Rip Taylor (source:

January 13 is Rip Taylor’s birthday.

Looking up today’s celebrity birthdays, I was confronted with an embarrassment of riches. There are tons of interesting people — and gorgeous people — born on January 13. I know that there are a couple of days in November and December that drive me crazy because I can barely find anyone I want to write about. Today, it took me a while to decide which one to profile.

So, why did I settle upon Rip Taylor? Because he’s got an interesting chart. When he was born in 1935, the outer planets were spread across the sky in a fairly even pattern. Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto formed a unique T-square, too. Yet it’s Taylor’s sun that first caught my eye because it joins the configuration as the fourth component of one of astrology’s most-spectacular aspects: the grand cross. The orbs are tight, too, with a maximum spread of 1° 23″.

Most interpretations of the grand cross point to the challenges an individual will face just trying to find something to do. Although I’ve read that there is no focal planet in a grand cross, I would be a fool not to look at Taylor’s sun and see that it’s square to Jupiter and Uranus, and opposite Pluto. You just don’t dismiss aspects like that. His sun is afflicted in the most traditional association of the word.

In addition to those hard aspects, Taylor has the sun, the moon and Mercury all in Capricorn, and Venus, Mars and Saturn all in Aquarius.

It’s a remarkably tough chart! However, adversity in the chart doesn’t necessarily lead to an adverse life. After working as a congressional page and then serving in the Korean War, Taylor branded himself as “the crying comedian.” Like many of the most-memorable Capricorn celebrities, he marketed an image that was associated with him and him alone, and he made it his style signature. Who can forget his ridiculous toupee and his handlebar mustache?

I actually feel as if I’ve got a few things in common with Rip Taylor. I am the first person to admit that I’m a smart-ass, and there’s nothing I enjoy like self-deprecating humor and those comedians who strike a hilarious balance between laughing on the outside and crying on the inside. I do share Rip Taylor’s sun, Venus and Mars placements. I’m also chronically single, which is no surprise considering where Venus and Mars reside in my chart.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go cry because I’m all alone . . .

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