The artist and surrealist Leonor Fini was a classic Venus conjunct Neptune woman. She loved glamor, art, culture, and cats. This Venus placement is rarely practical – she had 17 Persian cats – but has an imaginative consciousness most people take drugs to obtain. Hers was in Leo, suggesting sex and romance as performance art.
“I didn’t go to dance or dine or make conversation. I went to dazzle and render people
speechless. If I could do that I was happy.”
“I have always,” she said, “believed that human attributes are terribly limited. I have forever envied animals for their thick, hard claws, their shimmering, phosphorescent scales, their incomparably dense fur. . . .”
Self-invented, anti-marriage and with a scandalous love life (she preferred menage a trois living arrangements) she was obsessed with sphinxes and Freudian analysis.
Way ahead of her time in terms of constructing a creative career, she was viable in art + commerce. She illustrated the first editions of The Story Of O and poems by Baudelaire. Fini also designed the bottle for Schiaparelli’s (the ultimate Virgo of Fashion) Shocking perfume. These were all superb commercial collaborations that bought her time and money for her art, not to mention the lavish lifestyle.
Aside from her Venus conjunct Neptune, Fini had a Virgo Sun, Cancer Moon and possibly Leo Rising. Her preferred mode of dress was thigh high boots and a cape.
Thoughts? And there is a fab array of her art here.
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