For various reasons, not so much is know for sure about the life of Sappho, the poetess. Some of her work…here.
We know she was admired by Socrates and that Plato called her the 10th Muse, that she was born on the Greek Isle of Lesbos & that she loved women, the one named Erinne was said to be the subject of much of her love poetry.
And we also know that she is an Asteroid – number 80 – posted about already here: quick recap, you’d think that in your chart she’d show writing skills and a poetic bent, yes?
But could asteroid Sappho signify womanly gayness?
Please don’t berate me if that’s not some politically correct term, i am sure Sappho would not begrudge poetic licence?
I mean, she was gay (and famous) enough to have the isle of her birth turned into an actual adjective for female homosexuality, was she not?
My point: if you’re a female loving female reading this, please can you go check out your asteroid Sappho (via Astrodienst Extended Options) and report back?
The classic astrological indicator of such is a good strong Venus or Moon with Uranus aspect but i am not sure about that. It hails from a day when Uranus touching any of the personal planets, Sun or Moon was seen to denote “perversion” and i don’t think it’s a perversion, you know?
Obviously the asteroids are fun, extra little nuances but let’s try this and see.
I ran the Sappho test through the charts of some famous lesbian brainiacs:
Susan Sontag – Sappho in Libra conjunct Moon – can’t tell how close, no birthtime.
Djuna Barnes – Sappho in Saggo conjunct Moon
Gertrude Stein – Sappho in Libra opposite Neptune but not really doing much.
Radclyffe Hall – bingo! Sappho in Leo conjuct Venus AND Uranus. She was fascinating, pursued women with almost as much fervour as a Byron and was put on an obscenity trial for The Well Of Loneliness – due to its lesbian themes and plea for greater “tolerance.”
So – thoughts and data please…