July, 2005
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Addendum II: Alzheimer’s Disease
Astrologer Margaret Millard
by Sandra Weidner

This short paper, a second addendum to the original paper (all on this site), illustrates the astrological condition which sponsors Alzheimer’s disease. Here I repeat only the signature set (Footnote 1, below) and illustrate it with Millard's chart. Individuals wishing to better understand the astrology of Alzheimer's Disease should read the main paper first. September, 2011: the original paper on Alzheimer's disease has just been revised. While the 7th chart is still the main and "tyical" chart containing the signature of Alzheimer's disease, the reivision shows that it can occur in other charts. Here is the link to that paper: Paper on Astrology of Seventeen Individuals with Alzheimer's Disease.

The Full 7th Chart Signature for Alzheimer’s Disease
While the 7th chart is the typical chart the Alzheimer's signature occurs in, it can occur in other charts which refer to health and mind, such as the 1st, 3rd, and 8th, and it may even occur in a completely non-typical chart, known as Center of Gravity (COG) chart. Sometimes the center of gravity of an individual's consciousness is located in a chart other than those mentioned so far. Here are the components for the Alzheimer's signature:

Before looking at Millard’s chart, a few words about this method:

(1) In the partial chart shown below, birth planets and their harmonics are inside the circle. Conception planets and their harmonics are outside the circle. Perhaps an easier way to see them is: inside the circle blue planets are birth planets; if they are not blue, they are birth harmonic planets. Outside the circle red planets are conception planets; if they are not red; then they are conception harmonic planets.
(2) For an explanation of the astrology used on this site, go to “About This Method” listed on the Home Page. There is also a link to it at the bottom of this page. For those who do not want to do that, there is this note: this method uses only conjunctions, applying and separating squares, and oppositions. Orbs with lights is 5°; without lights, about 2.5°. Birth planets (including their harmonics) rule only birth houses. Conception planets (including their harmonics) rule only conception houses.
Margaret Millard
2011 Update: Her Significator Found in her Harmonic Chart for the 7th House is Retained

Placidus: c11--27Gem, c12--27Can, c2--27Vir, c3--28Lib b11--27Sco, b12--23Sag, b2--27Aqu, b3--1Ari
Illustrating (c) above, the above signature set involves b saturn, b venus, b SN, b7 mercury, and b mars. This set constitutes the original fault in the sense its presence in a chart somehow sponsors Alzheimer’s disease. Planets in it influence the following houses:

Therefore, mercury/saturn is simultaneously influencing two Angles (B Asc and B MC) and 3rd, 4th, 8th, and 9th houses as was the case in the larger study of Alzheimer’s disease.

In the larger, non-set signature, illustrating (b) above, Millard has c mercury at 29 Libra 53 conjunct B MC at 0 Scorpio 32. For (c) above she does not have an Angle/saturn set with a non-harmonic saturn, but b7 saturn is at 29 Scorpio 36 opposition C MC at 27 Taurus 26. Her B Asc is also ruled by saturn, with b saturn being in the signature set, with this latter satisfying (c).

Mrs. Millard died on November 11, 2004 in Orono, Maine. Her progressions re-expressed the original fault:

Set (1)progressed b mercury29 Scorpio 31co-ruler of b 8th house (30 of 34°) and in c 4th
b7 saturn29 Scorpio 36ruler of B Asc and in c 4th
c venus29 Scorpio 30ruler of C MC and c 3rd house, co-ruler (276 of 29°) of c 9th

Note Set (1) above has influence to an Angle and 3rd, 4th, 8th, and 9th houses--the same as the signature set--and is comprised of completely different planets from the signature set.

Progressed b7 NN is at 3 Aries 10, making a set with b saturn (3 Cancer 17) and b7 mercury (2 Libra 36), planets in the original fault, strengthening (by lighting it a second time) her original mercury/saturn.

Progressed c mercury at 14 Capricorn 46 (in saturn’s sign, no less) is also highlighted by progressed c NN at 14 Capricorn 13.

People usually have progressed mars and saturns to Angles when dying. Mrs. Millard’s pc mars was at 21 Cancer 13R opposite her B Asc at 21 Capricorn 47. Her progressed saturn/Angle was through saturn’s rulership of B Asc in Set (1) above. The 40° return covering the period of her death had transiting saturn at 2 Cancer 31R. She was going through her third full saturn return.

Margaret Millard’s astrology shows the complete signature set for Alzheimer’s disease.

Signature sets are always liable to expansion. I cannot be sure this is the full astrological condition for sponsoring Alzeimer’s.

I do not know exactly how this set sponsors Alzheimer’s. It clearly does not absolutely imply Alzheimer’s any more than mars/saturn/neptune in certain charts influencing certain houses mandates cancer or sun/mars/saturn mandates death from a heart attack, each the so-far significators for these conditions. Societies and cultures past and present exist which have little to none of these dreadful diseases. I have to assume some individuals therein have the same or similar astrology as individuals in this culture who get the disease. Therefore, the signature set indicates a potential line of development under certain (dietary, cultural, physical?) conditions.

(1) A signature set is a group of planets connected to each other by conjunction, square, or opposition. Orbs are 2° without lights, 5° with lights, and 2° for pre-progressed Angles. That makes it a set. It becomes a signature set if certain planets within it define the condition and are always in it for individuals with that condition. House influence is also part of the signature. Signature sets describe many parts of our behavior: medical and psychological problems, financial gains and losses, vocations, travel, and so on.
(2) A planet must co-rule at least one-third of a house to be considered a viable co-ruler.

Data Acknowledgments
Margaret Millard
Birth: 9/6/1916, 4:29:31 p.m. AST., Kingston, St. Vincent, West Indies. From Considerations, Vol. XX, No. 2.
Conception:11/27/1915, 1:05:36 a.m. AST, Kingston, West Indies.

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