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dec 15


from the New York Times archives, December 15, 1968.

At the time this article was written for the Times, Carroll Righter aka Pappy, and Jeanne Dixon had the most popular astrology columns in the country.  Jeanne made headlines because in 1956 she said that a “blue eyed man would die in the office” of President.  Alas, she also called the 1960 election for Richard Milhous Nixon, but it was the assassination call that made her fab.

Carroll Righter as his obit below reports, was the astrologer to the “Stars,” and nicknamed Pappy as so many of the LA Lights looked to him for guidance.

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Jeane Dixon,  born Jeane L. Pinckert in Medford, Wis., was the daughter of a lumber businessman and  grew up in California. Admirers said she had a talent for foreseeing the future, which she ascribed to God as she was devout Roman Catholic.. When she was 8 years old, the story goes, her mother took her to see a gypsy soothsayer who said Jeane had a gift for prophesying. The child’s mother encouraged her in those efforts.

In 1939, Jeane  married James L. Dixon, who went on to be president of James L. Dixon & Company Realtors in Washington. She helped him in the business and also predicted individual’s futures and future events, acquiring a local reputation for accuracy.  She was Nancy Reagan’s astrologer.

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Chances are that the Times ran the story as a holiday filler, something light and entertaining to fill in the pages as the news was probably at a lull.  I chose 5:15 am as when the paper starts to rolls off the presses and get delivered for the 6 am bridge and tunnel crowd.

it has 29 Rising Scorpio with Neptune right on the cusp.  The Sun  & Mercury both in Sagittarius with the Sun on the Second House cusp.    That makes sense as Mercury in Sagittarius  shows how the Times was a resource for higher quality reading (Sagittarius rules higher education) and it was purportedly was written at a tenth grade level while  most dailies like the New York Daily News are written at grammar school (second grade) level.

Neptune in the Twelfth House also supports that it was for “mature” audiences and on the cusp that it was “required” Sunday reading for most of the New York City metro area.

The Chart is a bowl with a bit of lip on it,  there are several planets in the Tenth House, so it can scoop up information from the Western side of the map, or how the Times uses the experience of its staff  and distills “all the news that’s fit to print”  via the Saturn at the Fifth House (the symbol is a Magic Carpet ) for its readers.

Another conjunction is in the Tenth and Eleventh houses between Mars (22  Libra has the symbol of a child giving a drink to a bird at the public fountain) and the Moon (24 Libra symbol of the third wing on the left side of a butterfly)  demonstrating how much the Times’s prestige was based in its being a precise and truthful source.

Saturn, the edge of the bowl that does that scooping, and is opposite that conjunction in the Fourth House, weighing in that  it is only a matter of time before things change, because Saturn as Father Time never stays still.

Also hinting at that is Jupiter and Uranus conjunct in the Tenth House but Jupiter is a bit hamstrung in Capricorn’s home (it rules naturally the Tenth House) and the Old Grey Lady (the Times nickname) sense that the “times are a-changing,” as Bob Dylan, the bard of the Sixties sang…and probably more than anyone yet knew.

Download the NY Times chart 12151968 issue.

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