Soulful Rebels

Soulful Rebels #1: The Astrology of Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg needs no introduction, simply because virtually everything has been said about her. We’ve seen her face, we’ve heard her speeches.  We’ve read the news, and the extensive public commentary that surrounds her. For being so young, barely an adolescent, she keeps attracting a notable amount of incredibly polarized opinions from all over the world – from politicians, world leaders, journalists and common people alike. Skeptic opinions; enthusiastic opinions; vicious opinions; and the fair share of sexist, ageist and ableist comments that seem to be mandatory for a neurodivergent young lady in the public eye (especially if she is also actively challenging the status quo rather than making herself innocuous and available for male consumption).

Not that the canonisation of her persona is doing any less harm: Greta herself has expressed her disdain with being considered “inspirational”, the “face of the climate movement”. Centering her in the whole climate crisis conversation while demanding that she takes on a role of leadership, providing answers and solutions, does little in the way of prioritizing the message over the messenger:

Despite the adulation from the crowds, Thunberg said she didn’t relish being cast as the global figurehead of the climate movement. She said: “My role is to be one of many, many activists who are pushing for climate action. I don’t see myself as a leader, or icon or the face of a movement.”’ – The Guardian, August 2019 [link to the full article]

Still, Greta’s school strikes and tireless campaigning attracted international coverage, mobilised millions of students around the world and eventually brought environmental and ecological themes to mainstream attention. Some attribute what is seen as “eco-anxiety” to her Aspergers’ diagnosis. Others consider her “ripe for manipulation”, if not “mercilessly manipulated”: according to some people, her concern for the climate crisis is only part of the reason why she is now in the spotlight, attracting such a notable amount of public attention.

But what does Greta Thunberg’s chart say about her agency, her character, her self-determination?

We don’t possess her birth time, but we know she was born on January 3, 2003 in Stockholm, Sweden. Below is the chart. Does something catch your eye?

Greta Thunberg’s birth chart.

The emphasis on signs like Scorpio and Capricorn in Greta’s chart alone speaks volumes about her capacity to act on her own will and make her own free choices.

Capricorn is the sign of her Sun and Moon – the sign that, more than others, exemplifies authority, dignity and accountability. Capricorn, the Goat, is forever propelled by the tension towards a goal; Greta’s unfaltering commitment to the cause of climate crisis surely echoes this underlying theme of a solitary, yet relentless climb. Cardinal, level-headed Capricorn doesn’t back down, nor likes being told what to do. Capricorns are, more often than not, their own boss, and they don’t stop at anything until their goal is achieved.

Greta’s Chiron is also in Capricorn, in an almost exact conjunction with her Sun. The awareness of humanity and the planet’s woundedness seems heavily embedded in Greta’s psyche from a very young age, almost innately.

Add more than a pinch of Scorpio to the mix – Greta’s Venus, Mars and Juno are in the sign, no less – and it’s easy to see how the unwavering determination and acute ability to penetrate the surface and expose uncomfortable truths can go hand in hand.

Ruled by Pluto, Scorpio is the sign of death, crisis, taboo and rebirth. All of these are burning concerns for Greta, and she is keen on addressing them:

Either we reach a tipping point where we start a chain reaction with events way beyond human control, or we don’t. Either we go on as a civilization, or we don’t. There are no gray [sic] areas when it comes to survival. And when I say that I want you to panic I mean that we need to treat the crisis as a crisis. When your house is on fire you don’t sit down and talk about how nice you can rebuild it once you put out the fire. If your house is on fire you run outside and make sure that everyone is out while you call the fire department. That requires some level of panic.’ [Link to the full Facebook post.]

Scorpionic folks are not afraid of crises. You might have heard or known of people who start shit just for the sake of it – and that’s probably uncontrolled, unprocessed, low-level Scorpio energy at work –, but when a heavily Scorpionic individual decides to tackle the crisis, to bring the dirt to light and to channel anger and passion in meaningful ways, a shift is bound to happen.

So what is this individual also has a Fire Grand Trine involving Pluto in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Leo and Eris in Aries? The intensity is literally off the charts, no pun intended.

The activation of Eris in Greta’s chart via this Grand Trine is sadly prophetic; controversy seems to follow those who have a powerful Eris in their chart. Besides mythology, which we are about to explore, the etymology of the name alone should suffice: ὀρίνειν, orinein, to stir, to raise, to excite. Eris wreaked havoc on a party showing up uninvited, tossing the legendary golden apple and single-handedly starting the Trojan war. The vanity-fuelled disputed sparked between Athena, Hera and Aphrodite by the tossing of the apple exposed their secret envies, latent aggression and competitive attitude – much like many of Greta’s detractors are showing an incredible (or, perhaps should I say, very credible) amount of vitriol, ableism and misogyny in attacking her. Except that white cishet conservative males in their fourties/fifties/sixties don’t look like quarrelling goddesses at all.

Moving on, we see Uranus in his domicile, the sign of Aquarius, involved in a tense square with the already mentioned Scorpio Venus. This suggests that the Uranian and Aquarian influence is no less important than the energies we have previously discussed, and it comes as no surprise: Uranus is the rebel, the revolutionary, the radical; a square between Scorpio and Aquarius can only exacerbate stubbornness and resilience. Which means that, in a way, Greta is as motivated by her supporters as she is by her detractors. Basically, she is not going anywhere.

(Nor are the many young environment activists of color that did not garner as much media exposure as her in spite of being just as stubborn, passionate and articulated. Here is an article listing a few of them.)

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I'm the founder and curator of Zodiac Poetry Astrology (formerly Aeternalight Astrology). I have a M.A. in Cultural Anthropology and I also work as a translator and editor in the publishing industry. I've been studying astrology, Tarot and metaphysics since 2009.

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