Splish-splashing with Judge Scalia

The header picture is of Judge Scalia, his wife Maureen whom he married in 1960 with their nine children. In order of birth they are: Ann Forest, Eugene, John Francis, Catherine Elisabeth, Mary Clare, Paul David, Matthew, Christopher James, and Margaret (Meg) Jane.

Judge Scalia suddenly died February 13th, 2016 on vacation in Texas, leaving the High Court at eight.  See the New York video coverage here.

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Scalia’s rectified chart.


Antonin Gregory Scalia was an only child. He was born in Newark, New Jersey on March 11, 1936, the time is unknown, so we had to rectify this one.  After fully reviewing his career, we decided upon an Ascendant of  26 Libra for the Judge.

His father, Salvator Eugene Scalia,  emigrated from Sicily as a teenager and came through Ellis Island. Pere Scalia received a free college education through C.U.N.Y. (City Univeristy of New York)  and later became a professor of romance languages at one of them — Brooklyn College.

download Judge Antonin scalia’s chart.

His mother, Catherine Louisa Panaro,  on the other hand, was a first generation Italian-American who worked as an elementary school teacher until Antonin was born. Early in life, he acquired the nickname “Nino,”  in remembrance of his grandfather, for whom he was named but also because he was the only son —  it translates roughly to “Sonny.”

‘You know…I’m having second thoughts about TV cameras in the courtroom.’

Scalia grew up in an what was then an Italian-Irish  borough of Queens. He attended a public elementary school where he was a straight A student. He then  went on to pricey Xavier High School in Manhattan, run by Xavierian Brothers of the Roman Catholic Church,  located  in the Chelsea section of Manhattan.   He continued to receive high academic marks and finished first in his class.

In 1953, Scalia enrolled at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he graduated valedictorian and summa cum laude with a bachelors degree in history in 1957. After graduation, he went on to study at Harvard Law School. During his final year he met Maureen McCarthy, an undergraduate at Radcliffe College & were married on September 10, 1960.

After a stellar judicial career including a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Judge Scalia  was sworn into the high court in September 1986,  98-0.

                          Scalia’s Chart

Judge Scalia has a 26 Libra Ascendant, a degree of “benevolence” is a critical degree in the zodiac and gives the native “peculiar mental quirks” and idiosyncrasies. Microbiologist, the great Louis Pasteur also has this Ascendant, and makes the natives want to be of service to others.  The Sabian Symbol suggests “An eagle and a dove”  highlighting his need to harmonize the secularism of his Splash temperament type with his faith, which  may explain why he was not a “dependable conservative” but nonetheless strict in  adhering to the doctrine of Original Intent.

Libra ascendants are often thin in youth, but tend towards stoutness at they ages.  Scalia is typical:   round face, double chin and good-looking.  They also tend  be cheerful and genial, evidenced by his friendship with Judge Ruth Bader-Ginsburg, whom he enjoyed mental jousting, teasing & play.

Judges Ginsburg and Scalia at a costume benefit.

The Judge’s ascendant is also encouraged by his surplus of Water signs in his chart, including his Part of Fortune at 14 Pisces that has the symbol of a “Family Tree” suggesting his ability to interweave discordant socio-politico relationships into a happy whole.

His Line of Vitality, that aspect between the Sun and Moon, is inconjunct, that along with his Splash temperament, a tendency to waste his talents because of a need to throw off excessive mental energy.  This is accentuated by the only conjunction in his chart in the Piscean fifth house of pleasure seeking and children.

His Line of Personality are squared, giving him impetus to see beyond the individual in  individual court cases and view the underlying social currents particularly as Saturn, the stronger of the two planets,  is in the fifth house while Jupiter is in the second house of environmental resources.

His Line of Efficiency is happily sextiled, encouraging that Part of Fortune drift in his life. Finally his Line of Culture is not aspected.  Overall, his chart shows that the late judge led a happy, though a bit over indulgent, life.  R.I.P.