Friday, 22 November 2013
* Grayson Perry, CBE, is known mainly for his ceramic vases and cross-dressing. Perry's vases have classical forms and are decorated in bright colours, depicting subjects at odds with their attractive appearance. There is a strong autobiographical element in his work, in which images of Perry as "Claire", his female alter-ego, often appear. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 2003, the first time it was given to a ceramic artist. He attended the award ceremony dressed as Claire, wearing a little girl party frock. Perry has Taurus rising, ruled by Venus in Pisces in the offbeat 11th House. Double-identity Mercury is conjunct his Venus and both are ruled and trined by Neptune in Scorpio on the Descendant, explaining the sexually explicit content of much of his work.
Data for his chart comes from his autobiography (details below, courtesy of Andrea Miles).
Thursday, 21 November 2013
* Joseph Pilates (1883–1967) invented and promoted the Pilates method of physical fitness. His birth certificate has been published online revealing 12:30 a.m. as his time of birth. (The writing says "halb ein uhr" (half to one) rather than "halb vier uhr" (half to four) if we compare with the hand-writing of "neunten" in the same document). Pilates had health-conscious Uranus rising in Virgo and a control-freak triple conjunction of Pluto-Chiron-Saturn, with Pluto in the last degree of Taurus, the sign of the physical body. The Pilates method was first called "Contrology" by Mr. Pilates, based on the idea of muscle control. His Moon is in muscular Aries sextile his Saturn and Part of Fortune.
* Sachin Tendulkar is widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of his generation. The doctor who delivered him on 24 April 1973 reveals in an interview that Tendulkar was born at 1 p.m.
The "god of cricket" has the sporty/religious Sagittarian decan of Leo on his Ascendant ruled by the masterly Sun on the MC.
Sunday, 29 September 2013
* In March 1991, Charles Albright was arrested and charged with 3 counts of murdering women in Dallas, Texas. On 18 December of that year a jury found him guilty only of the murder of one of the women, based on forensic evidence. He is known variously as The Dallas Ripper, The Dallas Slasher, and The Eyeball Killer, because he allegedly removed the eyes of his victims with surgical precision. Albright has serial-killer Pluto at the apex of a T-square involving an opposition between the Moon in Aries on the Descendant and its ruler, surgical Mars on the Ascendant. Uranus (which I associate with the eyes) is also involved in the T-square (in bloody Aries too).
Thursday, 26 September 2013
* Conrad O. Johnson, who was long associated with the city of Houston, was inducted into the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 2000. Johnson was a proficient musician in his own right and, at one point, played with Count Basie. He made his lasting contribution to music by forming the Kashmere Stage Band, a renowned school orchestra that won a number of awards during its decade-long run. The Conrad O. Johnson School of Fine Arts at Kashmere High School is named after him.
* Joe Tex gained success in the 1960s and 1970s with his brand of Southern soul, which mixed the styles of country, gospel and rhythm and blues. He recorded his first hit, "Hold What You've Got", in 1964, and went on to have three million-selling hits, "Hold What You've Got" (1965), "Skinny Legs and All" (1967) and "I Gotcha" (1972). Tex's style of speaking over the background of his music helped to make him one of the predecessors of the modern style of rap music.
* Bill Hughes was born in Dallas, Texas, and his family moved to Washington, D.C., when he was nine years old. Hughes has spent most of his career with the Count Basie Orchestra and was the director of that ensemble from 2003 until September 2010.
Hughes has Neptune in the 12th House, conjunct his Ascendant and ruling his Mars and Moon in Pisces.