Today I chose to remember Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a writer who gave me hours of literary pleasure. I followed the saga of the Buendia family in “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, Fermina ‘s love life in “Love in a Time of Cholera “, Santiago Nasar postponing his date with destiny in “Chronicle of a Death Foretold ” and also “The General in his Labyrinth ” (Simon Bolivar), ” the Autumn of the Patriarch” (a portrait of the stereotypical South American dictator), I cried at the sad, poetic short story “Nobody Writes to the Colonel ” and read other works which I do not recall. Gabriel Garcia Marquez died on April 17, 2014 in Mexico City, age 87, after leading a life full of difficulties, opportunities and successes. The eldest of 11 children was left by their parents in the care of grandparents who initiated him into the magical world that became the backdrop of his work. He met with poverty and oppression of the dictatorial regimes that appear in his books. He studied journalism in Cartagena and as a journalist traveled to Europe and the southern United States eventually settling in Mexico City, his second home. He was writing fiction while working until the age of 40 when he decided to sell the car and with that money he could afford to write full time the work that became “One Hundred Years of Solitude”. It took longer than expected and money ran out to the point that his wife had to pawn their last possessions to pay for the stamps to send the manuscript to the publisher. His success was immediate and in 1982 won the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was a master of magic realism where the supernatural and extraordinary are part of “normalcy.” The events are real, but many have fantastic and inexplicable connotations which immersed in fable and myth do not seem unbelievable to the reader. Gabriel Garcia Marquez does not invent new worlds, like sci-fi does, rather reveals the magic of the world we inhabit. Gabriel Garcia Marquez chart shows how well equipped he was to bring magic and realism into his books and how the events of his life were in tune with the universe. • With four planets in Pisces, he was born with a predisposition to the intuitive, to dissolve the boundaries between the real and the imaginary, to understand the poor and downtrodden and escape into a fantasy world. • Among those planets, we have Mercury (the communicator of the zodiac) conjunct Uranus in the 12th house, naturally ruled by Pisces (purple arrow). Gabo, as he was known among friends described himself as a storyteller. His stories have the originality of Uranus and the fantasy of Pisces. The planets in the 12th house operate in a hidden mode, as if behind the scenes and it takes a strong transit to bring them to the stage. It was precisely when Uranus and Pluto in conjunction made an opposition to his natal Sun and Jupiter that Gabo began writing “One Hundred Years of Solitude”. He received the Nobel Prize in December 1982 when Pluto was conjunct the Descendant and at the very beginning of a progressed New Moon cycle. • The blue arrow blue points to Neptune, ruler of Pisces, in the 5th (creativity and children). Before telling a story, Gabo imagined it (Neptune) and had needed to give it life (5th house) to the delight of his readers. • The chart is dominated by the energy and archetype of Pisces/Neptune /12th house, but is bound together by Saturn, marked in brown. The astrologer Marc Edmund Jones attributed names and characteristics to certain formations. Marked in green, is the “bucket” where all the planets are contained in 180°, except one which forms a central opposition. This one is the handle; in this instance it is Saturn in the 8th house, which leads the container full of Piscean energy into concrete manifestations. It is also responsible for the word “realism”. Saturn in the Pluto ruled 8th house, gave Gabo the capacity of approaching tragedy, crisis, death, transformations, themes that populate this house. • When Jupiter by transit hits his natal Pluto, Gabriel Garcia Marquez moves on, indicating that his journey will continue on another plane. The master of navigation between different levels of “reality”, felt it was the right time. • Many of you know that we are going through very tense days symbolized by the grand cross in the skies that includes the 5th Uranus Pluto square. This aspect reached Gabriel Garcia Marquez natal Pluto on the day of his death. This last astrological fact brings me to the present and the tensions and opportunities of the moment. The dominant theme of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” is the inevitable repetition of the tragic story of Macondo. But it does not have to be that way… always. It is in times like this, reinforced by the symbolism of the Easter resurrection, that the words of Gabo in “Love in a Time of Cholera” should be remembered: Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but … life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.