This is a bust of Antinous – the “Gay God.” He was real, the lover of the Emperor Hadrian and renowned for – amongst other things – his beauty. Then he died under mysterious circumstances that had eerie synchronicity with the heavy-hitter Ancient Egyptian God Osiris and voila, he was deified as the “Gay God.” You can read more of him here.
Obviously loads of the old pagan Gods and Goddesses were gay, bisexual or just sort of omni – that is one of the key distinctions that the more recent, monotheistic religions made. One god, male, apparently hetero and so on. Even the Wisdom Goddess Sophia, aka Mrs God, got turned into the Holy Ghost. A veiled figure of no particular power or urges.
BUT i digress. Antinous is also an ASTEROID – number 1863 if you care to fling him into your chart via the epic extended chart options at my
mothership Astrodienst. And the Gay God is currently in late Gemini.
In old fashioned astrology and the kind of musty textbooks I read as a teenager, they always said homosexuality was linked with Uranus-Venus, Moon and Mars aspects but then again, they were classifying it as an aberrant urge lol. But if you are interested, look also to asteroid Sappho, number 80. Warning: Do not read Sappho if you are a lesbian Love Zombie.
She is intense. Long blazingly brilliant poetry suffused with yearning and pleas to Aphrodite, still so tangible all these centuries later.
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