Our next pair, Jay Gould and the late J. Pierpont Morgan, should prove exceedingly instructive. Here the influence flows through a purely financial channel. Gould has Gemini rising with Mercury just below the cusp of the Ascendant, very strong in his own house, and with a trine of the Moon and Saturn. This is a very cold combination. There is no warmth from any source; the Sun himself is imprisoned in the twelfth house, and forms a square with Uranus. It is the very picture of a greedy, calculating, cold-blooded financier. Venus and Jupiter being in the second house turn the affections toward money, and assure its gain. The affliction of Uranus by the Sun in the tenth, house shows that the financier could not escape the reprobation of his fellow men. Morgan has Leo rising and its lord, the Sun, in close conjunction with Mercury, is exalted in Aries and is culminating, all of which renders him extremely powerful. Uranus is in trine to Saturn and opposed by the Moon. The personality is far finer and nobler than that of our last example,, not nearly so concentrated upon pure gain and in no way inhibited from undertaking constructive work. General Boulanger has Cancer rising with its lady, the Moon in Aquarius, within nine degrees of the conjunction of Uranus, which is on the cusp of the tenth house. Beyond a sextile of the Sun and Venus to the Ascendant (Cancer), and approaching semi-sextile of Neptune to the Moon and Uranus, but applying more to Uranus, there is no particular assistance to the Ascendant qualities. We find in fact, that it was the personality of the man which failed him, since at the critical moment he wavered and broke down. Contrast with him, the great Gambetta who has Scorpio rising and Mars in his own house, Aries, quite close to the conjunction of the Sun and Mercury. Saturn is rising within seven degrees of the trine to Mars. Uranus is in conjunction with Venus in her exaltation, but is opposed by Jupiter. The personality appears extraordinarily forceful, the temperament not markedly so. In fact his work was mainly that of rallying the French in the hour of their defeat, and idea which might have occurred to any patriot. The amazing energy and success with which he carried out his task are due to the great power of the Ascendant and the good aspects of its lord. It will be noted, of course, that the affliction of Uranus in the fourth house led to its logical manifestation upon the material plane, in his tragic death. The last of our group is Robespierre. Here Aquarius is rising, Saturn just under the cusp of the Ascendant and Uranus a little below him. Saturn has the semi-sextile of Venus and the square of Mercury, which indicates a successful and plausible lawyer with a sense of reality, but no load of scruple sufficient to hinder his march toward power. Uranus squared by Jupiter receives only the doubtful assistance of a semi-sextile of the Moon; and, though Jupiter Is in the tenth, in his own house, Sagittarius, trined by Mars, this cannot offset so powerful an affliction as that of Uranus, although it added executive force to the ambition. Here is a clinical picture of a cold, harsh, overbearing, ambitious, unscrupulous man, the only relief to which appears in the rising Venus, which is approaching a conjunction with Uranus; and this curiously reflects the contradictory strain of gentleness in his private home life. So, again, as in all the cases that we have been considering, we find the clearest possible witness of history through the truth of Astrology.
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