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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J895 Electrifying Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla, date unknown.

Tesla was a Serbian American inventor and engineer .

He is credited with discovering and patenting the rotating magnetic field, the basis of most alternating-current machinery

Marc Jones has July 10, 1856 in Smiljian Austria-Hungary Empire, now Croatia, but Tesla was not Croatian as widely believed but was an ethnic Serbian and his father was an Eastern Orthodox priest.

Though he was famous and respected, he was never able to translate his inventions into long-term financial success—unlike his early employer and chief rival, Thomas Edison. Tesla died unfortunately penniless at the New Yorker hotel in Manhattan letting others make billions off his name and talent.

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On the wings of eagles, Ross Perot

Ross Perot, ran for president in 1992 and 1996 as a populist who wanted to restore Norman Rockwell’s America. He was born on June 27, 1930 in Texarkana, Arkansas. I have rectified him to 7:28 am and an ascendant of 07 Leo 55, or a “Bolshevik propagandists” — he would have howled at that one — or the indomitable spirit of man’s enduring spirit to rise up against social and political crises. This symbol, Jones, continues, is the individual’s need to galvanize his community to see the potential of good.

Being Ross

Born Henry Ray Perot on June 27, 1930, to Gabriel and Lulu May {Ray} Perot. His father was a cotton broker and a horse trader.

As a teenager he changed his name to Henry Ross Perot in honor of his brother, Gabriel Ross Perot Jr., who died, as a toddler, before he was born. The family pronounced the surname PEE-roe, but in his 20s he changed that, too, making it puh-ROE, because, he said, he got tired of correcting people. He called himself Ross;, the media added the initial “H” at the beginning of his name, but he never liked it.

1996: American industrialist Ross Perot, he ran for President on his Reform Party ticket in 1992 and won nineteen percent of the vote but failed to win any electoral votes. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)

His Venus in the first house shows how considerate he was towards public sentiment; being seen as agreeable was important to him.

An Eagle Scout, and like President Jimmy Carter a Navy officer from Annapolis, though he started at Texarkana Junior College for two years.. He was commissioned in the U.S. Navy in 1953, got married in 1955, and served until 1957, after which he worked as a salesman for International Business Machines Corporation (IBM).

Founding EDS

 The founding of EDS to Ross Perot's

When Perot saw he grossing more than any other salesman in the country, he left IBM to found Electronic Data Systems, originally in West Texas and then in its expansive headquarters in Plano, Texas; most of his clients went with him.

EDS Headquarters on Legacy Drive.
EDS HQ on Legacy Drive in Plano, Texas was sold by Hewlett Packard to Dallas Highland Capital in 2018. HP bought EDS in 2008.

The Perot Ticket

Perot was a tireless crusader for education and vehemently against drugs, instituting drug and alcohol testing for his employees long before it became the norm. In 1969, he became a national sensation when he tried to fly medicine and food to American prisoners of war in North Vietnam. Ross repeated that feat in 1979 he staged a commando raid against Iran after the fall of the Shah for the hostages kept there by the Ayatollah Khomeini.

In 1992 and 96, Perot ran for president to get a look “at what’s under the hood” of the government. He felt he could pare it down, make it more efficient and responsible to its citizen. He was unsuccessful both times but some attribute Trump’s successful run as a populist candidate owes a lot to Perot’s initial attempts, though that’s rather dubious as Perot and Trump did have fairly different agendas. All they had in common was outsiders running against the Washington bureaucracy, for the Deep State agenda, that is enough.

Like Trump twenty years later, this article in the American Thinker tells how the Washington Establishment attacked Perot because he questioned Bush Family politics, a real no no amongst entrenched mainline Republicans. But the article does hint at what Perot had to fight against. That understood, Perot struck a real chord in many Americans, particularly veterans.

Ross Perot and wife Margot, son and four daughters.
Ross with his wife Margot and their children, Nancy, Suzanne,
Carolyn and Ross Perot, jr.

The Ross that Roared

Perot is a bucket with a Saturn handle in the sixth house of work and service. Saturn as his focal determinator gives Perot the ability to see the forest for the trees and think long term; his Mental Chemistry supports this long range vision he implements with a meticulous almost tactical approach.

His Line of Vitality, the luminary aspect, is vigintile giving Ross an innate understanding of how he can self-affirm his dreams and goals.

Chemical Efficiency

His Line of Efficiency, Venus and Mars, is square giving him a hair-trigger temper, he did not suffer fools gladly, and had an explosive reflex to events around him. This was seen in two attempts to bring humanitarian relief to American POWs chronicled in Ken Follett’s On the Wings of Eagles or even his decision to leave IBM and start his own company when he became the top salesman for the Southeastern district. With Efficiency squared, Perot got irked by not doing anything, and so did.

His Mental Chemistry is how he will act upon this itch. For Perot, his Moon is very fast but his Mercury is very slow, so while the itch wants scratching, Perot starts scouting out a solution and then after coming up with one, looks for support.

Ross Perot's homes in Dallas and Bermuda
from the RealDeal. Upper left the n 8,200-square-foot mansion on a 16-acre estate worth a reported $21 million in Dallas on Strait Lane. The bottom left is their home in Bermuda , Tucker’s Town, Bermuda where his neighbor was r New York City mayor and fellow billionaire Michael Bloomberg who also this year decided to run for president.

The Line of Motivation, Jupiter to Saturn, is in opposition and the Line of Social Significance (Uranus to Neptune) is inconjunct.

Medically, Neptune in the Virgo in the second house is trine Saturn in the sixth, with a sextile to the eighth house cusp Aquarius. This does suggest that he would live an old age and contract some vague blood cancer; Ross died July 9th, 2019 in Dallas Texas from leukemia. His wife of 65 years, Margot, and their five children survive him.

J319 Havelock Ellis & the Equal vs Whole House System

Using the Equal House

The Equal House house and whole House systems are the oldest astrological house systems in astrology.  The Equal House is based on the Ecliptic, and some astrologers actually call it the Ecliptic system. It has several features:

  1. All the houses are equally spaced, meaning that each house is exactly thirty degrees wide, so it very easy to manually construct.
  2. All of the houses start on the degree of the Ascendant
  3. There are no intercepted houses, as each sign gets its own house, i.e. we equally divide the chart into twelve equal parts.
  4. The tenth house cusp (cusp is the beginning point of a house) does not coincide with the Midheaven. You can see an example of this in the case  of  Havelock Ellis, born in Croydon, Surrey, UK,

Download Havelock-Ellis in Placidus format here

Who was Havelock Ellis

Dr. Ellis was an English essayist and physician who studied human sexual and criminal behavior.  He challenged 19th-century Victorian taboos against public discussion of the subject following up on the studies of Sigmund Freud in Vienna. Many of his books, including his best, The Task of Social Hygiene, are on Gutenberg.org for free.

We do not use the Equal House system because we disagree with its construction — everything thirty degrees and no consideration for the horizon. Nonetheless, the famous astrologer, the late Lois Rodden, loved it.  In Hellenistic Astrology, the Whole House system is de rigeur and the major difference is that all houses start on ZERO and the Ascendant is shows up at the degree within it. 

We actually prefer this over the Equal House system, because we think that the Ascendant should not be tied to the first house — which is how you are seen by others.  Confusing the Ascendant and the house house we have found in our studies, is not an accurate representation, hence we typically use non-Ascendant based house system like the Zariel and Morinus and Whole House for Hellenistic charts.

Whole House System

The similarities to the Equal.

  • All the houses are equally spaced, meaning that each house is exactly thirty degrees wide, so it is very easy to manually construct.
  • There are no intercepted houses because each sign gets its own house, i.e. we equally divided the chart into twelve equal parts of thirty degrees.
  • .The tenth house cusp does not coincide with the Midheaven because the Midheaven is typically not Zero. We do not show it on the chart above.

The dissimilarities to the Equal.

  • The Equal starts always at the Ascendant. The whole always starts at 0.

As shown, under the Whole House System, Dr. Ellis’s midheaven is in the eleventh house of the public, which makes sense as he devoted his medical life to public health and hygiene; Venus, the planet of sexuality, is also there linking the two and is the handle to his bucket.

In the Equal House, the  Midheaven is in the tenth house of a career, but Venus is separate in the eleventh house and does not clearly link the two.  Other issues are in the Equal House Saturn is in the sixth house of work and labour; in the Whole House Saturn is in the seventh house of partners and opportunity. 

While we can make cases for either, it is really the nuance we prefer, and astrology is nothing but nuance.  For further discussion of houses and interceptions, another thing we dropped as being meaning, look here and here.


A ball of laughs Jay Thomas

Radio gets results

I knew of Jay from his radio days in NYC I think on WPLJ. He was a popular DJ, very entertaining, lots of jokes and stories and played some good music. Then he disappeared and popped up on Mork and Mindy as Remo DaVinci the co-owner of a deli where Mork (Robin Williams) and Mindy (Pam Dawber) seemed to hang out.

I don’t know how that happened, but with Jupiter in the twelfth sudden and propitious things do happen, and that seemed to be how Jay and I would meet. Out of nowhere, he would pop up tell some stories and disappear only to show up on a totally different venue. He was irrepressible.

He died a week ago at 69 from cancer, his agent, Don Buchwald, said.

TV and then radio, again

His quick tongue also served him well on the talk-show circuit. He was especially ubiquitous on “Late Show With David Letterman,” where he appeared every Christmas season telling about a challenge with Clayton Moore — the Lone Ranger — that involved throwing footballs at a Christmas tree. Here’s one of my favorites with Jay on Letterman about his plastic surgery.

He also pursued a radio career, even as he developed his acting side. Most recently, he had a show on SiriusXM satellite radio. Mr. Thomas found amusement in the way people confused him with his television characters.

“I’m from New Orleans,” he added. “My father was a WASP and my mother was Italian.” Mr. Thomas was born Jon Thomas Terrell in Kermit, Tex., on July 12, 1948, and raised in New Orleans. During college — he attended several universities — he started dabbling in sportscasting and also did stand-up comedy; he eventually found himself on the radio in New York. He later became well known for his work on Power 106 in Los Angeles.

With Jupiter life is always surprising

His wife, Sally Michelson, whom he married in 1987, and their two children, Samuel and Jacob, survive him as does the country singer J. T. Harding, whom he had fathered in his 20s and was given up for adoption. Harding recounted when “I met my biological mother, she told me, ‘Your father is an actor, and he’s on ‘Cheers’, so for about a week I thought Ted Danson was my father.” Jupiter strikes again.

Jay Thomas died on August 24, 2017 in Santa Barbara, CA.

The Jay Map

A natural showman

Jay’s chart setup is a Bundle with a Jupiter handle. The bulk of the planets within the 120 trine of Libra to Gemini with just Jupiter near the ascendant outside lurking in the twelfth house. It is an unusual setup; most handled charts are buckets with the one hemisphere filled, so here with the bundle we see an exuberant personality just bursting forth.

He was naturally a cheerful person, and his infectious spirit was something that brought also him misery (the twelfth house is also the house of self undoing. Luckily, Jupiter also gives a parachute for soft landings.

Jay loved an audience and the sixth house depicts a hard worker who didn’t know the meaning of retirement, hence the radio show on Sirius FM but Jupiter is also square his Mars in the ninth and shows an explosive spirit that could not fathom moderation — he was always “on.” and that could be grueling for those close to him who sometimes want peace and quiet.

His ascendant is 26 Sagittarius 59, gets the symbol of a gypsy coming out of the forest” which Jones writes is about the individual faith in his own potential. Its ruler Jupiter is nearby at 20 Sagittarius 49, “a child and dog with eyeglasses” showing his love of life and skill at bridging the dimensions of life.

His midheaven is 14 Libra 01,”circular paths” shown in his career as he started and ended in radio while his part of fortune 21 Pisces 50 or the “man bringing down the law” highlighting his spiritual beliefs shown with his embrace of his estranged adult son.

jay lines
jay lines

Jay Lines

His Line of Vitality is squared (Moon to Sun ) suggesting that he just ate up the variety of life and truly enjoyed changing roles, homes and experiences. This fed into his hard working ethic, having to adapt to his surroundings. See the BLACK LINES.

His Life of Motivation, the GOLD LINES, from Saturn to Jupiter in the Twelfth, is Trine giving him an easy manner that made people naturally like him.

His Line of Efficiency, the TURQUOISE LINES, from Venus in the Sixth House to Mars, in the Ninth is squared.  This Line suggests that his personable manner made it easier than for most, travelling from set to set, from company to company and place to place for his career. While some would have found this an onerous burden, Mr. Thomas felt it was another tool that he could add to his box of acting.

Finally his fourth set, the Line of Significance, the RED LINES, from Uranus to Neptune in the Ninth this time, encourage that Mars for personal significance and acclaim amongst his peers. He has nothing in his Eleventh House, so Mr. Thomas did not work for his fans, but for his genuine love of his work and that fed his appetite.

With Jupiter as Lord of his chart, he must have been a tireless worker and a non-stop talker. Requiescat in pacem.

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