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Celebrating Federico Garcia Lorca the “Spanish Man of Letters” on His Birthday


Feliz Cumpleaños

Born on June 5th, 1898 in Granada, Spain to a wealthy landowner and his schoolteacher wife, Federico Garcia Lorca would be one of Spain’s greatest poets and playwrights.

The SUN and planet PLUTO were at 14 degrees of Gemini on that day.

Gemini is an Air sign ruled by planet MERCURY that sparks interest in learning about the world and in connecting with many people. Gemini and MERCURY emphasize a desire to write and communicate. PLUTO at the same degree of the SUN marks a person with a very strong individuality, will and purpose who will go through many transformations. SUN/PLUTO made a 90 degree connection to POSEIDON at 14 degrees of Virgo and reveals that tremendous inspiration springs from within the person. Lorca’s natural talent for writing would reach a wide audience, as indicated by this planetary trio on the midpoint of his CUPIDO and APOLLON, markers of artistic success.

SUN/PLUTO, also on the midpoint of NEPTUNE and HADES, indicates that much of his life and work would be marked by sorrow.

Federico’s earliest poetry collections Impresiones y Paisajes (Impressions and Landscapes); and Libro de Poemas (Book of Poems) were published in 1918 and 1921 respectively. But it was Lorca’s Romancero Gitano (a work of 18 Andalusian gypsy ballads) published in 1928 which catapulted him into Spain’s national spotlight. His one visit to America to see New York, the east coast and Cuba resulted in Poeta en Nueva York (Poet in New York). Lorca’s plays Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding) in 1933; Yerma in 1934; La Casa de Bernarda Alba (The House of Bernarda Alba) in 1936, inaugurated a second Golden Age of the Spanish Theater.

Federico was a passionate young man: his love affair with Salvador Dali would end in heartbreak. Worse, Lorca was gay at a time when homosexuals were persecuted.

In July 1936 the Spanish Civil War broke out. On August 18th, Lorca was arrested. He was shot and killed by Nationalist militia the next day…his body buried in a mass grave. Federico’s SUN/PLUTO on the midpoint of his NEPTUNE and HADES may have foreshadowed this. “Caught by the forces of time and history as contemporary events unfold.” Francisco Franco’s regime placed a ban on Lorca’s work which would not be lifted for decades.

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Romulus Zamora

Romulus Zamora was born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México, received a BFA from the University of Texas, and an MFA from Florida State University. He served on the theater faculties of UCLA and USC before devoting himself to the practice of Astrology full-time. In his 28 years as a consulting astrologer his clients have included actors, attorneys, executives, politicians and athletes. Contact him at: Romulus@RomulusAstrology.com.

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