Like probably most of us, I am used to hearing about murders committed by "the poor and the ugly." That's why a several years ago, when Patrizia Reggiani Gucci was released from prison in 2014 after serving 17 years, her horoscope caught my attention. Patricia Reggiani was sentenced to 29 years in prison because she arranged the murder of her ex-husband, fashion entrepreneur Maurizio Gucci.
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According to various newspapers, Patrizia Reggiani could have been granted parole in 2011, but she refused the request. "I've never worked in my life, I'm not going to start now," she is said to have told the judge to justify her decision, according to an article in La Stampa. This and her other statements circulated as headlines in the tabloid media, painting a picture of snobbery and madness. The 2021 documentary "Lady Gucci: The Story of Patrizia Reggiani" confirms these seemingly absurd statements, but also provides insights into her personality and into the context, so that many things begin to make sense.
Since astrological symbolism is associated with elemental concepts, we must always relate it to the reality of the person in order to fully discern the individual manifestation. I have relied on the documentary film and on interviews with Daniele Crippa and Allegra Gucci to obtain more reliable information about Reggiani than the tabloids have to offer. Crippa is Reggiani's former partner, with whom she dated for several years after splitting with Maurizi Gucci and who gave a four-part interview to Il Giornale d'Italia in 2022. Allegra Gucci wrote a biographical book in response to the Hoolywood film "House of Gucci," which she considers a "bad caricature" of her parents. Unless otherwise indicated, quotes or paraphrases in the text are from the documentary "Lady Gucci:The Story of Patrizia Reggiani”.
So let's examine the horoscope of Patrizia Reggiani' and let's see how her own statements and those of others bring her horoscope to life.
Birth data: 2 December 1948, 7:30 am, Vignola, Italy. AA Astrodatabank
Strong sense of self and individualism with Jupiter in Fall
With Sun and Moon in Sagittarius in the 1st house, we can assume a personality with a strong ego, strong opinions and convictions. Why I want to point out the obvious here, that opinions and beliefs are not necessarily based on facts, you will see later. Added to this strong mental attitude is an intense drive for recognition and validation due to the fiery element. The Sagittarius emphasis in this house also indicates an expressive and engaging personality.
With Jupiter in the fall, the ruler of the Ascendant and the two luminaries, we can also expect extravagance, a demanding demeanor, an attitude of entitlement, arrogance and grandiosity.
This is what Crippa says of Reggiano and her husband Maurizio : “They were both megalomaniac and there was a lot of envy towards them…....Certainly, she could be arrogant and unlikeable at times. In my opinion, the case against her was set up in this way because she came across as not likable and was the perfect target to accuse.”
The individualistic traits are further enhanced by Moon in opposition to Uranus. Uranus stirs this Sun-Moon mixture into excitement, emotional tension, and possible erratic episodes. Although Mars is exalted in Capricorn, it is in opposition to Uranus and in conjunction to Moon, and reiterates the patterns of impulsivity and daring.
The strong need to have a free hand in everything she does and to be "the captain of her own ship", so to speak, is underlined by the emphasized first house. As we can see immediately, this is not the horoscope of a woman who is content to take second place, whether in private relationships or in her professional life. In addition, this peregrine Sun, ruled by debilitated Jupiter and tightly conjunct the Ascendant, can also give a person domineering traits.
When asked about the reasons for the separation of Maurizio Gucci and Reggiani, Daniele Crippa responded like this: “Patrizia has a very strong character, Maurizio was perhaps a little less assertive...Perhaps he felt oppressed by his wife's strong character, which was much stronger than his own, and wanted to show that he was independent of her. " And later he adds: "Maurizio could no longer stand Patrizia's dominant character".
Patrizia Reggiani seems to confirm this in the documentary, saying, "A person as weak as Maurizio had to be ruled with my iron fist, otherwise he was lost, and so it came to pass."
Values focused on wealth and status - a Saturn correlation
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The square of Saturn to Sun, Mercury and Ascendant indicates behavioral patterns conditioned by some stressful circumstances in early childhood. Saturn rules the 2nd and 3rd houses from the 9th house, the Sun is the ruler of the 9th house, and Jupiter in the Fall, which is in the 1st house, is the ruler of the Ascendant. Patricia Reggiano identifies strongly with the prevailing value system and modes of reasoning in her early parental home, which is expressed in her strong views about how the world works and how she can navigate it. Saturn is in the 12th derivative house from the 10th house, which indicates that her developmental years were strongly influenced by her mother's fears and/or dependencies, and that this influenced Patricia's perceptions and thinking in many ways.
The fear of being poor is coherent with this horoscope: the horoscope ruler Jupiter ruled by Saturn, which in turn rules the 2nd house, suggests this. Saturn in Virgo with its three squares also brings issues of fear of failure and fear of exposure of inadequacies, challenging the dominant need for self-affirmation and recognition. This particular conjunction from the 9th to the 2nd to the 1st house, hosting Saturn in the 9th house and Jupiter in the Fall, describes not a spiritual but a materialistic worldview, which helps Reggiani define her personality, strengthen her self-esteem, and consequently affirm herself. Practical Saturn in Virgo controls and restrains Sagittarius' spontaneity, adding a sense of purpose and strategy that here is predominantly materialistically oriented and serves to protect her strong but vulnerable sense of self.
The importance attached to partnership and social status, and its scope
Mercury in Detriment is in conjunction with the Ascendant, it is in combustion, ruled by Jupiter, square to Saturn, and in itself rules the seventh and tenth house. Relationships and social status are closely intertwined in this horoscope, and both are important components of her sense of identity. This means that her self-esteem depends on how she perceives her own social status, which she may achieve through partnerships. She may perceive ups and downs in these areas as threat to her essential self.
The astrology in this horoscope suggests that her marriage to Maurizio Gucci, heir to a fashion empire, was as important to her self-definition as it was devastating to her and her sense of personal identity when the marriage failed. After all that has happened and has been done, she never ceases to insist that she is a Gucci.
Although Venus in Scorpio further exemplifies Reggiani's emotional nature, it is not as prominent and existentially connected to her personality, so I do not believe that simple jealousy was the motive for the murder. Venus rules the 11th and 6th houses, and is in the 11th house, forming sextiles to Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars. This is a picture of complex emotional needs: She has a need to feel secure and to be in control in relationships, and she has loyalty, a sense of duty, and passion. Since Venus is in the sign of her exile and is aspecting Saturn and Mars, the rulers of the 2nd and 12th houses, materialism and fear of (material) loss are associated with the concept of partnership. All this underpins what has already been said about the compensatory effect of relationships. In the documentary Patrizia Reggiani talks about how she wanted to prevent the marriage between Maurizio Gucci and his girlfriend at the time. But she seems to be more interested in her financial advantage and that of her daughters than than she is in her ex-husband's affection.
So far we have seen the psychological dynamics that motivate Patricia Reggiani's behavior. We will now use a tool handed down from traditional astrology, namely the calculation of temperament. This is an innate disposition and does not depend on development as personality does. Temperament tells us something about how we react to things, people and events.
To get a quick sense of her temperament, we take the lord of geniture, which is again Jupiter, then Mercury and the Sun in the Ascendant, and the Moon, all in the hot and dry sign Sagittarius. Here the choleric temperament predominates. Patricia Patricia Reggiani tends by nature to be quick to react, to be impatient, expressive and active, and can be "hot-headed."
Individual coping mechanism
These eye-witness and her own reports show a deep and firm identification with one's own beliefs, which serve as a defense mechanism, as I have outlined above in the text. The debilitated Jupiter in Capricorn is particularly prominent in this horoscope and is related to Reggiani's coping mechanism of denial. She clung so desperately and exhaustively to her own image of grandiosity and elevation that the disturbing reality of life in prison could only bounce off her.
Taking the responsibility - Saturn and Jupiter in Fall
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This seems to be a strange interplay of Saturn and Jupiter. Saturn squaring the Sun and Ascendant is indeed an astrological signature for the sense of responsibility. But the influence of Sagittarius planets ruled by debilitated Jupiter distorts this in some ways. Even her sense of responsibility is blinded by a sense of personal grandeur and egotism.
I usually hold back from making statements with judgmental undertones, because undesirable aspects of personality can develop in response to certain psychodynamic life circumstances, especially in early childhood. If there is insight, the personality can evolve, learn other ways of coping, and " undo " such traits. But a weakened Jupiter can actually make self-insight more difficult and manifest as egotism that seems to take hold of Reggaini.
1) “Omicidio Gucci, la testimonianza inedita su Patrizia Reggiani dell'ex compagno Daniele Crippa: intervista esclusiva a Il Giornale d'Italia” , Il Giornale d'Italia
2) “The Gucci wife and the hitman: fashion's darkest tale “, Interview with Abigaile Haworth, The Observer, 24. July 2016
3) "Exclusive: Allegra Gucci Speaks to Vanity Fair About Her Mother, Her New Book, and What She Thinks of House of Gucci", Siimone Marchetti, Vanity Fair, March 11, 2022
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