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Aleister and Rose on the Cairo honeymoon

Aleister Crowley wrote prodigiously.   His works “The Book of the Law”, “Magick in Theory and Practice,” Diary of Drug Fiend and “The Book of Thoth” are almost de rigueur reading for occultists.  His tarot deck, the Thoth Tarot, is nonpareil.  It was created with Lady Frieda Harris and Israel Regardie, then his personal secretary and later president of the Golden Dawn.  The trio is depicted on the deck’s Nine of Disks, that is titled Gain.

9 of Disks titled “GAIN”

Crowley’s wrote Book of the Law via automatic handwriting (psychography) i.e. a method that psychics use to channel either their higher self or a spirit angels. For Crowley wrote while in the “flow” — an effortless and free experience where words and ideas seems to come together — but most importantly when he was receiving messages from a higher being called Aiwaz (or Aiwass). Aiwaz lived in Ancient Chaldea during the reign of Hammurabi (around 1750 BC) and unveiled magickal (Crowley’s spelling for the word magical ) phrases and truths. Aiwaz’s high vowel count is considered to have mystical significance, helped Alexander become Aleister while guiding him to the perfect philosophy — Thelema where souls are archetypes for the new Aeon. The Thelemapedia discusses this further.

                                Chart Highlights

Edward Alexander Crowley was born on October 12, 1875 at Royal Leamington Spa, England at 11:42 GMT. We are not rectifying Aleister’s chart. He gave himself the Ascendant of 08 Leo,and  via G.K. McClung’s Hyperion Symbols is  “Zeus’s thunderbolt,” an image that we think the Master Theiron would approve.

Crowley’s chart is heavily western-based — all choice and opportunity, but as an introverted thinker-author his Mercury is in its own Lord, Gemini in the 3rd house though natally in Scorpio. Mercury is also as far as one can get from his Sun and in a separate sign, showing his brilliance and concentrated thought: his maverick career supports these ideas.

His Leo ascendant would have made him tend to bing a large man  with broad shoulders and a florid complexion.  One Lion we know flushes so easily that is discernible even with their olive complexion.   Leo rising also makes the natives, self-confident, ambitious and fond of power with a tendency towards the dramatic.

Thoth, the ibis headed, leads Isis

, a major goddess responsible for the reincarnation of her husband,

 Of course in Crowley’s case, all of this is affected, by that mighty Grand Cross from the 10th to the 4th house and then from the 2nd to the 8th house showing how his life and creative thoughts were tinged with the impermanence of life and the eternalness of death.

Pluto at the Midheaven supports this, as his interest in archaeology (digging up the dead) was so great, that he took his bride, Rose Kelly, on a honeymoon to the Egyptian tomb in 1904. There he first encountered his Holy Guardian Angel at the exhibit number #666.

When they returned, Rose entered trance states and insisted that the Egyptian God Horus, whose head is in the shape of a falcon and body that of a man, was trying to reach him.

 

Charting Aleister

As part of the Grand Cardinal Cross, his Saturn is square his Mercury in his Fourth House in Scorpio, conjunct Jupiter, showing how he was able to integrate his intellect to avoid becoming fragmented or detail bound but instead rise above the fray with a surprising light touch.

The final opposition to his Saturn is an exact opposition to his Uranus in the First House at 19.10 Leo.  Here we see how Crowley tried to integrate his originality into a new Aeon starting with himself by being more articulate, more open and more expansive than anyone else at the time.  This caused untold problems, first at home, then at school and then with the Golden Dawn that tossed him out for breaking their code of silence on their inner rites.  He left, claim foul, and founded his own Mystery School.  Years later his secretary, Regardie, opened up all of the Golden Dawn to the public following in his esoteric father’s footsteps.

                               the  Jones lines

Of Marc Edmund Jones’s four departments, only the Line of Efficiency <sup>1 </sup> is the most prominent. This square dominates Master Theron’s chart because it also the closest square aspect in his chart and so becomes his Dynamic Aptitude. This angle gives a “particular dramatization” to his affairs with a strong need to be “different” and striking. His early writing partner, Evangeline Adams, does not have this department and thus, this difference between the two suggests the real reason for their astrological writings to have such great success: a marriage of practicality and elan.

His Line of Vitality is trine, this is the angle between the two Luminaries, suggesting a creative tone of self-expression and supports the Line of Efficiency.

The Line of Culture, Neptune in relationship to Uranus lies in opposition. As the two oppose each other, this slanting, shows his awareness of his sensitivity to his surroundings. The most salient episode In Crowley’s life that this angle manifests itself is not only by his automatic writing (a method similar to free-writing) but also by his receptivity to the Egyptian god Thoth’s healing spirit in the Cairo Museum of Antiquities (now the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities at Cairo) during his honeymoon.

The fourth and final line is the Line of Personality, or Jupiter’s slanting to Saturn. In Crowley’s chart they are square but sextile in his mentor-writing partner, Evangeline Adams chart. His square suggests an offhand and careless attitude towards his work, while her sextile brings an almost obsessive concern with the work having to be perfect. It is this aspect that obviously caused the break in writing relationship as this would be hard to harmonize.

Crowley has all 4 departments in his chart; we have found in our studies that this creates a hard-headed obstinate person who is not open to criticism or critical input. His chart shows this with Asteroid Lilith conjunct the Sun in the 4th house, pushing him to greater and more dangerous acts of self-exhibitionism in a driving need to stand out from his peers   His high declination of Mars 22 Capricorn 53 in the sixth house, supports this driving personality that eventually caused a physical and mental exhaustion that led him to being totally dependent upon others for care.  In the fourth house we find his only stellium auguring his need to remove his energies from himself and instead transfer them into a professional activity. Clutter-bugs often have this stellium as well those interested in archaeology and history (evinced again by his visit to the Cairo Museum, that was obviously a touchstone in his life).

   The Symbols aren’t silent either

In Crowley’s chart the two most important symbols are Mars & his ascendant. The former at 22 Capricorn 53 “two awards for bravery in war” symbolize his resourcefulness in developing new areas of self-expression that extolled the personal vision through his leadership.

His ascendant doubles upon that idea despite that Jones ignores this tradition talisman replacing this with his focal determinator theory. Nonetheless at Leo 8, (HS) Zeus’s Thunderbolt key is the need for “self correction.” In Master Theron’s case, he consistently refused such adjustment and missed his calling as probably the greatest 20th century occultist. Instead, he allowed his debauchery and notoriety to dominate his life that eventually left his health in ruin.

                       

                                What’s his type?

Lady Frieda Harris

Aleister is a see-saw, that according to Marc Edmund Jones is the most common type of Temperament Type, while we have found that “bowls” are everywhere & see-saws a distant second. in the see-saw case, the native goes through life trying to be an acrobat on a high wire act, balancing this way and that to get his equilibrium.   Because there are oppositions in the chart, for his see-saw to work there always must be some mediating string or person that unites the tension between the two segments of the natives life to create a whole. For him that was the noble Lady Frieda Harris.

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A Fixed Grand Cross

Another major feature of Aleister Crowley’s layout is the Grand Cross (see above) in fixed elements.  One example that Marc Edmund Jones in How to learn astrology, is financier J. P. Morgan, founder of the major American bank that bears his name.  Dr. Jones writes that a Grand Fixed Cross gives the native a “special instinct for dealing with intangibles.”  And if esoterica is not an “elusive” tangible, there is not much that is.  “A fixed cross,” Jones continues, “irrevocably” links the native with the establishment of a pattern for beliefs or age.

                                  Intercepted Houses

rowley has no planets in his intercepted houses of Gemini-Sagittarius, but Pluto that is on the cusp. Pluto was discovered in 1930, and in that year “The Legend of Aleister Crowley” is compiled by Crowley though written by his secretary Israel Regardie, later the president and leader of the Golden Dawn, and his friend P. R. Stephenson. On September 23 1930 at 6:36pm  Crowley  faked his own suicide at Boca de Inferno, Cascais Portugal: he is nothing if not theatrical.

This chart is progressed to the Boca “suicide.” He pulled this off with the help of his friend and poet Fernando Pessoa, inspired by the death of the Greek philosopher Empedocles, who threw himself into a volcano.  Pessoa handed Crowley’s suicide note to newspapers, helpfully explaining the Thelemic symbols and translating the mangled Portuguese to police and media alike.  Crowley reappeared three weeks later at the opening of an exhibition of his works in a Berlin gallery, suggesting this whole affair was more publicity stunt than anything else as shown by the stellium in the 11th house of publicity and fans.

Footnotes

Marc Jones outline the four departments in the Guide to Horoscope Interpretation, page 151. They provide a shortcut for how a person interacts with his environment. Neither Pluto nor Mercury are in a department, thus Marc Jones called them “supernumeraries” or extras. Mercury, and the two luminaries, appear in his Mental Chemistry angle.

  • Crowley’s grandson is jazz pianist Eric Muhler. It’s uncanny how Mr. Muhler resembles the old sod.
  • This site, Ghost Blooms, discusses Crowley’s Cambridge years complete with his poetry and lots of modern day pictures.

Bibliography:

  • McClung, G. K.  Hyperion Symbols.   Barnes and Noble sells the eBook. It is far cheaper than the paperback edition; there is no hardcover available.
  • Jones, Marc Edmund.  How to learn Astrology.  Stanwood, WA:  Sabian Publishing Society.  c.  Mrs. Delphine Norwood/ Dromenon LLC., Chicago, Illinois. This book is rare and out of print.
  •  Jones, Marc. Edmund.  The Guide to Horoscope Interpretation.  Philadelphia: MacKay Publishing, 1941. Available for purchase here.

We constantly vet our essays for thoroughness and errors. This one was reviewed on September 27th, 2019.

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.

Download the Beardsley zodiac ring wheel 3 atm

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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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Astrologer Noel Tyl has announced on his eponymous website, that astrologer Donna Cunningham has reposed on her 75th birthday, July 5, 2017.  She was born  7:40 am July 5th 1942  in Onawa, Iowa, a town found on the outskirts of Decatur, Iowa north of Omaha, Nebraska.  Mr. Tyl’s  data is like AstroSage’s.

Our sympathies to her friends and family and many readers.  I could not find an online obituary for further information. 

Alibris.com, owned by Amazon, has a list of her books.  We recommend at least The Consulting Astrologer’s Handbook, though we are partial to her 1983 book, Healing Pluto Problems. In this latter book, she discusses Amelia Earhart,  Mohandas Gandhi, Sigmund Freud, Madame Marie Curie, the discoverer of plutonium, several abuses & incest cases and finally psychologist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

Her website is Skywriter.

 

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Donna Cunningham’s Natal Chart

 

Astrologically she is a Bundle Temperament Type pouring out to the West, and showing her need to express herself fully and leave an imprint on her environment. Bundles are self-contained types who are loyal to those close to them, but typically not emotionally open or demonstrative.

Her Line of Vitality is Trine, Efficiency virgintile, Motivation novile and Culture is absent.

           Healing Pluto

In her book, Healing Pluto’s Problems she mentions natives with Pluto in the First House especially when they are close to the Ascendant, have a “difficult placement” and often have a provocative sexual manner that may overflow into weight problems or brooding expressions.  Her Pluto is right at the first house cusp.  

She adds their relationships are often one way with the native doing too much for others until the person, overwhelmed by the continual thoughtlessness and selfishness of the other, abruptly shuts down.  She finishes her essay saying that this placement is “a signature of the healer or psychotherapist, for these people see right into the heart of the problem and empower others to heal themselves.  These people may also be mediums,  aware of their talent or not.”

For the record, Ms. Cunningham had a Masters in Social Work.

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Her Progressed Chart to Portland at the approximate time of death.

Download the Donna C progressed chart here.

Notes:

An interesting update is Noel himself died on his birthday two and half years later, December 31, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona.  Three weeks later Robert Zoller died on his birthday, January 25, 2020 in New Jersey.