Thanks for the laughs: Penny Marshall

The time, date and place comes from Penny’s own autobiography. It’s incredible southern (outward) based bowl with only the Moon in the seventh house opposite her Martial ascendant at 19 Scorpio of a “newly formed continent.”

This symbol suggests the raw substance of existence and suggests that it shapes the ground around her into a self-awareness of the opportunities at large. The keyword is Originality.

Penny has three planets in the seventh house of relationships and opportunities, perhaps suggesting her father (Saturn) and father in law (Carl Reiner), her husband (Rob Reiner) and brother (Uranus) who all were important in nurturing her career and comedic timing. Uranus could also be, since it is a asexual planet, her pairing with Virgoan Cindy Williams in LaVerne and Shirley, or her genius in creating “Big,” that wonderful homily to childhood and circus wishes.

“I’m sure people thought I got parts because my brother was being nice, and at first I probably thought the same thing,” Penny Marshall told The Times in 1988.

“But my brother finally told me, ‘I’m not giving you a job ’cause I’m nice, because I’m not that nice.’“

L. A. Times, Penny Marshall interview.

Trine to that is her eleventh house of friends and fans, the people who support your progress where we friend Neptune right on the tenth-eleventh cusp conjunct Mercury or her ability to make and capitalize on her dreams. Her Sun, is just moving in the 12th house at 22 Libra, or a “child giving a bird a drink from the fountain” and just a semisextile away from her exuberant and creative ascendant making that water that splashes its own watery world.

Asteroid wise Pandora, the ancient Greek myth of the girl who opened a box and unleashed a world of surprises, is next to her Sun, and barely conjunct fun loving Bacchus. Hidalgo in the first house is indicative of her desire to leave her native Bronx and go to Southwest for college. Opposite Saturn it suggests she needed a break from family ties and spread her own wings. Sextile Amor in the fourth, reminds us how she found (and lost in the 3rd) love there as it was opposite Apollo (conjunct Jupiter in its natal Lord) giving her a bitter taste of what her unflappable talent, & comedic genius would bring to her personal life.

Ms. Marshall was not an academic standout at the school, which she left when she married Michael Henry, a player on the university’s football team. “I must say what I remember most was getting married after a Brigham Young football game,” she told the Toronto Globe and Mail, “and all that was on television the whole weekend was John Kennedy’s funeral.”

Washington Post, obit.

Venus right at the midheaven in Virgo reminds us that “‘No matter how many movies I direct, I’ll always be Laverne, ‘ she laughed ” But that’s ok, because with Asteroid Hebe conjunct Regulus (conjunct Jupiter and the Midheaven) we’ll be laughing in our cups too.

Penny reposes

Nothing lasts forever and late at night, Penny Marshall reposed in her home in the Hollywood Hills, her daughter Tracy & family, by her side. The repose chart is of course an estimate, but nonetheless we see that while her natal chart was productive and external, her later life was all family and introverted. Her brother Garry died two and half years ago (a Mars cycle away) and since Mars was so important in her life, had to take a lot joy out of her.

Looking above, the transiting Moon is opposite her Ascendant but her Part of Fortune is opposite her natal Regulus and while none of it suggests demise, it does tell us that Penny was slowly closing down shop, prepared for the inevitable and resigned to the inevitable. We, her fans, cannot same the same.

Mozart ala Christine Grenard's Book: Astrology


Lovely pictures in this book by French Astrologer Christine Grenard. It was originally published in Paris.  Cassell of London translated thankfully it for English readers. She does a nice comparison of Gandhi and Mozart, but I’m only attaching Mozart for viewing.

Wolgang Amadeus Theophilus Mozart was born on January 27 1756 at around 10 pm in Salzburg, then the Holy Roman Empire. He was christened, Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. His father was from a wealthy family from which he was estranged, and a musician, though to support his family a music teacher. His mother came from a middle class family, from which no history of musicianship is known.

Unlike any other composer in musical history, he wrote in every musical form of his day and excelled in each one. His taste, his command of form, his range of expression have made him seem the most universal of all composers. His musical teacher was Franz Joseph Haydn, who also taught Ludwig Beethoven.

But no matter how you view his chart, he is always astounding, but his 5th Harmonic that really shows the dynamic between himself and his father. The incredible preponderance at the top of chart is obviously Wolfgang’s ability to transcend that vigorous discipline and demonstrate his his own defiant will and ability created music as close to perfection as man as ever attained.

By the time of his death Mozart, at age 35, he was widely regarded not only as the greatest composer of the time but also as a bold and “difficult” one; Don Giovanni especially was seen as complex and dissonant, and his chamber music as calling for outstanding skill in its interpreters. His surviving manuscripts, which included many unpublished works, were mostly sold by Constanze to the firm of André in Offenbach, which issued editions during the 19th century.

Mozart’s reputation was such that even before the end of the 18th century two firms had embarked on substantial collected editions of his music. Important biographies appeared in 1798 and 1828, the latter by Constanze’s second husband who obviously say their worth. The first scholarly biography, by Otto Jahn, was issued on Mozart’s centenary in 1856. 

download wolfgang mozart.pdf

Mozart reposed on December 5, 1791 in Vienna. The cause is still unknown. Maybe an interesting exercise for those interested in medical astrology. If so, Eileen Naumann’s book is a good start.


This was updated on November 1 2020 with the harmonic and other charts for general interst, as well as his progressed chart for his date of demise.

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