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Donald Bradley

Post by Jim Eshelman » Sun May 14, 2017 12:39 am

Jan 20, 2016

In his obituary in American Astrology, Donald Bradley's birth data were given as May 16, 1925, 2:04 AM, Bruning, NE.

When he actually died in April 1974, Gary Duncan called me in my home in Greencastle, IN to tell me. At that point he was no longer bound to keep Bradley's birth data confidential, and he gave it to me as 2:40 AM. This was throw into question later when 2:04 was published, and I discussed it with Gary. He was puzzled and asserted that he was sure Uranus was closer to the Ascendant than the 2:04 showed. I went ahead with the officially published time.

However, I recently reconstructed the lunar return examples of the unnamed young man in Chapter 6 of Solar & Lunar Returns (long known to be Bradley's own SLRs), and they all arise from the 2:40 AM time.

Therefore, it's clear that, at the time he wrote Solar & Lunar Returns, Bradley held his own birth time to be 2:40 AM, and this is also the period when Gary got the data from him. Whether the 2:04 published by American Astrology was a typo, an intentional distortion at Bradley's request, or a time he eventually came to believe was correct, I'm unsure. I'm giving the natal chart here for the time he believed to be his birth time most of his life, which I suspect is his correct time.

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Re: Donald Bradley

Post by Jim Eshelman » Sun May 14, 2017 12:40 am

When he moved to Long Beach, CA, he had
MC 13°29' Scorpio
Asc 0°01' Aquarius

This placed his Sun just over 1° from square Ascendant, and Neptune 2° below Descendant. Besides finishing growing up in that general area, this is where he established his astrological career, went to work for Llewellyn George, became an established writer, did the original Profession & Birth Date and Solar & Lunar Returns research and publishing, etc.

When he moved to New York, NY, he had
MC 24°21' Sagittarius
Asc 8°57' Aries

His Mercury, though ecliptically seeming to be above Ascendant, is 1°24' below it, the strongest planet. Jupiter and Saturn are rather widely foreground. This is where he had his greatest institutional success, especially his work at New York University on the weather project.

(I'm not sure when he moved, but in the fall of 1954 he was apparently still on the West Coast. He once wrote that his September 1954 SLR had a Venus-Saturn conjunction on the angles - he cited this as a disfigurement aspect, and his diaries disclosed a very infected ingrown whisker - and that aspect only shows angular in his September 11, 1954 SLR for Southern California. However, the event of his apartment being robbed in NYC was January 1, 1963. The weather studies were being published as early as September 1962, so had been actually performed and professionally evaluated earlier than that.)

When he moved to Tucson, AZ, he had
MC 20°17' Scorpio
Asc 10°45' Aquarius

Moon is 0°43' from Eastpoint, and Neptune is very widely foreground. This is where he settled into his position as editor and columnist for American Astrology (while doing other consultation for scientific journals). He eventually worked in person with Cyril Fagan, after Fagan relocated from Dublin. Bradley also experienced his repeated rounds of the lung cancer that eventually killed him (making a bit of medical history along the way as the first man ever to have a double mastectomy).
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Re: Donald Bradley

Post by Jim Eshelman » Sun May 14, 2017 12:40 am

Arena wrote:
I'm giving the natal chart here for the time he believed to be his birth time most of his life, which I suspect is his correct time.
I see the first two charts are describing what you are talking about, but what is the third chart?

Uranus is very important when it comes to astrological interest.
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Re: Donald Bradley

Post by Jim Eshelman » Sun May 14, 2017 12:40 am

Jim Eshelman wrote:
Arena wrote:I see the first two charts are describing what you are talking about, but what is the third chart?
The Novien.
Uranus is very important when it comes to astrological interest.
Yes... and for either time, he has a powerful Aquarius Moon and at least a reasonably strong Uranus. But for 2:40 it's stronger.
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Re: Donald Bradley

Post by Jim Eshelman » Sun May 14, 2017 12:41 am

Arena wrote:
Jim Eshelman wrote:
Arena wrote:I see the first two charts are describing what you are talking about, but what is the third chart?
The Novien.

Aha :idea: ... very interesting Novien chart. Moon-Mercury=intelligence and ability to process information, and also the Sun-Uranus aspect.
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Re: Donald Bradley

Post by Jim Eshelman » Sun May 14, 2017 12:41 am

SteveS wrote:Jim wrote:
Bradley also experienced his repeated rounds of the lung cancer that eventually killed him (making a bit of medical history along the way as the first man ever to have a double mastectomy).
Curious—do you know if Bradley was a heavy smoker?
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Re: Donald Bradley

Post by Jim Eshelman » Sun May 14, 2017 12:42 am

SteveS wrote:Curious—do you know if Bradley was a heavy smoker?
Yes, quite heavy. (See Mars in Gemini / Mercury in Aries.) BTW, taking up heavy smoking is a routine behavior of people deeply committed to Alcoholics Anonymous, as he was. I'm not clear whether he was a heavy smoker before that, but it would have been typical of a man born in 1925.
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Re: Donald Bradley

Post by UncleAries » Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:23 am

Here is his grave memorial

Donald Allen Bradley
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.c ... d=48715577

and a lovely picture of him (provided by Maxine Cheri Clark-Harris) from high school when he was just 18 years of age. He was quite beautiful in appearance wasn't he?

Ankaa star conjunct his Sun in PV mundoscope, known for giving physical beauty among other things, check my thread on fixed stars in mundo, of course he was a Taurus Sun, double Aquarius (asc and moon) noted for their constellational beauty...

6-15-1943 Senior Picture, Wilson High School, Long Beach, California.
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Re: Donald Bradley

Post by FlorencedeZ. » Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:06 am

Thank you for posting this UncleAries.
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Re: Donald Bradley

Post by Jim Eshelman » Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:33 am

It's one of those examples that shows "there's something to this astrology and personal appearance" thing: Don was a Taurus-Aquarius. Gene Lockhart, a Scorpio-Leo, bore a striking resemblance to him at the same ages.
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Re: Donald Bradley

Post by TheScales_BothWays » Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:56 am

Jim Eshelman wrote:
Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:33 am
Don was a Taurus-Aquarius. Gene Lockhart, a Scorpio-Leo, bore a striking resemblance to him at the same ages.
Could you share a link or two to any picture of Gene Lockhart when young? I had no luck with Google. :(

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Re: Donald Bradley

Post by Jim Eshelman » Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:32 am

TheScales_BothWays wrote:
Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:56 am
Jim Eshelman wrote:
Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:33 am
Don was a Taurus-Aquarius. Gene Lockhart, a Scorpio-Leo, bore a striking resemblance to him at the same ages.
Could you share a link or two to any picture of Gene Lockhart when young? I had no luck with Google. :(
I've never seen a picture of Gene. I never took one, and don't remember anyone ever capturing him in a picture.

By the way, you had asked about pictures of the trip. You can find, publically viewable, an album called 2017 October Colorado here: https://www.facebook.com/jeshelman
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Re: Donald Bradley

Post by TheScales_BothWays » Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:01 pm

Jim Eshelman wrote:
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:32 am
By the way, you had asked about pictures of the trip. You can find, publically viewable, an album called 2017 October Colorado here: https://www.facebook.com/jeshelman
Thanks Jim! Your pictures are spectacular. 😍

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