Dwarf Humor: Marshall Pickney Wilder
Marshall Pickney Wilder was born in upstate New York, the Finger Lakes Region in the town of Geneva on September 19, 1859 at 10 in the morning. That gives him an Ascendant of 16 Scorpio that he shares with other small statured men like Cardinal Mazarin of France and Wolfgang Goethe. That comes into play because Mr. Wilder besides being a mirthful man, was a dwarf.
Looking at his Map we see his Tenth and Ninth Houses have a stellium of planets, starting technically with Jupiter in the 8th and ending with the Sun right on the eleventh house of public fanfare. From there it is just a hop and skip sextile away to his Ascendant. Technically, it has no opposition to Pluto, as it was yet to be discovered, and he died in 1915 so it’s out of the picture–ignore it lurking in the Sixth House of labor.
So going back through to the top. The Tenth House on Wilder’s chart shows Virgo, but the natural ruler of the midheaven is Capricorn which produces short statured people more than any other sign in the zodiac. Compounded by the square of Mars in Virgo to Uranus in the seventh the possibility of physical deformity arises as well; the sextile of Mars to the Martial Ascendant gives him a quicksilver personality that made up for his physical liabilities.
Do not ignore though Neptune on the Fifth House of creativity and entertainment because it is the Common signs that bestow the gift of a sense of humor particularly if one is located there and Mr. Wilder has seven out of nine planets in that triplicity which was good as that is how Mr. Wilder made his living. He found his calling when he was young giving public readings that got great applause in Rochester and started him on his way to fame and fortune. Lucky too, that Thos. A. Edison adored him and taped him for posterity, and we can here one of his vaudeville acts over here – he is amusing.
Also in the Commons is his focal determinator, Neptune, which gave him a silvery voice and an ever hopeful demeanor. There is a sour note in this otherwise lucky life, which comes from Venus in her fall in Virgo opposite Neptune in Pisces that has a T-Cross to the Moon in the seventh, while wide, still has an aspect to quixotic Uranus. This configuration suggests that Mr. Wilder’s marriage while very happy will be suddenly cut short in its prime. Checking the records bear that sad tale out:
In 1903 Wilder married twenty-four year old Sophie Cornell Hanks, the daughter of a New Jersey dentist. She was a writer and dramatist who collaborated with Wilder on his books, particularly their ten volume encyclopedia, The Wit and Humor of America, that was a bestseller at the time. See a copy over here at Google Books.
Their daughter Grace was born in 1905 around the time the couple returned from the world tour. Marshall Jr. followed a year or so later. On December 20, 1913, Sophie died at the age of 35 in New York City after a brief illness and failed operation; Wilder was desolate and followed shortly afterward.
What happened to the children we can only speculate, and that they were raised by their loving grandparents.
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