Recently I read some comments an astrologer made about Agatha Christie’s birth chart, so I looked it up on astro.com. It turns out that the comments were based on an older, now discredited version of the birth chart, so I wondered whether the most recent version of Christie’s nativity would hold up to astrological scrutiny.
According to astro.com: “From Duchess of Death: The Unauthorized Biography of Agatha Christie by Richard Hack. Phoenix Books, 2009. ‘a midwife named Mrs. Shelton-Price who according to her bill, charged one crown and two shillings to deliver Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller at 2:14 pm on Monday afternoon, September 15.’ She was born in 1890.” We consider this as quoted birth record, Rodden Rating AA.” Here is the passage verbatim from the Kindle version of the Richard Hack biography of Agatha Christie:
From this biographical evidence, it appears that Agatha Christie was born at 2:14 PM GMT on 15 September 1890, a Moon day during a Saturn hour, the 9th hour of the day at 15 Barton Road whose coordinates are 50N28’31” and 003W32’31”. The chart for this birth time with Placidus houses looks like this:
Interestingly the Sun at birth is at the very end of the 8th house (death, mystery) and almost exactly conjunct the 9th house cusp (books, publishing), indicating that the planetary hour ruler is Saturn in Virgo in the 8th house. If she were born just 14 seconds earlier, the Sun would have been just inside the 9th house and the planetary hour ruler would have been the Moon in Libra in the 9th house and conjunct Mercury, a natural ruler of writing. Thus, the planetary hour lord at birth could have been either Saturn or the Moon. This fact may help us to further rectify the chart.
A major event of Agatha’s childhood was the death of her father of pneumonia and chronic kidney diease in November of 1901, when she was 11 years old. She called this event the end of her childhood.
Age 11 would have been a 12th house profection year, consistent with a death in the family. Because Sagittarius rises, Scorpio rules the 12th whole sign, making Mars the lord of the year at age 11. Mars is the out-of-sect malefic, and it closely squares the natal Sun, a natural symbol of fathers. In addition, Venus occupies Scorpio and rules Libra, the 8th whole sign (death) from the 4th whole sign Pisces, representing the father in the Hellenistic system of whole sign topoi (places).
If Saturn were the planetary hour ruler of her birth, the lord of the orb at age 11 would have been Venus, ruler of the father’s death in the system of whole sign houses. In addition, Venus squares Jupiter, ruler of the 4th whole sign. If the Moon were the planetary hour ruler of her birth, the lord of the orb at age 11 would have been the Sun, ruler of the 9th whole sign and occupant of the 10th whole sign from the Ascendant. Because natally the Sun squares Mars, this could also indicate the death of the father, but in this instance I lean toward Saturn as lord of the hour at birth.
The year 1926 was one of the most difficult for Agatha Christie. Her mother died of heart disease at the age of 72 on 5 April 1926. A few months later, in August of 1926, her husband Archie asked her for a divorce, roughly a month before she turned 36 years old. Transiting Pluto in her 7th house in Cancer perfected a square to 7th-ruler natal Mercury on 19 August 1926, the same month that her husband expressed his desire to divorce her. Pluto turned Rx in mid-October and would again square natal Mercury in December of 1926 at the time of her notorious disappearance.
Regarding primary directions (Placidus semi-arc, Naibod key), the predominant influence in August of 1926 was the square of Venus (love, intimate relationships) coming to the Ascendant:
Agatha’s famous 10-day disappearance after an argument with her husband occurred on 3 December 1926. Transiting Saturn in Sagittarius perfected a semi-square to her natal Mercury, ruler of the 7th, on 5 December 1926, and transiting Pluto in Cancer perfected a square to natal Mercury on 16 December 1926.
Interestingly, at age 11, when her father died, she was in a Scorpio profection year with Mars as lord of the year. At age 35, when her mother died and her husband announced his plan to divorce her, she was also in a Scorpio profection year with Mars at lord of the year.
|Age||Profected Ascendant (whole signs)||Lord of the Year||Lord of the orb if natal hour ruler is Saturn (2:14 pm birth)||Lord of the orb if natal hour ruler is Moon (born slightly before 2:14 pm)|
In 1950 Agatha Christie was publicly honored by being elected to fellowship in the Royal Society of Literature, which was founded in 1820 by King George IV to reward literary merit. On 8 February 1950 her natal Ascendant culminated at the meridian by Placidean semi-arc primary direction, Naibod key.
Another convincing factor in favor of the 2:14 PM GMT birth time is that by primary direction (Placidcus semi-arc, without latitude, Naibod rate), the directed Ascendant comes to the position of Saturn (a natural ruler of death) in the natal 8th house of death in January of 1976. Agatha Christie died on 12 January 1976. She was 85 years old when she died. Her profected Ascendant was Capricorn, and her lord of the year was Saturn, which natally occupies the 8th house of death. Her demise coincides with the primary direction of the natal Ascendant to the position of natal Saturn in the 8th house.
Here are her Placidean primary directions timed with the Naibod key for the first 6 months of 1976: