They're creepy, spooky, and mysterious. I'm sure you know them. They've visited you at home on your TV and you may have seen them in the movie theater, too. They are The Addams Family. So, what do they have to do with astrology? The characteristics of planets and signs of the zodiac may be learned easily by examining archetypes who embody them. Archetypes can be found in mythological tales and in our pop culture figures. Often, a transit of a planet will make me think of a modern day character from a book or TV show that personifies the qualities of that planet and sign. The current transit of Venus and Mars in Scorpio makes me think immediately of The Addams Family, particularly Morticia as Venus and Gomez as Mars.
Scorpio rules the eighth house of the astrological chart. In traditional astrology, the eighth house has to do with the occult, metaphysics, the paranormal, sex, death, taxes, and inheritance. Scorpio is ruled by Pluto. Characteristics attributed to Pluto are intensity, power, destruction, resurrection, and transformation. A spooky ancestral home decorated with the macabre and mysterious, housing a family possessing intense passions and morbid proclivities who live off unlimited wealth hidden in the basement is the most perfect example of Scorpio eighth house symbolism I can imagine.
The Addams Family movie was released to the public on November 22, 1991, under the appropriately Scorpionic influence of the Sun, Mars, and Pluto transiting in - you guessed it - Scorpio! I'm sure the transits of those planets in the sign of Scorpio increased the popularity of the film and the audience's enjoyment of the actors' portrayal of the spooky family so many of us love. Not all movies based on popular television shows live up to expectations, but I know The Addams Family lived up to mine. Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston were wonderfully cast as Gomez and Morticia. I have watched the film several times over the years when I have wanted to set the Scorpio mood for the Halloween season.
Mars is a planet of action and physical vitality. It is a masculine planet and represents sexual energy in matters of love. When Mars is in the fixed water sign of Scorpio, passions can run deep and both lust and anger can flare dramatically. Mars in Scorpio may have its own moral code of conduct and rules to live by. When someone breaks those rules, it is an invitation to take action. When Mars in Scorpio believes in something or someone, it believes all the way and can be completely devastated should it be deceived or betrayed. In The Addams Family movie, Gomez is entirely convinced Fester is his long-lost brother - he cannot allow himself to believe otherwise. When Gomez is playing with swords, visiting his basement full of money, wrecking model trains, or succumbing to Morticia's chilly charms he is acting out the essence of Mars in Scorpio. Obsession is a Mars in Scorpio quality and Gomez is obsessive about his family. Above all, he is obsessive about Morticia. As he observes her sleeping, he says, "Look at her. I would die for her. I would kill for her. Either way, what bliss!"
Venus is a planet of physical comfort, beauty, and pleasure. It is a feminine planet and represents affection in matters of love. Scorpio is an intensely emotional water sign that wrestles with issues of control and exposure. In love and all relationships, Scorpio prefers to have the upper hand and know more about the other than they are willing to share about themselves until they feel it is safe to do so. Venus in Scorpio can be jealous, protective, intensely loyal, and secretive. Clandestine romance, love triangles, and unrequited love are the negative patterns of relating that arise from the Scorpio fear of exposure and intimacy. Those three kinds of relationship have distance and lack of total involvement at their core. Sometimes Venus in Scorpio takes the all-or-nothing approach - if Venus in Scorpio can't have exactly who it wants, it will have none at all. Yes, for all the reputation Scorpio has as the sexiest sign of the zodiac, it can actually appear quite cold on the surface. Despite her minimal outward display of emotion, Morticia radiates a deep passion, neatly tucked into her form-fitting dress and graceful control. Morticia is the ultimate cool, self-possessed woman. She is also a perfect example of the social etiquette, which Venus in Scorpio values. Her manners are impeccable and she considers the needs of others, even if her values are a bit skewed, as when she admonishes her mother, "Hush, mama! It's for charity! Widows and orphans. We need more of them."
Out of all the twelve signs of the zodiac, Scorpio is the one sign that has distinctly different characteristics between the sexes. Scorpio women are more comfortable in the realm of emotions than Scorpio men. They are better able to contain sensitive emotions when they choose not to express them. Not all Scorpio men can reconcile the softness and sensitivity of Scorpio's feminine water energy with the stereotypical strong and dangerous bad boy Scorpio image they believe they should project. When a Scorpio male feels too much emotion, he may release it as anger rather than risk appearing vulnerable. Many Scorpio women are the coolest, calmest ladies you will meet. They prefer to wait and watch and lure others in patiently through intent, much like a spider in a web. Like Morticia, the less they speak, the more they seem to say - especially with those expressive eyes. A Scorpio woman has powerful family instincts. Morticia walks and talks Fester through the family graveyard to impress the importance of his family history upon him. A female scorpion is such a good mother that she may take on the care of baby scorpions which do not belong to her. A Scorpio mother may be protective, but she rarely stifles her children. Although she may have her own strict Scorpio rules, she encourages her children to become strong and think for themselves. There is a scene I love in The Addams Family movie where Wednesday, stalking Pugsley with a knife, goes past Morticia, who is at the kitchen table. Morticia stops Wednesday and asks, "Is that for your brother? I don't think so." She relieves Wednesday of the knife, but gives her a much larger and deadlier looking weapon. Now that's empowering! Morticia may appear to be unaware of her children, but she doesn't miss much. Venus in Scorpio is receptive, intuitive, and able to know what others are thinking or feeling.
For an in-depth astrology lesson on Venus and Mars in Scorpio, watch The Addams Family movie and pay special attention to the patriarch, Gomez Addams, and the matriarch, Morticia Addams. Together, they show us the masculine qualities of Mars in Scorpio and the feminine qualities of Venus in Scorpio - two halves of a passionate whole. Gomez asks, "Are you unhappy, my darling?" Morticia answers, "I'm very unhappy, my darling."