No. 15 – Probity (Integrity)

tdr pluto
Pluto shows what is one’s integrity or probity.   Here the planet is in the sign of physical energy (Taurus), in the house of the home and end of life (fourth), on a degree (Taurus 7) of “awakening.”

“I wonder if you will ever know how I love Sagamore Hill,” remarked Theodore Roosevelt to his wife on January 5th, 1919. And love it he did. Sagamore Hill was Roosevelt’s home from 1886 until he died. It was his prime vacation spot as president and was often called the “Summer White House.” It was also a main focus of the nation’s attention during the time he served as president. Today, the Sagamore Hill house is still furnished just as it was when he was still living.

This symbol is the “woman of Samaria” drawing water from Jacob’s well and so the present looks back into its own past and from that gains strength.  For T.R. this was the lesson of having to rule himself and make himself be the bedrock of his “house.”  To do this, he had to “overcome” his own over-enthusiasm, and temptation to scatter his energies all over the place but instead concentrate them in one place and then draw from them. Pluto rests securely in the monumental fourth house, in the sensitive, fixed and earthy sign Taurus, so Teddy had to develop this stability in spite of himself.

Marc E. Jones c. 1920

Pluto is exceptionally significant as this planet was discovered just ten years after this death at his home Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York on January 6th, 1919. While it cannot fairly be said to have had much influence in his own life and career and at the end, he remained scattered, disappointed and disillusioned like his principal opponent, Woodrow Wilson, who was elected after him.  Yet in a turn of world affairs,  the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt became an eternal integration of hope and pluck in America’s greatest trial.


This is the final installment of the 15 points of Marc Jones’ How to read a Horoscope.

The Gospel of John 4:vii – KJV

by Angelika Kaufmann 1709

7There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 8(For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?   Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?

Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him,  shall never thirst; for the water that I shall give him,  shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Adriano Caracci’s version of the same scene.

The New York Times obit is here

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