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Marie Curie: An Astrological Portrait

Marie Curie: An Astrological Portrait
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Born in Poland, on November 7, 1867, at 12:00 p.m. LMT, Marie Curie grew up to be a pioneer of science. She was instrumental in developing the theory of radioactivity, and in 1903 she became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Physics. In 1911 she became not only the first person to win two Nobel Prizes, this time for Chemistry, but also the first—and only—person to win two Nobel Prizes in different sciences.

Part 1: Personality

From the beginning, Marie Curie's natal chart is striking. She has five planets in Water signs, including the Sun, Saturn, Venus, and Mars in Scorpio, and the Moon in Pisces. She has only one planet in an Air sign, Jupiter in Aquarius, and one planet in a Fire sign, Mercury in Sagittarius. She has no planets in Earth signs.

With such a heavy emphasis in Water, Curie will have a very strong emotional intelligence. She will be receptive, intuitive, and responsive, but she will not be comfortable operating in the practical, social, or intellectual realms. At first glance, this may seem odd, given that Curie is renowned for her intellect. But having a perceived lack of planets in an element often drives people to value that quality highly and overcompensate to develop it. The lack of planets in Air signs drove Curie to hone her intellect.

Also significant is the fact that Curie has five planets in Fixed signs: the Sun, Saturn, Venus, and Mars in Scorpio and Jupiter in Aquarius. She has two planets in Mutable signs, the Moon and Mercury, and no planets in Cardinal signs. Such a strong emphasis in Fixed signs gives Curie immense stamina and endurance. When she sets her mind to a task, she will stay with it, no matter how long it takes.

Five planets in fixed signs also suggest that Curie was extremely stubborn, and very resistant to change. It's likely that she was motivated by issues of self-worth and self-esteem.

The lack of planets in Fire and the lack of planets in Cardinal signs suggest that she would rarely initiate in her life. Once she chooses a path and makes up her mind, she will follow that course no matter what. 

Sun in Scorpio Ruled by Mars in Scorpio

Curie's Sun is in Scorpio in the 9th house, only 4° from her Midheaven. This is an exceptionally prominent position, suggesting that Curie's identity and authentic Self will be quite public. It's also significant that her Sun receives aspects from Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, making Curie a vehicle for the transformational energy and social change of the outer planets. In fact, both Uranus and Neptune make aspects to five of Curie's personal planets suggesting that both the disruption of the status quo with new ideas (Uranus) and the softening and dissolving of boundaries (Neptune) may be dominant themes in her life.

But the most dominant theme, and the most important planet in Curie's chart, is her Mars in Scorpio. Mars has a total of 8 votes (Rulership and Triplicity) on the Sun in Scorpio's Board of Directors, giving it complete control over the Sun. Mars itself is in Rulership and Triplicity, making it by far the most powerful planet in Curie's chart. Additionally, Mars is the Sole Dispositor of Curie's chart: every other planet in the chart ultimately takes orders from Mars.

It's challenging enough today for women with very strong Mars energy to find appropriate, socially acceptable ways to embody this archetype. When Curie was alive, the idea that a woman could compete, let alone dominate fields that were exclusively masculine was unprecedented. Women looked for husbands, cared for children and minded the home. They certainly didn't pursue higher education or become scientists. While girls growing up today have role models to show what's possible, Curie had none.

Curie's accomplishments would have been difficult and remarkable for a man. Let's take a moment and acknowledge that they were exponentially more challenging for a woman. Not only did she have to overcome the obstacles and challenges of science and academia, she also had to combat the overwhelming expectations of society because she was so clearly "unfeminine."

Curie's Mars rules the 3rd house of her familiar environment, communication, and early education, and the 10th house of her career, public reputation, and life path. It's also the co-almuten of her 1st house, her sense of identity and personality. It brings together her identity, her message, and her public image, and suggests a career in writing, teaching, or education. Certainly, Curie has something important she will share with the world. Because of the connection with the 1st house, her unique identity is an integral part of her success and advancement.

Curie's Sun reinforces these themes. It's the almuten of the 3rd house, and it occupies the 9th house of higher education and philosophy. And, as noted before, it's exceptionally prominent, making it more likely that Curie will be noticed, recognized, and singled out for awards, honors, and preferment.

The close connection between Curie's Sun (her authentic Self) and her Mars (her ego/body and "little s" self) suggests a high level of coherence in Curie's personality. Who she thinks she is (Mars) is also who she truly is (Sun). Curie is further supported by a trine between her Moon in Pisces and her Sun in Scorpio.

All of this suggests that a source of Curie's remarkable strength was her utter conviction that she knew herself. No amount of external criticism or commentary would ever make her question her identity or her purpose. This is important because Curie was a vehicle for transformation and change. Her identity carried the influence of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

Outer Planet Aspects to the Sun

The outer planets are not personal. They represent forces that shape humanity and cycles that extend far beyond the lifetimes of individual humans. When outer planets form aspects to personal planets, we experience a personal connection to the energies that shape society. And when multiple outer planets form multiple aspects to personal planets, we may become instruments of change.

Marie Curie's Sun, her authentic Self, was a vehicle for the energies of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

First, Uranus in the 7th house is trine Curie's Sun in Scorpio in the 9th house. There's a great deal going on with this aspect. Uranus is exactly on Curie's Descendant, which means it's also exactly opposite her Ascendant. This creates disruptions in her one-to-one relationships, and affects how she engages with and presents to the outside world. Other people project their issues with Uranus on Curie, and she is seen as unusual and disruptive.

Fortunately for Curie, she has a personal connection to this energy because Uranus trines her Sun. She recognizes that she is, in fact, unconventional. Her independence and refusal to accept the status quo is an integral part of her identity. This makes it much easier for her to follow her path. She never expected that she would live a conventional life or adhere to the expectations of other people with regards to her relationships, so breaking with convention would have been less challenging.

Neptune in the 3rd house is quincunx Curie's Sun. It's also significant that Uranus in Cancer and Neptune in Aries are in a partile square, with a 7 minute orb. On a mundane level, this square corresponded with significant changes to the role of women in society, most notably the fight for the right to vote. Curie became a vehicle for this energy and an icon of the power and potential of women.

Finally, Pluto in the 3rd house opposes Curie's Sun in the 9th house. This suggests a sensitivity to power that plays out in her one-to-one relationships because of the opposition. Pluto is a force of destruction and transformation, and the power of Pluto expresses through Curie on a personal level.

Ascendant in Capricorn

Curie's Ascendant is in Capricorn, so she presents to the world as responsible, mature, dour, and severe. Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn is in Scorpio, and Mars in Scorpio is the co-almuten of her Ascendant, so she also appears to be very, very intense and focused.

What's important for Curie is that the way she appears to others — and who other people think she is — is closely aligned with who she truly is. Her Sun is sextile her Ascendant, and Mars, the most important planet with regards to her authentic Self, is also very evident in her Ascendant and how she presents to the world.

The influence of the outer planets, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, also express through Curie's Ascendant, although she won't experience this personally. Other people, however, will project their issues with the outer planet energies on Curie and see her as a disruptive force (Uranus), who blurs boundaries and may be deceptive (Neptune), and who is ultimately a powerful threat to the status quo (Pluto). 



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  • Anne,
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