Category: people

Who Has True Grit? Looking at War Correspondents’ Charts
War reporter Marie Colvin in Homs. Photo: Democratic Underground. Homs, Syria is a long way from Oxford, England. It’s on another continent, the people speak another language, have different customs than mine. They are in the midst of a bloody civil war. But the same sun rises, and then [...]
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The King Is Dead, Long Live the Queen
Princesss Elizabeth and her dashing consort Philip at a polo match in Kenya, just days before she succeeded to the throne in 1952. The 33 daughters of the Roman emperor Diocletian, cast adrift in the grey sea (after murdering their 33 dreary husbands), saw land – a white land, rising from the [...]
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Capricorn Self-Portraits: Solid Intense
Lawrence Alma-Tadema (8 Jan) painted this self-portrait when he was 16. During his lifetime, he was one of the richest, most sought-after painters of his day, creating vast fantasies of Roman decadence and fairyland luxury. His charm lay in the way his people looked so real – and yet there [...]
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Thatcher’s Legacy, Saturn and Iron
Thatcher: Saturn Rising Recently, I asked a businesswoman friend, who was complaining about bankers’ bonuses, when she thought the rot had set in. She answered with one word: “Thatcher.” And she’s right, what we are experiencing now, financially and socially is the [...]
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Myth-making in a City of Scholars: JRR Tolkien, C S Lewis and all
I still get a small thrill when I walk past number 20 Northmoor Road after dropping my kids off at school. Half a century ago, JRR Tolkien wrote The Hobbit and the first two volumes of The Lord of the Rings in that unprepossessing suburban house. I’ve often wondered if there were [...]
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Sagittarian Self Portraits: Half Human Half Beast
Lucien Freud, Dec 8, 1922. Not someone you’d want to take to tea with grandma. There’s a darkness to Sagittarius. Often it’s hidden behind a bold front – a big belly, a tornado of talk or just loudness. Sagittarius is the first sign of the zodiac to be represented by a [...]
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Ken Russell: Dedicated to Dionysus
Film director Ken Russell made big, messy pictures with a lot of sex and music in them. His fluid, emotional, freewheeling camerawork is still like no one else’s. Yesterday at the age of 84, the old maverick was taken by his maker (Uranus Returns, Jupiter conj Chiron). His [...]
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George Harrison: Water Boy
George: Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Venus in water signs.Marty: Sun, Moon, Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter in water signs. “Who’s your favourite Beatle?” When I’m feeling difficile I like to reply Yoko Ono, but the truth is, for me, it’s always been George.  Why? [...]
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Natalie Wood: Saturn Returns
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood Hollywood legend Natalie Wood – beautiful, talented, passionate – died in mysterious circumstances 30 years ago. She was 43 years old and had spent the previous 39 years working, loving and living smack in the public eye. She drowned after a drunken row with her [...]
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Jeff Buckley: Fallen Angel
Jeff Buckley, of the astonishingly beautiful voice, the soulful eyes and the strange and tragic death would have been 45 today (Nov 17). Jeff Buckley (1966-1997) His natal chart is compellingly simple. Almost everything is tightly aspected, He was born in the vortex of the mid-60s clash [...]
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Scorpio Self Portraits: The Agony And The Absence
Francis Bacon, Oct 28 Don’t expect to find this an easy bunch of pictures to look at. We are in the land of Scorpio this month – and this sign like to deal with deeper truth. Not for Scorp the polished surface of a Gemini or the gorgeous patterns of Libra. No, Scorpio prefers to [...]
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Hmmm… Just A Touch Of Scorpio?
Artist Georgia O’Keeffe born 15 Nov 1887 – Sun, Moon, Mercury, Jupiter in Scorpio opposite  Neptune (illusion, glamour)-Pluto (death again). Scorpio – death, archeology, digging deep, the bare bones – and sex. Scorpio rules the genitals, of course.
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Why India Worships Shahrukh Khan
If you’ve never been to India, it’s hard to explain just how important Shahrukh Khan is. He is a V, V, V, VIP. Imagine someone who has the film star status of George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt rolled into one, who has the common touch and business acumen of Jamie [...]
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Half in Love with Easeful Death
Sylvia Plath was not the only poet born under Scorpio to be drawn to death’s glamour (see my previous post). Here is an extract from Ode To A Nightingale by John Keats (born October 30). … Darkling I listen; and, for many a time I have been half in love with easeful Death, Call’d [...]
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Death: A Most Authentic Experience
Autumn, A Wood Path Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823-1880) It’s Sylvia Plath’s birthday: Sun Scorpio, Moon Libra, Aquarius Rising. (b. October 27, 1932) A real Scorpio has to find the authentic experience. A real Scorpio has to dive deep and come back again, transformed. Death is a [...]
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Libra Self-Portraits: Blending into the Picture
Suzanne Valadon (23 Sept 1865) Theoretically, there’s nothing more revealing of character than a self-portrait, yet this month’s artists don’t do that straightforwardly. Their own faces blend into the backgrounds of the pictures, becoming simply part of the motif. Compare [...]
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Mark Rothko: Painting God
Unspecified Mark Rothko (September 25,1903)  Sun, Mercury and North Node in Libra.  Is one expression of Libra the erasure of ego? A reflection of the viewer Moon in Scorpio  Profound emotion Jupiter in Pisces  Encountering endless compassion Venus in Virgo  Artistic [...]
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RIP Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs made the world a better place. He was only 56 when he died yesterday but his vision has already changed the way so many of us live our lives now – and the way we imagine the future. In the summer I wrote a piece about him using his own inspirational words. To […]
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Virgo Self-Portraits: Perfect Wits
David (30 August 1738) It will come as no surprise to see that the work of artists born under Virgo is consistently detailed, crafted, technically excellent and polished to a wonderful degree. Nor will it surprise you that all these painters could draw beautifully. Ingres (29 August 1780) [...]
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Could Christine Lagarde Save the World?
Christin Lagarde Pallas Athena You know, Christine Lagarde, the head of the IMF, almost looks as if she’s enjoying herself. Perhaps she is – because clearly her time has arrived. This point is what her life has been about. For her everything is focusing in on this moment in history. [...]
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