A Surrealists Astrological Notes

This beautiful little astrological portrait was found amongst the private notes of the surrealist writer Charles Duit:

I was born in Paris on October 30, 1925. I am, therefore, a Scorpio. I should immediately add that I attach a certain value to this sign. It is my portrait that makes the natives of this sign, astrologers. My reason tells me that it is the work of chance. But I do not believe in chance, and I doubt reason could provide a true image of this extravagant world. This does not mean that I believe in astrology like I believe the earth is round. 

However, by my complicated nature, my critical mind, my taste for a corrosive lucidity that easily turns into self-hatred, I am clearly a Scorpio. It takes me years to do what others do in several months, and this is not surprising, for I am under Saturn’s influence. But my rising sign also connects me to Sagittarius, to which I owe my love of the remote, the spiritual, the inaccessible, and the divine. This movement I easily recognize in that of the Centaur who soars upward without being able to tear himself away from the ground to which he is joined by the animal part of his being.

Venus in Sagittarius explains my passionate love of the beautiful and my vision of the divine through the woman. Feminine beauty epiphanizes the divine for me.

And this is how he explains his life-long complex relationship with his mentor Andre Breton*: As a Scorpio, I could not tolerate Breton’s solar, jovian side. They threw my nocturnal powers into ferment…

From The Esoteric Secrets of Surrealism: Origins, Magic, and Secret Societies

*FYI: Andre Breton was Aquarius, with Libra Rising. Actually, he was born with the Sun in Pisces but later dropped his official birthday back a day. He apparently preferred to be Aquarius as he found being a Pisces “too soluble.” He was born with Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius, just like it is now.

 

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Ms.
Ms.
February 6, 2021 2:05 am

I am clearly a Scorpio. It takes me years to do what others do in several months, and this is not surprising, for I am under Saturn’s influence.

Very relatable and especially so now

Secret Sagg
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Secret Sagg
February 4, 2021 1:19 pm

I really love this piece of art by Marie Cerminova. I’m inspired to create art now, based on the shapes and big energies in the natal charts of my loved ones, (and my own), along withdwpicting the symbolism that feels right in how those energies are expressed by the subject.

Earthstar
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Earthstar
February 4, 2021 12:25 pm

My dear Dad is born 28 October some 20-something years after this marvellous Monsieur Duit; and one thing I’ve always noticed but never ‘aha!’ realised until reading this article is the Scorpion’s (?? Or Venus in Sag? But my Dad is Venus-in-Virgo ..) amazing ability to hold contradiction comfortably – in fact, they seem uncomfortable without it. For e.g. – looking at last 3 sentences of first paragraph; Duit deftly contrasts reason and chance, without committing to either. My Dad has this similar mix of abstract fatalism, at the same time as being quite a weary skeptic, preferring rules to… Read more »

Earthstar
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Earthstar
February 4, 2021 12:33 pm
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*(This is not to say that I feel being an academic/writer is mutually exclusive to being an artisan/mechanic – quite the opposite -one of my favourite writers is Matthew Crawford, a motorcycle mechanic with PhD in political philosophy from one of the big US universities. He turned to working with his hands as an act of living in the ‘real world’, as opposed to inhabiting a world of theory, but really he comfortably inhabits both, in my view. Maybe my Dad’s love of contradiction has rubbed off on me – or maybe it’s my Uranus in Scorp ? ..😂)

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Sylphae
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Sylphae
February 24, 2021 6:32 am
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I believe it is in the Scorpionic nature to be uncomfortable without knowing the cthonic side. A world where everyone gets along and has pro-social motives? Not believable.

Artemistica
Artemistica
February 4, 2021 10:33 am

Funny story. Met a new person who was trying to bulldoze me with a Charm-and-Affinity-Offensive. By way of Due Diligence I asked her sun sign. ‘Aquarius’ says she. Months later, COMPLETELY BY ACCIDENT I came across a piece of paper…a birth chart prepared for her, with a birth date of 8 November. A Scorpio trying to fake it til she made it as an Aquarius! I suspect there is a lot of this sort of shenanigans going on

JacQui
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JacQui
February 3, 2021 5:14 pm

Nocturnal powers? Think that’s what I’ve got

Calcifer
Calcifer
February 3, 2021 7:41 am

‘I could not tolerate Breton’s solar, jovian side. They threw my nocturnal powers into ferment…’
😂

VenusRules
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VenusRules
February 3, 2021 6:19 am

However, by my complicated nature, my critical mind, my taste for a corrosive lucidity that easily turns into self-hatred, I am clearly a Scorpio. ”

Same … and I also have Venus in Sag.

Redsonya
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Redsonya
February 3, 2021 4:51 am

This is amazing. I am a scorpio with Jupiter conjunct my ascendant and venus in Sag. One of my longest running recurring dreams is me taking off from the ground to fly, but then I realize that I have to really put in effort to take off and keep going. The whole dream is me thinking if I just….try….a…..little….harder I can do this.

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AstroGeek
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AstroGeek
February 3, 2021 2:52 am

This is one of the most apt and poetic descriptions of the Sagittarius soul (and angst) that I think I’ve ever read: “the Centaur who soars upward without being able to tear himself away from the ground to which he is joined by the animal part of his being.”

I feel seen. And attacked. LOL. What a wonderful find, Mystic.

Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot
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Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot
February 2, 2021 10:23 am

Tres tres Francaise!

MerMamaDream
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MerMamaDream
February 2, 2021 10:11 am

haha I immediately went into the link and bought the book!Esoteric Secrets Surrealism Magic Secret Societies – there is my bookshelf in 6 words ! 8th house dominant Neptunian

MerMamaDream
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MerMamaDream
February 3, 2021 10:57 am
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It’s just arrived! a little Mercury RX glitch – phonecalll – I’m standing outside your house with your parcel. me- I’m standing outside my house where are you? him I’m at 159. me – I’m 161 next door. him – I can’t see your house. Me -thinking Gee that house protection spell and salt on the threshold is working overtime here my house is invisible. him – is it the blue place behind the trees? I meet him at the gate and take my magic book inside…..

Rose
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Rose
February 3, 2021 9:22 am
Reply to  MerMamaDream

Ditto! Love this, thank you Mystic xx

Wish Upon a Star
Wish Upon a Star
February 3, 2021 3:09 pm
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I love surrealism art. Some pieces feel like they unlock parts of my mind.

That book sounds great !

5thHouseCap
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5thHouseCap
February 2, 2021 9:57 am

Hey Mystic, curious about your process. How do you find about all these people and their writings/lives/philosophies? Books? Web? Tales from cool friends over long dinners? Asking for a friend…

emg
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emg
February 3, 2021 4:58 am
Reply to  5thHouseCap

It gets magnetised into her aura

Calcifer
Calcifer
February 3, 2021 7:40 am
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😄

5thHouseCap
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5thHouseCap
February 3, 2021 8:31 am
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Ha! 😀 Never thought of that.
On serious notes, I seem to losing my ability to read a book cover to cover. Digital age has been shite for my attention span. So, even more impressed by Mystic’s research superpowers.

milleunanotte
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milleunanotte
February 3, 2021 3:44 pm
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Is it L’Union Libre? There, he describes each physical part of her, as animal elements or flora, historical figures, objects like clock mechanics and broken panes, sea froth etc.

Skarab
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Skarab
February 3, 2021 9:18 pm
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Ha! I had to learn that for French class at school! C’est très drole!
i’ll always remember: My wife of the armpits of martens and phenols

milleunanotte
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milleunanotte
February 4, 2021 9:26 am
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Oh this translation is hilarious! Imagining this as a Mystic Blog Post header 🙂

milleunanotte
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milleunanotte
February 4, 2021 8:44 pm
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I did think your mystical poetic travails might have led you to another surrealist poet back then, so i looked up another poet in edge yellowing curled print before coming back to AB. If you dreamed it, then a Surrealist wrote it! …(maybe in their draft notebook, which i would not be surprised you tapped into 😀 ) Tidal pools and arms waving goodbye do not seem to resonate with the poet i wrote about for my early fiscally astute academic decisions for post grad thesis, but hey! i loved the spiralling arms back into my painterly-aesthetic world of lives… Read more »

5thHouseCap
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5thHouseCap
February 3, 2021 8:55 pm
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We’re the same, Mystic…jusssst the same. You research Andre Breton, I look for specific episodes of Gilmore Girls to hunt down a particular dialogue. 😆

davidl
davidl
February 4, 2021 12:06 am
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I always thought it was a Ouija board ? 🤓
Which by the way I found out recently is a trademarked product. The trademark is owned by Parker Bros or Hasbro ? .the same people that own Monopoly ?

Invicta
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Invicta
February 4, 2021 4:27 pm
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That’s hilarious

scorpiodawn
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scorpiodawn
February 4, 2021 8:04 pm
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hasbro? lol
‘my little pony ouijaboard’

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