Note: Please see comments by alexandra3465, a fashion journalist, in the prior post below.
This is turning out to be bigger news than I imagined — but I had not heard of Lee Alexander McQueen till yesterday. [See related article, below.] Lee killed himself just as Fashion Weeks were opening in London and New York; he will now be a growth industry. While we may not have known of Lee by name, we’ve all seen either his work or what it’s influenced. In every business there are people known mainly in that field, who are the idea generators that seem to spark off everyone else. In fashion, that was Lee. Unfortunately, most of his ideas were taken by enterprises more interested in selling than in commenting on, or responding to, our culture.
I described Lee’s chart to Dominick, my friend with the cafe, who is one of those hobby astrologers I always get the hint knows a lot more than I do. Of McQueen’s Scorpio rising, Pisces New Moon chart, lacking any significant earthy placements and dominated by water, he said that he wasn’t really ever on the Earth plane fully. Then he had three planets in Aries: Chiron, Saturn and Venus. The combination of fire and water counteracted one another; the water put out the fire and the fire evaporated the water.
“But he was probably really good in bed,” Dominick added. I would agree, but his 8th house Nessus-Vertex cautions of the kind of ‘good in bed’ that comes from a history of being abused as a kid: the real thing. He was attractive in a way that a bleeding child is attractive to sharks. And this emotional tenor came out in his work. His images of the feminine are likely to have been images of, or responses to, his own inner feminine. what else could he be commenting on?
Consider somebody with Scorpio rising and Mercury, Moon and Sun in Pisces. My own thought: Lee was held here by an umbilical cord, and when his mother died about 11 days ago, there was nothing left to ground him.
For reasons unrelated to Lee McQueen, for the past few weeks I’ve been pondering just how gay men feel about women, and how they perceive them, based on some personal experiences that set my thoughts in motion.
In the case of gay men running the fashion industry, which in many ways controls female image and self-image, there is some strange erotic and gender calculus going on in there. I have not gone all the way into that particular shadow; my own connection to women is cosmic to a depth that to explore rejecting the feminine, or keeping her as a dress-up doll or strictly as a material object, would be about as appealing as cutting my own wrists. This is not to disparage the friendships that some gay men have with women; I am not part of those so I cannot comment on them specifically. My own homoerotic side embraces women, though of course that would seem a contradiction to most gay men.
But let’s consider: gay men, who in theory are distinct because they lack sexual attraction to women, create a female image that is then intended for other women and heterosexual men to respond to. In a sense they create a model of how women are supposed to feel about themselves. If that image is based on a rejection of the feminine, or a battle with the feminine within themselves, we naturally end up with the highly contentious, hateful and fragmented images of women that we so often see in the media.
Notably, it was McQueen who introduced the violent imagery to the fashion business in the early 1990s: women who looked like they had been beaten, covered in blood or had escaped from a mental ward. Yet if you read the interviews and quotations, you can assemble a context for these ideas that seems more than anything to be a response to society rather than an attempt to create society.
However, with that much Pisces and even more Aries Point (and the two related) the feedback loop goes in a full circle; creating and responding are nearly identical, which is where consciousness has to enter the picture if we’re ever going to break the cycle of violence or the loop of destructive thought.