McKinley Astrological Predictions
To the Editor of The Recorder
Perhaps some of your readers may be
interested in several predictions of astrologers concerning President
McKinley. Nearly all of them who have cast horoscopes of his death
predict a violent death, and Astrologer Broughton of New York city
[sic] published in 1886 the following conclusions: “Mr. McKinley’s
horoscope indicates dangers of assassination, nearly as much as
General Garfield’s or Abraham Lincoln’s.”
Mrs. M. E. Proctor of Springfield,
an astrologer of some note as a careful student of the subject,
cast a figure the night of the assassination with the following
conclusions: The malefic planets are Mars, Uranus and Saturn. Of
these Uranus was lord of mid-heaven at the time of McKinley’s birth
and his ruling planet. Mars was in the house of sickness and Saturn
in the house of death at the time the shot was fired, with Uranus
on the curb of the house of death at the time of the assassination,
and was setting. By a square aspect Uranus afflicts the sun, and
Mars afflicts both the sun and moon, and Saturn the moon by opposition.
Had Mars been oriental instead of occidental it would have signified
that death would have been instantaneous.
Jupiter was also in the house of death,
afflicting the moon by opposition and as both sun and moon were
thus afflicted the president had no good influence from them. Jupiter
being in the house of death, although a beneficent planet, could
not counteract the influence of Mars and Saturn, which in their
positions ensured death, although it might be lingering.
At the time of death the moon, Mercury
and Venus were all in the house of sickness in closer aspect to
the malefics. Mars was in exact aspect to Saturn, both acting together
to ensure fatality.
It is singular that astrology should
have been thus coincident in conclusions beforehand with the facts
of the president’s death.