The Astrology of ‘Perfume: The Story of a Murderer’

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Rudolf Ernst 'The Perfume Maker' 19th century or 20th century, but before 1932 {{PD}}

Rudolf Ernst ‘The Perfume Maker’
19th century or 20th century, but before 1932 {{PD}}

This is from the current issue of ECLIPSE.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2007)  I initially thought this was based on a true story when I started the movie, though it became clear somewhere along the way that it was, even if based in reality, a kind of fairy-tale. The main character is Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (created by the writer Patrick Süskind in his 2001 novel of the same name as the movie), and we follow him from birth to death—or re-absorption by the Universe, as it were—with the presentation of his birth data and the date of his leaving this plane, the latter including the time. So, I thought it would be fun to look at his chart, and see if it really described a man who had a tremendously heightened sense of smell—but no ability to feel—and who goes on a ruthless quest to capture the odor of ‘beautiful woman’ in a bottle. The movie is gorgeously made, and has many striking moments, the best of which is when Grenouille, taken to be hanged in the town square, unleashes his intoxicating creation, to amazing results.

The story begins with Grenouille’s birth in the early morning at the Paris fish market on 17 July 1738. I chose 9 AM as the time, in part because it gives him a Void 29 degree Moon in Cancer in the 11th House=extreme sensitivity without the usual emotional protection afforded the individual (the Void status, which can make the environment seem like it’s assaulting the person, 24/7), located in the House of goals, wishes, dreams, making this sensitivity central to his existence. The Void Moon is square Pluto=emotions, under stress, burnt out, destroyed. He also has Mercury in Cancer conjunct Saturn-Neptune and only 4 minutes off an exact sextile to his Mars in Taurus=what a perfect portrait of a man driven by acute senses (Merc in Cancer) with the creative compulsion (Neptune—which by the way also rules perfumes, along with Venus) to bring what he imagines into reality (Saturn), via actions (Mars) that are focused on sensation and the sensory experience (Taurus)! Then when we see Venus in Leo conjunct the North Node=the Self-confidence (Leo) to bring one’s values, even the essence of Love (Venus) into the life as a kind of destiny (NN), and 00 degree Pluto in his own sign (the essence of death, and the power of regeneration, just being discovered) in a Water Grand Trine with Neptune and Zeus (when the ambition to create the ultimate scent is realized, he returns, ashes to ashes, dust to dust), we have to wonder, Did Herr Süskind have knowledge of astrology, or consult someone in choosing that date? It’s hard to believe he didn’t.

See the chart here–

Born Today 5 June

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You needn't be quite as vociferous as Kali, dear Gemini, to get good results. Early 19th century India, Artist unknown

You needn’t be quite as vociferous as Kali, dear Gemini, to get good results. Early 19th century India, Artist unknown

You may be on a bit of a rampage this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Gemini–you want to clear out, clean out, start over, transform, or regenerate the life–and you have the energy, grace, and ambition to do it successfully. One way or another, the emotional life is on lock-down, which in this period is a positive; this way it doesn’t distract with drama or draining scenarios, but offers a surety in feelings that shows constancy and balance–so if there’s drama, it may come from others, not you, though we must consider that those with whom you interact may be reacting to a little passive-aggression on your part, or from frustration that you seem so emotionally cool. A little reassurance to those you care about, and no engagement in head games, goes a long way at this time. Really, it’s full speed ahead for your life make-over, with one notable exception: you must deal directly with hurtful matters you’ve previously ignored or been in denial about–if you don’t, you’ll meet these progress-halters in full flower later, and by then they’ll have taken on a life of their own. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 4 June

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Skulptur “Aggression (Opera 36)” von Karl Anton wolf
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This is a photo of public art indexed in a public art catalogue of Vienna (Austria) under the number: 42677 (other) .
Date 20 February 2015, 16:09:30
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Camera location 48° 09′ 18.23″ N, 16° 27′ 18.82″ E Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Austria

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may identify a little too strongly with power, the expression of Will, and your personal wants, dear Gemini. Whether you realize it or not, you’ve recently been persuaded that a ‘might makes right’ attitude is the only way to get your needs met–and that’s unfortunate, taking your normally interested-in-negotiating and networking Self and placing it in a role that could be very uncomfortable for you (unless you are among those with a Libran Pluto trine their Sun natally). The trick here is to access your innate empathy (and admittedly, that might be a difficult goal right now), and then to superimpose it when you must deal with others–this might keep you from driving right over them in your zest to get where you’re going, and keeping awareness that their experience is just as real to them as yours is to you is vital now. The thing is, all this push that you’re in the midst of is actually a welcome and necessary development, helping free you from what had come to seem like a morass of indecision and others’ preferences. You have a right, and it’s healthy for you, to concentrate on your needs and aims at this time–it’s just important that you don’t trample anyone else in doing it. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 3 June

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You might get to see some new sights, Gemini. "Au port de Venasque, Luchon, septembre 1899 (2589304595)" by Bibliothèque de Toulouse from Toulouse, France - Au port de Venasque, Luchon, septembre 1899Uploaded by russavia. Via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Au_port_de_Venasque,_Luchon,_septembre_1899_(2589304595).jpg#/media/File:Au_port_de_Venasque,_Luchon,_septembre_1899_(2589304595).jpg

You might get to see some new sights, Gemini. “Au port de Venasque, Luchon, septembre 1899 (2589304595)” by Bibliothèque de Toulouse from Toulouse, France – Au port de Venasque, Luchon, septembre 1899Uploaded by russavia. Via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Au_port_de_Venasque,_Luchon,_septembre_1899_(2589304595).jpg#/media/File:Au_port_de_Venasque,_Luchon,_septembre_1899_(2589304595).jpg

Your intuition and emotional responses offer wisdom this coming Solar year, dear Gemini, through to your next birthday–and really, could you ask for a better inner compass? You are getting ready to take some very fortunate action, in terms of change or re-building your world, in service to ambitions and desires, and in the way you will have a much greater presence on the social scene. This could entail travel, further education, a teaching position for you, or something involving publishing, but in any case will involve an expansion of your world that will allow your new choices to be evident to all–so choose with care–and as I’ve said, that shouldn’t be difficult, considering you will enjoy excellent inner guidance. What might not go so well could be relationships and/ or finances, especially late in the year. To avoid problems: handle things as they come up–don’t put them off for later; be very clear in what areas you are actually empowered–pretending to have reach, skills, or authority that you really don’t will get you into a mess; and don’t exaggerate. Anything. Ever. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 2 June

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http://www.flickr.com/people/30674396@N00 http://www.flickr.com/photos  Taro Taylor from Sydney, Australia Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

http://www.flickr.com/people/30674396@N00 http://www.flickr.com/photos Taro Taylor from Sydney, Australia Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

You’re getting ready to make your move, dear Gemini, but it seems that what you counted on for stability has been shifting in unpredictable ways, making you feel much less sure of your ideas, and so prompting nothing so much as hesitation–but that’s already cost you (a little), and it’s not like you don’t know in what ways you want to expand or make changes–you just need a bit of reassurance, and I’m here to offer it to you. Empowerment in this instance comes from dealing with all those things you’ve put off, ignored, or denied, and from transforming and channeling rage (especially anger engendered by injustices you’ve experienced or observed) into an actual re-construction of the framework in which you operate. It won’t be enough at this point just to think and act–you have to be fueled by desire, and a need to end each day with the world a little better off than you met it in the morning–and you are more than ready for this, as what you’re after creating and doing right now is truly inspired. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 1 June

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'Force of Change Evolution'  Pencil mixed with natural photo-textures and digital color. Also features original writings by Charles Darwin from 'The Origin of Species'. Ade McO-Campbell http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Ade_mc Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

‘Force of Change Evolution’ Pencil mixed with natural photo-textures and digital color. Also features original writings by Charles Darwin from ‘The Origin of Species’.
Ade McO-Campbell http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Ade_mc Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

You’re headed for change, dear Gemini, the kind that will provide opportunity and perhaps force you to re-think with whom you want to move forward in life. The cooperative aspect of things may be prominent, and you will have to vet ambitions and desires against existing partnerships and collaborative ventures–and there’s no telling what kind of further change, to the point of destruction or abandonment of previously viable circumstances, this will bring about. I don’t mean to frighten you–this will for the most part be quite mild, and may spring from highly positive creative efforts and/ or be in line with the planned life direction–it’s just that when you look back from the vantage point of your next birthday, you may be awfully surprised by how much has been swept away, and how much revolutionized, revitalized, and effectively re-born. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 31 May

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Dessert No. 4 by Carducius Plantagenet Ream, c1870 {{PD}}

This coming year is no piece of cake, but offers immense opportunity for creativity and reward, Gemini. Dessert No. 4 by Carducius Plantagenet Ream, c1870 {{PD}}

You are at a creative and inspirational peak, dear Gemini–so where do you go from here? You still have a lot of creative juice, so there’s plenty more mileage to get out of this, with the highlight being that if you haven’t already, you’re going to gain a great deal from what have been (and will continue to be) some pretty smart decisions. Profit, reward, Love–they’ll come to you, but to believe this gain will be a piece of cake just because you’re a creative dynamo would be naive–you’ve probably already discovered, you have to work for it, and what comes at you won’t necessarily be easy to handle–and with emotions running deep and possibly feeling easily hurt, you may have to make a concerted effort to stay on target. Self-discipline pays off, and so does belief in yourself. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 30 May

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You and the Universe can have a collaborative experience this coming year, Gemini. Artist Unknown c16th century {{PD}}

You and the Universe can have a collaborative experience this coming year, Gemini. Artist Unknown c16th century {{PD}}

Your birthday this year, dear Gemini, falls on the same day as the Inferior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury, the meeting that occurs when Merc is retrograde. It’s a seed moment for everyone, but coinciding with your Solar Return, it becomes the symbolic birth of a new, big idea or way of thinking, especially about yourself, a change that does not become apparent for some time. How will you know things are different, then? You can expect creativity and the imagination to blossom, to take wild or unanticipatible turns, to be inspired in rare and amazing ways, and to potentially lead you into new spiritual or experiential territory. If you are an Artist, this could be a potential peak in idea generation, and if you are not an Artist, your life will be full of creative alternatives and ways of dealing–you’ll see things in a way that gives you many more potential choices than ever before–and that could take you into new endeavors not previously considered. One caveat: you can be too easily mislead at this time, so do check inspirations, especially those that involve cooperative projects and partners, against facts and realities for real-world realization potentials. Otherwise, you’re in for a year when you and the Cosmos can really collaborate successfully, Gemini! Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 29 May

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YOu could be golden this year, Gemini. Henri Regnault, 'Salomé' 1869 {{PD}}

YOu could be golden this year, Gemini. Henri Regnault, ‘Salomé’ 1869 {{PD}}

Though the inclination may be to think about things more than anything else, dear Gemini, what you really need to do this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, is exercise your intellectual understanding of yourself and events at the highest level possible. You’ll need to see and feel your personal power and reach in action; you’ll also need to fully experience your connection to Nature, whether that’s achieved through the workings of your own body or through immersing yourself in some form of wilderness or extreme elements. The result will be empowerment of the most unique aspects of the individuality and the public display of the ambitions that should draw supporters and advocates to help you meet your goals. The only thing that might trip you up could be those elements of the life you’ve neglected or denied; deal with them, head-on, and you should be golden. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 28 May

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Cornelis de Man,  'A Man Weighing Gold ' c1670 {{PD}}

You’ll have an almost Libran attention to balance, especially of the mental faculties, this coming Solar year, Gemini. Cornelis de Man, ‘A Man Weighing Gold ‘ c1670 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Gemini, you’ll have the chance to achieve a perfect balance among factors of identity, purpose, emotions, strength, and sense of personal authority, and this is first instigated by sorting everything out mentally. From intellectual understanding you can create with your life a holistic statement of who you are and what you’re about, and though this process occurs over approximately the next three years, you’ll early find that there’s another necessary step to attend to: knowing what you care about, specifically in relationships and money matters. Establishing values in these areas will have a kind of miraculous effect: you’ll find that the kinds of things that used to hurt you will no longer affect you. You won’t be bulletproof, exactly; it’ll be more like you drift above those previous concerns that will come to feel more petty than anything else. Elevating your consciousness will open the way to a widening of your horizons and give you a resourcefulness and optimism surrounding pursuit of goals that will be truly empowering. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

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