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Saturn in the 4th House

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“Saturn here usually brings heavy responsibilities with the parents and the family. For instance, you may have to care for your parents in their old age…One of your parents may have been very stern with you when you were young and consequently you have a rather suspicious or even fearful aspect in your inner nature. You feel you have had a hard childhood. Whether this is true or not, this is the way you see it…Liza Minnelli and Bette Middler both had a difficult youth with Saturn in the fourth house. Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor are also on this list.” – Robert Pollini, Astrologer


After hearing the marching bands during Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, that night I watched Drumline with Nick Cannon on DVD. It’s the story about a young Harlem drummer with a college marching band scholarship. He’s a gifted natural drummer, with the attitude to match, but he can’t read music. Orlando Jones (in a more serious role) is the Band Director, Dr. Lee, who insists on nothing less than dedicated musicianship. This is a lively movie with lots of exciting marching band action a la the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) marching band style, and I’ve enjoyed watching this DVD many times.

While I’ve often told other people that I did not come from a musical family, watching Drumline Thanksgiving night reminded me that I had TWO first cousins (sisters) that played in their high school marching band. One played flute, and the other played clarinet. Even though they haven’t played since high school (they’re 10+ years older than I), that still counts as musical family members. And their youngest sister also sings in the choir.

Then I recalled that two other aunts played organ for their church in some capacity, and I was definitely pushed to go in that direction myself (However, I was allergic to practicing piano).

So while it seems like I’ve enjoyed the idea of being the only musical person in my family, it seems that I’ve rewritten history, haven’t I?