Crowley’s Congenital Idiot
Astrologer Evangeline Adams has this as her first chart in the 1927 book, A Place in the Stars.” Aleister Crowley who helped her write the book at the end of her long life, also has it in his Compleat Works. It is for an unknown woman whom they give the epithet, “Congenital Idiot” i.e. someone who was born with developmental but not necessarily a hereditary disease.
We rectifed this chart from an Ascendant of #5 Libra to #1 or the Sabian Symbol of a person frozen in time like a butterfly with a single dart – the image seems fitting.. Our house system is different from them as well; we use Morinus while they the ever popular Placidus. No matter, either way she s a Bowl Temperament Type with all her planets in the Southern or upper hemisphere of her chart giving her a public persona despite her very private personal life.
Download Miss CI’s chart.
What we know about her
Miss CI was born September 1st, 1880 in London, England. Neither Adams nor Crowley make any comments about her family background, but her Arabian Parts suggest that she came from a wealthy family and possible Royal Connections (Juno is conjunct the part of Royalty). That they have money makes sense as it is doubtful that a poor miscreant would have gotten good care and thus brought to their notice.
Astrologically, she has a multitude of earth planets: six located in Virgo alone (see the Twelfth House), and two more are found trine in the eighth house in Taurus. That is quite a preponderance of earth signs, and one of the six is Venus in the house of her fall, Virgo, thus casting a cold pall upon our gal and making her emotions stifled.
If that was not enough, the 12th house is jammed packed, showing how much this person’s life is tied to large institutions as well as how her self-expression is muted. This comes up again in her Line of Culture.
Tell me her Lines
Our gal has the Line of Vitality in her chart as well as all of the planetary pairs that Dr. Jones created as a shorthand to understand how a person inter-reacts with themselves, their environment & their outer world. The Line of Vitality is conjunct and suggests that she puts a lot of value on how she acts and reacts to the world and that supports her Venus in Virgo.
Next, she has a conjunct Line of Efficiency like the Alice in Wonderland writer, Lewis Carroll. This aspect according to Dr. Jones depicts the fundamental adjustments that a person must make within herself to adjust to the world around her & as it is conjunct suggests that she does not interact with her environment much at all, but remains alone and insular. That, of course, would make sense based on her mental affliction and supports much of her horoscope.
Then there is the aforementioned Line of Culture, oddly named in this case, but actually referring to how a person reacts to their times and the milieu in which they live. For her this aspect between Uranus and Neptune, those recently found planets in the zodiac spectrum, is trine. Interestingly, Helen Keller, born deaf and blind, also has this aspect, that suggests a communicative independence from her environment. How she converses and interacts with it, is her devising, again making sense as both our gal and Miss Keller, did not bond with the outside world as they developed their own language. It was not until Miss Sullivan came along and helped Keller that she could interact with anyone else.
Finally, our girl also has Saturn and Jupiter conjunct in Aries in her seventh house, which Marc Edmund Jones calls the Line of Personality. 1 He writes that this gives a person an “outsized” consequence to their life.
And so it has been.
- Jones, Marc Edmund. The Guide to Horoscope Interpretation. pg.140.
- Crowley, Aleister. “The General Principles of Astrology” The General Principles of Astrology: Aleister Crowley, Hymenaeus Beta, Evangeline Adams: 9780877289081
Jones, Marc Edmund. The Sabian symbols in astrology. Stanwood, WA: Sabian Pub. Society, 1955.
- Jones, Marc. Edmund. The Guide to Horoscope Interpretation. Philadelphia: MacKay Publishing, 1941.