Spoiled Children of Divorce

Exemplary Children of Divorce – Manly P. Hall

The early 20th century in the United States was populated by spiritual and psychic gurus. Many of them apparently were phonies. One who is considered genuine was Manly P. Hall. Hall was born in Canada. His father was a dentist who he never met. His mother left him in the care of his grandmother so she could go to chiropractor school. She was a Rosicrucian which was a popular religion in California and was probably a big influence on Hall’s later work. Hall’s parents shared his last name so I suppose they were married and divorced before his first year. Halls mother left him (I think at age of 3 but am not sure) and his grandmother moved him to South Dakota. The grandmother passed away when he was sixteen. He then moved to California to either be with his Mother or with the Rosicruceans, or both. Hall had great good luck finding followers and financial backing through women donors. He published his greatest work before the age of 28.

The astrology is interesting in that it shows a big influence from the Moon. Children whose parents divorce very early during the first year will only have completed a few lunar cycles. This could set the influence of this planet in their character and destiny. The Moon can give great public attention, psychic abilities and sensitivity, and also influence from women, Home, food, babies, and childbearing. The Moon represents the Mother so I wonder how that figured in his life. Hall’s book, “The Secret Teachings of all Ages,” was published during his first secondary progressed lunar return. It has never gone out of print.

Golden Oldies About Single Mothers and Their Daughters
August 2, 2016, 10:54 pm
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For some reason this list of movies and books popped into my head. They are mostly about Mothers from Divorce and their daughters and they all came out in the 1970s or earlier. They are great movies but all show a negative side of divorce and growing up with a single parent. That’s the purpose of drama, after all. To creative dramatic tension in order to provide a psychological catharsis. Modern movies are forced to sugar coat and censor everything so nobody bothers to write them let alone watch them.

“Mildred Pierce” stars Joan Crawford as a middle class mother in the depression and her two daughters. Her husband lost his job and left her for a wealthy woman. She struggles to find a job and eventually build a successful business so that her daughters can maintain their social status. Her youngest daughter dies and her oldest daughter is a spoiled snob who becomes a successful singer and then steals her Joan’s boyfriend.

“Neon Ceiling” stars Lee Grant as a Mother in a terrible marriage who packs up her teenage daughter and leaves. The car breaks down in the middle of the desert and the two develop an interesting relationship with the mechanic who fixes the car. So, some scary commentary about girls and Mommys boyfriend.

“Rachel, Rachel” stars Joanne Woodward as a grown daughter of a widowed Mother. Cant remember anything about the story except that it scared me as a child so you can watch it and let me know.

“The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds” also starred Joanne Woodward. It is a play written by Paul Zindel. Incredible tension of two daughters growing up with a single mother.

Steven King’s “Carrie” stars Sissy Spacek as the repressed child of divorce who goes ape face at the senior prom.


Exemplary Children of Divorce – Bob Ross
August 2, 2016, 10:31 pm
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“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”

Was TV painting guru “The Happy Painter”talking about family or about painting? Probably both.

I was delighted to find that Ross was a Child of Divorce. His situation was unusual. From what I’ve read on the Internet, and don’t quote me because I could be wrong, Ross’ parents split when he was 1 1/2. They married other spouses and then separated from those spouses and remarried each other. I can’t find what age Ross was when they remarried. Somewhere I read that this happened before he hit his teen years. Ross had one half-brother.

The first Venus Return happens around age 1 1/2. That’s a pretty good signature for an artist especially when in conjunction with the Sun as it is in Ross’ chart. This conjunction also makes a significant 8 year cycle in a person so it would being interesting to know if the parents’ remarriage occurred at either Age 8 or Age 16.

Ross dropped out of school in the 9th grade, perhaps as a symptom of divorce stress, maybe for another reason. He worked for his father doing carpentry where he sawed off part of a finger. At Age 18 Ross joined the Air Force where he worked for twenty years. He said something to the effect that he had screamed so much in the military that he had no desire to scream ever again. This reflects his mellow TV person where he claims that painting is easy and can be done by anyone. While in the Air Force Ross started painting a quick technique in Oils where he could knock off 2 paintings at lunch and go back to the base and sell them. He started his how-to TV show in 1981. This became a successful business where he sold not only his paintings but art supplies and instructional materials.

Ross was married twice. The first marriage ended in divorce and the second marriage ended when his wife passed from Cancer. Ross had two sons from his first marriage and one son from his second marriage.

Bob Ross passed from Lymphoma when he was 52. It looks from the following link like there were some problems between his son and his estate, https://www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/3rtpvu/what_happened_to_steve_from_bob_ross_the_joy_of/

 . Don’t really want to mention but this but it’s a reality for a lot of children of divorce.

Exemplary Children of Divorce – Jack Parsons
May 29, 2016, 4:29 pm
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Jack Parsons is remembered as a Rocket Scientist who helped start the Jet Propulsion laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. He is also remembered for his wild personal life as he was a follower of the cult started by Aleister Crowly. He experimented with drugs and participated in sexual orgies and whatever else it says on his Wikipedia bio.

According to Wikipedia Parsons was born on October 2, 1914. His Mother threw his father out of the house for visiting prostitues about 5 or 6 months later in March, 1915. Shamed, his Father moved back to Massachusetts where his parents were originally from. Parsons’ rich grandparents moved to California and raised him and his mother in a very nice neighborhood. Parsons spent a solitary childhood and read a lot. He became interested in mythology and then Science Fiction and futurist thinking around the age of 10-12. Parsons did poorly in school because it’s thought that he was dyslexic. (That doesn’t explain all the time spent reading.) He was bullied in school because it is said that he was effeminate.

At some point Parsons developed an interest in building rockets which he made with gun powder. He also studied occultism and devil worship. The family’s  financial situation worsened during the Depression and Parsons was unable to attend college. His career is really complicated. Because of his talent for building rockets he was hired To design them. Later on He worked at a lot of other jobs especially after he was blacklisted as being a spy for the Israelis and could no longer find employment for anything related to government. Children of Divorce do tend to get bullied a lot.

Parsons’ relationships were pretty forward thinking and casual and strange. He lived for a while with his wife, her boyfriend and his girlfriend in a house.  His girlfriend left him for science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.

Parsons died at age 37 on June 17, 1952 while building explosives for a movie set. His house blew up. The death was either an accident or suicide or murder. The police ruled that it was suicide. His mother committed suicide right after.

Exemplary Children of Divorce – Philip K. Dick
May 29, 2016, 4:02 pm
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The next couple of examples of Children of Divorce are interesting for their interest in futuristic thinking and science fiction. They are from an older generation who would have grown up with extreme stigmatism surrounding divorce. They also would probably never become successful in the modern world because their behaviors would not be tolerated and they would be subdued by psychiatric treatment (with no discussion of growing up in trauma, of course).

The first exemplary child is science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. He was born Dec. 16, 1928. His parents divorced when he was around the age of 5 because his father transferred jobs to Reno, NV and his Mother wanted to remain in Los Angeles, CA.

Like many Children of Divorce, Dick didn’t complete college. He also married 5 times. Dick had 3 children. He suffered from symptoms related to schizophrenia which Wikipedia says was triggered by medication given to him for a dental treatment.

Statistics for Children Growing Up in Single Parent Homes
March 26, 2016, 4:35 pm
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Kids from single parent homes are more likely to live in poverty, of course. Here are more statistics about them in a government article. http://lib.post.ca.gov/Publications/Building%20a%20Career%20Pipeline%20Documents/Safe_Harbor.pdf

Link to study.

63 percent of youth suicides are from single parent families. 75 percent of youths in hospitals for chemical dependency are from single parent families. Don’t know how the parents manage to pay for that. 85 percent of youths in prisons are from single parent families. Looking for love in all the wrong places.

there should now be a study about the people in all the institutions who are treating these kids. Are these people from  single parent families? Are these people single parents themselves and more likely to project a defensive modality onto the treatment. Is growing up in a single parent family ever discussed in the treatment? Are these alarming statistics ever told to the kids? I’ll tell you right now, that “no”, they’re not. Treatment is all about keeping this information hidden.

In the ACE study it was found that older people with high Ace scores went to a doctor who asked about childhood traumas had significantly higher treatment rates (something in the 30 percent).

Are Tea Party Members Children of Divorce?
March 19, 2016, 8:29 pm
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In my recent post I noted that I had reviewed all 400 and something members of the current Congress and found that only 3-4 percent admit to being Children of Divorce on their Wikipedia biographies.

So, I looked up the 90 members of Congress who were known to be Tea Party members. I counted 9 out of 90 who confess to having divorced parents. So, the percentage goes up to 10 percent of Tea Party members who have divorced parents. Many have since been voted out or have quit Congress.