RIP Maurice Sendak: “So he gave up being king of the wild things…”

Tuesday May 8th 2012

“The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another, his mother called him wild thing and Max said, “I’ll eat you up!” so he was sent to bed without eating anything.”

Maurice Sendak’s short masterpiece Where The Wild Things Are is a perfect combination of (very few) words and (beautiful) pictures that work together to tell a story of mysterious, poetic profundity.

Every child recognises himself or herself in Max, who rages and is punished, whose imagination takes him to a thrilling far-off dangerous place and who is brought home through love and a hot supper. All of us know that there are wild things inside us who like to have a rumpus sometimes.

Sendak’s time of birth is unknown, so ignore the angles. The Moon is in profound, imaginative Pisces though and probably trining Mercury in sensitive, nostalgic Cancer, and Pluto which rules the dark beasts of our subconscious. So there it is: telling stories (Mercury) to children (Cancer) and about childhood (Cancer) about the darkness inside (Pluto).

Thank you, Maurice. I hope your supper is waiting for you – and that it is still hot.

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  1. talking of Wild Things – Lilith trine that pluto? Inconjunct the Sun.

  2. Opal says:

    I’d never heard of this book until I found an old copy in an oxfam shop when my son was little. I thought it was stunning – beautiful and moving…and so did he, reading it over and over. I remember when the movie came out and there was some hoohah about it being scary (it wasn’t), and Sendak had a real go at the dumbed down PC-ness of children’s fare nowadays. He was quite a guy. RIP.

    • Christina says:

      Yes. Here’s what he had to say about ebooks: “F**k them is what I say. I hate those e-books. They cannot be the future. They may well be. I will be dead. I won’t give a s**t.”

      Don’t agree with him – but love the gusto.

  3. Christina says:

    Absolutely – and looking again, I see that Lilith is actually on the point of a Yod from two inconjuncts – Sun and Mars in fierce, wild Aries!

  4. P says:

    He was very much about the dark, wild side of kids. Here’s an interview from the CBC’s As it Happens:,%202232261225,%202232262352

    you’re looking for 8:30 (8 mins and 30 secs) in.

  5. Christina says:

    And thinking about Geminis now – the conciseness of his writing is very Gemini.