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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Lady Liberty's a Scorpio? Five ways to tell

(Lady Liberty's predecessors)

October 28, 2011 has been proclaimed by media around the world as being Lady Liberty’s 125th birthday.  Those born on October 28th would be considered Scorpios by most astrologers.  What would that entail, and how would it relate to Lady Liberty’s characteristics?

Scorpio is a water sign.  Although it took 21 years from the time of conception (within Edouard Rene de Laboulaye’s politically-fertile imagination) to her official dedication on October 28, 1886, Lady Liberty has lived on a small island in New York Harbor ever
since.  Due to her innate love of water, she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Scorpio is a fixed sign.  Having hammered all the heavy-metal kinks out of her system during those first 21 years (and what sign isn’t restless during the formative years?), Lady Liberty settled in quite nicely for the long haul.  Although there were some problems a few years back when her right arm repeatedly swayed against her crown - for the most part, Lady Liberty has remained rooted in her fabled spot all these years.

Scorpio is a feminine sign.  This famous statue is not only female, but prototypically so.  She stands proudly upon the shapely shoulders of those who came before:  Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom; Columbia, personification of the United States of America; and the Indian princess, another traditional representation of the U.S.A.

Scorpio is an intense sign.  According to Wikipedia, Lady Liberty was conceived within “a stew of ideas
and emotions.”  France was torn between those who favored a republic and those who favored a monarchy.
America had just fought the Civil War, and Lincoln had just been assassinated.  Laboulaye had therefore
hoped that this passionate Lady could turn the tide in Liberty’s favor.

Scorpio is a magnetic sign.  Metallic properties aside, Wikipedia also reports on these infatuated words from a Greek immigrant:  I saw the Statue of Liberty.  And I said to myself, “Lady, you’re such a beautiful!  You opened your arms and you get all the foreigners here.  Give me a chance to prove that I am worth it, to do something, to be someone in America.”  And always that statue was on my mind. 


Copyright October 29, 2011 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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