My mother was a very unique personality wrapped up in a Scorpio Sun, Capricorn Ascendant. She was raised to believe that she could be anything or do anything if she put her mind it. She proved it when she became a real estate broker in 1965, started her own business, and then became a builder and real estate developer- all on a high school education. Mom was way ahead of her time on so many levels … and not so much on others but that is perfectly O.K. So, after my father died, and my mother realized that their opportunity to correct and get straightened out from their very sad marriage that had dissolved (due to any number of reasons) into distance – ended abruptly on November 19, 1971 when my father died. She couldn’t get over that it was finished. The man she fell in love with at 13 … was dead and they couldn’t talk, yell or make love anymore.
That began her search. Until that time, I was the one who my parents used to compare to my grandmother – and it was clearly understood that my grandmother was a witch. Not a bad witch… but someone who had the gift of prophecy, and a very unusual relationship with animals. She consulted tea readers and mystics routinely with the money she earned washing people’s clothes. My grandfather was a policeman, but in addition to my mother and aunt, my grandparents took in their 4 cousins. Their mother had died, and my grandmother thought her brother was incapable of caring for his children in between his drunken stupors. His name was Willy and my grandmother wanted to punch him in his nose on many occasions (but didn’t). Anyway, my grandmother – my mother’s mother – was pretty unique too, it seems. She was (before getting married and raising children) a big-board operator for New York Telephone in the early 1900’s (1907 ish). She was one of those girls on skates that you see.
The stock I came from on the maternal side was pretty solid … though I cannot comment too much on my paternal side because of extenuating circumstances. I really didn’t know my father’s family other than very casually. Sad but true.