Born in Boston, Massachusetts on Feb 16, 1838 (NS), hour unknown, the intellectual Mr. Adams has Sun in Aquarius (appr 27AQ - conjunct US natal Moon, the people, in our Sibly chart, an astrological link implying that he could've been president as were his grandfather and great-grandfather, but he wasn't interested!), and his Moon in Scorpio, sign of big business, deep thinking, sex, secrecy, and possible betrayals.
I've also been looking at charts for his wife's suicide - Clovis Hooper Adams - for clues as to why she would kill herself while leading the (seemingly) charmed life of a Washington DC socialite with a well-connected, brilliant husband. At her marriage, she herself was the daughter of the wealthiest man in Boston! No, money can't buy you love or happiness apparently.
Mrs. Adams' birth date is proving elusive to come by but perhaps there were inherited tendencies toward depression...or despair over her world-traveling husband's paramours? I don't know, I'm just typing out loud. Maybe one spurred the other - and a certain sex club may have had something to do with her state.
Well, let's snag a peek at Henry Adams' Air-Water Sun AQ-Moon Scorpio blend:
Powerful intellect, keen insight, detached intensity, and egoistic, this blend describes a proud reformer and astute observer, one with a scientific turn of mind, yet with much passion and sensuality.
Brooding desires, hatreds, jealousies, and cravings vie with the detachment of an Aquarian Sun, the rational scientist.
~One might wonder about the exclusive club formed in their heyday with a few friends and called, the 'Five of Hearts' club...when I checked the Tarot deck for the Five of Hearts, the keyword says: Disappointment. Were they 19th century 'swingers'? Or was it formed as a 'lonely hearts club'? Kind of weird and who can really know?~
So what about relationships for Sun AQ-Moon Sco?
This combo tends to blow hot and cold, not easy for a long-term partnership, imo. Passions can be marshaled in a machine-like way, and total devotion can be given (if desired) and is expected in return. (Can you imagine how an extra-marital affair could wreak havoc here?)
This blend is never frivolous with its feelings which results in an all-or-nothing attitude that can become totally absorbed in a relationship.
The Adamses married in 1872 and 'the Mrs' committed suicide on Dec 6, 1885, a day of a New Moon 14Sag39, and with transiting Saturn (loss; restriction; accountability) conjunct the Sun of their wedding day, June 27, 1872. Wedding Day charts show husband = Sun, and wife = Moon, and their marriage began with Sun and Moon square one another, an aspect of blockages and obstacles between them.
The Saturn-to-natal-Sun transit can be a bleak period or time as America experienced in 2005 with Hurricane Katrina and with other Bush-related events for which responsibility was not taken...still hasn't and won't be, according to former White House press secretary Scott McClellan who says the Bush 'alternate reality' team has been meeting to reinvent Bush's presidential history for future reference.
So no matter what their private relationship was like, Sun-to-Saturn shows great depression for Mr. Adams who upped his world travels after his wife's death - his favorite traveling companion being artist John LaFarge, with Japan and Polynesia on their agenda. Still, it sounds as if he were attempting to out-run his memories, doesn't it?
The 'Images for Integration' for Sun AQ-Moon Sco are as follows...
A scientist dissects a scorpion with great tenderness and absolute precision...A researcher presents his findings to colleagues at a 'Science for Humanity' conference...Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
(Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Charles & Suzi Harvey.)
As a well-traveled journalist, Adams knew a lot about the newspaper industry of his day and you may wish to read more about his anti-semite views of it at Jude's Threshold along with a few of his quotes.
Or check out his bio at Wikipedia if you so desire, where you may discover that another of his illustrious ancestors was a signee of the US Constitution.