Say it ain’t so, Joe.
Power couple Sofía Vergara and Joe Manganiello have separated and are divorcing after seven years together.
The offensively beautiful pair wed in a lavish Palm Beach ceremony in November 2015 in front of 400 guests, a riot of white flowers and a surprise performance by Pitbull.
What Mr. Worldwide hath put together let no man put asunder — or so we hoped.
The ever watchful eyebrows of the internet were raised earlier this summer when the pair listed their Beverly Hills mansion and all but disappeared from one another’s social media feeds and personal celebrations.
The nail in the coffin of their union may have come in the form of Manganiello chilly birthday message to Vergara and her cryptic reference to the optimistic practice of lemon squeezing.
Vergara rang in her 51st trip around the sun in Italy, looking hot as hellfire and surrounded by a collection of close friends that notably did not include her husband.
Just a few days later, the pair told Page Six in a joint statement: “We have made the difficult decision to divorce. As two people that love and care for one another very much, we politely ask for respect of our privacy at this time as we navigate this new phase of our lives.”
Recent reports suggest that Manganiello’s sobriety journey played a part in their parting. The “True Blood,” stud has been sober since the early aughts while Vergara is known to let the good times roll and the liquor flow.
The couple has yet to reveal a cause or lay blame for their separation leading us to turn to the mirror of astrology to discern what aspects drew these two beauties together and what may have turned them towards divergent paths. Read on to learn more.
In terms of zodiac compatibility, Vergara and Manganiello are a case of cardinal opposites attracting; getting along and getting it on like a house on fire.
Born December 28, 1976 Joe Manganiello is a cardinal daddy with his sun in sea goat Capricorn and moon in the fire forged sign of Aries. Born July 10, 1972, Sofía Vergara is a double Cancer with both her sun and moon falling in the lunar waters of the crab.
Manganiello’ sun in Capricorn sits opposite Vergara’s sun in Cancer on the zodiac wheel, a powerful force for instantaneous and intense magnetic attraction. While there is polarity at play in this pairing, it’s less about being wildly different and more about being wildly complimentary, filling in the spaces of the other if you will.
In terms of archetypes, Cancer is the great cosmic, care as control, moon synced mother and Capricorn is the structured, stoic, take your time and do it right, wear the pants and take out the trash daddy of the zodiac.
When their powers combine you get a true yin/yang, give/take, build/nourish dynamic. Not for nothing folks, Capricorn rules the bones and Cancer the breasts; together providing form and food, structure and sustenance.
Both of these cardinal signs are concerned with security and investment but their approaches are markedly different. For Capricorn the investment is time and for Cancer it is emotion but in both cases, trust, foundational strength and a willingness to sacrifice the needs of the self for the benefit of the whole are top priorities.
As, Manganiello told “People,” magazine in 2020: “I knew pretty quickly that I could trust her, and she knew pretty quickly that she could trust me. And we’re both the kind of people who are capable of putting the other person ahead of ourselves.
I was capable of putting her wishes ahead of mine, whatever they were, and she was capable of doing the same. Once you have that, you don’t let go of it.”
The combination of Manganiello’s initiating, up front sun and impatient infernal moon equates to a dude that is clear about his worth and unapologetic about his wants. We see this in our man’s pursuit of Vergara which began mere moments after he learned she had split from her ex-fiancee Nick Loeb.
After getting Vergara’s number from her “Modern Family” co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Manganiello flew to New Orleans to take Vergara on their first date, carrying a copy of People’s 2014 Hottest Hollywood Bachelor issue (which ordained him number one); within five months they were cohabitating and within six they were engaged. Cardinal signs, quick on the draw and ready to commit folks.
Vergara has Mercury, planet of communication and Mars, planet of drive and desire in the fixed fires of Leo. Apropos of Vergara’s Leo Mars ‘worship me’ energy, she has taken the breakup in stride and gone full blown goddess mode on her IG, posting topless sunbathing photos from her Italian vacation.
Manganiello Saturn, planet of restriction and scarcity, is in strong conjunction with Vergara’s Mercury, suggesting that while he lends stability his reservations about communication and hesitation to go bold when it comes to gestures may hurt the ‘give me passion or give me death’ modality of Vergara. This aspect also explains the aforementioned bloodless birthday greeting.
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Aspects giveth and taketh away
The feeling of fate driving the crazy train of love and karma calling forth from the loins is emphasized by the square aspect betwixt Vergara’s moon in Cancer and Manganiello’s Pluto, planet of sex, death and transformation in Libra. Soul baring, secret sharing, edging and healing abound with this kind of chemistry though there is the sense that disparate lifestyles, backgrounds and pain points may prove too great to stand the test of time.
The purpose of this attraction is to transform with and through the other but there’s no guarantees the selves that wait on the other side of that saga will be meant to last.In a similar vein, Vergara’s moon in Cancer forms a strong trine with Manganiello’s Uranus in Scorpio. The moon is the emotional underbelly and Uranus is the planet of lightning and sudden change.
This aspect is indicative of an otherworldly connection/gravitational sexual attraction; fast, furious and fated my babies. With Uranus in the mix, the unexpected and the upending is par for the course and it is all but guaranteed that these two were gifted sudden revelation and deep healing by their time together. It may not have been built for forever but it served the higher purpose and future selves of both of them, the finest thing we can offer one another in partnership.
It is important to note that divorce is not failure but acknowledgement of the need to grow up and away from a formerly fortifying root system. With this in mind, we wish both Vergara and Manganiello the full sprawl and fresh air of new branches.
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Astrologer Reda Wigle researches and irreverently reports back on planetary configurations and their effect on each zodiac sign. Her horoscopes integrate history, poetry, pop culture and personal experience. She is also an accomplished writer who has profiled a variety of artists and performers, as well as extensively chronicled her experiences while traveling. Among the many intriguing topics she has tackled are cemetery etiquette, her love for dive bars, Cuban Airbnbs, a “girls guide” to strip clubs and the “weirdest” foods available abroad.
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