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Edward Snowden: The justice of coherence

“Study after study has show that human behavior changes when we know we’re being watched. Under observation, we act less free, which means we effectively *are* less free.”

What is Snowden doing on this Blog? For one his chart is very much Pluto heavy and the above quote was spoken like a true Scorpio Moon. Human behavior is interesting but what makes someone well known for what they have to say?

Edward Snowden is first and foremost FAMOUS. He may not like that one bit, but that is a fact. Famous for what? For uncovering and sharing information. This fits with his chart in which a Gemini Mercury (the message bearer and the Fool) is conjunct the ascendant. On the surface, it is clear from the natal chart. This person will be known due to what they will communicate to the world. A rising planet is our face to the world and if supported by outer planets, it brings some level of fame. A rising Mercury gives a person a youthful persona and appearance. A person who reads, travels and is always searching for new information. He likes the information to be fast and easy to digest. A rising Mercury would also give a remarkable ability to talk and communicate in a flexible manner. However, this is no regular Mercury rising person because his communication is expressed as a reaction to his heavy seventh house placements. Snowden’s Gemini Mercury is in opposition to Jupiter-Uranus in Sagittarius. What he says is all about what he sees outside of his perception. This is a very fascinating position because of how impersonal it may seem. The message of Mercury becomes motivated by the culture and society. Jupiter-Uranus is all about the collective ideals and the big ideas shaping our social institutions, political ideals and pop culture. In itself, Jupiter-Uranus would suggest a person with very innovative or progressive ideas that can be somewhat “over the top” in terms of shaking the status quo. Jupiter makes things big and is often found taking ideas to extreme conclusions that apply to EVERYONE. Jupiter in Sagittarius is society and the tribe. It is not the individual or the family. The mind is therefore geared towards applying concepts to the bigger picture. A very INTJ type of chart if you are into MBTI. Snowden may be aware that his discoveries and explorations can hold a very different meaning on a personal level. He would not be telling us what that meaning is. This position also suggests someone who is very future-oriented and cares more about tomorrow than today. In addition, the position of Jupiter in such close conjunction to Uranus suggests someone who wants to break down the accepted norms and regulations in order to get people to think for themselves. If Jupiter relates to politics and government law, then Uranus relates to technology and innovation. So politics and technology is the theme of his Gemini message. He could have been a good teacher in another life. In all lives, this is a chart of a philosopher. He is a person more concerned with the mind and ideas than anything else. It is a misunderstood place to be because, for others, his ideas hold practical applications that can be hard to deal with. For Snowden, the revealing of structures and ideas is an end in itself. The practical application of the secrets revealed is not something he is likely to be too concerned with…He is always on to the next ideas and the next puzzle piece that needs to be studied. A very restless personality indeed. Funnily enough, Sagittarius is a traditionalist at heart but with Uranus in the mix Snowden is likely to form a personal philosophy in reaction to the accepted norms. I use the word “reaction” because that is how the 7th house works on the psychological level. Whatever Snowden is thinking or telling us is not personal to him. It is not about him at all or his feelings. It is about his Jupiter-Uranus position, which he projects and finds outside of himself. He reacts to this perception of the world and whatever comes out is for everyone to hear. It some ways it is not rational at all because Uranus works in sudden bursts of inspiration. Snowden gets moments of amazing insight and genius that are fleeting. Those moments come and go and sometimes Snowden is awfully bored by how things are. He needs constant stimulation, communication and information. He is easily frustrated if his life is not full of movement and excitement of the intellectual kind. He needs to at least travel inside his mind to keep himself sane. His body and mind are very nervous and electric and can cause high levels of anxiety. 

Mercury in Gemini in opposition to Jupiter-Uranus

The 7th house is how we see the world outside of us. So if the “I” is Snowden’s Mercury, “the world” is the dangerously unstable Jupiter-Uranus. Snowden seeks security and stability above all else, which is elsewhere indicated as an impulse in his chart. His own motivations are universal enough to become a personal cause. The world is symbolized by the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction for a whole generation of people. Therefore, whatever Snowden communicates or becomes known for is about people’s collective fears and desires to change the social order. The interesting thing here is that although this is not personal, it can become a coping mechanism for psychological struggles and inner fears around a lack of stability. Snowden never stood a chance but to fulfill his role one way or another. But he had a choice about how to let it manifest. Aspects always manifest one way or another but the choices are ours. He could have easily stayed in the shadows forever and done well for himself financially. Mercury is not the boss- he is the employee. However, Mercury is also a trickster and The Fool is meant to educate us all in our own foolishness. In addition, with Jupiter-Uranus so close to the descendant, there could have been issues with his teammates at work. He needed to break free before they swallowed him up with their ideas and way of life. The 7th house is that very part of us that can become too passive and immersed up in the social norms and expectations in others. It is easy to reject our 7th house calling and become silent and accommodating. I suspect Snowden used to be funny and harmless. Probably he is now funnier than ever. His humor is likely to be sharp and surprising to people. No one is funnier than a Gemini-Sagittarius and no one is more harmless appearing. He could have said or done outrageous things countless times, but I doubt anyone would take him seriously. Jupiter tends to make things seem humorous and unthreatening. Oh, but Snowden is a gray cardinal at heart. 

“You should always let people underestimate you. Because when people misappraise your intelligence and abilities, they’re merely pointing out their own vulnerabilities—the gaping holes in their judgment that need to stay open if you want to cartwheel through later on a flaming horse, correcting the record with your sword of justice.” 

Why? Looking beyond the obvious, Snowden’s natal chart is powerfully Plutonic. He knows power and he knows how power works. He knows because it is in his psyche to understand it. Snowden is a Scorpio Moon and the rulers of his Moon are a very powerfully positioned. As flexible and easy-going as Snowden may appear on the surface, a deep intensity motivates his actions. For one, Snowden’sSnowden’s core ego is ruled by Mars and Pluto. This is someone with a lot of ambition, tenacity and a certain edge. His Sun conjunct Mars is also in Gemini but the energy works towards his 2nd house. He is someone who can work hard if he is motivated by his values. The 2nd house also relates to our confidence and self-esteem and he is very confident about his intellect (Gemini). In turn, he can make a good income with his abilities around tech and if he puts effort into communicating his values. Sun-Mars is also someone who is a fighter at heart. That said, Snowden’s Sun opposes Neptune, which makes him more of an idealist than a physical fighter. Idealism is a tricky thing but not something to be underestimated. People have done crazy things in the name of idealism. But Neptune doesn’t believe in crazy it only believes in the truth behind the veil. It also believes in isolation and loneliness. It goes without saying that his self-perception is guided by sudden insights (Uranus) and the collective unconscious (Neptune) and is not always realistic in the usual sense of the world real. He could have a hard time grasping his own identity and role in the world. He is a chameleon and his flexibility and curiosity would make him less likely to have a solid sense of Self. The self can be easily discarded for the sake of knowledge. He should avoid lies and deception by people by keeping his suspicions awake, which leads me to suggest that Snowden’s life work is motivated by his own unpleasant experiences around deception. His own lack of clarity about the truth and what is real motivates him to fight for coherence as a form of justice. I usually tell people that the universe would support them if they can channel personal struggles towards actions for the greater good. It is not so much a question of truth but of a higher purpose. 

The clearest and interesting voice in the chart is Snowden’s Scorpio Moon. This Moon is a detective that hears the whispers about the figures who really hold the strings behind the curtain. This Moon understands the hidden aspects of power in an almost visceral manner. It is a great position for detailed hard work and deep research and it would keep the lies of Neptune at bay. Snowden’sSnowden’s Scorpio Moon is a very clear voice in the chart because it is the most challenged planet. Scorpio Moon is all about survival and security. It has the instinct fo a person trapped in a city during an apolocylptic event. It feels this way all the time. It can detect danger miles way and it is a classic position for a spy. It is also all about quiet power rather than laud displays. The Scorpio Moon is best in a crisis and it is nurtured by pressure. This Moon may not like it, but she shines the brightest light when some dirt is uncovered. I should mention that Mark Zuckerberg is a fellow Scorpio Mooner and it is not a coincidence. The previous generation of the computer revolution has all fit with the Pluto in Scorpio generation that brought us the internet. Snowden fits in with the Scorpio theme of the techies but he is younger and his actions are all about moving towards a new way of sharing information that fits in with the new Pluto in the Sagittarius generation. I could write a book about that topic and the figures at play at not today. What about cybersecurity? And what about power in the shadows? This is indicated in Snowdens very strong Saturn conjunct Pluto which supports his Sun-Mars. The rulers of Snowden’s Moon are Saturn-Pluto on his 6th house cusp. This is kind of interesting because this is again someone who is born to work very hard for somebody else who is the boss or handler. However, it is also a position of someone who is very powerful in their own right and with time, will gain authority. Saturn-Pluto people are the ultimate survivors but they also tend to deal with a. Lot of repression from powerful figures who sense their potential and try to nip it in the bud. Authority figures and employers can be a pain. The Libra Saturn-Pluto conjunction is very well aspected so it shows that through his work, Snowden can overcome the struggles of his Moon. I like this position fro him because otherwise, he would be flying off into revolution land. The Saturn-Pluto aspect is grounding and very capable of holding stamina over time. Libra would add some tact and ability to work behind the scenes to reach his goals without always disrupting people and situations apart. The ruler of this conjunction is Venus in Leo, which would add an element of hedonism and fun to otherswise very intellectually driven person. Venus would suggest that Snowden could also learn to live in the moment and enjoy life as he gets older. Leo would also help him take the stage as an authority in his own right and would add a flare of style that otherwise would be misplaced. However, it is naive of us not to consider that Snowden is in danger and he is facing a lot of peers working around him. His superb survival instincts and ability to strategize have always helped him but different transits and times can bring some storms. Venus also rules his 12th house which is most important when it comes to forces isolation, hidden things, hidden enemies and secrets. Snowden would have to think hard about when not to appear visible to others and on “the stage” of public life. He can be faced with some issues around choosing to step out when he should hide. Leo would compel his Venus to go out and communicate (Venus is in the 3rd house) but it is square his Moon and can disrupt his security or health. He would have to pick and choose these battles carefully in the near future.

What you want is what is takes: Natal Mars in Aries

Mars is not given enough credit. It is the fire in our soul that propels us forward towards our goals. If Mars is sleeping our energy is low and our willpower dormant.

Mars is at home in the first sign of Aries, although in my experience, it is not really all that at ease here because the energy is so high and hard to direct towards work. Regardless, Mars in Aries is amazingly powerful not only for itself but for others around the person. Why? In part, because the shadow side of Aries is the sign of Libra, which is all about other people. Therefore, Mars in Aries has an energy that can motivate others and make them follow. If your Mars is in Aries, you are a pioneer at heart and someone with very passionate wants and desires. Your own passion is contagious because it is so pure and earnest that others cannot help but be swept away by your will. You have a way of making other people aware of what they want and were afraid to pursue. This ability makes Mars in Aries an excellent leader who can convince people to get up and move. Mars in Aries is all about “think first act later,” and because the action comes first, there is very little place for fear. In many ways you have the courage that comes with not taking the time to think of the dangers of your actions. This is not a criticism but something to consider if you feel that your actions go against your long-term plans. Aries is all about starting projects and pioneering ideas and not so much about the details of the result. Your Mars will thrive at starting things and leading others to take care of the long hours or details of the project. One reason for this is that your physical energy comes out in bursts of tremendous power that burns out really fast. You can exert a lot of energy but only for short periods. The tenacity of an earthy Mars is not here. This is important to keep in mind when choosing a profession so that you are allowed to work hard but with many breaks in between. In addition, your physical reserves are directly tied to your libido drive. This means that a lot of your motivation comes from what you want. You see something you desire and you act. You cannot act unless there is something you desire. Freudian psychology is not accepted any longer but the idea that human beings are propelled by desire rings true for this Mars. 

This can be a strength because you can learn how to motivate yourself from within. You must always have something that you really want but feel like you can’t have. You must feel like a hunter for a treasure to get yourself off the couch. This is fire energy and it needs to air. Air might not be what one thinks of when thinking desire but you can imagine it as the wind that stirs the ship that is the heavy and child-like Aries Mars. Because here is the thing with desires: there must be selfishness for it to even exist. Selfish is not a bad word because our selfish needs can be used for good. Mars in Aries must be selfish or it becomes truly difficult. An Aries Mars that is trying to hide away rom what it wants starts to get into all sorts of trouble in the from of anger and conflicts with people. He will start to find others very annoying because he will project his own selfish needs onto others. He will attract all sorts of very irresponsible and impulsive people to remind him that he needs to finally take action. Because in addition to desire, you are motivated by the need to fight against something. This is true even if you re the most gentle and unaggressive person. The need to have an enemy to battle is there for you and can be expressed as fighting for a cause or debating people. It depends on the chart and the house Mars is playing in. 

Aries is the baby of the zodiac and it is like a young James Dean on a motorcycle. It needs to be on the move and likes speed. Your Mars can propel you forwards if you want something or if you have to fight someone. Otherwise, this Mars, like the child he is, is pretty tame and easy to get along with. You have sparks of energy and moments of excitement that are unbelievably powerful but the rest of the time you keep this energy to yourself. This also applies to your anger which can be almost playful, like a puppy learning to bite. I am not saying you are not secretly a wolf…But you fight for something before you learn you even have teeth that can hurt others. You have no awareness of your own strength until you use it. That is why sometimes this Mars has fears around its own strength and around taking action.

There can be situations when you are younger when you underestimated your powers and someone got hurt. This can happen during a game, a competition or just a moment of anger. It will take maturity and time before you can know how you impact other people. Aries is the child and like any child, he is not always aware that his actions can be separate from others and really make a mess. That is why this Mars can really use some form of sports or games that allow him to learn how to use it’s strength with an awareness of the results so they can learn how to calculate their aim before they act. The stereotype that Mars in Aries is always into sports is not always true. Still, they can always use some form of playful competition or group activity to exercise their passion without any real-life consequences. However, this Mars will still have bursts of physical energy that need an outlet in some form, even if it hates sports. 

Mars in Aries makes a wonderful friend in times of depression because he can cheerlead even during an apocalypse. Mars is related to vitality and it can breath life even into a dead idea or project. As a friend this Mars will always be quick to forget any grievances and there to encourage you to take risks. He will breath life into your sleeping dreams and remind you to be fearless. Sometimes if there is nothing to do or if all it’s efforts are in vain this Mars can become a waling bomb of irritation. Luckily, it is easy enough to resolve once he has leeway to play or express enthusiasm. It is really important to never tell Mars in Aries what to do. Although it does not react well to orders it does react well to challenges. Want Mars in Aires to do something? Tell them they can’t do it or it is too risky. Most of the times they will try and prove you wrong. Strangely enough positive encouragement can be very toxic for Mars in Aries. They may feel it is pointless to put in effort if already everyone is happy with the result. They don’t; see the point of extorting energy towards something unless there is some element of pioneering or excitement involved. Ideally, there is a responsible boss that challenges them to get a team of people to put in effort toward something creative and fun. Mars in Aries is very independent but it also needs some level of behind-the scenes guidance. It needs either an enemy or a prize at the end of the journey to strive for.

In romantic relationships, Mars in Aries is very earnest and straightforward. It likes to feel like the other person is willing to “play” and even compete with them, just as long it is still a respectful and fair competition. This is true of both genders, who like to feel like they can experience their strength through interaction with the other person. They need to respect you and know you can stand up to them and not let them walk all over you. They want an equal partner in crime to join them in a team effort towards their dreams. In fact, they would really enjoy it if you both feel like criminals on the run against the world. It is the kind of scenario they find attractive. They can also challenge you or start debates to feel the passion coming to life. You need to feel at ease and know they don’t mean you any harm. They just want to play. You can constantly challenge them to stop starting things if you want them to stop. Just tell them they can’t do it and watch Mars in Aries become a peaceful dragon.

Appearance wise Mars in fire tends to give a glowing skin that seems to stretch over the muscles and strong eyebrows or jaw-line. Mars in Aries can be into sports and have an impressive physique but they can also lose motivation and have periods of being in-active.

Needs: To act fast while the passion is there, independence, small daily challenges and movement.

Hates: Slow and leading to nowhere plans and dishonest interactions where anger is under the surface.

Loves: Excitement, speed, chasing and hunting for something. Open war fare that ends up in friendship and love.

Famous Mars in Aries:

Prince famous for his raw sexuality and music. Mars rules his creativity and romantic relationships.

A Gemini Sun in the 8th house with Mars in Aries and Pluto on the MC. Pluto and Mars rule creative career and show crisis around that area.

Angelina Julie famous fro her action roles

Mars rules her 10th house and public image, Mars is conjunct Moon and Jupiter so indicates fighting against injustice and being a fierce mother.

Attractive people

The Astrology of how you appear to others and what makes you attractive is something I’ve observed most easily in the chart of actors. It is usually indicated in the states of the 1st and 10th house, while the 5th and 12th house would indicate acting ability and fame. It doesn’t mean people who have different careers can’t be attractive or famous! It just means that the chart would look different and have other indicators.

Are there indicators of physical beauty and attractiveness in a natal chart?

The answer is yes but we also know that Ideals of beauty change depending on time, culture, and context so there is no one indicator or ideal to look for in a chart. To make matters even more complex, beauty is often a result of charisma and expression of personality. The erotic energy of a person can also create an element of attractiveness that is not related to physical aspects. The attractive people we all know tend to be famous and related to careers in the realm of Neptune like film, theater, fashion and modeling. Therefore, indicators in their chart show work and fame in those realms. For example, charts of conventional fashion models only show indicators that they are very tall and very thin. Charts of actors have a lot of 12th house and Neptune emphasis. A very attractive doctor or teacher would have different indicators that are not fame dependent.

Today we would take a glance at a chart of several attractive famous personas and try and see the common patterns. For physical attractiveness in Astrology we usually first look at the following:

The state of the Ascendant and its ruler.
The state of Venus and her ruler.
The state of Mars and his ruler.
Conjunctions between rulers of the first house, Venus, and outer planets.
Emphasis on the outer planets: Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus.

Sun- Charisma and public persona.
Moon- Expression and emotional aura.
Mercury- Body language and facial expression.
Venus- Style and overall attractiveness.
Saturn- The bone structure and smaller body features.
Jupiter- Fat and bigger body features.
Mars- Sex appeal and muscles.
Pluto- Magnetism and mystery.
Uranus- Alternative fashion and persona.
Neptune- Projecting an image and glamour.

Easy aspects suggest classic beauty and style and hard aspects express in more alternative or unexpected beauty. I will only use A or AA approved astro-data bank natal charts.

The Classic beauty or Water
The first example is the classically beautiful princess Grace Kelly. We can see all of the traditional indicators of beauty in her chart.

Comfort in water- Scorpio-Cancer-Pisces beauty.

Kelly’s Ascendant in Scorpio and its ruler Mars are the first house conjunct her Sun in an easy aspect to the modern ruler Pluto in Cancer. Scorpio and Cancer are both feminine signs and with an emphasis on the Self (Sun) in conjunction with the physical expression (Mars and Mercury) would project that feminine beauty for all people to see at first glance. Venus is in its traditional co-ruler of Libra, adding refinement, delicate bone structure, and a sense of style. The Libra Venus in the 12th house expresses through the projection of social dreams of what feminine beauty is. Kelly could create an aura of what was socially in style and what people wanted to see in her. Neptune in the 10th house square her first house would suggest it is a form of mystical image creating that brought her social standing. Neptune squares are very common in actors and models. As a whole, the chart has a grand trine in feminine planets and signs and in houses that emphasize expression and projection. This fits with the idea that her attractiveness is feminine and classic. It is a pleasant attractiveness that doesn’t challenge or frighten people. It is conventionally stylish and social ideas of gender roles. This grand trine also suggests that her talents and beauty come very naturally to her but can be misused by other people. Grand tines are talents but they are also often “weak” in terms of the native not controlling what they have. The control here is coming through society (1st, 9th, 5th house) and other people’s desires and projections. It also speaks of a very kind and soft personality that has a hard time saying no. That being said, strong sexuality (Scorpio stellium with Mars) and intense love nature (Moon in Pisces in the 5th house) is part of the hidden appeal. She was foremost a very sensitive person who could get easily hurt. Notice the color scheme is very Pisces-like:

Like a mystical mermaid, she is a Moon in Pisces with a water grand-trine.

The Edgy beauty or Fire

Aries 10th house stellium shows warrior persona with added curves from Venus in Cancer.

Our second example is going to be someone less “classic” and edgier so you can see the difference. Angelina Jolie is more known as edgy and even gothic in her beauty. The first easy indicator of beauty is her Venus conjunct the Ascendant in the sign Cancer. The first house is what we are known for and the sign Cancer is “the mother”. Having children and being nurturing towards people makes her more attractive. The reason her persona and physical appearance are almost more masculine, powerful and active is that her ruler (the moon) is in the warrior sign of Aries. Not only that but her Moon is part of a tight stellium in the 10th house of public image. Again, attractiveness is something all people know about her and it’s her persona. The stellium of Mars-Moon-Jupiter in Aries is square to her Saturn and Venus. This on the one hand makes her a “warrior mother for a cause” but on the other hand, makes her attractiveness more aggressive and even uneasy for some people. There is a tension there that comes through her body and more sharp features. Saturn rules the bones so this psychological tension comes through weight loss and a bony appearance. In her early years, she looked softer and rounded like a Venus in Cancer but with time and adopting her warrior mission she became muscular and thin.

Saturn squares to the chart ruler can create bony appearance when under stress.

Jupiter makes things bigger (like larger lips & Aries rules the head) Mars gives muscle tone and active persona (Lara Croft rile in movies) and Moon allows it all to express in a passionate manner. Sun in Gemini in opposition to Neptune in the 5th house of acting is another classic image-creating acting position. The most striking aspect that explains why her fashion and persona are more alternative and edgy is her Venus conjunct Ascendant square to Uranus in the 4th house. Likely, these fashion choices act out the lack of stability in childhood and the home and help her overcome them. She is a free spirit, very independent, and had to deal with males trying to control her behind the scenes (12h house) as expressed in Saturn squaring her Aries stellium.

The Boy Rebel or Air

Uranus in the first house, Aries persona and Scorpio Moon.

Our third example is going to be James Dean (February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955). He is known for his rebel without a cause persona and leather jacket. Amazingly, Uranus the planet of rebellion and the breaking of conventions is conjunct his Aries ascendant. Aries is the first sign rules young people and Uranus rules counter-culture and teenagers. Aries is young and boyish but also masculine and loves fast cars and adrenaline rides. His persona fits that counter-culture, motorcycle riding boy. The ruler of his Ascendant Mars is in the 5th house of creativity and short affairs. This suggests acting but also short love affairs and “free love”. Mars is square Moon in Scorpio in the 7th house which indicates an animalistic sex-appeal and intensity in behavior towards others.

V-shaped forehead indicator if Aries and intense gaze of Moon in Scorpio.

Venus in Capricorn would add a more refined element and smaller body structure. It is close enough to the MC to suggest an additional indicator of attractiveness and being known for charisma. The nice trine to Neptune would add a romantic beautiful aura to the image. Neptune aspects add something other people can day-dream about and project their fantasies into. Moon in Scorpio in the 7th house of the other would also create a sense of other people projecting their own intense attraction onto Dean’s mysterious persona.

Charisma just charisma or Earth

Venus in Taurus with a Leo rising.

Our fourth and last example is someone who is less conventional-looking. I chose Jack Nicholson who is charismatic and highly energetic. I do trust he has a Leo Ascendant even if it’s very early. Right away, we notice Pluto in the 12h house casting his shadow on the persona. Pluto would create a persona that is magnetic, sexy, mysterious and very intense. It creates an image of someone attractive but at times frightening and dominating. The 12th house is often associated with fame and the ability to project an image through the first house which comes in handy in an acting career. The ruler of Nicholson’s first house, the Sun is conjunct Venus and Uranus in the public 10th house. Venus in the sensual and attractive sign of Taurus while Sun and Uranus are in the masculine Aries. We see the planets fall in their “best” signs and are in conjunction. The conjunction is a hard aspect that can generate a lot of power and charisma.

Uranus in relation to the persona would make the appearance strange or a little erratic while Venus would tone it down to a more gentlemanly and sensual mannerism. Again, we see an emphasis on the outer planet conjunction to the persona planets in public houses. We can also note Sun-Venus-Uranus is square Neptune. This would be someone who is not conventionally attractive but electric, ,mysterious, and somewhat different. The attractiveness would come from the psychology (12h house) of their personality and the charisma of Pluto. They have an inner hidden battery that makes them shine.

Here is…Pluto!

Do you have any of these indicators in your natal chart?

#1 AstroPop Profile: Saggittarius Queens

In the following series, we explore how popular musicians reflect their Astrological roots. We break down lyrics, videos and style to show the signs working on the collective front of pop culture. Warning: Stereotypes allowed. 

The Sagittarius girl is born to dominate and succeed in the music business. Her main virtue is her dramatic flair and storytelling. Her creative heart fuels a dramatic image reflected in her bold style choices.  She seems to be working from an emotional core: Stories of love, revenge, and victory. Yet Sagittarius is not emotional by nature, he is simply a good storyteller, a dramatic teacher who wishes to speak to the mob. The Sagittarius girl is an actress who enjoys weaving popular mentality at her commend. She is naturally gifted at breaking up complicated into simple and warping it in an attractive cover. Sagittarius rules traditional Jupiter and as such the girls like to ring out something from the past in their creations and style. The Sagittarius girl is an actress who enjoys weaving popular mentality at her commend. She is naturally gifted at breaking up complicated into simple and warping it in an attractive cover. Sagittarius rules traditional Jupiter and as such the girls like to bring out something from the past in their creations and style.

No matter how sad the song, there is something powerful about the Sagittarius girl’s strength to always bounce back. It is not luck but optimism and a strong value system that allows the queen to always be victorious. The self-esteem is usually strong, they are confident and will stand their ground.

The Sagittarius queen is loved by the masses for how accessible she is. Her lyrics are rarely complicated but always delivered with such a dramatic flair – you believe her. Sagittarius rules publishing and this gives the Sagittarius girl a secret business talent. She knows what the people love and hate and she is willing to play. Jupiter rules expansion and these artists all show how harmless drama can get out of hand. The willingness to expand allows the singers to change their images. Usually in bold ways, from pure to dirty, sweet to angry, virgin and whore. Jupiter likes things to be big, bold and loud. Co-Ruled by Pisces there is an element of fantasy and mystery to all Jupiter creations, combined with the ability to take what the public believes in and throw in their face.

In pop culture, the Sagittarius may take the seediest hedonistic elements of the collective such as extreme sexuality and greed. Sagittarius likes to sing about money and possessions. It equally likes to sing about love, and it will shout about it from the rooftops. It is not a subtle kind of song. Sagittarius usually thinks they are right but are redeemed by their generosity towards others. “High” Sagittarius songs deal with ideas about a better society, a better relationship and a better love. “Low” Sagittarius songs deal with hedonism, money, and sex. Many artists move between the two and play around with various ideas and images. Remember when Christian Aguilera came out with “Dirty”? They enjoy shocking people on moral grounds.

Jupiter likes things to be big, bold and loud. Co-Ruled by Pisces there is an element of fantasy and mystery to all Jupiter creations, combined with the ability to take what the public believes in and throw in their face. In pop culture, the Sagittarius may take the seediest hedonistic elements of the collective such as extreme sexuality and greed. Sagittarius likes to sing about money and possessions. It equally likes to sing about love, and it will shout about it from the rooftops. It is not a subtle kind of song. Sagittarius usually thinks they are right but are redeemed by their generosity towards others.

“High” Sagittarius songs deal with ideas about a better society, a better relationship and a better love. “Low” Sagittarius songs deal with hedonism, money, and sex. Many artists move between the two and play around with various ideas and images. Remember when Christian Aguilera came out with “Dirty”? They enjoy shocking people on moral grounds.

I hope next time you hear a song by a Sagittarius you will notice this come through.

Strength: Songwriting and storytelling with voice and acting, bold and brave

Weakness: Can exaggerate and become caricatures of themselves (cringe)

The sexy:  Playing a character, at heart wild and sporty

Style: Vintage fairy tales, Baroque

Examples: Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, Amy Lee, Christina Aguilera

Queen Earth: Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift is known for her simple catchy beats and lyrics. She cultivates a style that leans heavily on American culture. Her bold red lips speak of pin girls and yet she is the girl next door. She is retro yet she is fresh. She has been accused of using her personal romances as fuel for her popular songs. She is a songwriter that writes about heartbreak and revenge. She is very much dramatic in every sense from her movement on stage to her facial expressions. Her music videos showcase over the top stories of collective fairy tales.

I give her the Earth Element because of the strong presence of Saturn and Capricorn in her Natal Chart. Earth would give the type of S stories and the style she tells them in a more vintage and traditional feel. Think Romeo and Juliette. Appropriately her popular album was titled  Fearless and don’t forget the characters she likes to play in her videos. Sagittarius can always use some Saturn to give him the ability to hold its horses and not over gamble in life. Swift is a good example of business sense that feels the tides of trends as they come and go. Her Cancer Moon helps her connect to the primitive emotional strings of her audience. Cancer is the baby, the childhood dream but it can bite when hurt.

Lyrics: Now I’m standing alone in a crowded room and we’re not speaking,
And I’m dying to know is it killing you like it’s killing me, yeah?
I don’t know what to say, since the twist of fate when it all broke down,
And the story of us looks a lot like a tragedy now. – The Story of Us

Queen Air: Billie Elish BillieBellyache2.1web.jpg

This artist is new but is a great example of Sagittarius at its finest.  A very young 18-year-old but there is a lot of wisdom in her delivery. Her strength again appears in her storytelling and the way her voice shifts to accommodate every word with meaning. She is a pure actress; rebellious teen is her Sagittarius role.  Notice how she tells the story of murdering her cheating boyfriend in the song Bellyache, it is all about her delivery. The lyrics themselves are very simple.

Like Swift, she is a triumphant victim in a different style. Speaking of different, Eillish has Uranus, the planet for all that is alternative, innovative and rebellious on her side. Therefore, I think Air is her element. Sagittarius with a strong Aquarius emphasis is generally great at developing a unique style and voice.  In female charts especially, a rejection of gender roles is common. The Sagittarius girl is by nature a tomboy. The art such a mix produces tends to concern itself with what is right and wrong in relationships between humans. Uranus and Jupiter both care a great deal about finding the right dogma to fit their worldview. Using some shock value is a common way for them to make other people think and find the freedom to express their creativity. With Uranus in the mix, Eilish can make anything look attractive and sexy, even if it doesn’t fit into the traditional popular view.

lyrics: Sitting all alone
Mouth full of gum
In the driveway
My friends aren’t far
In the back of my car
Lay their bodies – Bellyache

Queen Fire: Nicki Minaj

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This artist has enough fire in her chart to burn a room but with some earth to ground her. Jupiter is never tired, the energy is always going and going like…Her words. With Virgo moon her flair for words, fast and witty is evident. Her style is very much made from bold shapes and colors taken over the top. Remember, she is playing a role and behind it is probably someone shrewder than you think. Some consider the Sagittarius style to be too much and too sexy. Jupiter likes it that way. Oh and Jupiter roles curves.  Lyrics: All of these bitches in pocket, I’m ’bout to make a deposit. Tell ’em to go ‘head and gossip
As long as your house is the size of my closet-
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Queen Water: Amy Lee 

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Amy Lee is enchanting with her beautiful voice that seems too big and deep for one person. Her style leans on the gothic warped in fairy tales with a dark atmosphere and stories of emotional depth is her art. Like Swift, she has a Cancer Moon, which allows her to go into the instinctive real of the heart. While Swift goes into subjects of Cancer the baby- teenage years, the fears and needs of the young Cancer. Amy Lee goes into the deep waters of the collective soul. She too has a taste for the dramatic with her gothic style and of course the music of Evanescence which hits your heart with no apologies.

Lyrics: When you cried I’d wipe away all of your tears
When you’d scream I’d fight away all of your fears
And I held your hand through all of these years
But you still have all of me – My Immortal

Quick post: Beyoncé BET Awards review

“Tryna rain, tryna rain on the thunder
Tell the storm I’m new

I’m telling these tears, “Go and fall away, fall away”
May the last one burn into flames”

Beyonce has her Moon in Scorpio and a strong Libra influence that allows her to express it in artistic and visual means that are still pleasing to the public.

So…Orginally this blog started with my own deep fascination with how popular media and music reflected individual birth charts to a T. The fascination hasn’t waned and so I would love to start posting some bits and pieces about pop culture in addition to the informative posts.

This year Beyonce has released her masterpiece of death and rebirth with Lemonade. A recent live performance of the track “Freedom” is just a prime example of everything Scorpio. The visual album tells us a story fo death and rebirth with strong undertones of jealousy and passion. Freedom is a culmination of all the suffering love brings. Scorpio goes through many deep painful emotions until it dies and is reborn again with new understanding.

Beyonce tells us that love does win and with her strong Libra (Venus) placements love is part of the story- but not really. Rather Lemonade is more a story of individual growth and finding the true self- out of the weak ashes is reborn  a strong woman. Sexuality is both the cause of pain- betrayal, possessiveness, and jealousy but also the redeeming power that allows Beyonce to be reborn as an all-powerful goddess with strong Venusian qualities.

Lemonade is a Venusian creation in that it uses images that serve as mirrors of her transformation into that new person. It is also a highly sensual experience full of texture, color merged sound and blunt sexuality. Sexuality that is both very very cultivated (Libra) artificial if you will.The kind where Beyonce has her hair all flowing and her makeup glowing as her curves light up the screen.  And very raw, natural feminine Beyonce  where her eyes (soul-Moon) let us see a more vulnerable side to her. The power of the feminine is a theme very present in all her music but here it takes a dark tone never seen before. Emotions are not meant to be pretty but they gain a new beauty in their service to the rebirth of the self.

In her recent 2016 BET Awards performance of Freedom, we see dancers glide across calm waters as Beyonce starts chanting away her prayer, gaining strength and conviction in her true path: freedom from darkness, freedom from dependence- freedom only gained through love. The kind of love that doesn’t ask you to shut your power away- instead the Scorpio love is a healing storm that burns all evil in it’s path and brings new life. Think about the final scene of Lemonade, it all ends with Blue Ivy, her daughter. Transformed, Beyonce can leave the demonic behind and come back to being a mother and a wife.

Scorpio Moon people go through this types of currents of change all their lives- finally, popular culture gives the rest of us a glimpse into these depths and the rewards of suffering. Beyonce wins and she takes us on a journey towards that triumph.

Analyzing the performance it is all rather straight forward and spectacular. The lighting casts the stage in burning orange and red – almost blood like but reminiscent to the colors of dawn and a new beginning. Red fog welcomes Beyonce and her tribe on stage to the sounds of drums. The crowd helps the ritual along as they step on stage. We first see Beyonce as a shadow cloaked in white light. As the light hits the stage, she and her tribe of dancers get ready for their battle for freedom. Their movements start to become wider and the water is disturbed into little puddles – the change has begun. Beyonce starts singing and as she gains momentum the water is turned into a wavy surface, much harder to control. Water like the Moon and like Scorpio is an emotional current and as such it needs to be surfed on- not controlled.  It seems to me the battle is won only when water stops to be that current danced on and rains starts falling in golden shimmers on top of Beyonce. Water is not a force from below- but from above it is able to wash away the past, the pain, the old self if you will. Washed clean the mistakes and sings bring out the freedom.

The water is still as the dancers glide- they are the spirits that would soon help the witch cast away her enemies. Waters are still and the goddess starts her song but when water rains down it is  a celebration. Therefore when Beyonce sings the verse: “Freedom! Freedom! I can’t move, Freedom, cut me loose!”  The dancers splash across the stage bringing together water from above and below into a new whole. The red light as mentioned before symbolizes both blood- life, birth but also  death- of the old self but perhaps a new beginning and dawn.

Is it beautiful? Or is it disturbing? You judge. Probably it is both and no one said it better: “Beauty is terror”- Donna Tartt. For that another post.

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Pluto in the First House: Dangerous Beauty

Best quality: The ability to transform

Worst: The ability to destroy

Appearance: Ever changing but the eyes.

Astro-Tip: Stop fearing yourself. Let your feral animal out of the cage and you will find out they are not so dangerous.

What happens when a planet is on your ascendant? It dramatically affects how people perceive you. In the case of Pluto the results are fascinating and sometimes surprising.

Pluto in the first house people are the kind of people who walk into a room- and the air changes. They have a strong presence- both for positive and negative.  It is not about how they look but more to do with the way they hold themselves.  Pluto is seductive- but also dominating. Pluto holds all the secrets of life and death- it is the key. So imagine a person that represents all these dark secrets in their very being. Pluto rising people are usually not aware they have this type of presence or strong effect on people. They may feel hurt and surprised by the way people sometimes fear them- or worse try and dominate and control them!

Why? It is as if other people feel the power and try to protect against it by being controlling or aggressive towards the Pluto rising person.

When they grow up they learn to either repress or mask their presence or they use it to reach their goals. In my experience, the second option is much healthier. Many amazing artists and performers have this placement- they radiate it and use is as a creative vehicle.

How? Pluto is about transformation, the deep and hidden kind, like  that of Scorpio and the 8th house. So they change their look and style every few years- they literally become someone else.  If they are more spiritually evolved they would change and shed their personality and not only their look and style. Some Pluto rising people fall into the trap of plastic surgery and obsession with how they look. A happy Pluto rising person is capable of transforming themselves for the better instead- they work on their character and spiritual growth. They can then influence in their environment- changing it for the better.

My tip for them is to stop trying to control and hide who they are- instead use it for the better. Be creative, live dangerously and change society. For example they can live dangerously only to help others- many medical professionals have this placement. They can use their ability to change to be great actors- turning into their very character with ease. A great example is  Meryl Streep who is known for transforming herself deeply before each role. Or Charlize Theron who changed her appearance  dramatically for “Monster” (2003). The roles both actresses choose reflect Pluto perfectly- dealing with death, sexual trauma, pain and the past.

Some male examples  known to do the same that have Pluto rising are Joaquin  Phoenix who plays characters in conflict or dealing with mental and emotional issues.  In the movie “The master” (2012) he plays a troubled boozy drifter who joins a cult. And who can forget Stephen King? the author known for his horror and supernatural stories who is also mysterious in real life. He also transformed himself greatly from a heavy drug use to a completely sober and successful author.

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.- Winston Churchill
 

Matthew McConaughey: Horoscope

Matthew Macconaughey is an American actor, born on November 4th 1969. He is well known for roles in romantic comedies  such as: The Wedding Planner 2001, How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days 2003.and in Dramatic roles in The Lincoln Lawyer 2011, Interstellar 2014 and the acclaimed Dallas Buyers Club 2013.

Mcconaghy started enjoying great success later in his career, before that he studied in the University of Texas where he majored in communications and wanted to continue and study law. His breakthrough role was in Dazed and Confused 1992 and after a few roles in lighthearted comedies, he begin staring in much more dramatic roles.

Matthew is a Scorpio with a Virgo moon and Gemini Ascendant. The Gemini rising sign might explain why he kept being cast as a romantic playboy in comedies in his early career. Gemini is the ultimate playboy, for along with Libra it craves partnerships and needs to be stimulated or it gets bored and leaves. Matthew also has both Jupiter and Venus in the sign of Libra. Signifying a great ability to project into the world (through acting) the very essence of love and beauty. It also means that in his personal life, having a beautiful partner is very important.

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So Virgo- healing HIV So scorpio- Death, STDs and danger So Libra- Working with others to make a better world

The combination of the Sun in Scorpio with the Gemini rising and the Libra placements allow Maccounaghy to be a sharp communicator. This is someone who can argue with others on screen with a touch of humor (Gemini) and allot of intellect. No wonder he wanted to be a lawyer! In fact Mcconaughey even payed one in The Lincoln Lawyer 2011. Scorpio sun with a Virgo moon people are very intellectual beings who love to analyze things in depth. The main problem they might face in life is being estranged from the emotional life which they don’t value as much their rational. This makes sense because they are very good at understanding things in a much clearer way than anyone else.Acting is a way to connect to the missing emotions in a nuch needed way. The Libra Venus may be about beauty and partnership- but don’t forget it is also an air sign. Venus shows what we value and Maccounghy values “the beautiful mind”.

A Scorpio with an air rising is very attractive and charming to anyone they meet. They appear friendly and easy going and therefore make friends easily. They also are very good talkers because they combine the Scorpio intensity and sharp tongue with a humorous approach. This is especially true because Mcconaughey has his Mercury in Scorpio in the 6th house.

The 6th house is ruled by Virgo which is his Moon placement. Allowing him an endless access into his own deep Scorpio unconscious when acting (acting is ruled by Mercury and Neptune). Choosing complicated roles is very necessary for Matthew because he needs the mental work. Remember that the 6th house is ruled by Virgo who is a workaholic.

A mercury in Scorpio here means that he likes to work hard for his roles and research them in advance. All the above placements show me someone who likes to break things down and then rebuild them. Scorpio likes to break things in order to rebuild them and Virgo likes to do the same so it can understand all the little details. So here is a person who is a workaholic and who is always thinking how to transform himself. And if you think about it- this is exactly what he did! He chooses intense roles that require mental and physical preparation. And from a romantic comedies actor he transformed himself into roles like the one in Dallas Buyers Club 2013 ,where he plays a drug addict that finds out he has HIV.

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A Scorpio-Virgo role in the TV show True Detective

I if didn’t know this person was a actor I would suggest they become a doctor, awyer or detective. Someone that can break things down in order to build them better- this can be the Law or the human body. But then you see that he has his MC in Aquarius and this changes things. People with this placement tend to need freedom in their career. If look at the Venus and Jupiter in Libra in this context. It is evident that this is someone that values individuality as part of their philosophy of life. Venus speaks of our values Jupiter of our beliefs and here the theme of partnership is evident. But in the context of the MC and Scorpio sun: The type of partnership is the kind that allows others the freedom to be themselves, both mentally and emotionally. Aquarius is the ultimate sign of fame and the public love people with this MC, so I think a great deal of long term success is promised for Matthew McConaughey.

I would also like to take a look at Saturn in Taurus in the 12th house. In general I find that Taurus is a good position for the planet of limitations and stability – it is also slow to change and very stable. But the 12th house is hard for any planet to be in. It’s like saying that stability is not to be found in life. It is much harder to access the qualities of Taurus and Saturn if it’s in this house. A person needs to struggle to find that place within them that is stable. Macounghy is already dominated by Air signs and the very emotional Scorpio- so this may be a problem. Thankfully he has the Virgo ability to work long and hard in order to reach his goals. And even better is having the beautiful Libra Venus and Jupiter in the 5th house. Promising lots of fun, romance and exciting adventures as well as luck with money and travel.

lily Allen – Taurus

“And I am a weapon of massive consumption
And it’s not my fault, it’s how I’m programmed to function”– The Fear  lyrics

“You’re no friend of mine girl
And I’ve known it for a while girl…Tell me what did you expect?
Have you got no self-respect?” -Friend of mine lyrics

I remember when I first heard the single “smile” and I loved it. Such a sweet voice and such words behind it. Lily Allen (again a British singer) who became famous overnight through Myspace, is a Taurus. For me she embodies the female Taurus traits perfectly both in her self expression about love and society as well as in her style. Taurus is ruled by Venus and in other words beauty,love and sensuality. And yet Taurus girls are far from being concerned with the soft and tender of the world. Beauty and warmth are in their nature,its is what a Taurus craves and gives others. But this earth sign is also very concerned with stability in the worldly sense but for emotional reasons. They are earthy in terms of answering the personal needs be it money,food or sex. But they like to play it safe which can mean playing by conservative rules to get to their gaols. They don’t act rashly like the Aries and fire energy is not in their nature. A Taurus women is feminine no matter what she wears or even how she acts-her true nature is feminine even if covered by roughness. They make good loyal friends but do tend to always think they are right. A Taurus is never wrong and if they are, it will take time to change an opinion long held. This women know how to hold mind over matter to achieve what they want but underneath are sensitive souls with a practical view of life.

Lily Allen is a Taurus with some strong Gemini in her chart, this probably denotes her with clever words and lyrics as well as lightening her personality a bit. I don’t think I ever came across a more Taurus representing song then “The Fear”. Though the songs mocks wonderfully the world we live in and all material things it also puts an expression to our need and hunger for them. The song is like the sweet evolving Taurus that finds through life more creative and spiritual approaches to answering ones need for possessions of beauty. Its an evolution and yet its a struggle.