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James Franco, 19 April 1978
Tim Curry, 19 April 1946
Heath Ledger, 4 April 1979
Marcel Marceau, 22 March 1923
Another great court portraitist, (like Anthony VanDyck, Red Aries #18), Francisco Goya, born on March 30, 1746, had a penchant for bright red, especially as an accent: red cape, red ribbon, red collar, red corsage, red boutonniere, red cuff, feather, box, flag, flame, hat, pants, ember, blood. He painted the Duchess of Alba twice, once in a white dress and once in a black one, each with a red sash. The painting above, Goya's most beloved, unites the color with his favorite theme, childhood. At the lower left, his frequent touch of the macabre, the three cats ready to pounce on the bird.
Here he equates the Aries bodypart, the head, and the Aries color.
The haunting portrait of Count Floridablanca is profound meditation on identity. The ostensible Subject is the central figure in bold red, but his existence is diffused, appearing also in his oval portrait dimly looming above him. There is also a self-portrait of the artist, humbly dressed on the left, whose profile is 'fortuitously' highlighted, while the individuality of an insignificant secretary seems to have struck the artist as more interesting than the Count, who is comparing his painted image with his image in a mirror. So there are at least six self-images present or implicit. Other important Aries images in Goya's work: Boy on a Ram, The Disasters of War series, The Massacre, and the hacked and bloody butcher's still life, "Head and Quarters":
Aries Lady Gaga looks great in red. Wearing blood, for instance, is one of her fashion statements, and she has just associated herself with a headphone-accessory named (Red). The most interesting thing about her chart is the action of transformative Pluto as the cutting, or high focus, planet of her bowl configuration,conjunct the Moon in Scorpio, bolstered by a strong trine to Jupiter in Pisces (exalted). Mars is in 0 Capricorn (also exalted). She's an extreme Plutonian, obsessively personating chthonic goddess figures, flagrantly displaying the exalted menses of a hellish dominatrix, with a beat and a sense of humor -- her rapid success marks something, it's hard to tell what -- related perhaps to the Large Hadron Collider's start-up.
Bit of a hurry today. More Virgo artists with the grid habit.
2 above by Lucas Samaras (b. Sept. 14, 1936)
An incorrect Scorpio birthdate for Andy Warhol is in circulation. Its erroneous origin is discussed at AstroDataBank. The coyly secretive artist offered several different dates for his birth. The accepted birthdate of August 6, 1928, is therefore dubious. The birth certificate, not registered till 1945, was concocted, probably by Warhol himself, to satisfy a college registration requirement and is derived from a lost affidavit. As evidence it has been supplemented by a so-called baptismal certificate which on examination is equally derivative and indirect. Warhol was just the sort of person to shave some time off his age at the first possible opportunity. (“Oh God! Eighteen years old and still not famous!”). I find it hard to believe that this dark Leo had seven planets in fire, including an Aries moon, and few serious afflictions, as was the case on August 6, 1928.
One year earlier, however, we find a precise and powerful conjunction at the Venus/Pluto midpoint, of Jupiter and Uranus at 3 Aries, a degree whose Sabian symbol reveals “an utterly naïve assimilation of self into its world and a complete flow of all effort toward some proper end,” which is consonant with both his gee whiz manner and his remarkable productivity and accomplishment. A late Scorpio moon, conjunct Saturn and square Neptune, also seems appropriate to his mysterious, dead-pan persona, not to mention his frequently morbid subject matter: dead movie stars, electric chairs, auto crashes, disasters, criminals, skulls, shadows, Jackies, etc. That configuration was under the direct pressure of transiting Neptune when Warhol was shot by Valerie Solanas in 1968.
I also expected to see some Virgo in this Leo’s chart, since he employed the grid device continuously throughout his career, virtually his trademark mode of presentation. As Virgo is adjacent to Leo the absence of Virgo planets in the 1928 chart is conspicuous, but in the 1927 both Venus and Mars are in Virgo.
Virgo conceptual artist Robert Irwin (b. 12 September 1928; one day after Robert Indiana) employs the grid as metaphor and plan. His use of both high-tech and horticultural materials unites the mechanical and and natural poles of the Virgo temper. (Above: Nine Spaces, Nine Trees 1983; below, Light and Space, 2007)
- * The painting, Wheelbarrow, is by Morris Graves (b. 28 August 1910 - 2001), a Zen Buddhist and gardener from the Pacific Northwest, much influenced by oriental attitudes toward art and nature.
- * Graves named all his dogs and cats Edith, after the Virgo poet Edith Sitwell (born 7 September 1887 - 1964), herself an acolyte and biographer of the Virgin Queen, Elizabeth the First (also born 7 September, but 1533 - 1603).
- Graves, who died in 2001, was the epitome of the refined Virgo artist of nature. More of his work is here. I reproduce the red wheelbarrow because of WC Williams's poem:
- so much depends
- a red wheel
- glazed with rain
- beside the white
- * Word for word, for its brevity, The Red Wheelbarrow is one of the most scrutinized poems in the English language.
- * The author, William Carlos Williams (Virgoborn in the Garden State on 17 September 1883, d. 1961), was a pediatrician as well as a poet, shares the Virgonian tendresse of the artist Graves.
- * The poem, essentially a haiku, enters American literary space by spelling out the ellipsis implicit in all haiku: so much depends upon . . . The remainder of the poem contains the traditional seventeen syllables, if "glaz-ed" is read poetically.
- * Virgo rules gardening, farming, pets, flowers and livestock.