“Mozart and his Constanze on their Honeymoon” by Artist Unknown via mozartportraits.com
Wolfgang & Constanze Mozart:
A Union of Unromantic Constancy
There are choice times when certain couples will present themselves, leaving many to wonder how they even got together, let alone committed to each other due to their extreme differences of personality, temperament, or even looks.
Our befuddled head scratching will often arise from a hyper traditional view of Romance where we are taught to believe romantic relationships are comprised of two people who share nearly the same age, background, and outward exterior.
Many times Romance, or better yet the absence of it, is often the cause for a couple’s incongruous surface appearance.
In Astrology, every sign has the potential to work together with some combinations taking much more work than others just to achieve a state of equilibrium. Astrologically, the signs which border each other are categorized beneath a rather unexciting description of compatibility – “Neutral”.
With the joining of the signs considered to be “Neutral” of each other, the state of equilibrium is something very much like that solid borderline which naturally forms whenever oil and vinegar are put into the same container. In other words,
Mixing the two isn’t a bad thing but a whole lot of shaking is needed for there to be any kind of blend.
Even with the above said within the gamut of neutrally related sign combinations one pairing in particular stands out, oddly enough for its “un”romantic overtones.
Capricorn & Aquarius.
What makes this astrological coupling so un-romantically unique can be summed up in three words: “ancient planetary rulership”. Allow your author to explain.
Before there were cars, computers, or ice cubes, there was the ancient Universe. In other pre-electric words, the ancient Universe was the Solar System which existed from the perspective of Man’s naked eye without the assistance of a telescope.
The final three planets which comprise our modern Solar System were discovered over the last three centuries. Neptune’s state of planetary being was discovered by we Earth folk in the middle of the 19th century and Pluto’s presence was located in the earlier portion of the 20th. However, more pertinent for this piece, mankind verified the existence of Aquarius’ planetary ruler, Uranus in the late 18th century, in the year 1781.
At this point some of you may be wondering, didn’t Aquarians exist prior to 1781?
Most definitely, although it must be clarified your Author didn’t know any of them personally. Despite that fact, Aquarians that existed prior to the discovery of Uranus still had planetary rulership assigned to them. The heavenly body which ruled over the sign of Aquarius prior to the year 1781 was the very same ringed planet that rules over their astrological next door neighbor – Capricorn’s planetary ruler, Saturn.
Hence, the signs of Capricorn and Aquarius are bound together by the not so well known common tie of sharing the same “ancient planetary ruler”, that being the heavenly body which oversees Karma, restriction, and hard work, itself – Saturn.
Coupled unions which are influentially tied to the planet otherwise known as “The Lord of Karma” aren’t known for being joy rides of high powered romance. Nor can they be considered unions of the overflowing passionate kind, either.
Saturnine relationships tend to be held together by such serious things as obligation, duty, and Time, itself, rather than impassioned longing or romantic euphoria. Even with that austerely said we must keep in mind that in Astrology, things which come across as challenging or difficult also have the potential of being beneficial or advantageous as well – if one is willing to work with what they’ve got.
Many tend to forget along with ruling over such daunting things as karmic retribution, loss, and pain, itself, Saturn also oversees such relationship affirming qualities as commitment, structure, along with tangible security and grounded stability. Whereas the spark of a passion filled romance can extinguish itself just as quickly as it initially ignited, a Saturnine union develops with a more tempered, gradual pace, its bond becoming stronger and more solidified with the passage of Time.
Since the ringed planet deals with the concept of Time, itself, for the Saturnine relationship most of the hard stuff takes place during the earliest stages of its development. Where the typical love union experiences a window of romantic bliss during the initial phases of dating, better known as “the honeymoon period”, the Saturnine couple must face the unadulterated reality of putting up with and adjusting to each other’s idiosyncrasies, habits, and overall lifestyle while becoming better acquainted with one another.
If enough elbow grease is mutually contributed over time, Saturn rewards those committed couples with the satisfaction of knowing their bond is a real keeper that in all likelihood will outlast a goodly portion of even the most lovey-dovey of high powered romances.
Our Capricorn Aquarius couple of famed example isn’t historically remembered for their bold displays of romantic passion. However the grounded constancy that developed within this famous pair was more than evident….right down to their actual name.
Constancy – (noun) the quality of being unwavering, faithful, and dependable, as with purpose, love, or loyalty
As previously mentioned, a Saturnine relationship follows a different path of romantic evolution apart from the norm. Should both parties equally contribute their fair share of work by making it through the initial stages of their coupling which romantically are the roughest by virtue of there being no honeymoon period, then also as previously mentioned, the Lord of Karma bestows tangible reward upon the union that is rightfully deserving.
The greatest of these Saturnine rewards being the term defined above – Constancy.
Fascinatingly, one of the most famous of Saturnine couples not only is comprised of a child of Saturn, (aka a Capricorn) but this Saturn ruled person also bears the name of the ringed planet’s most significant of romantic gifts, since the word “Constancy” in German is the name of the woman who married one of the greatest composers of all time, Constanze.
But in order to fully appreciate the role both Constancy and Constanze played in the life of one of Music’s very best, some analysis must be made regarding the sign this particular musical great was born under.
Aquarius – The Sign of High Intellect & Unconventional Genius
The sign of the Water Bearer is the astrological embodiment of mental genius with many an Aquarian possessing thought processes that are highly unconventional which usually are firsts of their intellectual kind.
This trait of unconventional genius becomes quite apparent when realizing not only were a large number of History’s most noteworthy inventors born beneath the sign of the Water Bearer, a significant portion of the world’s greatest composers were, as well. For example:
Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn, Philip Glass, Pulitzer Music Prize winner John Adams, along with fellow Pulitzer Music Prize winner John (Luther) Adams
…and lest we not forget the composer considered by many to be the most influential throughout all of Music History, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
True to his sign, Mozart’s intellectual prowess revealed itself practically from the very beginning of his extremely short lived life. Born on January 27th, 1756, Mozart was a child prodigy displaying his virtuoso performance skills at the clavier keyboard while still a toddler and by the age of 5 the precocious Aquarian began writing his first music compositions.
It must be noted when the modern planetary ruler of Aquarius was discovered by humanity in 1781 was when the Aquarian composer was at the height of his creative powers at the age of 26.
Discussing the man that was Mozart from strictly a Uranian lens of focus could go on indefinitely, quite literally. What has yet to be addressed is how this Aquarian genius born with the Uranian gifts of innovation and foresight ended up getting involved in a Saturn influenced relationship and with a daughter of Saturn, no less.
Not only did the Aquarian composer and his Capricorn significant other experience a rocky road during their initial courtship, one wasn’t even the other’s first choice of love interest.
Constanze – A Capricorn of Constancy
Mozart’s wife, Constanze, was the third of four daughters born to the Weber family who owned a lodging house in the Viennese countryside. Her older sisters, Josepha and Aloysia, were both highly acclaimed singers with successful careers as operatic sopranos possessing impressive vocal ranges containing ultra-high notes (Mozart wrote the role of The Queen of the Night from his opera, “The Magic Flute” for Josepha, and composed “Popoli di Tessaglia”, (see video below) the piece with the highest sung note written in notated music, G flat above High C, for Aloysia.
Mozart first met the Weber family when he was 21 while staying at their lodging house and fell madly in love with Constanze’s older sister, Aloysia. Despite his heart felt affections, the young composer was crestfallen upon returning from a trip to Paris only to discover Aloysia had rejected his amorous intentions during his absence by marrying another.
Having the Aquarian propensity of bucking authority, Mozart was invited to stay at the Viennese residence of the Archbishop of Salzburg a few years after being spurned by the love of his life, Aloysia, but was thrown out (quite literally) only after four weeks of staying there. The young composer had no other choice but to once again take up lodging with the Weber family and it was at this time Mozart became enamored of the 17 year old Constanze.
As stated earlier, Capricorn-Aquarius relationships aren’t founded on impassioned romance and Wolfgang and Constanze were certainly no exception to this Saturn influenced rule. Knowing how odd his striking up a relationship with the most demure of the Weber sisters would appear to others, especially his highly judgmental father, Wolfgang introduced his change of love interest to the senior Mozart in a letter, describing Constanze as “the martyr of the family”.
The childhood of many a Capricorn is often denied due to the mantle of adult responsibility being placed upon the Capricorn child, many times at an appallingly young age. By all accounts, Constanze thoroughly adhered to this cosmic rule. Born on January 5th, 1762 humble and hard working daughter #3 took on the numerous tasks and chores involved with running the Weber’s lodging house while still a child, due to her older sisters’ careers never allowing them to be home, her father’s early death, and her mother’s chronic alcoholism.
Sensing his automatic disapproval of Constanze, in that same letter Mozart attempted to win his father over by extolling the more grounded and practical traits of the Capricorn Plain Jane from the diva producing family with written words that were anything but romantic:
“She looks after everything in the house, and yet can never do right. She is not ugly, but she is far from being beautiful.”
Mozart’s unflattering praise continued with the following harsh words describing the differences of intellect between himself and his Capricorn love interest:
“She is not intellectual, but she has common sense enough to fulfil her duties as a wife and mother.”
(Be still my barely beating heart?)
Wolfgang and Constanze’s Capricorn Aquarius coupling appeared to barely have a romantic pulse at first and true to Saturnine form, because their union lacked the experience of a “honeymoon phase” their relationship buckled not too long after its inception. According to Wikipedia.org:
“The courtship did not go entirely smoothly; surviving correspondence indicates that Mozart and Constanze briefly separated in April 1782.”
But the Neutral signed union survived. What began as a less than romantic, settling-for-second-best relationship grew stronger over time, with the Aquarian and the Capricorn becoming ever more bonded to each other in mutually caring affection with each passing year.
The brilliantly shining star that was the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was snuffed out without warning when the composer died from mysterious causes at the age of 35. Among music historians it’s generally believed a vast amount of Mozart’s compositions would have been lost for all posterity had it not been for one withstanding factor – the shrewd woman born beneath the sign associated with good business sense, his wife Constanze.
The Capricorn was widowed at the very Saturnine age of 29 and left to raise two children, a 7 year old and 4 month old baby, by herself. In order to support her family, Constanze single-handedly organized memorial concerts honoring her husband’s music. Rallying together some of the best musicians of the day, such as her illustrious sisters, along with one particular gala evening of Mozartian keyboard music showcasing an up and coming pianist named Ludwig van Beethoven, Constanze not only secured a financial future for her family, she kept Mozart’s genius alive for all of us to enjoy into the 21st century and beyond.
The resourceful Capricorn also meticulously organized and compiled all of her husband’s sheet music which lay scattered around their home, eventually making the best deals for Mozart’s work to be both published and preserved.
In the words of Agnes Selby, author of “Constanze, Mozart’s Beloved”, true to Capricorn form, “Her business acumen and competence was a rarity in her era.”
The Mozarts may not be remembered as one of the greatest romances of all time however their relationship is one of History’s best examples of a Saturnine union bestowed with the gift of constancy. Coupled Constancy, which must be said, ensured some of the most sublime music ever written be made accessible for all the world to hear, now and for generations to come.
Popoli di Tessaglia, a vocal piece with the highest note in written music, G flat above High C, composed by Mozart for his sister-in-law, Aloysia Weber, performed here by the French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay. The death defying high notes (with the final phrase being amazingly executed in a single breath) can be heard between 10:02 and 10:22. Just follow the notated sheet music especially as the notes shoot practically off the page with those High G flats!
*Brad Kronen’s book “Love in the Stars” published by Llewellyn Worldwide, Inc. is available for purchase at your local book seller or online at amazon.com at the link listed below.