Nigella: A Plutonian Story
|Hands off our national treasure|
My friend down the road never “bakes a cake”, she “does a Nigella”. I’m sure she’s not alone. Is there a kitchen bookshelf in Britain that does not have a thumbed edition of How To Eat or Feast or some other of Nigella Lawson’s phenomenally successful cookbooks on it?
Women all over the country see Lawson as a kitchen goddess, but also as a kind of ideal best friend. Yes, she’s glamourous and beautiful and rich, but she also has suffered a lot in her life, and just like so many of us, part of her response to that suffering has surely been to surround herself with yummy food, and cosy money (the latter is not so abundant for most of us, of course). That’s a practical way of dealing with emotional trauma – very Capricorn.
She is a fantasy figure, the subject of a million idealised projections, a cultural icon, but her earthy persona makes her one of us, one of the people. That’s why she’s known by all and sundry simply as Nigella.
|No known birth time,|
so ignore houses and Moon position.
Her impact on public taste has been huge, so it’s no surprise that her natal chart ties in with the UK national chart. For a start we share a Capricorn Sun. Capricorn is, of course, ruled by practical, enduring Saturn.
Nigella’s Saturn is conjunct the UK Sun, so you’d think it might be rather a cool relationship, but in fact that seems to symbolise her status as a kind of parent to the nation – and her enduring appeal. What is more telling is that her Ceres, the asteroid of fertility and food, is also conjunct the nations’s Sun. It sits in between her own Sun – she’s born on the same day as Kate Midleon BTW, another cultural icon — and that Saturn.
|No known birth time, so ignore houses and Moon.|
Charles Saatchi has been the market-maker in the contemporary art world for the past quarter century. He has his own gallery, and his own collection, a website that mangoes the work of many artists. The importance of his influence in the contemporary art world here cannot be over-emphasised. His promotion of an artist can guarantee success; and a boggling increase in value.
One suspects that Saatchi has always been an aggressive man, but up until now, despite his public profile, he’s managed to keep that out of the media discourse. He has Pluto and Lilith conjunct in fiery Leo though – it was bound to come out sooner or later.
Saatchi’s relationship with the UK is all about art and taste, so the planet to look at is Venus. His Venus exactly conjuncts the UK Jupiter in the 1Oth house of fame. His personal taste plugs right into the mass market. He made his first fortune in advertising. Presumably also Nigella Lawson is or was to his taste, and the nation also loves her. Her Venus in Sagittarius trines his Venus in Leo and the UK Jupiter too.
But look, her Venus also trines his Pluto-Lilith, and much more closely. Her femininity stimulates his dark side. This could be very sexy – but as we see it is also potentially just plain nasty. Pluto is all about handling power and ownership; the master/slave relationship. It was not enough for Saatchi to own all that art, he had to possess a national treasure too, and when she turned out to be a real flesh and blood woman, he put his hand to her throat and squeezed.
Saatchi’s reputation is ruined. No amount of media manipulation will make this go away. For anyone this would be devastating, but for someone who prided himself on his manipulation of image, the irony is, well, Greek.
Now that she has emerged from the underworld, it looks like Nigella will be gaining strength in the future, rather than losing it. She is with us for the long haul. This is not the defining incident for her, but the end of one type of illusion. She’ll be remembered for the other stuff, not for being a victim.