December 2008

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Parts of this paper are the same as in the papers on Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. All three papers are about the same thing: the synastry of venus and jupiter between couples.

The Astrology of Venus and Jupiter Between Charts
The Third Couple: Marion Davies and William Randolph Hearst
by Sandra Weidner

Prior to this I wrote two papers comparing the astrology of two couples, O.J. and Nicole Brown Simpson, and Jonelle and David Arien. Each of their relationships ended in the death of at least one of them. In those papers we examined the incidence of compound mars/saturn sets (see definition below for compound sets) at the beginning and end of their relationships. Both couples started with several sets, and both ended with at least one additional one, easily accounting for the intense turbulence they experienced.

We also looked at the few positive sets they shared. Positive compound sets bring people into relationship. They can also seduce them into staying in a relationship that is fraught with difficulty.

Those first two papers suggested that compound mars/saturn sets between charts represent one of the most difficult astrological combinations any couple can experience. Mars and saturn are the lesser and greater malefics, respectively. Therefore, their deleterious effect between charts makes sense. To read an expanded description of their effects, read those papers (i.e., Simpsons and Ariens), their links on the Home Page.

The third and fourth paper on synastry shifted focus from the interaction of the two malefics—mars and saturn—to that of the two benefics—venus and jupiter.

History recorded that Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, as well as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, had unusually loving and harmonious relationships until they were ended by the (natural) death of one of them. Their synastry was high in the benefic interaction of venus and jupiter. Only one non-lighted compound mars/saturn existed between one of these couples.

Here are links to all the synastry papers. If you want to see the greatest venus/jupiter vs. mars/saturn contrast read the Browning and Simpson papers. The links: . Comments on Synastry--Astrological Compatibility--Using This Form of Astrology

Synastry, The Astrology of Venus and Jupiter Between Charts, the Sixth Couple: Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward

Synastry, The Astrology of Mars and Saturn Between Charts, the Sixth Couple: Michel and Francoise Gauquelin

Synastry, The Astrology of Venus and Jupiter Between Charts, the Fifth Couple: the D Family

Synastry, The Astrology of Mars and Saturn Between Charts, the Fifth Couple: the F Family

Synastry, The Astrology of Venus and Jupiter Between Charts, the Fourth Couple: Ronald and Nancy Reagan

Synastry, The Astrology of Mars and Saturn Between Charts, the Fourth Couple: Carol and Michael Damon and Homicide/Suicide

Synastry, The Astrology of Mars and Saturn Between Charts, the Third Couple: Sandra and William A. and Her Homicide

Synastry, The Astrology of Venus and Jupiter Between Charts, the Second Couple: Queen Victoria and Albert, Prince of England

Synastry, The Astrology of Mars and Saturn Between Charts, the Second Couple: David and Jonelle Arien and Homicide/Suicide

Synastry, The Astrology of Venus and Jupiter Between Charts, the First Couple: Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Synastry, The Astrology of Mars and Saturn Between Charts Using the Charts of O.J. Simpson and His Deceased Wife, Nicole

This is the fifth paper in this series on synastry, the third to demonstrate the power of benefic exchange between couples. Here we look at the synastry between newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst and his paramour of over 35 years, film actress Marion Davies. History tells us that their bond of love and respect was unusually strong.

Unlike our other two benefic couples, Hearst and Davies did have a compound mars/saturn set. They had two, but neither was forefront, and only one was lighted. They were not brought forefront by locality. Here I show why they were not as destructive as they might have been.

I need to say a word about terminology. If I were writing about venus and jupiter interacting—i.e., conjunct, square, or opposition each other—within one chart, I would state they were in the same set. Light/venus/jupiter in the same set is called a golden benefic. But here we are comparing planets between two charts (also known as synastry). I cannot just call the latter sets because sets by definition exist within one chart. I have chosen to label the sets which exist between charts “compound sets.” A compound set including light/venus/jupiter or Angle/venus/jupiter, then, is referred to as a compound golden benefic.

Golden benefics are comprised of light/venus/jupiter, with venus and jupiter being conjunction or square but not opposition. At least, when opposition they fight each other rather than cooperate for the "great good" they together can produce. When on an Angle, "Angle" can substitute for "light." Golden benefics are not truly golden unless they also influence an Angle, either being on it or influencing it through a ruler. When they do, they operate to produce luck and success throughout life in the areas and charts they influence.

To define it succinctly, a compound set consists of planets from the charts of two individuals that are conjunct, square, or (sometimes) opposition each other, with an orb of 2°. If a light—sun, moon, or node—is involved, orb increases to about 3-1/2°. Compound sets are most powerful when they also include an Angle or a light and least powerful when they include neither.

Ease, comfort and fondness in relationship are not nearly as dramatic as the extreme discord that immediately precedes homicide. For the latter, compound mars/saturn sets, also called compound dark malefics, were potent indexes of marital disharmony.

Compound venus/jupiter in relationship is either more rare, or less noticed than its negative (mars/saturn) counterpart. Probably the latter. That is, couples with compound venus/jupiter are far less likely to come to public attention than couples with compound mars/saturn. Peace and harmony bring far less press than do war and disaster. Therefore, to illustrate ease, comfort, love, attraction, and longevity in relationship I have included incidences of venus and/or jupiter of one individual falling on an Angle or light of the other. That is, I am including compound sets of light/venus, Angle/venus, light/jupiter, and Angle/jupiter in addition to those golden benefics involving light/venus/jupiter in the same set.

I see the fact that Davies and Hearst remained devoted throughout their relationship (up to his death) as testimony, among other things, of the astrological strength of their union.

Before I demonstrate that astrological strength, I want to make available information on this astrological method.

This astrological method is not the traditional Western one. It is not traditional, period. True, it uses sidereal astrology, the predominant (traditional) astrology of the East. It also uses the Egyptian harmonic. Both are quite old. This method started with me in 1983. Its working rules were not inherited. They were uncovered gradually through years of research. As they were uncovered, a system which at first seemed too complex became almost too simple. Here are those rules:

Chart Rules

And here are links to my comments on the practical differences between sidereal versus tropical astrology as well as a paper discussing the origin of this method:

Tropical vs. Sidereal Astrology
About This Method

Venus in Individual Charts
Of all the planets, venus stands most for the qualities of harmony, grace, and beauty. Since we all like the experience of harmony, we find whatever produces it attractive, and thus venus is associated with liking and loving.

Venus as it is associated with the 2nd house and Taurus, one of the signs it rules, is correlated with having. For instance, venus in Taurus is a good placement of venus to attract money and quality possessions. It puts an emphasis on beauty and the fine things money can buy.

Venus as it is associated with the 7th house and Libra, the other sign it rules, is correlated with harmony in relationship. Librans demand equality in their relationships and are upset, for instance, with some Leos who consider themselves without equal. Or with Aries, who, more interested in action than agreement, go to the symphony when they want harmony. Cooperation is important to venus in Libra and venus in general.

Venus is a “soft” planet. It works through allure, charisma, invitation and seduction.

People strongly under the influence of venus accomplish things above board through consensus; “below board,” through seduction or persuasion. They are rarely “up front” and “baldly honest,” types of encounters which are painful for them.

Venus in our charts stands for what we love and are attracted to. Venus in Gemini, for instance, evidences a love for, attraction to, and usually a facility for (all venus) learning, words, and communication (all Gemini/mercury). It also shows love (venus) of youthfulness (Gemini/mercury), and affection for or attraction to (venus) children (Gemini/mercury).

We can use venus in Cancer for another example of how venus operates in the signs. Venus in Cancer sponsors love (venus) of the nurturing things (Cancer), enjoyment (venus) of domestic activities (Cancer), including cooking and gardening, and love (venus) of home and family (Cancer), possibly with an appreciation of one’s roots (Cancer).

When another’s Angles, moons, or nodes pick up our venuses, that is, exist in the same set with them, they are eliciting our feelings of love and liking, friendliness, sharing, and devotion.

Jupiter in Individual Charts
In the East they say that jupiter represents the guru. That is, jupiter, by sign and placement in the chart, indicates the area through which the individual can experience considerable learning, growth, expansion, and success.

In its connection with the 9th house and Sagittarius, jupiter is correlated with some apparently non-related subjects—aviation, law, philosophy, higher mind (enlightenment types of things), and equestrianism. The 9th house is always opposite the 3rd house, which has mercury as its natural ruler. Our mercury-learning is serial, that is, it occurs piece by piece by piece. Our jupiter-learning occurs because of a higher grasp of the facts we learned in Gemini. Facts get sorted by relevance and level of importance. In that way, jupiter stands for perspective and perhaps some times for intuition. “Jupiterian learning” involves distance—more objectivity—regarding any situation. It stands for better comprehension, the wisdom of the over-view. The adjective for jupiter is “Jovian.” A lawyer is not necessarily Jovian, but a jurist is. A politician is often less than Jovian, but a true statesman properly lays claim to that title.

When another individual draws on one of our jupiters, he is addressing us in areas we are most successful, most comprehending, most at ease, and least threatened. Therefore, we are kind to him. We can afford to give him plenty of room. We treat his clumsiness with forbearance.

Jupiter in our charts is quite likely the index of our EQ—Emotional Quotient as defined by Daniel Goleman—touted as a better indicator of success (jupiter!!) than intelligence (mercury +).

One individual’s jupiter on another’s Angles is a strong indication of a long-term relationship. Love (venus) in relationship is great, but not always dependable. Without philosophical support, without some distance, love can turn to hate. A long union like marriage draws heavily on compassion, a continuing sympathetic (but not enabling) view of the other fellow’s weaknesses. That long, philosophical rope is inspired by jupiter.

The best compound jupiter set for long-term relationship occurs when one individual’s jupiter falls on the Descendant (7th house cusp) of the other.

Venus + Jupiter in Individual Charts
Venus and jupiter in the same set (lighted and with Angular influence) within one individual’s chart create a golden benefic. Golden benefics are found in the charts of humanity’s most charismatic (venus) and successful (jupiter) individuals. Nearly all of our “superstars” (regardless of their field) arrived at that destination through the winning combination that is comprised of venus and jupiter together. Let me put it another way. Some people work very hard for success;others, hardly at all. Whichever their effort, nobody arrives at superstar without forefront venus and jupiter, either together or summed Their area of success depends on the path those planets describe. For instance, if one of them influences the 2nd house, their success will also be crowned with financial abundance. (The paper on famous gurus shows a number of these cases, where the same golden benefics whose path described spiritual illumination also included a 2nd house influence bringing in a fountain of wealth.)

Since venus represents love and jupiter luck, individuals with these two planets in the same set are lucky in love. Progressions of venus to jupiter, or jupiter to venus often accompany marriage.

Venus + Jupiter in Compound Sets, i.e., in Synastry

Venus + Jupiter in Compound Sets, i.e., in Synastry
Venus and jupiter in the same compound set produce one of the loveliest astrological connections that can exist between two people. Until now I have used the synastry of a married couples to demonstrate the good results flowing from compound venus/jupiter. But, these sets work the same among any two people—lovers, boss and employee, siblings, parent and child, friends, and co-workers. They work whether the couple involved is gay or straight.

Venus and jupiter in a compound set between two individuals, then, barring strong counter indications, imply they are successful and/or charismatic as a couple. It could be said they are so harmonious as a couple that they remind us, when we observe them, what a relationship could be.

Other Synastry
Exchange of benefics plays a large role in the synastry of attraction. Other astrology is important in synastry but I do not cover it here. I have written more about it in the blog associated with this site (address at top of page).

In this age of easy world travel and endless relocation, couples who marry often do not live in the same locality they were born in. For that reason, it is necessary to include locality astrology in any analysis of their relationship.

Locality Angles
The same moment in time (birth) equates to different moments in time when spread out over the “sphere” called planet Earth. For instance, 5 p.m. in New York City (EST) is the same moment in time as 10 p.m. in London (GMT) (disregarding for the sake of discussion, differences of Local Mean Time from Standard Time). That is, the exact same moment in time translates into different Standard Times all over the globe.

Locality Angles are found for places different from birth (and conception) by finding the equivalent time of birth for the new location and casting the chart for that time using the new longitude and latitude. For instance, if some one was born exactly at 5 hours west of Greenwhich (that is, EST), and moved to a place exactly 7 hours west of Greenwich (i.e., MST), there would be a two hour time difference. If their birth time was 8:00 a.m. EST, then it would have been 6:00 a.m. MST in the new location.

The location of the planets, their degrees, and their positions relative to each other do not change in locality charts. Their Angles—Midheaven and Ascendant, and their counterparts, I.C. and Descendant, respectively, do change.

To illustrate the difference locality can make on Angles, a chart cast for 6:00 a.m. MST would have considerably different birth and conception Midheavens and Ascendants than one cast for 8:00 a.m. EST. Midheavens change approximately one degree every four minutes. A one-hour time difference equates to a 15° difference in Midheavens, while a two hour time difference amounts to 30° (a whole sign). So, in locality charts, the planets and their inter-relationships do not change, but their positions relative to the houses and Angles do. So far in my work I study those planet-to-Angle changes, but not their movement throughout the houses. So, here we look to see which planets fall on the new, locality Angles.

Locality Angles can produce positive, negative, or indifferent results. Individuals can move to locations which are better for their lives, i.e., locations which bring out their best astrology. They can move to locations which bring out their worst astrology. Or, they can move to locations which seem to make no difference in their lives.

I write with confidence about locality Angles and their progressions. I, myself, have lived in several localities different from birth for many years. During those times I had many occasions to assess the power of birth versus locality Angles. I have also explored their effect through research using others charts. My present conclusions regarding locality Angles are: (1) birth and conception Angles and their progressions still “work” in the new locality, (2) locality Angles and their progressions also work, and so (3) They all share in determining the quality of the individual’s experience in the new location. Locality Angles appear slightly stronger than birth/conception Angles in determining relationships.

For me the surprise was the degree to which progressed locality Angles work.

Hearst and Davies spent most of their time on the U.S. west coast where Hearst was born (San Francisco), primarily in San Simeon, the Hearst Castle near San Francisco. Davies, however, was born in Brooklyn, New York. We want to look at her locality Angles for San Simeon. . Locality Angles and their progressions are not new to my papers, either. I wrote about them in, among others, the papers on John McCain, Charles Whitman, and Mike Boorda. I may never write the paper, but locality Angles were instrumental in the death of Chandra Levy.

Before looking at this famous couple’s compound sets, we should review standard notation for this form of astrology.

Standard Chart Notations
In the tables below, b stands for birth, c stands for conception, and p for progressed. T stands for transiting. A number following the letters identifies the harmonic chart from which the harmonic planet was taken, e.g., b7 pluto identifies the harmonic of pluto for the 7th chart. All harmonics used are +2 greater than the number of the chart they are applied to. Therefore, the harmonic used for the 7th chart is the ninth, or novienic, harmonic.

MC stands for Midheaven while Asc stands for Ascendant. B-Loc identifies the locality Angle for birth, while C-Loc identifies the locality Angle conception. Reasonably, then, pB-Loc MC identifies the progressed locality Midheaven for birth while pC-Loc Asc identifies the progressed locality Ascendant for conception.

Now we can look at some of the synastry in the compound sets which existed between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

In this paper most of the chart comparisons are between 7th charts because the 7th chart is strongest in showing relationship. Here, however, I have included two from the synastry of the couple’s 5th charts.

A Word About the Use of Rulers in Compound Sets
When I started writing these papers on synastry of couples, I was actually so mesmerized by the difficult sets between the Simpsons and Ariens I failed to include rulers of Angles in the analyses of their sets. In the paper on Queen Victoria and Prince Albert I began to realize I was leaving out an important part of set analysis when I omitted rulers. Here, in this paper, rulers of Angles are consistently included in analyses of sets. In time I hope to return to the first two papers to correct that omission.

Angles and House Cusps for the Hearst and Davies
I have not included drawings of partial charts in this paper, therefore, house cusps are not shown. They are shown below reference in reading the rest of this paper.

House Cusps for Marion Davies:
Placidus: C MC—28 Sagittarius 05, c11—23Cap, c12—27Aqu, C Asc—14 Aries 43, c2—15Tau, c3—7Gem, B MC—22 Virgo 19, b11—19Lib, b12—10Sco, B Asc—0 Sagittarius 01, b2—17Cap, b3—17Aqu

House Cusps for William Randolph Hearst:
Placidus: C MC—6 Cancer 07, c11—9Leo, c12—8Vir, C Asc—2 Libra 26, c2—1Sco, c3—2Sag, B MC—11 Capricorn 22, b11—9Aqu, b12—16Pis, B Asc—1 Taurus 24, b2—27Tau, b3—19Gem

Starting Compound Mars/Saturn Sets Between Hearst and Davies
By “starting” in the title above, I mean sets that exist between them before any progressions or locality changes.

Please refer to the papers on the Simpson and Arien relationships (link on Home Page) for an extensive discussion of the difficulty experienced by couples with compound mars/saturn sets.

The Simpson and Arien papers ended up being primarily about their compound mars/saturn sets as indices of their difficulty in relationship. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert did not have a compound mars/saturn set. The relationship between Ms. Davies and Mr. Hearst is going to fall in the middle of this spread: they have two compound mars/saturn sets. One is weak in that it contains no Angle or light. The second contains a light, but does not influence an Angle. Here they are:

Set (a)her c7 saturn17 Virgo 20
his c7 mars17 Pisces 53
his c mars15 Pisces 19
his c mercury16 Gemini 35

Set (a) is without light and without influence to an Angle. Mercury in a mars/neptune set of a paranoid schizophrenic tends to lessen the schizophrenia (because it helps in verbalization/mentation—mercury). Here in a compound mars/saturn set it likely sponsored discussions (mercury) of whatever irreconcilable differences they had, helping their relationship.

This set would come forefront and be lighted whenever Hearst had either progressed c moon enter it because c moon—a light—rules his C MC. But that is the only time the set would be forefront, that is, have Angular influence. Progressions of all other lights to this set still leave it in the background.

Set (b)her b7 saturn6 Sagittarius 52
her b7 uranus8 Sagittarius 03
his b mars8 Gemini 09
his b SN9 Virgo 42
c neptune10 Pisces 59

The node in Set (b) constitutes the light. None of these planets rule an Angle. So, even though Set (a) starts out weaker than Set (b), it had more chance of bringing disharmony into their relationship through progressions (see discussion under Set (a).

Starting Compound Venus/Jupiter Sets, i.e., Golden Benefics, Between Hearst and Davies
To begin with, Hearst and Davies have a better chance of having forefront benefic sets because all of his venuses are Angle rulers (B Asc is in Taurus and C Asc is in Libra, both venus-ruled) and all of her jupiters are Angle rulers (her B and C Asc are in Sagittarius, ruled by jupiter). So any time any compound benefic set contains one of his venuses or one of her jupiters it influences an Angle. They have nine compound benefic sets, two of which are golden benefics. We are starting with them:

Set (1)her c7 venus18 Taurus 16
her b mars19 Taurus 21
her b7 SN19 Taurus 53
her c mercury21 Capricorn 21
her b jupiter16 Leo 47
her c7 neptune19 Scorpio 35
her c7 mars16 Scorpio 45
his b venus18 Taurus 58
his b7 neptune18 Aquarius 01
his c7 SN17 Aquarius 52

Set (1) contains two lights, venus, and jupiter. It influences 3 Angles through rulers (her b jupiter rules B Asc, her c mars rules C Asc, and his b venus rules B Asc). Set (1) is a powerful compound golden benefic.

Her venus and SN in Taurus and his venus in Taurus suggest a strong, shared sensuality (venus in Taurus) with possible connections to past lives (her SN). The present of her mars/neptune in the set suggest a wildly “crazy” attraction she feels for Hearst.

Set (2)her B Asc0 Sagittarius 01 his c venus0 Gemini 47 his c SN1 Gemini 59 his c jupiter0 Virgo 50

In Set (2) his c venus rules his C Asc, so this set influences two Angles. B Asc in the set acts like a light (as well as an Angle), so Set (2) is the Hearst/Davis second compound golden benefic.

Heart’s conjunction of venus to SN in Gemini suggest a karmic (SN) love (venus) to a younger (Gemini) woman and it falls right on Davies’ 7th house cusp. This set represents a kind of perpetual high Hearst experiences around Davies. She, of course, gets the benefit of this.

Starting Compound Venus/Light, Venus/Angle, Jupiter/Light, and Jupiter/Angle Sets Between Hearst and Davies
Many couples do not have compound golden benefic sets, but they have good relationships. The astrological sources of their harmony are their compound sets of venus or jupiter with Angles or lights. Those sets are vitally important in promoting good marriages.

Here are the ones between the Hearst and Davies:

Set (3)her c venus12 Aquarius 02
his c moon10 Taurus 15

Set (3) would be stronger if it involved a conjunction of moon to venus, but this one is acceptable. Moon/venus inspires the quickening of the heart that we identify as love.

Set (4)her c jupiter5 Cancer 48
his c sun5 Cancer 54
his C MC6 Cancer 07
his b7 jupiter8 Capricorn 06

With this set and Set (2) above we can see that each of the contributes a jupiter to the other’s Angle. Compound Angle/jupiter symbolizes the long, benevolent rope so helpful in long-term relationships. In this set, her jupiter also rules her B Asc, so we could look at it as he is contributing his Angle/sun/jupiter to her B Asc.

Set (5)her b7 venus22 Aquarius 54
her b7 moon24 Aquarius 57
her c neptune22 Taurus 11
her c7 moon23 Leo 13
his b moon24 Leo 50
his b uranus25 Taurus 23

There are no Angle rulers in Set (5), but three lights make it very strong. Davies own double moon/venus, especially in Aquarius, shows a loving, giving, soft (all venus) individual who likes (venus) humanity (Aquarius). Its influence to her c 5th house (c moon rules c5) also shows her a receptive lover. Very romantic (add in neptune). Davies was a philanthropist in her own right. Hearst’s Leo moon simply adds another light—thus further intensifies—these qualities in Davies. The fact that they both have a moon in Leo shows that both have a penchant for and interest in display and show such as was exhibited in many of their lavish parties at the Hearst Castle. Moon in Leo also shows a strong emphasis on loyalty. Moons in the same sign (even more than suns) are another indication of a possible long-term relationship because they mean the two people share the same avid, usually life-long, interests. And they don’t have to “explain” their reason for behaving those ways.

Set (6)her b7 and c7 suns0 Aquarius 51
her b venus2 Aquarius 33
her c uranus0 Scorpio 56
her c saturn4 Scorpio 06
his B Asc1 Taurus 24
his c7 moon2 Leo 11

Set (6) shows that Hearst’s B Asc picks up Davies light/light/venus, another set which brings out the feeling of love. If this were the only set they had, that saturn in the set might cause too much trouble, but as only one of a number of benevolent sets, it just implies she occasionally felt the pain of love or the threat of loss, something which in small enough leaven actually contributes to the appreciation of the moon/venus/saturn individual for the Asc one. Light/venus/saturn can also promote a sense of duty since venus tinged by saturn can turn love into something more than a good time.

Set (7)her b7 jupiter1 Capricorn 00
his C Asc2 Libra 26
his b7 saturn0 Cancer 46

Hearst’s b7 saturn in Set (7) rules his B MC in his c 4th house, so it influences two of his Angles. When Hearst’s health started failing in his 80s, Hearst and Davies moved to Beverly Hills. Davies took care (jupiter) of him until his death (4th house) at age 88. He was still married to his first wife, mother of his five sons. Davies was not allowed to attend the funeral.

Set (8)her C MC28 Sagittarius 05
his c7 saturn26 Pisces 44
his c7 mercury29 Gemini 16
his b jupiter27 Virgo 34

In Set (8) Hearst contributes mercury/jupiter/saturn to Davies C MC. It probably means they were capable of in-depth, serious discussions (mercury/saturn) as well as socially expansive or philosophical ones (mercury/jupiter). Ultimately only research with participating couples can give us the full meaning of some sets.

Set (9)her c NN9 Aquarius 59
her c7 uranus8 Scorpio 27
his c7 venus7 Aquarius 04
his c moon10 Taurus 15
his c7 neptune8 Aquarius 53
his c7 jupiter7 Taurus 27

The c moon in this set is the same one as in Set (3). There it is coupled with venus at 12 Aquarius 02. Here it participates in another set on its lower end.

I hesitated with this set. Since it contains light/venus/jupiter, does it comprise a compound golden benefic? Tentatively, I thought not. The light/venus/jupiter is already a complete golden benefic in Hearst’s chart. It influences two Angles through c7 venus’ rulership of C Asc and through c moon’s rulership of C MC.

At the same time, this set is very similar to the set I did judge a compound golden benefic—where Davies had the complete golden benefic with Angular influence in her own chart—in Set (1). In that set Hearst does contribute a venus, a second one.

With Set (1) and Set (9) we see that each of them shares their own compound golden benefic with the other through the other’s nodes, a situation of exquisite balance. Astrologically, it could be said each was for the other a requited “long lost love.” Neptune’s inclusion in both sets also suggests extraordinarily awakened tenderness for both parties.

Locality Angles for Marion Davies for San Francisco, San Simeon, and Beverly Hills, California
Davies was born in Brooklyn, New York, so her California locality Angles were considerably different from her natal ones.

Hearst was born in San Francisco, his San Simeon locality Angles were not appreciably different. His Beverly Hills ones were appreciably different, but turned out not important in terms of synastry.

I could not find out, so I assumed Hearst and Davies met in San Francisco or San Simeon. Their locality Angles for these two different places are nearly the same, so it makes little difference. I understand they spent the majority of their life together in one of those two places, moving to Beverly Hills only late in their relationship in anticipation of Heart’s death from old age.

I also could not determine the date they met, even within a year. Some articles state she was 15 (which would have them meeting in 1912 or 1913). Others stated they met in 1918. One paper stated they were inseparable from 1919, another, from 1924. Progressions to show the inception of their relationship were, therefore, impossible.

But, her locality Angles were significant. Below are the locality Angles found important in their relationship.:

On the more difficult side, Davies Beverly Hills B-Loc Asc was at 26 Libra 35 conjunct her c saturn at 25 Libra 16. Since she took care of him there until his death, an Angle/saturn is easily understood to represent the more somber, sometimes depressing aspects of such conditions. Saturn is forefront by progression both when we die and when loved ones die.

Also, his B-Loc MC for Beverly Hills was at 3 Taurus 49 in the same set with her b saturn at 4 Scorpio 06. Once again, Davies was 54 years old when Hearst died at the age of 88. It is not surprising that one of her and one of his locality Angles were forefront with each of her saturns (birth and conception) during the time she was taking care of him.

Other Charts
While I looked at 5th chart (sexuality and offspring) synastry for the other couples, I considered it would be redundant for Davies and Hearst. Sexuality between couples shows in both the 5th chart and in aspects influencing 5th houses in the 7th chart. Hearst and Davies 7th chart synastry showed such powerful attraction, their 5th charts would have to have been disasters to negatively affect their mutual attraction.

William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies had highly positive synastry.

While they had two weak compound mars/saturn sets, Davies and Hearst’s benevolent astrology was astonishingly “attractive.” We do not know how their negative synastry expressed. I suspect it revolved around his continuing marriage to his wife. Even if Davies basically accepted the inviolability of Hearst’s marriage, their compound mars/saturn sets could easily have led her to occasional feelings of resentment about his insistence on clinging to his marriage. Nothing, however, that prevented her being loyal to him to the very end.

Although other astrological factors play a role in determining the quality of a relationship, the synastry of mars/saturn and venus/jupiter between charts cover the range from very difficult to very harmonious. In that sense, they are good indices of failed and successful relationships.


William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies, whose love affair lasted over 35 years, started with two compound malefic sets, one lacking both light and Angle influence, and the other lacking Angle influence. They also started with at least two—possibly three—compound golden benefic sets and seven more sets comprised of Angle/venus, light/venus, Angle/jupiter, or light/jupiter.

Since neither of their malefic sets influenced an Angle, the troubles represented by them tended to stay in the background even when a progressing light entered either set.

All of their benefic sets contain lights, and all but one of them [Set (5)] influences at least one of their Angles.

Queen Victoria and her Prince started with zero compound malefic sets and seven compound benefic ones, at least one of which approached being a compound golden benefic.

Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning started with one weak compound mars/saturn set (it did not contain a light and had no influence to Angles). They started with eight compound benefic sets, one of which was compound golden benefic. (This number does not include any progressions or their locality Angles for Florence.)

David Arien killed his wife, Jonelle, and then himself. They started with four compound mars/saturn sets—before progressions, and before locality Angles. In earlier papers I referred to mars/saturn sets as dark malefics. I am not happy with the term but use it to represent, so-to-speak, the “opposite” of golden benefic.

O.J. and Nicole Brown Simpson started with two compound mars/saturn sets, one lighted and both with Angular influence. They experienced a confluence of them (four) through progressions and locality Angles at the time of her death. All four influenced at least one Angle, often more. They started with two very weak compound benefic sets. A third compound benefic was strong—Nicole’s San Francisco locality Angles picking up O.J.’s venus/jupiter.

Further Work
So far I have written about two highly “failed” marriages (Simpsons and Ariens) and three very successful one (Brownings, Queen Victoria/Prince Albert, and Hearst/Davies). To even up the score, the next paper will cover another failed marriage.

Star Flower, a rare 7-petaled flower
From Wildflowers of Michigan Field Guide, by Stan Tekiela

Data Acknowledgments (in alphabetic order)
Letters following the name show Rodden rating for reliability of birth time.

Marion Davies (B)
Birth: 1/3/1897, 6:00 a.m. EST, Brooklyn, NY. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. Ruth Hale Oliver quotes biography, F.L. Guiles, Marion Davies.
Conception:33/23/1896, 7:22:14 a.m. EST, Brooklyn, NY.

William Randolph Hearst (A)
Birth: 4/29/1863, 5:58 a.m. LMT, San Francisco, CA. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. Drew pictures a chart “from him to two of my associates.” Same data in Sabian Symbols No. 444. Church of Light quotes Ed Doane for 6:30 a.m.: Doris Chase Doane does not know the source of Ed’s data.) Biography: David Nasaw, The Chief, Houghton Mifflin, 2000.
Conception:7/21/1862, 12:06:59 p.m. LMT, San Francisco, CA.

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