Maria Franziska von Trapp, the last remaining of the Trapp family singers made famous in the Sound of Music, has died. She was born 28 Sept 1914 in Austria and moved to the US in 1938 when her family fled the Nazis. The family continued singing until 1967 and she later became a lay missionary at one point in Papua New Guinea.
She had quite a contradictory chart with both light and shadow. Her Libra Sun was square a bleak Saturn Pluto in Cancer on one side and trine an adventurous, upbeat (Moon) Uranus Jupiter in Aquarius on the other. So she’d be gritty, persevering, used to hardship and yet enthusiastically adventurous as well. Her Mars in late Libra was also trine Saturn Pluto so she knew about the dark side of life. Her musical Neptune was strongly aspected in sextile to her Sun, in a showbizzy square to Mars Mercury and opposition (Moon) Uranus.
In 1938 when the family had to move hurriedly to the USA transiting Pluto was moving to square her Neptune, tr Uranus was square her Uranus and tr Saturn was opposition her Sun – so a time of high anxiety and loss.
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Another who found music a sustenance through very hard times was Alice Herz-Sommer, the oldest known Holocaust survivor who has just died aged 110. She was a music teacher and pianist who was taken to Theresienstadt concentration camp with her husband and 6 year old son in 1943. Her husband was sent to Dachau where he died six weeks before liberation but both she and her son miraculously survived two years in the camp in which she often played in concerts. 35,000 died in Terezin.
A film of her life has been nominated for the best short documentary at this week’s Academy Awards.
She was born 26 Nov 1903, Prague, Czech at 7.02pm (ADB). She said the two things that sustained her through her experiences and her long life were optimism and discipline. And that is wonderfully portrayed in her upbeat Sagittarius Sun Mercury sextile Saturn in Aquarius. She also had Venus in Libra trine Pluto in Gemini and an Aquarius Moon with Pluto opposition Uranus. The Air emphasis possibly also helped to detach her from some of the grimmer realities she experienced.
She had Uranus opposition Pluto square her Pisces Midheaven – so putting her life’s direction in the midst of the upheavals of the mid and later 20th century.
When she was taken to the concentration camp in 1943 she had her Solar Arc Uranus exactly conjunct her Saturn with Solar Arc Pluto in opposition. Tr Saturn was also conjunct her Pluto. So a bleak, bleak time.
Her two strongest Harmonics are not surprisingly the two toughies – the determined 8th Harmonic especially and the fated but enduring 16th Harmonic both of which tie Jupiter into more difficult outer planet configurations. So Sagittarius’ ruler stood her in good stead.
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