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Evangeline's Nativity

Evangeline Adams' Decumbitures

By Karen Christino

Evangeline Adams and Astrology in America by Karen Christino

A Brief Biography of Evangeline Adams by Karen Christino

Related to two United States presidents, Evangeline Adams capitalised on an upscale image to serve such clients as J.P. Morgan, Charles Schwab, Tallulah Bankhead and Joseph Campbell. Beginning her astrological studies in Boston in 1887, she was practicing professionally by the time of her first Saturn return. She claimed to have successfully predicted the Windsor Hotel fire in New York City in 1899, and moved there in 1905.

Adams was arrested for fortune-telling in 1911, and although the charges were dismissed, she gained great publicity as a result of the arrest. A reporter for the New York World interviewed her and confirmed seeing Lady Paget's 1910 note to Adams, which said, "Wonderful woman, all you said about the King came too sadly true." Adams always maintained she had foreseen King Edward VII's death, and also claimed to have seen that George Vs reign would be a bloody one, which, she said, led to her unpopularity in London that season.

In 1914, Adams was tried for fortune telling in New York, but was acquitted of all wrong-doing. Many papers quoted the judge's decision that she "had raised astrology to the dignity of an exact science". Around the same time, Alan Leo's legal problems led him away from prediction (he was first arrested in 1914, and found guilty of fortune telling in London in 1917). Evangeline, while more circumspect, continued to forecast. In a January 2nd 1927 lecture she utilised the cycle of Uranus in the US chart and said "the signs point to a war .... for religious, racial and political reasons, in 1942, 1943 and 1944". Uranus aspecting Jupiter in the US chart, she said, also warned of impending financial difficulties: "In 1928 and 1929... it behooves everyone to be extremely cautious in investment and money matters, and be prepared for this threatening configuration of planets". The stock market crash occurred in October of 1929.

Adams worked on a book with Aleister Crowley in the teens; gossip has it that they were also personally involved. After they separated, however, Crowley published an attack of Evangeline's astrological skills and business methods, calling her "a grey-haired old woman of exceedingly shrewd expression". Adams' books, however, were not published until after her marriage at the age of 50 to promoter George E. Jordan, Jr., a man over 20 years her junior. The Bowl Heaven (1926) was a charming autobiography, but others were simple introductory texts. Astrology: Your Place Among The Stars (1930), Adams most ambitious book, had been co-written in parts with Crowley, and addressed the influence of planets in signs. Adams' 1930-31 radio show was said to be one of the most popular of its time

When homeopathic physician and medical astrologer Dr. Luke D. Broughton had arrived in the United States from Leeds in the 1850s, he counted only 20 people in the country who could calculate a birth chart, none of them American. By the twenties, after Adams had popularised it, thousands were familiar with and interested in astrology. But was this the blessing that it seems? The public learned only a watered-down version of the real thing, and eventually created the popularity of Sun-sign and psychological astrology. And Adams was never able to pass on her traditional techniques or detailed expertise.

Evangeline's Nativity

Evangeline Adams was born on February 8, 1868 at 8:36 am LMT in Jersey City, NJ. USA (46N44/74W65). Her birth date is recorded in A Genealogical History of Henry Adams of Braintree, Massachusetts (1898): in 1910 Census records, and on her death certificate. Evangeline gives us the time of birth in her autobiography The Bowl of Heaven, citing her fathers diary. The chart below uses Placidus for the house cusps.

Evangeline's nativity

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Karen ChristinoKaren Christino is the author of Star Success and Foreseeing the Future: Evangeline Adams and Astrology in America. Her most recent book, What Evangeline Adams Knew: A Book of Astrological Charts and Techniques, (including the decumbiture charts), is available direct from Email for ordering information and charge card instructions.

© Karen Christino
This article is extracted from the larger article 'Evangeline Adam's decumbitures', first published in The Traditional Astrologer Magazine, Issue 14, May 1997. The rest of that article will be published next month.


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Evangeline Adams' Decumbitures
by Karen Christino