Artemesia Gentileschi Astrology Notes.
“As long as I live, I will have control over my being. Talk about a woman who was ahead of her time.”
Artemesia Gentileschi (1593-1652)
Yes, let’s talk about her. What a woman. Artemesia Gentileschi was an Italian Baroque painter. The daughter of an already renowned painter, she endured a seven-month-long hugely publicized rape trial. Hideously, she – not the accused rapist – was tortured with thumbscrews to ensure she was telling the truth.
The case for the defense was that she was already “a whore” at age 18. Eventually, the rapist was convicted, and she built a successful art career, winning the patronage of the Medicis.
Artemesia Gentileschi Astrology: Plutonic And Ahead Of Her Time.
Her Cancer Sun was square Pluto and opposite Jupiter. She had Venus Retrograde in Leo, conjunct Neptune and both were trine Uranus/Pluto in Aries. Artemesia was super-Plutonic. And, her Moon was in Scorpio, a Pluto-ruled Moon. Going to hell and back with her sexual assault case and subsequent rebirth was a Pluto trip. Her futuristic lifestyle – single mother, creative freelancer – feels like the Venus-Uranus vibe.
From her Astral DNA Report:
Jupiter square Pluto
Jupiter-Square-Pluto is gold. Sometimes literally. Whenever this person goes to even pick up the phone to make some money, book a trip or scare up fresh business, Uncle Pluto gets in on the act. They can’t not pursue their bliss. They usually get ousted from any gig where their soul is not involved and they have superior comeback powers. Never ever write them off or rule them out as a rival/threat.
The woman was antifragile and uniquely self-determined. Unsurprisingly, a lot of her work features myths of female violence against men. But this beautiful picture of the Moon Goddess Artemis/Diana makes me think she knew she was Cancerian and found strength from it.
She Identified With Her Namesake, The Moon Goddess
While astrology often portrays the Moon as Yin and Receptive – the Moon Goddess is wild. She hunts alone and takes long runs through the moonlit jungles. Artemis is more like Pan or one of the nature gods than, say, a sedate and relationship-oriented goddess.
Artemis, Diana, Celene, and the other Moon Goddesses have secret sanctuaries. They swim nude in surreal, magical mountain rivers and converse with all creatures in the world. Some say that they and the Moon know every secret ever told.
The Passion Of Artemesia by Susan Vreeland says she lived a remarkably modern life for a woman of that era. She was hugely aware of being a female artist and single mother of daughters in dangerous times.
Talk about a woman who was ahead of her time.