Proto Scorpio

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Juana Ines de la Cruz

Poet, scholar, feminist, genius, nun & Scorpio…as the illegitimate daughter of a Spanish Sea Captain, she had NO rights but nonetheless taught herself Latin, Greek and even Aztec as a teenager. She basically had to enter a convent to acquire the education she craved and then – during the Spanish Inquisition  – she started churning incendiary material.

“…In her poem Redondillas she defends a woman’s right to be respected as a human being. Therein, she also criticizes the sexism of the society of her time, poking fun at and revealing the hypocrisy of men who publicly condemn prostitutes, yet privately pay women to perform on them what they have just said is an abomination to God. Sor Juana asks the sharp question in this age-old matter of the purity/whoredom split found in base male mentality: “Who sins more, she who sins for pay? Or he who pays for sin?”

As widely condemned in her day as she was famous and adored, some say De La Cruz was THE most important poet of the 17th Century, influencing Walt Whitman, Emily Dickensen and so forth.

She even wove theme of Hermetic magic into some of her poems.  So Scorp.

First Dream

 

Pyramidal, funereal and Earthen
Born like shadow and aimed in vain
Like the raised point of an obelisk
Set towards the sky.
Climbing and striving in vain for the stars
Which, though beautiful ,
Sparkle and are exempt,
Far from the vapour of war,
From it’s fugitive shade
They mock at a distance.
The frowning bronze of their rays
Failing to touch the convex surface of this globe.
Property of the of the Goddess,
Who is thrice beautiful,
And Boasts three beautiful faces
And who owns the air that she blots and soaks
With the denseness of her breath.
So that in this quiet and contentment
In this imperial silence,
Even the voices of the night birds,
So dark and grave
That even the silence won’t interrupt them,
Consent.

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

Imagine having the guts (and genius) to write this sort of thing in the middle of the Spanish Inquisition.  She also wrote feminist political tracts against male hypocrisy. Amazing.

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Aquariscorp

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Anonymous
Anonymous

Spot on…which is no surprise…we share the same birthday.

lore
lore

She was so brave! It is also said that she wanted to attend University , but since women were not allowed to, she tried to convince her mother to let her go dressed as a man.

Lauren
Lauren

Did you know that she wrote an essay in 1691 defending her desire to pursue her education to the bishop of her diocese, and that in it she said: “…so intense was my concern that, though among women, (especially a woman in the flower of her youth) the natural adornment of one’s hair is held in such high esteem, I cut off mine to the breadth of some four to six fingers, measuring the place it had reached, and imposing upon myself the condition that if by the time it had again grown to that length I had not learned… Read more »

Libraquarius
Libraquarius

Brilliant, where the heck do you dig up such fantastic info, from MM? It never ceases to amaze me.

Zaiborg
Zaiborg

Oh ME oh MY – with the exception of her dark hair – I could be her evil twin or what! Have always had this freaky nun/monk fascination/obsession ( WTF? – a scorpio with an obsession? – well I never…) and even trained to become a Taoist monk at one stage, till I realized it was hypocritical of me. (ooh and there was that whole having an EPIC love affair with one of the young monks thang…) The Universe shall and does not limit itself in any Way , shape or form – so why should I… Sun, Moon, Mercury… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

Good lord…

andromeda
andromeda

Awesome, my Scorpio Moon is all a-tremble. I relate so much to her (er, minus the storming intellect of course!). I misspent my childhood reading Shakespeare and writing poetry, wanted to be a nun/mystic and yearned to learn a language (I ended up learning a smattering of languages but mostly Japanese and Spanish and now a bit of French). Gotta read her work! She sounds so brave and dedicated, I love it.

Catsmeow
Catsmeow

I think I’ve fallen in love with this one. She sounds simply amazing. Gotta love a woman with such strong opinions, and who isn’t afraid to let the world know about them.

Bluesky
Bluesky

So glad to learn about her! Thanks! With Sun conjunct Pluto I kind of relate in a strange way. She was much braver of course. But I kinda get her

Mystics Scorpio Intern
Mystics Scorpio Intern

Incredible. I say she’s she born in the debated yr of 1651 – would make her a much more potent Scorp with lucky Jupiter in the higher mental realms of Sag. Think I’ll put this pic up for inspiration by study desk..

Charley
Charley

She is amazing. God I love astrology sometimes how it rings true through the ages and via a painting, she has the most perfectly Scorpio eyes.

GeorgeSand
GeorgeSand

I was thinking the same re her eyes. So Scopio — she could have been my twin.

GeorgeSand
GeorgeSand

* speaking of eyes — think I need glasses….. ScoRpio

sagitta
sagitta

She looks like she has lines of red butterflies in her hair– red is Scorpio and butterflies are all about transformation–which very Pluto-Scorpio. The lines of her sleeves and gown, the lines on the drapes, and the lines of the chair are all curving and flowing–which are apt for a Water sign.

Bluesky
Bluesky

So funny. I have my own little intuitive signs I look for (like a game) one is red butterflies near a head. Yeah it’s weird. But there it is

T
T

Ooh, I’m going to have to do more research on her! She sounds amazing!

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

~Property of the of the Goddess,
Who is thrice beautiful,
And Boasts three beautiful faces~

So she obviously knew of the triple goddess

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_goddess for those who might not be familiar

Steph
Steph

omg, I love her! Mexican pride! I’ve always wondered how she could have been such an amazing ballsy girl back in the day, yet still live. She was smart enough to have the church behind her back. They wouldn’t dare touch a nun.

Mari
Mari

Impressive! I am definitely linking to this post.

unpredictable pisces
unpredictable pisces

Thoughts:

Amazing.
I’m feeling that (as would most intelligent rational types but then again intelligence and reason have a lot to answer for).
She looks a lot like my sister who is very un-Scorp.
Both practical, independent stubborn-as-shit thinkers though.

Thank you Mystic I’m going to share it on a social media outlet somewhere.
happy Sun in Pisces
x

twinfishrising
twinfishrising

Scorpios can be such wonderful torchbearers with their focus and sensitivity to deep truths. What a brave woman. Caught up with a scorpio friend yesterday who is about to get mildly famous over her ( early childhood) research into babies as social and emotional independent beings who already fundamentally have it all together . Exploding the common belief that under 3 “they’re just a baby” and the underlying assumption is they don’t know nothin and thus the gaga goo goo way of subordinating their intelligence . As well as her academic research She has on her phone millions of photos… Read more »

plutonic gem
plutonic gem

I’m so gladthats fantastic – its too weird to think that people would think babies are not emotional, social, independent beings, let alone are such open energy conduits of pure love. Scorpio are great at research from my understanding with their fascination of the unseen. I don’t know about cruise, but far from charming.

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