Monday, 27 April 2015

Geri Jewell (American actress, motivational speaker, and disability & diversity consultant)

* Geri Jewell was the first person with a disability to have a regular role on a prime time American TV series, when she played Cousin Geri, on the sitcom The Facts of Life from 1980 to 1984. The title of her autobiography, I’m Walking As Straight As I Can refers to both Jewell’s lesbianism and cerebral palsy.

Uranus in a chart can indicate how a person handles their difference (and other people's reactions to it). Jewell has Uranus personalised in dramatic Leo through a conjunction with Venus, the ruler of her Libran Ascendant. She has seen two sides of Uranus: "the relentless discrimination and abuse she suffered at the hands of people she trusted" in show business, and the joy of becoming an outspoken advocate for people with disabilities.


NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART

BIRTH DATA: 13 September 1956, 08:34 (8:34 am) EDT (+4), Buffalo, New York, USA (42n53, 78w52). ASC: 9 Libra. RR: B (from autobiography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes her in "I'm Walking as Straight as I Can: Transcending Disability in Hollywood and Beyond" by Geri Jewell, Ted Nichelson, and Patty Duke (ECW Press, 2011): "In 1956 . . . My mother was rushed to the Sisters Hospital in Buffalo . . . On the morning of September 13 at 8:34 a.m., I came into the world with a faint heartbeat..."


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Friday, 3 April 2015

Peregrine White, 1620–1704 (First known English child born to the Pilgrims in America)

* In 1620, Peregrine White's parents, William White and his pregnant wife Susanna, with their son Resolved White and two servants came on the historic voyage of the Pilgrim ship Mayflower. Peregrine was born while the Mayflower lay at anchor in the harbour at Cape Cod. In later life he became a person of note in Plymouth Colony, active in both military and government affairs.


NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART

BIRTH DATA: 19 November 1620 [OS], 06:00 (6 a.m.) LMT (+4:40:43), in the harbour of what is now Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA (42n03, 70w10). ASC: about 15 Sagittarius. RR: AA (from quoted birth record). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield cites entries in family bible quoted in “Certain Comeoverers" (Vol. 1) by Henry Howl Crapo (London: Forgotten Books, 1912), pp. 49: "'Nov. ye 9th came to the harbour called Cape Cod Harbour in ye dauntless ship.' Under date of November 19, 1620, is this entry: 'Sonne born to Susanna White yt six o'clock in the morning.' The date of Peregrine White's birth as given by Bradford was December 10, 'new style.' And again 'Landed yt Plymouth Dec. ye 11th 1620.' The date, 'new style,' was December 21, since known as 'Forefathers' Day.'"


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Anna Massey, 1937–2011 (English actress)

* In her obituary in The Guardian, Anna Massey is headlined as an "Award-winning actor with a fastidious intelligence and a hint of inner steel." The obit adds that "her Bafta-winning performance as the lonely writer of romantic fiction on holiday in Switzerland in Hotel du Lac (1986), . . . was the sort of role in which Massey was supreme: placid on the surface, with passion deep within her." These descriptions befit her Scorpio Ascendant. Indeed, she even played "The Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher in Pinochet in Suburbia (2006). Massey and Thatcher both have Scorpio rising.

In Peeping Tom (1960), Massey appeared as "the naive downstairs neighbour of a psychotic landlord" conveying "a cold and repressed character on screen." Her other Scorpionic roles include a vampire who serves her murderer his blood disguised as tomato juice in Vault of Horror (1973) and a creepy Mrs Danvers in Rebecca (1979).

Massey had the Sun in Leo high in the sky and she came from a noted acting family: she was the daughter of British actress Adrianne Allen and Canadian-born Hollywood actor Raymond Massey. Her godfather was film director John Ford.


NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART

BIRTH DATA: Anna Raymond Massey, 11 August 1937, 15:00 (3pm) BST (-1), Coolham, near Billingshurst, England (51n01, 0w28). ASC: 25 Scorpio. RR: A (from memory). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield cites a telegram from her father Raymond Massey to Samuel Goldwyn quoted in "Proud Father Extols Arrival," Los Angeles Times, 16 August 1937, p. 10: "Anna Massey born Coolham, Eng., 6 o'clock this morning. At 6:20 I heard her voice on trans-Atlantic telephone..." Note: The report mentions that Raymond Massey was in hospital in Hollywood with phlebitis at the time; BST (-1) is 9 hours ahead of PST (+8) so Anna was born at 3 p.m. BST in England equal to 6 a.m. PST in California.


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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Beccy Cole (Australian country music singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist)

* Beccy Cole has released eight albums, with three reaching the ARIA Albums Chart top 40: Little Victories (20 January 2003), Preloved (3 September 2010) and Songs & Pictures (10 October 2011). Cole has received nine Golden Guitar trophies at the CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia.

In July 2012 Cole revealed that she is a lesbian on ABC-TV series, Australian Story. In October 2013 she was the inaugural ambassador for the Adelaide-based Feast Festival and in the following month she presented her show, The Queer of Country.

Cole reveals in her autobiography that she was born at 11:05 pm at Glenelg Hospital in Adelaide. She thus has the first degree of Cancer on her Ascendant ruled by the Moon in Cancer on her South Node in the first house.


NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART

BIRTH DATA: Rebecca Diane Thompson, 27 October 1972, 23:05 (11:05 pm) ACST (-9:30), Glenelg Hospital, Adelaide, Australia (34s59, 138e31). ASC: 00 Cancer. RR: B (from autobiography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from "Poster Girl" by Beccy Cole (Hachette: 2015), p. 9: "Mum soon went back to singing but in 1972 she took more time away from the stage to have baby Rebecca on October the twenty-seventh - and I was bang on time for the last time in my life at 11:05 p.m. ... [at] Glenelg Hospital." Extract available online here.


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Monday, 23 March 2015

Jaime King (American actress and model)

* A successful model, Jaime King was discovered at age 14 in 1993 and appeared in Vogue, Mademoiselle and Harper's Bazaar, among other fashion magazines. From 1998, she moved into acting, taking small film roles. Her first major role was in Pearl Harbor (2001) and her first starring movie role was in Bulletproof Monk (2003). She has since appeared as a lead in other films, such as Sin City (2005) and My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009) and is currently starring in the television series Hart of Dixie. She also voiced the role of Aurra Sing on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

King has said in an interview that she has Virgo rising. A speculative time of 3:05pm puts mid Virgo (15 degrees) on the Ascendant of her chart.


NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART

BIRTH DATA: 23 April 1979, approx. 15:05 (3:05pm) CST (+6), Omaha, Nebraska, USA (41n15, 95w56). ASC: Virgo. RR: C (rectified from approximate time). SOURCE: Kevin Cee quotes from "'Hart of Dixie's' Jaime King - a Taurus with Virgo rising - can't relax" by Kate O'Hare, 19 March 2012: "I'm a Taurus with Virgo rising. That's part of the problem with me trying to relax. If I come home, and my room is not entirely clean, I cannot sit down in bed. It's crazy." http://www.zap2it.com/blogs/hart_of_dixies_jaime_king_-_a_taurus_with_virgo_rising_-_cant_relax-2012-03


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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Rose McGowan (American actress, model and singer)

* "Appearing as a cross between Betty Boop's evil sister and a very curvaceous Hell's Angel, actress Rose McGowan made an undeniably distinct impression on Hollywood in the late '90s. With her sharp tongue and brash sensuality, McGowan has been a source of both titillation and discomfort to an industry that still hasn't quite figured out what to do with women who are both unapologetically smart and sexual." This excerpt from McGowan's biography on AllMovie neatly encapsulates her unaspected conjunction of Uranus and Venus in Libra. This conjunction makes a Grand Air Trine with her Ascendant and MC.

McGowan was in a very public three and a half year relationship (1998-2001) with rock musician Marilyn Manson (see his chart). Her MC conjuncts his 7th cusp and her Uranus-Venus conjunction trines his 7th cusp.


NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART

BIRTH DATA: Rose Arianna McGowan, 5 September 1973, 23:38 (11:38pm) CEDT (-2), Certaldo, Tuscany, Italy (43n33, 11e02). ASC: 14 Gemini. RR: AA (quoted birth record). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes an email from GraZia Bordoni containing data from the official archives of Certaldo.

Kevin Cee points out that McGowan stated in a 1997 interview, "I’m a Virgo with Virgo ascendant" (read the interview here).


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Saturday, 21 February 2015

Philip Levine, 1928–2015 (Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet)

* Philip Levine died last Saturday morning (14 February 2015). I cannot find a precise time of birth for him, yet the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet writes in his poem "Let Me Begin Again" that he was born at night. A speculative birth time of 9 p.m. puts poetic Neptune at the end of the 12th House on the Ascendant alongside the Moon just into the 1st House.
NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART

BIRTH DATA: 10 January 1928, about 21:00 (9 PM) EST (+5), Detroit, Michigan, USA (42n20, 83w03). ASC: About 3 Virgo. RR: C (Rectified from approximate time). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield notes that in his poem "Let Me Begin Again" Levine infers that he was born at night: "1/10’28. Tonight I shall enter my life / after being at sea for ages, quietly, / in a hospital named for an automobile."

Note: He was born at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. The time of 9pm is speculative.


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