Martha Gellhorn – She Scorped

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Martha Gellhorn Astrology Notes: She was a Scorpio with her Sun trine Neptune and square Chiron. You can see it at play in her life: she was a visionary who could have been a poet or celebrated wit. But Cosmic Detective Chiron sparked her sleuth skills.  An incisive and gutsy journalist, she was one of the first people to break the news of what was going on at places like Dachau. She left home early to travel the world, writing fashion articles and investigative news stories with equal aplomb. “Nothing is better for self-esteem than survival,” she said.

“Martha was passionate and political, glamorous and exciting. She loved to drink and gossip and smoke and flirt. She was hugely entertaining and motivated by a deep-hearted, deep-seated concern for justice; the friend of the dispossessed, the oppressed, the neglected. And she was a good writer.” She just happened to be beautiful into the bargain.

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Martha Gellhorn Astrology: Plutonic And Eloquent

She shunned cloying relationships and took up with lovers more in the way that male writers of her generation picked up and discarded their women. She’d go the second things went wrong and was devoted to her beauty and grooming. Ernest Hemmingway, one of her partners, said of her that she had only two speeds: “running away or asleep.”

The real Martha Gellhorn Astrology story is Pluto conjunct the North Node in Gemini. You always see that in people who become icons or voices for their generation. Her Mercury trined that Pluto/Node, reflecting in her copious writings.  She was also Mars square Neptune and Venus opposite Saturn. Mars-Neptune is drawn to complex, magical seeming men while Venus needs consistency and stability. Though a Scorpio, she had more Air than anything else and think about that Mercury trine Pluto on the Node in Gemini, the sign of the Scribe.

She found her most enduring love in words and ideas; the thrill of breaking stories and parsing weird times through her eloquence.

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Leah
Leah

Actually, they had a great love story (Hemingway and Gellhorn). She was indeed a Scorpio with Taurus Moon, and he was a Cancer (Virgo rising). They were, in fact, as far as astrology is concerned, more compatible than any of their other relationships/partners. They were together nearly 10 years, separated here and there while each was on assignment. That is true that she didn’t want to be KNOWN solely for her marriage to Hemingway, but it would be dismissive to say that it was not significant for her. She didn’t actually want to end the marriage, in the end; neither… Read more »

susan
susan

i loved the film, i found it fascinating. i am also scorpio, also venus in libra, so very interesting what u write…i must know more about the free love thing lol never heard that before. re hemingway/gelhorn…this was a screenplay, embellished…we were not there, we dont know truly their connection…they wrote beautiful letters to each other, that’s a fact…but we really can’t judge…

BB
BB

She would move on (bolt is a better word) as soon as things started to go wrong? Sounds much like what today’s men and women do–leave as soon as it gets uncomfortable. And she was wondering why she couldn’t have a stable relationship? That’s just the thing folks, you gotta stick with it through thick and thin and sickness and health. That’s how it is. You don’t want to do that, then don’t get married. I’m not as blown away by Martha Gellhorn as a lot of the readers are. I just think for all the faults Hemingway had, she… Read more »

Anony_Aussie
Anony_Aussie

The movie should be about HER, with Hemmo as a minor character. Hyeh, hyeh hyeh.

milleunanotte
milleunanotte

He could just be depicted as a marionette, or lumpy stocking stuffed figure posed into action in the relevant scenes.

scorpionic
scorpionic

I would love to have met her.

Thanks Mystic and MM team for always writing about interesting people/matters past and present xox

Lexicorn
Lexicorn

Hemingway so over rated, Gellhorn so superb. I need to read more of her work and stat. Love to see that Mars-Neptune being put to good use, she’s an inspiration to our kind!
Not holding high hopes in Kidman’s interp, but more importantly, let’s hope the script doesn’t write her out of her story…

Liz
Liz

erm … I’ve read about Ms. Gellhorn in the past and, to me at least, she’s seems like a giant pain in the ass. While I admire her cajones as an independent woman in that era as well as the war correspondent fab part – the personal side was destructive. She was not the innocent the HBO drama portrayed her to be in the relationship with Hemingway. I doubt that she truly “didn’t like the sex” because she was apparently at it quite a bit with loads of people, many who were married and during her own marriage. It tastes… Read more »

crb
crb

Wow… just read the article and am inspired to look up her own work. She is awesome.

Lucy
Lucy

Why need acceptance from society or anybody ? From people muddled in their own heads who don’t know what they THEMSELVES are doing ? Who have a hundred e-mail addresses on their stupid, non-funny forwarded e-mails to show you what they do with their time ? “Well I’m into relationships, friendships, blah, blah, blah.” Enrichment, elevated consciousness not important to them. (They don’t know what enrichment is or how to spell it or anything.) And when a person can’t spell words correctly or do simple math though they grew up in a rich country and blame their busyness on having… Read more »

Scorporation, Inc.
Scorporation, Inc.

You misspelled “business.” LOL Sorry– couldn’t help myself!

Scorporation, Inc.
Scorporation, Inc.

LOLOLOL — you meant “busy-ness”! Too funny!

Touche 😀

Lucy
Lucy

Shoulda used a hyphen ya.

(Scorps are always trying to keep me in line !)

Scorporation, Inc.
Scorporation, Inc.

I went to sleep last night expecting all manners of dreamtime wonderfulness– but got my ex-husband instead! I was like, “What are you doing here? You’re not supposed to be here,” and he’s giving himself a tour of my house, and then tries to lie down on the couch like he’s going to take a nap. I pulled him up off the couch– he was drunk!– and I said, “If you come here again, I will get a restraining order.” I walked him out of the house, and to the car that had brought him to my place, which was… Read more »

Ms.
Ms.

crazy dream x

Scorporation, Inc.
Scorporation, Inc.

I always appreciate the cosmic heads-up, however it comes, whatever it’s about.

The oracle just advised me to put salt across my front entrance tonight. Done!

Pi
Pi

Scorp inc… that sounds like a bit of a heavy dream… I was wondering how does your son feel, with a father who is an alcoholic / heavy drinker? it’s strange having parents who have these kinds of problems, takes time to cone to terms with and dissociate the psyche as an adult 🙁 love xx

Scorporation, Inc.
Scorporation, Inc.

He’s doing ok. It’s a lot to process, especially for a young kid. I left with him when he was a baby, so he’s never had to deal with the whole living with an alcoholic drama. His dad’s been awol on the visitation front for the last three years, but even when he was seeing our son 2x/week he could never stick with the schedule long before he needed “just a couple weeks off” (of being a dad). It’s hard to drink up/be hungover when you’re alone with a toddler/preschooler, I imagine. So my son deals with the whole absent… Read more »

Hermeslove
Hermeslove

Inspiring , she was courageous to be herself in those times . Yet it is funny how little we have grown in accepting women who change and step out of the norm . I loved a women like that, seems like they are tormented . And are running from themselves ?

Ms.
Ms.

pushing a boulder up a hill against all of society can get a bit tiring no?, everyone wants somewhere to be themselves that is not in the line of fire against judgement no matter how much fight you got in you. I struggle enough now! I look at my passed grandmothers and can see the torment even in their lives.

Ms.
Ms.

god I would hate to be known for a 5 year stint with some other man as my ‘biggest achievement when I had a life book like hers. That is the sexism of it all though. Lover and muse famed above own body of work. Then the turning on her for not playing the game, people still do this. I think I would OD for sure somewhere if I just got too old, don’t see the value in life you can’t live myself. Though I know that view is not popular. I am going to slowly start to write again… Read more »

Quadrupled
Quadrupled

with this combination in your 5th house – not writing is against your stars.

Ms.
Ms.

that is kind. I have way to much mercury for my own good (gem asc, mars,NN, 3rd house jupiter,lilith,saturn virgo moon, venusneptune 6th house) so I hoard secret diaries.
In all seriousness I fear I will have no friends if anyone read my writing, I make Silvia Plath look like a tropical holiday.

Quadrupled
Quadrupled

Don’t worry about your readers or your friends, two groups which may or may not overlap. You have to get it out. My humble advice: Whenever in doubt, read biographies of female writers.

Scorporation, Inc.
Scorporation, Inc.

That’s great advice. I concur.

Put it out there, Ms. Let the chips fall where they may.

Ms.
Ms.

xx

Anonymous
Anonymous

I don’t have any of these conjunctions and yet, I go by my own surname nowadays so as to not be known for my marriage to someone, but to be known for my own body of work !

mercurial gal
mercurial gal

twas me!

Pi
Pi

She sounds like an interesting person..

Fear of dependency and boredom… sometimes I do wonder if that’s why I am avoiding some sort of relationship (even that word feels like a ball and chain sometimes)

On the other side of the coin, shame to hear that two of the most suave men whom I have had the pleasure of attempting to charm / attract in some way also have mars-venus conjunct in Libra. Fffffuuuuuuuuuuu…

Petroleuse
Petroleuse

Gellhorn wrote only the once about Hemingway – in Travels with Myself and Another. Self-effacing and absolutely hilarious, it is, ostensibly, about the couple’s disastrous trip to China in the late 30s. He never forgave her for leaving him – the only woman to do so – and said some pretty vile things about her. Gellhorn, in contrast, said nothing – apart from this one, beautifully written story in which she is nothing but kind. Interestingly, they both suicided – Martha at 89 because she couldn’t bear the infirmities of old age; Ernest in his early 60s because the muse… Read more »

Ms.
Ms.

that was so well written, thank you

milleunanotte
milleunanotte

Agreed.

milleunanotte
milleunanotte

How annoying for her this constant association with Hemingwarp. I cannot stand him, and i get where she was coming from, feeling that way about him at the end. I also get why she might have been attracted in the first instance. I don’t have these conjunctions so i’m not sure exactly but i kind of feel the vibe of what you mean. Uranus in Libra trine Venus and square Mars, with Mars Venus semisquare, Mars Neptune semisextile…you see, fairly different detail but flavours of aspect. How can i please a man if i don’t please myself first and foremost?… Read more »

Melanie
Melanie

I just love the quote from her…

“Why the hell would I sleep with a little old man when I could have any number of tall beautiful young men?”

fallen angel
fallen angel

Because it makes total sense? haha…

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