Entries in leo (4)


Pride of Lions: one male and six females

I am remiss in sharing new astrological data. Just picked up an addition to the Leo file. Turns out that the radical modernist composer Karlheinz Stockhausen (b. 22 Aug1928), one of the pioneers of electronica, was polygamous. Three other important, charismatic Leos were similarly all-embracing in their love lives.

Carl Jung (26 July 1875), like Stockhausen center of a cultish circle, was famously shared by his wife and his pupil/colleague Toni Wolff, who was also said to  manage his harem of Jungfrauen. For the last 40 years of his life he was commonly accompanied by both women  at public and private functions.

Erwin Schrodinger (12 Aug 1887) the great physicist and Einstein colleague, a Vedantist with deep theories about the role of sunlight in the creation of life on the subatomic level, lived openly with two women, because of which several universities terminated his engagements. Oddest of all, perhaps, the great Lutheran theologian Paul Tillich (20 Aug 1886), author of ‘The Courage to Be’ (such a Leonine title) agreed with his wife early on to an ‘open marriage’ but according to his son, “this arrangement got out of hand. He wouldn't stop and she didn't like it anymore.” Nevertheless they did not divorce, and his promiscuity was unconcealed.

What particularly strikes me is that all four of these guys, in addition to being Leos, are German (yes Jung was Swiss, but German-speaking Lutheran and self-identified as Aryan). Needless to say, the lion in the wild is virtually a symbol of authoritarian maleness. He is also the Blond Beast. 


Leos are too much.

Two Leos,  Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas are divorcing. They met on the set of "Too Much" and they made one last film together, "Automata".  They will remember each other always tho as they bare matching heart tattoos. (The heart is, of course, the bodily organ ruled by Leo.) Griffith's predeliction to share her bed with lions showed up early. Here she is, age 17, with her family's pet lion, Neil.

Doing the mane thing.


Warhol a Leo, but the grid is Virgo's

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. 


Obama TIME Magazine cover


    TIME Magazine's wonderfully archetypal cover gives us Barack Obama as the fulfillment of our new transnational identity, as black and white and (multi)colored, serenely transcending our differences, the traditional, gently smiling soli-lunar heavenly orb.  Obama was born with the Sun in Sun-ruled Leo, his Moon in Gemini is also referenced in this cover image, the sign of pairs, opposites, binaries, of which the sun and moon pair is the ancient sky's most resonant example. Born at 7:24 pm, birth certificate time, his Moon is in the 4th degree of Gemini, interpreted like this:

    "Here is a universal richness of experience through which man may substantiate the dignity of his order and learn to share the magic of his own self-renewal on every occasion. He responds quickly and enthusiastically to the frequent and cyclic manifestation of life's eternal overtones. . . [He has] a gift for fellow participation in every rewarding expression of individuality on all levels of human relationship." (M. E. Jones, The Sabian Symbols, 1969)

    An important feature of Obama’s chart is the conjunction of Uranus (the planet of invention and originality), with the North Node of the Moon (a point of fortunate contacts), in the compatible sign of Aquarius and in the house of partners. This represents not only his important marriage to an Aquarian life-partner, but an ability to plumb brilliant advisors. He will need them. In December Pluto, the natural ruler of the 8th house of finance will enter Capricorn for a fateful 15 years, and immediately oppose Obama's Venus, the ruler of his own 8th house, which is conjunct key planets in both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution charts.