©12-27-2013 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
Back in 1969, when I was teaching my first astrology classes in the East Village of New York City, one of my students was a ballerina. She brought a chart to class for me to comment on—the chart of her ballet troupe leader, Eliot Feld.
I was astonished to discover that he was my astrotwin, since I yearned to dance as a child but am so clumsy that I can’t dance a step without tripping over myself. We were both born on July 5, 1942. I’ve gotten vicarious pleasure out of following his career over the years, as he’s become an international celebrity in his field.
This summer I was rather worried about my future, as it will unfold during a rather long segment of the transiting Pluto-Uranus square. Transiting Pluto will be opposite my Sun and squaring my Moon and Midheaven, while transiting Uranus will cross over my Moon and Midheaven while squaring my Sun .
Since he was born considerably earlier than I was that day, the Sun and Moon are also in earlier degrees. I decided to look him up on the internet to see how he’s doing physically and how his career is going. Turns out he’s doing quite well on both counts! That was reassuring.
You’ll learn about our charts plus how to find your own famous astrotwins below.
My birth data is July 5, 1942 at 7:40 AM CWT in Onawa, Iowa, from the birth certificate. His AstroDataBank profile gives his birth information as Feld, Eliot, July 5th, 1942, Brooklyn, NY, just past Midnight, info given to one of his ballerinas by him. Although that sounds like a rounded-off time, it’s the same one I was given in 1969. Download the two charts here: Eliot Feld and Donna Cunningham Charts. (To make them larger, click on one chart, pull on the corner until it’s large enough to read. Then pull on the other chart’s corners.)
His chart makes sense for a dancer, as it has Pisces Rising and Neptune opposite the Ascendant in the 6th, the house of work. The Moon in Aries in the 1st trining Mars and Pluto in Leo in the 5th would make him a charismatic performer.
By contrast, I have Mars and Pluto conjunct the Ascendant in Leo, a signature of my lifelong focus on psychology and healing. I am also poorly coordinated and prone to sprained ankles and bad falls. My Mars and Pluto are conjunct Chiron in the first, and he has one quintile I do not have, between the Aires Moon and Gemini Mercury, a combination which should be good for coordinated movement.
Otherwise, we both have a quintile between the Sun and Neptune and one between Mars and Uranus. We are obviously making very different uses of Neptune and Uranus! We both have a stellium in Gemini. Mine is in the 11th, and his is split between the 2nd and 3rd.
Apart from the differences between our lives, there are also some striking parallels.
|Eliot Feld—Ballet Company Founder and Choreographer||Donna Cunningham—Astrologer and Author|
|At age 16, he had his first Broadway role as a dancer in West Side Story.||At 16, I began my writing career with poetry. Really bad poetry.|
|He was born in New York City and is a life-long resident.||Moved to New York at 25 for grad school and lived there until age 50.|
|Internationally known choreographer, performed by companies world-wide.||Internationally known speaker and author of books translated into many languages.|
|Listed in several Who’s Who editions.||Listed in several Who’s Who editions.|
|Established a tuition-free dance school for kids in the NYC public schools.||Social work jobs for 20 years; advice columnist for 19 years.|
|Choreographed his 117th ballet in 2012 to critical acclaim.||Began my 17th book in 2012, released in November, 2013.|
|At age 71, fit and looking fabulous!||Not so much.|
Date Twins—and How to Find Yours
Would you like to know if anyone famous was born the same day, month, and year you were? One simple way is to go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main Page and type in your date of birth like this: “born July 5 1942 “. You may be surprised to see who’s listed.
Update: Almost everyone who answered had a variety of sports figures born on their date, but few Readers could relate to them. We finally decided that there are many thousands of players of dozens of sports in any given year. For some reason, their birth dates are out there, probably so we can check and see how much longer they’ll be playing until they’re “too old” for the team.
You could also Google your birth date. Besides some of your astrotwins, you might also find out some interesting things that happened that day.
One thing I discovered by Googling my date of birth was that July 5, 1942 was a crucial day in the life of Anne Frank, whose family went into hiding because of Nazi persecution of Jews. Her work, The Diary of Anne Frank, has been read by millions. On July 5, 1942, Anne’s sister received a call-up paper saying she had to go to work for the Nazis. The Frank family left for their hiding place early the next day, without telling anyone. She was 15 when the family was found and sent to the camps, where she died.
Along with Eliot Feld and some “notables” I’d never heard of, I found out that there was an Italian Archbishop born the same date I was. Thank God for the road not taken! I guess I know when my Jupiter is outclassed!
More Paces to Find Your AstroTwins and Read about their Lives:
- Google their website.
- Famous People – Biography.com.
- Biographies of Presidents, Athletes, Artists, & more | Infoplease.com
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Readers, do you know about your famous astrotwins–or did you find any by doing the things listed above? Or do you know about any sets of astrotwins among famous people? Let us hear about your findings in the comment section.