Rudolf Nureyev – a Russian gift to the west



Rudolf Nureyev was the greatest male ballet dancer of the 20th Century – “an exuberant, vagabond personality” with an athletic Russian style and a powerful sexual charisma which appealed to both sexes. A new film The White Crow, directed by Ralph Fiennes, traces his journey from birth on a Siberian train, through a poverty-stricken childhood and his days as a student dancer in Leningrad; and then defection to the West at the height of the Cold War.

He had a vast ego, knew he was different and special, was wilful, intensely focussed, could be a monster when crossed – and was incredibly talented.

Born 17 March 1938 maybe 1pm (unverified) in Irkustk, he had a Pisces Sun trine Pluto and opposition Neptune which combination can lead to stratospheric ambitions.  He had a forced-to-be-self-reliant Saturn in Aries conjunct Venus Mercury maybe opposition a Libra Moon – so he would be emotionally self-contained and unsentimental. Venus Saturn can also be promiscuous which he was, mainly with homosexual partners though he had affairs with women as well. He also had a volatile and explosive Mars Uranus in Taurus.

In his later years he became a renowned choreographer and defiantly continued dancing on stage long after his physical prowess had declined due to age and AIDs. He died aged 55; his long time partner Danish dancer Erik Bruhn also died his late 50s.

His super-star 22nd Harmonic is his strongest. His creative 5th and 7th harmonics are also well aspected.


4 thoughts on “Rudolf Nureyev – a Russian gift to the west

  1. What a mesmerising dancer he was. Curiously, Nijinsky – another legendary Russian dancer – was born on 11th March, in 1888. He had three planets in Pisces, Venus in Aquarius trine Uranus in Libra, and a tough square between Mars in Libra and Saturn in Cancer. He sparked both scandal and wild adulation, but had such a tragic life in many ways.

  2. Wow, I know someone – mostly by reputation – who is his astrological twin! A legend in his – completely different – field, too. Now wonder where that Aries stellium falls on this person’s chart. 9th house is a possibility. He used to work both with Americans and Soviets, in fact had a remarkably international career in a profession that was very provincial at the time. Probably had a file with at least a dozen Intel Agencies. He is still alive and would probably write an incredible memoir.

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