Friday, November 5, 2010

Rufus Wainwright: 6 Degrees Of Separation

I just posted my piece on Cherry Vanilla who, it turns out, is a great pal of the singer-songwriter and performer Rufus Wainwright. In fact, he wrote the  introduction to Cherry's recently published and much heralded autobiography "Lick Me". In any event, what drew me to Rufus is that his family and my family have inadvertently crossed paths over the years (I confess, superficially at best)  and so my curiosity was piqued about him and his numbers.  

The points of convergence have not led to any kind of intimacy between the Wainwrights or the Zacharys, and I certainly don't claim any as none exists.  However  it's striking, at least to me, how often the Wainwright name has popped up in conjunction with us over the years. The examples of proximity include my sister who was a neighbor and friend of Rufus's aunt in Montreal . Rufus's  grandfather Loudon Wainwright, Jr. sold his house in Upper Westchester, NY to Slim Aarons, a lifelong family friend and colleague of my father's.  And I have a near and dear childhood friend, who resides in East Hampton, NY as do I, who married into the Wainwright family. So it just made some kind of cosmic sense that I would be doing his numbers at some point. And when the Cherry connection fell into my lap, I couldn't resist.

The important thing to remember about Rufus is that his Expression Number, which reveals one's overall personality, is 1 and 1s like to lead and not follow. Their place is at the head of the line. 1s are independent, creative, original and ambitious. They do not answer to authority. However, if their energy is expressed negatively or is out of alignment they can be petty, arrogant and self-absorbed. It's vital that 1s exercise self-discipline and self-restraint to allow their best qualities to shine e.g., quiet self-confidence and strength.

With respect to the tarot, the number 1 corresponds to the Magician in the Major Arcana and as I wrote in my March 24th blog "it all starts here". As an archetype, the Magician is the tarot's alchemist and wizard. He is the embodiment of transformational prowess. The Magician acts as a conduit, or lightning rod, between heaven and earth channeling their respective flows of energy into a recursive loop. The point at which they make contact is where the magic happens; that is, a conjoining of imagination and spirit with the physical world. He can pull inspiration "out of thin air", so to speak, and render it into material form. Isn't this the very definition of an artist ?

Rufus's Life Path Number which reflects one's place in the world is 3 and 3s are the "charmers" and "optimists" of the Universe. They are our best communicators and are often writers, poets or entertainers. 3s are  ruled by Jupiter which, in astrology, is associated with the principles of growth, expansion and good fortune.

With respect to the tarot, the third card in the Major Arcana is the Empress who is the embodiment of Feminine sensibility. This would imply a couple of things. First, that Rufus is very much in touch with his intuition and, if he has not already done so, he should consider developing any latent psychic tendencies. Secondly, his mother played a dominant role in his life.
Rufus is going into a 5 year. 2011 should include extensive travel to foreign countries.  And as 5 lies smack in the middle between 1 and 9,  Rufus should find himself "in the thick of it" more often than not. He needs to be careful that he doesn't become squeezed from both sides closing in on him.

Finally, returning to Cherry and Rufus. Both "Rufus" and Cherry's given name, "Kathleen", correspond to the number 4 which makes them a "match" be it emotionally, spiritually or psychically. However, Rufus is missing a "4" letter from both his first and last name (the 4 letters are D,V and M) but Cherry's given last name, "Dorrite", provides the  missing "4" so that he now has all his numbers. This is, perhaps, another instance of the  interfolding energy that they share and exchange together.

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