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Mercury, Pluto and the Provocateur

At first glance, Milo Yiannopoulis would seem to be an unlikely hero for the right wing of this country. He is British by birth and he’s not just openly gay, he’s flamboyantly gay. And yet, Yiannopoulis is a senior editor for the alt-right Breitbart Newa and has become a favorite speaker and advocate for conservative causes.

Or at least, that was the case until yesterday, when he was disinvited to speak at a major Republican event because of remarks he made regarding pedophilia. Milo tried to draw a distinction between consensual sexual relations between an adult and a youngster who is sexually mature but under the age of consent, and sexual contact forced on a prepuberal child. This proved to be one step too far for many of his conservative fans.

Milo has made a career out of being a provocateur, out of saying things that spark outrage from a large segment of the population. That used to be a liberal thing, but in recent times it has become a conservative thing. Saying things that confirm stereotypes, denigrate minorities and encourage hatred and bullying is now called “telling it like it is”. Mostly, however, it’s “telling it like I wish it was.”

Looking at Milo’ horoscope it is easy to see why he has had so much success as a provocateur. (Click on Milo Yiannopoulis to see a chart done for noon on his birthday.) He is Libra by Sun sign, but he has four planets in Scorpio. More to the point, his Mercury is in a close conjunction with Pluto.

Pluto is subversive. Uranus can also be subversive, but with Uranus subversion has to serve a higher ideal. Pluto enjoys subversion for the sake of subversion. It enjoys shocking people out of their comfort zones and making them question their presuppositions. It feeds on outrage. In conjunction with Mercury, it describes a person whose favorite means of communication is pissing people off.

It is interesting that Ann Coulter, another well-known right wing provocateur has Mercury square Pluto. However, Coulter has the Sun, Mercury and several planets in Sagittarius, and Sagittarians are typically guided by loyalty to a cause or belief. So, during her long career, Coulter has always managed to keep her outrageous remarks aimed directly at liberals and other groups that her conservative fans want to see skewered.

Scorpio is different. As far as Scorpio is concerned, it makes no difference whose side you’re on. Everyone is a target, because everyone has some hidden truth that needs to be revealed. With all those planets in Scorpio, Yiannopoulis was unable to limit his targets to just liberals and their favorite minorities. He had to venture onto grounds that make even conservatives uncomfortable, and that may well become his downfall.

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