Georgia O’ Keeffe is the archetypal Scorpio. Sun, Moon, Mercury, Ascendant, Jupiter and the Part of Fortune all crowded around her Ascendant and opposite a painterly Neptune in Taurus. She took nature (Taurus, Kore) and transformed it into something deeper, darker and more confronting.
Like Persephone, beguiled by flowers, once picked, they took her on an erotic journey into a deeper, darker place. Georgia admits to being terrified, but courageously moved forwards none the less (Scorpio is ruled by Mars) and her Furies brought her to a place of inner torment (her breakdowns) and to a barren, foreign land (which of course was not barren but stripped down to the bare essentials as desert landscapes are), where she found solace in solitude, nature, and her art. Scorpio, like Mars-ruled Aries needs seclusion to express themselves.
The poet Katherine Raine fell in love with author Gavin Maxwell. Theirs was a stormy relationship, not helped by the fact that Maxwell was gay. Maxwell became famous after he travelled to Iraq with Wilfred Thesiger to explore the marshes (subsequently drained by Saddam Hussein). He wanted to bring an otter home with him. Thesiger found one, who Maxwell named Mijbil and he wrote about his experiences in the best selling book and film Ring of Bright Water, which is a line from one of Kathleen’s poems.
He has married me with a ring, a ring of bright water
Whose ripples spread from the heart of the sea,
He has married me with a ring of light, the glitter
Broadcast on the swift river.
Their relationship ended with her curse by a Rowan tree. This blog looks at their synastry and major transits at this fateful time.
It is always useful to start predictions by retrodiction, looking back to the last quarter. On the solstice we saw a debilitated chart, the Moon (the people) was in detriment in Aries (bad tempered and impatient) and the government (and the establishment) was weak shown by a Void of Course (VC) Venus.
Although ‘New Age’ optimists suggest Pluto transits are transformational, generally people experience them as a prolonged nightmare, which ultimately change the person but they are often crushed, and sometimes utterly devastated in the process which may bring surprises, good and bad, upsets, explosions and ructions in a person’s life. Pluto can also show someone whoContinue reading “Blown out of the water: Pluto transits”
Can we escape karma or destiny? I believe we cannot escape them, but we can alter their effects depending on actions we take. Yesterday, the fatwah issued by the Ayatollah in Iran, later rescinded but not cancelled worked its way to Rushdie who was about to begin a talk on how the USA was home to persecuted and exiled writers. This blog examines the astrology of the fatwa
Some people accuse astrology of being fatalistic, it is written in the stars and then destiny will unfold as it is written. Well maybe, but the question of the astrologer’s art, is what is written and how do we interpret what is written and on what level does the native operate? Because what is written must be expressed through the vehicle of the individual in question, which of course may be intimated through the horoscope, but how the person choses to use these energies cannot be predicted. The astrologer should always allow for serendipity, because of course, we do not operate in a vacuum, other people enter our drama and have their effects.
On Saturday we have the first eclipse in this year’s eclipse season. It will be a particularly spicy one because it is next to Uranus and at the same time Venus will be conjunct Jupiter in her sign of exaltation, Pisces.
There is the annual Full Moon in Aries on the 16th at 18:55 GMT. This is the first of the three Full Moons which religions of the world celebrate. The Aries Full Moon coincides with the Christian festival of Easter, the May Full Moon for the Buddhist Wesak, and the June Full Moon celebrated inContinue reading “Full Moon in Aries: Maya Angelou”
Next week there is a rare conjunction of Jupiter and Neptune. In this blog I look at the horoscope of poet Emily Dickinson who had the same aspect in her unusual horoscope and see how the muse is evoked by these planets,