ongoing evolution of Madonna finds her in love, and with a new baby
on the way. Happiness may well be here for the mother of self-invention,
and a measure of security along with it—something that she has managed
without, but longs for within. Madonna's horoscope has two outstanding
features: one that symbolizes the original meaning of “virgin mother,”
and the other that embodies her Aphrodite image. Those two characters
may seem at odds—the goddess of love and the virgin mother—but for Madonna,
in the Sign of the Virgin
first feature to consider is Madonna’s stellium (group of three or more
planets) in Virgo. The Moon, Mercury and Pluto are all clustered in
Virgo around her Ascendant (rising sign), and it is in that stellium
that we see the theme of regeneration and self-creation played out.
Moon in the First House, conjunct Mercury in the Twelfth House, gives
her the facility to play to the public's secret desires, to assess the
mood and tone of the collective unconscious and communicate back to
it through imagery. There is a sharp cunning to Virgo because it is
the sign of understanding how things work, and how to work things. Her
renowned work ethic is admirable, and she has a reputation for being
absolutely diligent—even slavish—to her projects. She becomes an expert
on whatever she is working on, whether that is a course in the Kaballah,
her role as Evita or creating her motherhood.
conjunct Pluto shows Madonna's powerful mental will and her capacity
to regenerate, as well as her affinity with the underworld and radical,
revolutionary action. Mercury-Pluto lends her a powerful combination
of communicative tools, but with a dualistic nature. She can be fruitful
as well as horribly destructive. Her desire to have absolute power and
control over her domain has clearly manifested in her repeated self-creations
and singular career. Her Plutonian overtones—unorthodox, scary, dark,
mysterious, harsh, spiky—all came out early in her first strong anti-establishment
video, and have been played out in many ways since.
in the Sign of the Lion
second important signature is her natal Venus in the sign of Leo, square
to Neptune in Scorpio. This too speaks of her relationship to older,
mythic goddesses because Venus/Aphrodite is the goddess of love, beauty
and erotica. Aphrodite means "born of sea foam," and Neptune is the
god of the sea, the great oceanic unconscious in which the fruits of
the psyche and creative imagination are housed. Neptune is also a shape-shifter,
a protean planet that has no defined boundary or image, but can adapt,
chameleon-like to its environment, or change its appearance instantly.
uses her shape-shifting ways (Neptune) to enhance and depict the feminine
image in as many forms as it can be found. She has shaped a generation
of girls into their own images, by giving “permission” for women to
be who they really are, no matter what. Madonna is an Aphrodite figure.
She is self-created, birthed by secret and mysterious methods, glamorous
a worldly manner, Venus in Leo is aware of social roles and hierarchies.
Madonna is very savvy politically. That is, she knows how a role should
be enacted, and in which stratum of the social hierarchy a role is best
played out. This is both a personal trait and one she uses in her career.
Now, Madonna does have a coarse, immature side (Venus in Leo can be
a reluctant adult) that is demonstrated through her ultimate disrespect
for authority, her attempts to desecrate various icons of the era and
so on. Though generally she appears to have “been there, done that,”
she still has a child-like
need to be a bad girl.
instance, her appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman
in March (2000) showed that she still thumbs her nose at what she perceives
as the establishment. She slouched, cursed and swore (and was bleeped)
constantly—even after Letterman begged and threatened, she continued
to curse, until he finally gave up. She bleeped her way to the ad-break
and was not seen on the set afterward. She was her teenage rebel all
over again. Yet she recently appeared on the cover of Good Housekeeping!
This is not a mystery. It is manipulation of the public, another Moon-Pluto
signature, coupled with the Venus-Neptune square.
has an exalted, glamorous side that is demonstrated in her flawless
creation of roles, her positioning of herself at the top stratum of
her own hierarchy of needs, as well as assuming that all others in positions
of power have got there somehow by false pretences. Her fantasy/real
life is both regal and underworldly. Her Neptune in Scorpio is the dark
side of the soul, where the psyche is seduced by Hades, the god of the
underworld, where she wears black leather and spikes and calls the gods
down from their pedestals. But, on the other hand, Venus in the magisterial
sign Leo, in the Eleventh House, is a crowd pleaser—glamorous, tasteful,
contemporary—and has everyone around her in a thrall of some form or
another. Her personal stage is a playful, seductive and continuously
is a woman of vision (Venus square Neptune) with a rich fantasy life,
and the resources to act out her vision. But, the purity of her vision
is the key to its success. Her seduction into her own mythology has
created an attentive audience and a successful dramatic presentation.
I should think her next image will be—well, different than before.