IS THERE A SIGNATURE FOR HOMOSEXUALITY?
Many, many people in astrology want astrology to control things. They want a black or white, “this means that” or “thus and so is in your chart so blah blah is going to happen.” I feel that this need stems from the human condition that wants to feel that there is a power outside of us that is taking care of things. This, of course, is the basis of all organized religions and much more.
Someone approached me a few days ago and asked the question, “How can I tell whether or not a person is gay from looking at a horoscope?” I asked the lady how long she has been involved in astrology. She responded, “Two years.” And that is what I expected. We cannot see level of life in astrology or gender. A horoscope has no idea if you were born to a near extinct culture in a jungle or to Oscar winning parents in Beverly Hills and there is nothing in a horoscope that can tell us how a person chooses to express the energy that is suggested in a horoscope. My short answer to the lady was, “You cannot tell. There is no symbolism for homosexuality in the way that we have symbolisms for depression, joviality, opinionation or security needs.”
What we ARE able to see is whether or not there is anything that stands out about the sexual profile shown in the horoscope. Within that purview, we can anticipate that there are factors in need of discussion and indeed, it may turn out that these factors lead to the client stating a sexual preference but there is no “A-ha” symbolism in a horoscope that suggests a person is gay.
However, there are factors in a horoscope that call attention to relational/sexual factors within a horoscope.
Factors That Call Attention to Sexuality
People are challenged in life by different things in different areas of life that we can see in a horoscope. When sexuality stands out in a challenging way, there are certain things to look for. In no particular order, they are:
1. Hard aspects (square, opposition, quindecile, and some conjunctions) made from the outer planets to Venus. With Pluto, we have a sense of extremes in the relational process. This is the whore or Nun aspect. Relational/sexual factors can be way out of perspective. With Neptune, idealisms can reduce things to illusion or a reliance on fantasy in fulfilling relational/sexual needs. Uranus intensifies relational/sexual factors and introduces enormous displays of libido and innovation…..doing things a little differently. Saturn with Venus introduces a control factor that will either be controlLING or controlled in the sense of being held back, stifled, or finding relational/sexual factors difficult to express.
2. The ruler of the 5th/8th Houses or a planet in either House in strong tension and/or is retrograde.
3. When Venus is retrograde and is the ruler of the 5th or 8th Houses, there is definitely reason to talk about the sexual profile in a person’s life. Venus retrograde suggests second agendas and difficulties being pleased because of standards or ideals that do not easily parallel reality.
Any of these conditions can and do exist in horoscopes all the time and obviously do not reflect homosexuality. What’s the horoscope does is alert us to anything within the sexual profile that is stands out. If you focus on the 5th and 8th Houses first, look for corroboration through Venus and you can even take it a step further by looking at the 7th House (relationship concerns) and the 11th House (how one feels about being lovable.
Some of you reading this might wonder why the 5th House is included. You may be accustomed to focusing on the 8th House alone. For the most part, the 8th House has been the focal House of sexuality because Scorpio is the 8th Sign, is associated with sex and so the 8th House automatically took on that connotation. This isn’t wrong. It’s just that the 8th House doesn’t fly solo when it comes to the sexual profile.
It is through sex that we create facsimiles of ourselves. Yes, there are scientific ways of doing it through sperm insemination but by and large, children are born as the result of men and women having sex with the woman receiving an ejaculation of sperm from the man. Children are a 5th House concern. Children are the result of a sexual encounter. This is one reason why we must include the 5th House as a sexual factor. The 8th House certainly includes factors having to do with procreation but not children
Secondly, the 5th House represents the creative projection of the individual (the trine from the Ascendant to the 5th). The 5th House tells us about the sexual identity. The 8th House suggests what happens to that identity when engaged intimately during the act.
I have selected three examples for demonstration.
Jodie Foster’s horoscope shows Venus as ruler of the 5th House. It is retrograde! We immediately see a concern that needs to be discussed regarding sex and giving love. The relational factors suggested in Venus Rx are focused on giving love. When we check the condition of Venus, we see that it is conjoined by Neptune and both are squared by Mars, which is in the 8th House! This DOES not spell “gay.” It calls attention to the sexual profile, to how she has felt about herself in terms of being lovable. In a consultation setting, the holistic astrologer is going to say something like, “There is a suggestion shown here in the horoscope of concerns that have to do with relationships and sex. How are things for you in that area of your life?” Then, she would do all of the talking.
Ellen Degeneres’ horoscope shows Mars, ruler of the 5th conjoined by Saturn in the Ascendant. This is difficult positioning for matters having to do with being able to freely give love and in life. Although she says it has nothing to do with her sexual preference, DeGeneres was sexually abused as a teenager but I think she has worked through it. Continuing with her horoscope, we see the all-important Venus Rx symbolism again, intensified by its opposition from Uranus Rx in the 8th (as much a self-worth anxiety symbolism as it is sexual; indeed, the two are connected) and idealized by the Jupiter-Neptune conjunction that squares the axis. We see the uncertainty of lovability – “Am I worthy of being loved.” “Am I attractive enough?” Neptune’s position as focal point of the T-Square, ruling the 4th, shows the role that a parent plays in this idealized love intensity.
Liberace’s horoscope shows Venus, ruler of the 5th in an exact conjunction with Pluto! The Sun, ruler of the 8th, is conjoined by Mars, both squared by Saturn in the 8th. That’s an easy one!
I have to insert common sense here. There were many, many people born on the days that the above three people were born. Some of them will have horoscopes that are nearly identical but they will not be gay. However, the chances are that there will be relational/sexual concerns of a different kind. As well, there will be horoscopes of gay people that do not fit the prescription given here. Ellen’s lovely partner, Portia De Rossi is one such person. Rock Hudson is another person I could have mentioned. His horoscope has Pluto in opposition to Venus and a strong Scorpio presence but nothing else that would draw you to a discussion of the sexual profile. He kept his sexual preference completely private over decades of being seen as a matinee idol. Women of his day swooned over him. It’s an interesting story but it is not evident in his horoscope.
Copyright 2014 Basil Fearrington