Natália de Oliveira Correia – The Politics of Matriscimo

One of the wonderful things about astrology is that it allows a person to be two or more very different things at once. In fact if they have opposition aspects in the chart, it positively insists on it.

One person who had two very strong and utterly different oppositions was Natalia de Oliveira Correia.

Natalia Correia

Correia has a very close opposition across the central horizon of her chart from the late Aries Ascendant to the Moon in Scorpio in the 7th house.

With the Moon in this position, relationships are obviously key and we have someone with an intense and passionately sexual nature. The Moon in Scorpio would often want to keep their powerful emotions to themselves but because its opposite the Ascendant, these feelings have to be expressed openly and outwardly.

The Sun in Virgo in the 6th house, on the other hand generally has a rather cool take on feelings, particularly when aspected to Uranus. It is an aspect of a thinker, rather than a feeler, it is political, a sign of someone who is strongly identified with the have nots, the underdogs in society.

Virgoans are analytical, and often make good writers.

So how would one person combine both of these very different planetary patterns into one life ?

Natalia Correia was a Portuguese poet, she was considered to be the most beautiful woman in Lisbon when she was in her 20s and 30s. She specialised in what might be termed adult poetry.  Her collection of poems called “Romantic Sonnets” is considered to be one of the best in Portuguese literature.

She was also a political activist with a talent for oratory and a combative nature, she strongly opposed regime of António Oliveira Salazar.

Correia advocated her own special form of feminism, which flowed counter to the politically correct format of the movement. She called it ” matricismo ” where she showed the woman as an archetype of liberal eroticism, passionate and feminine. This implied a rejection of the paternalistic politics of the day.

Her published work, ” Anthology of Portuguese Erotic Poetry and Satire ” was considered offensive by the authorities in 1966 and she was condemned to three years in prison, with a suspended sentence.

Pluto was conjunct her Sun from 1966 – 68.

In April 1974 a military coup ousted Salazar’s fascist regime in a movement that was supported by civil unrest which was called the Carnation Revolution because no shots were fired.

The military retained power until November 1975, when a pro-communist coup was followed by a successful counter-coup by pro-democracy moderates. Elections were held in 1976, and the first Constitutional government, led by the centre-left socialist Mário Soares, assumed office.

This was a major breakthrough for the Portugese people but also for Correia as Uranus was conjunct her Moon and opposite her Ascendant at the time.

It was also the start of a new career as in 1980, she was elected to Parliament as a member of the Portugal’s Social Democratic Party. For such a radical figure to become part of the established political order even as a politician of the left was a step that could only be associated Saturn and so it proved as Saturn was conjunct her Sun and Pluto conjunct her Saturn in 1980.

Natalia Correia’s two oppositions enabled her to blend two different ideas. The notion of Mátria, the archetype of feminine eroticism of the Moon in Scorpio and Aries rising, was mixed with Fratria, the fraternity of political equality of the Sun in Virgo opposite Uranus.


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