Frida Kahlo’s paintings have become so much part of popular culture that it is possible to forget just how great they are. Her Venus is in Gemini, the sign of the storyteller, and it is closely conjunct Pluto, the planet of transformation.
Her self-portraits tell the visceral, sometimes painful story of her life. She tells all the truth but she tells it slant — through myth, imagery, ellipsis.
Venus in Gemini: she liked pairs.
Pluto conjunct Venus: she painted personal transformation — and pain. Kahlo was in pain most of her life after a freak accident on a tram, which impaled her and meant she had to wear a brace. She was unable to have children as a consequence.
Venus/Pluto sextiles the Leo Ascendant. She is most famous for her numerous self-portraits. Leo is the sign of self-expression, the Ascendant is the face you show the world. She had to make those paintings.
The botanist Luther Burbank
With her Venus/Pluto in Gemini, only Frida Kahlo would think of painting a portrait of a famous botanist like this one.