23 March

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Franco Battiato, born on 23 March 1945, Sun Aries, Moon and Ascendant in Leo, Italian singer, songwriter and filmmaker. His songs are dreamy, controversial collages of images and sensations, very multidimensional, rich of esoteric, gnostic, philosophical and East Asian religious themes. Songs like “L’era del cinghiale bianco”, “Prospettiva Nevskij” (“Nevsky Perspective”), “Centro di gravità permanente” (“Permanent Gravity Centrepoint”), “Bandiera bianca” (“White Flag”), “Voglio vederti danzare” (“I Want To See You Dance”), characterized by a mix of middle-eastern melodies and electro-pop rhythms, and lyrics with esoteric themes, established Battiato as one of the most popular musicians in Italy. Many of his songs contain lyrics in English. “It was magnificent that time, how beautiful it was, when we were perfectly connected with the place and people we had chosen, before we were born.”

Works: Pollution (1972), L’era del cinghiale bianco (1979), La voce del Padrone (1981), L’arca di Noè (1982), Mondi Lontanissimi (1985), Fisiognomica (1988), Shadow, Light (1996, collection), Dieci stratagemmi (2004), Il vuoto (2007). Official web-site: http://www.battiato.it/


Erich Fromm: (HA) born on 23 March 1900, with Sun in Aries, Moon in Sagittarius and Libra Ascendant (1.9.7), he was a popular psychoanalyst, author of the bestseller The Art of Loving, one of my favourite readings in the late 70s, and other inspiring studies such as Escape from Freedom, Psychoanalysis and Religion, The Sane Society, The Heart of Man, To Have Or to Be and The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness. Although his work is influenced by Freud and Marx, he believed that religions, despite their drawbacks, are not merely an illusion and contain some fundamental truths. He discriminated between religions which are authoritarian or fundamentalist and others which are liberating and humanistic.

Both dreams and myths are important communications from ourselves to ourselves. If we do not understand the language in which they are written, we miss a great deal of what we know and tell ourselves in those hours when we are not busy manipulating the outside world.
Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
If a person loves only one other person and is indifferent to all others, his love is not love but a symbiotic attachment, or an enlarged egotism.
If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?
Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.’
In love the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two.
Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.
Love is union with somebody, or something, outside oneself, under the condition of retaining the separateness and integrity of one’s own self.
Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.
Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies.
Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.
One cannot be deeply responsive to the world without being saddened very often.
Sanity is only that which is within the frame of reference of conventional thought.
The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that man may become robots.
The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother’s side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother, and to become fully independent.
There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail.
There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started out with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet which fails so regularly, as love.
There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by the unfolding of his powers.

If two people who have been strangers suddenly let the wall between them break down, and feel close, feel one, this moment of oneness is one of the most exhilarating, most exciting experiences in life.

It is all the more wonderful and miraculous for persons who have been shut off, isolated, without love. This miracle of sudden intimacy is often facilitated if it is combined with, or initiated by, sexual attraction and consummation. However, this type of love is by its very nature not lasting. The two persons become well aquainted, their intimacy loses more and more of its miraculous character, until their antagonism, their disappointments, their mutual boredom kill whatever is left of the initial excitement. Yet, in the beginning they do not know all this: in fact, they take the intensity of the infatuation, this being “crazy” about each other, for proof of the intensity of their love, while it may only prove the degree of their preceding loniness.

There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet, which fails so regularly, as love…

The first thing we have to learn is that love is an art, just as living is an art; if we want to learn how to love we must proceed in the same way we have to proceed if we want to learn any other art.


Akira Kurosawa (1.6.8) Japanese film director (Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan March 23, 1910 – September 6, 1998

Dane Rudhyar, born on 23 March 1895, Sun Aries, Moon Aquarius, Ascendant Sagittarius,   French-US author, composer, astrologer (March 23, 1895, in Paris – September 13, 1985, in San Francisco) “Astrology is a language. If you understand this language, the sky speaks to you.” “Every day the Sun moves through all twelve houses, giving to man the power to function through each all.” (The Practice of Astrology) “The essential purpose of astrology … is not so much to tell us what we will meet on our road, as it is to suggest how to meet it — and the basic reason for the meeting. Which quality in us, which type of strength is needed to go through any specific phase of our total unfoldment as an individual person.”



Ernst Bosch, (1.6) 1834, German painter († 1917)

Cecil Collins, (1.9) 1908, English painter.

Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, born 23 March 1943, Sun in Aries, Moon in Libra, Finnish musician, poet and writer, “I leave to arrive, go away to be closer.”

“Perhaps people only exist in my thoughts
Perhaps the sky only exists in my mind
When will I wake up and to what”

“For a long time I thought
that one had to accomplish something
Now I just watch

J. C. Leyendecker, (1.3) 1874, illustrator

Hippolyte Flandrin, 1809 – (1.3) French painter († 1864)

Ugo Tognazzi (1.11.3) Italian actor, director and screenwriter (Cremona, March 23, 1922 – 27 October 1990)


by Alphonse Osbert

Alphonse Osbert, (1.12) nato il 23 marzo 1857, Sole in Ariete e Luna in Pesci, pittore simbolista francese.
Johann Heinrich Schönfeld, 1609, German painter († 1684)


ACIM: 82. The light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness.  Let me not forget my function.

Saints:  Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo, bishop – Optional Memorial

Gospel of Thomas: (74) He said, “O Lord, there are many around the drinking trough, but there is nothing in the cistern.”

Concise Epitome: 9.5 and you are likely to overlook that you are in the Game and you could even cease your songs and dances. (Tanto che perfino di giocare, cantare e danzare obliare potete)