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Earthlore Explorations - Lore of Astrology - Leo Title

Who praises all his kindred do?
Expects his friends to praise them too—
And cannot see their senseless view?
Ah, Leo!

An Earthlore Introductory Study Element
Featuring Astrologer: Laura Laurance
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Sun in Leo

July 23
August 22

     If you were born close to the beginning or end of Leo, say within 2 days of the first or last day, this is referred to as being born on 'The Cusp'.  People born on a cusp tend to possess traits of two Sun signs which overlap, blend and often merge.  If you were born within a cusp period you will very likely find it interesting and beneficial to read about both Leo and its neighbor nearest to your birthday.

     Individuals born on the first or last day of Sun sign Leo will occasionally find their birthday placed within Cancer or Virgo.  The shift in cusp dates is due to the alternating progression of the Sun from sign to sign.  While the difference in Sun sign dating is often a matter of hours, the varyance can extend as much as a full day.  Having a reliable Natal chart cast will reveal precisely where the Sun was at the time you were born.  For the present, the dates below will help to determine which Study Elements are relevent to your birth date.

20 July - 24 July:
Cancer & Leo
20 Aug - 24 Aug:
Leo & Virgo

Read the brief introduction below to learn more about Sun sign cusps.

Foundation Stone of Learning: Introduction to Cusps

Ruling Planet

Earthlore Explorations Astrology Leo: The Sun
The Sun

     "The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one's appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship."
  —Amelia Earhart,   Born July 24, 1897




Leo Element: Fire

The Lion


Gold, Orange



Earthlore Explorations Astrology Leo: Italy

France, Italy,
Peru, Rumania

Chicago, Los Angeles,
Philadelphia, Prague, Rome

     "Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.  It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity."
  —Carl Jung,   Born July 26, 1875

Earthlore Explorations Astrology Leo: Lion Portrait

All Varieties
of Cats

Sunflower, Marigold

Saffron, Rosemary,

Body area:
Heart, Back, Spine


Expressive, Creative,

Renowned Leo
Earthlore Astrology - Renowned Leo: Jacqueline Kennedy
     "I have been through a lot and have suffered a great deal.  But I have had lots of happy moments, as well.  Every moment one lives is different from the other.  The good, the bad, hardship, the joy, the tragedy, love, and happiness are all interwoven into one single, indescribable whole that is called life.  You cannot separate the good from the bad.  And perhaps there is no need to do so."
  —Jacqueline Kennedy,   Born July 28, 1929

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     There's little to do
        but I did before,
     There's little to learn
        but the things I know;
     And this is the sum
        of a lasting lore:
     Scratch a lover,
        and find a foe.

     And couldn't it be
        I was young and mad
     If ever my heart
        on my sleeve I wore?
     There's many to claw
        at a heart unclad,
     And little the wonder
        it ripped and tore.

      —Dorothy Parker,   Born August 22, 1893

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    Sun Sign
    Study Elements

    First sign
    March 21 - April 20
    Symbol: Ram

    Second sign
    April 21 - May 21
    Symbol: Bull

    Third sign
    May 22 - June 21
    Symbol: Twins

    Fourth sign
    June 22 - July 22
    Symbol: Crab

    Sixth sign
    Aug 23 - Sept 22
    Symbol: Maiden

    Seventh sign
    Sept 23 - Oct 23
    Symbol: Scales

    Eighth sign
    Oct 24 - Nov 22
    Symbol: Scorpion

    Ninth sign
    Nov 23 - Dec 21
    Symbol: Archer

    Tenth sign
    Dec 22 - Jan 20
    Symbol: Sea goat

    Eleventh sign
    Jan 21 - Feb 19
    Water bearer

    Twelfth sign
    Feb 20 - March 20
    Symbol: Fish pair

    Renowned Leo
    Earthlore Astrology - Renowned Leo: Barack Obama
       "To all those who have wondered if America's beacon still burns as bright: Tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals."
      —Barack Obama,   Born August 4, 1961

    Read the first Historic Overview of Astrology and learn about the Early Concepts of Heavenly Influence.

    Earthlore Lore of Astrology Historic Overview

         "Our grave astronomers are no longer astrologers, but they still call certain constellations by the names given them in Babylonia. Every time we look at our watches we are reminded of the ancient mathematicians who counted on their fingers and multiplied 10 by 6, to give us minutes and seconds, and divided the day and the night into twelve hours by multiplying six by the two leaden feet of Time. The past lives in the present."
      —Donald A. Mackenzie,
      Myths of Babylonia and Assyria, 1915

    "I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live.  Life is no brief candle for me.  It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."     —George Bernard Shaw,  born July 26, 1856

    An Overview of Sun Sign Characteristics for Leo

    Leo   The ruler of Leo is the Sun.  The glyph is generally thought to represent the tail of the lion.  In ancient Dionysian mysteries it was considered to be a phallus.  It can also symbolize the heat or creative energy of the Sun.  On entering the sign Leo, the Sun is said to exemplify cosmic splendor. Earthlore Leo: San Marino Stamp The meaning attached to this seems to be that both the good and bad characteristics associated with Leo are perpetual.  Through the ages, Leo has signified the coming of the high growing season and thus reflects the abundant generosity of life.  In this aspect Leo is seen as the ordained provider.  A role which many astrological lions would take on quite willingly.

    The Leo is a dominant, spontaneous, creative and extroverted character.  They possess grace, dignity and an expansive personality.  The lion is king of the animal kingdom, and an appropriate symbol for Leo who tends to dominate his environment.  Ambitious, courageous, strong willed, positive, independent, self-confident are all words that describe Leo traits.

                              How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
                              To rust unburnish'd, not to shine in use!
                              Though much is taken, much abides; and though
                              We are not now that strength which in old days
                              Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are —
                              One equal temper of heroic hearts,
                              Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
                              To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
                                         From: Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson,  born August 6, 1809

    Sun Sign Personality Traits for Leo

    Leos were born to lead and are most effective when in a position of command.  Leos are straightforward, uncomplicated individuals who know what they want and pursue it with enthusiasm and a creative spirit.  Leos possess a strong positive nature and don't shrink from adverse circumstances.  They are not easily daunted, and will persist through the most formidable circumstances.

    Earthlore Explorations Lore of Astrology Leo: 15th Century Manuscript Detail 15th Century Manuscript Detail of Leo.

    Leos are proud people, with an idealistic and humane nature.  They are basically outgoing, happy, kind and generous.  Self expressive, intelligent and broad minded, they are philosophically inclined.  They tend to be stubborn, and will hold onto a belief, or stick to a course of action through thick or thin.  They are direct and to the point and lead with their emotions.

    "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."      —Mae West,  born August 17, 1893

    Because of their positive nature, Leos tend to expect the best, and when things don't turn out as they had expected, they react immediately and badly.  Quick tempered, blunt and nasty when they have been affronted, they are deeply hurt by malice or hostility.  Although, they may suffer from short bouts of depression when life doesn't meet their expectations, they bounce back quickly and move on with their normal cheerful and demonstrative nature.  Leo walks forward always, head held proudly and face turned towards the sun.

    The Planet Mercury

    Where is the Planet Mercury in Your Birth Horoscope?

    Of all the planets within our solar system, Mercury is nearest to the Sun.  There is a direct correspondence to this fact in the mapping of an individual's birth chart. With the exception of the Moon, Mercury revolves through the zodiac faster than any other planet; yet its proximity to the Sun insures that its placement will always be near to or on par with the subject's Solar sign.

    It is likely that you will be able to determine where Mercury was at the time of your birth without consulting an astrologer.  By reading the three potential profiles, it is often uncanny how clearly one of them will fit to us.  I thought you would enjoy trying this out for yourself.  You can explore the three positions of Mercury through the following links:
          Mercury in Cancer      Mercury in Leo      Mercury in Virgo

    I am always interested to know what you think and discover.  Feel welcome to write!  Material is currently being developed on the other planets.  If you are interested, we would be pleased to keep you updated on their progress.  Just send me a brief request!    leo@elore

    Earthlore Explorations Lore of Astrology : The constellation of LeoThe constellation of Leo.
    As radiant today as it was in the ancient skies of our ancestors.

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    Vocational Interests Suited to Leo Tendencies

    Leos like to live on a grand scale.  First class is the only way to go and luxury is comfort.  In professional life, they do well in a career where there is room at the top.  In the political arena, they keep going until they reach a powerful position in government.  In business, you can find Leos in the president or chairman's office or on the Board of Directors.

    "If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes.  But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person.  It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects you.  The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit."
          —Bill Clinton,  born August 19, 1946

    Leos always strive for a position of leadership.  They are excellent organizers, managers and leaders. Many of them go into business for themselves.  They are ambitious by nature, and prefer to take charge and delegate.  Leos possess a strong creative and dramatic bend, and you will find many in the theater and film industry.  They become stars of stage or screen, talented musicians, or well known painters.  Whatever they choose, it will usually be in the lime lite, first row, center stage.

    Earthlore Explorations Lore of Astrology : Artistic rendition of the Constellation of Leo Artistic rendition of the Constellation of Leo.
    Illustrated by Johannes Hevelius during the Seventeenth century.

    Insights to a Leo Relationship

    In personal relationships, Leo is open, sincere, genuine, trusting and generous.  Although outgoing, spontaneous, warm-hearted and straight forward, a tragic flaw in Leo is gullibility.  They are too trusting and generous to people they like and love.

    "Sometimes, if you aren't sure about something, you have to just jump off the bridge and grow wings on your way down."      —Danielle Steel,  born August 14, 1947

    Leos are not great judges of character and are inclined to treat those close to them as if they were perfect beings incapable of wrongdoing.  Because no one can possibly live up to this kind of expectation, Leo is often and devastatingly disappointed.  They do recover quickly however, and may have numerous love affairs.  Their love of pleasure and beauty, and their expectation of perfection often drives them from one attractive partner to another.

                                     TO THE MOON
                                         Art thou pale for weariness
                                     Of climbing heaven, and gazing on the earth,
                                         Wandering companionless
                                     Among the stars that have a different birth,—
                                     And ever changing, like a joyless eye
                                     That finds no object worth its constancy?
                                          —Percy Bysshe Shelly,  born August 4, 1792

    Leo, a fire sign, is fill of optimism and enthusiasm, they are outgoing and exuberant individuals who love people and company.  Fiercely loyal to those they love, Leos are also fiercely possessive, but in a manner based upon respect not control.  In all significant relationships, Leo commits and settles in for the long pull.  They expect, from the beginning, that this firm commitment is reflected in equal measure by their partners.  When this trust is breached, Leo is deeply wounded and greatly offended.  Proud and unyielding, Leos love their own freedom and do not put up with restraints of any kind.  They are truly at their finest when the object of their attention shows appreciation of these qualities by reflecting freedom and self respect within their own life.  Like lions in the wild, Leos know instinctively that royal blood flows through their veins.  Recognize and praise this native nobility and your lion will treat you like a King or a Queen, for that is exactly how Leo perceives a mate.

    Discover how compatible you are with others:

    Sun Sign Leo

    "Leo the Lion, is Lion in France, Löwe in Germany, and Leone in Italy.  In Anglo-Norman times it was Leun.  In Greek and Roman myth this was respectively Λέωυ and Leo, representing the Nemean Lion with his slayer Hercules, the poet's Nemeaeus; Nemaes Alumnus; Nemees Terror and Nemeaeum Monstrum.  But the Romans commonly know it as Leo, Ovid writing Herculeus Leo and Vilentus Leo.

    The Egyptian king Necepsos, and his philosopher Petosiris, taught that at the Creation the sun rose near Denebola; and hence Leo was Domicilium Solis, the emblem of fire and heat, and, in astrology, the House of the Sun, governing the human heart and reigning in modern days over Bohemia, France, Italy, and the cities of Bath and Bristol in England and the American Philadelphia.  In ancient times Manilius wrote of it as ruling over Armenia, Bithynia, Cappadocia, Macedon and Phrygia.  It was a fortunate sign, with red and green as its colors; and, according to Ampelius, was in charge of the wind."

    —Richard Hinckley Allen; Star-Names and Their Meanings, 1899

    The Lore of Leo in Mythology

    Mythology is closely interwoven with Astrology.  Despite all that we do not know about the origins of either lore it is certain that starwatching began with passion on humanity's first night beneath the open sky.  Somewhere in time, shapes were perceived, figures imagined, names given and stories were told about the densely populated tapestry of the heavens.  All elder cultures throughout the world developed tales of the constellations which over time were imbued with meaning to explain various phenomena of our existence within the cosmos.

    Mythology in general is far more than a collection of "make believe" fantasies created by primitive societies to explain away what they could not understand.  The role of Myth in a society was to set the abstract complexities of Nature within a context of story that the human mind could comprehend.  Wondering long on what keeps the world from falling through space or whether the dawn will follow night is a costly distraction when there is hunting to do and crops to tend.  Story sets cosmic ideas in a scale we can relate to, human scale, which establishes a sense of accord and instills a faith that all is well with the universe.

    Earthlore Explorations Lore of Astrology Leo - Egyptian Lion Goddess Sekhmet

    Astrology and Mythology serve a similar function in this regard.  We benefit from Astrology not so much as a tool of fortune-telling but as a directional guide to understanding who we are individually and what our unique role ought to be in this life.  As Carl Jung stated, Astrology claims only that we each possess the qualities of the year and of the season in which we were born.  To discern just what those qualities are ... is as fascinating to each of us as the night sky.

    Image at right : Egyptian Lion Goddess, Sekhmet.

    To our ancestors, the qualities of the Lion were associated with rulership and divinity.  Wherever this animal was encountered, its characteristics were attributed to gods and goddesses.  For many cultures, the symbol of a lion serves as a guardian.  Lion figures stand fast against darkness and evil intent in the doorways of palaces, temples, and in the rituals of the Chinese New Year.  It is not hard to recognize some of these same attributes in those born under the Sun sign of Leo.

    In Greek mythology, the constellation of Leo is explained through the tale of Hercules and the Nemean lion.  More than a lion, this beast was the sibling of the infamous Sphinx whom Oedipus encounters.  The creature had terrorized the countryside for years and all weapons were useless against it.  Hercules was sent to kill the beast by Hera; as an illegitimate son of Zeus the goddess hated him and hoped for his failure.  Hercules, however, proved successful in defeating the Nemean Lion, literaly wearing his victory by making a cloak and helmut from the creature's hide.  In honor of this great feat, Zeus set the form of the fearsome Lion in the night sky.

    Traditional Cultural Translations of Leo
    Arabic: Asad    Taurus    Anglo-Norman: Leun    Taurus   French: Lion
    German: Löwe    Taurus   Greek: Nemeaeus    Taurus   Hebrew: Aryē
    Hindu: Asleha    Taurus     Italian: Leone    Taurus     Persian: Shīr 
    Portuguese: Leão    Taurus     Spanish: Leo    Taurus    Turkish: Artān

    "Love of power and command are the prevailing characteristics of Leo people; they live in a world of their own creation, and nothing seems too great for their ideality.  Being full of faith they accomplish and achieve by persistent determination; to them their will is law.  When developed they carry with them the most harmonious vibrations of the twelve signs, and have the power to soothe and heal.  This sign prompts the higher emotions and gives love of honesty and a higher morality.  Their passional nature is keen and ardent, all the feelings coming direct from the heart."

    —Alan Leo,  born August 7, 1860

    Renowned Leos: **** **** and Napoleon Bonaparte

    John Dryden (August 19, 1631)
       English Poet, Playwright, Classical Translator; Marriage A-la-Mode, All for Love, Annus Mirabilis, The Works of Virgil
    Ueda Akinari (July 25, 1734)
       Japanese Author, Poet; Ugetsu monogatari - Tales of Moonlight and Rain, Harusame monogatari - Tales of Spring Rain
    Napoleon Bonaparte (August 15, 1769)
       French General, First Consul, Emperor of the French, King of Italy, Protector of the Confederation of the Rhine
    Simón Bolívar (July 24, 1783)
       Spanish/American Revolutionary Liberator, President of Gran Colombia, President of Peru, President of Bolivia
    Percy Bysshe Shelly (August 4, 1792)
       English Romantic Poet; Ozymandias, Adonaïs, Ode to the West Wind, To a Skylark, Prometheus Unbound
    Alexandre Dumas (July 24, 1802)
       French Novelist; The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, Queen Margot, Twenty Years After
    Alexis de Tocqueville (July 29, 1805)
       French Historian, Political Philosopher; Journey to America, Democracy in America, The Old Regime and the Revolution
    Lord Alfred Tennyson (August 6, 1809)
       English Poet Laureate; The Lotos-Eaters, The Passing of Arthur, Ulysses, Tithonus, The Idylls of the King
    Emily Brontë (July 30, 1818)
       English Poet, Novelist; Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell, Wuthering Heights
    Herman Melville (August 1, 1819)
       American Poet, Essayist, Short Story Writer, Novelist; Moby-Dick, Enchanted Isles, Foretopman Billy Budd
    Helena Blavatsky (August 12, 1831)
       Russian Mystic, Author, Founder of Theosophy; Isis Unveiled, The Secret Doctrine, The Key to Theosophy
    Giosuè Carducci (July 27, 1835)
       Italian Poet, Literary Critic, Classical Translator, Senator; Inno a Satana - Hymn to Satan, Odi Barbare - Barbarian Odes
    Guy de Maupassant (August 5, 1850)
       French Poet, Short Story Writer, Novelist; Boule de Suif, Mademoiselle Fifi, Bel-Ami, Deux Amis, Pierre et Jean
    George Bernard Shaw (July 26, 1856)
       Irish Literary Critic, Playwright; Passion Play, Candida, You Never Can Tell, The Devil's Disciple, Pygmalion
    Alan Leo (August 7, 1860)
       English Astrologer, Author, Publisher; Largely responsible for a revival of Astrology in the modern era
    Henry Ford (July 30, 1863)
       American Inventor, Automotive Pioneer, Billionaire, Philanthropist
    Beatrix Potter (July 28, 1866)
       English, Author, Illustrator; The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin
    Edith Hamilton (August 12, 1867)
       German/American Classicist, Author; The Greek Way, The Roman Way, Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes
    Orville Wright (August 19, 1871)
       American Publisher, Inventor, Pioneer of Aviation, Entrepreneur
    Carl G. Jung (July 26, 1875)
       Swiss Psychiatrist, Founder of Analytical Psychology
    George Llewellyn (August 17, 1876)
       Welsh/American Astrologer, Author, Publisher; The A to Z Horoscope Delineator, Practical Astrology for Everyone
    Lord Dunsany (July 24, 1878)
       English/Irish Essayist, Playwright, Poet, Short Story Writer, Novelist; A Dreamer's Tales, The Book of Wonder
    Cecil B. DeMille (August 12, 1881)
       American Film Director; Union Pacific, Samson and Delilah, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Ten Commandments
    Benito Mussolini (July 29, 1883)
       Prime Minister of Italy, Leader of the National Fascist Party
    Rómulo Gallegos (August 2, 1884)
       Venezuelan Novelist, Forty-sixth President; La trepadora, Doña Bárbara, Canaima, Sobre la misma tierra
    Conrad Aiken (August 5, 1889)
       American Poet, Short Story Writer, Novelist; Earth Triumphant, The Charnel Rose, Silent Snow, Secret Snow, Music I Heard
    Mae West (August 17, 1893)
       American Actress, Screenwriter, Sex Symbol; Diamond Lil, She Done Him Wrong, I'm No Angel, My Little Chickadee
    Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893)
       American Poet, Critic, Screenwriter; Enough Rope, Death and Taxes, Laments for the Living, A Star is Born, The Fan
    Robert Graves (July 24, 1895)
       English Poet, Classical Translator, Novelist; Fairies and Fusiliers, I, Claudius, Good-bye to All That, The White Goddess
    Amelia Earhart (July 24, 1898)
       American Aviation Pioneer, Author; 20 Hrs., 40 Min., The Fun of It, Last Flight
    Alfred Hitchcock (August 13, 1899)
       English Film Director, Producer; The 39 Steps, Rebecca, Notorious, Rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho
    Count Basie (August 21, 1904)
       American Jazz Musician Bandleader, Composer; One O'Clock Jump, Boogie Woogie, Pennies from Heaven, Honeysuckle Rose
    Deng Xiaoping  鄧小平 (August 22, 1904)
       Chinese Revolutionary Reformer, General Secretary of the Communist Party
    Clara Bow (July 29, 1905)
       American Actress, Sex Symbol, The It Girl; The Plastic Age, Mantrap, It, Wings, The Wild Party, Call Her Savage
    Myrna Loy (August 2, 1905)
       American Actress; Vanity Fair, The Thin Man, The Rains Came, Love Crazy, The Best Years of Our Lives
    John Huston (August 5, 1906)
       American Actor, Director; The Maltese Falcon, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Key Largo, The African Queen, The Misfits
    Lucille Ball (August 6, 1911)
       American Comedienne, Stage, Radio, Film & Televsion Actress; Too Many Girls, Ziegfeld Follies, Fancy Pants, I Love Lucy
    Robert Mitchum (August 6, 1917)
       American Actor; Out of the Past, The Red Pony, The Big Steal, The Night of the Hunter, Cape Fear, Farewell, My Lovely
    John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1917)
       American Blues Musician, Singer, Songwriter; Hobo Blues, Crawling King Snake, I'm In the Mood, Dimples
    Ray Bradbury (August 22, 1920)
       American Fantasy & Science Fiction Novelist; The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Fahrenheit 451
    Alex Haley (August 11, 1921)
       American Author; Roots: The Saga of an American Family, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
    Gene Roddenberry (August 19, 1921)
       American Screenwriter, Television and Film Producer, Creator of Star Trek
    Jason Robards (July 26, 1922)
       American Actor; The Iceman Cometh, Long Day's Journey Into Night, All the President's Men, Julia, Melvin and Howard
    James Baldwin (August 2, 1924)
       American Poet, Essayist, Playwright, Novelist, Civil Rights Proponent; Go Tell It on the Mountain, Notes of a Native Son
    Tony Bennett (August 3, 1926)
       American Jazz & Standard Vocalist; Because of You, Rags to Riches, I Left My Heart in San Francisco, The Good Life
    Sydney Omarr (August 5, 1926)
       American Astrologer, Columnist, Author; My World of Astrology, Answer in the Sky, Omarr's Day-By-Day Astrological Guide
    Fidel Castro (August 13, 1926)
       Cuban Revolutionary, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, First President of Cuba
    Robert Shaw (August 9, 1927)
       Irish Novelist, Actor; From Russia with Love, A Man for All Seasons, The Sting, The Taking of Pelham 123, Jaws, The Deep
    Stanley Kubrick (July 26, 1928)
       American Screenwriter, Director; Paths of Glory, Spartacus, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange
    Andy Warhol (August 6, 1928)
       American Illustrator, Pop Artist, Filmmaker, Music Producer, Author
    Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (July 28, 1929)
       First Lady to the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, Literary Editor
    Neil Armstrong (August 5, 1930)
       American Astronaut, First Man to Walk on the Moon
    George Soros (August 12, 1930)
       Hungarian/American Financial Speculator, Investor, Author; The Alchemy of Finance
    Peter O'Toole (August 2, 1933)
       Irish Actor; Lawrence of Arabia, Becket, The Lion in Winter, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, The Last Emperor, Venus
    Roman Polanski (August 18, 1933)
       Polish/French Actor, Screenwriter, Director; Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, Tess, Death and the Maiden, The Pianist
    H. Norman Schwarzkopf (August 22, 1934)
       United States Army General, Commander of the Coalition Forces in the 1991 Gulf War
    Yves Saint Laurent (August 1, 1936)
       Algerian/French Fashion Designer
    Robert Redford (August 18, 1936)
       American Actor, Director, Producer; Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, All the President's Men, Ordinary People
    Dustin Hoffman (8 August 1937)
       American Actor; The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy, Papillon, All the President's Men, Marathon Man, Rain Man, Runaway Jury
    Peter Jennings (July 29, 1938)
       Canadian/American Journalist, News Anchor of ABC's World News Tonight
    Martin Sheen (August 3, 1940)
       American Actor; Badlands, Apocalypse Now, Da, Gettysburg, The West Wing, The Departed, Bobby
    Martha Stewart (August 3, 1941)
       American Entrepreneur, Author, Television Host, Magazine Publisher
    Jerry Garcia (August 1, 1942)
       American Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist & Vocalist for The Grateful Dead; Truckin', Sugar Magnolia, Good Lovin'
    Giancarlo Giannini (August 1, 1942)
       Italian Actor; Swept Away, The Seduction of Mimi, Seven Beauties, A Walk in the Clouds, Hannibal, Casino Royale
    Isabel Allende (August 2, 1942)
       Chilean/American Novelist; The House of Spirits, Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, Paula, City of the Beasts
    Isaac Hayes (August 20, 1942)
       American Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Actor; Shaft, Never Can Say Goodbye, Soul Man, South Park, Hustle & Flow
    Mick Jagger (July 26, 1943)
       English Singer, Songwriter, Vocalist for The Rolling Stones; The Last Time, Honky Tonk Women, Miss You, Start Me Up
    Ronnie Spector (August 10, 1943)
       American Musician, Vocalist, Lead Singer of The Ronettes; Be My Baby, Baby I Love You, Walking in the Rain
    Robert De Niro (August 17, 1943)
       American Actor, Director, Producer; The Godfather, Part II, Taxi Driver, Deer Hunter, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Casino, Heat
    Helen Mirren (July 26, 1945)
       English Actress; Excalibur, White Nights, Gosford Park, Prime Suspect, Elizabeth I, The Queen
    Steve Martin (August 14, 1945)
       American Comedian, Actor, Producer; Pennies from Heaven, The Lonely Guy, Roxanne, Leap of Faith, The Pink Panther
    Ian Gillan (August 19, 1945)
       English Rock Vocalist, Songwriter, Lead Singer for Deep Purple, Lead Vocalist in Jesus Christ Superstar
    Bill Clinton (August 19, 1946)
       Forty-second President of the United States
    Arnold Schwarzenegger (July 30, 1947)
       Austrian/American Bobybuilder, Actor, Governor of California; Conan the Barbarian, The Terminator, Predator, True Lies
    Ian Anderson (August 10, 1947)
       Scottish Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Front Man for Jethro Tull; Living in the Past, Locomotive Breath, Bungle in the Jungle
    Danielle Steel (August 14, 1947)
       American Romance Novelist; The Ring, Remembrance, No Greater Love, Zoya, Jewels, Daddy, Now and Forever
    Jean Reno (July 30, 1948)
       French Actor; Le Grand Bleu, Nikita, Léon (The Professional), French Kiss, Godzilla, The Da Vinci Code, Flyboys
    Robert Plant (August, 20 1948)
       English Vocalist, Songwriter, Lead Singer for Led Zeppelin, The Honeydrippers & Strange Sensation; Stairway to Heaven
    Mark Knopfler (August, 12 1949)
       English Musician, Vocalist, Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer for Dire Straits & The Notting Hillbillies; Sultans of Swing
    Dan Fogelberg (August 13, 1951)
       American Musician, Vocalist, Songwriter; Part of the Plan, Power of Gold, Longer, Same Old Lang Syne, Leader of the Band
    Patrick Swayze (August 18, 1952)
       American Actor, Dancer, Singer, Songwriter; The Outsiders, Dirty Dancing, She's Like the Wind, Ghost, Point Break
    James Cameron (August 16, 1954)
       American Screenwriter, Director, Producer; The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Titanic
    Billy Bob Thornton (August 4, 1955)
       American Actor, Screenwriter, Playwright; Sling Blade, Primary Colors, The Gift, Armageddon, Monster's Ball, The Alamo
    Melanie Griffith (August 9, 1957)
       American Actress; Night Moves, Body Double, Something Wild, Working Girl, Born Yesterday, Crazy in Alabama
    Kate Bush (July 30, 1958)
       English Musician, Vocalist, Songwriter; Wuthering Heights, Strange Phenomena, Running Up That Hill, Hounds of Love
    Angela Bassett (August 16, 1958)
       American Actress; City of Hope, Malcolm X, What's Love Got to Do with It, Waiting to Exhale, Akeelah and the Bee
    Madonna (August 16, 1958)
       American Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Author; Like a Virgin, Live to Tell, La Isla Bonita, Who's That Girl, Dick Tracy, Evita
    Kevin Spacey (July 26, 1959)
       American Actor, Director; Glengarry Glen Ross, Se7en, The Usual Suspects, L.A. Confidential, American Beauty, Recount
    David Duchovny (August 7, 1960)
       American Actor; Red Shoe Diaries, Kalifornia, The X-Files, Things We Lost in the Fire, Californication
    Antonio Banderas (August 10, 1960)
       American Actor; The Mambo Kings, Philadelphia, Desperado, Assassins, Evita, The Mask of Zorro, Crazy in Alabama
    Timothy Hutton (August 16, 1960)
       American Actor; Ordinary People, Taps, The Falcon and the Snowman, Q&A, The General's Daughter, Leverage
    Sean Penn (August 17, 1960)
       American Actor, Director; Taps, The Falcon and the Snowman, State of Grace, Carlito's Way, Mystic River, Milk
    Woody Harrelson (July 23, 1961)
       American Actor; Cheeers, Natural Born Killers, The People vs. Larry Flynt, The Walker, Battle in Seattle, Transsiberian
    Barack Obama (August 4, 1961)
       Forty-fourth President of the United States
    David Howell Evans; The Edge  (August 8, 1961)
       Irish Musician, Songwriter, Guitarist for U2;  Sunday Bloody Sunday, Bullet the Blue Sky, Numb, Stuck in a Moment
    Wesley Snipes (July 31, 1962)
       American Actor, Martial Artist.; New Jack City, Passenger 57, Rising Sun, The Fan, Murder at 1600, Blade, U.S. Marshals
    Steve Carell (August 16, 1962)
       American Comedian, Actor, Writer; The Daily Show, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Little Miss Sunshine, The Office, Get Smart
    Isaiah Washington (August 3, 1963)
       American Actor, Philanthropist; Crooklyn, Clockers, Get on the Bus, True Crime, Romeo Must Die, Grey's Anatomy
    Whitney Houston (August 9, 1963)
       American Vocalist, Actress; How Will I Know, So Emotional, I Will Always Love You, The Bodyguard, Waiting to Exhale
    Sandra Bullock (July 26, 1964)
       American/German Actress; Speed, The Net, Hope Floats, Miss Congeniality, Crash, The Lake House, Infamous
    J. K. Rowling (July 31, 1965)
       English Author, Philanthropist; The Harry Potter Series
    Martina McBride (July 29, 1966)
       American Singer, Songwriter; My Baby Loves Me, Independence Day, Safe in the Arms of Love, A Broken Wing, Blessed
    Halle Berry (August 14, 1966)
       American Actress; Boomerang, Losing Isaiah, X-Men, Monster's Ball, Gothika, Things We Lost in the Fire
    Philip Seymour Hoffman (23 July 1967)
       American Actor, Director; Flawless, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Almost Famous, Capote, Charlie Wilson's War, Doubt
    Deion Sanders (August 9, 1967)
       American Champion Football and Baseball Player, Entrepreneur, Television Sports Commentator
    Gillian Anderson (August 9, 1968)
       American Actress; The Mighty, The X-Files, Princess Mononoke, The Last King of Scotland, Masterpiece Theater
    Jennifer Lopez (July 24, 1969)
       American Actress, Singer, Dancer; Selena, The Cell, Monster-in-Law, An Unfinished Life, If  You Had My Love, All I Have
    Edward Norton (August 18, 1969)
       American Actor; Primal Fear, Rounders, American History X, Fight Club, Red Dragon, The Illusionist, Pride and Glory
    Christian Slater (August 18, 1969)
       American Actor; The Name of the Rose, Heathers, True Romance, Very Bad Things, Bobby, My Own Worst Enemy
    Pete Sampras (August 12, 1971)
       American Tennis Champion
    Ben Affleck (August 15, 1972)
       American Actor, Screenwriter, Director; Good Will Hunting, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Hollywoodland, Gone Baby Gone
    Kate Beckinsale (July 26, 1973)
       American Actress; Serendipity, Pearl Harbor, Underworld, Van Helsing, The Aviator, Snow Angels, Winged Creatures
    Hilary Swank (July 30, 1974)
       American Actress; Boys Don't Cry, The Gift, Million Dollar Baby, The Black Dahlia, Freedom Writers, Amelia
    Charlize Theron (August 7, 1975)
       South African/American Actress, Producer; Devil's Advocate, Cider House Rules, Monster, North Country, Battle in Seattle
    Usain Bolt (August 21, 1986)
       Jamaican Olympic Champion Runner

                          ... and though long ages should elapse, and leave our wrongs 
                 unredressed, yet, shipmates and world-mates!  let us never forget, that, 
                 Whoever afflict us, whatever surround, Life is a voyage that's homeward-bound!
                      —Herman Melville,  born August 1, 1819

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    Primary Text : Laura Laurance   —   Theme Editing :  Louise Ogden
    Structural Design & Project Direction :  Rhey Cedron
    Art Direction :  Rhey Cedron   —   Art Production :  Mark Nelson & Ash' Murti
    Artistic Consultant :   Thierry Alberto
    Art Research :  Malcolm Hurrell  —   Support Research :  Walter McCrae
    (Life) Support Production : Henry Craig,  Joan Flandrin, Clara Kelly and
    a Patient Legion of Friends, Family & Angels

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