When Scorpio Engages With The Camera
John Berger, art critic, author, poet, visionary, European became (almost) a household name when he made a four-part TV series called Ways of Seeing. This came out in 1972 and it’s a fascinating watch today — not just for the ideas, which became extremely influential (and still sometime subversive), but also for Berger’s relationship with the camera, his delivery and the pacing.
I think you can feel his chart — no birth time — powerfully in Ways of Seeing. His whole argument is based on the idea of looking at art truthfully, stripping away one’s cultural baggage and seeing the bones of the work underneath. He was born on the New Moon, and New Moon people are wonderful for the freshness of their take on life, yet this is in dark, penetrating Scorpio… His penetrating gaze, intensity and direct delivery are all Scorpio. His desire to educate (and indeed impose his ideas) is Sagittarian in its breadth and generosity.
His Scorpio planets oppose Mars Rx in Taurus, the most material sign, and indeed Berger’s approach is Marxist: he puts art into its economic context. Interestingly, that Mars is on Marx’s natal New Moon. Scorpio-Taurus is the money axis.
I’d associate the idea of seeing with Neptune, which is in Leo (the performer) exactly squaring Saturn in Scorpio. Berger sought to challenge the received way of seeing with his own revolutionary way (Uranus in Pisces).
Just watch some of this, keeping in mind his chart. This is the final episode (the best I think), in which he discusses envy — a truly Scorpionic subject. I am sure you will find much more that relates to his chart. The other four episodes are also available on YouTube.
John Berger died at the age of 90 this week. If you haven’t read To the Wedding, try it. Again so Scorpio plus Mercury in Sagittarius.