Donatella Versace (source: Hola!)

May 2 is Donatella Versace’s birthday.

I like Donatella Versace. I’ve been tooting her horn ever since she took the reins at Versace because she turned a brand that was in a steep decline into something special. People often romanticize the history of the house and forget that the brand had lost its luster in the mid-nineties because Gianni Versace had failed to adapt to the contemporary fashion climate. His death in 1997 was tragic, but I can honestly say that I don’t believe the Versace label would have survived without the big changes made to the brand shortly after Donatella took over. By early 2000, Versace was the name on everyone’s lips.

In “Star Struck Style,” I make the claim that Taurus designers make the best employees. With a few exceptions, like Dries Van Noten, the most famous Taurus fashion designers work for someone else. I’d go on, but you can buy my book to read more. Click the link above and get yourself a copy or ten.

But I digress! Donatella has been a great employee, steering the company in the right direction for a couple of decades. I had a look at her natal chart on, but I can’t really say that much about it. She has a Virgo moon and probably has a Taurus rising if the time of birth listed is correct. However, the site includes a 5:00 AM birth time. If it is even a couple of minutes off, her sun can be conjunct the ascendant from either the first or the twelfth house. What’s more, she has a Jupiter/Uranus conjunction with the two planets straddling either side of her IC by mere minutes. It’s a confusing layout that gets more confusing when you imagine the problems that an estimated time of birth brings to the discussion.

The 5:00 AM chart puts her sun in the first house by about two degrees. I can imagine the sun joining Venus in Aries in the twelfth house considering Donatella’s history with addictions, and the birth time would only have to be off by a couple of minutes for that to happen. It still gives her the chart of a self-indulgent Taurus native, but it explains a lot about the demons she had to face in order to succeed in life.

I could really go on all day about her chart, punching up a few different versions just to see how an inaccurate birth time changes everything, but I won’t. I’ve recently published a couple of posts complaining that the process of chart rectification can be troublesome, especially when the fact that the process has been used isn’t even mentioned by the astrologer discussing the horoscope. So, I’m not going to be that kind of astrologer. At least not today . . .

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