The Midheaven (MC) is commonly thought to describe one’s career path. Although this is a decent indicator of one’s overall path, it can be hard to relate to a specific career so early in one’s life. So, if you don’t relate to your Midheaven like, “Oh, you have a MC in Aries, so you’re probably going to be a police officer, solider, or athlete" then maybe try thinking of the Midheaven as how you will be remembered or what you are generally associated with. (Always trust your dominant sign to describe you the most- *a post similar to this coming soon) ✨No matter what career you decide, you will be remembered by your peers, co-workers, friends, and family by traits from the sign, aspects*, and planets* bestowed upon your 10th House.✨
♈ Aries MC: will be remembered for their courage, boldness, intimidating/unsettling nature, and/or originality. (ex. Stephen King, Meryl Streep, Kanye West, Joan of Arc, Bill Gates, Angelina Jolie, Madalyn Murry O'Hair, Pablo Picasso, Rachel Maddow, Will Smith, Franz Kafka, Tyra Banks, Aleister Crowley, Tina Fey, Francisco de Goya, Julia Roberts, Chris Farley, Joseph Goebbels, Marvin Gaye, Iggy Pop, Kate Moss, Alfred Hitchcock, George Wallace, Hank Williams, Ayn Rand, Rob Zombie, Alexandre Dumas, John Steinbeck, Anne Frank, Twiggy, Jack Black, William Blake, Celine Dion, Galileo Galilei, Al Gore, Emmylou Harris, Las Vegas-Nevada, Manhattan-New York)
♉ Taurus MC: will be remembered for their extravagant style or possessions, their values, and/or “diva” attitude. (ex. Henry VIII, Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, Tina Turner, Pope Francis, Jackie Robinson, Selena Gomez, Drake, Donald Trump, Freddie Mercury, Agatha Christie, Muhammad Ali, Frida Kahlo, O. J. Simpson, Justin Timberlake, Marlene Dietrich, Malala Yousafzai, Christopher Columbus, Michael Bay, Luciano Pavarotti, Nicole Richie, Woody Allen, Marilyn Manson, Maya Angelou, Martin Scorsese, Bernie Madoff, Ringo, Josephine Baker, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sarah Palin, Josh Groban, Chris Brown, Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen, Norway)
♊ Gemini MC: will be remembered for/through words (writing, phrase, acting, thoughts, speech), their cleverness, and/or mental/emotional detachment. (ex. Jean-Jaques Rousseau, Albert Camus, Madonna, J.R.R. Tolkein, Donna Summer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Chelsea Handler, Alex Trebek, Kurt Cobain, Julie Andrews, Oscar Wilde, Jay-Z, Richard Nixon, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Tom Hanks, Kris Jenner, Walt Disney, Miss Cleo, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Hugh Hefner, Lizzie Borden, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Kathy Bates, Winston Churchill, Melissa Ethridge, Ernest Hemingway, Margaret Mitchell, Paul Simon, Greece, Tokyo-Japan)
♋ Cancer MC: will be remembered for their emotional impact, sensitivity, and/or parental care/control. (ex. Beyoncé, Matamha Gandhi, John F. Kennedy, Venus Williams, Britney Spears, Arthur Rimbaud, Elizabeth Warren, Denzel Washington, Jeffery Dahmer, Sun Yet-sen, Bob Hope, Stevie Wonder, Anderson Cooper, Cat Stevens, Anna Nicole Smith, Joe Jonas, Rock Hudson, Alice Cooper, Woodrow Wilson, Barbara Walters, T. S. Elliot, Coretta Scott King, Albert Schweitzer, Ted Cruz, Monica Lewinsky, H.P. Lovecraft, Anaïs Nin, Katie Couric, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Carole King, Neil Diamond, Harper Lee, Giacomo Puccini, Sidney Poitier, September 11 attacks, United Kingdom)
♌ Leo MC: will be remembered for their theatrics, arrogance/vanity, power, and/or regality. (ex. Grace Kelly, Prince, Isaac Newton, Adolf Hitler, Katy Perry, Charlie Chaplin, Aretha Franklin, Sigmund Freud, Jacqueline Onassis-Kennedy, Stanley Kubrick, Courtney Love, Mark Twain, Chaka Khan, Napoleon Bonaparte, Kathy Griffin, Jim Carrey, Alfred Nobel, Eric Clapton, Annie Oakley, Martha Stewart, Divine, Louis Pasteur, Robin Williams, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Chuck Berry, Vladimir Putin, Clint Eastwood, Missy Elliot, Frank Sinatra, Mel B, Edgar Allan Poe, Los Angeles-CA)
♍ Virgo MC: will be remembered for their scandals/controversy, never-ending toil, physicality/health and/or attention to detail. (ex. Hillary Clinton, Bruce Lee, Kim Kardashian, Ellen DeGeneres, Brad Pitt, Nelson Mandela, Bette Davis, Justin Bieber, Elvis Presley, Erykah Badu, Jimmy Page, Eartha Kitt, Leonardo de Vinci, Bob Marley, Joan Crawford, Margaret Thatcher, Eminem, Friedrich Nietzsche, David Lynch, Chaz Bono, Marlon Brando, Björk, Ozzy Osborne, Emily Brontë, Bernie Sanders, Georgia O'Keeffe, Diana Ross, Kahlil Gibran, Russia, United States)
♎ Libra MC: will be remembered for their inner/outer beauty, adaptability, and/or desire for or appearance of stability. (ex. Elton John, Jane Goodall, Malcolm X, Coco Channel, Kylie Jenner, Ronald Reagan, Princess Diana, Michelangelo, Oprah Winfrey, Bob Dylan, Winona Ryder, Jimi Hendrix, Mother Teresa, Elizabeth Taylor, Cristiano Ronaldo, Angela Merkel, Tom Brokaw, Alan Watts, Charles Darwin, Brigitte Bardot, Patti Smith, Chuck Norris, Linda Lovelace, Ray Charles, Lionel Messi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Lewis Carroll, Noam Chomsky, Lucille Ball, Venice-Italy)
♏ Scorpio MC: will be remembered for their physical attractiveness, taboo activities/topics, and/or natural talent. (ex. James Joyce, Billie Holiday, Taylor Swift, Barack Obama, Carrie Fisher, Jim Morrison, Selena, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Queen Elizabeth II, Ariana Grande, Marie Curie, Anthony Hopkins, René Descartes, Nina Simone, Willem Dafoe, Paul Newman, Mariska Hargitay, Thomas Jefferson, Ray Bradbury, Joseph Stalin, Larry King, Duke Ellington, Joan Jett, Buddy Holly, Megan Fox, Johnny Knoxville, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gwen Stefani, Francis Ford Coppola, Sophia Loren, Marcus Aurelius, China)
♐ Sagittarius MC: will be remembered for their joviality, reckless/wild free spirit, sense of humor, and/or philosophy/spirituality. (ex. Al Capone, Deepok Chopra, Shia LaBeouf, Audrey Hepburn, Harvey Milk, Johnny Cash, David Bowie, Bettie Page, Pablo Neruda, J. K. Rowling, Christina Aguilera, Michael Jackson, Henry David Thoreau, Adele, Janis Joplin, Maximilien Robespierre, Ellen Pompeo, Whitney Houston, Paul McCartney, Evel Knievel, Bruno Mars, Jimmy Fallon, Peggy Lipton, Karl Marx, George Takei, Ryan Gosling, Whoopi Goldberg, Vincent Price, Rio de Janeiro-Brazil)
♑ Capricorn MC: will be remembered for their accomplishments/legacy, conquering of odds, and/or persistence. (ex. Martin Luther King Jr., George Washington, Rihanna, Isadora Duncan, Benjamin Franklin, James Dean, Nikola Tesla, John D. Rockefeller, Serena Williams, Joan Baez, Snoop Dogg, Alexander the Great, Barbara Streisand, Ron Howard, Stevie Nicks, Bette Midler, Joan Rivers, Immanuel Kant, Queen Latifah, Johann Sebastian Bach, Walt Whitman, Che Guevara, Liza Minnelli, Amelia Earhart, Mariah Carey, John Lennon, George Lucas, Donatella Versace, Louis Armstrong, Pakistan)
♒ Aquarius MC: will be remembered for their rebellious nature, involvement in a social organization/group, and/or unpredictability. (ex. Miley Cyrus, Tim Burton, Voltaire, Mick Jagger, Carl Sagan, Rita Hayworth, Neil Armstrong, Amy Winehouse, Pamela Anderson, Carlos Santana, Edward Snowden, Leo Tolstoy, Mae West, Orson Welles, Charlie Sheen, Eva Peron, Miles Davis, Bruce Springsteen, Johann Kepler, Suddam Hussein, Ruby Rose, Gerard Way, Helen Mirren, Howard Stern, Arthur Conan Doyle, Mary Shelley, George R. R. Martin, Kristen Stewart, Jean Piaget, Ronda Rousey, Willow Smith, Florida, India)
♓ Pisces MC: will be remembered for their delusional optimism, supernatural success, and/or they are often idolized. (ex. Vincent Van Gogh, Albert Einstein, Irene Cara, Cher, Salvador Dalí, William Shakespeare, Edie Sedgwick, Fidel Castro, Lady Gaga, Dalai Lama XIV, Steven Spielberg, George Michael, Marie Antoinette, RuPaul, Judy Garland, Michael Phelps, Sally Ride, John Cena, William Faulkner, Victoria Beckham, Lee Harvey Oswald, Douglas Adams, Jean Renoir, Buzz Aldrin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Farrah Fawcett, Osama bin Laden, Sam Cooke, Michael Jordan, Switzerland, North Korea)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Recap: June 15th/16th
So as some of you who read my tags may have guessed, I went
to see the play again this week. I wanted to hit a nice round number before my
first anniversary of seeing Cursed Child next Wednesday, and I’ve been hearing
such good things about how the new cast are developing that I couldn’t resist.
I was not disappointed.
I’d been told that the show is almost unrecognisable from
how it was on the 24th and 25th of May, and while that is
not entirely accurate, it is so much more than what it was. My impression,
particularly on the 24th, was of something raw and skeletal, that
needed filling out. The bare bones were all there, but there wasn’t much
detail, simply because they hadn’t had very much time to explore. And now
they’re 13 shows in, the detail is definitely coming.
I’m not going to do a full on line-by-line recap, but I have
too much to say not to write something, so I think this will just be a summary
of things I loved from each of the actors, and maybe a little bit about a
couple of my favourite scenes. I’ll attempt to keep this short (wish me luck).
Does this cast have the potential to be brilliant? Absolutely.
Jamie Glover as Harry Potter: I liked him. He wasn’t as shouty as Jamie P, but instead had this quiet presence that worked for him.
Emma Lowndes as Ginny Potter: I can’t really all that much about her yet as most of Ginny’s scenes come in Part Two. However, I like what I have seen so far. I felt she delivered the “So is mine” line perfectly.
Theo Ancient as Albus Potter: Hehas the potential to be a great Albus and he was much different to Sam. He was definitely nervous, but I felt he began to settle into the role in Act 2.
Thomas Aldridge as Ron Weasley: I bloody love him as Ron! During the Polyjuice Scene, when he is blocking Hermione from entering her office, he kept pushing her away from him and the door.
Rakie Ayola as Hermione Granger: Brilliant replacement for Noma. She plays AU1 Hermione more resigned to being stuck in a teaching job, but she plays that scene wonderfully.
Helen Aluko as Rose Granger-Weasley: Never saw her play Rose during Year 1, but I can see why they chose to cast her in the role permanently.
James Howard as Draco Malfoy: I can’t say anything more than I adore him as Draco and I am still so pleased to see him take over the role.
Samuel Blenkin as Scorpius Malfoy: I said it already, but I do prefer him to Anthony as Scorpius. He was just perfect! The library scene he delivered just beautifully.
Mark Theodore as The Sorting Hat and Hagrid: Mark doesn’t have the commanding voice that Chris had, but I did love him as the Sorting Hat and Hagrid. He uses his body a lot more to bring a little something extra to the roles. He was shaking his body slightly as he sorted the students and he announced Slytherin and Gryffindor in different ways.
Annabel Baldwin as Delphi Diggory: I don’t feel like I can say much about her as Delphi yet as right now, she is approaching the role in the same way as Esther did. However, I am looking forward to seeing how she plays it when we discover Delphi’s true identity.
April Hughes as Moaning Myrtle: OMG, I love her as Myrtle!!! So flirty!!!
Tom Mackley as Karl Jenkins and Dudley Dursley: Yay for Tom have a named role rather than being a swing!! I loved his hug with Joshua Wyatt during the First Task. They greeted each other in a way that suggested they had not seen each other in a while, with Tom now being a Hufflepuff and Joshua a Slytherin.
Overall, I think the casting team have done a great job with their choices for the new cast. I think, like with the original cast, they need time to settle in and become comfortable in their roles. Even so, I think we have a brilliant new cast to enjoy for the next year!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Recap: Part One, 24th May
Where to begin with this? I’m not sure whether to give
opening assessments of the characters first, or line by line details. How about
we start with the characters!
Thomas is just really delightfully funny. You forget that he
doesn’t look like Ron, because he inhabits the character so well. Because he’s
so jovial and bubbly all the time, the second timeline Ron is a stark and
entertaining contrast. I think he’s brilliant, and he’s one of about five or
six cast members who is completely nailing it already.
I adore Rakie. She exudes Hermione’s authority, and she has
this beautiful sort of Hermione-ish quality to her that I’m not sure I ever
personally felt from Noma. She just has this presence about her. I feel so
comfortable when she’s on stage, I trust her implicitly, and she and Thomas
have already given me one of my favourite ever Romione moments.
Helen’s Rose is simply adorable. She’s young and bubbly and
seems like she’s having so much fun. I love how she has no time for Scorpius’s
flirting, and she seems to have such a sweet relationship with her parents.
I was surprised and delighted by how much I liked Jamie. I
was really worried about him, because in the past I don’t have a good track
record of enjoying Harrys who weren’t played by Jamie Parker, but I didn’t have
any issues with him. There were a couple of decisions that he made that I
thought were really beautiful, especially in the second timeline. I could
really feel a change between his normal timeline Harry and how he was in the
second timeline. You could tell, especially at times in that timeline, that he
loves Albus and wants the best for him.
I lot of the good Ginny moments come in Part Two (which I
hadn’t realised; it’s fascinating how a new cast changes the whole balance and
feel of the show), so I don’t think we’ve seen too much of Emma yet. But what I
have seen I’ve liked, especially things she did around the duel scene. I can’t
help but wonder if this cast have rehearsed the second timeline a lot, because that
felt the most complete section of Part One for me.
From the first moment I saw the first photo of Theo in
character, my impression was that he was uptight and insecure and nerdy, and
that’s exactly what we got on stage. The photos and videos actually do give a
really good sense of how these characters are being played, looking back on
them with hindsight. I think Theo is really scared, but there are flashes of
how he will be when he’s relaxed, and I do think we got a small sense of how
he’ll be playing Albus going forward, which is entirely contrary to anything
Sam or Tom ever did (although I actually really like that).
James has always been my favourite Draco. He exudes
confidence and pain, and is one of those actors who’s shining. His Draco feels
the most complete of all the characters on the stage, just because he’s had so
much time to dig into him. I am so excited for his big moments in Act Two. I
should also mention that it helps that James seems to have chemistry with
everyone, from Thomas, to Jamie, to Samuel. All the people you want him to have
There is nothing to be said about Samuel beyond wow. His
Scorpius is nothing like anything we’ve ever seen before. In a similar way to
Theo, it’s the opposite to how Anthony or James played Scorpius. Brimming with
confidence. Enthusiastic and excitable. His crush on Rose is so explicit and
painfully cute. He’s just adorable, and he’s owning this character in a
completely new way. Scorpius is Samuel’s now, and I’m delighted with him.
And with all that initial assessment out of the way, let’s
have a look at the play itself!