Picasso was born on 25th October 1881 in Malaga, Spain. He was the son of an art and drawing teacher.
The young Picasso was a brilliant student and he passed the entrance examination for the Barcelona School of Fine Arts at the age of 14.
His sturdy build, dark features and “hypnotic black eyes” can be put down to the combination of Aries, Scorpio and Sagittarius in his chart. Mars sextile Uranus and Neptune can also be indicative of a strong physical attraction towards the opposite sex.
Saturn in the first house shows the strength of character necessary to overcome obstacles or frustrations throughout his life especially as this planet is in opposition to Picasso’s Scorpio son. This aspect is eased, however, by favourable aspects with Neptune, Mars and Uranus, adding that unique and individual style to his personality.
Picasso’s Life and Horoscope
He chose to use his mother’s maiden name “Picasso” because it sounded more musical than his father’s name which was Ruiz. “When I was a child” he admitted “my mother told me: ‘If you want to become a soldier you will be a general; if you want to become a priest, you will be a pope’ I wanted to be a painter and I became Picasso!”
Such an individualistic style and temperament can usually be associated with either the sign Aquarius or its planetary ruler Uranus. In Picasso’s chart, Aquarius falls on the cusp of his tenth house – the area in the chart indicating professional achievements and social standing – confirming the likelihood of either an unusual career, or an unusual “style” or method relating to his profession.
Picasso was the founder and leader of the Cubist School of Art. Cubism being a style of art in which objects are represented as an assemblage of geometrical figures. His approach to painting was far removed to the impressionists such as Renoir, Cezanne and Degas, associated with the 19th century School of painters more concerned with light and colour rather than intricate detail.
Picasso also revolutionized sculpture by creating pieces from everyday materials. An example of this, a guitar made of cardboard, paper and string is on display in the Musee Picasso in Paris.
Picasso’s style has during his lifetime undergone many changes and this brings in that Uranus influence in his chart. In sextile aspect with Mars, trine his midheaven and falling in his natal fifth house, Uranus (along with the impressionable Moon in Sagittarius) is an indication of his “original” approach and an underlying restlessness which would feel curbed and restrained by too much repetition.
O’Brian P, Picasso: A Biography (Harper Collins 2003)