Monday 16 September 2013

Robert Hoge (Australian writer, disability advocate)

* Robert Hoge has worked as a journalist, a speechwriter, a science communicator and a political advisor. His writings have been published in Australia and overseas. Hoge was born with a giant tumour on his forehead, severely distorted facial features and legs that were twisted and useless. He underwent regular, gruelling and often dangerous operations that made medical history and gradually improved his life. In infancy, his nose was built from cartilage in his toes. 

Hoge has survivor/transformer planet, Pluto, at the apex of a T-square ruling his Scorpio Ascendant (signifying his reconstructed face). His memoir, Ugly, is about growing up ugly and disabled. Deformative and reformative Saturn is conjunct his Venus, the planet of beauty and values -- both planets in literary Gemini. Through his writings and website (, Hoge advocates for the better treatment of people discriminated against because they are considered ugly. His Pluto is in the last degree of discriminative Virgo. The Sun in the first degree of Leo acts as Final Dispositor. The love and support of his family helped him to overcome incredible hardships.


NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART BIRTH DATA: 23 July 1972, 12:35 (12:35 p.m.) AEST (-10), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (27s28, 153e02). ASC: 25 Scorpio. RR: A/B (from autobiography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield (©) quotes Robert Hoge, Ugly: My Memoir (Sydney: Hachette, 2013): "[O]n 23 July 1972 . . . [at] the Mater Mother's Hospital in Woolloongabba [in Brisbane] . . . I was born at 12.35 pm."

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