental disharmony that had to be the case with Eddy’s antics always in the London Daily News.  The fixed star portends sudden death from air borne mechanisms, like a virus, because according to Ptolemy it takes on the poignancy of a Mars attack.


You, Andrew Marvell

And here face down beneath the sun
And here upon earth’s noonward height
To feel the always coming on
The always rising of the night:

To feel creep up the curving east
The earthy chill of dusk and slow
Upon those under lands the vast
And ever climbing shadow grow

And strange at Ecbatan the trees
Take leaf by leaf the evening strange
The flooding dark about their knees
The mountains over Persia change

And now at Kermanshah the gate
Dark empty and the withered grass
And through the twilight now the late
Few travelers in the westward pass

And Baghdad darken and the bridge
Across the silent river gone
And through Arabia the edge
Of evening widen and steal on

And deepen on Palmyra’s street
The wheel rut in the ruined stone
And Lebanon fade out and Crete
High through the clouds and overblown

And over Sicily the air
Still flashing with the landward gulls
And loom and slowly disappear
The sails above the shadowy hulls

And Spain go under and the shore
Of Africa the gilded sand
And evening vanish and no more
The low pale light across that land

Nor now the long light on the sea:

And here face downward in the sun
To feel how swift how secretly
The shadow of the night comes on …

We constantly vet our essays for grammar, typos and factual errors and WordPress editor mishaps. This one was revised on December 21, 2019.

Our featured photo is of her and Cesare Romano in “The Devil is a Woman” directed by Josef von Sternberg. It was her favorite film because it made her look “beautiful.”  You can watch it here and see if you agree.

Marlene Dietrich, a German femme fatale, is also a mutable hourglass. Like Joseph Haydn, she has a Virgo Ascendant, but her hourglass runs totally contrary to his.  While he has a singleton in the third quadrant of spirituality; she has nothing.  She was a professed atheist though born and raised Roman Catholic.  Where Haydn has plenty of planets in the first quadrant of intellectual endeavour, Ms. Dietrich is empty.

The bottom of her hourglass ends right on the the cusp of her Seventh House of Aquarius, with Venus standing tall.  Perhaps this gives added weight to her comment, supported by her daughter,  that she was bisexual.   This would not be notable except its part of the cutting pair (hourglasses are like scissors with two blades) and the only planet in the third quadrant.  The bottom part of the blade is Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, in the fourth house of home affairs.

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Maria Elisabeth Sieber Riva, Dietrich’s daughter

  • “As a child I thought my name was ‘Maria The-Daughter-Of’.”
  • I think I wanted to be a teacher, or something important. My mother didn’t force me into anything.
  • Most of my dear friends came from my mother’s lovers. I had a lot of strange fathers; some of them were women, some of them were men.

She married director Rudolf Sieber in 1923 and they had an open relationship, allowing each other lovers. With him, she had her one and only child  Maria Elisabeth who was also born in Berlin on December 13, 1924.  Miss Sieber was known professionally as Maria Riva.

Download her chart here: Marlena Dietrich,

Her planetary emphasis runs towards creativity and self-expression that she nurtured incessantly, almost narcissistically, reading her daughter’s accounts.  As a singer and actress, she went on USO tours during World War II and raised War Bonds.  In 1992 when she was 92 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for those efforts.

Pluto on the cusp of Gemini and Taurus bestowed her a smoky  voice and a curvaceous figure. Her Neptune (29.56 in mutable Gemini)  suggests she took great pains in protecting her assets and for her traveling was just a matter of course (those many planets in Sagittarius).

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marlene_dietrich c 1943

Her Line of Personality is conjunct (Saturn Jupiter  in Capricorn) making her someone who was very much part of her times (1930s-1940s Hollywood) and a wise investor — she was known to be penurious and left her daughter a fortune.  Her Line of Vitality also conjunct,  bestowed a long life.  She has no major aspect to either to her Lines of Efficiency, definitely not her thing as Marc Jones writes “that these people are not concerned with daily details”, which is probably true as she had people for that;  nor does she have a Line of Culture, that Jones later re-termed Social Significance because they are outer planets.  For this lack, he writes, this is a person not particularly concerned with the socioeconomic troubles of their fellow man.


Marlene Dietrich’s natal chart progressed to her date of death.


The Times Obit…

“Marlene Dietrich is a professional,” Alfred Hitchcock once said. “She’s a professional actress, a professional wardrober, a professional lighting technician. . . .” Hitchcock knew his subject well, having directed her in “Stage Fright” (1950), in which she introduced one of her favorite cabaret songs, “The Laziest Girl in Town.” Dietrich was a professional just-about-everything because of her many planets from the sixth to the eighth house in the area of work, opportunities and legacy, she wanted to make sure evveryone was doing their best to ensure hers.



According to one of her associates, at least part of the reason for her dazzling figure was a tip-to-toe flesh-colored body-stocking with the tensile strength of steel. Artifice was her fine art shown by transpluto in the sixth ; she took no chances.




Photos: Dietrich in “The Devil Is a Woman” (1935) — The keeper of her own flame. (Photographs by Movie Still Archives); Dietrich in Paris during the 1940’s.

PS.  At her time of death, her progressed Saturn, Father Time, was trine her natal Midheaven.  Her progressed Ceres was conjunct it and the Nodes were activated to the Ascendant.




   Learning about              Bob


Robert Leo Hulseman was born on April 5, 1932, in Chicago. His father, Leo, founded Solo Cup in 1936; his mother was a singer who went by the name Dora Hall. As a teenager, he contracted polio, that affected the left side of his body and caused one leg to be shorter than the other, this was corrected by surgery (mars conjunct asc at the first house.  Mars rules the head and face but is found in the 12th house of the feet indicating the top of the leg.)

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Mr. Hulseman attended the Jesuit run Marquette University and served briefly in the Army. He started working in a Solo factory at age 18 & he held various jobs in the company including purchasing. Later worked on developing the company’s plastics business, and he became company president in 1980 and then ts chief executive and chairman.

“He knew plastics manufacturing like nobody,” said Paul Hulseman, who worked at the company with some of his siblings. “He built plants and machines and tooling.” From his obituary in the New York Times.

But it is his Red Solo Cup that everyone knows.  Country and Western singer Toby Keith even wrote a ballad in its honor and so we at Sabian Earth are giving the man, the myth, the inventor, his due.

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        A Preponderant Cardinality 

With 5 planets in the first house, Mr. Hulseman has a strong fire and Cardinal personality.  He is not one to wait for another person to give him the go-ahead, he took up challenges he felt he were compelling and then made it happen, see his son’s Paul comment above (Preponderance in Aries a forceful and driving sign and a preponderance in the 1st house is one that is self propelled).

The Grand Trine made him a tough boss and exacting father (Neptune 05 to Saturn 03 Venus 01) but as it is out of quadrature, a little more practical in exercising his duty than had it been complete.

The five planets (a Jonesian preponderance) in the first house is a sextile away from Saturn on the eleventh house cusp, and quincunx  to Neptune in his sixth house.  This makes the apex to the yod starting from his ascendant and culminating at the head n the seventh house.  This aspect makes him more reliant on labor relations and family interrelations than he cared for, and was probably a restraining factor on his strong martial personality for no matter how much he wanted to get things done, he had to rely on others to implement it:  delegation was not his strong point.

Growing up with a family run enterprise, Hulseman found he could be jack of all trades, but the larger his business grew, and because of his strong ambition it was bound to, he had not only to specialize but also delegate.  This hints why he sold the family owned firm — it was getting larger and more complicated then he one man could handle, and his children did not want to follow in his Saturnian footsteps.  On the positive side, the descendant is trine Saturn and so Solo probably did not have have labour problems but loyal employees who appreciated the steady work.

Robert Hulseman Map

                       Temperament Type

Hulseman is a Bucket temperament type with a Saturn Handle in the Eleventh House. His Saturn at 04 Aquarius is opposite Jupiter in the Fifth House at 12.37 Leo creating what Marc Jones calls an “awareness” of his Social Consciousness and allowed him to partner his deep faith with realistic practicality i.e. making an otherwise taciturn man amiable and more extroverted than his makeup would suggest.

It also made him hold himself to a high standard of being showing that work was an ennobling act by working so many positions at Solo so that he could have a commonality with his employees.  Besides being a good employee, he was also most likely a good and honest, husband &  Mrs. Hulseman had little to worry about though she probably would have liked him around the house more.  In reality,  he would have been a difficult man to have had in constant companionship, needing as he did a large territory to roam.

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Saturn is also sextile his Moon in the First House at 10 Aries suggesting that home and family were integral to his self-image.  His hereditary roots at Solo were important to him and it is not surprising that he had several of his children work in various positions as well, trying to instill the same pater familias he had.

Finally, Saturn was also sextile to his Sun in the First House that would have been a clarion call to Mr. Hulseman to be the leader he wanted to become in the world at large.  Saturn is often seen as the key to the Father with the Sun as the ego of the native himself, and with this sextile of accomplishment, Mr. Hulseman going beyond his father by creating an emblematic Red Cup would have been a piece de resistance.  He was professionally, and probably, familiarly, a happy man.


Mr. Hulseman has his Saturn opposite his Jupiter for his Line of Self-Determination.  Saturn helps the soul come into focus and gives a person emotional and/or spiritual stability in their life while Jupiter, the planet of enthusiasm, renders the native a strong degree of confidence and self-love.  Here in his chart as they are in push-pull struggle, suggests that Hulseman tended to be dramatic (hence the bright red cup)  and prodigal with his talents  — he may have had more inventions that he let by the wayside or have others capitalize on in an exercise of social bonding and generosity.

His Line of Vitality, Moon aspect towards the Sun, is quite strong and conjunct in the first house bestowing a long life.  It also shows that Hulseman believed that he and Solo Cup were inextricably bound and was probably at a loss that his children did not feel the same way about the company that he did. 

Next is the Line of Self-Determination, the aspect between Venus and her partner Mars which has a sextile aspect between them.   Here we see that Hulseman’s ego could be quite strong and demanding because while he had a lot going on in his life, he wanted to be the center of it all.  This aspect shows up also in Thos. Alva Edison, who had a large support of friends and worked all the harder to impress them.  For Hulseman his coterie were his devoted wife and children, but also his employee’s and their families.  While this can be thrilling and inspiring, it can also be palling as the demands are incessant and never stop.

Finally we have the Line of Culture, the aspect between Neptune and Uranus that is inconjunct and tell us that in the larger world (i.e. outside of his own retinue) , Hulseman had little interest.  Like German inventor, Paul von Hindenburg, he was more interested in his work and his circle than whatever was beyond.  This gave him some freedom but it also diminished his importance in the larger world.  Perhaps this review will help there.

            Sabian Symbols

Mr. Hulseman’s ascendant is 04 Aries a Group around a campfire with the keyword of Amiability.  Marc Edmund Jones writes that this degree is a “special skill” that allows Hulseman to bring together others in an effective structure.  His supporting other employees in developing their creativity is an obvious fact, as well as having his children experience different areas of the Solo world for them to find their own interests and abilities.


Artist Jon McNaughton &  his Boy Scout Painting, Sacred Fire.

His ascendant is part of a massive stellium containing conjunctions to  Mars 02 Aries, the Moon, 10 Aries and his Part of Fortune, 11 Aries,  his Sun, 16 Aries, Uranus 20 Aries and finally Mercury ending this powerful stellium at 24 Aries. giving his creativity a powerful single minded devotion that would have indeed made him a workaholic.

A sextile to his high focus Saturn, at 04 Aquarius1   gives the illustration to the symbol of a Hindu Healer who needs “to transcend the physicality of the body” and unite it with his soul to create “two remarkable achievements”.

RIP, Mr. Hulseman.


1. The Sabian Symbols  cited here and throughout this site is from the 1953  edition of  The Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Marc Edmund Jones, Sabian Publishing Society, Stanwood, Washington.    Look to Bookfinder for a copy.


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