Some requests for background information about L. Ron Hubbard's star chart have been received, enough so that I have included the following in TDN Summer Newsletter. These are for astrologers and those REALLY interested in supplementing an early history of Dianetics.
This is a short clipping from an extensive article, but will provide some insight for those interested in a study of various and sundry techniques that came to the [globally conscious] surface during the 1950s and 1960s – there were many, yet only a few have survived.
Note: March 13, 1950 L. Ron’s progressed Sun was exactly on the cusp of Taurus at 0 degrees 06’ in his fourth house, with his progressed Saturn in Taurus.
p Ascendant was
27 Capricorn 21 conjunct Uranus 29 Capricorn 17, the weeping degree [surrender, molting, recycling]. His p Moon was 25 Capricorn conjunct his p Ascendant, but in his progressed twelfth house [natural domain of his radix Sun, home of the poet, prophet, and pilgrim].
p Mars in Aquarius was intercepted in his second house, Leo, intercepted in his eighth house contained no standard planetary influences.
In 1954 he formally incorporated his theories into a religion: The Church of Scientology. By 1974 he claimed a membership of 3.2 million, with 22 major churches and 100 missions.
Excerpts from an article about the star chart of L. Ron Hubbard by Doris Chase Doane
L. Ron Hubbard was born March 13, 1911, at Tilden, Nebraska, at 2:01 a.m. He has a fortunate chart for a writer. Note the grand trine in the watery signs of the zodiac. His Pisces Sun is in conjunction aspect with Mercury, and they are both in trine aspect with Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Cancer [Moonchild]. The conjunction occurs in the third house – a house which is important in a writer’s horoscope, because it rules the actual writing as well as the objective thinking. Neptune in Cancer, in trine as it is with Mercury and the Sun, maps the inspirational contact with inner-plane information and also stimulates the imagination. Jupiter is the natural ruler of the ninth house of publication and public expression, and here Mercury rules the cusp of his ninth house. When these tendencies are stimulated—as they are here in a trine aspect – they add much to the success of a writer.
When I asked him how many books he had written, he answered that he has written eighteen million words. I still do not know how many books he has written. Most of his output has been for the science-fiction magazines. This type of writing takes the imagination mapped here by Neptune trine Mercury. The detailed description necessary to convey mental pictures of other-world environments is revealed by the Moon in analytical Virgo in trine aspect with penetrative Saturn in Taurus. In fact Hubbard’s imagination and ability to tune in became so keen that he was writing about things for his stories that shortly came to pass through inventions. One of his fans who has followed the sci-fantasy writing for years told this about Hubbard.
Healing energy is indicated by the tie-up of exalted Mars and Uranus. However, these two are in square aspect with Saturn –a driving power—and the energies have worked out so in his life. For years he has started work at seven in the morning and worked long into the evening. Mars-Saturn afflictions often drive a person in such manner. He calls it a dog’s life—being a writer—but adds, with a twinkle in his eye, that he loves it. It’s not hard to believe him after you realize that he has published eighteen million words. You will note that Mercury the ruler of his sixth house of work, is located in the third house of writing, and that Saturn, ruling hard work and responsibility, is posited in his fourth house, indicating his home. For years he has worked at his profession at home.
.... Early in 1950 Dianetics first came into the spotlight. Hubbard published a 16,000 word summary of it in a science-fiction magazine he had been contributing to for years. This writing earned him a living while he carried on his experiments in Dianetics.
After his article appeared, it was only a short time until that issue of the magazine was sold out. The publishers pricked up their ears to ask "What goes here?" On the one hand a group, and a small one at that, was denouncing the principles he had set forth. On the other hand, an avalanche of letters descended, asking for an explanation about this part or that part of the technique. The general trend seemed to be, "This is for me. Now just how do I go about it?"
In view of the astounding response, his book was published ahead of schedule. Now in its sixth printing, it has graced the best-seller list ever since. His progressed aspects at the time were revealing. The Ascendant had progressed up to the second house natal conjunction –stimulating the money department. Progressed Mercury, the planet of writing, had semi-sextiled Venus—which rules his Midheaven of station and honor in society--and was sextile Neptune. Progressed Sun, which natally is a member of the important grand trine, had moved into orb of trine the natal Moon, the planet important as far as public reaction is concerned.
At his public lectures he explains and elaborates the principles of Dianetics. His patience and attention to detail are characteristic of the Virgo Moon trine Saturn. Even though the book has 180,000 words—a heavy tome—he goes on using more words to explain it. Mercury, the planet of talk, makes an aspect to all other planets save the Moon and Pluto, and it forms a square with the Ascendant.
He has spent his life in mercurial pursuits—engineer, mathematician, philosopher, and writer. He classes himself as an independent thinker, a rebel against the orthodox. His actions have proven his words. While attending George Washington University and studying for his science degree, he found his attention wandering more and more often from the parroted lectures to what he, himself, had witnessed of human behavior.
Coupled with his early conditioning, these wandering thoughts stretched his mental muscles. As a teen-ager he had traveled in the Orient with his dad—a Navy officer—and had been exposed to the Asiatic philosophies, which stimulated his thinking along unorthodox lines.
He claims it was while he was at college that the first gleanings of Dianetics came to him. The underlying statement being: the Dynamic principle of Existence is Survive. Survive was the word that intrigued him, and his studies led him into semantics and then into endocrinology. These fascinating investigations had a great pull on the lad. Tired of listening to the parroting authorities, he decided to quit school. He doesn’t think much of a college education, but considers it as superficial surface scratchings.