Astrological History Crush: Ana De Mendoza

Ana de Mendoza y de la Cerda, Principessa di Eboli

Ana De Mendoza – the Princess of Eboli – has inspired an opera by Verdi and several movies.  She was a Spanish and a Cancerian, born June 29 in 1540.  Her eye was purportedly lost in an early fencing accident and like many an aristocratic young girl, she was married off at the age of 12. The princess was renowned for her beauty and her interest in sword play.

Despite bearing her husband ten children, she also find time to be embroiled in spying, lesbian and mistress scandals. After his death (he was much older), she fled to (or was persuaded to take up residence in) a convent and became popularly known as the “Princess-Nun.”

She apparently disliked the nuns to the extent that they left. Sadly upon her exit from this place, she was arrested and imprisoned on charges of (most likely trumped up) charges of espionage.

The Princess of Eboli would have so much more loved this era.  Her astrology seems like the kind of person who is modern in any time. She was Cancer, as we know but also Moon in Aries. She had Venus in bold Leo conjunct Uranus and opposite Pluto in Aquarius.  Her Mars and Saturn were on the South Node in Libra, opposite Neptune in Aries on the North Node.

She kept pet monkeys and it is that, along with her love of fighting and physical activity, that makes me think Sagittarius Rising.

Four hundred and fifty years since the Princess-Nun walked this earth, we remember her!

That Lady

Ana De Mendoza

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25 thoughts on “Astrological History Crush: Ana De Mendoza

  1. I’ve never heard of this lady but she sounds fun. She honoured her Cancer Sun by banging out 10 kids and then found her Aries life path by gobbing off to nuns. What a mixture!

    Reminds me of my niece a little bit. Cancer rising, Aries moon and Mercury. A smattering of Libra. All those cardinal planets fighting each other. Also very beautiful. But conflicted. She can be the most loving warm person and then something she says will cut you to the core, but funny, oh my god so funny. Once we were on a long drive, sister and her best friend in front, niece and I in the back. My niece was 3 at the time. I’m trying my best to entertain her and we are having a laugh and my sister asks “Everything ok in the back?” and my niece pipes up “I am so bored I am shitting chicken”.
    Shitting chicken! I am simultaneously like “Oh thank you very much you cheeky little bint” and “oh my god where did you get that language from” and “Fair play for keeping it real” and like, trying really hard not to lose it laughing while my sister reprimands the both of us, the both of us! Yeah cos I get the blame for teaching the kid the language, and I swear I did not. All the while the kid is there just smirking, all arrogant, as the telling-off goes right over her head. Just water off a duck’s back. Doesn’t give a crap. She’s awesome that way.

    If there was another movie of this lady I’m nominating my niece for realz. She was the one who told my mother her Christmas dinner was “cold”. And it was a totally half-arsed attempt at a dinner, niece was correct, mother was sulking about having to bother with pesky family members at all, it interferes with her time spent watching made-for-tv movies sitting on her ass ordering people about. My mother is a bitch though, to everyone. I think she was about 6 then. My sisters and I were all silently “Yay”. Given enough time niece could chase mother out of her own house, in the manner of the nuns.

    • I just thought of another one. My mother has a true phobia of cats, I saw her cornered by one once and she was a mess. I pretended to own one for a while so she would not visit me. Niece has uncanny ability to know others’ Achilles heel, child prodigy. She has been able to stitch up another person from a young age. I wasn’t there this time, but once when she was about 4 she said to my mother “Grandma” and Grandma said “Yes?” and niece pointed to behind my mother and said “Grandma, cat by you” and laughed as my mother practically hit the roof in fear.

        • Haha God kids are funny, this gen is incredibly atuned, i saw a baby swiping a tablet with the father like nothing last weekend,

          • So true. I had two kids visit this week, I handed over my tablet as they wanted to go on minecraft, and I asked them if they knew how to use it, and they looked at me like I was on crack. For the first time I felt like my old art teacher who could never work out how to us the VCR, and had to have one of us do it. How we chuckled! How karma comes full circle.

          • If you think kids are funny u should observe at close range, close enough (and be gullible Piscean with Sagittarian sense of yumour) to get those jokes played on you by a little Cancerian girl 🙂 She’a now nine btw and goin strong. Katakan chicks are the coolest!

            I’m child-free and a very lucky woman… there will be aNOTHER ONE COMING IN to the world within the next few weeks ( sorry bout caps but each time i corrected it re-did itself umm so it stays i guess). I have had six siblings and have two nieces, next bub a nephew, our first boy who will live! Last niece was a little Gemini born during that astro-storm-gem exlipse thingy five years ago. Thank god i was on Mystic then! She’s fuqing pickle!

            Long live the babies! xxxxxxx

  2. What a lot of energy she must have had. I wonder about how she has time to actually parent children in a nunnery. It’s all very well to pop them out..
    My parents have Aries Moons – it’s a spartan emotional style let me tell you.

    My elder boy is Cancerian and Saggitarius Rising. I can’t honestly see the Saggitarian side yet so I read this with interest.

    His Libra Moon is extremely evident however.
    Told me yesterday that I’m too friendly, that it’s weird. Said his friends are all serious people, so I need to act more serious around them and not embarrass him. He just turned 8. 😯

    • I suspect back in theose days the concept of ‘mothering’ extended to giving birth, as long as you lived through that process. Anything else was farmed out to wet nurses and governess type people. Not the worst idea if you think about it, people got jobs from the scheme, mothers werent chained to tantrum-throwing brats 23 hours a day, therefore would have more time to develop their lives e.g. fencing classes lol, world keeps turning etc #capmoon #hardheartedwoman #thekidsarealright

      • Cap Moon and Aries Moon would get along!
        We women are biologically at a massive disadvantage being unable to control our body and therefore destiny.

        A relative by marriage was raised like this, the servants used to chew the kids food and then they had to eat it – up until they were 10. If they didn’t eat it they were whipped by the servants! She turned out terrified of having kids and aborted so many she lost count. It’s a miracle she survived those illegal backyard abortions.
        The world certainly keeps on turning but I like to keep my brats mentally stable.

  3. Oh she is interesting, love these Astro History Crushes! In my studies of Kataka Sun I have found many professional athletes, so her Kataka Sun/Aries Moon combo makes sense for a fierce fencer. In fact Kataka often has an “A” profession: athlete, actor, author, academic. Sounds like Ana did her Neptune on NN in Aries quite well too. It’s fun when you find a famous personage astro twin and get to compare your (somewhat adventurous) life to theirs. I too am Kataka Sun/Aries Moon/Mars-Saturn in Libra. I won’t be running off to a nunnery any time soon but I could understand why she might have, in that time and place.

      • I am an appalachian apiarists-amassing astrologer acting as an avuncular australian-arab aristafan auf aardvaarks and armidilloes fr Armidale….aay!

      • We make good defenders in afl, nrl and soccer. I have been a goalkeeper in both soccer and hockey.
        Long arms, low centre of gravity and hands that latch-on. Plus l loved crashing into attackers knockn over lots of em.

        • My kataka son plays AFL as a ruck man. He was 6’3 at 16, very long and slim, long arms, huge feet. But not an agro bone in his body, like a big Labrador pup, a bit clumsy and although never meaning to hurt anyone has floored quite a few of the more agro types with stray elbows and knees. It’s funny watching him stand over some poor soul he’s collected apologizing and trying to help up while the coach is screaming at him to get on with it. He is totally oblivious to the havoc he causes opposing players with those out of control limbs.

          • I have never understood the OTP aggro some players n coaches have. Play hard at the ball or tackle; aggression without rancour. But there is nothing wrong with offering ‘a hand-up’.

            Does he have long torso / short legs, relatively speaking, that Water signs seem to possess?

  4. Watching this doco on Alexander, the father of bebe Olga, and ‘in (old) Russia people worshipped their Tsars as divine beings’….
    But an opera inspired by Verdi! How much of what we know today is inspired by past rulers?

  5. Yeh well Olivia de Havilland could do it for the 50s look and mentality her screen audience was from.

    But those Katakan Girls are CARDINAL, CARDINAL, CARDINAL all the way, babes. And Cardinal Water at that. That’s primal water force.

    No wonder our Scorpio boys get fully hooked on them. And ALL the boys. They got boobalicious va-va-voom, and waist, and hips, all to gloriously motherfqn die for. Even the skinny ones. with that sort of Ascendant, make those snaky body moves topped by Eyes that Melt and Surprise. Then that fine mind, already wrapped you up before u realise u Done, Boy, DONE.

    Mind you, i’m in love with an Aqua at present, so don’t think this is just lz drivel. This is an homage to the Katakan Beauties.

      • Girls will b boyz will b gurls will b boiyzzzz…

        Always the way with Kataka…

        Double gendered in equal measure: bwooii = Cardinal; pecs; waist o wait that’s …femme:

        Sumbuddy got Jupiter in Kataka. My answer to that is Uranis in Libra, Circe Isis Venus IC NN + bunch other egypto-roman-greek-mesopo-babylonia goddesses 4th house in Aquuuuua. As for Katman, enjoy your beautiful love affair. That’s what they’re there for xx

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