Posted by on Aug 18, 2011 in Astrology, Chinese Astrology, Tarot | 3 comments

Pablo Picasso Self Portrait 1906

Today I went with my friend Eugene to see the Pablo Picasso paintings and sculptures from the National Picasso Museum in Paris that are currently at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The show is fascinating; go if you can. Picasso (1881-1973) was a sexual and passionate Scorpio born in the year of the intense, shamanic Metal Serpent. The numerology of his birthdate Oct 25, 1881 = 17 The Star in Tarot, which reduces to card #8 Strength.

And how strong he was! This Picasso exhibition is full of his many lovers. His painting style changes for each one of them. Here is his masterful Neo-Classical style in this portrait of his first wife Russian ballerina Olga Khokhlava:

Picasso's First Wife Olga

Olga was born in 1891 the year of the Metal Hare, and Hare is easily overpowered by Serpent. While still married to Olga, Picasso met 17-year-old Marie-Thérèse Walter. Ever the Scorpio, Picasso’s relation with Marie-Thérèse was kept secret from Olga — until Olga found out about Marie-Thérèse’s pregnancy. Marie-Thérèse was born in 1909 the Earth Phoenix year. Serpent and Phoenix are highly compatible, and the element Earth is the mother of Metal, meaning that Earth nurtures Metal because Metal ore is extracted from the Earth. So Marie-Thérèse was very good for Picasso. Marie-Thérèse died by hanging herself in 1977, four years after Picasso died. Lovely Marie-Thérèse was the model, muse, and inspiration for many Picasso masterpieces:

Picasso's Main Muse

While still with Marie-Thérèse, Picasso fell in love with artist Dora Maar in 1936, one year after Marie-Thérèse’s daughter Maya was born. These paintings may seem like Picasso’s Greatest Hits with Women, but the Dora Maar portrait is exceptional:

Picasso's Portrait of Dora Maar

Dora Maar was a creative Fire Sheep born in 1907. But Picasso was far more powerful and left her for art student Françoise Gilot. Françoise gave birth to daughter Paloma and son Claude. Françoise was a strong Metal Phoenix (1921) and was the only woman who ever left him due to his relationships with other woman and his intense abusive Metal Snake nature. I highly recommend her book LIFE WITH PICASSO:

Life With Picasso

Picasso’s final wife Jaqueline Roque was born in 1926, a Fire Tiger who could handle him. His passions never die, as seen in this oil on canvas of Picasso and Jaqueline:

Picasso and Jaqueline Roque

Picasso and his women! Seeing his paintings and sculptures today brought all of them to life once again.

Amidst the women, the nudes, and more women, Picasso will pull genius out of his hat, like this bull head sculpture made of a bicycle seat and handlebars:

Bull Head from Bicycle Seat and Handle Bars

Great great art. I was delighted and inspired.


  1. Susan, this is brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing your light with the world.

  2. Thanks Vivi! Glad this of interest to a MONKEY — who are easily bored.

  3. Susan, this is fascinating account of passion with love. thank you for pulling it together for us.

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