As opposed to last year’s super-Neptunian frock fete, this year’s Met Gala was held with Venus conjunct Jupiter and sextile Pluto. I believe someone must have consulted an astrologer re this because it’s bang-on perfect astro for big-statement fashion, fun, culture, power and money.
The theme was Gilded Glamor, referring to the late 19th Century Gilded Age, aka Belle Epoque or ‘beautiful era’ – because it was for some people: The art, architecture and aesthetic were fantastic. But the one-percent made mad, mad money off the rest and democracy declined. Were they being meta-ironic and knowing or simply oblivious?
I’m going with the meta-irony angle and really hope next year’s Met Gala theme is ‘Disinformation Bureau.’ So let’s talk about the style: my fave look was Teyana Taylor (above) in triple-Gemini Iris Van Herpen’s Mythosphere dress. I wasn’t aware of Taylor before this but I immediately clocked the Uranian glamor and yes, she has Mercury conjunct Uranus and Neptune.
Her silver and amethyst Psyche headpiece also evokes Aquarius/Uranian aesthetic: it was more galactic glamor or new gilded age and she’s on point for Pluto in Aquarius already. I also think that in terms of fashion legacy, Iris Van Herpen will be the standout icon of future eras.
The Meta Gala was fabulous astrologically for Blake Lively, with Uranus and the Solar Eclipse New Moon supporting her Neptune in Capricorn plus Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars in Virgo. Yes, the woman is a quintuple Virgo – it’s like a hyper-kinetic energy humming beneath her languid-seeming Leo Rising persona.
Her Versace-clad entrance, the dress change on the red carpet and the seven-starred Statue of Liberty crown (also connected to the old goddesses Cybele and Ishtar, btw) have gotten attention but how cool was the zodiac detail on her dress? It was to pay homage to the constellation mural on the ceiling of New York’s Grand Central Station.
But that mural was from the iconic Uranometria, the first full-scale star atlas, published in 1603. Note Cybele – the inspiration for the Strength card in Tarot – with her two lions on the cover. I bet she has secret lion guardian statues at her place. Her other protective entity would appear to be her husband Ryan Reynolds – my peak-cynicism re anything Hollywood-ish/spin-generated dissolves whenever I see them together.
Their synastry is fab but they also both have Jupiter in the 9th house, a potent placement for their individual and mutual growth. Ninth house Jupiter people are forever being told to shut up or tone it down – by even loving partners and friends – but when they find one another, their rapport is like one big gigantic conversation with multiple tangents.
Another galactic glam manifestation: Cynthia Erivo’s next-level manicure and the surrounding array of jewellery. Yes, her silvery white Louis Vuitton lace dress (from the L.V. archives, to signal sustainability) and head-dress (a homage to black women who were compelled by law to cover their hair) garnered attention…but check out the close-up above.
Manicurists across the world are being confronted by women who have the manicure image and specs not only saved to their phone but etched into their psyche, the bit of it that deals with talismanic nail art. Fittingly Ervivo’s Capricorn Sun is conjunct Mercury, a placement that accentuates gesture and the hands.
Now, Hailey Baldwin-Bieber is obviously a completely stunning person who looks amazing in anything. But the Saint Laurent “ode to Jerry Hall” concept didn’t really come off. It was partly mood-aura: after a difficult few months and without her husband at the event, she didn’t vibe animated until the after-party/clubbing clothes/friends nearby part of the night.
Additionally, Hailey is a minimalist while Jerry is a maximalist, a Texan Cancerian who hoofed it out of a hard childhood and went straight to Paris the moment she realized she could. Interestingly, it was Neptune conjunct her North Node and Saturn conjunct her Venus at the time – some moment:
“It wasn’t until she took LSD at a high school party that she began to understand her potential. “A boy gave me a quarter of a tab. I didn’t know what it was!” she says. “I actually had never taken drugs and was very nervous. And I actually never did take drugs again afterward but I locked myself in the bathroom and spent all night going “oh my God…” She runs her fingers over the contours of her face. “All of a sudden I thought ‘wow!'”
So a few weeks before her 17th birthday, she flew to Paris. “I sort of had a turning thing,” she said. “One of those moments in life when you decide you’re going to do something really wild and I did it.”
Her very first show was YSL and Baldwin’s Met Gala dress is a replica of the one Jerry Hall wore at the very last YSL fashion show in 2002, a retrospective of the Leo designer’s entire career. Hall was 46 at the time, a mother, seasoned veteran of the fashion industry and dramatic relationship complexities. She swanned out in the dress – in itself a homage to late-career Marlene Dietrich – to Roxy Music’s Love Is The Drug, thus referencing her history.
The irony is that Hailey Baldwin could probably have carried off ‘disco Jerry’ with far more ease.
Nobody thought Kim Kardashian could trump her 2021 Met Gala ‘phantom’ look but she did: She wore a haunted dress to the 2022 Met Gala. She currently has Jupiter and Neptune conjunct her Piscean Moon which is already opposite her natal Jupiter/Midheaven. That is, she can go overboard on Neptunian things or swim into treacherous currents.
Obviously she is extremely well-managed and well, at least if she gets into trouble doing a seance or alien cactus juice, it wouldn’t be a mystery. There would be sponsors, drone footage and direct to camera monologues about whatever she was going through.
But still, the last person to wear this dress was a clearly zonked Marilyn Monroe, serenading President Kennedy – who she may or may not have been having an affair with – in 1962. She died of a sedatives overdose 77 days later, spawning a thousand conspiracy theories but it’s interesting that the one night she wore that dress was with Neptune square her Ascendant, opposite her Midheaven and about to square her Aquarius Moon.
One of President Kennedy’s aides recalled meeting Monroe in it on that evening in May 1962: “I do not think I have seen anyone so beautiful,” he says. “But one felt a terrible unreality about her—as if talking to someone under water. Bobby and I engaged in mock competition for her; she was most agreeable to him and pleasant to me—but then she receded into her own glittering mist.”
I think this dress has bad Neptunian vibes or something – I don’t even like the fact that both women had to be sewn into it and that it’s flesh colored. I don’t care if it’s worth six million dollars or whatever – I hope KK has completed a thorough aura-clearing after wearing it.
“Beautiful credit! The foundation of modern society. Who shall say that this is not the golden age of mutual trust, of unlimited reliance upon human promises? That is a peculiar condition of society which enables a whole nation to instantly recognize point and meaning in the familiar newspaper anecdote, which puts into the mouth of a distinguished speculator in lands and mines this remark: ‘I wasn’t worth a cent two years ago, and now I owe two millions of dollars.”
― Mark Twain, The Gilded Age