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Violeta Parra: A Century Thanking Life


Born at 11 PM October 4th 1917, (birth certificate), Violeta del Carmen Parra, Chilean composer and songwriter, would become the “Mother of Latin American folk.”

Violeta’s father was a music teacher; her mother worked on a farm. In her early teens she and her talented siblings began singing wherever they could pass the hat to help support themselves. With her own children, she would help develop la Nueva Canción Chilena, Chile’s new folkloric movement.

The Uranian 360 degree dial shows the LUNAR NORTH NODE (one’s destiny,associations, karmic connections) was on the midpoint of Violeta’s Libra SUN and 0 ARIES, the World Axis (the world at large, universality). This promised that she would easily connect to many people. That the NODE was directly opposite PLUTO (unavoidable changes, transformation) indicates that Violeta came into the world to lift a heavy load for multitudes.

Her NODE was also on the midpoint of JUPITER (good fortune, success) and ZEUS (leadership, creativity) indicating that she would achieve success in her chosen field. Parra’s beautiful songs belie her personal pain, and her planetary combination hint at these life themes. The midpoint of VENUS (beauty, love, art) and URANUS (individuality, rebellion, unpredictability) on her NODE speaks of the originality of her music and how it would express solitude. The midpoint of SATURN (challenges, limitations, sorrow) and APOLLON (abundance, missing the obvious) connects to Violeta’s NODE by a 22 and a half degree. Together these speak of eventual loss of connections…and loneliness.

More telling was ADMETUS (condensation, death) on her natal Midheaven (one’s soul). Violeta was unafraid of the dark side of human experience Married twice, with 4 children, Violeta travelled to Europe a few times to promote Chilean folklore music. There on her birthday in 1960, she metSwiss flautist Gilbert Favre, and the two fell in love. Though short lived
(NODE=VENUS/URANUS), their affair touched Violeta deeply. To commemorate Favre’s departure, she wrote Run Run Se Fué Pal Norte (“Run Run” He Headed North).

It would be Gracias a La Vida (I thank Life), her ode to the simplest gems of daily existence that would bring Violeta’s music to the USA. Released just 3 years before her death, Gracias a La Vida caught the attention of Joan Baez, who loved it and introduced it to American audiences.

On February 5, 1967, just shy of her 50th birthday, impoverished and alone in a tent outside Santiago, Violeta ended her heartache with a bullet in her head. That day MARS (rash, impulsive aggression) was on the midpoint of her natal URANUS (sudden surprises) and PLUTO (transformation). SATURN (sorrow) was 29 minutes from exactitude of the midpoint of her natal HADES (poverty, unfortunate incidents) and 0 ARIES (the world at large).

Astrologically the planetary weather was very dark that day. Regrettably it connected strongly with Violeta’s chart. She would have needed a legion of archangels to resist her dark fears. SATURN was also on the midpoint of the positon of the SUN that day and the planetary formula VENUS (love)+NEPTUNE (longing)-URANUS (impulsiveness), which stands for “suicide out of desperation for love.”

The pain of losing that angel is only partly made up for by the exquisite legacy of Violeta’s songs. Feliz Centenario! Happy 100th!

VioletaParra chart

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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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