Today is the birthday of the notorious burlesque performer and “spy” Mata Hari…
“Femme Fatale’s central contention is that “it is difficult to imagine a woman less likely . . . to be able to engage in clandestine activities than Mata Hari.”
She was a star, and “while she was certainly seductive, which might be viewed as useful for a spy, she was never on any occasion invisible”; in fact, she was “a ridiculous candidate for a job that required clandestine behavior.” Yet her persecutors “believed firmly that Mata Hari was guilty because she slept with many men and traveled widely in wartime. Such a woman must be a spy.” A kangaroo court agreed, and on Oct. 15, 1917, at the age of 41, she was executed.
Shipman reports that many years later, the prosecutor, Andre Mornet, talked to a writer about the case and said “with a supreme indifference, ‘Between you and me, there wasn’t enough [evidence] to flog a cat.’ “
There’s more mystery about the woman than about the charges that cost her life. Shipman probably is right that “she was convicted not for espionage but for her lack of shame,” but how she got that way — defiantly, exuberantly, spectacularly — simply can’t be explained. ”
She was a multiple conjunct Leo – Sun-Mars-Mercury-Uranus and Midheaven all in Leo (hardly fab spy material) squared by Pluto in Taurus, the patriarchy certainly clobbered her well and good. She has also Moon in Pisces on Saturn AND the North Node. You read this and you think Lilith, right? I know i do. Her was in Capricorn and the third house: she FELT Leo — but her Ascendant was Scorpio and she transmitted a powerful Lilith vibe, to her peril.
In my realm, she is a SAINT.