Mention Venus and Mars and we automatically think sex.
And while that’s undeniably true, let’s not forget that by definition, sex is as creative as it is procreative.
Many artists, writers, visionaries and creative types have either Venus and Mars conjoined or in hard aspect to one another in their natal charts, and this week, Venus and Mars in early Aries (just past the world axis) promises fierce competition, controversy and saucy fireworks at the 87th Academy Awards.
Though not a favorite to win, watch for Reese Witherspoon (nominated for Wild) to shimmer and shine. Born on March 22, 1976, the transiting Venus/Mars conjunction right on her Sun is bound to add extra buzz and electricity. Enough for a win? Probably not, but her presence will be that much more scintillating. Aries Keira Knightley, (b March 26, 1985) up for best supporting actress for her performance in The Imitation Game may also benefit from that Venus/Mars stardust. She’s just completed her first Saturn-return and though not a favorite to win tonight, her star will surely continue to rise in the coming years.
(More on Venus/Mars and what the meet-up means in YOUR chart in a later post)
The Academy Awards Show becomes more and more controversial with each passing year with many critical of how and why films and/or actors and directors are either nominated or “snubbed”. I personally adored The Grand Budapest Hotel. But does it have a chance in hell of winning against Boyhood ( the 12-year Jupiter cycle saga was so-so to me) or Birdman or American Sniper?? Probably not.
The omission of Selma, the story of how the 1965 Civil Rights Act came to be, has had many crying “foul”. Equally divisive has been the conversation about the glorification of guns and the amount of violence and killing in American Sniper, the Chris Kyle bio pic. Here is a well-written account by real-life American Sniper, Garett Reppenhagen who passionately argues against the hero-worship of the military initiatives in Iraq and ensuing bloodshed.
But the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences never claimed to be a democracy. And is there any environment that is more unforgiving and less fair than show business? As a rule, the Academy has a way of self-correcting. Most of the time (OK, not always), if someone has been overlooked one or more years, they tend to get recognized down the line.
As you might expect, transiting Jupiter in Leo has delivered several Sun in Leo nominees: Richard Linklater (director of Boyhood, b July 30, 1960), Alejandro Gonzales Iñarritu (director of Birdman b. Aug 15, 1963), Steve Carell (best actor, Foxcatcher b. Aug 16, 1962), and Edward Norton (supporting actor, Birdman, b. Aug 18, 1969).
Also interesting is the November 6th birthday that Ethan Hawke (b 1970) and Emma Stone (b 1988) have in common. Hawke is nominated for Boyhood, and Stone for Birdman.
Most fascinating and eye-opening are the group of actors born between January 5-9 with transiting Pluto conjoining their respective Capricorn Suns and Uranus squaring it. Last year we saw Scorpio Matthew McConaughey bring home the prize after a south node Solar Eclipse and Saturn station on his Sun. This year, Pluto seems to be playing a key role in delivering Oscar gold.
Saturn-ruled and ambitious to the core, Capricorns are all about worldly achievement. As a rule, they tend to be in control. When we are experiencing the wrenching and transformative transits of outer planets, we are anything BUT in control, which is why I was so surprised to see the Pluto/ Uranus square so evident in the charts of four major nominees: Bradley Cooper (b Jan 5, 1975), up for best actor in American Sniper; Robert Duvall (b. Jan 5, 1931), up for supporting actor in The Judge; Eddie Redmayne (b. Jan 6, 1982) up for best actor, The Theory of Everything (Redmayne played Stephen Hawking who was born on Jan 8, 1942); and JK Simmons (b Jan 9 1955) up for supporting actor, Whiplash.
Patricia Arquette (b April 8, 1968 @ 11:55 AM NYC) is said to be a shoe-in for best supporting actress (Boyhood) and I think the stars do favor her. However, astrologically confusing to me is Julianne Moore’s expected win for best actress in Still Alice, the story of a woman with Alzheimer’s. Born on Dec 3, 1960 @ 5:53 PM in Fayetteville, NC, Moore’s birth info is rated AA. She is one of the few we have with an accurate birth time for. Though transiting Neptune is at her midheaven, there is a daunting approaching square from Saturn, little else points to a win. Could there possibly be an upset? Might there be a dark horse in Felicity Jones (b Oct 17 1983)? Stay tuned.
SNL’s 40th, The Clintons, and Mercury Retrograde
Though incident-laden and challenging, I’ve never been one to demonize Mercury Retrograde, a phenomenon that occurs three times a year and is present in about 20% of all birth charts. After all, it makes sense to cyclically slow down and review things every few months. Nor do I feel that Mercury Retro in of itself is a reason NOT to initiate project. As is always the case, all planets, the ascendant and midheaven of a chart must be considered when studying the timing of any endeavor. Case in point: Mercury was retrograde on October 11, 1975, the date that Saturday Night Live debuted and the date Hillary Rodham married Bill Clinton. Both SNL and the Clintons have had bumpy roads but all in all pretty extraordinary runs thus far!