Astrology of Porn Stars | 1. Traci Lords

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There is no specific “porn star” astrological signature, but certain sets of factors show up repeatedly when it comes to adult film stars.  This thread may be offensive to some, but many others wonder if ancient astrology has anything to say when it comes to those who become socially prominent through notorious sexual behavior quite contrary to social norms, such as porn stars and prostitutes.

First off, I should mention that there is a lack of good birth data for porn stars.  Typically we have nothing other than a date and a location.  There are only a handful of porn stars for which we have accurate birth times.  Therefore, in this series I’ll probably oscillate between stars with good birth data, where we can dive into the charts more thoroughly, and those without a time, where we’ll stick to a more superficial analysis.

Another note: Don’t take the indications that I find in some porn star charts and start delineating your friends and loved ones as fornicators with wanton lust based on stray indications.  Really.  Don’t.  Accurate prediction can be done but it’s very difficult.  Venus with Mars in the same sign, for instance, is a common occurrence, and wouldn’t be enough to judge someone’s sexuality on.  Think of astrology as a language, with any set of factors potentially indicating a large variety of experiences, many of which all at once as potentials in someone’s life, some more than others due to repeat factors, and some that really don’t even pertain very strongly to the natives themselves, but may describe other people or circumstances in their lives.

I draw really heavily on Persian astrology in this analysis, except that I stick with the basic astrological principles and techniques established in the Hellenistic period whenever they’ve been changed, and I have my own preferences for what works best from practice.  The reader interested in Persian techniques concerning sexuality is urged to check out the Persian Nativities series translated by Ben Dykes.  It is a series which translates 5 huge and pivotal Persian works on natal astrology, dealing with delineation and prediction on all life topics, into a 3 volume set.  Additionally, a reader desiring a firm foundation in basic ancient astrology is directed to check out the Hellenistic astrology course run by Chris Brennan , as well as Introductions to Traditional Astrology (a set of translations on basic astrology by Ben Dykes).

Basic Factors

When delineating sexuality, points of personal importance, such as the Ascendant and its lords, are pivotal, while the single most important factor is Venus. Often, I’ll just focus on Venus, but I summarize some important factors below :

  • Venus: Classical planet with the strongest natural significations pertaining to love, beauty, marriage, and sexuality.
  • Eros (Lot of Venus): This is the classic Hellenistic lot for Venus, which is found by taking the arc from Spirit (Lot of the Sun) to Venus by day (Venus to Spirit by night) and projecting that from the Ascendant.
  • 7th Place: The 7th House, i.e. the 7th sign counted inclusively from the Ascendant, is the one that pertains to marriages, unions, and partnerships.  It also has some pertinence to sexuality.
  • (Possibly) Lot of Marriage: There are a few different lots of marriage in ancient astrological works, but the Persians seem to have preferred Saturn to Venus from Asc for men (by day, reversed by night) and Venus to Saturn from Asc for women (by day, reversed by night).  These lots were used in marriage delineation, and occasionally in delineation of sexuality.
  • (Possibly) 5th Place: The 5th House doesn’t seem to be used much in my sources, but many ancient astrologers did associate the 5th with love, romance, sexuality, and all things Venus – it was associated more with children than partnership though.

Traci Lords

Traci Lords has certainly faced many challenges related to sexuality in her life.  She was raped at 10, molested in her teens by a drug-dealer boyfriend of her mother’s. Her molester also got her into porn when she was just a teenager, with her illegally appearing in dozens of movies at 16 years of age.  She was eventually busted, but did a little more pornography when of age. Later she claimed that she was in porn solely for drugs (though this is disputed by some insiders).  She achieved stardom through her porn notoriety, but was able to transition in later years to acting for television and B movies.  You can read some biographical info about her at Wikipedia. Besides acting, she has been involved in the arts in other ways as well, including work in music.

I remember her as Wanda, in John Water’s 1990 film, Cry Baby (starring Johnny Depp).

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Her chart is below, based on AA-rated birth data of May 7, 1968 at 5:19pm in Steubenville, OH.

Traci Lords Natal Chart (12th parts along outer edge)
Traci Lords Natal Chart (12th parts along outer edge)

 

Analysis

One of the first things we should note in the chart is that Venus rules the Ascending Sign, the 1st Place, Libra, and that Venus is in Taurus, another sign of Venus, and the bound of Venus, while the sect light, the Sun, is also in Taurus with Venus (and Moon, Descendant, Fortune, and Spirit are also in bounds of Venus).   We get the sense that there is a strong personal identification with Venus, and her natural significations of art, beauty, aesthetics, and sexuality.

For reference, the positions of the relative lots are Lot of Venus (Eros) at about 1 Virgo and the Lot of Marriage at 25 Virgo, both with the Moon in the 12th and ruled by Mercury, which is conjunct Mars within 3 degrees – though I will not analyze the lots in detail in this post.

Venus: she’s out of sect, in a dark place (8th) and a place that is particularly relevant in terms of fear and violation in power situations, while also with the out of sect malefic Mars.  From this we gather that this Venus can signify pretty far along malefic dimension, i.e. that the significations of Venus will often pertain to difficulties, challenges, adversity, and circumstances arising where there seems to be something of a disregard for the person’s well-being and peace of mind. Because Venus rules the Ascendant, she will also tend to direct the person, be representative of the person’s self-identification in some ways.

Lustful Signs: In a previous post I discussed the lustful signs.  They are abundantly represented in her chart.  Five of the seven planets and the Ascendant and Descendant are in lustful signs, and this includes Venus, the ruler of the Ascendant (again, Venus), ruler of Fortune and exalted ruler of the Ascendant (Saturn), and ruler of the Descendant (Mars).

Special Indications: There are many special indications or groups of indications in the chart that are discussed by various ancient authors in connection to controversy, adversity, and notoriety related to sexuality that are present in the chart.  The following are found in the chart of Traci Lords.

If Venus is in one of the signs of desire, which abound in lust (they are Aries, Capricorn, Pisces, and Taurus), and Venus is under the [Sun’s] rays with Saturn or Mars, then this indicates [something] like what I told you of the act of scandals […]             (Dorotheus, Pingree trans., 2005, Book II, Ch. 7, p. 206)

Masha’allah appears to associate the 12th and 6th places with being places of longing when Venus occupies one, and one may wonder if the 8th should also be included in this matter.  Interestingly, it is the regard of both Jupiter and Mars while Venus is in such a place that is mentioned:

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)

Masha’allah also associated connections between Venus and Mars with increased sexual longing, as did Abu’Ali (among many others):

Moreover, Venus with Mars or in his bound, or under his regard from the opposition, advances sexual impurity and longing; indeed under a male birth it will be thus.             (Masha’allah, Book of Aristotle, Dykes trans., 2009, Book III, Chapter 7, Section 8, p. 146)

Venus, if she were joined to Mars or in his bad aspect, signifies the foulness of wantonness.         (Abu’Ali, On the Judgments of Nativities, Dykes trans., 2009, Ch. 26, p. 285)

Additionally, Masha’allah and Abu’Ali (among others) associated sexual indicators being oriental (i.e. rising before the Sun) as pertaining to more initiating and less restrained facets of Venus (the second passage appears to pertain to in a man’s chart in relation to delineating his love life in marriage):

Their orientality increases it greatly, on the contrary [their] occidentality restrains; but the regard of the Sun reveals sexual impurity.      (Masha’allah, Book of Aristotle, Dykes trans., 2009, Book III, Chapter 7, Section 8, p. 146)

And if Venus were oriental, it signifies the boldness of the woman over the man, with a multitude of love and joy.      (Abu’Ali, On the Judgments of Nativities, Dykes trans., 2009, Ch. 26, p. 286)

There are some additional passages in Masha’allah’s Book of Aristotle, and in other Hellenistic and Persian works, which I won’t be getting into.

Conclusion

As one can see the delineation of sexuality in ancient astrology involves a rich vocabulary, with the potential for very complex delineation, and that the primary stress was upon Venus, the natural significator of sexuality, rather than upon the accidental significations of a particular House of the chart.  The existing literature on sexuality addresses many facets of sexuality from compatibility to homosexuality, and from various types of sexual scandal to fidelity in marriage.  The rich set of factors in the traditional astrology, going beyond just “signs” to include, for example, Houses, planetary regards, side of the Sun (oriental/occidental), and Lots, has the capacity to bring much deeper levels of delineation, with existing literature serving as starting points for practical usage, rather than be-all-end-all dogmatic proclamations.

It is my hope that the reader will start looking at the chart from a different perspective, in ways ancient Hellenistic and Persian astrologers would view things, where natural significations, whole sign places, whole sign regards, orientality, sect, aversion to the Ascendant, and such things take on a great deal of meaning and reveal nuances of expression, leading us away from an overly Modern planet-in-sign approach or a stagnant late Traditionalist dignity-pointing approach to reading the chart.    Have fun!

References

Masha’allah, & al-Khayyat, A.  ’Ali. (2009). Persian Nativities I: Masha’allah and Abu  ’Ali. (B. N. Dykes, Trans.). Minneapolis, MN: The Cazimi Press.
Sidon, D. of. (2005). Carmen Astrologicum. (D. Pingree, Trans.). Abingdon, MD: Astrology Center of America.
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  • February 8, 2012 at 12:50 am
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    Thanks Anthony! You give me back my hope that starving at the stars in the evening is the true about orientality/occidentality and not what I somehow misunderstood from the books 🙂 I will re-read the ITA in the light what you told me. And yes, you was right, this misconception started when reading the passage in the DMA.

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  • February 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm
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    Oriental and occidental terms are different for the superior and inferior planets. The superior planets (Saturn, Jupiter and Mars) are oriental when they are before the Sun in zodiacal degree. The inferior planets (Venus and Mercury) are considered oriental when they are after the Sun in zodiacal degree. In this chart Saturn and Mercury are oriental to the Sun and Venus, Mars and Jupiter are occidental to the Sun. A very good explanation is in the Abu Ma’shar & al-Qabisi: Introduction to Traditional Astrology (2010) translated by Benjamin N. Dykes page 93-107.

    From this blog entry this wasn’t so obvious this is why I mentioned it.

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    • February 8, 2012 at 12:24 am
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      Hi Csaba,

      This was actually a later misconception of Oriental and Occidental to the Sun. In both ITA, and in earlier material, either superiors or inferiors to the right of the Sun, i.e. before the Sun in zodiacal degree, are Eastern or Oriental, and those to the left of the Sun, i.e. after the Sun in later zodiacal degree, are Western or Occidental. This makes sense that a planet rising before the Sun, i.e. reaching the East first and typically visible while in the East before the Sun rises, would be Eastern, and a planet setting after the Sun, i.e. typically visible in the West after the Sun sets, would be Western. Though often planets that are under the rays are not considered Eastern or Western (probably because they are not seen at all).

      This was corrupted in later material (and Zoller followed this corruption in his own DMA material), due to confusion between the Oriental/Occidental and the rejoicing conditions related to it, in which Superiors rejoice Oriental the Sun, and Inferiors rejoice Occidental the Sun. This rejoicing condition is one of many pertaining to congruity, such as having planet of the Sun’s sect on the same side of the horizon and those of the opposite sect on the other side (i.e. Hayz), and having masculine planets in masculine signs and feminine planet in feminine signs, and having Superior planets in masculine quadrants and Inferior planets in feminine quadrants, etc. Basically, Superiors should naturally precede the Sun (in rising/setting), because they are of the superior heaven, and Inferiors should follow (in rising/setting), because they’re of the inferior heaven.

      Examining al-Qabisi in ITA (p. 100), we see that the diagram of the cycle of the Superiors shows the planet Eastern when on the right side from the rays of the Sun to the opposition. Examining the diagrams on p. 102-104, you’ll see that al-Qabisi also has the Inferiors as Eastern when on the right side and Western when on the left, and that Abu Ma’shar does as well on the next page. It is the same in earlier literature, such as the Masha’allah material cited.

      The rejoicing conditions are hit on by Abu Ma’shar and al-Qabisi as translated in Book IV of ITA. See the ending passages pertaining in Section 2 pertaining to “The power of the stars” and Section 3 “The impotence of the stars”, to note that it was a strengthening or weakening condition on an equal footing as quadrant placement for these two medieval astrologers.

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      • February 8, 2012 at 12:38 am
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        Here’s another example from Sahl (On Questions, Ch. 6.1, Dykes trans., 2008, p. 88):

        And if the Moon were separated from an oriental planet (that is, one rising in the east in the morning), the infirmity will be new and recent. And if the Moon were separated from an occidental planet (that is, one appearing in the late hour) his infirmity is already prolonged.

        Here it is very clear why the terms oriental and occidental (i.e. Eastern and Western) are used, which is very common sense, because the planet rises in the east in the morning or sets in the west in the evening. We also get the sense in this passage, which is one pertaining to an horary question about illness, that orientality is associated with being more initiating, quick, overt, and manifesting, while occidentality is more passive, slow, covert, and hiding in waiting. It also fits with the idea of planets that are on the right side as being more dominant or influential than those on the left, because they rise before them. I think it was Ptolemy who initially identified Eastern planets with showing quick and even early effects in predictive work and Western planets with manifesting their effects after the time one would predict, but I’m not certain and don’t have a chance at the moment to look into it.

        Best wishes!

        Reference

        Bishr, S. ibn, & Masha’allah. (2008). Works of Sahl & Masha’allah. (B. N. Dykes, Trans.). Minneapolis, MN: The Cazimi Press.

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