Astrologer Gail Fairfield in her book Choice Centered Astrology states her parents were missionaries to Foochow, one of the five treaty ports opened wholly to the West, and where she was born on February 27, 1950 at 3:52 PM. She has written several books on the tarot and astrology and is a student of astrologer Joanne Wickenburg whose major work was on Astrological Interceptions, that horoscopic oddity that happens frequently in the popular Placidian charts.
Fairfield’s ascendant is 26 Scorpio 35 or the Hyperion Symbol of a blackbird whistling highlighting her ability to see things that other people cannot and enjoy the subtlety of the experience; its keyword is an enigma.
Gavin McClung writes that the poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, read in the video above by its author, Wallace Stevens1 and written in 1917 was the inspiration for this degree, which coincidentally favours occult tendencies. Her Jupiter in Aquarius conjunct Mercury bestows an “electric intelligence” that can see and perceive connections before anyone else notices.
A Splash temperament with few conjunctions (blind spots), some oppositions (awareness) with her Northern hemisphere slant ties this together forcing her to overcome her reclusive tendencies for her career (Saturn in Virgo in the Tenth) and reach out beyond her small circle into the world at large to express her singular view on the occult tradition. Her few oppositions are striking though they help brdiging the two separate parts of her See-saw temperament.
One such opposition is between Pluto in the Ninth and Mercury highlight how her long distance travels and good education have given her a penetrating awareness of gender/racial/class/age constructs in language — something in both her astrology and tarot books she seeks to avoid.
I worked with a number of mythologies that described the Major Arcana (in Tarot) as a system and became dissatisfied with each one in turn. I have realized that for me, the greater mysteries of the universe go beyond any one mythology or ordering system. Many of the stories are effective as triggers that can help us remember what the cards mean, but too often we get caught up in the limitation of those stores and forget that the myth was just created to help us with our memories. We see the myth as the only truth.Gail Fairfield, Everyday Tarot, a choice-centered tarot, Red Wheel/Weiser LLC. copyright 2002
In that brief clip, we see how her three conjunctions, all at Trine points, give her ability to always see the choices in life via her penetrating awareness of the limitations of the current rage of one-dimensional decks but it is also a key point to her writings on the two subjects. She insists this myopic trend gives a false hope of nirvana to readers, as they become locked in another’s viewpoint and slowly get cut off from other deeper implications of the tarot, or for that matter, planets and asteroids in astrology.
If you ever read one of Gail’s books, and I hope you do, at least keep that admonition in mind as it maybe just the tonic for seeing Jupiter not only as enthusiasm but also as a “seeker”2 and thus a desire for the quest for power and money or even perhaps someone who goes into politics or the law to seek social justice.
- Gail’s Mental Chemistry perceptive but cautious. Gail may see trends ahead of time but she tends to keep those ideas close to her vest and wait for confirmation.
- She is a Splash temperament type and tends to be people-centric, particularly if she is in charge.
- Her Line of Motivation is sesquiquadrate.
- Her Line of Vitality is absent.
- Her Line of Efficiency is inconjunct.
- Her Life of Social Significance (Culture originally) absent, highlighting her lack of interest in making an effect on society at large. Instead she is more interested in her own circle of friends, family and associates.
- She has a marked Air emphasis that shows her missionary zeal towards her Choice-Centered approach and has written books on the subject: two on the tarot and one astrology.what is writing about she feels very strongly about and has the need to communicate this to others.
Other Aspects – Configurations
Other aspects Gail has is a Rosetta Stone. This is rather new configuration created by Sally Fisher and Linda Shelnutt which made like a yod but instead of two planets sextile pointing to a third that is mutually inconjunct, a Rosetta Stone two planets trine inconjunct the third. Here problems bounce off the individual never to find closure. For Gail the Rosetta is comprised of Uranus in the eleventh, Mars in the third and Venus in the sixth.
The other unique configuration Gail has is Thor’s Hammer composed of the Moon to Mercury to Mars. Alice Portman gets the nod for this aspect which again is similar to the yod. This time the two planets are squared to each other and both make a sesquisquadrate aspect (135 degrees) to a third planet. Portman says that the Thor’s Hammer is a harsh aspect with the native having little patience for excuses.
- The poet Warren Stevens died in the same hospital as our friend Mike “Bogey” Boguslawski at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Stevens, while born in Reading, Pennsylvania, worked at the Hartford Insurance Companies, as an attorney; Mike was born in a nearby Connecticut suburb and had returned home to be with friends and family.
- Fairfield, Gail, Choice Center Astrology, Red Wheel/Weiser LLC, 1998. Gail calls Jupiter the “Seeker” in this book, the only astrology book I am aware of her penning. In it she writes that Jupiter’s ORBIT: is SOCIETAL where one is actively taking part in the World and ITS TASK: to seek the truth; to philosophize
- ITS VOICE: is I teach and expand the possibilities for growth.
- JUPITER is the largest Planet in the solar system, and its meaning reflects its size.
- Its symbol signifies the expansive mind, questing outward for broader knowledge and experience.
- –Fairfield, EveryDay Tarot, Red Wheel/Weiser, c. 2002. pg. 19.