Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The World Loses Its Voice: Don LaFontaine, 1940-2008

The Voice Of A Generation... literally... has passed from our midst.

Don LaFontaine, ubiquitous voice-over artist, has died. His voice is so widespread that it has worked its way into our culture, becoming a cliche.

He was born August 26, 1940 (time unknown) in Duluth, Minnesota. I'd love to see a time of birth for him. Even without that, one thing does stand out. His Mercury... natural ruler of the voice and speech... was in dramatic Leo, fed by a tight square from Uranus in Taurus (the sign of the Singer, as astrologer Steven Forrest calls it). That, combined with the ego and drive of the Sun and Mars conjunct in modest Virgo, made him one of the strangest creatures in our modern world: the anonymous superstar.

This also brings to mind another subject that has been on my mind for some time: an obscure statistical "anomaly" that astrologers would do well to keep in mind.

All else being equal, a person is slightly more statistically likely to die within the month before or after their birthday. And this is, as you may expect, not necessarily fed by drunken accidents after the birthday party, or suicides at the thought of turning X number of years old. It just works out that way.

Or so one might think, if one didn't think that the Sun in a birth chart represents the Spark Of Life in a person, and by returning to its origin point in the chart, it passes through its own Twelfth and First Houses.

Which is perhaps why we now live... In A World Without Its Voice.



1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thats very sad hes the guy who did the insurance commercial as well.sixty seven is too young,I wonder what caused his demise ? .