either Aries of Pisces with Jupiter conjunct Saturn in Aries in H1;
Sun conjunct Uranus conjunct Neptune all in Capricorn and conjunct either
the Sagittarius or the Capricorn MC, with the Moon also in Capricorn;
Mercury in Sagittarius; Venus in Aquarius; Mars in Virgo, a powerful
singleton in the sixth house; Pluto in Pisces conjunct Chiron in Aries)
There are many indications of character suggesting that the Aries-rising
chart is correct. At 11:44:33 AM the Ascendant moves to Aries, so the
case must be examined very closely. Barton’s words were “just
before noon”. Perhaps this means closer than 11:40 AM.
Clara Barton was the founder of the American Association of the Red
Cross. Her chart demonstrates that she had the initiative, power and
compassion to do this. As so many Capricorn
individuals, she followed her conscience (Sun, Moon and two synthesizing
planets in conscientious Capricorn at the “dharmic point”—the
MC), and undertook the necessary strenuous labor—Mars in Virgo,
the exoteric ruler of her Ascendant in the sixth house of labor and
“The Tibetan Teacher interests himself very much in the work of
the Red Cross, and so there must, necessarily, be a connection between
Him and its founder, who, reasonably may be considered to be on the
second ray of Love-Wisdom, in her soul. “He works with those who heal,
and co-operates unknown and unseen with the seekers after truth in
the world's great laboratories, with all who definitely aim at the
healing and solacing of the world, and with the great philanthropic
world movements such as the Red Cross.” (IHS 57-58)
clearly, the first ray, sixth ray and seventh ray were also abundantly
present—at least they are conferred by the astrological positions.
Aries and Capricorn confer the first and seventh rays, and Mars, as
a singleton, emphasizes the sixth ray and also expresses through the
sign Virgo, through which the sixth ray expresses (as well as the second).
This singleton Mars is unusually powerful, focusing the considerable
energies of the chart into that area of the chart which governs caring
for those who are sick, disabled and in need of medical attention.
Barton was possessed of visionary qualities (Mercury
in Sagittarius, Neptune on the MC, both in the ninth house of vision
and higher understanding). The Sagittarian Mercury is the esoteric ruler
of the Ascendant, Aries, emphasizing its prophetic importance. She also
had the power to transform and reform (Uranus on the MC exactly conjunct
the Sun). Note that two of the synthesizing planets (Uranus and Neptune)
conjunct each other and the Sun—an unusually powerful blend of
transpersonal, supra-personal energies, conferring both a high level
of innovative executive ability as well as compassion. She could initiate
activity (Aries) both carefully (Saturn in Aries) and, yet, expansively
(Jupiter in Aries). Hers was also the power to produce group harmony
and community (Venus in Aquarius). As well, a deep karmic factor must
necessarily have been at work with Pluto in its own esoteric sign (Pisces)
conjunct the healing planet Chiron, in the sign of initiative, Aries,
both in the twelfth house.
chart is balanced between hard line and soft line reinforcements. Six
major planets (Sun, Moon, Uranus, Neptune, Jupiter and Saturn) in the
two signs Capricorn and Aries certainly emphasize the first and seventh
ray potentials. Sun conjunct Uranus is powerfully organizational, and
a Saturn/Jupiter conjunction only reinforces these executive abilities.
However, the three signs which distribute the sixth ray are also emphasized
(Pluto and Chiron in Pisces, Mercury in Sagittarius and singleton, sixth
ray Mars in Virgo), all contributing significantly to a highly motivated
and intense idealism. Behind the scenes however, and permeating this
unusually potent collection of energies, one senses the presence of
the compassionate ray of Love-Wisdom, presumably the soul ray, for which
an elevated Neptune provides a means of expression.
in all, this is an extremely powerful and focussed chart through which
a strong and definite piece of work for humanity and Hierarchy could
Summary of Additional Points to Bear in Mind when
Interpreting the Astrological Chart of Clara Barton
is possible to argue for either the Pisces-rising or Aries-rising chart.
Certainly Pisces is a sign of great compassion and selflessneshs, qualities
which could easily be applied to one who was known as the “angel
of the battlefield”. And there would still be plenty of the sign
Aries to give her the dynamism required for the strenuous life she lead.
seeking the Aries-rising chart, however, one must bear in mind that
the time loosely given, as 11:40 am, and producing a Pisces Rising Sign,
would change to Aries in just a little over four minutes. And she herself
was known to speak of her time of birth as “a little before noon”.
The margin therefore, is very slight.
Virgo and Pisces and signs of healing and nursing. It is clear that
Clara Barton as a dynamic force in the field of battlefield nursing
owed much to the placement of a singleton Mars in Virgo, in Virgo’s
own house, the sixth. This placement contributed to her capacity for
tireless, unrelenting labor (greatly reinforced by her Capricorn and
other Aries planets).
Aries were her Rising Sign, Mars would be the exoteric ruler and the
connection between soul orientation (as found at the Ascendant) and
her singleton Mars would be complete.
well, Chiron, a planet of healing, conferring direction and mission
upon those it influences strongly would be on the Ascendant and in the
sign of the Ascendant, strengthening it. Like Chiron, she was indeed
one who “went her own way”.
From the very first, Clara Barton was an educator,
linking her to the second ray of Love-Wisdom even before she began her
work of seeing to the needs of those wounded in battle. The fact that
her particular focus was the battlefield, of course, emphasizes the
importance of Aries, with Scorpio one of the major signs of battle.
1852 she established a free school in Bordentown, New Jersey. It was
so successful that the powers that be decided no woman could be in charge
of it. She resigned rather than subordinate herself to a male principle.
This seems far more an act of defiant Aries than more accommodating,
well, later in her career, once she had established the American National
Red Cross she was apparently difficult to work with, and “jealous
of any interference”. She supervised the work so closely that
charges of authoritarianism were brought against her by members of the
executive council. Again, this seems to be typical behavior related
to Aries, which so often seeks to do everything by itself. One could
argue that the Sun in Capricorn and Mars in Virgo could account for
this behavior. Surely they would contribute to it, but Aries on the
Ascendant, with Mars in Virgo as the ruler would add the “edge”.
People do not usually find it difficult to work with a Pisces-rising
person. Apparently, however, relations became very confrontational in
this incident. She was known for the “arbitrariness “ of
There is also the question of stamina. She had stamina
in abundance and worked with great forcefulness. Is this more typical
of Pisces on the Ascendant, ruled by Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto, or
of Aries ruled by Mars, Mercury and Uranus?
Another point worth exploring is the sign on the MC. Should
it be Sagittarius or Capricorn? Given the intensity of her labor and
her organizational ability, Capricorn seems the correct choice. But
the solution is not so simple, as Jupiter, the exoteric ruler of Sagittarius
and Saturn the exoteric and esoteric ruler of Capricorn are conjoined
in Aries. The optimism and “can do” attitude of Jupiter
in Aries would be regulated by the Saturn conjunction. Further, Saturn
is also the ruler of the Capricorn Sun, giving it weight even if Saturn
were not the ruler of the MC. But given the tremendous organizational
work she performed, and the great assumption of responsibility involved,
a Capricorn MC seems the better (if not decisive) choice. Let us remember
that the MC would change to Capricorn just a little after four minutes
from the 11:40 pm time suggested in the biography. One wonders at this
11:40 time. While it might be correct, it almost seems as if it were
placed there by someone determined to see Pisces on the Ascendant. Really,
no reasoning of this kind will be conclusive. Only a study of chart
timing will determine the most probably truth.
Pisces were the sign ascending, we could say that the chart of Clara
Barton would not belong in the midst of these Aries charts. But even
so, Aries is so strongly represented through Chiron, Saturn and Jupiter,
that it would not be entirely out of place.
Our problem is further complicated by the fact that the
Ascendant is rising relatively fast in late Pisces and early Aries.
A short period of time can account for the rather fast passing of degrees.
But, perhaps we can use this fast passage as a discriminator.
should be noted that even if Pisces is the Rising-sign, the last decanate
of Pisces (in the chart of a persona traveling on the spiritual or counterclockwise
wheel is Mars.) Again Mars. It becomes clear that the
‘breath of Aries’ can already be felt in the final degrees of Pisces.
events which might be considered as speaking strongly for the Pisces-rising
chart are the eclipses in September 1903 and March of 1904 (the year
in which she retired from the organization she built.
SEcl (X) Tr-Tr Sep 21 1903 13:40
Sun SEcl (X) Tr-Tr Mar 17 1904 00:53
These eclipses are on her Descendant first and her Ascendant in the
actual year. Of course, as might be expected, another complication arises,
as the Pisces solar eclipse falls exactly on Pluto, which could easily
signal the termination of that phase of her work. Of course, Pluto,
would be the esoteric ruler of Pisces, were it the Rising Sign.
also note the presence of Uranus hovering around her MC in late Sagittarius,
which would not be the case in any of the Aries-rising charts.
bit of timing which weighs in more in favor of the 11:40 chart, is the
transit (at the time of Clara Barton’s death) of Pluto in the
28th degree of Gemini very close to the IC at the 29th
degree of Gemini yielded by the Pisces-rising chart. Pluto brings death.
At the same time the progressing Ascendant of the Pisces-rising chart
is also in late Gemini, very close to the Pluto. If we go in this direction.
We might even want to make the birth slightly earlier than 11:40 in
order to make transiting Pluto coincide with a slightly earlier IC and
a slightly earlier progressing Ascendant.
a physiognomical point of view, we do notice a rather strong dimple
in the chin. This is frequently found in relation to Taurus and Scorpio.
If the last degrees of Pisces were rising, the third decanate would
be rising, and the third decanate is ruled by Scorpio. These physiognomic
features appear not only in relation to whole signs but in relation
to signs which rule decanates.
some quite conclusive evidence arises when we consider the year she
resigned her position from the free school she had started, rather than
be a subordinate to a male principle, for no other reason than that
he was male. On January 21st 1852 there was a solar eclipse
at one degree Aquarius, the same degree in which her progressing MC
was to be found. This is most indicative, as the MC has to do with career
and Aquarius with freedom. Further just a little later, on June 17th,
1852, there was another solar eclipse at 26°Gemini34’, very near
the IC. If, as stated above, the birth were even slightly earlier than
11:40 pm, the eclipse would be even closer to the IC and (as stated
above) the death chart for an Ascendant of Pisces would work out even
SEcl (X) Tr-Tr Jan 21 1852 NS 16:11
Sun SEcl (X) Tr-Tr Jun 18 1852 NS 02:00
The evidence is now weighing in for the Pisces-rising chart,
as much as the author had argued (qualitatively) for the Aries Ascendant.
Of course, there is no need for us to go all the way to
noon to produce a chart with Aries Rising. We could have the
chart we need beginning at 11:44:33 pm. But the MC/IC would still be
Capricorn/Cancer, and the eclipses in late Pisces would touch the angular
points acceptably, but still be “out of sign”. Further at
the end of her life, Pluto would neither be touching the progressing
Ascendant, which already would be in Cancer, nor would it be near enough
to the to the IC angle to make the decisive difference.
author has left the argumentation (as it occurred to him) intact in
this analysis of Clara Barton, in part for heuristic purposes, in order
to demonstrate to readers how subtle the matter of deciding the correct
Ascendant and MC may be, and how easy it is to find justifications for
either or two contending possibilities. The matter is not yet solved,
but there is increasing ‘cyclic reason’ to accept the Pisces-rising
chart as accurate, rather than the Aries-rising chart (which has as
strong a qualitative appeal, if not stronger, that the Pisces-rising
If, indeed, Pisces is the Rising Sign, then the angular
Pluto in Pisces, the sign of saviorship, is very strong, indicating
one who is willing to make all manner of sacrifices (even of life) to
carry out a mission of salvation. Neptune and Jupiter will also be rulers.
Neptune will confer idealism for the humanitarian organizations she
supported and founded, and Jupiter, exoteric ruler, will make all things
course, these placements would still be effective no matter what the
Ascendant, but Pluto, Neptune and Jupiter are given greater weight in
the case of a Pisces Ascendant. As far as the exact extent of quantitative
weight, that cannot at this time be determined.
feel of this chart speaks of an initiate. There is something
here which resembles the life of Dr. Albert Schweitzer (almost certainly
an initiate of the third degree). As in the case of Schweitzer there
is the assumption of extreme responsibility followed by great renunciation
and selfless sacrifice.
can easily view Clara Barton as a “world disciple”. Even
in her day (when communication and travel was not so easy) she made
her impact not only in the United States but abroad, and was even awarded
by the conservative German government and the Kaiser for her selflessness
and bravery. This represents a tremendous evocation; there was a response
even from that group around Bismarck and the Kaiser which was responsible,
a bit later, for ‘opening the door where evil dwelt’.
we think of Clara Barton as essentially a second ray soul, and choose
Pisces for her Ascendant, we see an easy flow of second ray energy through
the soul-orienting Ascendant.
that is the case however, the personality ray is almost certainly the
first, and it would not surprise the author if the mental ray were also
the first. She was so determined, so practical and so executive
in her approach to the humanitarian responsibility she had undertaken.
A close study of her writings, perhaps, would reveal the story. Mercury
in “straight shooting” Sagittarius would contribute some
first ray straightness to the mental process, but the situation is complex
as there are harmonious aspects to Mercury from Venus, Saturn and Jupiter.
No doubt she could be very persuasive.
astral body would appear to be the sixth, especially in consideration
of the vigilance of her life, and the “jealousy” with which
she guarded her prerogatives and her control of the organization she
aa. The physical body
would seem to be on the seventh ray, giving order and executive ability,
but strengthened by the first ray personality to withstand the rigors
of the battlefield.
bb. One senses the
presence of some form of greatness here, and yet of humility. There
is courage, sacrifice, a very strong will, persistence, compassion,
selflessness—in short the makings of an initiate.
cc. It would be reasonable
to view this chart and the life it represents in the same way one views
the life of Albert Schweitzer. It is the chart of a great humanitarian
who contributed immensely to the alleviation of human suffering. It
is very probably the chart of an initiate, not just of the threshold,
but an initiate in fact.