All of this recent drama surrounding Taylor Swift has really got me thinking about what’s going on with her astrologically. If you’re not up to date on the Kim and Kanye versus Taylor war (and you’re most likely living under a rock), you can just Google it to get up to speed, as I don’t feel like going into all the details. Basically, Kim Kardashian not only called out Taylor for being a liar, in terms of her ongoing beef with Kim’s husband Kanye West, but provided some proof to back it up via some videos on Snapchat of the two’s phone conversation. And it has turned into a full-on scandal, with many people saying that they’re glad that Taylor’s true colors are finally being exposed.
I’ll admit that, although I’m usually nonchalant about celebrity gossip, even I’ve followed this with some interest. There are certain people who scoff, who think it’s childish and petty, and who say that there are more important things to worry about. Certainly, it's not that big of a deal. This is nowhere near the most important news story that’s broke in the past week or two. Personally, for me, I think this whole scandal plays into something actually more complex and interesting: the whole construction of a star’s persona and how such a carefully crafted image can begin to unravel, exposing the true person behind it.
In terms of astrology, a celebrity’s public image – as well as anyone else’s public self – is represented by their Midheaven, any planet conjunct or in aspect to the Midheaven, and any planets in the 10th. Now, Taylor Swift is not only a Scorpio Midheaven but she has Pluto, Scorpio’s ruling planet, in the 10th House (like a lot of Scorpio Midheavens her age), which is going to double the effect of this placement. Whenever the ruler of an angle (or even of any of the other houses) is in that angle’s house, the life area becomes highly charged and the traits are expressed really strongly. Therefore, Taylor is like a super-Scorpio Midheaven and we can see that a lot of that power in the tremendous success that she’s accomplished at such an early age.
But, I believe that there are some dark elements at play with her Scorpio Midheaven that have been tightly controlled or thinly veiled. Taylor has maintained this girl-next-door, America’s Sweetheart image for many years and I do think that it all started when Kanye West infamously interrupted her acceptance speech at the VMA’s in 2009. Ever since then, there has been this running thread throughout Taylor’s narrative of being victimized and then fighting to overcome that and serving as an example. It continues today, with her Grammy acceptance speech this year alluding to Kanye and how she refuses to let anyone try to take credit for her achievements.
The interesting thing about Scorpio’s power is that it often feels like it needs to be earned through battling it out with other people or being wounded, hurt, or victimized, somehow. In spite of how formidable of a sign Scorpio is, it is a highly emotional Water sign and no stranger to playing the victim and the blame game. It can just do so in a different manner. While Cancer can brood and cry for comfort and Pisces may sink into despair, Scorpio can seek revenge. And so, the negative element of a Scorpio Midheaven, that’s played out in front of the world, is this feeling that you’ve been wronged so much throughout life that you need to cut someone else down to size to achieve a victory. This is something that can also be done very subtly and manipulatively.
It’s why certain people who may question Taylor’s chart and try to give her a Leo Rising are off-base. That hidden negativity of her Scorpio Midheaven is due to the fact that she is famous (Midheaven) for destroying her exes (Scorpio) by writing songs about them. And, sure, many artists write songs about their exes. But, there is a distinct feeling of resentment in Taylor’s that feels like a score being settled. There was also the infamous quote about being dumped via "a 27 second phone call" by Joe Jonas (who else keeps track of call logs like that?) and then the subsequent song “Better than Revenge” about actress Camilla Belle, who Jonas began dating afterward, in which she essentially calls her a whore. And, of course, there’s also “Bad Blood”, centered on the famous feud between her and Katy Perry. All over what? “Stolen” back-up dancers. And all the while Taylor has done this, she has managed to usually be very crafty about it, remaining quite indirect about who she’s speaking of, all while being able to, at the same time, directly bring attention to the drama and sullying someone else’s name, in the process.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to post an article about bashing or hating Taylor Swift. I don’t hate her. I’ve just never been a fan and I’ve always found something about her to be a little “off”, quite spiteful and insincere. I mean, this is the same person who said "there's a special place in hell for women who don't support other women" when Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made a harmless joke about her at the 2013 Golden Globes (no different than the jokes made about all the other big stars that night).
Essentially, the point I’m trying to make here is that success is not the best form of revenge for Midheaven in Scorpio people. Anytime Scorpio is focused on revenge, it is a boomerang that comes right back around. It’s only going to manifest more negativity for that person. This summer has been a very drama-filled one for Taylor. You can’t read a news story about her nowadays without it being negative. Not only has this feud with Kim and Kanye exploded everywhere but she has also butted heads with her ex, producer Calvin Harris, regarding songwriting credits and has received some backlash for her moving-very-fast relationship with actor Tom Hiddleston, widely perceived as a PR stunt, which began just two weeks after the break-up with Harris.
Trying to be “in control” is also how a Midheaven in Scorpio person is going to suffer on a public platform. This only creates patterns of obsession, secrecy, falsehoods, manipulation, and power struggles. If Taylor has spent so much time trying to control the public’s perception of herself and others, then she is only going to experience an inevitable backlash over everything she’s done in order to create this image and experiencing the high of that power. Being a Scorpio Midheaven is definitely about achieving power. But, how do you go after this power? What do you do to get it? This is a question everyone with this placement has to ask themselves. If it’s not pursued in a truly honest manner that is also going to empower other people, you will end up reaping what you sow.
Cultivating more transparency is the way to go for those with the Midheaven in Scorpio. If not, you’ll be brought down to your knees. The key of this placement is finding an outlet for one’s shadow side through a career that deals with those things. As an artist, this is invaluable. Taylor’s song “Blank Space”, besides “Bad Blood”, is probably her most Scorpio-like song. It was written as more of a joke but if she wrote more stuff like this – about having a psycho side, about not being one to cross, about being capable of scaring boyfriends off – and as more of a form of introspection, then maybe she wouldn’t get so much crap. Because, in the end, “Blank Space” was more about pointing the finger at her critics and playing innocent. Insisting that she is a total angel, taking the stance of the victim in her feuds with others, and then secretly indulging in all of that Scorpio stuff is where she gets it wrong. It sends mixed messages that the public is going to be compelled to figure out.
As I said in the Scorpio Midheaven article on here, those of us with this placement are a mystery for the world to solve. There’s always more to us than meets the eye. But, it is crucial how we express this. If we are honest about our depths and about our motivations, then this mystery will simply be something that people find fascinating. We will just be known for being complex people who you have to reflect on to really understand. It’s when we hide things, when we lie about things, when we harbor very secretive motives, that we end up in trouble. I don’t think that those with a Scorpio Midheaven can get away with being overly secretive and manipulative in the world, especially if they’re also a Capricorn Rising (which Taylor is). That means that there will be consequences.
With this being my placement, I’ve figured this out myself. I’m a very private person in my dealings with the public but I also try to be relatively open and honest about most things. The Midheaven works both ways. The more Scorpio Midheaven people hide things from the world, the more the world will suspect they have something to hide. Such a lack of trust, on the part of the person and their community, will only cause the individual to be exposed, to be caught up in scandal, sooner or later. If this is your placement, be a little more transparent with the world. Keep important things private but don’t keep too many secrets or play control games. It will definitely catch up to you.
Also as a side note, Taylor is currently going through her Mars Return, as she has Mars in Scorpio right on the cusp of her 11th House at 27 degrees. One's Mars Return can put them in significant conflicts with other people. With her Mars in Scorpio in the 11th, the conflicts she has with others can get quite nasty and also can be highly unpredictable and unexpected. One could describe this conflict as just that and since Mars retrograded back into her 10th, it's gone very public. During the Mars Return, if there are any unresolved problems between you and others, these issues can seriously come to a head.