C203 Claes Oldenburg the artful joker

Claes Oldenburg made gigantism his sculptural stock-in-trade.

Christos did it too, the difference was the former got underwriting from public while Claes worked for private organizations. Thus Christos in the end was more successful, though not nearly as long lasting — all of Christos work was ephemeral.

Spoonbridge and Cherry

Claes in partnership with his second wife, Coosjie van Bruggen, balanced a maraschino cherry on a spoon big enough to be a bridge in Minneapolis (1988), I picked that one out of all his big sculptures because it was the first I ever saw in the dark winter of Minneapolis at the Walker. I happened to be there in the coldest winter on record — well actually we tied the 1859 winter — and going to the Walker was the brightest thing I found while living there.

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C109 Naomi Judd Requiescat in pace 

Naomi Judd died on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 76 the night before her induction in the Country Hall of Fame. Celestiology is interested in what brought this about.

Her daughters Wynonna and Ashley Judd said in a statement that they had lost their mother “to the disease of mental illness.” Her husband, a former backup singer for Elvis Presley, has made no comment.

The wording of the family’s statement was heavily scrutinized on social media. Many fans felt the phrasing rang true, given Naomi’s openness about her struggles with depression and suicidal ideation. Others criticized the statement as frustratingly vague.

Mental health experts say while these reactions may be driven by curiosity and even good intentions, how a family speaks about the death of a loved one is a personal decision. Later, it was revealed she was a suicide on the eve of her recognition in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.

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C118 Bestial Things & Signs with Ben Franklin

Bestial came up as the WOTD from the OED today.

I am not sure if you can access it so I copied the record. The original is here and a printable version below.

Reading the entry I realized the renowned dictionary did not mention signs bestial — those signs that are animal-like who stand on four feet or are quadrupeds: Aries (Ram) Taurus (Bull) Leo (Lion), Sagittarian (Centaur), and Capricorn (Goat) but neither Cancer (Crab) Scorpio (Insect) nor Pisces (Fish) as they crawl; it seemed to me quite an “errata” as Benjamin Franklin would say.

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C104 Always capable, Tom Selleck

From Magnum P.I. on, Tom Selleck has been a television heart throb. He made few movies because his studio would not release him, fearing that further publicity would make his demand more in next contract, thus Harrison Ford got the title role, and highly lucrative, Indian Jones part. Pity isn’t it?

Selleck has a grand trine in air, perhaps that is why he plays such compelling detective roles — almost becoming a modern day Sherlock. His Neptune part this trio is in the twelfth house conjunct Jupiter, showing the limited range the studios have allowed him, but how nonetheless he has been able to create a successful, and very popular, career for himself within it.

While his good looks cannot be denied, his voice, getting a part of fortune in Taurus is key to his successful — a smooth luxuriant baritone tht exudes confidence. His ascendant at 26 Libra 58 is close enough to his Scorpio first house to show how his sexual appeal is part of his charm. It gets the symbol “the symbol of an eagle flying as a brilliant spot in the sky while an airplane flies in the same air space.” Jones writes about Wheeler’s symbol that it is about the privilege some people have as the dwell above the normal stresses of life and portray to all viewing, the calm deliberation and cool observation that encourages them. Yes, he does that well.

Selleck is a Splash Temperament Type filling up nearly 5/8th of the wheel with either planets or astrological points. If you have never seen a Magnum episode, I cannot help you as they all locked up on YouTube and viewing is fee-based. Instead what follows is my favorite…it’s classic Selleck btw.


Fred Korematsu, Civil Libertarian

This chart is for support of Mr. Korematsu’s civil liberties struggle so you can use it against the charts on the FDR Interment essay. I did not rectify it but chose the standard sunrise birth chart. Korematsu was born on January 30, 1919 in Oakland, California, the third of four sons born to parents who had immigrated from Japan.

Of all the asteroids that appear in the many maps during the War Years, Hidalgo, the centaur, shows up on his birth chart, partile to his Sun. It seems rather prescient that when he changed his identity he claimed he was Spanish and Hawaiian for Hidalgo commemorates Father Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (1753–1811), the Spaniard most responsible for declaring Mexico’s independence in 1810 from Spain. 1 See the first house with Hidalgo at 09 Aquarius 37 and the Sun a minute later. The Sun-asteroid combination, from the Sabian symbols is “a man of stature is catapulted into popularity, unspoiled he plans further achievements.” This degree suggests a true faithfulness to self in moments of great significance, but warns of overreliance on opportunity.

Toro, for the bull, another asteroid that plays heavily in his the Interment charts, also appears suggesting that this was not only the Federal government bulling him but him resisting back. 2 See the eleventh house cusp for Toro at 01 Sagittarius 14 that gets from Charubel the symbol of “one very subtle and sensitive who will not be imposed upon”. As Toro is square his Mars right on the eleventh house cusp this supports the idea he felt FDR’s order “bullied” him into submission and he resented it. With Neptune in the seventh and trine Toro and opposite Hidalgo and his Sun, Korematsu felt he was innocent of these “implied” charges and so would not go as ordered.


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    See the first house with Hidalgo at 09 Aquarius 37 and the Sun a minute later.
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    See the eleventh house cusp for Toro at 01 Sagittarius 14 that gets from Charubel the symbol of “one very subtle and sensitive who will not be imposed upon”.

C182 Skillful Michelle Obama

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama was a very well loved first lady, typical of Splay Temperament types, so much so that many of her fans who heard her speak at the 2016 Democratic Convention want her to run in 2020.  She has said she will not, but politics is fickle and as Yogi Berra would say “the fat lady sings”. 1 It ain’t over till it’s over”, a popular quip of baseball player Yogi Berra’s. This is similar in spirit to “don’t count your chickens before they hatch

The political Michelle Obama

 Young Michelle did not look to Washington for her heroes—she found them right at home. Her only sibling, a brother named Craig, was twenty-one-months her senior, provided an excellent example both inside and outside the classroom. Both their hardworking parents, Fraser Robinson III, a city water plant worker, and Marian Shields Robinson, a homemaker, pushed both children to excel.

Rejecting the easy option—to send their son and daughter to a convenient public high school—the Robinsons encouraged their athletic son to enroll in a parochial school with an outstanding basketball program and for Michelle, they decided the newly opened Whitney M. Young Magnet School offered a quality education that more than compensated for the daily three-hour commute.

As a racially mixed school, Michelle associated with classmates who came from all over the city, and she did well both academically and socially. She made the National Honor Society in her junior year and was elected treasurer of her senior class.

After graduation in 1981, Michelle followed her brother to Princeton, and like him, majored in sociology. Although one of the oldest colleges in America, Princeton had only accepted women as undergraduates in 1969, and African Americans were only admitted after World War II and still comprised only about 10 percent of the student body.

Even the “little sister” of a basketball star felt like an outsider, and Michelle saw herself as a “visitor on campus, as if I really  don’t belong.”¹

Betty Boyd Caroli
At six feet one inch, those legs never end.

She found little on her background other than through her mother she is a direct descendant of a male slave owned by a plantation in Alabama.  Nothing on her father’s side, so we imagine that they were free folks. 

She went to Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, for her Bachelor of Arts and then onto Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts for her Juris Doctor degree.  She met her husband as his Senior Legal Advisor at Harvard University.   

Later on, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright married them on October 3, 1992 in his Trinity United Church of Christ church, a social justice church, in Chicago; he parents raised her Methodist. The Obama’s joining TUCC makes sense, for it promotes universal health care, feeding the hungry, but also working to insure people are paid a living wage so they can care for themselves and their families; all hallmarks of her husband’s presidency.

After her husband’s election, Michelle Obama made more headlines because she was a Harvard-educated lawyer and former hospital executive, accustomed to bringing home a paycheck that exceeded her husband’s Senate salary, about $170, 000 per year, but now is a stay-at-home “mom in chief.” Unlike the only other attorney to become First Lady Hillary Clinton, Obama felt no need to feign culinary interests by talking about cookie baking, and instead used her first public event at the White House to celebrate a recent law extending workers’ rights.  This willingness to highlight one’s professional expertise made the 2008 election an important turning point for women and African-Americans as a whole.  ²

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    It ain’t over till it’s over”, a popular quip of baseball player Yogi Berra’s. This is similar in spirit to “don’t count your chickens before they hatch

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.

No longer flying with the Eagles – Nick Foles

                               Our first chart is Foles and Brady’s composite chart, that connects the midpoint of two people to get a better understanding of how they interrelate.  In a composite chart there is core identity that signifies its “purpose” (the Sun at 08 Taurus) and emotional responses and needs (the Moon at 27 Scorpio) which are here found in an oppositional pair making Tom and Nick very aware of each other’s moves and motives.

Their mode of communication (Mercury 25 Taurus, which is Nick’s Ascendant) works with their ideals (Venus 26 Taurus), that is in this venue is that both of them want to capture the Superbowl. How they will express that is via Mars (17 Taurus).

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