Another compelling observation about the true lunar nodes in solar returns

In a previous post I wrote about my observation that in a large number of cases the presence of the Moon’s True Node in or very near its stationary phase in a solar return almost always heralded a year ahead characterized by major or dramatic changes  that would alter the life and daily routine of the native.  I liken this configuration to the Tower card in the tarot.

Today I read in the news that Tyler Skaggs, pitcher Los Angeles Angels, was found dead in his hotel room in Texas.  According to ABC News, “Police in Southlake, Texas, said officers found Skaggs when they responded to a report of an unconscious man in a hotel room around 2:15 p.m. Monday. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.”

Given the dramatic turn of events, I wondered whether the Moon’s True Nodes were stationary or about to change direction in his 2018 solar return.  Skaggs was born July 13, 1991, in Los Angeles, CA, time unknown.  Here is his sunrise natal chart with his 2018 solar return surrounding it.


At first glace, the Lunar Nodes in the 2018 Solar Return appear to be moving retrograde.  However, if we advance the time of the solar return just one hour (see chart below), we see that the Moon’s True Nodes were about to turn stationary at the time of his sunrise chart solar return.  If we had his actual time of birth, most likely the true nodes would have appeared as Stationary in the solar return.

It is also noteworthy that in his 2018 solar return, transiting Pluto (a signifier of death and lord of the underworld) is almost exactly opposite his natal Sun.

skaggs sr 2

Advancing the sunrise chart solar return for 2018 just one hour reveals that the Moon’s True Nodes are stationary on the day of his solar return, heralding a year ahead of major and dramatic change.


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Which House Rules Cars?

In her book on horary astrology (p. 217), Olivia Barclay presents a chart for the question, “I have fallen in love with an 1937 Bentley.  Will I be able to buy it?”  (15 Feb 1987, 4:42 PM GMT, 51N13, 1E25).  The question was asked on a Sun day during a Saturn hour.  Here is the chart with Regiomontanus houses.


In her analysis of this chart, Barclay uses the 3rd house to signify the car, a practice which is at variance with that of many other horary astrologers who use the 2nd house to represent goods you want to purchase.  Barclay adds that Venus lies in the 5th house where she rejoices, and the 5th house describes honey-colored objects.  The Bentley happened to be honey-colored.  Barclay then generalizes from one chart to all of astrology — a logical fallacy of over-generalization.

According to Lilly, the 2nd house gives judgment regarding the estate or fortune of the querent, wealth or poverty, removable goods, money lent, profit or gain, loss or damage.

When Barclay found out that her assignment of cars to the 3rd house was being challenged by other astrologers, she wrote an article to justify her position, a copy of which can be found at  My own view is that color assignments in horary are not reliable, and different horary authors have contradicted one another in the assignment of colors to houses and signs, so that arguing from color  to prove a point is questionable logic at best.  Nonetheless, Barclay in her article gives the following justification:

“... in Christian Astrology (page 52), Lilly tells us about the 2nd house. This, he assures us, shows the wealth or poverty of the querent, all movable goods, money lent, profit or gain, loss or damage. Here, the trouble may be with the word movable, which I take to mean portable. Those things one cannot carry like houses, tenements, lands, towns, cities and castles belong to the 4th house. (There are, of course, many other things, like colours or parts of the body ruled by the 2nd and 4th houses, but mostly they rule tangible objects.)

Some of the other houses also include tangible things. The 5th house, for example, includes taverns. ‘Why?’ you may ask. The reason is that Venus has her joy in the 5th, and gives her qualities of pleasure and entertainment to that house.

The 3rd rules another tangible article, letters. Why? Because the Moon has her joy in the 3rd and extends her qualities of movement and fluctuation to that house. According to Lilly, if the Moon is actually in the 3rd house, it causes much ‘travel, trotting and trudging’. In short, the 3rd house rules short journeys and communications. I would therefore include cars in the 3rd house because you cannot carry them about. They belong in Lilly’s category of ‘trotting and trudging and travelling about’.”

Thus, Barclay appears to be arguing that because you can’t pick up and carry your car, it is not a “removable good,” can’t belong to the 2nd house and therefore must belong to the 3rd house which is related to travel.  In my opinion this is flimsy logic.  In addition, Barclay’s position is not consistent with astrological tradition.  I can find no reference to vehicles or means of conveyance being assigned to the 3rd house in the classical literature.   There may be such a reference and if anyone knows of one, please let me know.

Instead, in traditional astrology the 2nd house is related to one’s livelihood and one’s income from possessions, and the 4th to the parents and one’s home and possessions.  In fact, Maternus specifically assigns movable possessions (mobilia in Latin) to the 4th house in which he includes one’s parents, patrimony, inheritance from the parents, foundations, substance or assets, movable goods, and latent sources of wealth.  Presumably a child in Rome would inherit the parents’ chariot, which Maternus assigns to the 4th house.

Here is a quote from the W. Kroll et F. Skutsch Latin edition of Maternus (see line 8 of the Latin text for his inclusion of mobilia as an attribute of the 4th house):


Interestingly in Vedic astrology vehicles and conveyances are also assigned to the 4th house, a fact consistent with the 4th century approach of Maternus. Also of note is that the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn assigned the Chariot tarot trump to the sign Cancer, and Lilly lists as consignificators of the 4th astrological house the sign Cancer and the Sun, because Cancer is the 4th sign from the vernal equinox and the Sun is the 4th planet in Chaldean order.  In mythology, the Sun is often depicted as riding on his daily journey through the sky on a golden chariot.  In addition, Cancer is a natural signifier of mothers and the Sun, of fathers.  The 4th house traditionally refers to one’s parents.

Chariot thoth

The CHARIOT tarot trump is associated with the sign CANCER and the 4th HOUSE of the horoscope.

The following quote from the Harvard Law Review, Vol. 29, page 504, makes clear that mobilia can refer to vehicles of conveyance, in this case ‘horses‘:


Let’s now reconsider Barclay’s horary from the perspective of vehicles belonging to the 4th house, as in Vedic astrology.

It is a Sun day during a Saturn hour.  Saturn on the cusp of the 5th house suggests that the querent is concerned with something he loves or something that will give him pleasure.

The 12th part of the Leo ascendant lies in early Taurus in the 9th Regiomontanus house, suggesting that the querent has 9th house matters on his mind.  The ruler of the 12th part is Venus, which occupies the 5th house (what give us pleasure) and which conjoins Neptune (the querent is dreaming about or idealizing this pleasurable object related to 9th house travel).

The Sun rules the 1st house (querent) and is applying in partile sextile to Mars (4th house ruler) in Aries in the 9th.  He really wants this fast powerful phallic car (Pluto on the Scorpio 4th cusp, 4th ruler Mars in Aries) and is rapidly approaching it, but the question is, will he be able to buy it?  His question is about his money and financial resources, a 2nd house matter.

The querent’s money is shown by the Virgo 2nd house, ruled by Mercury.  Unfortunately, Mercury lies in its detriment (Pisces) in the unfortunate 8th and is peregrine (totally without essential dignity).  Mercury has some support because it conjoins the Part of Fortune and will eventually conjoin Jupiter, but as the least dignified planet in the chart, Mercury may indicate that he will not be able to raise the money to buy the car.

The seller of the car is shown by the 7th house, ruled by Saturn.  The Sun (querent) is separating from a sextile to Saturn, so the two parties in the negotiation are moving apart rather than coming together.

The Moon, which could represent the querent, applies to square Saturn (the seller), but the Moon does not occupy any of the dignities of Saturn, so there is no reception.  In addition, the Moon in Virgo is peregrine and must act through its dispositor, which is also peregrine and the least dignified planet in the chart.

In this chart the MC (directly opposite the 4th house cusp of vehicles) is in exact parallel of declination with the fixed star Denebola in the Tail of the Lion, a somewhat unfortunate fixed star (would you pull the tail of a lion?).  Robson writes: “Denebola is of the nature of Saturn and Venus. It gives swift judgment, despair, regrets, public disgrace, misfortune from the elements of nature, and happiness turned to anger, and makes its natives noble, daring, self-controlled, generous and busy with other people’s affairs.”

In the context of this chart, Denebola parallel the 10th cusp, opposite the 4th cusp of cars, suggests that the querent will end up with despair and regret, such that his pursuit of the Bentley will be comparable to chasing the tail of a lion.





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Antiscions in the chart of Consul Ceionius Rufius Albinus

In his book the Mathesis (aka Matheseos Libri), the 4th century astrologer Julius Firmicus Maternus discusses the chart of a Roman Consul from the point of view of antiscions.  I used the James Holden translation of Maternus.

The word antiscion derives from the Greek anti (opposite, across from, equal but opposing) and skia (shadow cast by an object).  In astrology each point in the zodiac circle has an antiscion point, which is its reflection across the cardinal axis connecting the summer and winter solstice points, that is, from zero degrees Cancer to zero degrees Capricorn (the Sun’s highest declination to the Sun’s lowest declination with respect to the Earth’s Equator).


                                    < —————————————————————————————- >                                                    Antiscions are reflections across the solticial axis. A degree on the left side of the meridian in this figure has its antiscion degree directly across the wheel on a line parallel to the horizon, which connects the equinoxes.

In the above figure I have placed zero degrees Capricorn (the winter solstice above the Equator) on the MC and zero degrees Cancer (the summer solstice above the Equator) on the IC, so that the meridian axis connects the summer and winter solstice.

To locate the antiscion of a point, you simply look across the wheel on a straight line parallel to the horizon (which in this case is the axis connecting the Equinoxes).  Thus:

  • The points in Aries have their antiscions (reflections) in Virgo, and vice versa.
  • The points in Taurus have their antiscions (reflections) in Leo, and vice versa.
  • The points in Gemini have their antiscions (reflections) in Cancer, and vice versa.
  • The points in Pisces have their antiscions (reflections) in Libra, and vice versa.
  • The points in Aquarius have their antiscions (reflections) in Scorpio, and vice versa.
  • The points in Capricorn have their antiscions (reflections) in Sagattarius, and vice versa.

Because we are dealing with reflections, as the points in one sign increase from 0 to 29 degrees, their corresponding antiscion (shadow) points in the sign across the wheel on a line parallel to the horizon decrease from 29 to 0 degrees.  Thus, the antiscion of 5 Aries lies at 25 Virgo, and the antiscion of 12 Taurus lies at 18 Leo, etc.  You can imagine shining a flashlight on a point of the wheel, with the beam of the flashlight parallel to the horizon axis, so the the shadow of any point falls on its corresponding antiscion point on the other side of the solticial (meridian) axis.  If you were to fold the above figure in half along the vertical axis, so that the left hemisphere overlaps the right hemisphere, then the “solstice points” or antiscions would align.

Firmicus Maternus in the 4th century tells us that antiscion contacts between the zodiacal positions of planets has the same force or importance as the major Ptolemaic aspects.  Even if two planets lack an aspect such as a trine, sextile, square or opposition but they are connected by antiscion, then those planets are just as strongly related in the chart as if a Ptolemaic aspect existed between them.

To illustrate his point, Maternus discusses the chart of his patron, the Roman Consul Albinus.  Given the limitations of the ephemeris of his epoch, we can reconstruct the chart from Maternus’ description:

  • Ascendant in Scorpio.
  • Sun in Pisces in the same degree as Jupiter in Pisces.
  • Moon in Cancer.
  • Venus in Taurus.
  • Mars in Aquarius.
  • Mercury in Aquarius in the same degree as Mars. (In fact, they are about 15 degrees apart by modern calculations.)
maternus latin

The original Latin text of Maternus in which he describes the chart.

Here is the ephemeris during the period in which these positions were in effect at the time of Maternus:
Firmicus Ephemeris

Because the Moon was in Cancer, the Consul was born between March 14 and March 16 of 303 CE.  Maternus says that the Sun was in the same degree as Jupiter, which suggests that either March 15 or March 16 are more likely, given that the Sun is approaching Jupiter during that period and the Sun is closest to Jupiter on March 16.

Further clues include Maternus’ comment that Mars sends his antiscion to conjoin the Ascendant and then to trine the antiscion of the Moon.  Assuming that Maternus has the correct position of Mars at about 11 Aquarius, the antiscion of Mars would like at about 19 Scorpio, placing the Ascendant between 18 and 19 degrees of Scoprio.  As Mars advances in Aquarius, according to Maternus it will soon trine the antiscion of the Moon, which thus must be at a degree somewhat greater than 11 Gemini.  A close approximation to the birth chart matching Maternus’ description has this data: March 14, 303 CE at 10:40 PM LMT, Rome Italy and looks like this (whole sign houses):


The following table shows the dignities and antiscions for this chart.


As you can see, if the antiscion of Mars conjoins the Ascendant, then the ASC must be at about 18 Scorpio.  Maternus says that Mars at 11 Aquarius applies to trine the antiscion of the Moon, which here lies at 15 Gemini.  Thus, Maternus is allowing planets to aspect antiscion points within the orb allowed to the planet.  Traditionally Mars has an orb or about 7 or 8 degrees.


William Lilly’s Table of Orbs from Christian Astrology

Maternus comments that the Sun conjunct Jupiter in Pisces in the 5th house of Good Fortune would indicate that the native’s father, symbolized by the Sun, would be prosperous, fortunate and powerful.  But taking antiscions into account, Maternus notes that the Sun and Jupiter in Pisces send their antiscions into Libra, the fall of the Sun, the “sign in which it is humiliated and dejected, and also into the 12th house of the nativity, i.e. in the Bad Daimon, shows the paternal family to be of low degree, and it denotes a famous exile for the father himself” (Holden translation, p. 83).  He adds that the antiscion of Jupiter in the radical 12th indicates that both the father and the native will have many enemies.  Here Maternus seems to be interpreting the placement of the antiscion in a sign or house as a stand-in for the planet itself, as if the Sun and Jupiter in this example were occupants of the 12th house of the nativity.

In another section, Marternus appears to allow whole sign aspects when interpreting antiscions.  For example,  in the above chart Maternus comments that Mars in Aquarius sends his antiscion to Scorpio, a sign which is opposed to Taurus where Venus is posited, resulting in the native’s adulterous behavior.  In addition, Venus in Taurus sends her antiscion to Leo, a sign which is opposed to Aquarius where Mars is posited, thus reinforcing the natal Venus square Mars aspect and further indicating adultery.  It is not clear to me whether Maternus has in mind whole sign aspects or whether he is imagining the unfolding of the chart via primary directions during the course of the lifetime of the native, during which these antiscion aspects will perfect.

Maternus concludes the discussion of the Consul’s adultery with the comment: “But because Venus sent her antiscion from Taurus into Leo, i.e., into the domicile of the Sun, and into the MC [10th house], it made the Emperor pronounce a sentence against him for these crimes” (p.84, Holden translation).  Here the Leo 10th house and the Sun symbolize the Emperor, and the mere presence of the antiscion of Venus in the sign Leo seems to trigger the Emperor to action, which sounds to me like Maternus is thinking in terms of whole sign influences.

To end this post, let me quote the comments of one of my favorite contemporary astrologers regarding the above chart.  Deborah Houlding in her online article on antiscia writes:

“Firmicus gives no degree positions but amongst many of the points he makes regarding the debilitating effects of the antiscia connections in the chart he states that the Moon is positioned in Cancer, the ascendant in Scorpio and Mars in Aquarius.  By aspect alone there would be no recognised relationship between the Moon and Mars because their signs are inconjunct.  However the antiscion of the Moon in Cancer falls in Gemini which aspects Mars by trine.  The antiscion of Mars in Aquarius falls in Scorpio, in the ascendant and, in turn, in trine to the Moon.  Firmicus saw this relationship between Mars and the Moon as indicative of trouble and strife:”

‘And so the waxing Moon, attacked from all sides by the many influences of Mars, made this man, weakened in body, finally an exile’  (Matheseos, Bk.II.XXIX.16., Jean Rhys Bram translation),



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Trump’s 2016 Solar Return and the presidential election

Recently I had the pleasure of doing an interview with Vedic astrologer Levi Cosijn regarding Donald Trump’s solar return and the 2016 U.S. presidential election.  Levi recorded the presentation and posted it on YouTube at if you are interested in watching it.

Trump 2016


In addition, this monnth (June) the FAA published my article on the historical importance of Placidus houses.



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“As above, so below” and the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine

Astrology is founded on the belief that life on Earth somehow parallels the workings of the cosmos.  In 2017 the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine was awarded to three scientists who revealed the molecular mechanism by which our biological clocks, which regulate our circadian rhythms, function.

“The circadian clock anticipates and adapts our physiology to the different phases of the day. Our biological clock helps to regulate sleep patterns, feeding behavior, hormone release, blood pressure and body temperature.” – 2017 Nobel Prize Press Release

Here is an excerpt from the Press Release of the Nobel Prize Committee (italics and bold are mine):

Life on Earth is adapted to the rotation of our planet. For many years we have known that living organisms, including humans, have an internal, biological clock that helps them anticipate and adapt to the regular rhythm of the day.     …

Their discoveries explain how plants, animals and humans adapt their biological rhythm so that it is synchronized with the Earth’s revolutions.

Using fruit flies as a model organism, this year’s Nobel laureates isolated a gene that controls the normal daily biological rhythm. They showed that this gene encodes a protein that accumulates in the cell during the night, and is then degraded during the day. Subsequently, they identified additional protein components of this machinery, exposing the mechanism governing the self-sustaining clockwork inside the cell. We now recognize that biological clocks function by the same principles in cells of other multicellular organisms, including humans.

With exquisite precision, our inner clock adapts our physiology to the dramatically different phases of the day.”


Essentially what these scientists have done is demonstrate that humans, and other forms of life on this planet, have internalized the pattern of the Earth’s rotation into a molecular mechanism that regulates their essential bodily functions.  In a sense we all have a model of the Earth rotating on its axis and its relationship to the Sun built into our physiology.  As above, so below.

Earth’s rotation (NASA image in public domain)

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Evangeline Adams’ prediction that Caruso would survive

The great opera singer Enrico Caruso began to suffer severe chest pains during the opening season of the Metropolitan Opera in NYC in 1920.  On December 11, 1920 he bled from his mouth during a performance.  On Christmas Day of 1920 Caruso was diagnosed with acute pleurisy as the cause of his agonizing chest pain.  Three days later — on December 28, 1920 — his doctors removed a full gallon of fluid from his pleural cavity.  Caruso’s close associates thought that he was going to die.

In her book The Bowl of Heaven Evangeline Adams describes her involvement in the singer’s health crisis: “… doctors and priests were preparing him for the end. One monring, just before five, I was awakened by the continued ringing of my house phone.”  The woman on the line informed Ms. Adams that Caruso was severely ill and wanted to know if the stars indicated his death at that time.  Adams continues: “I looked up the singer’s chart, saw that he would not die at that time, told the woman so, and went back to bed.”

Karen Christino, a leading expert on Evangeline Adams, speculates that the famous astrologer made use of a “decumbiture chart” to make her accurate prediction.  Decumbiture charts are cast for the time and place that the person first falls ill. Christino details her argument in a fascinating article on

While Christino’s argument is compelling, it seems unlikely that at 5 A.M. Ms. Adams would have the time or inclination to research the onset of Caruso’s illness, cast a decumbiture chart for the event and then compare the birth chart to the decumbiture chart.  To me it seems more likely that Evangeline Adams used her “new horary” method to answer the question about Caruso’s death.

Adams’ method of doing horary was simply to note the degree on the ascendant at her location at the time of the question and to cast a chart for that ascendant, placing the native’s natal planets in that chart.

According to his birth certificate, Caruso was born on 27 February 1873 at 3 A.M. in Naples, Italy.  There are other versions of his birth data in the literature, but this is the chart that Adams apparently used.  Caruso’s 3 A.M. birth chart for Februay 27, 1873 looks like this:


Most likely Adams received the frantic call at 5 A.M. on 28 December of 1920.  She would have cast a chart for NYC at that moment and placed Caruso’s natal planets inside.  The ascendant at the moment would have been 5 Sag 03, so I simply recast Caruso’s natal chart with natal ascendant adjusted to be the NYC ascendant at 5 A.M. on 28 Dec 1920 to get a very close approximation to the chart which Adams interpreted. Here is the “new horary” chart for the question, “Will the native die at this time?”

phone call

Interpreting this as a horary chart, the native is signified by Jupiter, ruling the Sagittarius Ascendant.  Jupiter is favorably placed in the 9th house in the fire sign Leo where he trines the rising sign Sagittarius.  Jupiter’s Rx status indicates that the native is ill.

The Part of Fortune rising, conjunct the Ascendant, is one argument that he will survive this illness.

In my readjusted chart, benefic Venus, which rules the 6th house of bodily ailments, is mutually applying to trine Jupiter within one minute of arc, again indicating recovery from illness.  Jupiter disposes the 8th ruler Moon and is the exalted ruler of the 8th.  (Adams would have used Caruso’s natal placements exactly as they were and not have readjusted them as I have done in this chart.  She still would have noted the positive trine between Venus and Jupiter, even though it is just past perfection natally.)

The Moon rules the 8th of death in this chart and does not make any dangerous aspect to Jupiter, ruler of the Ascendant.  One would expect a significant affliction of the 8th lord in a death chart.

There are minimal negative indicators and major positive indicators in this chart, so the native will not die of his illness at this time, especially with the protective Venus trine Jupiter trine the rising sign Sagittarius being so prominent at the time of the question.






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The Birth Chart of Evangeline Adams

An astrological colleague recently contacted me for information about Evangline Adams’ method of horary astrology, which I have written about elsewhere in this blog.  For those unfamiliar with her horary technique, Adams notes the degree rising at the moment the client enters her office for a consultation.  She calls this the “accidental ascendant” of the client’s birth chart.  She then calculates the Placidus house cusps that correspond to this “accidental ascendant” at the location of her office and puts the client’s natal planets in this new horoscope wheel, which she proceeds to read as if it were the client’s radix.

Curious about Adams’ birth chart, I looked it up on and was dismayed to see that Astro-Databank lists her well-established birth data as “DD” (conflicting or unverified).  This is simply not true.

Karen Christino has extensively researched Adams’ biography and has verified with several primary sources (the New Jersey State Archives and US Census reports from 1870 and 1880) that Adams was born on February 8, 1868 in Jersey City, New Jersey.  (Astro-databank gives an erroneous alternative chart set for 1859, which does not accord with the facts of her life.)

In Adams’ biographical book The Bowl of Heaven she cites her father’s diary as giving a birth time of 8:30 AM (LMT was in use at the time).  Thus, we can be certain that Evangeline Adams was born on February 8, 1868 in Jersey City, New Jersey at a moment close to 8:30 AM LMT with an ascendant more or less at 22 Pisces 05.  Here is her birth chart according to this well verified information:

To verify this birth chart, we can check its details against Adams’ own description of her natal chart in The Bowl of Heaven.  Here are some facts that accord with this chart but not with the erroneous 1859 chart.

  • Adams’ astrology instructor, Dr. J. Heber Smith (Dec 5, 1842 – Oct 23, 1898), told her that she could not have been born at 7 AM (which she originally believed to be her time of birth) because the chart for that moment did not match her physical appearance.  He estimated that a chart cast for 8:30 AM would match her physical stature very closely.  She later discovered in her father’s diary that he had recorded 8:30 AM as the time of her birth.
  • Dr. Smith told her she would travel to foreign countries because she had a major planet in the 9th house.  She has Saturn in the 9th in the 1868 chart but no planets in the 9th in the erroneous 1859 chart.  Dr. Smith apparently also told her that because she had Venus and Jupiter in her 12th house of the mentally ill “people ‘off their balance’ would always turn to me as their friend — as someone who would help them out of their predicament” (p. 63, The Bowl of Heaven).
  • On pages 63-64 of The Bowl of Heaven Adams describes her own chart in a way that is consistent with the 1868 birth date but not with the erroneous 1859 birth date: “I was born under the influence of the human sign Aquarius with more than the usual number of planets rising in my chart: the Sun and Mars, which give courage; Mercury, which gives mental understanding; Neptune, which gives spiritual understanding; Venus, which makes possible the telling of ugly truths in palatable form; and Jupiter, which should provide the priceless gift of tolerance.”
  • When Dr. Smith first looked at her chart, he told her that she had probably broken a leg around age 9.  It was common practice for astrologers to verify a birth time by correlating the chart with events shown by primary directions earlier in the person’s life.  Most likely Dr. Smith looked at the primary directions of Mars (accidents), Saturn (bones) in Sagittarius in the 9th (hips and thighs), and the Moon (the body) in the 6th house of bodily ailments.  Here are the hard aspects of her primary directions (Placidus semi-arc, Ptolemy’s timing key, without latitude) at age 9:
  • As expected, Mars opposes the Moon suggesting a forceful accident which might rupture something.  Saturn squares the Moon, which suggests a bodily ailment involving her bones.  Uranus squares the Ascendant, which is also an indicator of a possible accident, possibly related to the client’s willfulness.  Adams asked her mother and learned that she broke her leg in an sledding accident in January of 1877, a month before her 9th birthday.  She stubbornly refused to heed her mother’s warning about taking of the sled that day.
  • Adams tells us that her father died when she was 15 months old.  This early wound should show up prominently in her chart.  Quite striking is the presence of Chiron (the wounded healer) at 23 Pisces 57 conjunct her natal Ascendant at 22 Pisces 05 from the 12th house side.  By primary direction (Placidus semi-arc, Ptolemy key), the directed Ascendant arrives at Chiron a month after her first birthday and just two months before her father’s death.  In July of 1869, two months after her father’s demise, directed Chiron conjoins natal Venus, suggesting a wound involving her affections.  Dr. Smith would not have known about Chiron, but the symbolism certainly fits her emotional experience in the months following her first birthday.
  • Evangeline Adams’ mentor, Dr. J. Heber Smith, died on October 28, 1898.
  • smith obit
  • Dr. Smith’s death must have played a role in Adams’ decision to move from Boston to New York City in March of 1899.  She also notes that she consulted the ephemeris and “found that beginning about the middle of March of that year, I was coming under some of the most propitious planetary conditions of my life; and that those good auspices applied especially to the Astrological work in which I have now been for some years engaged.” (Bowl of Heaven, p. 32).  Here is the ephemeris from Astrodienst for March of 1899:
  • 1899

As we can see, transiting Saturn in March of 1899 is crossing her Midheaven, a powerful impetus for career development.  Transiting Jupiter in the first decan of Scorpio is trine her natal Uranus (associated with astrology) and will soon trine natal Jupiter, after which it will move on to trine natal Venus and her natal Ascendant.  Transiting Mars, a planet of action and initiative, is trine her natal Venus and her natal Ascendant.  Adams regarded these transits as “some of the most propitious planetary conditions of my life” and decided to move to New York to take advantage of them to advance her career.  These transits only occur in the 1868 birth chart and not in the erroneous 1859 chart.

For a detailed discussion of the role of Evangeline Adams in American astrology, I recommend the Astrology Podcast with Christopher Renstrom.


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