Today is International Astrology Day
Much is being made of today’s eclipse which falls precisely on the zero degree of the Zodiac, the Vernal Equinox, where the last gasp of the exhausted Twelve, dissolving into the oceanic fantasms of the Fishes, gives it up to the blind spring birth-force of the Ram.
I’ve been astrologically following some of the well-known living philosophers, among whom certainly Slavoj Zizek stands out, and it happens that he was born on the 21st of March, in 1949, so that his sun stands in this very first degree of Aries. Moreover, the planet Mars on that day was in that very adjacent last degree of Pisces, so today’s eclipse, remarkable in itself, pushes the dominant button of Zizek’s personality to the max.
That personality is marked by the shot-from-guns, volcanic fiery sun in the first degree of Aries, which might appear so much philosophical hot air and sputtering sparks, but closely conjunct the fiery Mars, and copiously supplied with Piscean seawater we get something more powerful: steam, cloudy, turgid, but a force. Another way to parse Zizek is to see his aggressive deployment of heavy philosophical artillery as Aries, and particularly the nexus of the Subject problem originating in the Aries Descartes and handed directly to Zizek by the Aries Lacan. On the other hand the striking role played by the fantasies of the silver screen, and the Fantasmal at large and in his discourse, are attributable to Pisces.
Coincidentally, the great mime Marcel Marceau was also born with Sun in 0 degree of Aries, and with a strong dollop of Pisces. Zizek is often called an entertainer. Can the creative energy that underlies his ceaseless and exclusive verbosity be likened to the completely non-verbal art of the Frenchman?
The intense contact of Aries and Mars seethes with “Violence”, which is the title of one of Zizek’s recent books. The thread of violence runs through Aries historically: Grotius, Hobbes, de Maistre, Bismarck, Lenin, Hitler, Landru, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, Sam Harris (all four, in fact, of the four horsemen of militant atheism of recent fame, are Aries), Rodney King, Quentin Tarantino, ax murderer Robert Durst, etc. The possibilities, threats and justifications of revolutionary violence smolder continually in Zizek’s post-Marxism and set off alarms.
Some hold that the effect of an eclipse is felt in the world shortly thereafter. Birthday Boy, however may be under its thrall until his next one in 2016. Without an accurate birth-time I’m disinclined to essay prediction, but the stars seem to say that this year something's got to give.