Sage Virgo, actress, and expert eyebrow archer Lauren Bacall decreed, “Stardom isn’t a profession, it’s an accident.”
True enough LB, but when it comes to astrology there are certain indicators within the birth chart that suggest fame, fortune, infamy, controversy, sex tape notoriety and the amber glow of celebrity.
In addition to the strong presence of the signs listed below, there are additional factors that point to fame or the potential for it. In astrology, the fifth house is the domain of the inner child, creativity and the dramatic arts and prominent placements within this house denote the possibility of fame found through performance.
The tenth house, meanwhile, governs public image and a powerful placement here, say the sun which represents the self or Mercury which governs communication, imply that attention and recognition for successes will come easily.
In terms of planets, a well aspected or prominent Neptune, which rules fame itself is a strong indicator of fame as is Jupiter, planet of expansion. If a planet falls among the critical degrees of 5°, 17°, and 29°, fame of differing sorts is suggested. 5° is the mark of short term celebrity, viral stardom or fame founded in childhood, 17° is known as the fame degree and signifies long term esteem and 29° suggests a legacy of fame that extends beyond death.
Some astrologers also subscribe to the belief that 28° is the degree of household name levels of fame. Not for nothing, folks, uber famous Kim Kardashian’s sun, moon and midheaven all fall at 28°. Boom, say what you will about the merit of her stardom, she was born for it. As you ready yourself for a proverbial close up and work up an appetite for the validation of strangers, we welcome you to read our guide to the three zodiac signs destined for fame.
LEO (July 23 – August 22)
Leo is the sign of fated fame, bright lights and living legends. With the sun as their ruler, these folks were born to shine. Natural performers, aspirational figures, galvanizers, spotlight seekers and glory hogs, lions are oxygenated by an audience and want to be sure their greatness is seen, recorded and passed down for generations to come.
It’s no coincidence that art legend Andy Warhol, who famously proclaimed, “In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes” was a triple Leo. In addition to drawing attention to themselves, Leos garner fame and notoriety for disrupting and shaping the culture at large in their own image. Like Jesus Christ but more swagger, less sanctity. Notable examples include Madonna, Meghan Markle, Martha Stewart, Barack Obama, Coco Chanel, Jackie O., James Baldwin, Amelia Earhart and Carl Jung.
Even dicey, death dealing, dictator lions like Napoleon and Fidel Castro manage to leave a lasting aesthetic impression. Leos, wide may they shine, long may they roar. We can’t look away from them and we can’t live without them and honestly friends, why would we want to?
SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21)
Scorpios, pyschic, shadow working power players that they are tend to find fame and infamy through dark dealings, and or behind the scenes string pulling and purse holding. Examples of famous and infamous Scorpios include Charles Manson, Kris Jenner, John Gotti, Martin Scorsese, Katy Perry and Peter Jackson.
As a result of Scorpio ruling the eighth house of sex, death and regeneration, some scorpions are remembered for their deaths, be they untimely, tragic, unjust or unsavory. We see this in the like of Billy the Kid, Marie “off with her head” Antoinette, Robert Kennedy, Graham “burn my body in the desert” Parsons, Sylvia Plath and Grace Kelly who is distinguished not only by her life and tragic death but by throwing the most Scorpio birthday party of all time.
PISCES (February 19 – March 20)
Pisces is ruled by Neptune, the dream daddy planet of ephemera and escape, creativity and the unconscious mind. Pisces is rightly associated with art, cinema, fantasy and song, all common catalysts for fame. Pisces natives are acutely sensitive to the moods of others and to the rise and tides of the cultural collective. Possessed by a need to express and understand themselves through a creative medium, what they produce is often the stuff of singular magic.
Think watery AF, shape shifting and spritely, fantastical and expansive. Maintaining a kind of purity, they seem innately able to download their dreams for public consumption, sharing images drawn from uninhabited planets and guitar hooks that feel like dolphin heartbeats.In kind, Pisces people often become famous for their vulnerability and willingness to wear and work within their own woundedness. They also maintain a wide eyed delicate vibe that makes other people want to give them money and or exploit them, the twin midwives of fame.
Notable fish folk include Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Kurt Cobain, Bad Bunny, Michelangelo, Albert Einstein, Elizabeth Taylor and Kehinde Wiley. As the last sign in the zodiac, Pisces is an aggregate of the absorbed energy of all the signs that came before, meaning what they create is a reflection of, and for, all people. Everything hurts and they sing sweetly of their pain for our pleasure. And for that we owe them their fame and our gratitude.
Astrology 101: Your guide to the stars
Astrologer Reda Wigle researches and irreverently reports back on planetary configurations and their effect on each zodiac sign. Her horoscopes integrate history, poetry, pop culture and personal experience. She is also an accomplished writer who has profiled a variety of artists and performers, as well as extensively chronicled her experiences while traveling. Among the many intriguing topics she has tackled are cemetery etiquette, her love for dive bars, Cuban Airbnbs, a “girls guide” to strip clubs and the “weirdest” foods available abroad.