The Capricorn Astrology Research Project includes a section on Astrology and Sexuality. A sample of 1787 Gay Men was taken from the Astro Databank between 2010 and 2013, 168 of the members of this sample were also in the 20,000 plus Public Figures group, but this should not be significant enough to alter the results of the research. It is important to note that this research would not necessarily provide a gay astrological signature. It would be pointing to a shared experience of the subjects of the sample. Most of the subjects were born before 1960 so much of their experience would have been affected by society’s reluctance to fully accept homosexuality.
Sexual expression is mainly the domain of Mars and Venus, so if there was a connection between the planets positions and homosexuality, it should be found in the sign placings of these two planets.
MARS IN SIGNS
The Standard Deviation of this distribution is 32.04
The Chi Square figure is 9.44 E-12
so the chance of this distribution occurring by chance is 0.0000000000944 %
Standard deviation 28.36
Chi Square 1.20 E – 08
The chance of this distribution occurring by chance is 0.000000120 %
Its obvious from the figures that there is a statistically very significant link between the sign placings of Venus and Mars and Gay Men. The focus is very much on Virgo, Mars is there much more than any other sign with a score of over 40 % above the expected figure and Venus also top scores with over 30% above average. The figures are strong enough to indicate a shared experience amongst Gay Men although its difficult to know exactly what this means. There are no similar correlations with the other important placings, Virgo scores are as expected for the Sun, low for the Moon and slightly above average for the Ascendant, so its fair to say that it’s not a general character trait.
The general description of the Virgo character is one that is quite reserved and hardworking, preferring to stay out of the limelight. It may be that with Mars and Venus scoring so highly in Virgo, a common experience for this subject group of Gay Men would be the need to keep their sexuality to themselves and avoid public displays of affection with their partners in the face of society’s lack of acceptance over the years. It would be very interesting to conduct the same research amongst a group of younger subjects in ten years time to see whether society’s slowly growing acceptance of homosexuality would have an impact on the sign distribution of Mars and Venus.
Interestingly, the 2nd highest scoring sign for both Venus and Mars is Cancer and this is reflected in the Sun sign distribution. In the same sample the Sun in Cancer scored 181, which is 20 more than the next sign. The classic description of a Cancer is someone who is emotionally sensitive and receptive but is also aware of vulnerability and the need to protect both the self and those in close relationship. The placing of Venus and Mars in Cancer may also be a response to society’s reactions rather than a true signature of gay sexual expression.
The house position of the Sun is also very significant for this sample.
SUN IN HOUSES
Standard deviation 34.07
Chi Square 1.14 E – 13
The chances of this distribution occurring by chance 0.000000000000114
The findings for this group are similar to that of the 20,000 plus Public Figures in that the 12th house is the strongest and there is a much greater score on the Eastern side of the chart than the Western side. If anything the Gay Men group score higher for the Sun in the 12th or 1st houses. Generally speaking, the emphasis on 1st and 12th houses creates someone whose life experience is more driven and shaped by personal issues as opposed to a 6th or 7th house emphasis which requires the individual to take greater account of the issues of a partner. This may be affected by society’s views on marriage as civil partnerships have only recently been recognised.
Other significant findings are the aspects of Mars to Jupiter and Saturn. Mars is opposite Jupiter in 120 cases and conjunct Saturn in 111 where the expected figure for both is 79. Mars opposite Jupiter can produce an extravagant sexual appetite and an attitude of exploration and experimentation. Mars conjunct Saturn can bring about a restriction and limitation to sexual expression. Although these two aspects seem to be opposites it is possible to see them working together, particularly if the Saturn principle is seen to be restraint imposed from the outside by social conventions.
Another result of the research is the particularly high score of 125 for Mercury in conjunction with the Ascendant with the same expected figure of 79. It is a widely accepted view that most gay men are more openly communicative than heterosexual men. Mercury rising would back up that assumption.
Capricorn Research also has a collection of 390 charts of Lesbian Women and there are some similarities. Venus and Mars both score 41 in Virgo. Mars, however, is most common in Leo with a score of 46 and Venus in Cancer with 47. The Sun scores highly in the 1st house with 43 but highest in the 11th house with 50. The expected figure for all these placings would be 32.5.
Mars opposite Jupiter also scores high in the Lesbian group but Mars conjunction Saturn is extremely high with over twice the expected figure. Mars conjunction Uranus also makes a significant appearance with nearly 70% above the expected figure and this is probably the aspect that most astrologers would expect as a signature of Lesbian Women. All of these findings in the Lesbian group are statistically significant but not off the scale like figures in the Gay Men group because the sample is much smaller.
There are a number of planetary placings that feature quite consistently in the charts of the 1787 Gay Men in this sample. Capricorn Research is always on the lookout for accurate birth data as it would be interesting to replicate this research over a larger sample particularly using younger people.