October 27 is Roy Lichtenstein’s birthday.
Just a moment ago, I read this passage on the Wikipedia page for “Woman with Flowered Hat” that makes me believe that I “get” Roy Lichtenstein:
Lichtenstein painted Woman with Flowered Hat when he was pastiching various types of sources, including commercial illustrations, comic imagery and modernist masterpieces. The masterpieces represented what could have been dubbed the “canon” of art and was thought of as “high art,” while the “low-art” subject matter included comic strip images. His masterworks sources included the likes of Cézanne, Mondrian and Picasso. During this time in his career, Lichtenstein noted that “the things that I have apparently parodied I actually admire.”
I can’t remember when I didn’t make fun of the things I like, both high and low. It’s been a recurring theme throughout my life, and anyone who knows me can attest to that.
So, is there something in my horoscope that would reveal that? In both of my books, I discuss the relationship between the high and the low with Capricorn: my sun sign. Roy Lichtenstein, however, didn’t have any planets in Capricorn. I don’t have a time of birth for the artist, so I can’t attribute anything in his natal chart to tenth house influences either.
What he did have is the sun, Mercury and Saturn situated in the exact same part of the zodiac that contains my entire first house (and possibly Venus, depending upon his time of birth). That’s interesting because I’ve always felt this affinity with the artist, as if we were cut from the same cloth.
Curiously, “Woman with Flowered Hat,” one of my favorite Lichtenstein paintings, was purchased by jeweler Laurence Graff. Just for fun, I looked up Graff’s chart to discover a ton of affinities with my own chart — freaky affinities!
I feel like I’m going down a rabbit hole with this one, but I’m not the sort of person who looks at a single planetary position or a shared aspect and claims to have an affinity with a particular celebrity. It’s just odd that I’m the sort of person who can spend an hour looking at the Graff website just as easily as I can spend an hour reading about the auction history of Roy Lichtenstein. I’ve been doing both things for as long as there has been an internet.
I suppose that astrology puts you in a clubhouse alongside others who share the necessary credentials to join your exclusive organization. Looking at the charts of Roy Lichtenstein and Laurence Graff, I’m happy to report that we’re all in the same club. At least I’m going to keep telling myself that . . .