Asteroid Sappho #80 is one of the first named after a real person in history. Sappho was a poet and writer born around 600 B.C. who resided on the island of Lesbos. She left a body of work that remains only partially intact due to the censoring she has received throughout history. She is known for being a lesbian and leader of local women. She advocated for education among females and formed a young women's academy for fine arts where she taught poetry and verse. She was not afraid to be herself and even had the audacity to advertise her true thoughts and actions. What a woman she must have been! A genius and rare flower in her own time. Love poetry and lyrical verse were the living archetype's specialty. She was most talented at invoking feelings of love and attraction with her words and prose. Sappho was a charmer. Depicted in open, flowering robes with a half smile, she appears most comfortable in her own skin and, well... HOT! Sappho was all about the excitement of attraction and she was not ashamed of much.
In a birth chart, Sappho represents artisitic aptitude, especially where words are concerned. The act of displaying one's true sexual character is an element of Sappho, the right to do as one sensually pleases. Poetry, access to one's feminine side, Libido, and how we connect words with sensuality are what this asteroid is about.
In Aspect to Mercury, we see potential for a romantic mind and the creation of poetry--a natural love poet.
Sappho in Aspect to the Sun or Ascendant increases attraction and sensuality in expression. (Sexy, Sexy!) These people may be bold in their sexual expression.
Sappho in Aspect to the Moon goes to emotional sensitivity and feminine creation. Sensitivity and beauty to females.
Sappho in Aspect to Venus is a heady placement. Artistry is greatly increased and this can be someone who enjoys sex a great deal--Look at the house placement and Aspects. Saturn or Capricorn is not going to help this placement.
Sappho in Aspect to Mars is a love warrior. Sensitizes the male energy. The "James Bond Effect." It can be known to lend a masculine air to females with Sappho in close Aspect to Mars.
Sappho with Uranus is known for increasing Libido. It can be known for making things a little unconventional--not a bad placement!
Sappho in Aspect to Neptune greatly helps in creative processes and desire for romantic sexuality.
Sappho with Jupiter is about beneficial education and liberal thinking, sexual education and acceptance.
Sappho in Aspect to Pluto is going to increase desire and perhaps refine the Plutonic beast within. Sexy placement. "The Brooding Artist."
Negative Aspects to Sappho can indicate difficulties with sexual expression, guilt, self-limitation, sexual prudishness, shame, inability to bond, fear of close communication, and frigidness.
In synastry, ,Sappho is one of the more potent asteroids that point to attraction. Love is not so much a part of the expression of this entity as plain old, hot attraction is. Sappho is a hard one to deny. The personal planets--Sun through Mars--are the most intense when in Aspect to another's Sappho. All contacts will increase attraction, but in their own unique ways. Flirtatious interaction is a big part of Sappho in synastry!
Sappho in Aspect to another's sun is about seeing that person as physically desirable--You want to look at them and desire for physical contact is increased--they are HOT!
Moon contacts increase artistic and emotional sensitivity. Increases desire to support another's artistic endeavors.
Mercury is about lovers of words and communication. Lots of sweet talk here. Dirty talk, as well.
Mars is about sexual and physical attraction toward another. You want to rip the Sappho person's clothes off.
Venus is a wonderful contact with Sappho. This helps with emotional sharing and vulnerability. This is a sweet contact. Venus with Sappho increases the desire to share artistic pursuits.
Key words for Sappho in synastry: Creative exchange, flirtatious communication, sexual energy, sexual inspiration, artistic interaction, physical poetry, romantic and artistic sensitivity, strong Libido
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