Studying the fascinating and tragic life of artist-activist Frida Kahlo can be very rewarding to the astrological student. As a young woman she had dreamed to become a doctor but her destiny decided otherwise, due to the fact that she first contracted Polio as a child of six, and then , at the age of 18, was severely injured in a bus accident, thus becoming a life long patient of doctors who proved unable to help her. Salient moments in her life were the day of the bus accident that nearly killed her and caused her life long suffering, September 17 1925, age 18; her marriage, which proved very tempestuous, to artist-activist Diego Rivera, twenty years her senior, on August 21 1929, age 22; and her death, a suspected suicide by morphine overdose, during the night of July 13 1954. Frida became an artist because of her ongoing health problems and constant state of physical pain, so there would not be the current cult status of Frida Kahlo the artist if those tragedies had not befell her !
Frida Kahlo was born when the Waning Balsamic Moon was transiting the very last degree of the Fixed Earth Sign of Taurus, in the Tenth House, and the Sun the Cardinal Water Sign of Cancer, in the Eleventh House.
Her Ascendant was Leo, making the Cancer Sun her Ruling Planet. This polarity combines the Moon and Sun Signs, sensitivity and imagination coupled with warmth, creativity and passion. The Sun and Moon polarity, Cancer and Taurus, on the other hand, enhanced her affetionate nature, clingin, possessive and fiercely private.
A Solar Eclipse followed her birth, on July 10 1907, at around age 4 in Progression. Frida contracted Polio around the age of six. A Lunar Eclipse happened, also in Progression, in January 1926, few months after she was involved in a near fatal accident. This event affected her health for the rest of her life, contributing to her early death after much suffering and more than thirty, mainly unsuccessful operations, including a leg amputation a year before her death.
Her Taurus Moon shows a sensuous, artistic temperament and her capacity for strong even obsessive attachments. The fact however that the Moon is in the last degree of this loyal Sign and very close to curious, flirty, non committal Gemini shows a certain emotional ambivalence, explaining her infidelities (and experience of the same from her life partner) as well as her bi-sexual tendencies. The Taurus-cusp-Gemini Moon certainly influenced her career as a painter being the closest body to her Mid-Heaven (life goals and purpose), as Taurus is ruled by artistic, eclectic Venus in Gemini, made deeper and more intensely sexual by the conjunction to Pluto. The Gemini side of the Moon is ruled instead by Mercury in passionate, creative, strongly visual Leo, apart from the Ascendant the only Fire in her Birth Chart.
Her Cancer Sun was in close conjunction to dreamy, artistic, idealistic but possibly also morbid, passive, fated Neptune. Both were in opposition to tough, determined, ambitious Retro Mars and the life changing, eccentric, trail blazing Uranus in Capricorn, between the Eleventh House, representing her remarkable contribution to the collective, and the Fifth House of creativity and children, showing her ambivalence about having children, and her experience of both terminations and miscarriage. She ended up never having children. The Fifth is also the area of creative self expression and the Mars-Uranus conjunction in this area shows her originality and perchance for unusual and confronting subjects. This was also strengthened by the close conjunction of Venus to Pluto that likes to pry open the Pandora box of taboos, hidden emotions and secrets.
Her Sun was also conjunct Jupiter in Cancer factor that contributed to her indomitable free spirit and interest in the philosophical-ideological side of things (the big picture). From very early in life she became a mouthpiece for the Mexican people against the greedy colonialism and capitalism of the United States.
The Lunar Nodes, indicating the positions of the Solar and Lunar Eclipses early in her life, were in Cancer and Capricorn too, showing the potential for long periods of isolation, even hospitalization (North Node on the cusp of the Twelfth House) and her ongoing poor health (South Node just on the cusp of the Sixth House).
Mercury was in creative and stubborn Leo at her birth, forming a semi-square to Venus and Pluto, conjunct in Gemini, indicating her interest in the occult side of things and in death, and her capacity for unending passion and even toxic love attachments that marred many of her intimate relationships. This Venus is another proof that Frida Kahlo was inded a very private person, despite the glamorised side of her public persona.
Venus and Pluto were squaring her Saturn in Pisces in the Eighth House, an aspect that portended the tough turns her destiny took, and the impossibility to do something about it. The Pisces Saturn, if aided by other difficult configurations, as in this case, can indicates a lack of control over life major events, with the need to acquiesce and find a spiritual outlet to life insurmountable difficulties. Something similar can also be read in the conjunction of her Sun to Neptune and the opposition of Mars and Uranus to the same, all aspects that demand a high degree of acceptance and letting go of control.
Chiron in Aquarius was in her Sixth House, a great example of the most negative outcome for such a configuration, when again there are a lot of other indications of possible chronic ill health. Chiron was forming only a square to the MId-Heaven, but no aspect to Sun, Moon or any celestial body, fact that often causes a planet to become exceedingly powerful, like a separate, all powerful entity in the psyche and life of the individual.
The Progressions and Transits Charts at the time of the major events in Frida Kahlo’s life should speak for themselves to the student of Astrology. Like, for instance, the Progressed Moon in Capricorn (Sign ruled by Saturn and pertaining to the skeletal parts of the body and also to chronic, lingering health conditions) and just entering the Sixth Natal House (health and illness), in conjunction to the Progressed South Lunar Node (Eclipse marking point) and in difficult aspect to both the Ascendant and Mid-heaven, at the time of the accident that changed her life and contributed to her early death. At the same time transiting Neptune, one of the major influences in her Birth Chart, had reached just exactly the degree of her Leo Ascendant, a remarkable synchronicity, stressing the destiny factor in the accident, with all its spiritual and ego denying implications.
Her marriage Charts are also very instructive, with transiting Saturn in Sagittarius reaching the opposition to her Venus-Pluto conjunction, while the Progressed Moon in Pisces applies to a conjunction to her Natal Saturn (the old man archetype), in the Eighth House of intimacy, and is in square to the transiting Saturn, on the cusp of the Fifth House of children and lovers, considering she married a man who could have been her father and never succeeded having children by him.
Another amazing synchronicity is the exact transit of Pluto over her Natal Ascendant in Leo at the time of death. What Neptune did at the time of the near fatal accident, Pluto, god of the underworld, did at the time of her death.
I could spend days talking about this remarkable woman’s astrological portrait and the cosmic synchronicity of her life major events. I hope having her Birth Charts and the Progressed-Transits Charts made available here will help some students of Astrology to learn more about the mysterious connections at work in our lives and psyches.
Frida Kahlo Birth Chart
Frida Kahlo Birth Chart Data
Frida Kahlo Progressions Bus Accident age 18
Frida Kahlo Birth Chart + Progressions and Transits Bus Accident age 18
Frida Kahlo Marriage to Diego Rivera Progressions
Frida Kahlo Birth Chart + Progressions and Transits Marriage
Frida Kahlo Death Progressions age 47
Frida Kahlo Birth Chart +Death Progressions and Transits age 47