RIP Zaha Hadid

Saturday April 2nd 2016
Heydar Aliyev cultural Centre, Baku Azerbaijan

Heydar Aliyev cultural Centre, Baku Azerbaijan

The world’s foremost female architect died at the height of her powers yesterday. Zaha Hadid was taken suddenly — by a heart attack — when Uranus (shock) and Mercury (nerves) met opposite her insanely visionary Neptune.

Hadid was an architect who opened the door to the future for us, and showed us just how cool the 21st century ought to look. (Moon-Uranus in Cancer. Uranus is a time-machine. Moon in Cancer is our home.) She made steel and concrete look as light as silk and air, as sensual as cats. The organic curves and folds of the Milan’s Maxxi tower, London’s Aquatic Centre and the astonishing  cultural centre in Baku changed the way architects imagined buildings. Even her skyscrapers look like fabulous, curvaceous corsetry.

Her huge vision and sense of fashion (in the best sense) — North Node in Pisces, Neptune in Libra — took precise, concrete form (again that Saturn in Virgo directly on the South Node).

Her birth time is unknown, but even so she had a Uranus-Moon conjunction in Cancer.

Here’s some astrology in her own words.

“When you are overworked and exhausted, there is a sense of kind of delirium and that’s why I think architects do all-nighters and they kind of do those deadlines. For four days I remember doing four nights in one row with no sleep. I mean nobody, unless you are crazy, would do that, but you are totally focused on the project.”  Saturn in Virgo (work work work) and Sun-Mercury in Scorpio (focus)

“For many years, I hated nature. As a student, I refused to put a plant anywhere – a living plant, that is. Dead plants were OK.” Sun-Mercury-Venus in Scorpio

“I can’t focus when there’s too many things around. Whenever I used to go to the office, I used to always say, ‘Tidy up.’ “— Saturn in Virgo, all that Scorpio

“Education, housing and hospitals are the most important things for society.” — Saturn in Virgo, Scorpio stuff (again!)

“People don’t talk to you properly. It’s the way they talk to you; they dismiss you. I think it’s a combination of me being a woman and a foreigner.” — Moon-Uranus conjunction in Cancer

“I don’t really feel I’m part of the establishment. I’m not outside, I’m on the kind of edge, I’m dangling there. I quite like it … I’m not against the establishment per se. I just do what I do and that’s it.” — Moon-Uranus in Cancer

To see more of her work, click here.

Time unknown.

Time unknown.

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  1. Kell says:

    Uranus transited by trine to her Leo Pluto and Chiron almost to the minute- my Sun is at 19/44 Libra so I have watched Uranus closely. Brilliant woman!! Such a loss but a beautiful death.

  2. aqua says:

    Im glad you wrote this, I was hoping you would.

    The Heydar Aliyev cultural Centre is so beautiful it takes my breath away, as does so much of her work.

    ‘She made steel and concrete look as light as silk and air, as sensual as cats.’

    Exactly, her later work is so pristinely soaringly fluid, that it exposes the boxes we inhabit, for the souless confinement they are. The Austrian architect Hundertwasser wrote that walking past ugly boring architecture everyday chips away at your soul, I entirely agree.

    Perhaps thats one of the reasons the Hobbit like British establishment was scared of her, along with the usual sexism and zenophobia.
    That Moon Uranus conjunction is bang opposite the UKs patriarchal, conformist hidebound Capricorn Sun.
    She ‘frightened the horses’…

    • Christina says:

      We are so lucky in Oxford to have one of her buildings — an extension to St Anthony’s College — BUT, just as you say, the British establishment couldn’t really bear her and this building is like a symbol of that. It’s a gorgeous metal tube squeezed between two very ordinary Victorian North Oxford brick houses. It literally looks squashed but it’s also laughing, humorous, bold and challenging — without looking wrong for the place. It’s as if her building is beautifully pushing through…

      • aqua says:

        Brilliant! You lucky thing, I must check it out.

        I’ve considered going to Azerbaijan just to experience that wonder. I see far more of the divine, than in any cathedral Ive visited.
        Although saying that, Matisse’s Chappelle du Rosaire, moved me to tears.

  3. Thanks, Christina, I really enjoyed reading about this amazingly gifted, Uranian woman and her art. Heydar Aliyev cultural Centre is stunning…

  4. mike says:

    “…when Uranus (shock) and Mercury (nerves) met opposite her insanely hard-working Saturn.”???
    Transiting Mercury-Uranus trine her Mars and Pluto, square Uranus (Moon?), opposed Neptune, inconjunct Saturn-S Node.

    I was born five days later…so far so good…LOL.

  5. Louise Larchbourne says:

    The Uranus/Merc conjunction opposed her radical Neptune, not Saturn. She’d had Pluto aggro which the Moon may have activated as it opposed her natal Moon and Uranus. Jupiter was not yet at that 8th Saturn; Jupiter seems often to appear as an angel of death. Venus was approaching opposition r Saturn, in orb. Wonder if she had a dangerously sweet tooth. That would fit with the Neptune. But I have no actual idea.