Point number two is the Part of Fortune, because of its importance of the relationship between a person’s luminaries.  This mathematical point shows a person’s general focus of existence.  To calculate your Part of Fortune click here.

Pars Fortuna tells the person’s emphasis in his life — fundamentally and biologically.  For while Mars gives the basic direction of your life, the Part of Fortune emphasizes it by clarifying it,  just as the moon moves away from the sun, creating a new horizon.  The Pars Fortune then is your horizon and through its  sign, house and symbolical degree shows the will’s focustdr

In TR’s chart the PoF is the eighth house, in Virgo. My nickname for Virgo is assimilation because Virgo has the particular and peculiar gift of absorbing and incorporating outside substances into the whole.  Think of how we assimilate or bring food into our system for nourishment.  Food outwardly is nothing we can use, but we can use it and transform it by a series of mechanical and chemical processes to make it something we can us.

Now combine this idea of assimilation with the eighth house idea of regeneration and get the picture of someone ill taking in nourishment to get well again.  Let us add another idea in and that is of the 18th degree of Virgo that has the image of sharpness and we apply this to TR’s chart for a new picture of him having the focus in life of assimilating ideas and projects in sharp contrast with his own current self but he saw could help him become his new, regenerative, self.

The eighth house is where you live according to the ideas other people have of you and how you try to conform to those ideas which could be discordant with what you want to be or project.  For Roosevelt he wanted to project the image he was in touch with the innermost hopes and dreams of the American people — he was aligned to their interests.

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Looking at the Sabian Sabian symbol (Virgo 18) we read “Two giggling young girls are sitting facing each other, knees touching, working a Ouija board on their laps.” This shows the touch between the realms visible and invisible and sheds a significant light upon the character of Theodore Roosevelt that he was sensitive to the things under the surface, or the future effect of present causation.

In viewing his personal history, TR started out assimilating everything in his life in a self-regenerative mode via a series of tete- a-tetes with experience. This meant almost anybody could visit the White House and find the President not only willing to talk to him about his interests but well-read on a variety of topics as well, so that the visitor could have a reporte with him on an equal basis.

Part 1 of this series is here.



The Part of Fortune is further discussed in Marc Jones’s unpublished Arabian Astrology, dated April 17, 1933.   The whole mss. deals with Jones discussion of John Gadbury’s (c. 1627)  parts, including the pars fortuna, and his reflection upon their validity.  He renamed many of them to what he thought more meaningful.

Arabian Astrology is available for purchase at the Sabian Assembly website.

In it,  Jones  discusses  his preliminary idea for the Pars Fortuna being a “focus of the self in business,” a different idea than what he postulated here, ten years later in the Guild meeting; the calculation remained the same.

His earlier reasoning is A person (his Ascendant) + his feeling for life (the Moon) – his Will (the Sun) demonstrates by Symbol and aspect, his particular ability to succeed in business.  For Roosevelt as Virgo 18, translated how he mixed sales and politics so much that they are inseparable.

What is the 15 point method?

Marc Edmund Jones put together for the student of the Sabian Assembly, The Fifteen Most Important Points in a Horoscope, this was later published in a book. He felt it was a dependable method that could help anyone go through a chart and create a general portrait of the person. He later expanded this to 16 points.

He was insistent though, that his method required, an exact birth hour. If the astrologer rectifies the chart, then this new chart , must give its own clear testimony of the person, as one aspect depends upon another, and so on creating a unified portrait. Of course there can be one striking thing like the singleton in a hemisphere or unaspected planet, but the chart should have not many of these things otherwise it does not stand as a whole.

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Jean Léopold Nicolas Frédéric, Baron Georges Cuvier1, once remarked: “Show me a bone and I will identify the animal.” Jones said he thought the comment humorous until he took a class in comparative anatomy. The professor greeted me with a grudging cordiality; “Why are you, a philosophy major, doing over here on the science side?”

“Well,” I said, “philosophers have to talk about science sometimes and I want to know what I am talking about.”

He turned to address the group of us, all but myself on the way to become doctors. “You’ll have to work hard if you want to get A’s here,” the professor remarked. He told the young Jones how they could get into the laboratory at night and on Sundays, as well as in working hours. Finally, they at down before the bone box, with the idea I could recognize anything he handed me. He began with the longest bone Jones ever saw.

“If it wasn’t so big,” I said, “I’d identify it as the femur of a bird . . .. I suppose it’s a crazy kind of a hybrid.”

He laughed: “Why don’t you stick to your guns? Did you ever hear of an ostrich?”

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Astrology duplicates this preposition every day. If you have skill enough, you can take any fragment of a chart and read the life from it. For practice we would take a torn quarter of a chart, and find how much we could gather from just that. This is how I boiled down the technique.

Beginners always take the houses, and go around the chart completely, bringing out everything about personality first, then money, and so on. A more effective method is to take the planets because then you are reading more dynamically using the houses you are locked down and the reading is static. Better to just look at quadrants, like Ptolemy suggests, and see the geometric layout of the chart but read from the planets as they are the dynamic bodies that distribute the forces of actual living and experience, setting up the strains and stresses of life and create a basic complex . They articulate the forces of the universe and represent your distribution of this energy.

To demonstrate this method, we will use the chart of President Theodore Roosevelt whom George MacCormack, a founder of the Guild, got the data rather directly from the Roosevelt family, and has done a lot of work upon it, so we can be rather sure of its accuracy.

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                             Mars – the energy center                             

I begin with Mars because it has the most to do with activity. It represents how you throw off energy, fly off the handle and move the hardest to get things done. It is also the planet closest to the earth. 

Mars is in the first house in Teddy Roosevelt’s chart, therefore it calls for unusual energy, which certainly describes the native. Now let’s get a technique down for this proposition of reading from the planets. First look at each planet by what sign they are in, then by house and finally symbolic degree.

The justification for a use of these symbolical degrees is that they work. Here is something that baffles people. I remember the story in the Bible of the boy who was cured of blindness. The learned people came to him and said it was impossible. It just didn’t happen. The “medical books” said it couldn’t be done that way. This, of course, is my own version of the story! The young man in the Bible narrative, who was a simple sort of fellow, remarked: “What you say is very interesting. You are learned gentlemen. I am convinced you are very clever and know much more than I do. However, all I know is that once I was blind, and now I see.”3

And so, like that boy, we won’t go into a discussion of the symbolical degrees, but content ourselves with the fact they are something that works.

Mars is at 17 Capricorn 49, or energy in the sign of critical discrimination. Since I have Mercury in Scorpio, I will be giving you many nicknames tonight, and I would suggest that you make your own when mine do not click. I have made them for myself to save time and effort and I find them a great help. To me Capricorn is the sign of “critical discrimination,” well illustrated by Teddy’s campaign against the “nature fakers.”

The Sabian degree for Capricorn 18 reads:

“From the proud new warship of Britannia, a token of her maritime power, flies the Union Jack in calm dignity. “

T.R. made the United States a first-class power, and he did it with the Navy. The symbol puts the case forward exactly. But what is  the idea of a warship? A warship is any ship used as a weapon for combat; never for defense. It has dignity and is often representative of the country that builds and floats it, and so too this man, with his personality and critical discrimination —  the ability to distinguish two or more things from each other —  was a man who, in everything he did, said: “We have to find a way to make this stand out, & make this dignified.”

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It was no different for himself.  He went out West and became a cowboy, and a good one. Not the kind they have on dude ranches – pretty boys that prance around and do nothing, but a real working cowboy who roped and broke horses.  He used these skills in the Rough Riders, the First Volunteer Calvary unit in the Spanish-American War.

When he was a sickly, scrawny youngster with squinty eyes, he was determined to be well, and he made himself over in the image of male virility and health by becoming a real “rough rider.” All this is shown by this first house and the sign and the degree of Mars.

 Thus, you have the first salient point in a horoscope:  Mars.


Footnotes:

  1. Jean Léopold Nicolas Frédéric, Baron Georges Cuvier , was a French naturalist, zoologist and paleontologist during First Empire. He was born on August 23, 1769, eight days after Napoleon Bonaparte’s birth, in Montbéliard, then Duchy of Württemberg.
  2. These notes were taken from a Marc Jones’s talk for the Guild in 1942.  You can read all 15 points here.
  3. This parable is from the Gospel of John chapter 9 verse 25, Revised Standard Version:
    1. He answered, “Whether he is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I know, that though I was blind, now I see.” 
  4. You can download TR’s horoscope in the Placidus format that Jones used, here.
  5. You can read it online at Sabian.org

          Our featured image is by Giovanni Dal Lago, Italy, of the asteroid Chiron; from the NASA archives.

Barbara Hand Clow

Is the daughter of astrologer Robert Hand.  i read her book and that started the search for Chiron’s meaning.

Zane Stein

 

Zane Stein jumped on the Chiron boat almost immediately.  He dedicates his site to the asteroid.  He also wrote a book on it.  Of the two, his is better.

Ms Hand-Clow’s book Chiron and the Rainbow Bridge has many interesting ideas, but it ultimately fails as she takes too much from Ceres and gives it Chiron, thus hurting both.  I did like her emphasis on the environment and natural issues, which culminated in the 1970s shortly before Chiron was discovered, but how do I apply that to a horoscope?   Ms Hand-Clow does not really give me much direction there, other than embracing my inner-Unicorn.  I decided to to view the asteroid astrologically and let Chiron unfold for itself as there is little consensus of opinion on it. 

 

 

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               Chiron, Hitler and Jones 

American astronomer Charles Kowal  discovered Chiron at Palomar Observatory, on October 18, 1977 at 3:47 PDT. A new moon was about to appear the next day, so the skies were still dark enough so astronomers could detect odd things.  We got the longitudinal coordinates for Palomar from NASA, though the chart shows San Diego .  This gives us the Ascendant of 15 Virgo, an Ornamental Handkerchief which Dr. Jones writes “preserves meanings and helps perfect action.”

Mental chemistry wise, the Moon is fast highlighting an outward bias and Mercury is almost partile the Sun steadying its focus, thus this is a disciplined approach to learning and interacting with others.   The yod, a favorite configuration, is perfect here, and I drew one from Chiron at 04 Taurus to Jupiter in the 10th at 07 Cancer.  The Apex ends at about Juno at 04 Sagittarius.  Dr. Jones in his book, Number Significance, says the keyword for Juno is Politics or being Polite based on how Juno herself usually turned a deaf ear to her husband Jupiter’s philandering.

Both the husband and spouse are part of this configuration interestingly enough but it is the midpoint that shoots perpendicularly from Juno to to Gemini 04 that is the key to Chiron’s meaning, “Holly and Mistletoe” a symbol of maximum encouragement to the differences in human personality by allowing continual stimulation to all resources of imagination and spiritual appreciation.  Reversed, Dr. Jones writes about Miss Wheeler’s symbol, “obsession with superficialities”.

Dr. Jones summed this up with his maxim of “respect for personality,” or the need not to  judge a  book (i.e. person) by its cover but allowing it to speak for itself.  This requires someone not to prejudicially pigeonhole another by your preconceptions, fears, or misunderstandings but to accept them whole.

Respect for Personality: 

Chiron & Adolf Hitler

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Herr Hitler did not live while they found Chiron, but he is a good subject for the asteroid.  In his case, we find Chiron intercepted in the ninth house of religion and journalism.  Interception are blocked signs, the sign cannot outwardly manifest itself because of how the chart uses the celestial sphere for erection.  At 06 Cancer 54, Chiron has the symbol of “two faeries on a moonlit night” that Dr. Jones suggests encourages a transforming sensitivity from one’s own light.  Negatively, a senseless retreat to phantasy.  As Chiron is intercepted, the positive meaning is negated and the world of make-believe takes hold.

Worse, Chiron is directly opposite the Moon that is conjunct Jupiter. Both also intercepted, giving him the ability to stir up monsters and demons on command instead of lovely and delightful faeries.  Pity his father did not let him become a painter as he wanted…but that’s another post.  Chiron tells us that Hitler was intolerant of any religion other than his own Superman creation, where he became the Head Prophet in a Cult of Personality.

Respect for Personality: 

Chiron & Marc E Jones

Our next case, Marc Edmund Jones, a former Presbyterian minister,  and the Dean of American Astrology, also has Chiron in the Ninth House and in Cancer.  This time Dr. Jones’ Chiron is at 12 Cancer, but is not intercepted and so allowed to shine freely.  The Wheeler symbol is “A Chinese woman nursing a baby with a message” is how life gains meaning from how the person accepts the totality of his existence.  Its keyword is Materialization    Dr. Jones was alive when Chiron was discovered;  he died in 1980.

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Dr. Jones spent a whole life devoted to his belief in that Astrology was the hand of God guiding us along, elucidating this message in his book “Astrology, How and Why it works, ” and appropriately enough, and in his most important message — A Respect for Personality.

 

Marc E. Jones in his initial outing, How to Learn Astrology, writes in the preface,

 ASTROLOGY, as here presented, is the form of practice on which the majority of astrologers and their students agree, both in America and Europe. Its essence is the use of a horoscope made for the precise place, the exact minute and hour as well as the day, month and year of birth for the particular individual. It uses  the methods of calculation and interpretation that have their roots in Claudius Ptolemy (an Egyptian astrologer of Greek descent who wrote in the  2nd century A.D. and created the geocentric system that is the foundation of our art), Didacus Placidus de Titus (the father of the Placidian House System 1647-1657), William Lilly (1602-1681), and Lilly’s pupil, John Gadbury (d. 1691).   While there is no adequate history of astrology for the most part, its true record is the biographies and writings of its distinguished devotees.

The most serviceable historical sketch is an informative article on “Astrology” by Charles Singer of London in the Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences, Volume II, Macmillan Publishing Company, New York, 1931.

We are very happy to provide the aforementioned entry for general interest.  Click on the image below to read the two pages in Flickr in a larger and more readable format.

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