Vivienne Westwood: Venus in Aries
Vivienne Westwood started her career running a shop called Sex at the grubby end of the King’s Road — first stop on London’s punk trail in the 1970s. Today, she is a doyenne of fashion world — doing the whole cat-walk-show thing and yet still a social revolutionary.
With her North Node and Midheaven in Libra, the sign of couture, her chosen profession comes as no surprise — and with fiery Sagittarius Rising plus theatrical Moon in Leo square Uranus, nor does her propensity for making outrageous remarks and shocking fashion statements. The inconjunct between Moon and Mercury in Pisces might explain why her words sometimes sound totally off the wall.
It’s a fiery chart. Moon, Sun and Ascendant in fire plus Venus. But she does have planets in all the other elements too. Although judging by her appearance, fire is at the forefront.
You can see how the powerfully tight Uranus-Mercury-Neptune rockets her to fame. But what is interesting is how this seeming enfant terrible is actually clasped to the establishment’s heart. Perhaps it’s something to do with the stellium in practical Taurus. Jupiter and Saturn are two power-brokers working together with Uranus. Maybe she’s just the kind of outrageous the establishment understands because of the bottom line (a Taurean area of expertise).
That close, combative opposition between Mars and Pluto connecting posh Leo money with Aquarian street smarts, creates a dynamic tension in this chart, too. Mars in Aquarius is an activist — and Westwood campaigns on a raft issues including transgender stuff, sustainable fashion and climate change — Pluto in Leo understands luxury. While taking potshots at the ruling classes, Westwood also gets them buying her clothes.
But really, I’m posting about Vivienne Westwood because of her Venus in Aries, which is the closest planet to an angle in this chart. Venus shows our artistic nature — and in Aries she is pioneering, unique, non-conformist, self-made, inspiring. It’s notable that Westwood is one of the few designers who is — to some extent — the face of her own label. Remember that Aries rules the head.
With Venus set to spend a long time in Aries this year — due to retrograde — we may all end up dyeing our hair red and wearing tartan for a while.