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CAREER AND VOCATION

for Louis Armstrong, born 4 August 1901

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These text extracts are taken from "Career and Vocation" by Liz Greene. Many aspects of the horoscope report are only relevant for the person concerned. Therefore we have decided to limit the publication to those aspects which are of interest to the wider public. You can find unabridged versions of other celebrity horoscope reports on our sample page

Text by Liz Greene
Programming by Alois Treindl


"... Tap the wellsprings of your imagination
Your dreams are more of a reality than what others call reality, and the wellsprings which offer your life meaning are your intuitions of the future and your need to translate the realm of the imagination into creative forms. But you also need a challenge. Bringing that imaginal realm into manifestation requires more, for your fulfilment, than simply the translation of one world into another in a beautiful painting or an exciting novel. You need a crusade, a cause - some imperfection or stasis in the world, against which you can pit your energy and vision..."

"...The best place is at the centre of the stage
As Shakespeare once suggested, all the world is a stage to you, and all the men and women players; and in your working life you will always be happiest playing the protagonist rather than the chorus. You need both an audience and a big stage on which to perform, and you should aim for the limelight; you would not be satisfied with a career that earns you money but does not give you a place in which you can shine. The arts provide a natural sphere in which you can express your creative gifts and gain the recognition you seek..."

"...Mythologising the mundane world
Mundane life holds few attractions for you, unless you can inject it with the grandeur and beauty of myth - and preferably with yourself as one of the leading figures in the drama. You have a powerful need to express yourself and inject your imagination into any work you do. You would find it very difficult to stifle your competitive spirit and your need to be larger-than-life in your style and in what you are contributing to the world. Caught in a work situation where you are no one special, you are likely to slide into depression or begin to create crises in order to feel you are alive. Avoid this kind of trap by seeking a high-profile position, either as the front person for an organisation or department, or independently through creative work. You are prepared to tolerate uncertainty and swings in fortune in your working life, provided you feel your work, and you yourself, are of significance in the grand scheme of things..."

"...Being first and best
You can be highly competitive, and you love the feeling that you have won over others. You feel more alive and vital when you are proving yourself in this way. If you are a physical type of person, the world of sport may attract you; and you certainly have the physical stamina to push hard to achieve your goals, whether or not you engage in actual physical competition. You may express your competitive spirit on the intellectual level as well, or through a creative vehicle where you are competing against other writers, artists, or performers to win the prize or achieve the best critical reviews..."

"...The perennial quest for greener pastures
You have a rich imagination and a restless spirit, and you are more excited by the journey than by the goal. This means that you need constant new challenges and new projects which can stimulate your thinking and expand your world-view. You look forward rather than backward, and are more interested in potentials than in facts. You need work which can give you plenty of freedom to move, intellectually and also physically. You are hungry for nowledge and new places and people, and your work needs to accommodate that hunger. Travel could be an important requirement in your work, specially if you can travel as the representative of a company or organisation; you would love being treated as a VIP and could combine two strong needs in such a position. The theatre and film worlds might also provide the opportunity for this kind of restless discovery of new places, new projects, new contacts, and a chance to shine before the public..."

"...Being different requires an individual path
If you are very fortunate, you may find, or have found, just the right niche for your particular nature and talents. You may have known from an early age that you wanted to succeed in a particular creative field. But if you have not been so fortunate in the past, there is no reason why you cannot pursue your dreams more effectively in the present. Life may each you some serious lessons concerning adaptation to the limits of the material world, and the necessity of times of sheer, boring hard work to achieve a goal. But as long as you are willing to learn those lessons, you can have the kind of working life you most need to feel fulfilled: an environment where you can be an individual and express your personal style and creative ideas; colleagues who are stimulating and challenging, and engage you intellectually and imaginatively; and a chance for a wider public to see and appreciate your gifts..."

"...The need to be yourself dominates all other work requirements
Whatever field you choose to work in, you must be able to utilise your individuality and personal vision to make your way in life. You cannot sell someone else's product, or copy someone else's creative style, or promulgate someone else's ideas. "Job satisfaction", for you, comes from recognition of your specialness, and the knowledge that you have offered what is genuinely and authentically your own, to the best of your ability. You do not want to be ordinary and live an ordinary, safe life. You would rather take a few risks and endure a few hard knocks, and know that you have been loyal to your own soul..."

"...You aren't the only one on stage
Your chief limitation, in terms of your work, arises from your greatest asset: your intuitive understanding of the importance of self-expression, and your instinctive sense of being a special individual with a special destiny. This gives you the courage to offer truly innovative creative ideas and develop an original style; but it may also cause you problems if you forget that others, too, are special and have something of their own to contribute. You need to be careful of the "prima donna" mentality which might lead to condescension toward those whom you perceive as not especially creative, and which could also lead to a hostile and competitive atmosphere if you have to deal with people who are striving for the same limelight you are. Although you need, and deserve, acknowledgement for your unique abilities, you need to be sufficiently sensitive to those around you to avoid inadvertently treading on their toes or dealing with them in an offhand way. Specialness is not mutually exclusive of equality in terms of human value. You may need to learn to recognise the worth of those who do not possess your talents; and you may also need to let them have some room on the stage..."

"...A deep need to connect with the inner world
Although much of your energy and focus is on expressing yourself to the outer world, you are a more introverted person than you might seem or believe yourself to be; and you need a strong commitment to an inner reality to help you avoid being too influenced or inflated by the approval or disapproval of those around you. Your loyalty to your own deepest values must come first, and the applause of the audience only second..."

"...A one-person band
You can be warm and generous, spontaneous and forthcoming with compliments and support when it suits you. Colleagues may be the happy beneficiaries of your genuine interest and encouragement. But essentially you are a one-person band, and your working relationships are less important to you than the expression of your own creative vision. There are both positive and negative dimensions to this. On the plus side, your focus on your own visions and dreams makes you self-sufficient and able to retain loyalty to your individual values regardless of whether or not others approve. Although you enjoy and often seek approval, and bask in the mirror of others' appreciation, you are essentially self-motivated and driven from within to express your particular abilities and talents..."

 

Louis Armstrong
Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection /Wikimedia Commons

Short biography of Louis Armstrong

Birth Date: 4 August 1901
Birth Time: 22:00 (10:00 PM)
Birth Place: New Orleans, LA
Source: Astro-Databank

American jazz trumpeter, a raspy voiced singer and band leader who was known as the great "Satchmo" for Satchelmouth, the size of his mouth. His infectious huge grin made him lovable to people everywhere and he was known for his sense of humor and vivid energy. Armstrong is the most important improviser of jazz of his day with his perfect pitch and immaculate timing and he taught the world to swing. Innovation and excitement marked his style of the music that is distinctly American, born in the black quarters of New Orleans. With a record of top-ten hits in every decade for half a century, Armstrong is memorable for "Hello, Dolly," and "When The Saints go Marchin' In," as well as his classics, "Weather Bird" and "What a Wonderful World." 

Armstrong grew up poor among prostitutes and lowlifes in New Orleans, working from the time he was a kid to help his family. He sang on the street corners in the Old Quarter and taught himself to play the cornet, quickly becoming acquainted with the culture of music that could be heard on every street. His first big breakthrough in music actually came from an arrest at age 11. He was arrested and put in the Home for Colored Waifs for firing a pistol on New Year's Eve. Here he received his first formal instruction in the cornet. He rose from a rough and tumble childhood to become one of the first black men in America who had the courage and clout to say, "I wouldn't play no place I couldn't stay." At age 21, he was the talk of South Side Chicago, playing in his mentor's band, Joe "King" Oliver's Creole Jazz Band. So popular were the trademark two-cornet breaks he and Oliver worked out, that they would perform with handkerchiefs over their hands to hide their fingering from imitators. 

At age 41, his records and movie appearances had made him world famous. He had a rigorous schedule of touring, recording and performing, gradually adding films and TV.

Somehow, Armstrong stayed down to earth, never moving any further into drugs than his daily hits of marijuana, which never seemed to hurt his playing. He was, however, known as a world-class eccentric, his own man, brash and irreverent. His talents as a virtuoso trumpet player and irrepressible stage personality were inseparable, as was his mugging, teeth baring and eye-rolling.

An unabashed sensualist, Armstrong loved pretty women and ate rich food: he married four times. His first marriage was to Daisy Parker, a prostitute, in 1918. Joe Oliver moved to Chicago that year and Louis took his place in the Kid Ory band. He and Daisy separated in 1922. In February 1924, he married Lil Hardin, the pianist in the King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band. He joined the Fletcher Henderson in New York City that September and cut his first recordings with Henderson's orchestra.

On 11/12/1925, Armstrong made his first records as a leader with his own group, "Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five." He and Lil separated in August 1931.

From July to November 1932, Armstrong made his first tour outside of the U.S., traveling to the UK. After European tours the next few years, Joe Glaser became his manager in 1935 and remained so for the rest of Louis's life.

In October 1938, he married Alpha Smith. They were together for a few years before he met and married Lucille Wilson, his fourth and last wife, on 10/12/1942. They were together for 29 years. Lucille was a dancer at the Cotton Club where his band had a running engagement. The following year, they purchased a home in Corona, Queens, where they lived for the rest of their lives. It was his first "real" home and meant to Armstrong that he had a haven and focus to his life.

He died in his sleep on 7/06/1971. Up to the last few days before his death, he was rehearsing for the next performance before his beloved public.

The Queen's College Louis Armstrong Archive, in Flushing, NY, has some 5,000 photographs, 84 scrapbooks and 350 pages of autobiographical writings, as well as 650 reels of audiotape.

(www.astrodatabank.com)

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