Crowley’s Congenital Idiot


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Astrologers Evangeline Adams & Aleister Crowley have this as their first chart in their 1927 book, A Place in the Sun.  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 did rectify this chart from an Ascendant of  #5 Libra to #1 or a person frozen in time like a butterfly with a single dart. Our house system is different from them as well; we use Koch; they Placidus.  She is 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 here

The multitude of earth planets is startling: there are six located in Virgo alone, and two more are found trine in the eighth house in Taurus.  One of the six is Venus in the house of her fall: so Virgo casting a cold pall upon our gal.

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 Line

Our gal has the Line of Vitality in her chart as well as all of the planetary pairs that Dr. Jones creates as a shorthand to understand how a person inter-reacts with themselves environment & world.  This aspect is conjunct  and suggests that she puts a lot of value on how she acts and reacts to the world.

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.

She also has the 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.


Footnotes:

  1.  Jones, Marc Edmund.   The Guide to Horoscope Interpretation.   pg.140.

Bibliography:

  • 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.
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