Mr. Rockwell was born in 1894 on this day: 3 February. Google is celebrating his birthday and I’m glad they’re doing so. Although I’m familiar with his name and have seen one of two of his paintings, I haven’t really gone out of my way to explore his work. Well, I did today and I loved what I saw. There is no doubting his technical expertise. But his work is more than just expertly executed, it’s evocative. It evokes simpler times when life was less complicated and, perhaps, people were good. But it’s not just nostalgia for a romanticized past that make his work so gripping. It’s the wit. I’ve been looking at his paintings and you know what? They’re witty. Whether it’s the mother with a book on child psychology with her beloved little hellion about to spanked; or the two black children with a pet cat looking curiously at their equally curious new neighbors, white children with a pet dog; his work is more than just pretty pictures. It’s also a social commentary on the human condition.
I looked at his chart. It is the chart of a social communicator as his Sun and Mercury in Aquarius in the third house show us. Mercury rules his tenth house and Sun rules the ninth. His Venus is exalted in Pisces and its square to Neptune does make him a wistful dreamer. Was life really this simple way back in the past? Is life ever simple? Perhaps, he wished it was and with his Mars in fiery Sagittarius, he painted or drew what he longed for. (Neptune, the ruler of his IC, is conjunct Pluto. Now what did happen in his home when he was growing up?)
His chart has more trines than it does squares, but the squares are there, allowing him to channel his inherent talent into work that created magic. He captured USA with his vision. Hardly surprising that. His Capricorn Moon trining his sixth house Taurus Jupiter expressed itself in images that glow with the love of the common people, of home, of family, of simple, ordinary things that come together to make simple, ordinary but happy lives. Not only would the country’s Cancerian soul resonate with that, but with his Sun and Mercury conjunct USA’s IC*, his work really spoke to the souls and hearts of his countrymen. And still does.
*I use the Scorpio rising chart for USA: http://www.neptunecafe.com/ScorpioRising.html