Friday, December 30, 2011
This is the Rizzi-Haus in Braunschweig in Germany. It is an office building designed by the American pop artist James Rizzi, who has just died aged 61. I wish more buildings were as fun as this. What is not always known is that medieval cathedrals were brightly coloured inside. I think it is natural for people to surround themselves with bright colours, unless they are Protestants.
Rizzi had Venus conjunct Saturn, not what you'd normally associate with a fun aesthetic.
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Here he is again:
What fun! What joie de vivre! Saturn can simply mean that you are good at what you do. Not in the Neptunian sense of a gift, but in the sense of a good craftsman who has earned his skill. Which is why Saturn is often a tough placement to have when we are young, a demanding taskmaster.
Rizzi's Venus-Saturn suggests that his work was highly skilled. Who says that Saturn isn't joyful once you have learned his lessons? In Roman times they had the Saturnalia, a carnival in honour of Saturn at the time of the winter solstice. The social norms were overturned: gambling was permitted, and masters served their slaves. The poet Catullus called it "the best of days." This is Saturn: he builds the social norms, and once they are in place, he takes you beyond them. To the Rizzi-Haus office block in Germany.