I haven’t been able to find a birth time but here’s a chart set for midday for the much loved satirist John Clarke. Remember to disregard the house positions and note it is possible his Moon could be in Aries rather than Taurus if he was born earlier ..
What is clear is that he was a classic Sun sign Leo with his warmth, creativity and generosity of spirit being much remarked upon. Also noteworthy is his Venus conjunct Uranus in Gemini symbolizing his creative brilliance, versatility with words as script writer, song writer, book author, actor, director and also his creative partnerships, Gemini being the sign of the twins, and wide ranging social circle. Uranus crosses boundaries of class and social position and it is reported “he would talk to anybody”, delighting in spontaneous convivial conversation at the drop of the proverbial hat.
His Mercury, the planet of mind and communication, is in Cancer the sign of family, heritage, history and lunacy. His famous NZ farmer character Fred Dagg fits the bill nicely.
Finally his Mars conjunct magical mystical Neptune took him bush walking away from civilization to observe, photograph and commune with birds in their natural habitat.
Bruce Dawe on John Clarke
“The thing Dawe said he would miss most was Clarke’s friendship and generosity. “It was the in-between that was important with John, the phone calls, the friendship, the emails — always funny, always giving you a perspective on something that nobody else would give you and that’s probably the biggest thing I’ll miss,” he said.
“If you were sick or something had happened to someone in the family the man would be on the phone three or four times a week to make sure it was all okay and would do anything.
“He was just a generous spirit. He was different to anyone, you couldn’t possibly live up to that standard.”
John Clarke on his University Days
“I think my parents’ generation were definitely aware that my generation had an opportunity that they had not had. At that age, my parents were living in a depression, which followed a war and preceded another one that they were going to have to go and risk their lives in.
Our generation had a glorious opportunity in relative terms, and I think we did understand that. I think we relished it.
I didn’t think of it as being a great opportunity to become a dentist or any of the things that were on the order board, I didn’t think of it in vocational terms, I just thought of it as an exhilarating and genuinely opening experience.
It was just fantastic fun, the social life was terrifically interesting and the creative life was around the social life. It wasn’t as if there was a venue for creative activity.
I was majoring in English and I didn’t need to write anything that came out of my own head or out of my own imagination.
They didn’t really want to know what I thought about any of the things we were reading, they wanted to know how successfully I could remember whatever [literary critic] F.R. Leavis thought, and I found that limiting. Our minds were on fire at that age.
It’s also the age at which in my parents’ generation, were being sent off to something that might be hideous that would certainly change their lives. It’s that age, rather than the particular place that I was in.”