There is a book, The 360 Degrees of the Zodiac, by Adriano Carelli, which was found for me by Junebug Books a couple of years back.
It was published by the AFA, and is somewhat unusual. Similar to the Sabian Symbol degrees, it gives most degrees a word picture, although some have only descriptions, and its references to ancient times I find most enlightening. If it has a downside (besides some quaint turns of phrase), it is that the degree structure isn't really there--the meaning of "1 Aries" isn't particularly related to that of "1 Libra", etc.
It reminds me the most of the empirically-obtained degree info in DeVore's Encyclopedia actually.
The info it gives can be especially applicable, and so I give here 3 of Carelli's interpretations for George Bush's natal ASC--"8 Leo"--his nibs himself, and for "9-10 Leo" as they relate to his natal Mercury--and these two degrees will also relate to the natal Mercury of the Republican Party:
"8 Leo": 'The burning bush'...In a highly spiritual horoscope this degree's influence will endow the native with the power of heavenly fire surging forth with ardor unquenchable, unsullied, and all-consuming. Its light will be hidden from the sight of the unworthy and might even stay invisible to most eyes or escape notice altogether. In the bush blazing with unearthly flame, much-too-human beings will fail to see the light of the Absolute and will be alive only to the fact that the thorns in the bush sting anyone attempting to violate its mystery.
...fieriness along with reserve; aims sublime yet secret; a nature flashing with hope; ...constantly on the defensive, as the thorns and the flames in the bush clearly imply.
On the contrary, should the horoscope as a whole point to a lustful nature, the Lion's 8th degree would shift to its opposite polarity and, instead of a divine imprint, give it a luciferic bent. The burning bush will thus change into the lunar devilish image of Cain and the thorns.
Then an unquenchable passion, impure yet devoid of hidden motives and mental reservations, will slowly and steadily eat up the whole being, body and soul. The fire might not die out before before having wasted the mind to its innermost reserves and burnt out the organism to its last shred.
Whether heavenward or earthbound, such a mind will be ruled by instinct rather than reason.
"9 Leo": 'A great show of fireworks. Rockets, bombs, and *tourbillions unfold their dazzling pattern in the sky'...The native's talk will sound like a show of fireworks.
The positive side of this influx is its utter distinction and refinement. The native is keenly aware of his own worth, has self-respect and commands respect from others; has sincerity, grandeur and elegance.
Overdone and disfigured, all these virtues might present themselves in the shape of defects or even of vices. We shall then meet a vain haughtiness, as contemptible as full of contempt, an antisocial and destructive character, apt to burst into fits of rage.
There will be vain self-ostentation, a misplaced fastidiousness, a slash of dazzling extravagance, a splurge of rank pageantry devoid of any inner foundations. In other words, a lot of money will go up in smoke; the permanent will be sacrificed to the transitory, the useful to the pleasant, and substance to appearance.
The virtue of sincerity will disappear and the nastiest surprise might be expected. The native seems, however, to have luck on his side, and he might travel to places very far away.
"10 Leo": 'Death, holding the scythe'...Ananke! In a **previous life the native has taken someone's life in cold blood, but not for selfish purposes. Therefore he is either an instrument of fate, or its victim. Whether good or bad, such a man is destined to destroy, not to create.
In extremely fortunate horoscopes the native is an indomitable being. No one can oppose his cunning and his cool determination. He can bide his time, but will not argue or listen to objections when he has made up his mind to act. Nothing equals his timeliness, nothing can shake his deliberation.
You might ward him off for a while but never finally thwart his plans, as he simply will lie in wait for a better opportunity to strike again, this time more unpredictably and more decidely than before.
If he is good (which is not excluded even side by side with the ruthless will power we credit him with) he will extend his kindness and hospitality even to the undeserving. If he is bad, nothing will limit his capacity for evil; no one will deserve pity in his eyes, no power on earth will be able to ward off his murderous hand.
Well, I feel as if I know the burning Bush better, I just wish he weren't infesting the Oval Office.
He's decidedly NOT the fella who should be tinkering under the hood of the US Constitution either. Let's keep this grease monkey OUT of it, shall we?
*Not sure what 'tourbillions' are or were, but it sounds like the billion$ Bush has sent up in smoke with the rest squirreled away somewhere in his private hidey hole.
UPDATE 11.11.06: is this the Bush family's new secret hidey hole?
They've purchased appr 100,000 acres of land in Northern Paraguay near the new US military installment, the Mariscal Estigarribia Air Base. George and Laura's neighbor will be Sun Myung Moon whose property "sits astride" the largest water aquifer in Latin America, the Guarani Aquifer. Is he making escape plans in case he's brought up on war criminal charges? Will his accusers be part of the escape plans? Do "the elite" protect their own? Do monkeys live in the jungle?
**Where some will see 'previous lives' I see heredity, DNA, and Unconscious behavior.
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UPDATE: In my browser it's at the bottom of this page--have added the News Feed from Information Clearing House for "News You Won't Find on CNN"...there are some good articles on their site, too--why hasn't anyone told me about this before? ;O)