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The Stars at the Bottom of the Sky

How will you be remembered? 

Darrelyn Gunzburg

In the February 2012 issue of the Visual Astrology Newsletter we looked at the Three Phases of Life focusing on the third phase, the years of eldership, roughly corresponding to the years after the Second Saturn Return. This Newsletter now concentrates on the Stars of the Nadir - the stars that make a paran to a planet when they are at the 'bottom of the sky'.


Bernadette Brady describes these Stars as those stars that have been with you throughout your life but will also summarise the life that you have lived and thus become how you will be remembered, whether this is by a nation or just by your family.  


Pina Bausch

Given this, then, might it be possible to look at these stars and work consciously with them now during your lifetime in order to create and shape your life in a more harmonious way?


To illustrate this I am going to look at these foundation stars that sit in paran with Pina Bausch’s planets.  

Pina Bausch (1940-2009) was a German performer of modern dance, choreographer, dance teacher, ballet director, and mastermind behind the company that changed the face of post-modern dance. She was said to be the most influential figure in European contemporary dance for 36 years, creating a much-imitated fusion of radical theatre, surreal art, sexual drama and danced body language, known as Tanztheater. She died five days after she received a diagnosis of lung cancer after years of heavy smoking caught up with her, on 30 June, 2009, aged 68, in Wuppertal, Germany.

Pina Bausch - Photo: Wilfried Krüger


In looking at Bausch's list of fixed star parans from Starlight we can see that she has one of the stings of the Scorpion in paran to her Venus.


The Stars of Pina Bausch’s Foundation :
Acumen in paran Venus

[Text from Starlight]
An activist, or an artist – one who works in unusual or unpopular media.
 To take the unpopular position in relationship to friendships,
or to befriend social outcast.



Natal aspect: Venus-Neptune

Horoscopically Bausch has  Venus in Gemini in the 11th house square to Neptune. Neptune is essentially acting as a 3rd house planet. Venus in Gemini implies curiosity about the human condition and with the planet being in the 11th house, this curiosity is satisfied  through interaction with large groups of people. It also rules the 4th house and by interception, pulls in the 10th house, so this desire to socialise, relate and network with people affects her home and foundations, and her career. However, Venus also squares Neptune, suggesting someone who loses themselves in idealised relationships, ranging from seeing the world through rose-coloured glasses to creatively losing themselves in music, dance, painting, and the arts.

Pina Bausch born 27 July 1940 6:45 am Solingen, Germany – Rodden rating AA


As well, since Neptune has an affinity with Pisces on the 8th and 9th house cusps, this romanticised, idealised and creative interaction with groups (Venus-Neptune) also creates upheaval and change (8th house) and may also see her travelling to other countries (9th house). 

However, most importantly, Venus is one of the stars of Bausch’s foundation, and so describes one of the ways in which she will be remembered. Thus this square via the Venus increases the importance of this aspect in Bausch’s life as she works with it during her life.


Bausch’s creativity and her relationships

Bausch’s biography notes that she was a shy and fearful child (Venus-Neptune).[1]  Her parents ran a restaurant attached to a hotel in the swordsmithing centre of Solingen, west Germany. Quiet and introverted, Bausch learned to observe people and the fundamental issues which drove them whilst helping out in her parents’ hotel. It was these issues of what motivated people and how they reached for happiness, along with her early experience of the war - the sudden outbursts of panic, and the fear of an unnamed danger - that formed the foundation of her work expressed through this square. Bausch described how the war made her a nervous, introverted child and how she was afraid of violence (Venus-Neptune/Neptune with an affinity for Pisces on the 8th house cusp).


Taken to an exercise dance class when young, Bausch was singled out for praise and filled with pride. She enrolled in ballet classes and then at the age of fourteen, began studying dance with Kurt Jooss, a significant proponent of pre- and post-war German modern dance, at the Folkwang School in Essen, a place that also taught opera, music, drama, sculpture, painting, photography, design, all of which became important influences in her work as a choreographer (Venus-Neptune).

Graduating at the age of eighteen Bausch received a grant from the Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service: DAAD) for a year’s study at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.


Over the years she found her best works sprang from the ‘close collaboration with the dancers, who go through group mind exercises in order to dredge up material that gives depth to the movement.’[2] (Venus in Gemini in the 11th house/Neptune with an affinity for Pisces on the 8th house cusp).



Acumen in paran with Venus
Sitting underneath this Venus is Acumen, one of a pair of nebula in the sting of the Scorpion, its twin being Aculeus. Both stars are linked to attacks, not only physical but also mental, verbal or spiritual. Acumen carries the more difficult burden of attacks that weaken and erode a person.[3] However, this is Acumen in paran with Venus, and Venus in Bausch’s horoscope is part of a highly-creative and deeply original square. Thus it becomes ‘An activist, or an artist – one who works in unusual or unpopular media. To take the unpopular position in relationship to friendships, or to befriend social outcasts.’


In her obituary The Daily Telegraph noted about Pina's way of working:


'Drawing deeply on the violence in male-female relationships, often with mordantly witty texts and fantastical sets, ...... Leading American critic Arlene Croce excoriated Pina Bausch's US debut in 1984, describing her as a ‘theatre terrorist’ and her material as ‘the raw pulp of abuse’. [4]




Yet what the critics saw as confronting the audiences saw as engaging (Acumen in paran with
Venus). The obituary continues:


When her company first appeared in London in the late 1970s and early 1980s, it was to discouragingly empty halls, but she took off with the British public with visits to the Edinburgh Festival in the 1990s. When Sadler's Wells reopened after a major refurbishment in 1999, the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch was its prime attraction.


The obituary goes on to note how Pina Bausch's company ‘regarded her with absolute devotion. “Pina?” the great French ballerina Sylvie Guillem once responded, on being queried about Bausch: “You work for her. I think it's like joining a cult.”’


So this is how she utilised this Venus square Neptune during her life, through the idealised world of dance, and made it successful and this is one way that she will be remembered, as Acumen in paran Venus, someone who took the unpopular position in her choreographed, storied relationships on stage and brought into being something extraordinary. At her memorial ceremony at the Wuppertal Opera House on 4 September 2009 film director Wim Wenders: ‘She has created a unique phenomenology of gestures.’[7]


The Stars of Pina Bausch’s Foundation :
Zuben Elgenubi in paran with Saturn

A designer, a person who lays down parameters, or sets standards, for others.
To wish to set standards by which others can measure.

Procyon in paran Saturn

To try and build a body of work in difficult, or changing, circumstances.
To be a stabilising force at times of upheaval, crisis or emergency.


Natal aspect: Saturn-Jupiter-Mars

Horoscopically Bausch has Saturn conjunct Jupiter in Taurus in the 10th house square Mars in Leo conjunct the Ascendant. This is not a ‘happy’ square between Saturn and Mars as Saturn does not like the house in which Mars sits, nor vice versa. Thus we can think of these two planets as two independent people who, with tension between them, have to work together to take action (the square). However, any Saturn-Mars aspect in a chart suggests someone who is extremely hard-working and with Jupiter added to the mix, this is someone who can consolidate their work as they create it. With this being an angular square, the hard work is poured into the person’s own pathway and offers success after their first Saturn return.


Sitting underneath this Saturn is Zuben Elgenubi, one of the claws of the Scales of Libra. Both zubens (claws) of the constellation Libra are strongly involved in social reform or social justice but this claw sets itself high ideals, not for personal gain but for the benefit of the group.[5] In the case of Bausch it was to set high standards as a choreographer in the medium of modern dance through hard  work, thus setting the standards for others to reach.

Pina Bausch, ballet, photo by Bettina Stoess


How it revealed itself was that Bausch came to understand that her best work combined emotional force and unmediated physicality (Saturn-Mars) and these became the trademarks of her work, generating an international choreographic revolution. It is said that the secret of her success was due to the fact that every piece of dance theatre she created contained the underlying faith that everything can change for the better, the certainty that, despite all its ups and downs, people survive.


Yet also sitting underneath this Saturn is Procyon, the star in Canis Minor, The Little Dog, which  rises before Sirius, and describes events in transition, and harvesting opportunities as they arise. Across the 36 years of her directorship of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Bausch insisted that she only ever signed year-long contracts. ‘I was always ready to go,’ said Bausch. ‘It was never meant that I stay here in Wuppertal – it just happened.’


Nevertheless Procyon in paran with Saturn - ‘building a body of work in difficult, or changing, circumstances, being a stabilising force at times of upheaval, crisis or emergency’ – underpins her natal Saturn-Jupiter, also a stabilising force, and her Saturn square Mars, also the ability to build a body of work through sheer hard work and determination. The marriage of this horoscopic aspect with its connected paran expressed itself in awards such as the UK's Laurence Olivier Award, Japan's Kyoto Prize, the city of Frankfurt am Main’s prestigious Goethe Prize in 2008, and being elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009, amongst others.


In conclusion


This has been a short exploration of the stars the sit as our foundation supporting us our whole life and becoming evident after death as to how we are remembered.


Would it have helped Pina Bausch to know that she had Acumen in paran with her Venus and Procyon and Zuben Elgenubi in paran with her Saturn, and that this was how she would be remembered?  Yes, I believe so, as it would have strengthened her courage to step forward and develop her Venus and Saturn more readily.


We will never know. However, we as visual astrologers, do have foresight in this regard, and it is worth looking at the stars of your foundation to see what they say about the aspects they highlight in your natal chart and perhaps begin to encourage them to emerge more fully in your life so that you enjoy the security of standing firmly on what they offer now, while you have time to enjoy them.


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1. http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Bausch,_Pina - accessed 24 April 2012

2.  As n1.

3.   Brady, Bernadette (2008). Star and Planet Combinations,  Bournemouth: The Wessex Astrologer, p.79.

4.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/culture-obituaries/dance-obituaries/5713208/Pina-Bausch.html - accessed 24 April 2012

5.  The description Tanztheater, or dance theatre, originally used by Rudolf von Laban in the 1920s, was used as a statement of intent, an emancipation from mere balletic routines and the complete freedom to choose one's means of expression. It is said that the blend of dance and dramatic elements which formed the genesis of Tanztheater grew out of the particular artistic and historical context of post-war Germany which had freed itself from the shackles of classical ballet. Birringer, Johannes 1991. Theatre, Theory, Postmodernism. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. Schlicher, Susanne 1987. Tanztheater Traditionen und Freiheiten. Hamburg: Reinbeck Verlag.

6. Brady, Bernadette (2008). Star and Planet Combinations,  Bournemouth: The Wessex Astrologer, p.253.

7.Norbert Servos. Translated by Steph Morris
http://www.pina-bausch.de/en/pina_bausch/index.php?text=lang – accessed 24 April 2012




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Issue No. 85
April 2012

On related topics


February 2012
The Stars that lead us to the Land of the Setting Sun - the article on the stars of the latter years.


November 2005
Rosa Parks - The woman who sat down to be counted -  Jupiter in paran with Acumen.




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May 2012

Saturn continues its union with Spica and will now rise just after sunset. As the month progresses Saturn will rise higher in the sky at sunset - this was considered to be how a planet 'stepped' into the sky, or rose into the sky.  You can use Saturn to help you find Spica - a lovely blue star - in the constellation Virgo.

Jupiter has disappeared from view. It is now in the 'other place' and will only begin to re-emerge in early June.  

Mars leaves its union with Regulus and moves towards the stars of Virgo. On the night of 28-29 May the First Quarter Moon will be close to Mars.

Venus is still on the tip of the horn of the Bull but by the end of the month it turns retrograde and falls into the light of the sun.

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