The day of the same conjunction, this time in the Sign of Virgo, has seen the victory of the first female jockey, Michelle Payne, in the prestigious Melbourne Cup Carnival, on November 3, 2015.
If this wasn’t intriguing enough I later discovered that this modern day Amazon was born on a day, September 29 1985, when the same conjunction of Venus and Mars occurred, in the same Sign of Virgo. Now, that’s some ‘coincidence’!
The horse she rode to victory is Prince of Penzance, a name ideally suited to the regal Sign of Leo the Moon was transiting. Curiously also the horse’s number was 19, which in classical Tarot decks represents the Sun, ruler of Leo.
The accent on humble Virgo stresses however the underdog status of this woman jockey, not only because of her gender, but because the horse itself was listed at 100:1, only the fourth horse, in the entire Cup history, to win at such odds.
Another ‘humble’ side to this victory has been the fact that Steven Payne, Michelle’s brother and horse strapper, first time playing this important role in the Carnival, has Down syndrome and was he who drew the number One barrier, factor that the jockey herself said contributed to the outcome.
Here is the Sunrise Chart (time of birth still unavailable) of this modern day Amazon:
Full Moon birth
The first thing in this horoscope that jumps to the astrologer eyes is the fact that Michelle was a Full Moon baby, born in the Sign of Libra, just a few hours before the Aries Full Moon. Even without Michelle’s time of birth we can be certain of her Moon Sign because the Moon transited Aries the whole day on September 29 1985. This Moon’s Sign placement brings to my mind another iconic Australian heroine, also born at the time the Moon was transiting fiery Aries, Jessica Watson, the youngest female sailor to circumnavigate the globe solo in 2010.
The combination of a birth around Full Moon time and the Aries Moon will manifest in a driven life and one where challenges are met head on, with courage and confidence. Being born at Full Moon is often an indication of a ‘full on’, eventful life. And certainly this has been the case with Michelle, losing her mother Mary, killed in a road accident, when she was just a six months old baby, and also tragically losing a sister, one of her nine siblings, who was also a jockey and died suddenly of a heart attack after an accident on the race course in 2007. Michelle herself has had numerous accidents while horse riding and competing, one in 2004 that nearly costed her life, with a serious fracture to her skull and brain hemorrhage. Aries is the Sign that governs the head in Astrology and it is often associated with taking risks and dangerous sports. it is in fact common in the Charts of athletes and all sorts of dare devils!
Sun and Moon
The combination of Sun in Libra and Moon in Aries shows that gaining equality in a male dominated field like horse racing will be a priority for Michelle. Libra is in fact the Sign of justice and equality, while the Aries Moon adds the courage to speak her mind and a combative even feisty spirit, undaunted by fears and stale social conditioning.
The Sun and Moon, in opposition to each other (Full Moon phase) were also at a difficult right angle (90 degrees) from Neptune in Capricorn (T Square) and at positive angles to Jupiter in Aquarius (Sun in trine and Moon in sextile). The difficult connection to Neptune will bring to Michelle periods of unforeseen difficulties when life seems to be pretty much out of her control and a sense of fatedness prevails. Positively this could give Michelle an uncanny sense of her own destiny and life purpose. She remarked that she was only five years old, and already in love with horses, when she dreamed to win the Melbourne Cup!
Both Sun and Moon also happen to form positive aspects with the planet Jupiter in Aquarius, a configuration that will increase her self confidence and optimism for better things to come. These aspects in combination with the Aries Moon will give her the power of vision and a future oriented attitude that will help her not to get stuck in the past. These aspects are bringing her popularity and attract mentors in high places, also money and business opportunities.
The placement of Jupiter in Aquarius shows that Michelle could also contribute greatly to the making of a better, more inclusive world, Aquarius being the Sign of reformers and social innovators, trailblazing ideas and anticipating social trends. Testimony of this is the courageous and unusual speech she gave when interviewed after her victory, stressing the chauvinistic climate of the horse racing industry and also challenging the prevailing stigma about people with special needs like her brother Steven. Her victory has vindicated her on all these accounts.
Venus and Mars
The conjunction Venus-Mars in Virgo shows that she is a hard working, methodical person, who would take routine and duties very seriously. Virgo is a earthy practical Sign. One of the recent statements by Michelle has been that in the dairy farm where she grew up ‘we had to work to earn our keep…”: work and being useful apt key words for a person strongly influenced by Virgo.
Virgo is often associated also with the love for animals. The importance of these placements is heightened by the fact that Venus rules Libra, the Sun Sign, while Mars rules Aries, the Moon sign. Often this alignment of the girl (Venus) and boy (Mars) planets also manifests, in a woman, as a Tom Boy type of temperament.
Mars is involved in a difficult T Square with Uranus and Chiron, at right angle to both while they oppose each other. This is another indication, even more telling than the Aries Moon, that accidents are likely and periods of illness that could leave a mark. To add to this the planet Saturn, in Sagittarius, the Sign of horses and horsemanship, is affected by a semi-square (45 degrees angle) from Mercury, the planet of mobility, pointing to periods of restricted mobility that should not curb however Michelle’s innate optimism and ability to enjoy life (minor aspect).
Because of the significance for women of Michelle Payne’s victory in such a prestigious and male dominated event I have included in her Natal Horoscope the four major Asteroids, embodying the characteristics of four mythological Goddesses of the ancient Greek pantheon, Ceres in Leo, Pallas Athena on the cusp between Gemini and Cancer, Juno in Libra and Vesta on the cusp between Scorpio and Sagittarius.
The most significant Asteroid placement is that of Pallas Athena, Goddess of Justice as well as War, in defense of just causes, in particular women causes. She was half sister and arch enemy of Hares (the Greek Mars), archetype of the chauvinistic male. Athena is on the cusp of the Mid-Heaven in Michelle’s Sunrise Chart, connected by aspect to Sun, Moon, Neptune and the Asteroid Vesta, protector of families. This is the most prominent position for any celestial body, stressing again her fiery personality and drive for justice. This is also another point of similarity between Michelle Payne’s Sunrise Chart and Jessica Watson’s, who also has Pallas Athena aligned to her Mid-Heaven and conjunct Vesta! Click here to view Jessica’s Sunrise Chart.
Much more of course could be read in this Natal Chart, especially if I could find Michelle’s birth time. I prefer to publish now though or I will be here for ever…