Pictured above is American artist Georgia O’Keefee in the New Mexico lands she loved.
I was thinking last night of how my brother was always dragging things in from the woods (I do the same) morels, feathers, skulls, interesting wood things, you name it. My skulls and turtle shells (found, not killed !) would probably turn Feng Shui aficionados on their heads, but I love skulls and natural things. I have strong Scorpio placements (rules death), and all the horned signs are active in my chart, so it makes sense to me. (Cap rising, Moon in Toro, Saturn in Aries) We are born to die, may as well accept it.
It reminded me of Georgia, who loved skulls and bones and painted them over and over in her red rock, blue sky landscapes.
I have been to Abiquiu, Taos, and much later, to her museum in Santa Fe. I traveled the whole area because I wanted to see what she saw. I wanted to see what she painted. I stood on the sandy dry road in tiny Abiquiu and marveled at a wooden door set in an adobe wall.
It was her door, she painted it so many times, I knew it instantly.
Georgia, a Scorpio Sun, Moon, Mercury and Jupiter blazed a trail in the art world. I love the depth with which she viewed the natural world around her.
Her eyes gave life to the universe within a flower.
Georgia also had Venus (art) conjunct Uranus (innovation) in Venus ruled Libra. Venus in her chart is not only conjunct Uranus, but also trine a Neptune Pluto conjunction, that’s revolutionary artist without a doubt.
Neptune is in earthy Taurus (rendering the beauty found in earth), Pluto in Gemini. She was not only mentally sharp and curious, but also incredibly versatile and a powerful communicator through her craft. Pluto in Gemini (rules hands) indicates her beautiful, graceful hands – her photographer husband, Alfred Stieglitz photographed them many, many times.
It also indicates the enormous volume of correspondence (Mercury) via post between them. They were often separated and negotiated (Pluto- power) terms of their relationship through the post.
Alfred took the photo above. He was older than Georgia by 23 years, and they greatly influenced each other. Saturn not only indicates work, and where you are forced to achieve, but also an older person, a male figure (along with the Sun) in the natal chart. Georgia has Saturn conjunct North Node of Destiny in Leo the sign of creativity.
Her Saturn is also trine Moon and Mercury in Scorpio. She loved working in her garden (Moon and Saturn rule) and communicated (Mercury) her depth of feeling (Moon) through her artwork. Georgia had Mars in Virgo sextile Scorpio Sun and Jupiter, again another aspect of depth. Mars is powering Virgo analysis of what and how to express (Mercury) the power (Scorpio) within.
Virgos notice everything – keep their eyes on everything – as they sort it out.
Scorpios notice everything – hone in on one thing they desire – laser beam focus on that one thing.
Here is some quick synastry between Georgia and Alfred:
conjunct = power operating
Georgia’s Moon, Mercury, Sun and Jupiter in Scorpio were conjunct his Venus, Jupiter and North Node of Destiny, also in Scorpio.
Georgia’s Uranus was conjunct Alfred’s Saturn in Libra. (Uranus is the unexpected break, and Libra is relationships – when Alfred met Georgia, he took up with her, and divorced his wife.)
Georgia’s Venus is conjunct Alfred’s Moon.
His Moon is trine her Neptune Pluto conjunction.
Georgia’s Saturn is trine Alfred’s Mars, and also trine his Neptune.
Alfred’s Neptune is trine Georgia’s Scorpio stellium.
Alfred’s Mercury is trine Georgia’s Neptune Pluto conjunction.
* Neptune rules film and Alfred took hundreds of photographic portraits of Georgia.
* Also worthy of note: Georgia has no squares (internal conflict), only oppositions (something someone else does).
Georgia’s Scorpio stellium is opposite her Neptune Pluto conjunction indicating not only the impact New Mexico (land of her inspiration- Saturn rules NM and the land) had on her life, but also the impact of her photographer husband, Alfred.
Click here (& scroll down) for a lovely video that matches some of her paintings up with the landscapes near her home.
I will leave you with another of my favorites from the Jack-in-the-Pulpit series.
I love Georgia O’Keeffe – I’d heard of her but only recently came across her paintings and they are just BRILLIANT. They sing to me. What a wonderful artist!
Oh, I agree, Mo !
I love her work and her strength of purpose. She bucked everyone in the art world to go do her own thing in New Mexico. While at the O’Keefee museum in Santa Fe, I saw many smaller, less famous pieces I had not seen before, including a small painting of Machu Picchu that I adored ! She has penmanship that echoes her sculptural pieces too, which I find interesting.
So glad you enjoyed my Georgia post, thank you kindly !
so clear and still, like moonlight through the pines (?)
Georgia in her own words…