Friday, 30 January 2015

John Lydon (English singer, songwriter, musician, visual artist)

* In his 2014 autobiography Anger Is an Energy: My Life Uncensored, John Lydon (formerly Johnny Rotten, lead singer of punk band the Sex Pistols) writes "I was born in the early wee hours of the 31st, in the bitterly cold January of 1956." A speculative time of 3 a.m. puts the last degree of icy Scorpio on the ascendant, ruled by sex/pistol Pluto high in the sky. "Anger is an Energy" is a keyword phrase for Mars-Saturn in Sagittarius on the ascendant and North Node. And the Moon on the MC in the 10th (using Equal or Placidus Houses) bespeaks the name of his post-punk band, Public Image Ltd (PiL).
NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART

BIRTH DATA: John Joseph Lydon, 31 January 1956, 03:00 (3AM) GMT (+0), London, England (51n30, 0w10). ASC: 29 Scorpio. RR: C (rectified from approximate time). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from "Anger Is an Energy: My Life Uncensored" by John Lydon (Simon & Schuster, 2014): "I was born in the early wee hours of the 31st, in the bitterly cold January of 1956."

The time of 3 a.m. is speculative.


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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Louis Chevrolet, 1878–1941 (Swiss-American racecar driver, automotive engineer, founder of the Chevrolet Motor Car Company)

* Louis Chevrolet revelled in automobiles. He turned from mechanic to racecar driver to automotive engine designer to co-founder of an international car company bearing his name. The namesake of the 'Chevy' had the highly-driven combination of Mars in the first degree of Sagittarius trine his Leo Ascendant.


NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART

BIRTH DATA: Louis Joseph Chevrolet, 25 December 1878, 18:30 (6:30 pm) LMT (-0:29:44), La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland (47n06, 6e50). ASC: 1 Leo. RR: B (from biography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from "Louis Chevrolet: der Mann, der dem Chevy seinen Namen gab : die Geschichte des Rennfahrers und Autopioniers -- 1878 bis 1941" by Martin Sinzig (Huber, 2011), p. 25: "Am 25. Dezember 1878, um sechseinhalb Uhr nachmittags, wird Louis Joseph Chevrolet an der Rue Du Grenier 22a in La Chaux-de-Fonds geboren."

Translation: "On 25 December 1878 at six-thirty after noon, Louis Joseph Chevrolet was born at 22a Rue Du Grenierin La Chaux-de-Fonds."


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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Anna Moffo, 1932–2006 (American opera singer, TV personality, actress)

* The Sun tends to amplify the qualities of any planet that enters its rays by conjunction. Ann Moffo had the Sun conjunct Venus (both in Cancer and on the Ascendant) at the end of her 12th House. The Sun added a warm and radiance to her soprano voice and reinforced the beauty of "La Bellissima" as she was known.
NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART

BIRTH DATA: Anna Angelina Moffo, 27 June 1932, 06:00 (6 AM) EDT (+4), Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA (40n03, 75w23). ASC: 10 Cancer. RR: B (from biography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from Anna Moffo by Mario G. Genesi (Litografica Orione, 2002), p. 13: "A Wayne, piccolo centro di circa 4.000 abitanti negli outskirts di Philadelphia, nasce, alle ore 6 antimeridiane del 27 giugno del 1932, la più illustre componente del gruppo: Anna Angelina Moffo."

Translation: The most prominent member of the group, Anna Angelina Moffo, was born at 6 o'clock in the morning of 27 June 1932 at Wayne, a small town of about 4,000 inhabitants on the outskirts of Philadelphia.


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Monday, 5 January 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch (English actor and film producer)

* A new biography of Benedict Cumberbatch gives his birth time as "12pm." If we take 12 a.m. as the start of the day, then 12 p.m. means noon. In which case, Cumberbatch has Pluto on the Ascendant - both in Libra - ruled by Venus in dramatic Leo.

Thanks to Frank Clifford for the book reference.


NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART

BIRTH DATA: 19 July 1976, 12:00 (12 Noon) BST (-1), London, England (51n30, 0w10). ASC: 8 Libra. RR: B (from biography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from "Benedict Cumberbatch" by Nigel Goodall (London: Andre Deutsch, 2014), pp. 11-12: "Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch was born on Wednesday, 19 July 1976, at 12pm, in Hammersmith, west London."

Scholfield cannot find a birth notice in the British newspapers but has a media report of Cumberbatch's birth with no time or date ("Eee! It's Wanda's Little Wonder," Daily Mirror, 24 July 1976, p. 5.).


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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Joseph Mohr (Austrian Roman Catholic priest and writer)

* Joseph Mohr wrote the words to the Christmas carol "Silent Night" [German: "Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht"]. He had Mercury unaspected in Capricorn in the 10th House. The song was first performed by a choir with Mohr on guitar because the local church organ wasn't working. An 1820 manuscript of the song surfaced publicly in 1995, having been held in a private collection for 175 years. Written by Mohr, it states that he wrote the words in 1816. They were put to music in 1818. The U.S. copyright office has registered 733 versions of the song, recognized as the best known and most popular of carols. Unaspected planets can work in weird and wonderful ways.
NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART

BIRTH DATA: 11 December 1792, 12:00 (12 noon) LMT (-0:52:08), Salzburg, Austria (47n48, 13e02). ASC: 11 Pisces. RR: AA (from quoted birth record). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from "Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!: die Erfolgsgeschichte eines Weihnachtsliedes" by Wolfgang Herbst (Atlantis-Musikbuch-Verlag, 2002), p. 22: "Joseph Mohr wurde am 11. Dezember 1792 mittags 12 Uhr in Salzburg geboren und wenige Stunden später im Dom getauft. Sein Name steht beim Erzbischöflichen Konsistorial- archiv Salzburg im selben Taufbuch, in dem sich auch der Name Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus [lat. Amadeus] Mozart befindet. Allerdings ist das Kind Josephus Franciscas der Eltern Franz Moor und Anna Schoiberin im Anhang bei den unehelichen Kindern aufgeführt. Im Taufbuch IX/2 (1756-1814) der Salzburger Dompfarre kann man als letzte Eintragung für das Jahr 1792 folgenden mit lateinischen Abkürzungen versehenen Vermerk finden . . . Dezember 12 Uhr mittags geboren und 4 Uhr nachmittags getauft worden ist Joseph Franz, natürliches Kind [Filius Naturalis] Franz Moor, Musketier und Anna Schoiber, beide ledigen..."

Translation: Joseph Mohr was born on 11 December 1792 at 12 o'clock noon in Salzburg, and baptized in the cathedral a few hours later. His name is recorded in the Archbishop's Konsistorial- archive in Salzburg in the same parish register which records the name Joannes Chrysostom Wolfgangus Theophilus [lat. Amadeus] Mozart. However, the child Josephus Francisca's parents Franz Moor and Anna Schoiberin are listed in the Annex for illegitimate children. In the baptismal register IX / 2 (1756-1814) of the Salzburg Cathedral Parish [it] can be found as the last entry for the year 1792: ... On December 12 was born at noon and baptized at 4 clock in the afternoon: Franz Joseph, natural child [Filius Naturalis] of Franz Moor, Musketeer and Anna Schoiber, both unmarried...


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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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