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Happy Birthday Frida Kahlo:  You Were So Ahead of Your Times

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Frida Kahlo was born on July 6th, 1907 in Coyacán, Mexico at 8:30 AM. She was ahead of her times in many ways, being a sexually active bisexual woman in one of the most conservative Catholic countries of Latin America at the time. She became one of Mexico’s foremost painters. In 1995 Sotheby’s sold her “Self-Portrait with Monkey and Parrot” for $3.2 million, the highest price then paid for a work of Latin American art— one by an avant-garde woman who broke men’s rules.

Frida was born with the SUN at 13 degrees of Cancer, in her 11th House exactly opposite MARS in her 5th. MARS is the masculine principle in astrology. A person with a strong SUN/MARS connection can be assertive and aggressive. The 11th House shows the people who share our ideas and attitudes— our friends and associates.


The 5th House shows our creativity, self-expression and romantic love affairs. Joining MARS in Frida’s 5th was planet URANUS at 10 degrees of Capricorn. MARS is our passion. Planet URANUS shows our unique way of bucking the status quo. MARS/URANUS opposite Frida’s SUN shows her nature as an impulsive risk taker and rebel. NEPTUNE (dreams, imagination, and addictions) at 12 degrees of Cancer completed Frida’s planetary
powerhouse. Frida’s Career House cusp in sensual, earthy Taurus was ruled by VENUS, (love, beauty, and the arts). VENUS was less than a degree from PLUTO, (obsession and transformation). VENUS/PLUTO made Frida intense in matters of love and art. Her MOON (feelings and emotions) was in her
Career House, also in Taurus.

During her hospitalization at age 16 for a trolley car accident, Frida learned to paint. 6 years later, she married muralist Diego Rivera, an obese man 20 years her senior, a possible expression of her VENUS at a 90 degree angle to SATURN (old age, maturity, and restrictions). Passionate about each other and their work, Frida and Diego would cheat on each other many times during their marriage. In 1940 they divorced, only to remarry that same year. With her Leo Ascendant connecting strongly to HADES (sorrowful feelings, and destructive patterns), Frida had a tendency to feeling dejected. In 1953, she suffered a series of health setbacks, including the amputation of her right leg. She grew depressed and lost her will to live. On July 13, 1954, as PLUTO (god of the underworld) crossed her Ascendant, she overdosed. \

The last words in her diary gave thanks to several friends, and ended with the lines, “I hope the leaving is joyful— and I hope never to return.”

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Romulus Zamora

Romulus Zamora was born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México, received a BFA from the University of Texas, and an MFA from Florida State University. He served on the theater faculties of UCLA and USC before devoting himself to the practice of Astrology full-time. In his 28 years as a consulting astrologer his clients have included actors, attorneys, executives, politicians and athletes. Contact him at: Romulus@RomulusAstrology.com.

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