Copyright 2015 by Linda Pendleton
Horoscope of James Martin Peebles
This striking astrological profile of James Martin Peebles taken from "A Biography of Dr. Peebles, M.D., A.M.," by Edward Whipple, published in 1901, is confirmation of Dr. Peebles's personality traits as reported in the various writings of those who knew him and in his own personal and prolific writings throughout his life time.
In our book, "To Dance With Angels," Don and I gave a description of Dr. Peebles by a close Spiritualist friend of his, Mrs. H.F.M. Brown, published in his earlier biography, "The Spiritual Pilgrim," 1872, when Dr. Peebles was fifty years of age.
Mrs. Brown stated, "Mr. Peebles's leading characteristic is, perhaps, individuality. He is independent in thought and speech; condemns cowardice and jealousies without stint: he commands where he can, never looking to see which way the tide is setting, or waits for public approval. But he is willing that others should live their lives, if principles are not compromised. He is orderly, generous, social, mirthful, and a great lover of the beautiful. In personal appearance, he is tall, straight, of slender form, brown hair, blue eyes: his face is of Roman mold: his teeth faultless. He dresses with care, avoiding alike the dandy and the sloven. He is tall and slim as a May-pole; as fair and frail as a delicate woman. Consumption looks him in the face occasionally; but, by sailing the world half round, he has eluded the unwelcome phantom. But, after all, the mistake might have been in putting the right soul into the wrong body. Spiritwise, Mr. Peebles is a mountaineer. He is calm in a storm, laughs at the lightning, and listens to the thunder as friend to friend. His thoughts, like mountain-streams, gush forth with freshness, music, and originality. If he is a thought-borrower, his benefactions are the ferns, the dewy mosses, the wild-flowers, the cloud-crowned hills, and green valleys of his native state. I said to my soul, while listening to him, Emerson had this very man in his mind when he said, ‘In your heart are birds and sunshine: in your thoughts the brooklets flow.'"
Biographer Whipple writes: "The date of this delineation is June 21, 1896. At the hour and date above given the celestial sign Sagittary, was rising upon Mr. Peebles's Ascendant, and the noble planet, Jupiter, is the ruler of his geniture. Old Neptune and Uranus are stationed in his house of life, in close conjunction on the east angle of the figure, and being in trine aspect with the ruling star, foreshadowed a changeable and very eventful career.
"Neptune, in the first mansion of a natal figure, invariable gives distinct traits of character, not of the ordinary kind, and generally disqualifies one for an ordinary business career. It insures a change of domicile many times during life, and predisposes to travel, adventure, and miscellaneous labors. Since this planet is joined in Mr. Peebles's figure with the changeable, occult, and eccentric Uranus, the effect is greatly enhanced. Being born under the double influence, Mr. Peebles is stamped as a romantic, unsettled, eccentric, and altogether an extraordinary character; noble-minded and magnanimous, withal, and endowed with a prophetic warning of what is going to happen.
"When the latter degrees of Sagittary rise at birth ‘the books say,' there is signified a native, tall, slender, with high forehead, chestnut-colored hair, long face, Roman nose; in age grows fat. This fits Mr. Peebles's corporature so well we may accept it as corresponding to his hour of birth.
"Note again that the ascending sign, and also the sign in which the two lights–Sun and Moon–are posited, are ‘fiery' signs. These are the index to a warm, generous, and impulsive nature. Sagittarius people are born busy, and keep busy under all circumstances through life. The temperament is highly wrought and sensitive; the feelings are intense and the mental activities are inspirational and spontaneous, rather than deliberate and logical.
"Mr. Peebles's ruling planet–Jupiter–being ‘unafflicted' not only donates health, cheerfulness, and long life, but also imparts to the character a natural nobility, a sort of regal deportment, high-mindedness, scorning low actions, seeking acquaintance with people of authority and social influence, laying little stress on titles, honors, badges of greatness; yet withal generating or forming in his character impulses of love and fraternity toward all classes and conditions of mankind. Indeed, the dominating influence of the planet, Jupiter, is this character, rules out all that which is harsh, bitter, and revengeful. What seems bitter in his polemical displays, is only a temporary state or quality the incidentally floats on the surface of this argumentative mentality. He is always obliging, easy to be entreated, versatile in talent, forgiving of injuries, unobtrusive toward his friends, particular about his dress in public, conscientious in his feelings, and prompt in meeting his pecuniary obligations.
"Mr. Peebles was born at the Vernal Equinox, when the Sun entered Aries, the head of the zodiacal man; the Moon also in Aries and in close conjunction with the Sun. Saturn is likewise found here, between which and Mercury there is an angular or ‘afflicting' aspect. From this general combination very positive and strongly marked traits are indicated. The Sun and Moon here impart to Mr. Peebles a warm and sympathetic temperament, with rare psychic and inspirational gifts. But the effect of Saturn and Mercury–with an angular aspect between them–is to impart an aggressive, sarcastic, and often seemingly bitter style of writing. This, be it remembered, is all on paper. With a pen in his hand, he will fight until the last ditch is in the hands of the enemy; but when you approach him on his sympathetic side, the supposed ‘tomahawk' is dropped, and palm-branches are immediately seen waving from his outstretched hands.
"On one side of his nature, Mr. Peebles is a very independent character, self-contained, encompassed within his own sphere, with an invincible firmness even to the point of obstinacy. He possesses on a certain plane tremendous executive ability, and never backs out of a fight. With the Sun and Moon both polarized in the head, the circle is complete. This gives marked individuality, and a mode of procedure peculiarly his own. He must work in his own harness, if he works at all. If not permitted to his work in his own way, he is thrown into confusion. He was not made to be a servant or a lackey. When he serves, it must be voluntary and untrimmed. He understands without words the especial trouble that is weighing on the heart of a friend, and would die fighting for the oppressed class, or for a principle.
"With the peculiar combination of planets in Aries and conjunction of Mercury and Venus on cusp of the third mansion, there is indicated a very emphatic bias toward a literary and public life. Note, too, that five planets are collected in cardinal or ‘movable' signs, which foreshadows a career that is notable, public, conspicuous–in close touch with the great world of thought and action.
"The ruler of the second house in the horoscope, Uranus, takes Mr. Peebles quite outside the arena of ordinary business. Money-making with him is altogether a secondary matter, his chief objects of pursuit being of an intellectual kind. Uranus, when strong in the horoscope, predisposes to change, travel, adventure, and especially to the study of antiquities; and Neptune joined with him, emphasizes this direction of the metal powers. Mr. Peebles's financial affairs have, therefore, been subject to considerable fluctuation. He accumulates much, spends much, but is a poor hand to hoard or lay up. He is benevolent and often imposes upon. He is a sanguine in the pursuit of a prevailing idea, enthusiastic and unflagging in his enterprises, vehement and combative in the defense of his opinions, tolerant toward opposing views, and always hopeful that justice and love will finally supercede fraud and hate.
"His tastes are peculiar, if not fastidious, in many things. Ideality is more active than his sense of sublimity. He loves his house and grounds and flowers, but cares less for general effect of distant landscapes. The mechanical arts and general mechanism have no special charms for him since his mechanical instinct is feeble. This quality is lacking, too, in his literary style. Instead of architectural proportion and logical coherence, his style riots in the spontaneity, exuberance, and richness of nature. Instead of serving us with dry philosophizing, he provides a banquet for the multitude. Inharmonius surroundings worry him greatly. He likes to see the sun shine in the human as in the physical world.
"The tenth mansion of the horoscope is primarily ruled by Capricorn and Saturn, but in Mr. Peebles's figure it is occupied by Libra, and ruled by Venus. This house signifies power, popularity, authority, elevation, and governs the avocation or profession. When its planetary ruler is a ‘benefic' and well stationed, it opens the way to fame, honor, and public emoluments. Now Venus is a benefic planet, and in Mr. Peebles's horoscope is joined with the intellectual planet, Mercury, in the third house–the house of science, literature, and travel. The ninth house has a similar significance as the third, being its correlate, but on a larger scale. The ruler of the ninth is Mercury, which we have already seen is joined with Venues in the third. This not only gives an overmastering impulse to a literary and public career, but also provides that the public will recognize and support such a mode of life. Has not Mr. Peebles's life been a conspicuous illustration of this astrological premise?
"The Sun, when well dignified in a natal figure, signifies rulership, and being ‘exalted' in Aries, it imparts to Mr. Peebles's character unlimited energy and a desire to plant his feet firmly on the high places of the world. He is always reaching out for opportunities above the ordinary grasp. He is, hence, high-minded, somewhat proud, and indisposed to toil with his own hands unless it be in a garden of flowers. He lives largely in the externals of the world, and the public know him chiefly on this visible side of his character. Few know him in his most private and interior moods. Interiorly he is conjoined with loftly spiritual ideals, and in his soul sets at naught the conventional opinions and artificial usages of a hollow and false social state. One born in Sagittary rising and with the Sun ‘exalted' in Aries, is certain to accomplish great things. It is as though the gates of the gods were thrown wide open, and the native bidden to enter and choose his own opportunities.
"Mr. Peebles's house of marriage and partnership generally, the seventh house or west angle, is indicated as barren of important results. He, therefore, has no strong attachment for home and close companions, in the strictly local and domestic sense. His home is wherever he is able to command the proper conditions for the immediate work he has in hand. Neither is he disposed to any special or exclusive attachment, giving a supreme devotion thereto. Indeed, his seventh mansion is unoccupied and solitary, while its planetary ruler is joined with planets which draw the native out of the domestic into a public sphere of activity. Yet the manner in which Jupiter and Venus are inwrought into Mr. Peebles's character, makes hundreds of women silently adore him at a distance, and they would think themselves supremely blest if they could receive one ray from the radiance of this personality. But it should not be forgotten his loves are general and platonic; that they have never been pivoted on particular individuals, but go out to the whole humanity–irrespective of race, color, sex, or degree of civilization. He inwardly protests against frequent or long visits, but prefers to meet people in groups and public assemblies; yet, withal he is a good entertainer.
"The planet Mars is not a desirable factor in Mr. Peebles's character. Though it contributes of his grit, industry, and abundant vitality, its major influence is to prompt a hasty judgment, vehemence, and rashness. It has imparted a host of enemies, envyings, and evil reports. This planet is joined, too, with bad company, being in conjunction with the ‘Dragon's Trail,' or south node of the Moon. Guido Bonatus says: ‘This makes the native expensive in his habits, subjects him to envy and malice from his enemies, and sometimes seriously menaces his personal affairs.' These influences become active on particular years, when the Sun or Moon form angular aspects with the planet Mars in the horoscope.
"We shall omit details touching the major events in his life, signified by the shifting planetary positions in the horoscope, in as much as we are quite familiar with Mr. Peebles's history in an independent way; but would briefly state that an astrologer who does not know him would say that eventful years and chief turning points occurred in the years, 1843, 1847, 1851, 1860, 1866, 1870, 1877, 1894, and 1897. In a general way, the events that fell in 1870 will be repeated in 1897, as the Moon will then again form a conjunction with Uranus and Neptune.
"We do not venture to predict the year of Mr. Peebles's prospective transition; but when the ‘angel of change' comes his way, he will not be likely to tarry long."