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.

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 Mapping Gail

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.

Foochow anchorage, unknown Chinese painter c. 1870

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
1895 FooChow penny stamp

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.

Sabian Aspects

  • 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.

Bibliography:

  1. 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.
  2. 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  
    1. ITS VOICE: is I teach and expand the possibilities for growth.
    2.  JUPITER is the largest Planet in the solar system, and its meaning reflects its size.
    3. Its symbol signifies the expansive mind, questing outward for broader knowledge and experience. 
  3. –Fairfield, EveryDay Tarot, Red Wheel/Weiser, c. 2002. pg. 19.

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          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.

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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.

 

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Neoporphyry House System & Frida Kahlo

The NeoPorphyry house system is a modern update to the older Porphyry.  Walter Pullen of Astrologica Software created it for his software.    Both are based on the quadrant system Ptolemy mentions in the Tetrabiblos, but the real appeal of Porphyry based systems is it easy to calculate without computers. 

Kent McClung of the Hyperion Symbols uses the Porphyry, as does Bruce Scofield.  The latter gives his reasons in this article on Astrolabe.com here.

 Our example chart for both the NeoPorphyry and Porphyry systems is Mexican folk artist, Frida Kahlo.

Major Notes:

  • Both  Porphyry systems have intercepted houses.
  • House sizes are unequal.
  • The Midheaven is tied to the 10th house.
  • The Ascendant is tied to the first house cusp.
The original Porphyry

The major differences are the cusp calculations but even the aspects are the same.

The NeoPorphyry

Walter Pullen does not mention his rationale for the Neo’s creation, or perhaps we are not familiar enough with his documentation to find it.  Mr. Scofield in his above-cited essay does not mention it.

                            The NeoPorphyry vs. Placidus

Frida Kahlo’s NeoPorphyry house format

A better comparison is the NeoPorphyry to the popular Placidus format.   We have the two here easier visual viewing.  The differences though are not remarkable: Jupiter now falls in the Neo’s 8th house, while in the Placidean it is the 9th of education and philosophical/religious beliefs.

Frida Kahlo’s Placidus house format               

 Prior to the advent of computer software, almost all the table of houses and ephemerides were Placidean based, so to compare Frida Kahlo’s chart we use that.  The 20th century Koch house system updates the Placidean to alleviate some problems with higher latitudes, not applicable here with Frida’s Mexican birth,  and so the table of houses for Frida does not differ.  Morinus the house system we prefer puts both Jupiter and the North Node in the eighth house and leaves Mercury alone in the ninth. 

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Father Teilhard de Chardin is in the center of the group

In 1962, the Vatican gave a warning, officially a “minotum” to the writings of nonconformist Father Teilhard de Chardin because of his discovery of “Peking Man” in the 1920s.  It does seem odd that they waited until the Jesuit was dead and forty years after the discovery that this proclamation was issued but it left a black mark on his name and works.

Since then four popes have questioned the warning, the latest a fellow Jesuit, Prop Francis,  being at variance with Catholic teachings.  There is a thought within the Catholic Church, akin to the Father’s own, that this is not as much a problem for the Church’s teaching but a scientific validation.    But Peking Man is not the only thing that Teilhard wrote that was at variance with Catholic teaching and so the question would everything be lifted or just those things relating to the anthropological discovery.

             Who was Pierre Teilhard de Chardin?

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was born on May 1st, 1881  at the family estate in Auverge where an ancient but extinct volcano dominates the landscape.  He was their fourth of the couple eleven children. His mother, Berthe-Adele Teilhard de Chardin, was the -grandniece of Francois-Marie Arouet — Voltaire.

The long extinct volcanic peaks of Auvergne and the forested preserves of this southern province left an indelible mark on Teilhard. In his spiritual autobiography, The Heart of Matter, Father de Chardin writes about the environment 

   Auvergne served me both as a Museum of Natural History and as the wildlife preserve. Sarcenat in Auvergne gave me my first taste of the joys of discovery to Auvergne I owe my most precious possessions: a collection of pebbles and rocks…

(translated in Claude Cuenot, Teilhard de Chardin, Baltimore, 1938, p. 3.)

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March 10, 1937, New York Times

During his five years at boarding school, Teilhard  read Thomas a Kempis’s Imitation of Christ.   It was to be his greatest influence and near graduation; he wrote his parents of his desire to become a Jesuit.  He entered the Jesuit novitiate at Aix-Provence in 1899, but just two years later, in 1901, an anti-clerical movement rose in France & the Jesuits and other religious orders were expelled.  He and his order found refuge on the English island of Jersey off the Channel.

His timeline is  at the American Teilhard Association site.  Download Father-Teilhard de Chardin‘s chart here.

During these years he conceived the vitalist idea of the Omega Point, or the  point to which all of history is progressing.  As the  Bible points to Christ as the Alpha and Omega, the One for whom, through whom, and to whom are all things (see Romans 11:36), Teilhard reasoned then the Omega Point is  more than Christ (a rather blasphemous thought)  and the end human end-point.  

His based his thoughts on on Russian crystallographer, Vladimir Vernadsky’s,  concept of the noosphere, or a sphere a pure reason — a mystical point  where “the mental sheathe “above and discontinuous with the biosphere”  one with  the Omega Point (again a secular thought outside of God).  This affected Carl Jung who believed this was the great “collective unconscious” by which his archteypcal theory fits in.

To explain this contradiction, Teilhard de Chardin wrote in the Risen Christ, his work would only win the faith of the doubting scientists if he embraced the theory of evolution and showed how it fit into the Divine plan.     Teilhard knew  that “evolution” and “creationism” were separate issues, but  as a theologian could not separate them and wanted to  show that logic, science, and faith were one.

Forbidden to work on more philosophical treatises, Teilhard was in Peking when on December 2, an archaeological expedition discovered the smooth dome of a skull at Zahedan near Beijing. One of the team, Pei Wenchung, took the skull to Peking where Davidson Black and Teilhard de Chardin examined it. Black verified the hominoid nature of the skull based on a single tooth, and Teilhard de Chardin established the geological era the cave was inhabited.

Peking Man

Black and de Chardin postulated that Peking man was extinct hominin of of Homo erectus, Later excavations yielded several skullcaps and mandibles, facial and limb bones, and the teeth of about 40 individuals. Evidence suggests that the Zhoukoudian fossils date from about 770,000 to 230,000 years ago.

Peking man is characterized by a cranial capacity averaging about 1,000 cubic cm, though some individual skull capacities approached 1,300 cubic cm—nearly the size of modern man’s. Peking man had a skull flat in profile, with a small forehead, a keel along the top of the head for attachment of powerful jaw muscles, very thick skull bones, heavy browridges, an occipital torus, a large palate, and a large, chinless jaw. The teeth, while modern, has canines and molars that are large, but the enamel of the molars is wrinkled. The limb bones are indistinguishable from those of modern humans.

During the next ten years of excavation five almost complete skulls, three of them adult, and dozens of other complete jaws and isolated teeth fragments were discovered at the site. Later antropologists identified these fossils as Homo Erectus and remain one of the largest findings of that classification. The original fossils disappeared in 1941 during World War II, but excellent casts and descriptions remain.

From here, he made a trip across America, travelled to Central Asia with the famous Yellow Expedition sponsored by the Citroen automobile company and then up the Yangtze River into the mountainous regions of Szechuan. Having enjoyed this, he joined the Yale-Cambridge expedition under Helmut de Terra in India and von Koenigswald’s expedition to Java. In 1937 they awarded him the Gregor Mendel medal at a Philadelphia Conference for his scientific accomplishments. That same year he went with the Harvard-Carnegie Expedition to Burma and then to Java with Helmut de Terra.

This extensive field work made Teilhard recognized as a pioneering geologist.

                                           Father’s de Chardin’s Map

We have rectified Father Teilhard de Chardin to 11 Scorpio 50, an embassy ball where the emphasis is on the practical values of life and the place where civilization exhibits itself in its individual framework for display. The Keyword is Display. It gets the reversed symbol of a demand for special privilege. The ascendant is supportive of Teilhard’s life work (sextile) and trine to its Lord (Mars in Pisces), both good signs of a happy and productive life.

His Part of Fortune, where we find the riches of life is in the eleventh house. This is the brotherhood and fraternity of Jesuit monks to which he belonged and who despite their chastisement of his philosophical works were supportive of him.

The sixth house dominance is striking: we have six planets here and we see that his life was one of service given and service received. This preponderance gives the native a keep penetrating mind, highly observant nature, a neat and orderly method to both life and his work and a conscientiousness to follow things through. Unfortunately, it makes the native skeptical, fussy and rather petty, but it is a superb setup for a geologist and things belonging to the earth.

His nodes are also helpful to his career. The North Node ruled by Júpiter is found in Sagittarius and shows how his rise was through hard work and not academic study and the South Node associated with Saturn is conjunct his Moon at 20 Gemini 40 in the eighth hose literally his bringing to light dead things buried and forgotten.

Finally he has another preponderance that of conjunctions, which supports his eleventh house fraternal riches as his working relationship with fellow archaeologists/explorers went smoothly. As the Virgo preponderance hints, he was a charming and charismatic man and people flocked to him, and he was generous and good-natured with them. It makes for fluid and reciprocal relationships.

Teilhard’s Lines

  •  the Line of Vitality semisextile.  This line is how a person exerts his personality over his environment.  Father Teilhard was not a risktaker but relied on other’s advice and encouragement.
  •   the Line of Efficiency sextile.  This line is how a person exerts his personality towards goals.   Again, Father Teilhard built upon others work instead of reinventing the wheel.
  • the Line of Motivation is conjunct. Here Teilhard used his resources well.
  • 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, Here Teilhard struck out on his as he was very ambitious and so would be a tireless worker to that end.
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Jane Roe, Norma McCovey and Gloria Allred

Her lawyer Gloria Allred on the left; Ms. McCorvey in the center, at a rally to support abortion rights in Washington in 1989. Credit Ron Galella/WireImage

The Backstory

Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the United States, reshaping the nation’s social and political landscapes and inflaming one of the most divisive controversies of the past half-century, died on Saturday in Katy, Tex. She was 69.   Her death, at an assisted-living home, was confirmed by Joshua Prager, a New York journalist who is writing a book about the Roe v. Wade decision and had interviewed her extensively. He said the cause was heart failure, her eighth house with the ruler Mars residing confirms.

Since the ruling, perhaps 50 million legal abortions have been performed in the United States, although later court decisions and new state and federal laws have imposed restrictions, and abortions have declined with the wide use of contraceptives. Theological, ethical and legal debates about abortion continue in religious circles, governing bodies and political campaigns, with Democrats staunchly pro-Choice and Republicans pro-Life.

Norma’s early life was brutal. Her mother, Mary, was physically abusive and her brother, Jimmy, was mentally ill so provided no sibling support. Her father, Olin, a TV repairman, was often away and then one day just disappeared.  Unhappy at home, Norma was  sent to a Catholic boarding school and then, after minor brushes with the law,  reform school.  To escape,  she married at 16, then divorced finding marriage unattractive.    Pregnant, she gave the baby up for adoption.

Ms. McCorvey gave up her children at birth as she was not interested in motherhood. Bisexual but primarily lesbian, she sought refuge from poverty and dead-end jobs in alcohol and drugs.  At 22 and pregnant again, she joined the abortion rights struggle and took her case all the way to the Supreme Court. On Jan. 22, 1973, the court ruled 7-2 in Roe v. Wade (Henry Wade, the Dallas County district attorney, was the defendant in the class-action suit) that privacy rights under the due process and equal rights clauses of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman’s decision to have an abortion in a pregnancy’s first trimester “free of interference by the state.”

Chief Justice Harry A. Blackmun, who wrote the opinion and rejected the view, that a fetus becomes a “person” upon conception and entitled to the due process and equal protection guarantees.  Blackmun was also against the use of the death penalty.  When Ms. McCorvey emerged from anonymity a decade later, strangers shrieked “baby killer” and spat at her. There were death threats. One night, shotgun blasts shattered the windows of her home.  And then she found God and repudiated her past, going as far to trying to get the decision reversed; the Court said No.

                           Norma McCovey aka Jane Roe’s Chart

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Ms. McCorvey has a very public Southern chart, basically a bucket with a Moon Handle in the Second House of Resources, that for her was her fertility, as that propelled her into the spotlight of the abortion vs. pro-life discussion.  Her Ascendant is at a critical degree, 28.02 Scorpio suggests that she has a dramatic personality that illuminates issues. The Sabian Symbol poignantly suggests,  An Indian Squaw pleading to the chief about the lives of her children.  Marc Edmund Jones assigns the keyword Effectiveness, and if ever there was a woman who effectively pled her cause, it was she.

Ms. Nelson has a preponderance of sextiles in her chart, again supporting our rectification for 10:37 AM in Simmesport, Louisiana, because sextile all about others helping you one way or another.  It may their help leads you down a blind alley but it may also help you out of that alley; all things in astrology as in most of life, have equal reactions to one’s actions.

She has a  preponderance of three planets  in the eleventh house, reasserting how public a life this woman led, and with Mercury far behind her Sun, her Mental Chemistry is “inward.”  Her desires and activities were self-directed.  She was not interested in making abortion for all, and she stated that to her lawyers many times, but wanted one for herself.  They seeing a chance to get abortion nationalized led her along and promised she would get one.  That never happened and once again, Norma carried the child, a boy this time after two girls, to term and gave it up again for adoption.  The Asteroid Nemesis shows how that legal decision, Mercury, plagued her life and later when she was sorry, there was nothing she could do.  Jupiter conjuncts her South Node aka the Dragon’s Tail,  supports this unfortunate circumstance, as this aspect forces their natives to surrender themself for a greater cause for their spiritual growth and that too came to pass for Miss McCovey.

 

 

 

 

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