Neptune is the planet most associated with creatives, but the astrology of artists features a lot of natal Saturn aspects, usually hooked up with Neptune. The Sixties art history classic Born Under Saturn explores how Renaissance artists cultivated the concept of themselves as alienated and melancholy, to distinguish themselves from ‘mere’ craftsmen, who identified with Mercury.
Yes, that’s right, in the olden days, everyone knew their planets, or at least their dominant ones. “Alienation, in effect, was a rung by which artists sought to climb the social ladder.”
Saturn was traditionally linked to melancholy temperaments and introspective, unique people. And, remember that the Renaissance was well before the discovery of the Outer Planets Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. So if you wanted to signal an aloofness from the common crowd, Saturn was your go.
The Astrology Of Artists Is Saturnine
These days, our views on Saturn have evolved, and he is no longer the gloomy figure stomping around with the scythe. The concept of the artist tormented explicitly for their art has been replaced by a broader understanding of psychology.
And many artists are hustlers, adroitly managing their career, brand, and commodity perceptions in the marketplace. A glance at the natal birth data of some successful creatives provides an interesting take on the astrology of artists. They’re big on Saturn and Neptune. Their birth charts have many so-called hard aspects, like Saturn squares. If you want to achieve beyond-the-norm results in a career, you need Saturn. The Time God in alignment to an Outer Planet will drive you to work at it. Without Saturn in the picture, you might get “an arty person” or someone who likes going to art galleries.
Saturn Is The Grind Juice
Saturn is the grind juice, the stay up all night and stick at it energy. It forces people to see themselves in a commercial/social context. They’ll unleash insane amounts of focus and determination to score the time/renown/money they need to do the work they want.
Here, for perspective, are the critical astrological signatures of some modern-era artists of renown:
- Tracey Emin – Saturn in Aquarius square Neptune in Scorpio.
- Damian Hirst – Saturn in Pisces trine Neptune in Scorpio and opposite Mars-Pluto-Uranus.
- Jeff Koons – he is just super Uranian – Saturn in Scorpio trine Jupiter/Uranus in Cancer and Neptune in Libra squaring it.
- Lois Mailou Jones – Scorpio, with her Mercury in Scorpio square Saturn in Aquarius. Saturn also trines Pluto in Gemini and is conjunct her South Node.
- Andy Warhol – Saturn in Saggo trine Leo Ascendant trine Moon in Aries – that’s a Grand Fire Trine, folks. He also had the win-win of Jupiter in Taurus on his Midheaven – enduring fame and artistic legacy. $$$ too.
- Marina Abramovic – Saturn/Pluto in Leo trine her Sagittarius Sun trine her Aries Midheaven – another Grand Fire Trine artist.
- Ai Weiwei – A multiple Virgo, with the Sun, Mercury Retrograde, Mars and Pluto in Virgo. Mars is square Saturn in Saggo and the Saturn trines Uranus in Leo.
- Ed Ruscha – Saturn opposite Neptune in Virgo.
- Richard Prince – more of a Uranian – Neptune in Libra square Mars/Uranus in Cancer.
- Sophie Calle – Saturn/Neptune in Libra square Uranus in Cancer.
- Louise Bourgeois – Neptune opposite Uranus/Lilith in Cancer.
My feeling is that the successful artists and the ones whose work resonates need a bit of Saturn and Neptune/Uranus.