Friday, 28 November 2014

Ferdinando de' Medici, 1663–1713 (Italian patron of the arts and music)

* Ferdinando de' Medici, Grand Prince of Tuscany, is remembered today primarily as a patron of music.

An excellent musician himself (sometimes called "the Orpheus of princes"), he attracted top musicians (like the Baroque composers Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti) to Florence and thus made it an important musical centre. Moreover, through his patronage of Bartolomeo Cristofori, Ferdinando made possible the invention of the piano in 1700. All this courtesy of Neptune unaspected on his MC.


NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART

BIRTH DATA: 9 August 1663 NS, 21:58 (9:58) LMT (-0:45), Florence, Italy (43n46, 11e15). ASC: 1 Taurus. RR: B (from biography, although medical records are indicated). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from "Medicina & storia, Volumes 3-4" (Edizioni Polistampa, 2003), p. 28: "Alle '9 hore e 58 minuti' della sera, Margherita Luisa d'Orléans aveva infatti partorito 'un bel Principino', al quale era stato dato il nome del nonno Ferdinando." Translation: At "9:58" in the evening, Marguerite Louise d'Orléans had indeed given birth to "a nice young Prince", who was given the name of his grandfather Ferdinand.


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Baccio Bandinelli (Italian Renaissance sculptor, draughtsman and painter)

* Pluto and its sign Scorpio are associated with intense jealousy. Baccio Bandinelli had Pluto in Scorpio opposite his Ascendant (smack-bang on his 7th cusp) ruling the Sun in the last degree of Scorpio (also in the 7th). Notorious for his envy (of other artists), he obsessively imitated the works of Michelangelo whom he saw as a rival, and he tried to sabotage Benvenuto Cellini's career. Bandinelli's Venus (arts, values, relationships) ruled his Ascendant from Pluto's domain: the 8th House. His Venus was also conjunct Michelangelo's Ascendant.
NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART

BIRTH DATA: Bartolommeo Brandini, 12 November 1493 OS, 15:25 (3:25 PM) LMT (-0:45), Florence, Italy (43n46, 11e15). ASC: 8 Taurus. RR: B (from biography, but birth records are indicated). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield cites birth documents quoted in "Baccio Bandinelli and art at the Medici court: a corpus of early modern sources, Volume 251" by Louis Alexander Waldman (American Philosophical Society, 2004), p. 7: "born in Florence (an hour before sunset) and baptized the following day . . . In the earlier literature BB's birthdate was often given as 1488, based on the erroneous assumption that the baptismal record of his uncle, Bartolomeo di Viviano di Bartolomeo, dated 7 October 1488 (Doc. 11), referred to him. In the 'Libri d'età' of the Archivio delle Tratte, however, the correct birthdate is corroborated: 'Messer Bartolomeo di Michelagnolo di Viviano Bandinelli adì 12 di novembre 1493' (ASF, Tratte, 81 [ex 444bis], fol. 9). 21. 1493, November 13." Scholfield calculates sunset at 4:25pm so an hour earlier makes 3:25pm.


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Thursday, 20 November 2014

May Swenson, 1913–1989 (American poet and playwright)

* May Swenson is considered one of the most important and original poets of the 20th century. She channelled her rising Mars in Aries into the creation of poetry showing a strong use of imagery and eroticism. Some of her poems express intense love between women, written at a time when female homoeroticism was rare in poetry. Mars rules her Venus in Aries (in the First House) which is the only planet to aspect her Pluto.
NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART

BIRTH DATA: Anna Thilda May Swenson, 28 May 1913, 02:30 (2:30 AM) MST (+7), Logan, Utah, USA (41n44, 111w50). ASC: 10 Aries. RR: B (from biography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from "Body My House: May Swenson's Work and Life" by Paul Crumbley and Patricia M. Gantt (Utah State University Press, 2006), p. 8: "May 28, 1913: Anna Thilda May Swenson . . . born at 2:30 AM Wednesday at a house . . . in Logan, Utah."


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David Pogue (American technology writer, TV science presenter)

* David Pogue is a personal technology columnist for Yahoo Tech, a tech correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning, a columnist for Scientific American and a former technology columnist for The New York Times. Venus in techno-savvy Aquarius rules his Taurus Ascendant. Pogue has written or co-written seven books in the For Dummies series (including Macintosh computers, magic, opera, and classical music). These books all have Neptunian themes: Pogue's angular Neptune rules and trines his Sun-Jupiter conjunction in Pisces. Perhaps Mercury in the first degree of Pisces explains his interest in numerology.
NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART

BIRTH DATA: David Welch Pogue, 9 March 1963, 09:09 (9:09 AM) EST (+5), Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA (41n28, 81w32). ASC: 14 Taurus. RR: A (from memory). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from "The World According to Twitter" by David Pogue (Black Dog & Leventhal, 2009), p. 31: "Actually, the numerology coincidences revealed in my question is only part of the story. I was born at 9:09 a.m. on March 9, 1963 (note that 6 + 3 = 9). I weighed 9 pounds, 9 ounces. My parents had been married 9 years."


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Monday, 17 November 2014

Wilfred Thesiger, 1910–2003 (British explorer, travel writer & photographer)

* Wilfred Thesiger had vagabond Jupiter in the 9th on his MC and ruling his Sagittarian 12th house, translating into a life of nomadic exploration: he crossed parts of Arabia by foot and camel, and trudged through the marshlands of southern Iraq. His Sun is all but unaspected in literary, travel-loving and multi-cultural Gemini; he wrote various travel books including Arabian Sands (1959) and The Marsh Arabs (1964). Photographic Neptune in accumulative Cancer is square its ruler Moon in pioneering Aries: Thesiger donated his vast and original collection of 23,000 negatives to the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford.
NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART

BIRTH DATA: Wilfred Patrick Thesiger, 3 June 1910, 20:00 (8PM) LMT (-2:35:20), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (9n02, 38e42). ASC: 6 Capricorn. RR: B (from biography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from "Wilfred Thesiger in Africa" by Alexander Maitland (HarperCollins UK, 2010): "at Addis Ababa . . . Wilfred Patrick . . . born at 8 p.m. on Friday 3 June 1910."


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Hallam Tennyson, 1852-1928 (British peer, biographer)

* Hallam Tennyson served as the second Governor-General of Australia, 1903-1904. His rising Mars in Libra (hidden in the 12th) and unaspected Pluto were put to the challenge when tensions developed with the Prime Minister, Alfred Deakin, over the ambiguity of Tennyson's position. Unknown to the public, Deakin did not encourage Tennyson to seek an extension of his one-year term and Tennyson left Australia in January 1904 to universal expressions of approval.
NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART

BIRTH DATA: 11 August 1852, 09:30 (9:30 AM) GMT (+0), Twickenham, England (51n27, 0w20). ASC: 8 Libra. RR: A (from father's memory). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes his father's letter to Mrs Browning (dated 11 August 1852) transcribed in "Alfred, Lord Tennyson: A Memoir" by Hallam Tennyson (Cambridge University Press, 2012), p. 357: "my wife was delivered of a fine boy at 9.30 a.m. this day."


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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Maria Gomes Valentim (Brazilian supercentenarian)

* Maria Gomes Valentim was the oldest verified living person in the world for a while before her death from multiple organ failure on 21 June 2011 at the age of 114 years 347 days. Valentim was the only validated supercentenarian from Brazil and one of the 30 verified oldest people in history. I always say that Cancer is the strongest sign in the zodiac; in Valentim's case tenaciously holding on to life and not giving in until the very end. Valentim had both luminaries and Venus in Cancer (all in the 4th house no less), with Venus ruling Mars, the ruler of her Aries ascendant.
NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART

BIRTH DATA: Maria Gomes da Silva, 9 July 1896, 23:00 (11 PM) LMT (+2:48:08), Carangola (Minas Gerais), Brazil (20s4359, 42w0146). ASC: 3 Aries. RR: AA (BC in hand). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes birth certificate, copy found online: http://www.acessa.com/mulher/arquivo/noticias/2011/04/12-vo_quita/certidao.jpg; http://www.acessa.com/mulher/arquivo/noticias/2011/04/12-vo_quita


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