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Dior & Balenciaga (sources: & GQ)

January 21 is the birthday of both Christian Dior and Cristóbal Balenciaga.

People who only have a passing interest in fashion astrology don’t really understand what I do. Rather than picking up a copy of my book (click the link above) and familiarizing themselves with my work, they dismiss what I do as a superficial approach to the craft. Those people can kiss my ass.

I’m terrific at this stuff because I’m the only person in the world who really, really gets into it. I write books, not Tweets. Anyway, I don’t know if anyone else has ever discussed Christian Dior and Cristóbal Balenciaga as visionary Aquarius designers whose greatest contributions to fashion were their revolutionary silhouettes. Born in 1905 and 1895 respectively, their names still are synonymous with Haute Couture and the cutting edge of fashion. And while Dior’s premature death contributed to the “legend” of the designer, perhaps putting the Frenchman on a pedestal above the Spaniard in popular culture, Dior did refer to Balenciaga as “the master of us all.”

To be honest, there are not a lot of similarities in the natal charts of the two designers. But there are a lot of Aquarius natives (especially those born in the first decan of the sign) who exhibit the typical “visionary” qualities of the sign. I don’t discuss decans a lot because I believe that there are other astrologers out there who do a fabulous job of focusing upon that topic. But I do consider Aquarius to be a sign where the expression of the sun is weak (it’s the detriment of the sun, after all). The first ten-degree wedge of the sign (the Aquarius/Aquarius decan) seems to contribute more of that “visionary” quality to those born under its influence.

Of course, any zodiac sign’s first decan is going to produce more “textbook” examples of sun-sign characteristics, but it is important to note just how often Aquarius natives don’t behave like Aquarius natives at all. They are often contrarians who wear a persona just to be contrary. They thrive upon the idea that they are bucking the status quo.

But I digress! Throughout the next month as I discuss more of these visionaries and contrarians, a clearer picture of what I believe about this sign should emerge. If you can’t wait until then, buy my book and read all 9,000 words of the chapter I have devoted to you and your kind. You won’t regret it.

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