Today is the 69th birthday of the Brit fashion designer Vivienne Westwood – the self-declared “first punk” and yes she is mega-Aries but also benefits from a Grand Fire trine with mega oomph.
Get this: Sun-Venus in Aries trine Sagittarius Rising trine Pluto-Moon in Leo. That’s a lot of Fire and these take-outs from Guardian profiles amply demonstrate her ornery manner…no? She also just vibes totally brazenly individuated Fire Sign woman. And the classic outspoken crap that is our lovely Saggo Rising…
“…The one charge that does seem to needle her is that of “didacticism”. Despite the fact she was once a teacher, she says several times in the interview, “I don’t want to be didactic.” Perhaps it implies tediousness, or perhaps she just likes to use the word. Of course, Westwood is thoroughly didactic – it is part of her charm, to make insupportable statements (“Descartes is shit”) and, when challenged, simply sniff, in a Jean Brodie-ish way and say, “The analysis is correct.” Consistency, thinks Westwood, is the last refuge of the unimaginative, which is why lots of unimaginative people keep asking her about punk, when what she wants to talk about is the decline of cultural standards….
…Last year, Westwood launched her 22-page manifesto to rescue mankind from mediocrity, called Active Resistance. It has a cast of 20 characters who pop up throughout it, including Alice in Wonderland and Pinocchio. It is, you gather, quite bonkers, but marvellously so, didactic, snobbish and thoroughly subjective. She hates modern art, for instance. What does her friend Tracey Emin think about this? She gives a little laugh. “I feel very guilty because it’s very one-sided. She loves my clothes and I …” she pauses. “Andy Warhol, Tracey Emin – I couldn’t give tuppence for it. She says, ‘Have you changed your mind about modern art yet?’ and I say, no. But we’re very good friends….”
See Also: Once Fire Signs Start, They Don’t Expect To Stop Anytime Soon — the ageless chutzpah of Tina Turner and Co.
Note also: Anyone who has Moon or Venus near Pluto has the potential to be a cultural spokesperson for their generation. John Lennon – Venus-Pluto in Leo – icon of the Pluto in Leo baby boomers.