20 December

indexAlthough popularly everyone called a Circle is deemed a Circle, yet among the better educated Classes it is known that no Circle is really a Circle, but only a Polygon with a very large number of very small sides…

Edwin Abbott Abbott, born on 20 December 1838, Sun in Sagittarius, Moon in Aquarius, English schoolmaster and theologian, best known as the author of the satirical novella Flatland (1884), a most inspiring description of lower dimensions than the third dimension, which offers major insights on the multidimensional realms beyond the third dimension.

As human beings we live in the third dimension. From our perspective we can perceive the second dimension, yet we are unable to grasp the fourth dimension. The human attitude towards the fourth dimension is the same that the second dimension inhabitants of Flatland have towards the third dimension. They don’t consider it real. This means that whoever in Flatland has an experience of the third dimension and speaks about it is considered insane or very eccentric. This applies also to human beings who are aware of the fourth dimension.

 

Other celebrities born today:

JoJo, (9.11) American singer 20 December 1990
Pieter de Hooch, Dutch painter (20 December 1629-d. 1684)
Pietro Raimondi, Italian composer (20 December 1786-d. 1853)
Nicolas Charlet, French painter (20 December 1792-d. 1845)
Ivana Kobilca, Slovenian painter (20 December 1861-d. 1926)
Sidney Hook, American philosopher (20 December 1902-d. 1989)
Paul Francis Webster, songwriter (20 December 1907-d. 1984)
George Roy Hill, (9.6.11) American film director (20 December 1922-d. 2002)
Beverly Pepper, (9.10) American sculptor and painter 20 December 1922
Uri Geller, (9.8.8; Saturn/Pluto Flower) Israeli mentalist 20 December 1946
Gigliola Cinquetti, (9.12) Italian singer 20 December 1947
Alan Parsons, (9.5) British music producer and artist 20 December 1948
Stevie Wright, English-born Australian musician and songwriter 20 December 1948
Peter May, Scottish novelist and scriptwriter 20 December 1951
Sky Gilbert, Canadian writer 20 December 1952
Billy Bragg, (9.9.8) English singer and songwriter 20 December 1957
Anna Vissi, Greek-Cypriot singer 20 December 1957
Nalo Hopkinson, Canadian writer 20 December 1960
Mohammad Fouad, Arab singer and actor 20 December 1961
Mike Keneally, American musician 20 December 1961
Myrra Malmberg, Swedish singer 20 December 1966
Roger J. Beaujard, American musician 20 December 1971
Anders Odden, Norwegian musician 20 December 1972
Saukrates, Canadian rapper 20 December 1977
David Tavaré, Spanish singer 20 December 1982
Adrián Varela, Mexican singer 20 December 1983

Gonzalo Rojas, nato il 20 dicembre 1917, Sole in Sagittario, Luna in Scorpione, poeta cileno

¿Qué se ama cuando se ama, mi Dios: la luz terrible de la vida
o la luz de la muerte? ¿Qué se busca, qué se halla, qué
es eso: amor? ¿Quién es? ¿La mujer con su hondura, sus rosas, sus volcanes,
o este sol colorado que es mi sangre furiosa
cuando entro en ella hasta las últimas raíces?
¿O todo es un gran juego, Dios mío, y no hay mujer
ni hay hombre sino un solo cuerpo: el tuyo,
repartido en estrellas de hermosura, en partículas fugaces
de eternidad visible?
Me muero en esto, oh Dios, en esta guerra
de ir y venir entre ellas por las calles, de no poder amar
trescientas a la vez, porque estoy condenado siempre a una,
a esa una, a esa única que me diste en el viejo paraíso.