This week 12/3-12/9 in Kansas City Missouri

We are winding down our 50 state tour.  This week is Missouri, next is Wyoming, then Michigan and Arizona and finally New York.  Missouri smack in the middle of the continental 50 comes and goes in the news.  One writer, MacKinley Kantor, wrote a book on the state’s past called “Missouri Bittersweet” that is part travelogue and part history tracing the Show Me’s cultural history from slavery, the Underground Railroad, Mark Twain and the railroad desperadoes like  Jesse James.   I think it’s the only book dedicated to Missouri, at least that I’ve seen.  As expected from Pulitzer prize winner Kantor, it’s well written and enjoyable.

                The week’s highlights

Our weeks chart is a self-contained-bowl as today in Washington we honour the recently departed President George H. W. Bush for his lifelong service. in keeping with a White House Tradition. Today’s ascendant of Cancer 01 is perfect for the affair, symbolizing a “flag’s furling and unfurling, ” as furling is when the flag is rolled up tightly and made secure to a staff or mast while unfurling is when the flag is dismounted.   This symbolic action show’s a person’s unshakeable determination to further their every ambition  by anticipating every possible reaction so that they can feel one step of their competition.

President G. Bush giving eulogy for his father at the Capitol.

Indeed, the flags are half-mast today and Mercury is retrograde in the sixth showing above the slowing down of governmental affairs below including the shuttering of the post office (conjunct the Moon) for a day’s respite.

But don’t let that lull you into false complacency:  cancer has a TransNeptunian preponderance that is mind blowing from 01 on and suggests that there are blocks (Admetos) and leadership/vision questions (Kronos) still unsettled from last week or even previous months.  The Part of Fortune at 17 Cancer “a germ grows into knowledge”  is unfolding problems, questions as it creates a space for its own identity and a vigintile away from the ascendant suggests that as one stage changes another one maybe also be taking advantage of that life force.  

President and Mrs. Donald Trump, sr. honoring the fallen president.

Finally a semi-sextile away at 02 Leo, we meet Vulkanus right on the third house cusp square Venus reminding us that foolishness and violent attacks may occur and so we should watch not only with whom we are partying with this season but also where (square sixth house and Persephone + Jupiter + Atlantis ) as the  issues of leadership/host/authority abuse rise its ugly head.  It maybe cold out there, be careful of strange and unwanted bedfellows; there really maybe hell to pay (Persephone abducted by Hades).

Neptune conjunct Mars at the top of chart reiterates that message — the season is filled with honest and straight dealing characters but alas the obverse suggests that those who insincere and duplicitous maybe using that for cover.  Be abstemious in drink and exert self control be wary of those ethereal friends who want to meet up for the holidays and above all watch for vindictiveness, bullying and too good to be true offers — they probably are.  The spirit though yearns for excitement and so these wild schemes and effusive people seem to be lending the holiday some extra pizzazz, alas there is always a morning after.

Jupiter is Sagittarius is conjunct the asteroid Persephone, also in the sixth, but here there is some anxiety in the air and people start to worry that things won’t arrive on time because of another delay, or that they themselves won’t be able to celebrate the holidays as they had hoped.  That carries forwards to Bacchus at 15.09 Sagittarius conjunct the Sun  where scurrying for Christmas trees, Christmas decorations and those attendant parties where mistletoe are furled freely.   

President & Mrs. George Walker Bush

Alas the pair is sextile Venus in Scorpio in the sixth, making a new problem arise in this day of click and ship,  and that is what to  get those special someone’s a good gift  as even children are now “people who have everything.”  Perhaps the southern based bowl is telling us, that just “being” there is the real treat.

See CBSnews, click here, for the full recounting of the elegant ceremony.

                    I’ll be Home for Christmas

I’ll be Home for Christmas was written by Kim Gannon, Walter Kent and Buck Ram. It was first copyrighted on August 24, 1943, by Kent (music) and James “Kim” Gannon (lyrics). . The label on Crosby’s recording credits “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” to Kent, Gannon, and Ram. Later recordings usually credit only Kent and Gannon.

Sully, President G. H.W.  Bush’s service dog at his master’s side, one last time.

The discrepancy arose  on December 21, 1942  when Buck Ram copyrighted a song titled “I’ll Be Home for Christmas (Tho’ Just in Memory)”—a song bore little resemblance to the Crosby recording.  Ram, who was primarily a lyricist, he wrote the  lyrics as a 16-year-old, homesick college student. Prior to his publishers planned release, he had discussed the song with two acquaintances in a bar. He left a copy with them, but never spoke to them about it again. Both he and his publisher were shocked when the song was released by a competing publishing house.  Ram’s publisher, who had been holding the song back a year because they were coming out with “White Christmas,” sued Gannon and Kent’s publisher and prevailed in court.

Kent and Gannon revised and re-copyrighted their song on September 27, 1943, and it was this version that was made famous by Crosby. On October 4, 1943, Crosby recorded “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra for Decca Records. Within about a month of Kent and Gannon’s copyright of the song hit the music charts and remained there for eleven weeks, peaking at number three. The following year, the song reached number nineteen on the charts. It touched a tender place in the hearts of Americans, both soldiers and civilians, who were then in the depths of World War II, and it earned Crosby his fifth gold record.

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” became the most requested song at Christmas U.S.O. shows in both Europe and the Pacific. Yank, the GI magazine, said Crosby accomplished more for military morale than anyone else of that era.
Later renditions, both post war,  were recorded by Frank Sinatra and Perry Como and were equally successful.

           Song’s Lyrics

  • Verse 1.
    • I’ll be home for Christmas You can plan on me
    • Please have snow and mistletoe
    • And presents on the tree
    • Christmas Eve will find me  Where the love light gleams
    • I’ll be home for Christmas If only in my dreams
  • Verse 2.
    • Christmas eve will find me
    • Where the love light gleams
    • I’ll be home for Christmas
    • If only in my dreams
    • If only in my dreams

C’ya in Wyoming next week.