“Martha was passionate and political, glamorous and exciting. She loved to drink and gossip and smoke and flirt. She was hugely entertaining. She was motivated by a deep-hearted, deep-seated concern for justice; she was the friend of the dispossessed, the oppressed, the neglected. And she was a good writer.” And she just happened to be beautiful into the bargain.
LOVE that Pluto in Gemini generation – there are a whole lot of them on this site – i need to give them their own category.
You know that Nicole Kidman-Clive Owen thing coming out about Martha Gellhorn’s marriage to Ernest Hemmingway? I think she would have hated the idea. She was married to the dude for five years – i’m not so sure she was with him that whole time – and she loathed how it became what she was most known for.
Imagine if it were you and you did all this incredible stuff but one (difficult) relationship became your signature achievement?
Gellhorn was Scorpio (Sun-Mercury – an amazing journalist, she was one of the first people to break the news of what was really going on at places like Dachau) and get this…she was Venus and Mars in Libra square Neptune AND Uranus. So she was Venus-Uranus AND Mars-Neptune. With Venus & Mars conjunct in the sign of beauty. And yes, her love life was, well, interesting.
From this review of the Caroline Moorehead bio: “She left college, home and country early and by 21 was making her way as a young journalist in Paris, trekking alone across the Pyrenees while writing fashion articles for American journals. That sort of bold contrast was typical of her life. She was a striking beauty – blonde, stylish, proud of and enormously attentive to her appearance, with a lifelong passion for exercise, good clothes, grooming and diet….
It seems she didn’t enjoy sex very much and wasn’t good at being in love – fear of dependency, fear of boredom. She had a long affair in her 20s with the handsome French journalist Bertrand de Jouvenel, stepson and lover of Colette. But she shed him because he was too demanding and too weak. She was ponderously pursued by HG Wells, but she said many years later “Why the hell would I sleep with a little old man when I could have any number of tall beautiful young men?” She had a post-war affair with a glamorous American commander of a parachute division but his “army-barracks” world bored her. There was a patrician American editor to whom she was briefly married but whose infidelity she didn’t forgive. She would move on as soon as things started to go wrong: “She hated all forms of attrition.”
Classic Mars-Venus aspecting Uranus, right? And let’s not forget that Libra – despite it being so often talked about in pair-bonding mania terms – is the sign of Free Love. Especially Venus in Libra.
And how good is this as a description of Venus-Mars Uranus types? Exaggerated, of course. I mean, I have Venus & Mars aspecting Uranus; it can’t be that bad.
“Hemingway came to find Gellhorn’s “racehorse” temperament (“just two speeds, either running away or asleep”) intolerable, and she ended up thinking him a monster whom she never wanted to hear mentioned again…”
Hemingway’s Venus was in Kataka, on her Neptune and thus activating that whole Venus-Mars-Neptune-Uranus cardinal square thing she had going on. His Moon in Capricorn did too. Her love life was a permanent Zap Zone. She was an extraordinary woman, super-haute Scorpio.