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Father Sun, Mother Moon (Part Four)KahloImage

In my book, “Father Sun, Mother Moon: Astrology’s Dynamic Duo”, I describe each of the 144 possible combinations of the twelve Sun Signs and the twelve Moon Sign. In this series of articles I am presenting examples of some of these combinations.


This time I’m looking at the Sun sign, Cancer with the Moon in Taurus, and my example is the Mexican born painter, Frida Kahlo. (Click here to see Kahlo's horoscope.)


In “Father Sun, Mother Moon” I describe Cancer as “one of most creative signs of the zodiac. The creativity of Cancer is not always predictable. It can’t be turned on and off. That’s because it comes out of deep, stormy and often contradictory emotions. And yet, when it materializes, the creativity of this Sun sign can be a magical event, leaving us amazed, thrilled and anxious to see more.”


Frida Kahlo exemplifies this quality. She began painting when she was a teenager in order to pass the time while she was recovering from a serious, life-threatening injury. Her artistic journey began in a place of intense pain, and continued through a lifetime of joys and sorrow.


I also say, “For Cancer reality is defined by what they feel. This doesn’t mean that Cancer people can’t be realistic, or rational or even logical. It just means that all of these faculties don’t matter until they are filtered through the Cancer person’s emotions.”


One of the early criticisms of Kahlo’s paintings was that they were too personal, too subjective in their content. They describe Kahlo’s feelings about her husband, the mural painter Diego Rivera, about the medical issues that plagued her throughout her life and about her Mexican heritage. Essentially, they were all about Frida Kahlo and her experiences. And yet, by recording her subjective world, Kahlo managed to express a humanity that touches us all.


Of the combination of the Sun in Cancer and the Moon in Taurus I write, “You are a sensitive person and very much in tune with other people’s feelings but you also exude a quality of strength and calm forbearance that many find reassuring.”


As might be expected from a marriage of two artists, Kahlo’s relationship with Diego Rivera was tempestuous. They were both strong, willful people and neither was particularly inclined toward fidelity. And yet, Rivera remained an emotional constant in Kahlo’s life, while Rivera found he could not live without Kahlo’s quiet strength.


In “Father Sun, Mother Moon” I say that people with this combination have, “a tendency to withdraw to a comfort zone and bury (their) sorrows in pleasure, beauty and the easy support of friends and family.” Frida Kahlo turned this weakness into a strength.  Kahlo’s refuge from physical pain and emotional heartache was her painting, and through this work she not only transcended her sorrow, she found greatness.


“Father Sun, Mother Moon: Astrology’s Dynamic Duo” contains much more about both Sun sign Cancers and the combination of the Sun in Cancer with the Moon in Taurus. Check out the ad on our front page for more information.

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