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Donald Bradley

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

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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 thrown 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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Re: Donald Bradley

Post by Jim Eshelman » Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:59 am

I thought it might be fun to see what an automated Sidereal interpretation module could do for the chart of a Sidereal pioneer. BTW, Bradley has a young man had a cottage industry of generating written horoscope interpretations. He had one page on each chart factor (sign placement, aspect, etc.) that he wanted to consider - mimeographed these in large quantities - he'd calculate the chart, pull the sheets, staple them, and give them to a typist to retype for him. (I think he had about three typists doing this work, according to my recollection of Gary's recollection.) If it was unusually complicated, e.g., too many factors to count on "read from the top down," they'd give it back to him to customize before typing.


MOON

MOON IN AQUARIUS
Instinct for interconnection (all things) & breadth (diverse interests) as sources of genius. Intellectually rebellious, curious, investigative, futuristic. Science, analysis, discovery. Free spirit + social responsibility. Sexually curious; strange marital conditions. Humane: sympathetic to others’ troubles. Social idealist, reformer. Avoids “herd mind.” Occultists. Space, astronomy, astrology, sci fi, etc.

MOON IN THE 12TH HOUSE
Secluded (hermit). Difficult emotional complexes, inferiority feelings, moody; an "I’m not OK but you’re OK" syndrome, or "You’re probably better than I am." Passive or defeatist attitude, drifting. Frustration of nurturing needs and emotional interchange. Vulnerable to pain.

ASPECTS OF MOON
TRINE SATURN Orb 0°38' Applying
Hardworking, self-driving. Encourages others. Usually emotionally reserved, private. Resistant to others' rules & control (passive-aggressive response). Parent issues persist (nourishment-deprivation). Judgmental, intolerant, distrustful. Can be pessimistic, feeling inferior, anxious, depressed.

TRINE PLUTO Orb 2°36' Applying
Avoids habitual conformity & conventional conditioning; willing to "march to a different drummer" with little concern for others' rules. Maverick, outsider, gently resists authority. Restless, can uproot on little notice. Deeply inquiring mind.


SUN

SUN IN TAURUS
Charming, good-hearted, tolerant, forthright. Loves peace, beauty, nature, comfort, simplicity. Devoted friend, keenly understands people. Willingly vulnerable, open; feels things powerfully. Erotic (sexually, sensually, philosophically). Deeply loving parent. Prolific in all areas of creativity.

SUN IN THE 2ND HOUSE
Keen sense of ownership; possessiveness; self identified with resources. Sense of power from harnessing resources.

ASPECTS OF SUN
TRINE JUPITER Orb 2°29' Separating
Generous, kind, warm, amiable, tolerant; needs acceptance & friendship. General dislike of problems: Has difficulty persevering against real adversity (though most problems resolve easily). Prodigal, loves leisure, overly reliant on luck. Philosophical or religious mind.

SEXTILE URANUS Orb 0°17' Separating
Go their own way, unapologetically following their own paths. Easily bored. Loves freedom. Progressive, future-oriented, uninhibited by convention. Self-perspective usually founded in objectivity. Often deeply interested in occultism.


MERCURY

MERCURY IN ARIES
Forthright, verbally & intellectually bold, independent thought, opinionated, with strong force of conviction. Enjoys frankness over diplomacy. Slow to retreat. Boldly states views to persuade (orators). Analytical, utilitarian, practical, common sense. Impatient, excessive nervous irritation, restless.


VENUS

VENUS IN TAURUS
Gentle, kind. Feels intensely (moody). Lives in a romantic or fantasy world. Affectionate, devoted, desires tenderness, sympathetic. Eros dominates. Wants to enjoy love & all pleasure from its many forms. Devoted: friendship important. Indulgent, gratifies desires readily. Artistic-aesthetic. Graceful. Avoids harsh, vulgar, violent, painful.


MARS

MARS IN GEMINI
Bright, inquiring; forthright, decisive (strong opinions). Argumentative (debate, stirs conversation; eloquent?). Pragmatic (not idealistic). Methodical. Scientific mind hones facts, can commit mind to research (scientists). Strength from being heard; otherwise over-compensates. (May "know better than anyone else," need to be right.) Substance abuse.

ASPECTS OF MARS
SEMISQUARE NEPTUNE Orb 0°47' Applying
Thrives amidst stirred passion & drama. Supercharged imagination. Surges into temptation; impatient with frustrated gratification; requires rapid conformity of reality to wants (usually gets it). Zealous enthusiasms. Dramatic aggressions; anger patterns triggered by frustration. Sexually magnetic (yet sexual demons & doubts). Great stamina for long-term vision.


ASPECTS OF URANUS
CONJUNCTION THE ASCENDANT Orb 1°35' Applying
Strongly individualistic, independent, going their own way. Needs freedom & breathing room (physical, intellectual) and frequent renewal (through new interests & experiences, shedding inhibitions, shaking loose stale conditions). Responds strongly to the new, unexpected, thrilling, colorful, exciting. Pragmatic realist anchored by naked truth (seeker who forges an ideal from experience of the actual). Clownish, fun. Prefers disclosure over mystery.
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Re: Donald Bradley

Post by DDonovanKinsolving » Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:03 pm

Jim Eshelman wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:59 am
BTW, Bradley has a young man had a cottage industry of generating written horoscope interpretations. He had one page on each chart factor (sign placement, aspect, etc.) that he wanted to consider - mimeographed these in large quantities - he'd calculate the chart, pull the sheets, staple them, and give them to a typist to retype for him. (I think he had about three typists doing this work, according to my recollection of Gary's recollection.)
The first things I wonder is whether these interpretations were sidereal and whether they still exist somewhere.

The second thing is that I (VERY) briefly worked for a very small business in the early '70s doing much the same sort of compilation work; I did the horoscope calculations. They couldn't bring up enough customers to stay in business. :(

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Re: Donald Bradley

Post by Jim Eshelman » Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:08 pm

I don't know if they were Sidereal, but I doubt it. After all, he actually wanted to make money off this :)

Timing is vague... they were both young... it might have during the '40s, but could possibly have slid into the first half of the '50s. Bradley was in Long Beach (or thereabouts), but that goes up to about the mid-'50s.
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