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Vanderbilt's Fortune Teller

Tarot reader 1Who knew that Cornelius Vanderbilt relied on a fortune teller to guide him? All was revealed at the reading of his will.

In his opening statement over the dispute of railroad tycoon “Commodore” Cornelius Vanderbilt’s will, attorney Scott Lord proclaimed that Vanderbilt was “a believer in spiritualism” and “clairvoyance and was governed by its revelations.” Lord argued that these beliefs, among other “impairments,” rendered Vanderbilt susceptible to undue influence towards the end of his life while drafting his will. The will allocated the majority of Vanderbilt’s massive fortune to his eldest son, William Henry Vanderbilt, with comparatively modest sums going to the rest of the heirs. The claims of supernatural intervention brought the name of a well-known 19th-century fortune teller, Madame Morrow, into the contentious court battle between William and his siblings.

Read all about it in the book Mortimer and the Witches

Under the pseudonym Q. K. Philander Doesticks, P. B., humor writer Mortimer Thomson went undercover to investigate and report on the fortune tellers of New York City’s tenements and slums. When his articles were published in book form in 1858, they catalyzed a series of arrests that both scandalized and delighted the public. But Mortimer was guarding some secrets of his own, and in many ways, his own life paralleled the lives of the women he both visited and vilified. In Mortimer and the Witches, author Marie Carter examines the lives of these marginalized fortune tellers while also detailing Mortimer Thomson’s peculiar and complicated biography.


Horoscope for the Week of April 22, 2024 - Saturn Conjuncts Mars

AspectsMars conjuncts Saturn and propels our actions into overdrive with unanticipated results. Know what you want to do but give yourself time to plan it all out.

Here is my favorite book on astrology and a "must" for anyone interested in learning more: Secrets from a Stargazer's Notebook: Making Astrology Work for You and here's a guide to the best books available this month. This column is (c) 2024 MADAM LICHTENSTEIN, LLC., All Rights Reserved. For Entertainment Purposes Only. Madam Lichtenstein is the author of the best selling astrology book “HerScopes ” now in its 12th printing and available as an eBook.

ARIES   (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)

You think you know exactly what is going on but before you take action, give yourself extra time to assess a situation. Things are evolving, Aries. You don’t want to waste your efforts chasing shadows. Be wise and observant. You’ll know exactly what to do at the right time and your precision and acumen will be perfect.

TAURUS (APRIL 21-MAY 21)

Many social situations may now require a bit of diplomatic maneuvering, Taurus. Friends may be making too many demands or your schedule could fill up with too many great options. Whatever happens, find the time to sit back and assess all of the wonderful choices. Jumping into one thing precludes you from another.

GEMINI   (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)

Any major action in your career could set you off into an entirely new direction. Maybe this is something expected and desired but maybe it takes you off-track. Scan the landscape of your professional path, Gemini, and see if you can formulation a carefully crafted advancement plan. When in doubt, take a short vacation.

CANCER   (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)

The need to expand and deepen your well of knowledge becomes too tempting now, Cancer. Don’t allow yourself to get bored. Find ways of feeding your imagination and sense of adventure. That may mean travel or it may mean advanced study. Whatever and wherever your mind takes you, regenerate and take it all in.

LEO   (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)

Affairs of the heart take precedence over others things, Leo. That means that you love large and feel deeply. But will you allow your passions to overtake your better judgment? Find your route to happiness by harnessing your emotions and seek to find greater meaning in every encounter. You may be surprised at the results.

VIRGO   (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)

Allow yourself some flexibility in certain relationships, Virgo. That is because past history plays a big part in how you’re interacting at this time. Consider how the past informs the present and have this hard earned knowledge work to your advantage. You are better able to wheel and deal, ultimately gaining positive results.

LIBRA   (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)

Do you feel more tired than usual, Libra? Find ways to conserve your energies and relax. The impulse is to drive forward no matter what. But now, taking a well-deserved rest not only gives you greater stamina, it also gives you time to think and strategize. The result will be greater accomplishment and satisfaction.

SCORPIO   (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)

Your imagination goes into overdrive, Scorpio. You are bursting with great creative ideas and the energy to bring people together for a festive time. This is great. But be sure that you don’t over-extend and waste precious resources. Learn from the past. Delegate where you can and enjoy quieter pleasures as you proceed.

SAGITTARIUS   (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)

Family may make more demands on you than you can reasonably handle, Sagittarius. But that doesn’t mean that you should pull back and do nothing. It can mean that these obligations need to be reassessed and made more manageable. In fact, there may be issues that don’t even have to be handled now. Step back and observe.

CAPRICORN   (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)

You have a wealth of wisdom waiting to be tapped, Capricorn. It’s time to make use of all of the “life lessons” you gained over the years and put them to good use in your communication. You are especially eloquent and diplomatic now. Get your message across and gather your followers. Who knows where this can lead?

AQUARIUS   (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)

Whatever objects of value you want you can acquire. The question is, what do you really value and what do you really want? Use your past experience as your guide as to what really brought you joy. As you consider the options, Aquarius, remember that the best things in life may actually be free … or at least not terribly expensive.

PISCES   (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)

Your ability to wow a crowd hits a high note, Pisces. That means that as you meet and greet, your ability to make a powerful impression can launch you into some rarified social circles. See where you want to go and who you need to get you there and start your journey. The ultimate destination may still be unfolding.

(c) 2024 MADAM LICHTENSTEIN, LLC., All Rights Reserved. For Entertainment Purposes Only. @thestarryeye Find astrology readings on tinyurl.com/TheStarryEye and a great sun sign book at tinyurl.com/Herscopes


Lucky Numbers for the Week of April 19, 2024

Lottery ads tell us you only need a dollar and a dream. But it is also helpful to have a list of lucky numbers to help spur the good fortune ... or fortunes. So with that in mind, here are some lucky numbers that can be used in any helpful way. I gazed into a pool of water, Nostradamus-like, and contemplated the cosmos. Then I mixed the tarot cards and allowed the spirits to guide me to the cards that represent the lucky numbers for this week. Nothing is guaranteed but who knows ....?

I choose eight numbers because 8 is the number of of wealth.

Here are the lucky numbers for the week of April 19-25, 2024:

17, 23, 30, 34, 40, 43, 61, 75

There are many ways to delve into your own consciousness to find luck and intuition. Try reading Dream Power/Improve Your Luck (Super Strength Series) and see if your dreams give you any clues and premonitions. Here's a guide to the best books available this month


The Ghost-Busting ‘Girl Detective’ Who Awed Houdini

This fascinating article from Atlas Obscura should be a warning to any fake psychics. Let's keep it honest, people! Here is an excerpt from the full article.

Seance houdiniAs an undercover investigator, Rose Mackenberg unmasked hundreds of America’s fake psychics.


Horoscope for the Week of April 15, 2024 - Sun Enters Taurus

AspectsThe Sun enters Taurus and gives us extra strength and gumption. Take on a big project and now see it to its conclusion. You have the stamina. Now go forward.

Here is my favorite book on astrology and a "must" for anyone interested in learning more: Secrets from a Stargazer's Notebook: Making Astrology Work for You and here's a guide to the best books available this month. This column is (c) 2024 MADAM LICHTENSTEIN, LLC., All Rights Reserved. For Entertainment Purposes Only. Madam Lichtenstein is the author of the best selling astrology book “HerScopes ” now in its 12th printing and available as an eBook.

ARIES   (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)

Whatever financial decisions you need to make, now is a great time to make them. If it entails extra work or a strong effort in a certain direction, you are definitely up to the task, Aries. Do the necessary research, make tough and necessary spending decisions that work for you in the long term and reach your prosperity.

TAURUS (APRIL 21-MAY 21)

You positively glow in the company of others, Taurus. Unleash your natural charisma and find more ways to get your personal message out there to your various and growing support base. You have the tenacity and personal acumen to make any of your long term projects pay off. Find those who give you a helping hand.

GEMINI   (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)

This is a time of increased affirmation and personal growth, Gemini. Find ways to give back to society that strengthens your inner compass. Any charitable effort not only helps others but helps you as well by giving you a new purpose and expansive outlook. There are so many deserving causes it might be hard to choose.

CANCER   (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)

Your social set is in for a shake-up, Cancer. And it is all good! You will be able to reach out to new people and join new groups that can provide more support for you. This increases your confidence and enables you to forge new directions in your life. The world is full of possibilities and lots of people to help make it happen.

LEO   (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)

What direction are you taking and where do you want to go? That’s the pertinent question as your professional aspirations may shift. New opportunities present themselves if you give yourself a chance to look around and reprioritize. But that takes some work, Leo. Find the time and perseverance. It is worth it.

VIRGO   (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)

Expect a change of venue or an entirely different perspective on a long established subject, Virgo. Your eyes are open and your ability to take in new information is highlighted. Find ways to explore your world and even find some new destinations. Anything you do now gives you greater advantage down the road. Live and learn.

LIBRA   (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)

Strong feeling can emerge, Libra. This is especially true when it comes to deep emotional issues. Understand that anything that you feel is very important in establishing your sense of well-being and harmony with others. The secret to your success is how you best balance what you really need with what others need.

SCORPIO   (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)

Find more ways to cement current relationships and bridge any communication gaps, Scorpio. There will be times when you need to be extra diplomatic but you muster the patience and common sense to know what works and when. It’s all part of a long term plan that achieves greater personal balance in partnerships.

SAGITTARIUS   (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)

There have been times when procrastination seemed like a good option for certain detailed projects. But now, Sagittarius, you not only have the energy, you also have the perseverance to go forth and complete whatever needs completions and start whatever needs starting. You gain a great sense of accomplishment!

CAPRICORN   (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)

Fun not only has its festive moments, it may also require more planning, preparations and management on your part. But that doesn’t matter - That is part of the enjoyment for you now. Capricorns are great organizers and you happily put these skills to work as you forge inspirational paths to greater joy and fulfillment.

AQUARIUS   (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)

Home projects that have been deferred of delayed can be tackled and completed to your satisfaction, Aquarius. Find ways to handle domestic projects and work on anything that improves your overall surroundings. You find you are not only energized but also highly pragmatic as to what can be successfully achieved.

PISCES   (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)

You are not only expressive, Pisces, you are also compelling and wise. That is because you carefully appraise a situation and think before you speak. Dig deep into your well of knowledge and experience and share your sage advice with others. You can heal the world and create greater harmony as you proceed. Wow!

(c) 2024 MADAM LICHTENSTEIN, LLC., All Rights Reserved. For Entertainment Purposes Only. @thestarryeye Find astrology readings on tinyurl.com/TheStarryEye and a great sun sign book at tinyurl.com/Herscopes


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