Asteroid 10639, Gleason, was discovered on November 14, 1998, at Kitt Peak Observatory near Sells, Arizona, by the team of astronomers known as Spacewatch. It has a period of 3 years, 94 days, and was named for a Spacewatch team member, Arianna Gleason (born in 1980).

However, it seems to derive much of its astrological meaning—abusiveness, especially psychological or verbal; bluster, bullying, comedy or humor, especially inept attempts at such— from the late American comedian Herbert John "Jackie" Gleason (1916-1987), who starred as New York City bus driver Ralph Kramden in the 1950s TV situation comedy The Honeymooners. The show's popularity has been dented somewhat by the fact that the character Ralph Kramden is notorious for his ranting and verbal abuse of his wife, which was much more likely to elicit amusement in the 1950s than it is now.

Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden

Some of Jackie Gleason's best-known lines:

"One of these days, Alice, one of these days. Pow! Right in the kisser!"

"Bang! Zoom!" (Alternately: "One of these days, one of these days. Bang! Zoom!")

"I got a big mouth!"

"You are a mental case."

"Get ouuuut!" (Alternately: "Ouuut!")

"Don't get me steamed, Alice, 'cause I'm already steamed!" (Alternately: "Don't get me steamed, Alice, 'cause I'm steamed!")

"How sweet it is."


"Mmmmmmm boy!"

"Oh, you're gonna get yours, you're gonna get yours!"

"Don't you dare!" (Alternately: "Don't you dare say it!")

"Mmmmmm, boy, are you fat!"

"Uh, I'd like to belt you one!"

"What's the matter with you!"

"And away we go!"

This last is engraved on Jackie Gleason's tombstone.

Comedian Gene Wilder, best known for playing the title role in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, has Gleason conjunct Saturn (career, sorrow) and trine the Vertex (ideal or fated relationships). He was once married to a fellow comedian, the late Gilda Radner.

Another comedian, Robin Williams, who made his name playing zany characters such as Mork from Ork, has Gleason conjunct Chiron (the maverick, the teacher) and Damocles (transgressiveness), semisquare the Ascendant (physical appearance) and square Saturn (hard work).

Another comedian, the late John Belushi, had Uranus (wild, lawless, radical) square Gleason.

George W. Bush, in 2000, defeated Al Gore, who in 1992 was the bottom half of the Democratic ticket that defeated Bush's father. His presidency is still considered a joke by some—decidedly black humor—and has been marked not only by what to many is ineptitude but by domineering behavior both at home and abroad. Bush has Gleason in the eleventh house of politics, conjunct Pandora (stirring things up, having an impact) and the North Node (connections), sextile the Midheaven (reputation) and Don Quixote (tilting at windmills, playing the knight-errant), square Chaos (throwing into chaos), quincunx Pholus (learning respect and courage in the face of power) and opposite the Vertex, Hektor (bullying), Stentor (loudly trumpeted) and the South Node (separation, past conditioning).

Famously abusive pop psychologist Laura Schlessinger also has Gleason conjunct Saturn, and also sextile Nessus (predation), square Chiron, trine Vesta (commitment), and opposite Pallas (defense of civilization) and Dolon (facing the music, enduring, tattling). A TV show she launched on UPN was met with widespread and continued protests and was shunned by advertisers, consigned to an undesirable time slot and then oblivion by the network, due to her unrepentant homophobia.

Axl Rose, whose lyrics sometimes contain descriptions of violence against women and had two girlfriends accuse him of abusing them, has Gleason semisquare Chariklo (glamor).

The glyph for Gleason is mine.

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