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George Balanchine’s Birthday, 1-22-1904

George Balanchine, Founder of

New York City Ballet

George Balanchine & New York City Ballet Dancers

Aquarius Sun, Pisces Moon, Cancer Ascendant

God creates, I do not create. I assemble and I steal everywhere to do it – from what I see, from what the dancers can do, from what others do. George Balanchine

 

It’s not surprising that Mr. Balanchine, the father of neo classical ballet, is an Aquarius. His imagination and vision were well ahead of his time. He had a talent for bringing out the individuality of his dancers and bringing them to the edge of their capability. Yet, he also cherished the oneness of his dancers, and took pride in his collective vision of perfection.

As the 11th sign of the zodiac Aquarius sees the big picture, and needs to make a special contribution to the future- whether this involves a community, social movement, or humanitarian cause, Aquarius is born with a mission. Mr. Balanchine’s devotion to his dancers, which eventually (with the assistance Lincoln Kirstein) became New York City Ballet, is now historical, yet still lives in the future as through his creation of the Balanchine technique.

Musicality was Mr. Balanchine’s greatest gift, as he had great respect for music in its own right. With the Moon in Pisces, the most musical sign of the zodiac, he had a natural sense of rhythm, and flow. A trained classical pianist, he likely could just as easily been a composer. With his rising sign in Cancer, the sign of family and nurturing, Mr. Balanchine was comfortable taking on a father role-feeling personally responsible for the welfare of his dancers, and taking care of them. He was known for his generosity and loyalty, for once a dancer was chosen to ride under his wing, the sky would emerge and reveal the brightest stars.

 

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Venus Trine Mars~ A Boy’s First Crush

VENUS TRINE MARS

A Boy’s First Crush Afternoon of  a Faun, Ethan Stiefel & Julie Kent, New York City Ballet

So today the planet of love dances with Mars. Sparks fly, but they are delicate ones. Girls and boys can get a along, as  long as they are allowed to flirt! I remember  in elementary school how boys would do annoying things to get a girl’s attention…a pulling of braid, or the stealing of a school book, a playful shove at the playground…this meant he actually liked you!  I think this is what this energy is all about…being able to express one’s masculinity or femininity in such a way that it attracts the opposite sex, in a friendly, playful, and daring way.

 Mars is quite a daring planet, and when placed in perfectionist Virgo, it will make sure it’s very neat  while showing off his courage, and this kind of perfection is exactly what a girl falls for. ‘I can’t he believe he did that’!, kind of thing.  Ask any grown man what he did in is younger years to impress the girl he fancied most, and I’ll bet you’ll come up with many crazy stories! After all, whose to say a mans’ first crush is any less meaningful than the first moment he met his wife…?

So, today is a celebration of that ‘crush’ feeling. where that silly boy goes over the top and takes on that ridiculous dare of holding is breath for  over 3 minutes, running faster than the next car that passes, or maybe even doing a double back flip- and in that moment of trial, he succeeds with perfection because his desire to win his sweethearts affection is so high. This is the day for boy who so desperately wants to show his sweetheart he can do anything, and most importantly, will do anything just to  win  her heart!