El rostro (Eclipse) (Spanish Edition)
Postscript: Last spring I wrote this blog post in which I included certain astrological transits marking events in the life of the famous Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso. Later in the year, while attending an astrology conference, I heard a well-known British astrologer present on the exact same transits and time in the life of the artist. Although I am very well aware that similar findings are common, I want to state here that I do not consult other writers when writing for this website and so conclusions I make here come from my own reflection and analysis.
Here we are at a Full Moon in Virgo. Even though it is a rainy day where I write and the sound of the rain helps me let go and type, I find myself doubting and taking a critical eye to what I have been exploring, and also to what I have been trying to say for several weeks. Virgo Moons tend to bring about self-doubt, a criticism seeking perfection, that makes putting the final touches on a writing all that more difficult.
I started writing this post at the New Moon in Pisces. I was drawn to the connections, what I wanted to discuss, in the birth chart of a writer.
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Yet I found myself struggling with the biographical details of the life of the woman I chose. She lived through her fantasies and deception seemed fundamental to her story and, eventually, to her declining health and her death. She strikes me as such an odd bird, living a life half real, half fantasy, and putting it all into diaries she wrote year in and year out for literally decades. Her chart is useful to better comprehend our current Piscean moment at this Full Moon: now we have Sun, Mercury, Venus and Neptune all in the sign.
At times, her work smacks of misogyny, her characters revel in what pleasures they want, often with little care or concern for others or for societal norms. I suppose we might accept and learn from her choices and acknowledge her free will. The Moon moves quickly; the Moon enters Libra by the start of this weekend.
Looking at Pisces in the natal chart of an artist of the past gives us a chance to better understand Pisces manifesting in our own lives and offers us guidance in our own evolutionary path. She also kept a daily diary, starting when she was 11, and continuing for over sixty years until her death at 73 in Others have written at length about her natal chart.
In the limited space here, I want to work with Pisces, the strengths and pitfalls of the sign, at play in her life.
If not a Femme Fatale, certainly she was a master seductress. Numerous lines from her writings point to her sexual merging and literally becoming one with another.
Piscean energy is in tune with the collective. Visionary and creative, Pisces taps into fantasy and the imagination. Vesta, the priestess, the lighter of the temple flame, works together with Venus, aesthetic pulse of her everyday life, her diary writing, where she is able to touch and serve a larger audience. Venus together with Eris in her natal chart, her most private, passionate sexual thoughts became creative expression through daily routine, one radically feminine and one radically assertive.
Pisces, the last of the Zodiacal signs and associated with the 12th House, has a collective dimension, allowing the individual to merge through the senses and through the heart with all outside the oneself and, in turn, can impact and shift, contributing to a collective change. There is a heightened sensitivity with Pisces.
Venus in Pisces is a good placement for a musician or artist because the sign of Pisces gives the artistic expression of Venus an ability to reach into the collective psychic realm of what moves us spiritually through art. Jerry Garcia, lead guitarist of the Grateful Dead and master of improvisation through music, had his south node of the Moon, the path and skills his soul carried into this life, in Pisces.
His music became an aesthetic conduit for spiritual play through music and dance. Venus in Pisces in a natal chart is a soul seeking spiritual love in the highest form, whether through creative expression or loving another, yet can be caught in the illusion or dream of what that love can be. Sensitive and psychic, Venus in Pisces has to be careful of sacrificing boundaries, letting go of self or personal needs, because one feels the other profoundly.
There is also an intuitive connection with the other, sometimes made difficult through delusion or deception because of fantasy and dream. Marrying Hugh Parker Guiler at a young age, Nin stayed married to him while juggling affairs with countless other men, most famously her affairs with writer Henry Miller and psychoanalyst Otto Rank. Eventually, she told Rupert of her other husband but Hugh Guiler only learned of her dual life at the time of her death.
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Critics have called attention to her narcissism, the self-absorbed attitude and tone of some of her writing, so much a reflection of that Jupiter Sun conjunction. Yet one wonders how much of herself did she sacrifice to keep up appearances? Lies and deception must certainly have weighed down upon her soul. Impossible to know. But the lack of authenticity and her failure to acknowledge both men, both marriages, must have deterred true intimacy. One marriage became an escape from the other, but I doubt either could go into authentic deep spiritual union. Chiron also resides in the 4th.
She faced a blockage and wound to achieving true intimacy in her closest relationships in part because of her incestuous relationship with her father , though Saturn gave the structure and commitment she needed to write Mercury about her most inner world. Partly this failure came through her response to her natal planets and Sun in Pisces, the dissolving of boundaries, and the escapism from the reality of truth. What advice could we offer? Write daily and let your passions and flights of imagination have a voice.
Make daily living and routine a work of art and a theatrical performance. But how about allowing yourself to love LARGE, feel and take in all the passion and lust your soul craves? Be open and honest about it. Be accepting of your polyamorous soul. Did she fall into the trap of deception because being married to one person was not enough for her passionate soul?
Or, lacking boundaries, did she allow herself to juggle both men because she could not bring herself to hurt another? Better to shift oneself than to feel the discomfort in shifting another, even if the other sorely needs to hear the truth. What about holding onto fantasy as a Piscean strategy? If we imagine the fantasy element removed, if she told both men about the existence of her dual life, Nin would have been free from balancing a crazy, two-fold life of deceit.
Then, we can only speculate, she would have been able to access so much more of the creative energy so present in her life. It is easy to take an historical figure, trace the life of him or her, and see astrological archetypes within their life unfold. But what gives such a reflection value is how we can counsel with it, help ourselves and maybe perhaps others, as we journey through the current moment.
By looking back at individual lives in history, we see, perhaps, something of our own life. Then, who knows, maybe we create a better future; we make collective change. Mercury is currently in Pisces until March 5th , Venus until March 6th. We, too, can all reach into our imaginations and creativity Pisces grants us look to see what House is touched by Pisces in your chart to understand the arena where this creative expression can best manifest.
Neptune, as the modern ruler of Pisces, moves us from Venusian love into higher spiritual, compassionate love, and gives us glimpses into the Divine. One could argue she also struggled with the strong, often overwhelming, sensitivity, so characteristic of the sign, to all that surrounded her. Use this time to meditate upon bringing peace into our hearts and acceptance of our true self and the self of others.
Two Piscean fishes attached by a cord; one pulls to open our inner fantasy and vision, the other seeks a greater union.
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Perhaps it is time to just let our partners, and ourselves, be who we are, open our hearts not through delusion or lie, but through acceptance and love. Acceptance and courage to be ourselves and let others be, tap into our own creative visions, and let that inspiration flow. Everyone loves the Dalai Lama! Like any astrological chart, the complexities of planetary energies in the birth chart are very different in many respects from that of the current Full Moon.
Dalai Lamas are the Bodhisattva of Compassion with us on Earth. Opportunities to express 5th House Jupiter the deepest truths of compassion and to share his heart of faith as a holy leader works naturally with the role of mystical elder in expanding our knowledge of the Divine and Universal Love Saturn 9th House Pisces.