Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. I hadn’t look at his birth chart recently, so I decided to post it here. In addition, last evening I attended a lecture by Carolyn Egan on progressed declination graphs, and I thought it would be interesting to look at Kennedy’s progressed declinations in November of 1963.
Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917 at 3 PM. Rodden lists the 3 pm time as “from memory” so it is close but may not be exact. I tweaked the chart to 3:00:43 pm for reasons that will be explained below. Here is what his progressed declination graph looks like. The wavy line that goes up and down, forming two humps, belongs to the progressed Moon and shows its changes in declination over time.
Kennedy was elected president on November 8, 1960 and inaugurated on January 20, 1961. You can see from the graph (the second peak the Moon makes) that the progressed Moon formed parallels of declination with a large number of natal planets between July of 1960 and March of 1963, as the Moon was ascending to its maximum declination north of the equator. What you can’t see in the graph are the contraparallels of declination. These were calculated in Solar Fire:
I adjusted the time of birth so that the progressed ASC contraparallel natal Pluto would occur on November 22, 1963. This required adding 43 seconds to his stated birth time (from memory) of 3 pm. If we use the 3 pm time, the ASC # Pluto occurs on January 26, 1964 and the progressed Moon semisquare natal MC occurs on November 17, 1963. The 15:00:43 time works better with this progressed declination technique.
Whole Sign Houses also give a telling account of what happened. Here is a whole sign chart from Morinus software.
Note that the 8th house of death is ruled by Venus, which occupies the 9th house of foreigners and long-distance travel. The Mars/Mercury/Jupiter conjunction in Taurus in the 8th is square Uranus in Aquarius in the 5th. Uranus square Mars could certainly symbolize a sudden violent death. Mercury and Jupiter are planets associated with travel, and in this chart they rule the 9th and 3rd houses respectively. The symbolism of sudden death while traveling and involving a foreigner is apparent in the chart.