Category: T.V.

Make it so, Patrick Stewart


Sir Patrick Stewart was born on July 13, 1940 in Mirfield, Yorkshire, England at around 2 o’clock in the afternoon or a rising 23 Libra 19 to Alfred and Gladys Stewart. This gives him the [HS] of “druid’s oak tree” or the ability to call forth distant spirits and make it part of his own reality, a rather good description of his work as Jean-Luc Picard in the Star Trek series.

Our header picture is Stewart from the BBC T.V. Series, I Claudius. His biography is here.

His strong preponderance in Leo spanning from the 9th to 10th houses shows how much acting is part of Stewart’s life. The conjunction of Uranus and Saturn highlights that his success will come late in something totally out of his ken — he was previously a Shakespearean actor. Jupiter in that little stellium tells us this will be the moneymaker.
For Stewart he admits he had no faith in the series at the start it has amazed him how much he has earned in comparison. That mistake plays right into his 9th house stellium where Stewart relies on his own thoughts about what is successful ,and since he has a preponderance of earth signs in his chart, he overthinks that and chooses wrong.
Luckily the Star Wars gig happened, perhaps a change of agent? A Hollywood producer who saw potential? He never says why he went there, just that he believed it was a blunder. The North Node conjunct his ascendant in the 12th suggests it was contract call, not one of volition.

Roger Ailes Media


Roger Ailes was born on May 15, 1940 at 11:21 am in Warren, Ohio. He was a hemophiliac (look at the septiles below) and is best known for his Emmy-awarded TV production before moving into the political consulting. He is credited with the orchestra pit theory of news-making .

If you have two guys on a stage and one guy says, “I have a solution to the Middle East problem,” and the other guy falls into the orchestra pit, who do you think is going to be on the evening news?

Roger Ailes
Roger is a lipped bowl.

Roger died on May 18 2017 in Palm Beach Florida from a heart attack aggravated by his hemophilia. His wife Elizabeth and son Zachary survive him.

Cokie Roberts, legendary Liberal commentator


Cokie Roberts, long the face of ABC’s national news, has reposed. She won countless awards, including three Emmys from the National Academy of Television throughout her decades-long career. Mrs. Roberts was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and cited by the American Women in Radio and Television (now called Advancing Women in Media) as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting. She was named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress in 2008.

Born Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs on December 27 1943 in New Orleans. New York Times food critic and author, Craig Claiborne was a cousin. She is survived by her husband, fellow journalist Steven Roberts, her children, Lee and Rebecca and her six grandchildren.

Her father was (Thomas) Hale Boggs, the former Democratic House majority leader and representative from New Orleans and a member of the Warren commission that investigated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Hale Boggs died in a plane crash in Alaska in 1972, and his wife Lindy Boggs was elected to fill her late husband’s congressional seat. Later, Mrs. Boggs was later appointed to be the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See by President Bill Clinton in 1997.

I cannot take full credit for this one. David Monroe, author of Personal Moon-to-Sun Returns 2, suggested the Libra rising, I pinned it down from there. Mr. Monroe liked the final product, so I decided to go with it. It does seem to work. The Mars in Gemini in the 8th seems to suggest breast cancer. Her ascendant at 19 Libra (HS) — Portrait of a septuagenarian — highlighting her role as a paragon in her field for her practical contributions — is conjunct her Part of Fortune and the high amount of air in her chart shows up often in “talking” heads.

Roberts’ siblings also took a liking to politics. Her older brother, Thomas Boggs Jr., was a lobbyist and her sister Barbara Boggs Sigmund was the former mayor of Princeton, New Jersey. Her younger brother, William, died as an infant, and her other two siblings have predeceased her.

Her death was due to complications from breast cancer. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002 and successfully treated, but it reoccurred, and her second fight was not as successful.

Crooning with Hoagy Carmichael


When we started this project, three years ago on August 29th, we began with mundane charts and the Invasion of Poland, September 1st, 1939. No one remembers when we changed over to mainly nativities, but by February 2017 we were back to the natals I had started as a solo project several years previous.

It must have been around March when Hoagy Carmichael, not part of the Jones 1000 surprisingly, was suggested but I no longer remember why. He was tough, so tough, that we finally gave up and shelved him. We decided that this musical genius could just about fit anything, & our software, Matrix’s WinStar Basic though better than anything on the web was still kludgey & imprecise and we lost hope. I think it was Hoagy that forced the upgrade to Kepler, a mixed bag to be honest and not one I am sure I would recommend, but it is far superior to WB.

Recently, a friend who reads the blog, asked “How bout Hoagy?” and I recanted our travail. He laughed, and I thought, surely by now with nearly 800 charts under our belt, we could tackle him; well that’s the hope, but rectification is a tricky thing and you never can tell.

A circus act

When Hoagy was born on November 22, 1899, in Bloomington Indiana, the the center of the nation’s population was on Henry Marr’s farm in Columbus roughly 40 miles due east. Because of its proximity, to the “center of the nation,” it was a popular tourist area, as everyone was coming from miles around to see what that the “center” looked like. Travelling acts toured came to Bloomington to entertain the masses, and one called the the Hoagland’s High Wire Act stayed at the Carmichael home for a bit — and gave the yet to be born baby his rather unique name. His middle name was far more prosaic: Howard, named for his electrician father — a new field thanks to the inventive Thomas Alva Edison.

We pegged Hoagy to being born sometime around 12 noon — the historic time for the coronation of kings, though odd set for someone born in the Heartland of America, but more apropos than anyone had then realized. His biographer, Richard Sudhalter met him on trip to Buenos Aires and was so entranced by Hoagy he wrote his biography, calling him the “most talented, inventive, sophisticated and jazz-oriented of all the great craftsmen” in the first half of the 20th century. To be honest, that’s probably an understatement as so much of he did affected so many other musicians afterwards. This illustrious time though, gives Hoagy the symbol of 23 Aquarius (HS) of “The Koran Upraised” with the keyword of “Justification.” Kent McClung in his Hyperion Symbols writes this is suggestive of someone who is accepted as a “king” based more on his nature than birth.

Hoagy’s midheaven is 09 Sagittarius or “crickets chirping in the tall grass on a sunny day” was actually performed in the Bogart-Bacall classic “To Have and Have not.” The ad blurbs joked about Bogey and Hoagy and Bacall, it was an obvious quip, and good copy.

the begin of the beguine

Like many songwriters before the 1960’s Hoagy began his songwriting career on Tin Pan Alley like Scott Joplin, Cole Porter (who and not Hoagy wrote the Begin of the Beguine but also a Hoosier), Irving Berlin & more recently Burt Bacharach, & Neil Diamond. He was the first though, to transition over as a singer of his own songs. Not to let the grass grow under his feat, Hoagy true to his Aquarius rising was the first to utilize new technologies as they came along like television, electronic microphones and sound recordings, * but there he was following his old man’s footsteps and hitching his star to the trend.

Hoagy though came to music because he was forced to withdraw from law school on January 3, 1923 , not because he did not like the law but because he could not pay the tuition. His mother had been a music teacher so he had learned to read and write music on the piano from her, and he was selling a song here and there on the Campus, so Hoagy had an inkling that this may pan out.

from Richard Sudhalter’s bio, Stardust Melody: the Life & Music of Hoagy Carmichael, OUP c. 2002

His hunch was right and he had many more hits and almost single-handedly fueled the Big Bands of the 30’s. The famous “Old Buttermilk Sky” that put the Kay Kyser band on the map, and one of the first tunes played by our trumpet impresario Bobby Guy, was written by Hoagie. Ray Charles’s famous “Georgia” was penned by Hoagie too. And of course, there was StarDust.

As his songs caught on, other Alley writers were able to successfully transition too and music,and musicals were the theme of the day. His music was so much a part of Americana that many of them are just called “Standards” — songs that every vocalist is expected to be sing for their first job when they have no music of their own — just ask that heart throb of the 30’s Frank Sinatra.

The Chart

Hoagy is a see-saw temperament type though prior to Pluto’s discovery he would be a wheelbarrow. He has an incredible stellium in the 10th house that ricochets back to the 4th because of his distrust of authority figures. The 4th house works as Hoagy’s base — sometimes song writing, other times singing and eventually turning to the ethereal media of film and television trying to take the pressure off himself and free himself of the constraints of management. His Part of Fortune at Libra 26 in Scorpio was the death of his youngest sister that put the fear of poverty into him and made him use his Muse (the Moon in Leo in the 5th) at every angle.

“Play me a Hoagy Carmichael song and I hear the banging of a screen door and the whine of an outboard motor on a lake—sounds of summer
in a small-town America that is long gone but still longed for.”

William Zinsser, author of “On Writing Well” in The American Scholar 1994

Footnotes:

  1. Tin Pan Alley took its name from a small side street in NYC at 28th Street between Fifth Avenue and Broadway in the early 20th century. It was a joke on the sound of pianos being pounded as their writers demonstrated their tunes to the musical publishers. The songwriters, all independents (they were not employed by the musical publishers by paid by royalty) created the commercial music of the day. Originally major sales were for home musicians and vaudeville, then player pianos and eventually songs for established vocalists, Broadway and bands to perform.
  2. Philadelphia’s famous Hoagie sandwich was not named for him.

The Prism of Rose Marie


Baby Rose Marie

Rose Marie’s voice was fast, crackling & husky etching the words. when you here the staccato, you remember it. She was born August 15 1923 in Manhattan New York, as Rose Marie Mazzatta (she never used it professionally) is most remembered as part of the core cast of “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” By the time that show went on the air, in 1961, she had had multiple lives in theatre , starting with her years as a child singer when was “Baby Rose Marie,” a national star on radio at 5 years old.

Look closely, it really is her.

She loved to perform — on radio, onstage throughout the country, and in movies, making thousands upon thousands of dollars but like so many childhood stars, saw none of it for her father, Frank Mazetta, a.k.a. Frank Curley feathered his bed. The Dragon’s Tail at 12 Pisces in the 4th is conjunct radio’s Uranus at 17 in the 5th where we see the family collective impinge upon her individuality.

Rose Marie calls her father in her autobio “a mean man,” and adds that “I disliked my father intensely.” It did leave a lasting impression her relationship with Dad — Uranus is opposing Mars at 20 Leo and those Zuni never enjoy the sun , cut off at the kneecaps by a swindling father making the father-daughter relationship hollow.

Daddy and Uncle Al

Daddy never married her mother because, he had a second family elsewhere, Pluto on the 9th house cusp suggests that something is amiss in the marriage department, particularly as it is squared Saturn, inconjunct the South Node. Family life just is not living up to the ideal and new secret fathers come in the picture unforeseen. Rose Marie in her autobiography says he was a small-time gangsters — the lower rung fellows who do this when told or that when nudged.

When she and her father went to Chicago in the early nineteen-thirties, (around when Pluto was discovered) they were summoned by Al Capone to his mansion in the nearby town of Cicero, where the gangsters fawned over her and fêted her. Capone gave her a diamond ring, insisted she call him Uncle Al, and, Rose Marie adds, “Turned to my father, he says, ‘We’ll take care of her from here on in.’ ”

He was good on his word. When Rose Marie was performing at the Copacabana, in New York, sometime in the nineteen-forties, she was summoned to the table of Joseph Fischetti, Capone’s cousin, who asked if she had another gig coming up. She said no. “He says, ‘You’re gonna play Tahoe.’

“Oh, O.K. And that’s the way it went. I was going from one place to another, all because of the boys. They were absolutely wonderful to me.” When Benjamin Bugsy Siegel, one of the boys, opened the Flamingo hotel, in Las Vegas, with borrowed Mob money, Rose Marie and Jimmy Durante were its headliners.

In “Wait for Your Laugh,” she tells some extraordinary stories about Siegel, including an incident in which he coaxed her to play baccarat in his casino in order to attract customers. “I’m not a shill,” she said.

Rose Marie has a kite in her chart made from the Grand Trine in Water and then the opposition from Sun to Uranus. That was a problem for her — everything came too easily and so when she should have been on top of her game aka DVD show, her kite died from lack of air. Her yod from the Moon to Pluto discovered about when she met Uncle Al ends at Uranus again for a point focus at her Sun as well, this time showing how being a star meant everything to her — 21.47 Leo or a “carrier pigeon” the symbol of her life service to the god of Comedy: Momus.

“Do it for me,” he responded, “I understand”. He gave her ten thousand dollars & she won twenty-five, stuffed it in her bra before going onstage. After the show, gave it to Siegel personally.

He told her, “You’re all right.” Five days later, he was killed. That’s show business.

Dick van Dyke Show

Rose Marie turned to television. Seven years later she found stardom there, on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” Created by Carl Reiner, the show is centered on a TV comedy writer played by Van Dyke but was based on Reiner’s own life (Ritchie is his son Rob Reiner who played the Meathead in the Archie Bunker Show & married Penny Marshall). While many of the show’s scenes take place in a writers’ room, where Rose Marie plays Sally Rogers, one of the writers and the only woman gag writer.

Rose Marie recommended her lifelong friend, comedian Morey Amsterdam, for the role of another writer — their inventiveness was central to the show. “… it wasn’t ad-libbed, but scripted, still we would come up with things in the middle of rehearsal and they would shove in the script,” she says.

Van Dyke says that he learned comedy from Rose Marie but for Rose Marie it was the end of an era; she was overshadowed by singer-dancer Mary Tyler Moore because, contrary to her expectations, the show was not about creating gags and scripts but on the domestic life of the head writer– another unforeseen Daddy this time co-opting her & taking center stage.

Her Part of Fortune Two Dutch Children Talking came vividly to the fore — Dick van Dyke was of Dutch heritage and Mary Tyler Moore, the ingenue, was from New Amsterdam. They, and not her and Morey, stole the show and went onto greater success. She was now yesterday’s news.

Marriage and a baby

She married Bobby Guy, a trumpet player for NBC Studios, back when they had live music and Toscanini on the air. Rose Marie died in 2017 at 95 from old age. Their daughter Georgianna Rodrigues survives her.


what a prism looks like on the chart

Rose Marie is a Prism Temperament Type. It was not mentioned previously by either Robert Jansky or Marc Jones, but is something we have happened upon & was named by our Editor in Chief, Mo Saladin.

It has too great a space on either side to be a locomotive and too many conjunctions to be a splash. Rose Marie has a preponderance in Leo but that is not required. What is required is that it looks like a BUCKET with a singleton with a Grand Trine, but has an opposition so it cannot become a splay. When you find it, you have a rare PRISM.

Food & Wine honours Chef Bourdain


It’s been a year since Anthony Bourdain died and the folks at F&W remember him in a series of podcasts, posts and youtubes here.

We did his chart back then, so this maybe a good time to review it as well. His native New Jersey has approved a Bourdain food trail too. Maybe a good time to catch it this summer and so many spots are along the Jersey Shore.

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A laugh a minute – Tim Conway


Comedian Tim Conway was born Toma Daniel Conway to Sophia Murgoi, a Romanian immigrant, and Daniel Conway, an Irish immigrant and a groomer for polo ponies in Willoughby, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, on December 13, 1933. He grew up in nearby Chagrin Falls.

His birth name Toma was the Romanian version of Thomas, but later it was anglicized to Thomas in his childhood — there is no record as to why. Later on, for professional reasons, probably the Screen Actor’s Guild as it does not allow two performers to have the same name, he changed it again to Tim to avoid confusion with actor Tom Conway (brother of George Sanders). Having grown up with horses, Conway was an avid race horse fan and owner as well.

Conway and Mary Anne and four of the six Conways at home. Kelly, is to the right of her mother.

He was married twice. The first time was to  Mary Anne Dalton from 1961 for 17 years and six children. The second time was to Charlene Fusco in 1984, who outlives him.

Seeking Tim Conway††

We have rectified Tim to 13 Libra instead of the standard 05 Libra. He is locomotive temperament type opened to the South highlighting his self-sacrificing nature and public acclaim for his work both professionally and privately.

We chose 13 Libra over 05 Libra for various reasons, and one was the aspect of asteroid Niobe conjunct his Sun — problems with children later in life. This unfortunately came to pass when his daughter Kelly sued for physical control of her father’s healthcare against her step-mother as Tim had developed dementia from normal pressure hydrocephalus, or an abnormal buildup of spinal fluid because of a head trauma, stroke, infection or brain tumor; there is no cure.

an older Tim with wife Charlene

Other aspects of his life also suggested “lighting the morning fire” or keeper of the flame was more apropos Conway than an “orrery slowing turning by a hermit’s hand, ” including Uranus at 24 Aries in the 7th house — as his comic wite played off others than typical stand-up. It was key to his genius that he used deadpan, mimicry and slapstick so well while improvising his routine based on his partner’s response — in McHale’s Navy, Parker and Binghamton (Joe Flynn) are a tour de force of comedy each playing off each and other trying to get the best laugh, best shown by his Pluto in the 10th opposite Mars and Lilith in the 4th (the two are our header photo). It would seem that these traits were something he had be learning for a while to get attention and had learned to transform it into comedic art.

Kelly and her father Tim Conway

Another asset Conway had that he used well was his facial control that made his features like silly putty, changing it from happy smiles to sudden misery or shock and dismay to happiness again. Jupiter in the first house at 18.58 Libra was helped by his fast mental chemistry here in anticipating responses and being able to demonstrate it ably.

His North Node is in the creative 5th house in Aquarius that signifies a close relationships with children. The NN here are good people watchers, spending their time pondering the possibilities of other’s action and reactions to situations. They tend to be ingenuous and not very practical with money or friends — they tend to follow their heart in both matters.

Tim Conway reposed on May 14 2019. Happily for us, we have re-runs.