In Money, Power, and Fame in Astrology, author Au Yong Chee Tuck considers this notion by examining the birth charts of several well-known people using the elements of Chinese astrology and relating them to the events of their lives.
Au Yong presented the lives and charts of figures as diverse as musician Xavier Cugat, actress Shirley MacLaine, and politician Adolf Hitler. His collection offered a detailed survey of the struggles and achievements in their lives and how astrology aided or hindered them along with astrological charts for each person.
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Money, Power, Fame in Astrology
By Au Yong Chee Tuck
Trafford PublishingCopyright © 2012 Au Yong Chee Tuck
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Chapter OneHE HAD EVERYTHING IN LIFE—EXCEPT CHILDREN
"Rhumba is my Life" (Xavier Cugat, circa 1948)
Xavier Cugat had everything in life a man could wish for. He had fame which brought him some money. The money brought him to the attention of beautiful, young women. eventually, he married five of them. He had longevity, having lived to 90 years, to enjoy his fame and his marriages.
Yet something seemed to be missing in his life. He had no children. Despite five marriages, three of them lengthy, he remained childless to the end of his days. His last marriage ended when he was 78 years old. This effectively meant that for the last 12 years of his life, he had no wife or children to care for him. Despite all his material success, he could not have children. Were the Fates kind or cruel to him?
Xavier Cugat was born at the turn of the century on 1 January 1900 in Barcelona. His parents were political refugees who fled to Havana, Cuba when he was aged three or five. It was said that he was given a violin at the age of four and when he was 10 he played with an orchestra, becoming first violinist two years later. When Enrico Caruso visited Havana, he was impressed with his playing. Caruso brought Cugat with him on his planned tour of South America.
But Cugat was not enamoured of the violin. He did not want to remain a violinist all his life. He found that he could also draw. In 1924, he found a job with the "Los Angeles Times" as a cartoonist. He also found work in the movie business due to his fame as the band leader that played Latin American music. He had established a reputation as the "Rhumba King" for popularising tangos, mumbas and cha-chas. By the 1930s, he began to appear with his band in some feature films. He also played in hotels such as the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. He ventured into the restaurant business and was involved in eight restaurants.
His first marriage was to Rita Montaner in 1918 until 1920. His subsequent marriages were to Carmen elen Castillo (1929-1940), Lorraine Allen (1947-52), Abbe Lane (1952-64) and Charro Baeza (1966-78). All his wives had their own careers in the music or show business, except perhaps for Rita. He shifted back to Barcelona after his fourth divorce in 1964. In 1969, he suffered a stroke which made him partially paralyzed. He died of heart failure on 27 October 1990 at the age of 90.
AN ANALYSIS OF THE RHUMBA KING
Cugat was born on a [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yang Wood day in the winter month of the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Rat. As the wood was not born in the season of spring when wood is at peak strength, his wood can be considered weak at first sight. However, water nourished wood and the wood is in the growth stage during the winter season. There is also strong water available in his [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Pig year of birth. His wood has roots in the Dragon hour of birth. Therefore, his wood is not that weak after all.
Xavier Cugat 1-1-1900
The strongest element in his chart was water. This water would be important to his eventual success. The strong water indicated that he was a creative and artistic person. But it was not enough to be creative. He also needed the fame star so that his artistic works could be recognized by the public. His fame star was [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yang Metal. He did not have this fame star in his birth chart.
Since his wood was born on a cold winter's day, he needed the fire to bring warmth to his chart. Which type of fire did he require—[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yang Fire or [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yin Fire? He needed both types of fire. The [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yang Fire represented the fire of the sun which provided sunlight to his [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yang Wood day master and brighten up his winter's day. As he was a [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yang Wood day master, he needed the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yin Fire to burn his wood. This [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yin Fire represented his output or his productivity so that the fruits of his labour could be realized. In addition, he also needed the hard [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yang Metal that could chop down his tree to make it useful.
He was born in the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Rat month which represented the winter season. In theory, his wood was said to be in the growth stage during winter. But the most important element that he needed, which was fire, was very weak. He also needed the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yang Metal.
Xavier Cugat Luck Cycle
From the age 18 until 47, he went through the luck cycles of [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Dog, [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Rooster and [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Monkey. These three animals represented the autumn season when metal was at peak strength. As Cugat needed metal, especially [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yang Metal, he was in his favourable luck period. Since his luck arrived early in his life, he found that he could achieve material success in his early youth. The [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yang Metal arrived from the age of 38 until 47 when he commenced his [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Monkey luck cycle. This would be the best period in his life.
MANY WIVES BUT NEITHER CHILDREN NOR WEALTH
This period of autumn luck cycles was followed by the luck cycles of [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Goat, [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Horse and [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Snake from the ages of 48 until 77. These animals represented the summer season which brought in the fire to warm his chart.
His money and his women were represented by the earth element. In the summer season, fire is strong. Fire produced earth so when fire is strong, earth is also strong. During the summer luck cycles, he had the opportunity to meet women. He married another three women from the age of 47 when he was about to commence his summer luck cycles.
However, he already had too much earth in his birth chart. There was [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yin earth in the Heavenly Stems above his [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Pig year and [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yang earth above his [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Dragon hour. There was also [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yang earth inside his [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Dog day and [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Dragon hour. earth represented his money and his women. When the wealth element is too plentiful, the person would not become wealthy. Instead, he would remain poor or have to struggle with money problems all his life. He was also a womaniser and would have multiple marriages or affairs.
As this was the chart of a male, the children can only be borne by the female or his wives and mistresses. The wife star was represented by the earth element which in turn produced the metal element. Therefore, his children were represented by metal.
He was born in the winter season. Metal is weak during winter. The strongest element in winter was water. There was also water available in his [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Pig year. But too much water would cause the metal to sink in the water. The only metal available in his chart was in his [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Dog day of birth. So the weak metal was buried by the excessive earth and further weakened by the strong water. He would have difficulty in making his wives pregnant. His wives also might have some difficulty conceiving children. But if the central problem lay with him, then no matter how many wives he married would not have made much difference.
In 1948, he published his autobiography, "Rhumba is My Life." With the passage of time, this book is no longer in print. Depending on how candid he was or was not in his autobiography, his book might or might not have helped to clarify certain issues.
For instance, did any of his wives have other husbands before or after their marriages to him? If so, did his wives bear any children to their other husbands? If his wives could give birth to children after marrying other husbands, then it would show that his wives were not infertile women.
SHOW ME THE MONEY, MASTER!
There were media reports that he owned as many as eight restaurants. This would have made him appear wealthy on paper. But he was a performing musician and was busy with performances and recordings. How could he ever spare the time attending to the restaurant business, which was a full time occupation?
If he ventured into the restaurant business, he had to do so with other partners. In that case, he would have to share whatever profits derived from the restaurants with his partners. There might not have been very much of the profits left over for a dormant partner. As he had multiple divorces, he was required to pay a fair amount of alimony. If he had kept up his alimony payments, they would have been a drain on his finances.
The only significance of the restaurants was that their interiors were decorated with his art work. But Xavier Cugat was remembered as a musician and band leader, not as an artist or even an entrepreneur in the restaurant business. If not for his music, he would have been forgotten today.
He was not known for his compositions but for his performances. His band played or popularised the music composed by such eminent names as ernesto Lecuona ("Siboney"), Sebastian Yradier ("La Paloma"), Alberto Dominguez ("Perfidia") or Aro Barroso ("Brazil") and traditional tunes such as "La Cucaracha" ("The Cockroach") or "Jarabe Tapatio" ("Mexican Hat Dance").
WHERE WERE THE CHILDREN?
His women were represented by earth. Since earth produced metal, his children were represented by metal. He was born in the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Rat month which represented the winter season. Both the earth and metal elements were weak during winter. In winter, water was the strongest element. The earth element required fire to produce it. The metal element was strongest during the autumn season.
This structure indicated that he may have many wives but his wives would have difficulty conceiving, despite their youth and beauty.
The metal was the weakest element in his birth chart. The only metal present was the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yin Metal in his [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Dog day of birth. The overly strong water weakened the metal and made it sink in the pool of water.
He was born in the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Dragon hour. The hour pillar represented children. This [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Dragon hour clashed with his Dog day master. This meant that his weak metal in the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Dog was clashed away by the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Dragon. His children star was already clashed out. He would not be close to his children, even if had adopted any children.
DO CHILDREN MATTER?
So what if he did not have any children? Were children important in a marriage? The answer would depend on the background and culture of the reader. In most cultures, it was usually implied that the purpose of the marriage was to produce children. If the marriage was childless, it would be regarded as a failure of sorts on the part of the couple. Human society required children to continue the human species. In time, children would grow up and look after their parents in their old age. In Chinese culture, one of the reasons for desiring children is the hope that they can bury and pray for their ancestors upon their deaths.
In practical terms, if the parents were wealthy, they could leave behind their estates to their children. If there were no children, most governments would take away the estate in the form of taxes. Since Cugat was a musician, he could have left behind royalties from his recordings. However, this was a moot question as he died childless despite having many wives. In his old age, he had no children to look after him. It was a sad ending for the maestro of rhumba.
Chapter Two"TWO WOMEN"
"God bless you, please, Mrs Robinson, Heaven holds a place for those who pray, Hey, hey, hey ... Hey, hey, hey ..." (Simon and Garfunkel song, "Mrs Robinson" from "The Graduate", 1968)
"THEIR TURNING POINT"
Anne Bancroft and Shirley MacLaine made only one movie together in their lengthy careers. In 1970, they danced their way in "The Turning Point." Both of them were trained dancers so they had no difficulty in dancing opposite their leading man, Mikhail Baryshnikov. After their spectacular dancing effort, they never collaborated any more.
In that case, why write about them? Why mention them in the same breath? There are several reasons why they can be considered together in an article. Both of them shared the same day master. They were both born on a [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yin Wood day. But there the similarity ended. Bancroft was a weak wood person, MacLaine was a strong wood person. Both had distinguished careers but Bancroft made fewer movies and was more selective in her choice of roles. Bancroft was more reserved, MacLaine was more outspoken. And so the list goes on. The similarities and the differences probably make for a compelling tale.
The original "Two Women" ("La Ciociara") was a novel written in 1946 by the Italian novelist, Alberto Moravia. The first English translation was made in 1957. The Penguin translation by Angus Davidson was published in 1961. It was made into a movie starring Sophia Loren. This movie would launch Sophia Loren into stardom and win her an Oscar. The story concerned a widow and her teenage daughter caught in the throes of the Second World War when the Anglo-American armies invade southern Italy.
Sophia Loren was a budding star who was often compared to her rival, Gina Lollobrigida. In that sense, it could be said these were the original "two women." We have borrowed the term from Alberto Moravia and applied it to another "two women" whose lives were just as interesting as the Italian two women.
To begin with, both Anne Bancroft and Shirley MacLaine had been trained as dancers. Both of them acted mostly in non-dancing roles throughout their careers. Why did they train as dancers but accepted mostly non-dancing roles? MacLaine explained that she was only an average dancer and could not perform the more difficult dance moves very well. Bancroft trained from age four and MacLaine from age five.
Then both of them were born on the same wood day. Bancroft and MacLaine were born on a [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yin Wood day. But there the similarity ended. Their day master was different. Bancroft was born on a [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Pig day whereas MacLaine was born on a [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Ox day. The differences outweigh the similarities. Yet each of them achieved success in their respective acting careers. That was reason enough for us to tell their story together.
THE WEAK WOOD PERSON—ANNE BANCROFT
Anne Bancroft was born as Anna Maria Louisa Italiano in The Bronx to Italian parents, Michael Italiano and Mildred DiNapoli. She appeared in TV dramas as Anne Marno and changed her stage name when she made her film debut in "Don't Bother to Knock", released in 1952.
Anne Bancroft will probably be forever remembered as Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate".
Anne Bancroft was born on a [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yin Wood day in the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Rooster month. This month represented the autumn season when metal was at peak strength. Since metal is the antithesis of wood, when metal is strong, it stands to reason that wood must be weak. Therefore, Bancroft's wood is considered weak because her wood was not born in season. However, her wood has roots in her [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Pig day and [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Goat year.
Anne Bancroft 17-9-1931
She needs [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yin Water which represented rain water to nourish her wood and make it grow. As she was born in the cool autumn season, she also needed fire to warm her chart. She already had the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yin Fire in her chart. She only needed the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yang Fire which represented the fire of the sun. When she encountered the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yin Water and the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yang Fire in her luck cycles, then her luck would improve.
Anne Bancroft Luck Cycle
Her [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Rat luck cycle from the age of 27 brought the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yin Water that she needed. Then her [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Tiger luck cycle from the age of 47 introduced the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yang Fire into her life. That explained why she won her first Tony award in 1958 when she turned 27. She won another Tony award in 1960 and her oscar in 1963. In 1964 she won acclaim for her appearance in "The Pumpkin Eater". This was the year of [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yang Wood [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Dragon when the wood is strong in the spring season. Bancroft needed this support as her wood day master was weak.
If she achieved some success with "The Pumpkin Eater", there would be even more accolades for her in the near future. It was her role as Mrs Robinson in "The Graduate" in 1967 for which she would probably forever be remembered. This movie helped to launch the career of Dustin Hoffman and was memorable for the music of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. The year 1967 was the year of Yin Fire [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Goat. As the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Goat represented the summer season, it brought the much needed [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yin Fire into the life of Bancroft.
In 1977, she capped her success by acting in "The Turning Point." The year 1977 was the year of Yin Fire [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Snake. In that year, she had both the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yin Fire and the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yang Fire that she needed. There was [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yin Fire in the year's Heavenly Stem and there was [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yang Fire inside the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Snake year. This was a good year for her. The [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Yang Fire represented the fire of the sun which was needed to grow her wood. The [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Snake year clashed with her [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Pig day of birth. This was a good clash. Not all clashes in astrology are bad clashes.
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Table of Contents
Foreword: "The Time Has Come To Talk of Many Things ..."....................xi
Before we Begin....................xvi
Chapter One: He Had everything In Life—except Children....................1
Chapter Two: "Two Women"....................9
Chapter Three: He Had Wood In His Chart So Why Wasn't Adolf Hitler Kind?....................20
Chapter Four: The Hedgehog And The Fox: The Limits of Human Knowledge....................44
Chapter Five: "once Upon A Time" Sergio Leone Remade The Western....................60
Chapter Six: When Fame Became A Burden: The Real "Lawrence of Arabia"....................74
Chapter Seven: History At The Crossroads: Ho Chi Minh And The Struggle For Freedom....................88
Chapter Eight: Whatever Happened To Princes Leia? The Promising Career of Carrie Fisher That Never Flourished....................109
Chapter Nine: He Did Not Have A Single Spark of Fire In His Chart How Did Albert Camus ever Win The Nobel Prize?....................116
Chapter Ten: "My Name Is Bond ... James Bond" How The Unreal Spy World Made Real Money For Ian Fleming....................127
Afterword: "The Unfinished Symphony"....................139
Chapter Eleven: Against The odds: The Improbable Rise of Wang Laboratories....................141