Magazine editor extraordinare, Helen Gurley Brown, passed away this week. Born on February 18th, Helen epitomized many of the best qualities of independent and forward thinking Aquarius. Rather than bow to her era’s standards of “what was expected” of women, she envisioned- and helped create- a bright future for young ladies, full of career achievement and sexual liberation.
At the helm of “Cosmopolitan” magazine from 1965-1997, she gave women the support, and the know-how, they needed to break out of outdated cultural roles. Aquarians are visionaries and are extremely dedicated and focused. They tend to be single mined in their commitment to certain things and difficult to sway from their core beliefs. In Brown’s case this was the belief that women can have it all, and have fun doing it! And we all have her to thank for that.
Pisces is ruled by the watery planet Neptune, and they are prone to be overwhelmed by the people and emotions around them. This can play out in a number of way- they can latch on to their empathy and go into a care giving profession (a huge number of social workers and nurses are Pisces, for example), OR they can get swept up in sex, drugs and rock n’roll (anything that they can ride high on). And many Pisces also get swept away in their relationships- having a hard time navigating where their partner ends and they begin.
Pisces Jessica Biel addresses this Pisces tendency of hers in the August 2012 issue of InStyle, and how she has been struggling to tap into her independence in her relationship with Aquarian fiance Justin Timberlake. That’s good, because Aquarians need freedom and autonomy in their marriages!
“In my earlier experiences with relationships, I was really vulnerable to somebody else’s personality, hobbies and way of life. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve become proud of the traits that make me who I am. Maintaining my individuality is really important to me because otherwise I can easily slip into somebody else’s life. So I’m glad I’m getting better at it. It’s a process, but it’s getting simpler.”
Making the rounds doing press for her new documentary “Part of Me”, Katy Perry is living up to her Scorpio image. She admits that she is “a control freak” and maintained total authority during both the filming and editing. Scorpios are notoriously controlling and stubborn. She also speaks to the famous Scorpio willpower and determination, addressing her hatred of failure and her drive to succeed despite a rocky road to stardom; “Nothing great comes easily”. Despite the Scorpios drive for success they are very private people, she admits to People Magazine that “I think I’m going to go into a cave after this.. I would love to be in a beautiful, unplugged place where there’s not a lot going on so I can get back in tune.” Conquer, transform, retreat, repeat -> the Scorpio cycle.
It has been a momentous few weeks for wonderkind Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook entrepreneur celebrated his 28th birthday, brought his company public and married his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan. The birthday was on May 14th, IPO on May 18th and wedding on May 19th, giving them all a very strong Taurus signature.
Taureans like Mark like to build things. They are slow and careful creators of things of value, in this case, a vast web of internet interconnectivity that is deeply important to both users and corporations/advertisers. Taureans are very attached to routine and tend to be cautious and risk averse. He resisted deep pressure from the media and his investors to sell his company in the past, waiting patiently until he believed he could achieve maximum value for the stock.
Taurus is ruled by the planet of love and beauty, Venus. The problem here is that Venus was retrograde during the IPO (and his wedding). This is a less than ideal time for people to make major purchases or do other things related to Venus, as our sense of VALUE is skewed.
This was exactly the fate that befell early investors in the Facebook IPO, who lost money on the overvalued stock. The true sense of value is never clear when Venus is retrograde. So this may be the story of the stock for a long time to come- likely it will act counter-intuitively to major market changes and standard indicators.
Mark and Pricilla’s wedding on May 19th occurred when both the sun and the moon were in Taurus, conjunct Jupiter, the planet of good luck. Clearly this mitigates some of the traditional negativity associated with marrying during a Venus retrograde. With such strong Taurus energy you can expect that they will keep to their low key routine, albeit while enjoying their heightened abundance.
The world is in love with multi-platinum, multi-Grammy winning Sagittarius singer Taylor Swift. Everyone, that is, beside for the men that she seems to fall for.
Famously dumped by first boyfriend, Leo pop star Joe Jonas, she has since gone on to have similarly short lived romances with older Hollywood types, including Sagittarius Jake Gyllenhaal and Libra John Mayer.
Sagittarians like Taylor are known to be charismatic and dramatic divas. They go for what they want, have fun with life and soak up the admiration that comes their way. Amongst their ranks are such musical luminaries as Bette Midler, Maria Callas, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
But Sagittarians are sometimes too eager to go after what they want. And this may perhaps account for Taylors downfall in love. She is not very good at taking it slow and watching things unfold. (Let’s just hope she doesn’t acquire a penchant for proposing marriage to her lovers, a la Britney). But for now her naive and speedy ways have put off her suitors. Not to mention her propensity for writing songs about their romances. This also taps into the Sagittarian penchant for over-sharing.
Perhaps if she more fully embraces the positive Sag qualities of open-mindedness, adventurousness, non-possessiveness, and joie de vivre she will find her perfect match.