Artistic Ability

Every sign has its complement of artists. But the all-time greats — geniuses like Leonardo da Vinci and Pablo Picasso — belong to a category all their own. Here are some indicators of artistic talent:

1 By sign: Taurus, Libra, and Leo sustain artistic talent. Look for the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, Midheaven, or Venus in those signs.

1 By planet: A prominent Venus and Neptune quicken the aesthetic sense and the imagination.

1 By house: An active fifth house accentuates your need to be creative.

A planet is prominent when it's within 8° of your Ascendant or Midheaven; when it occupies an angle (that is, it's in the first, fourth, seventh, or tenth house of your chart); or when it makes close aspects to other planets.

A house is active either when it holds one or more planets or when its ruler is in a prominent position.

Consider the chart of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (see Figure 19-1). During her lifetime, she wasn't as famous as her muralist husband, Diego Rivera. In recent years, her anguished, colorful canvases have attracted many admirers, and her fame has skyrocketed. Here's how her chart stacks up to the factors described earlier in this section:

1 By sign: Two of the three signs on the list are central in Kahlo's chart. Taurus holds the Moon and the Midheaven, while Leo is the home of her Ascendant and her Mercury. Only Libra is vacant.

1 By planet: Both Venus and Neptune are prominent in her chart. Venus rules her Midheaven, conjuncts Pluto, and sextiles her Ascendant. Neptune is closely conjunct her Sun.

1 By house: Two planets — Uranus, the planet of originality, and Mars — inhabit the fifth house (along with the South Node). Also, the ruler of the fifth house, Jupiter, is conjunct her Sun in the sign of its exaltation, making it exceptionally well-placed.

Frida Kahlo struggled with heart-rending difficulties during her short life, but lack of artistic talent was not among them.

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