Former Marine turned disability advocate and model Alex Minsky is a fantastic example of the Sun conjunct Pluto in Scorpio. He lost his right leg in a horrific accident while serving in Afghanistan and was honorably discharged after several months in a coma. Upon his return to civilian life, he developed a drinking problem & then one day decided to no longer “run away from his demons.” He became an avid gym-goer, got into savagely good shape, and became an underwear model.
He’s an internet sensation, obviously & he kindly agreed to answer some astro-type questions from me.
Mystic: You are a Scorpio which is already a sign of fierce courage, linked with transformation. But with you, it is more than that. Your Scorpio Sun is conjunct Pluto, the ruler of Scorpio and (in mythology) the God of the Underworld. People with Sun-Pluto in Scorpio often undergo intense and unusual experiences, almost like a legendary journey into darkness to face demons. It is a life-death-rebirth vibe, a mythological epic transformation trip – you embody this. Do you relate at all to the Phoenix metaphor? The Phoenix is one of the “higher” symbols of Scorpio and Pluto on your Sun makes you like a super Scorpio.
Alex: Yes. If I understand this correctly, I have to face my demons daily — one day at a time.
Sun Conjunct Pluto in Scorpio Moment: “I have to face my demons daily.”
Mystic: You dived into the booze a bit after your ordeal return from Afghanistan but are now totally sober. Can you tell us a bit more about that “moment of clarity”* when you realized you had to let go of alcohol?
Alex: My moment of clarity was when I realized I had the choice not to take the easy way and run to the bottle.
Mystic: Your body looks fantastic, and i gather you were “discovered” at the gym shortly after going sober. It seems sort of like a cosmic reward for walking away from one pleasure/distraction lol. You straighten out, and you get the fashion industry/fans, etc. Did the body art come first and then the fashion? Or vice versa? And has any of your ink got any magical/religious significance?
Alex: I have always been into fitness, so I guess the body came first and the rest just fell into place because I was doing the right thing. I have a couple of God vs. the Devil tattoos, which to me signifies my daily struggle to face my demons.
Alex Minsky Is A Total Mars Person
Mystic: You’ve got Mars in Aries at Zero Degrees – this is said to be the bravest Mars there is. AND you’re a Scorpio, which is Mars affiliated. You’re a Marine, but even apart from that, are you considered to have an exceptional fighting spirit? And did anything occur in March 2011? That is when Uranus, the planet of sudden enlightenment and genius, was ON your Mars for the first time in 84 years?
Alex: In March of 2011, I was drinking my life away and drowning myself with the bottle.
Mystic: You’ve got Saturn-Uranus in Sagittarius – the seeker/teacher – and Neptune opposite Chiron. It means there is a strong spiritual destiny at work in your life; you will make a massive difference in the lives of others. I know you do some work with the Wounded Warrior Project – can you tell us some more about that cause and your role in it?
Alex: Wounded Warrior and the Semper Fi Fund were a huge help to my family and myself when I was injured. Any chance that I can work for or represent them becomes a priority because I know that they are still out there helping injured service members.
Mystic: Finally, something shallow, Scorpio is often said to be sex-mad – you’re now an underwear model lol. Are you incessantly hit on?
Alex: Yup totally 🙂
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