Third Virgo Decanate: Anna Kingsford

From First Eighteen Decanates Analyzed:

VIRGO—3rd Decanate. The last decanate of the northern signs is pictured by a crown of twelve iron spikes. This Venus decanate of the mental sign Virgo is the point from which the Sun passes into the winter section of the zodiac. And so the serpent, picturing the first decanate of Libra is represented with his fangs just before CORONA BOREALIS—the Northern Crown—as if to strike.

Virgo, as a whole, corresponds to the house of work. So this last decanate seems particularly given to working in behalf of others. People born here find their greatest possibilities in the realm of service. When they can lose sight of the reward, and labor enthusiastically for some noble cause, they live to their utmost. Even though the laborer is worthy of his hire, yet those born under this influence are often called upon to give up the things they would prefer to do for the sake of duty. Though the material reward is a crown of thorns, yet the gain in character and soul power always more than repays for all sacrifice.

Henrich Daath, who labored so steadfastly in the cause of modern astrology, was born with his Individuality here. Leo Tolstoy, who though born of nobility, lived so simply and made so many sacrifices in the cause of peace and purity, had his Mentality in this decanate. And Swami Triganiteti, the Vedanist teacher who was blown to pieces in his temple in San Francisco by a fanatic, while he was faithfully serving his religion, had his Personality polarized in this place. It is the decanate of RENUNCIATION.

Note—With a few exceptions, so that the student may have easy access to the charts cited and thus study the other factors contributing to character and accomplishment, I have used as examples persons whose charts may be found in A Thousand and One Notable Nativities by Alan Leo.

From Letters to the Sage, Volume One:

Anna Kingsford

            Annie Bonus, born September 16, 1846 in a section of Essex now part of East London, was left a substantial inheritance in her teens upon the death of her father. She married Algernon G. Kingsford, a Church of England clergyman and cousin, in 1867 and gave birth to their only child, a daughter Eadith, the following year. Her defiance of conventional norms began with adoption of vegetarianism and opposition to vivisection, followed by conversion to Roman Catholicism in 1870. Ten years later she completed a medical degree in Paris. Her 1882 book The Perfect Way, coauthored by Edward Maitland, provided an idiosyncratic interpretation of the Bible based on visions inspired by ether. At the time of her correspondence with Johnson she was president of the British Theosophical Society and also of its Hermetic Lodge in London, but later that year she resigned from the TS and established her lodge as the independent Hermetic Society, which survived her death by a few years. She died February 22, 1888 of tuberculosis after more than a year of declining health. Kingsford and Maitland’s correspondence with Johnson ended before the creation of either Hermetic organization spawned by the British Theosophical Society in 1884.

The Vicarage.




 10 January [1884]

Sir. I have to thank you for your letter dated Oct: 15th, in which you say you have sent me, Vol. I of the Platonist. I should have been very glad to receive this kind gift, but it has not reached me. I applied to the Post Master in London for it, giving him all necessary details, in reply to which he has written to say that “no trace of any such packet can be found, and that probably it has by this time been returned to the sender.” Believe me;  Faithfully yours,

            Anna Kingsford

The Vicarage,



26 February 1884

Dear Sir.

            I am so much pleased with the “Platonist” that I have this day sent a year’s subscription for it 10/ to your agent Mr. Foulger of Patermaster Row, who will I supposed, supply it to me from January. I shall send the two surplus copies you have kindly sent, (for this year) to friends who may thereby, I trust, be induced to subscribe also. When Mr Maitland wrote to you a few days ago, we had not had a proper opportunity of studying the Platonist, and were not so fully aware of its value as we have since become We are sorry that we do not know the private address of Hargrave Jennings.[1]—your readiest way of communicating with him will be to entrust a note to his publishers.

            I am gratified to see that the Platonist intends including Kabbalistic doctrine and literature in its programme.[2] As the Kabbala represents that School of the Gnosis to which I properly belong myself, I shall hope from time to time, to be enabled, under this section, to contribute something to your pages. All exponents of the Kabbala do not, of course, agree, and the school I represent, takes a reading and view different from that of Eliphas Levi, and far more in accordance with Buddhist teaching; especially in regard to the transmigration of the Soul.

            Believe me,

            Faithfully yours,

            Anna Kingsford

Mr Maitland hopes you will not be at the trouble of continuing to post him a gratis number of the Platonist, as he will always see that for which I subscribe. We hope you will be able in a forthcoming number to give a short notice of our new little book on 1881, of which we sent you a copy.[3] I shall myself shortly bring out another and larger work on Hermetic and Kabbalistic doctrine.[4]


[1] On Jennings, see the introduction to this volume.

[2] This is a reference to Abner Doubleday’s “Kabalistic Doctrine of Spirits” article that appeared in the January and February 1884 issues of the Platonist.

[3]How the World Came to an End in 1881 (London, Field & Tuer, 1884).

[4]The Virgin of the World of Hermes Mercurius Trismegistos (London: George Redway, 1885; Madras: P. Kailasam Brothers; Spiritualistic Book Depot, 1885).