Monday, August 24, 2009


It's hardly fair of me to single out just one of the Monty Pythons, when as a group they comprised nothing short of comedy genius, but it'd take pages and hours to investigate them all, so I've picked my favourite, the one who always made me laugh most often.

Let's see where Eric Idle's astrological funny-bone lies. He co-wrote many Monty Python sketches as well as acting in them, and since the group split up he has gone on to write and perform in all manner of comedy projects.
Details at Wikipedia.

Born on 29 March 1943 in South Shields, UK at 1:20 pm (Astrodatabank)

I'm not looking to interpret the whole chart here, just to pinpoint any factors which may relate to his talent for comedy.

A strong impulsive and spontaneous streak is always helpful in comedy and it comes here via Aries Sun conjunct Mercury - quick responses are what comic timing is all about. Even better, Sun/Mercury in Aries is closely sextile Uranus/Saturn in Gemini -this is a harmonious link to Uranus, the inventive planet of the unexpected, and here it's blended with Saturn, the more old-fashioned, rigid, but business oriented planet, which has probably, over the years been instrumental in keeping Eric's talent harnessed from going right over the edge. In the absence of this Saturn placement, who knows where his impulsive zanyness might have led - possibly not to the almost universal admiration, wealth and fame he now enjoys.

Neptune in Libra is in trine to Uranus in Gemini - this is a harmony between inventive Uranus and creative Neptune that all in Eric Idle's age group will share, but in his case, being linked via the sextile Uranus/Sun, it becomes far more effective in his nature.

Eric's Leo ascendant is no surprise - he's equally talented as performer and writer, a definite plus. Many writers need solitude and withdrawal - not Eric!

He loves to sing too, but only funny songs: "Galaxy Song" and "Always Look On the Bright side of Life" for instance. Venus, planet of the arts including music, lies in its own sign, Taurus and is tightly linked by semi-sextile on one side to Sun/Mercury and on the other to Uranus/Saturn, bringing the melodic gifts of Venus into play.

Here's a video compiled by another fan of Eric Idle, featuring a string of very brief clips from some of his best Monty Python work.


Wisewebwoman said...

One of my faves, T.
We often sing "The bright side of death" to each other!!!
Can't see the 'Tube but will when I'm back in Highspeed Heaven.

Twilight said...

WWW ~~~ LOL! :-)
I love the last line of The Galaxy Song:
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space,
'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth.

Never were truer words sung!!

anthonynorth said...

A very worthy subject, although I agree - it's hard to pick just one.

Twilight said...

Anthonynorth ~~~ It is. I like 'em all, but Eric always held my attention most. :-)