First Impressions - Marina Abramovic
A series in which I look at the chart of a great individual or couple/duo in history and describe for you the stand out elements of their natal or synastry chart that jump out at me, almost as an initial sketch - which is exactly how I begin when working with a client's chart. My focus here is on explaining what I see and how the energy has potentially played out. This is a way to show you how a chart works and to highlight how everyone expresses their chart in a completely individual way. We are much, much more than our sun sign.
30th November 1946, 7:16pm
Saggittarian Sun, Aquarian Moon, Cancer Ascendant
Image taken from Rhythm 0, 1974
Each of us has those moments where we touch the ephemeral or transport beyond the flesh and feel our ever present connection to the universe's main frame, often fleeting but entirely nourishing. There is something about the work of this great woman, in the total simplicity of her art, that cuts to the core of the human experience and the expanse beyond with laser precision. Her work reflects back to us so much about the collective shadow (particularly her early Rhythm pieces) and so much about the collective light and talks to us of this connection, usually with herself as the primary medium or conduit.
As such, its no great surprise that Marina is a Sagittarius or that she she has four planets in Scorpio and five in the fifth house. You can see her natal chart here. Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter and a lot of its archetypal journey is about building meaning for and belief in existence and it does this through experiential learning. Sagittarian's have a natural proclivity towards experiencing travel, other cultures, religions and philosophies - there is an innate curiosity towards understanding how humans have created and applied meaning to existence. They search for meaning, they search for the holy grail and then through their own personal investigations, they build a grail of their own. Anyone with a strong 9th house or prominent Jupiter in their chart will have a strong Sag flavour as well. Dogma is the lower octave of Sag, the higher octave is freedom of thought that comes through a higher understanding and big picture perspective on existence that is earnt through feeling out a lot of different ways of seeing and being. Both the lower and higher octave's deal with belief. If we have a lived experience in something, its easy to believe; you don't really need to preach it so much because you have felt it as a truth. If you're wrapped up in dogma though, odds are that you haven't had a lived experience and so you are clinging to all that preaching which is really just a lot of words. Its the difference between, 'The truth shall set you free' and 'It's my way or the highway', both of these are Sag statements - one is coming from a place of knowing and one is coming from a place of control, one is expansion and one is contraction.
Anyway, back to Marina! Marina is a 5th House Sag, meaning that her experiential learning and her exploration of truth and meaning and higher learning is played out in the realm of creativity. The 5th house represents everything we create and its where we have fun; its sex, our creativity, our self expression, our creations (including children) and the area where we want to shine and be celebrated. With both the Sun and Mars here in Sag 5th House, Marina's life force (Sun) and propulsion (Mars) is geared towards experiential creativity. Not only does she find meaning through her creative experiences but she expresses the truths that she finds in her creative output.
The function of the artist in a disturbed society is to give awareness of the universe, to ask the right questions, and to elevate the mind.
- Marina Abramovic (Image: Crystal Cinema I, 1991)