Helen Reddy is a rad example of Scorpio characteristics. She ran away from the circus. Then, as a single mother in Vegas, her feminist anthem became a hit. Helen Reddy, Scorpio, Singer, Songwriter & Activist is driven.
She sang + wrote the iconic Seventies “I Am Woman” anthem and was an icon of the Pluto in Leo generation.
She is Sun conjunct Mercury in Scorpio. (Mercury Retrograde, by the way.) She is Aries Rising, Moon in Capricorn and Neptune on the North Node in Virgo. Neptune North Node people often have a visionary, mythopoetic view of possibilities.
Bucking the general trend, Reddy was raised in a circus performance family but left for suburban marriage and motherhood. She won a singing competition and flew to New York, only to find out she’d won just an audition. She failed that,
Scorpio Characteristics Include Courage & Defying The Norm – She Ran Away From The Circus And Was A Single Mother Alone In A Foreign Country
Left broke and as a single mother (in those days!) in a foreign city, she fought her way into headlining at Vegas just a few years later. Her support acts were a young Joan Rivers and Barry Manilow
“Women have always been objectified in showbiz. I’d be the opening act for a comic and as I was leaving the stage he’d say, ‘Yeah, take your clothes off and wait for me in the dressing room, I’ll be right there’. It was demeaning and humiliating for any woman to have that happen publicly.”
Reddy credits the song as having supernatural inspiration.
She said: “I remember lying in bed one night and the words, ‘I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman’, kept going over and over in my head. That part I consider to be divinely inspired. I had been chosen to get a message across.” Pressed on who had chosen her, she replied: “The universe.” The next day she wrote the lyric and handed it to Australian guitarist Ray Burton to put it to music.
Note the Scorpio characteristics on show here. She was undaunted by circumstances that would have sent many people shrieking back to wherever they came from. She blended faith in the ‘supernatural’ with a tireless work ethic. And, she made her art an alloy of creativity and political belief, without it seeming clumsy or strained.