In the second post of this series, I’d like to look at the chart of Annie Sprinkle, who has been involved in the lustful side of sexuality in more ways than one can count, from being a prostitute (for two decades), stripper, porn star, porn producer, etc. She has really done it all and has positioned herself center stage as an icon of licentiousness, a “sacred prostitute”. You can read more about her biographical details in her Wikipedia entry.
As in the look at Traci Lords, I will be pulling out some factors in the chart that pertain to signification of licentiousness. As the series progresses we’ll see certain trends and confluences of factors appear repeatedly as a common theme. The reader is urged to first read the last post on this topic before proceeding, as I discuss some of the basics and give some warnings appropriate to this type of work.
Annie Sprinkle was born Ellen Steinberg on July 23rd, 1954 at 11:34am in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her birth information is Rodden-rated AA for accuracy and her natal chart is pictured here.
Not pictured in the chart are her Lot of the Sun (Spirit) at 28 degrees Sagittarius, Lot of Woman’s Marriage at 28 Scorpio, and Lot of Venus (Eros) at 20 Gemini.
The lustful signs are moderately represented, but some important points pertaining to self and relationships are in them. The Sun, Moon, Ascendant, Descendant, and Node are in lustful signs. The Moon seems particularly relevant in this sense as she is dispositor of many of the planets in the chart and is in a dark place while regarding most of the planets in the chart from the right side and opposition, including a superior trine to Venus and domination of the Sun.
Venus and Special Indications
Again, as in the chart of Traci Lords, we are dealing with a Libra rising chart, with Venus as Lord of the Ascendant and in a dark or “bad” place (i.e. one that doesn’t regard the Ascendant – 6th, 12th, 8th, and 2nd) while out of sect. This identification with Venus and placement of Venus into a vulnerable place subject to corruption is noted by Masha’allah (On Nativities, Ch. 5, Dykes trans., 2008, p. 400) in relation to licentiousness (note: like most simple delineation statements, the following illustrates the principle with extremes rather than being a cookbook delineation, i.e. the principle is that Venus as lord of the Ascendant inclines to identification with Venusian things and that planets in bad places incline to the darker side of things while those in good places incline toward the more pleasant side of things):
If Venus were the Lady of the Ascendant, and in a good place, it designates him to be handsome and humble. And if she were in a bad place, it designates he is hot [in desire] (and if were a woman, it designates her to be a prostitute).
Another passage by Masha’allah, but from the Book of Aristotle, and previously mentioned in the Traci Lords post, also holds in this chart, with Venus in the 12th, regarded by Mars and Jupiter:
Indeed for the appetite of longing and sexual impurity, consider the following. For, Venus in a place of longing-namely the sixth or twelfth-under the regard of Jupiter and Mars, or if she would be lingering with the Lord of the Lot in the Midheaven, it defames the female spouse because of prostitution, hides an abortion, presents [her] for sale […] (Masha’allah, Book of Aristotle, Dykes trans., 2009, Book III, Chapter 7, Section 8, p. 146)
Also, as in the chart of Traci Lords, we find that Annie Sprinkle’s Venus is in the bound of Venus. While we may be tempted to draw some conclusions based on the position of Venus in her sign of fall, Virgo, as pertaining to ill-dignified Venusian behavior following the later medieval idea of “negative dignity” when a planet is in fall, this would lead us down the wrong path, as Venus is not only in her own bound here, but in her own bound and domicile in the chart of Traci Lords and in her exaltation in the chart of Jenna Jameson. It may instead be the case that some deeper connection of Venus to prototypically Venusian matters of sexuality, as opposed to other manifestations of love and beauty, is important, and shown through Venus being in her own domicile, exaltation, bound, or triplicity (but triplicity is more effective if first triplicity ruler, which Venus is here of Virgo by day).
In my own opinion, a form of rulership in its own place makes a planet more independent in action and less tied to other planets or encumbered by dependencies with them. In that sense, a form of rulership in its own place can make a planet a little bit stronger, less restrained or forced to cooperate, but should never be interpreted as having effects that are in some sense more “dignified”, in the sense of admired, socially accepted, commended, honorable, or even as conferring greater success. I’ve addressed this at length in prior posts on the issue, most succinctly in The Curious Case of Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted Turner, contrasting Dahmer’s 4 very positively “dignified” (in domicile) planets with Turner’s 4 planets in detriment and fall with none in domicile or exaltation, to illustrate the absurdity of identifying a planet in a form of rulership with the degree to which a planet signifies dignified matters in the life.
There is a substantial connection between Venus and Mercury in the chart, which are in a partile sextile and have most of the important planets of the chart under their rulership. For instance, the Ascendant and the Moon are in domiciles of Venus but bounds of Mercury, while Venus is in the domicile of Mercury but her own bound, Mercury is in the bound of Venus, the Lot of Venus (Eros – at 20GEM) is in the domicile of Mercury and bound of Venus, MC in the bound of Venus, five planets in water or earth signs where Venus is the first triplicity lord. Mars is the only planet in a “stake” of the position of Venus (i.e. in the 1st, 4th, 7th, or 10th sign from Venus – in this case square to Venus), and given the strong interchange between Mercury, Venus, and personal signification, we get a sense both for the passionate sexuality of Mars-Venus and the strangeness, “talk”, and notoriety that Mercury can bring to the mix. The chart doesn’t fulfill the following statement by Ptolemy but the strength of the ties Venus has to Mars and Mercury reflect it:
Therefore Venus, with Mars, produces merely amorous dispositions, but if Mercury is present, notoriety also… (Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos, Book 4, Ch. 5, Robbins trans., 1940, p. 401)
Similarly, Rhetorius claimed, “Venus and Mercury and Mars aspecting each other will make lechers” (Compendium, Ch. 66, Holden trans., 2009, p. 121). But this indication is so commonly occurring in natal charts as to be worthless predictively, beyond indicating the way that combinations of Venus, Mercury, and Mars can be indicative of mind/talk, passion, and sexuality getting mixed up in possibly scandalous ways. With Venus in the 12th and all the back and forth between Mercury and Venus, we particularly get the sense of sex strongly on the mind and on the tongue. Mercury in the 10th, strongly advancing on the MC, and strong due to stationing direct days prior to birth and being in phasis, along with being fortunate through being with Jupiter, all give strong indications of great career success through her words and mental personage. She has indeed lectured on a wide variety of topics and claims to have a Ph.D. in human sexuality (I wasn’t able to confirm the validity of this claim). In the following video she discusses her sexual history a bit and one gets a good sense of her style of sexual advocacy and openness.
Mercury in the bound of Venus is typically a good and pleasant thing, but it does associate Mercury with sexuality, and given that Venus is out of sect and in the 12th, the identification with Venus, and some of the other Mercury-Venus connections, we might expect that some of the more difficult indications of Mercury in the terms of Venus to come forth, as discussed by Julius Firmicus Maternus:
They will certainly be lustful in sexual intercourse, and those who corrupt the marriages of others with a depraved mental desire. They will be full of moral faults, and those who are always battered with constant scandal because of these faults. (Maternus, Mathesis, Book 5, Ch. 5, #6, Holden trans., 2011, p. 297)
With Venus moving more than twice as fast as Mercury at the time of birth, we may wonder whether the Moon is already invested in application to Venus in the chart, rather than Mercury at the time of birth. Venus and Mercury are in partile sextile, and the Moon applies to both, to Venus with the stronger trine, but first to Mercury with the weaker sextile, so while technically the Moon is separating from Saturn and making her next application to Mercury, the application to Venus may be important as well. I note this because Maternus noted the following among his indications for a waning Moon separating from Saturn and applying to Venus:
But if she was of little light, it denotes the depraved enticements of love affairs, or it makes [them] to be involved in impure and indecent passions, or it denotes disgraceful actions in continual succession. (Maternus, Mathesis, Book 4, Ch. 3a, #7, Holden trans., 2011, p. 188)
This indication, like many above, bring out how many indications can be repeated when Venus has more malefic associations in the chart (such as Venus out of sect, in a dark place, and regarded by malefics and Mercury – in this case all three) and many important and personal factors connect with her by rulership, regard, and application, such as the Ascendant, Moon, strongest planet in the chart (Mercury in this case), and Descendant.
This chart and the chart of Traci Lords show a trend that we’ll continue to see, in which Venus in her own term, sign, exaltation, and/or triplicity is more likely to give indications directly pertaining to sexuality than a Venus that lacks such rulership in her own place. I think there is a sense behind this in which Venus prototypically refers to the procreative nature, with her additional indications pertaining to beauty, art, and so forth being extensions of this. Rulership in her own place could be said to increase her independence for better or worse, and strengthen her significations related to sex in the person’s life.
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