15 April

indexEvery now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.

Leonardo da Vinci, born on 15 April 1452 (Julian calendar), with Sun in Taurus, Moon in Pisces and Ascendant in Sagittarius (Neptune Libra conj. MC) Italian Renaissance polymath (Vinci, Florence,  April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519). He is regarded as one of the greatest geniuses that ever lived on this planet. He designed several inventions that anticipated modern technology (helicopters, solar panels, calculator, tanks, etc.), realised outstanding progresses in the sutdy of anatomy, astronomy and enigineering, and produced some of the most popular paintings, such as the Mona Lisa (probably an anagram of the Egyptian fertility deities Amon and L’Isa, the Italian for Isis) and The Last Supper. In art he devised techniques such as chiaroscuro (contrasting light and darkness) and sfumato (smoky effect). In recent books, such as Holy Blood, Holy Grail, Leonardo is supposed to have served as leader of the Priory of Sion, a secret order whose mission was to keep the secret of Mary Magdalene and her marriage to Jesus alive. In his Last Supper Leonardo appears to leave clues about this secret. The disciple identified as John in the picture might actually be Mary Magdalene.

Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.
Experience does not err. Only your judgments err by expecting from her what is not in her power.
I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.
In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.
Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel.
Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
Our life is made by the death of others.

The art of procreation and the members employed therein are so repulsive, that if it were not for the beauty of the faces and the adornments of the actors and the pent-up impulse, nature would lose the human species.
The function of muscle is to pull and not to push, except in the case of the genitals and the tongue.


Other celebrities born today:

Jean Moréas (1.6) Greek poet (Athen, April 15, 1856 – April 30, 1910

Émile Durkheim (1.2.10) French sociologist (Epinal, France, April 15, 1858 – November 15, 1917)

Claudia Cardinale (1.8.2) attrice italiana (Tunisi, April 15, 1938)

Emma Thompson (1.4) English actress (London, April 15, 1959)

Luca Barbarossa, (1.1.6) cantautore italiano (Rome, April 15, 1961)

Samantha Fox (1.11.1) English singer (London, April 15, 1966)

1552 – Pietro Cataldi, Italian mathematician (d. 1626)

1588 – Claudius Salmasius, French classical scholar (d. 1653)

1641 – Robert Sibbald, Scottish physician (d. 1722)

1646 – Pierre Poiret, French mystic (d. 1719)

1688 – Johann Friedrich Fasch, German composer (d. 1758)

1710 – William Cullen, Scottish physician (d. 1790)

1741 – Charles Willson Peale, American painter, soldier and naturalist (d. 1827)

1793 – Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve, German astronomer (d. 1864)

1832 – Wilhelm Busch, German poet (d. 1908)

1861 – Bliss Carman, Canadian poet (d. 1929)

1878 – Robert Walser, Swiss writer (d. 1956)

1886 – Nikolay Gumilyov, Russian poet (d. 1921)

1888 – Maximilian Kronberger, German poet (d. 1904)

1889 – Thomas Hart Benton, American muralist (d. 1975)

1904 – Arshile Gorky, Armenian artist (d. 1948)

1907 – Nikolaas Tinbergen, Dutch ethologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1988)

1908 – Eden Ahbez, American songwriter (d. 1995)

1908 – Lita Grey, American actress (d. 1995)

1920 – Thomas Szasz, Hungarian-American psychiatrist

1931 – Tomas Tranströmer, Swedish writer, poet and translator, recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature

1933 – Roy Clark, American musician

1933 – David Hamilton, British photographer, film director and producer

1933 – Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress (d. 1995)

1937 – Bob Luman, American country singer (d. 1978)

1939 – Marty Wilde, British singer

1960 – Susanne Bier, Danish film director

1962 – Surjit Bindrakhia, Punjabi Bhangra singer

1966 – Samantha Fox, English singer

1967 – Frankie Poullain, British musician (The Darkness)

1968 – Ed O’Brien, British musician (Radiohead)

1975 – Phil Labonte, American vocalist (All That Remains)

1981 – Seth Wulsin, American artist

1982 – Anthony Green, American musician


ACIM: 105. God’s peace and joy are mine.

Saints: Feria

Gospel of Thomas: (97) Jesus said, “The kingdom of the father is like a certain woman who was carrying a jar full of meal. While she was walking on the road, still some distance from home, the handle of the jar broke and the meal emptied out behind her on the road. She did not realize it; she had noticed no accident. When she reached her house, she set the jar down and found it empty.”

Concise Epitome: 10.5 Proprio un gioco dagli altri difforme trattasi.