After seeing “Me, You and Everyone We Know,” I would have bet the farm that Miranda July, the writer, was a Pisces.
I was wrong.
It’s a good thing I don’t own a farm or know anyone that would make an astrological bet with me.
July is actually an Aquarius with moon in Sagittarius.
The movie is so filled with Pisces imagery that it still makes me wonder if it was deliberate. But as I write I realize that much of Pisces imagery is also Jesus imagery. Jesus was born (if you believe he existed) in the age of Pisces (if you believe in astrology).
What are those images?
- Fish. The fish bowl on the car. Pisces is the sign of two fishes swimming in opposite directions.
- Feet. The boyfriend was a shoe salesman. Pisces rules the feet.
- Film. July’s character creates video art. Pisces is ruled by Neptune which rules motion pictures. Images have such power, I still marvel at it.
- Me, you and everyone we know. That is all of humanity. Pisces is about merging rather than individuation.
- Raw, unfiltered emotion. July’s character responds with honest, childlike emotion that feels the joy and pain of every living thing.
I can’t recall if the movie contained sacrifice, a big Piscean trait (and Jesus trait).
There are two marks of Pisces in July’s chart: Mercury in Pisces and Neptune conjunct the moon in Sagittarius. Neptune is the ruler of Pisces.
Mercury is about communication. July certainly communicates in a very Piscean way, emotional, undifferentiated and obtuse.
However, Saturn is in Gemini, the sign of communication, suggesting difficulty and insecurity in communicating. July probably thinks all night and day and I bet her thoughts won’t let her sleep. She’s on a high intellectual plane that is difficult to communicate to others.
The moon in Sagittarius is expansive, risk taking and unreliable. Neptune on the moon in Sagittarius adds what deceased astrologer Howard Sasportas called the “quest for the sublime.”
There are definitely some Piscean and Neptunian influences in July’s chart.
But stepping away from the watery Pisces and Neptune, the fog clears. July’s chart is mostly comprised of fire and air – intuition and intellect, enthusiasm and socialness. July’s chart isn’t near as watery as I would have guessed.
The sun and Jupiter are conjunct in Aquarius a fixed air sign. It is the sign of friendship, brotherhood and humanity. July does seem to have humanity in mind when creating art.
I see Aquarius as seeking the perfect universe, utopia. Aquarius is fixed and firm in its unusual ideas. Aquarius is also the rebel. Combined with Sagittarius we have a crusader – a headstrong, righteous crusader.
I now suspect that July’s diffuse, obtuse, undifferentiated emotion masks a true crusader with a very specific message. What message?
Since Pisces imagery is also Jesus imagery, I’m wondering if there is a hidden religious message in her work. While the moon in Sagittarius conjunct Neptune is openly messy about connecting the threads of its beliefs, Aquarius is actually very neat and tidy about its ideas.
I’m now wondering if July’s emotionally raw expression isn’t simply a tactic to challenge our culture rather than an expression of her personal emotions. Aquarius is actually hyper-rational, not emotional.
July is clearly a unique individual and probably has very, very clear ideas about every subject. I suspect if she explained her ideas, others would be confused because the strings that tie them together would be extensive and unusual. Both Aquarius and Sagittarius are unrestricted in thinking. This combination would not have the least conflict about carrying ideas contrary what others think.
That Saturn in Gemini suggests that she does want you to understand and really can’t understand why you don’t.
Mars and Venus in her chart are in earth signs, suggesting that no matter how absentminded she appears to be, she will know if you haven’t sent the paycheck. She can be grounded when the need arises.
I suspect July is trying to say something very specific and we’re just not getting it. I also suspect that if you were to disagree with her ideas, she would argue with you until the wee hours of the morning.