Gloria Steinem has become synonymous with feminism. Unlike many of the
fads and lost causes of the 1970s, Steinem’s reputation as a media savvy
journalist and icon for women all over the world has only grown with
age. And after all these years, the 66-year-old finally entered into
the institution of marriage and has found herself in the news again.
it that this woman become so important in the era of women's rights,
and why did her voice rise above all the others who were fighting for
"women's lib?” That phrase may sound as nostalgic and cheesy as
a white suit on Saturday night, but Steinem's work and always-newsworthy
personality certainly haven't grown tired. So why did she choose this
battle, or did it choose her?
looking at Steinem's chart, several things stand out. Yes, she is an
Aries (sign of forcefulness and individuality, check!) but her
Jupiter (planet of good forture) is in the opposite sign: genteel Libra. We've
all probably heard of Libra's association with balance and fairness,
but the sign also possesses some hidden qualities that are a little
trickier to pin down.
Libra-influenced folks, being from a peace-loving tribe, are not so
comfortable with anger, and so they have the tendency to induce rage
and arguments in other people while maintaining their positions in a
calm, cool cerebral way. (Think of Libra Charlton Heston, the National
Rifle Association's poster boy. He keeps his head while causing near
violent reactions from his peace-loving detractors. Tricky!) It is this
part of Steinem that is actually quite lucky for her, and for us. Through
calm rational talk, and a smart magazine that she founded, Ms.,
she was able to spark huge controversies and juicy, politically relevant,
timely arguments in all the people around her.
the day, when Steinem was growing up, she would've been labelled a hysterical
female and locked away for asking for equal rights as a woman. Interestingly,
Libra is also the sign that is most associated with beauty and partnership.
No wonder Steinem was on the forefront of the women's rights struggle,
asking questions about women's value outside the home and their romantic
relationships with men. And her magazine Ms. was the first
serious woman's magazine that wouldn't be bought off by anti-woman ads
from the fashion industry.
sense when viewing Steinem's chart to see that her Sun (who she is in
the world) and Mars (passion, sexuality) are conjunct, meaning at close
degree, in Aries, the sign of aggression and archetypal "male"
energy. Aries, being the first sign of the zodiac, is associated with
possessing a strong, pioneering spirit. Breaking new ground culturally
and politically is never easy, and calls for tremendous courage.
was able to push women into a more important position in the world,
certainly a brave, "man-sized" task. Luckily, Aries is also
associated with great enthusiasm and a good deal of impulsiveness. Perhaps
she just couldn't wait for the future to happen, she had to forcefully
push the limits. The Sun and Mars together in any fire sign are apt
to make for a very charismatic leader, but in Aries, in a female, that
leader will have a particular fondness for proving she can fight hard.
Steinem may present a confident (Aries) image to the world, there is
a hint of depression, or at least strong ennui, when it comes to her
love life, and her image as a lover. Saturn, which can be a very heavy,
constricting planet, "sits" on Venus (love/beauty) in Steinem's
chart. Both Saturn and Venus are in Aquarius, a sign that is very comfortable
dealing with group situations (as a friend, a community leader, etc),
but less at home in areas of intimacy. Steinem may feel the weight (Saturn's
heaviness) of her role in the world as a feminist leader, in her personal
life and especially her love life (Venus).
has she chosen this time in life to risk getting bashed by the media
(or embraced—the public and reporters can be fickle) to get married?
Love, certainly, for her mate, David Bale, who is Dad to none other
than actor Christian
Bale, but the astrological forces seem particularly at
play as well.
1999 and early 2000, eclipses in the signs of Leo and Aquarius were
consistently hovering close to her Leo Moon, or opposing it. And when
they weren't triggering emotional longings for romance in a big,
dramatic Leo way, they were triggering controversial impulses by conjuncting
or opposing her Venus (planet of love) in unconventional Aquarius.
May of 2000, lucky Jupiter hit her Seventh House (relationships and
love) cusp. Progressive Uranus is also drawing close to her Venus, giving
her intellectual clarity and the chutzpah to know that she is making
the right decision about marriage. This babe has come a long way. Long
enough to live her own life and love as conventionally or unconventionally
as she pleases.