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Tilda Swinton (source: W)

November 5 is Tilda Swinton’s birthday.

Just a couple of days ago, I published a blog post about Anna Wintour where I speculated that her Mercury was likely in Scorpio (it changed signs on the day she was born). I get cool vibes from Anna Wintour. I also get cool vibes from Tilda Swinton, and she has Mercury in Scorpio. Hannelore Knuts, a model who shares Anna Wintour’s birthday, has Mercury in Scorpio, too. Curiously, she reminds me of Tilda Swinton.

Anyway, I saw this photo of Tilda Swinton this morning and immediately knew that I wanted to use it to illustrate this post. When I clicked on the link, I discovered that the dress in the photo was designed by Francesco Scognamiglio, a designer that I associate with Scorpio. And then another weird coincidence occurred to me. I remembered a time when I was writing a feature for “Teen Vogue” and I was told that Anna Wintour herself nixed my suggestion that we use a photo of Hannelore Knuts to illustrate the piece. According to my editor, Wintour thought that Hannelore was “too old” for Teen Vogue. I guess I could see it because I didn’t question the decision for a moment.

Now it may seem as if I’m off on a tangent here, but bear with me. All these things make me believe that the aesthetic that I describe for Scorpio in both of my books is completely accurate. Scorpio is cool. It isn’t young at all. It isn’t flirty and cute like a lingerie ad for La Senza: it’s darkly romantic like a dress that Francesco Scognamiglio would send down the runway. But is that aesthetic solely a result of the sun sign, or should I be looking at other factors, too?

I’m starting to see these sun/Mercury combos in a different light lately. In the past, I considered sun/Venus combinations to be a significant factor in the personal style of the celebrities I profiled, but in a world where we need to immediately communicate our “brand” to our “followers,” the sun/Mercury combo seems to be more relevant.

I think I’m onto something here. It’s something that I need to explore . . .

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