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Harvey Weinstein – the astrology of sex and power

How appropriate that Harvey Weinstein, arguably the most powerful mogul in Hollywood today and perhaps in Hollywood history, was terminated from his leadership position at the Weinstein Company just as Jupiter (leadership) goes into Scorpio (sex and power).

Weinstein is notorious among Hollywood circles for his and sexual harassment allegations that span over decades.  Over the past few days actresses who declined his advances have come forward to tell their Weinstein stories, and presumably there are many more who did not fight in order to save their careers.

The astrology chart of Harvey Weinstein (born March 19, 1952 in Queens NY, time unknown) shows his Sun at 29 degrees Pisces – the very last degree of sensitive and Pisces, bleeding into assertive and dominant Aries.  The 29th degree is sometimes called the “anaretic” degree and is considered a critical placement that shows a significant lesson to be learned. In medieval astrology the “anareta” was a planet of destruction and considered to be dangerous.  While modern astrology doesn’t take these significators literally, the 29th degree indicates a completion of some kind of karma and needs to be taken seriously.

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The transition from Pisces to Aries involves the lesson of incorporating the assertive leadership of Aries into the compassion and sensitivity of Pisces, but in some cases one sign will react against the other which is what we see in Weinstein’s behavior. The Sun makes no aspects to any other planets (a “singleton”) suggesting an individual who stands alone and finds it difficult to combine one’s energies with others.  (Brad Pitt is another famous Singleton Sun individual.)

Weinstein has Mars (sexuality and drive) in its own sign of Scorpio which can denote a highly sexualized individual.  Depending on other chart factors this can also manifest as a powerfully charismatic individual.  Scorpio dwells in the realm of power as well as sex, and Mars in Scorpio seeks both.

To complicate matters further, that Scorpio Mars is in a challenging aspect to Pluto which generally denotes a complex relationship to both power and sexuality.  I have many clients with this chart aspect, many of whom have suffered sexual abuse or some kind of violence.  I typically do not have the kind of clients who would be abusers, but this aspect of a power imbalance can represent both ends of the spectrum as well as anywhere in between.

Weinstein also suffers from a soul wound – a conjunction of the Moon (emotions, the mother and nurturing) to Chiron, planet of wounding and healing. The wound is exacerbated by challenging aspects from both Saturn (tests and challenges) and Uranus (abandonment and radical change) to the Moon.  Typically this would suggest a difficult relationship with women generally and the mother in particular.  Miriam Weinstein was an active part of the Weinstein companies since their inception, and we know very little about Harvey Weinstein’s actual relationship with his mother that would add any detail but it was certainly very complicated astrologically.  We are just beginning to see how complex Weinstein’s relationships with women are.

Weinstein’s anger is legendary in Hollywood (see t and for a detailed history of Weinstein’s company and some of his more egregious outbursts) and Weinstein admits to seeking help from psychological experts in controlling his anger.  The kind of rage Weinstein exhibits can result from the Mars/Pluto combination, but when you add in the deep wound of the Moon/Chiron/Saturn/Uranus system, it gets amplified and complicated.

The progressed chart is a method used by astrologers to forecast significant times in a person’s life, and right now Weinstein’s core wound is being triggered (progressed Chiron has retrograded back to align with natal Chiron).  Additionally, there is a Gemini New Moon in the progressed chart, suggesting the potential for a new beginning which is a beneficial thing during a time of personal destruction such as this one.

The fact of the casting couch in Hollywood is nothing new, nor is the sexual harassment of women to trade sexual favors for career advancement.  But the power exerted by Harvey Weinstein reached a new degree:

Weinstein is often compared to the moguls of old—the doughty Jew among Wasp elites—but the analogies don’t do justice to his broader cultural horsepower. Neither indie hustler nor studio boss, Weinstein is a different beast altogether, a New York City behemoth with avid fingers in all corners of the pie. He and his brother run a company that released more movies than any other in the U.S. in the year 2000 and had the eighth-largest box-office receipts. To say that the barbarian is at the gate is to miss the fact that he’s already behind the velvet rope and iterating access. 

Unfortunately, Weinstein’s apparent genius enabled him to feed the monster of ego and rage to the point where he was not constrained by the rules that mere mortals live by.

By | 2017-10-11T09:31:11+00:00 October 11th, 2017|People|25 Comments

The astrology of Shia LaBoeuf’s perpetual troubles

Shia LaBoeuf astrologyShia LaBoeuf has been an acclaimed actor since he won his first award at age 15.  His career as a performer began as a stand-up comedian at the age of 10.  But his long history of troubles with the law began before then when he was arrested for shoplifting at the age of 9.  He was arrested again at the age of 11 for stealing.  As an adult, despite his success in films and great respect from film credits, he continued to indicate a lack of impulse control and ability to manage his rage:

  • In 2005 LaBoeuf was arrested for threatening his neighbor with a knife and driving into his car.
  • In 2007 he was arrested for refusing to leave a Walgreen’s when asked by security.
  • In 2008 he was involved in a car crash and arrested for drunk driving although he was later exonerated for the crash.
  • In 2014 he was arrested for disorderly conduct and trespassing at Studio 54 in New York City after which he began treatment for alcohol addiction.
  • However, in 2015 he was arrested in Texas for public intoxication.
  • In January 2017 he was arrested for misdemeanor assault at a protest rally against Donald Trump although these charges were later dismissed.
  • And finally, on July 8 2017 he was arrested again for public intoxication and disorderly conduct in Savannah Georgia, threatening to kill the policeman who arrested him.
Shia LaBeouf astrology chart

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LaBoeuf has the Sun in Gemini, the shapeshifter sign that hungers for experience and easily moves in and out of different roles in life.  His Moon is in Leo, the sign which craves attention and validation from others.  Leo is quite commonly found in the charts of people who turn to acting and other performance modes in order to satisfy the desire for acclaim and admiration.

Like many of us, Shia LaBoeuf had a troubled childhood.  His father, a Vietnam veteran, suffered from PTSD and was unable to support the family.  He reportedly was abusive and turned to alcohol and heroin to numb the pain of his trauma, with violence to the family being the sad result.   We can see the propensity for emotional pain and trauma with the fact that Chiron (wounding and healing) conjoins his Sun (Self).  This planetary dynamic suggests an individual who comes into this life already wounded, and typically our outer circumstances mirror the issues that are shown in the chart.  The challenge for the individual is to face their traumas and pain so that they can be healed and they can become better integrated and more easily able to be a mentor and guide to others.

To complicate things Uranus, planet of rebellion, is opposite both the Sun and Chiron.  The Uranus/Sun dynamic instills a fierce individuality and disdain for authority as well as suggesting a difficult relationship with the father (often symbolized by the Sun).  This is amplified by a challenging square (90 degree angle) from Jupiter to both Uranus and the Sun.  Jupiter rules expansion and confidence, and when in a challenging aspect to the Sun we often find an individual who can be overconfident and reckless, and rarely satisfied with their station in life.  This can serve as a positive drive towards success, or it can simply manifest as frustration and increase the radical tendencies towards rebellion we already see in the chart.

Other chart factors add to the difficult mix:  Mars (aggression and desire) in the chart is retrograde, making it more difficult for LaBeouf to feel that he can achieve his desires which adds to the frustration.  And Saturn (restriction and self-doubt) is retrograde which generally reveals a self-critical nature.

Proving the point that our birthchart does not doom us to failure, Rafael Nadal was born just a week prior to Shia LaBoeuf on June 3.  His Sun is even closer to Chiron, Uranus still opposes his Sun which is also squared by Jupiter.  He too had a   and Saturn is still retrograde in his chart (although Mars is not retrograde).  And yet Nadal has emerged as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, and has no police record.

The Olsen twins have an even more similar chart.  They were born just two days after LaBoeuf, on the 13th.  Their childhood was not as difficult despite the divorce of their parents, and their early success came fairly easily.

No two individuals are alike, even when the birthcharts are identical.  We are all in different stages of our soul growth and have different karmic lessons to explore. Despite the terrible pain we might experience in our youth, we are gifted with the free will to change our circumstances at any time and create a better life.

In 2014, after struggling with an “existential crisis” when transiting Chiron squared Chiron in his natal chart as well as his Sun, he said:

“I’ve been a runner my whole life, running from myself,” he explains. “Whether to movies or drinking and drugging or f—ing calamity or whatever it is, I’ve always been running. I’m a dude who loves delusion. It’s why I love being an actor – I never have to actually look at myself or be faced with my s— or take responsibility.”

At that point he said he “found God,” but sometimes its more important to find ourselves and become more responsible for our decisions and our choices.  I hope that this talented young man is able to find himself before his rage destroys him.

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By | 2017-07-12T14:36:17+00:00 July 12th, 2017|People|3 Comments

The Astrology of Prince Harry’s Revelations

Prince Harry astrologyIn a series of , Prince Harry has revealed some of his innermost thoughts and feelings, something very unusual for the normally strait-laced Windsors of Britain.

Harry’s chart is loaded with the element of Earth – Sun in Virgo, Capricorn rising and Moon in Taurus.  Practical, grounded and anchored in the material world, Earthy people tend to be very responsible and understand the necessities of position and place in the world.  Yet in his youth, Harry was known as the mischievous child, forever pulling pranks on those around him and in school was constantly in trouble, according to Diana’s letters (published posthumously).

Mars in Harry’s chart is in the freedom-loving sign of Sagittarius and widely conjunct Uranus, planet of the rebel. The conflict between this iconoclastic rabble-rouser and the earthy pragmatism is a challenging one and in a conflict like this we often project one side into outer life.  Because Harry was brought up in the tightly controlled environment of British royalty, this need to be responsible to the British people appears to be a strong professional motivator and in fact, the planet of responsibility, Saturn, sits right on the Midheaven (the point of career and public life).  But this Uranian/Sagittarian side inspires him to create change in the monarchy; to modernize it for the 21st century.

Harry’s chart shows a challenging opposition between Chiron (wounding and healing) and Uranus (electromagnetic energy field).  This aspect is quite common in those born between the mid 1950s and the mid 1980s, but no one else alive today has it.  Individuals with this chart dynamic are typically extremely sensitive energetically and born healers.  They have an ability to transmute energy and tend to operate in this way no matter what their chosen profession.  We can see this in some of Harry’s : “It’s really important to speak out. If you keep concerns to yourself for weeks, months or years, they become a real problem. It is not weakness. It is strength to come forward, talk about it and move on.”  This is Chiron speaking.

Most recently Harry has been speaking out about mental illness, revealing the depression he experienced after the death of his mother in 1997.  During the few years after Diana’s death Harry went through a large number of difficult planetary cycles:  Chiron (soul wounding) opposite Saturn (challenge and depression),  Saturn opposite Pluto (death and transformation),  Pluto opposite Chiron (the excavation of the soul wounds),  Saturn opposite Saturn (crisis and restabilization), Chiron square Sun (emergence of a wound to the identity),  Uranus square Moon (lack of stability and need to break from established patterns), Chiron conjunct Mars (a challenge to one’s ability to take care of one’s own needs), Saturn conjunct Chiron (the forced exposure of one’s inner wounds for healing).  This is a lot of hard stuff to work through, especially for a young person aged 13-17.

These difficult planetary cycles can make life miserable, but ultimately the wisdom unearthed through this deep soul work is what enriches our lives and give them meaning.  I believe that this is what we are seeing in Prince Harry today as he emerges into public life as a sensitive and compassionate man with a mission to heal his country.

On a side note, I have been appalled by the number of astrologers projecting doom for Prince Harry’s relationship with Meghan Markle.  Astrologers are unable to predict the success or failure of a relationship based on compatibility – some of the most enduring relationships show high degrees of incompatibility.  Trading on a bet for someone’s future unhappiness seems to me a poor way to gain fame for one’s writings.

By | 2017-06-29T13:43:31+00:00 June 28th, 2017|People|2 Comments

Kim Kardashian and the Saturn Return

Kim Kardashian Saturn returnEvery one of us experiences the first Saturn return at the age of 28-30 when Saturn in the sky returns to its place in our birthchart.  Saturn insists on discipline and order, and this is the time when we face the necessity of growing up and for some of us this is easier than others.  Some of us will rebel and run from responsibility, and others of us will embrace it.

Kim Kardashian recently admitted that she married second husband Kris Humphries because she was 30.  She told Bravo’s Andy Cohen: “At the time…I just thought, ‘Holy s–t, I’m 30 years old, I better get this together. I better get married.'” ()  As reality TV fans know, her marriage to Humphries lasted 72 days.

Kardashian’s Saturn Return began in December 2009.  During 2010 she had a series of relationships before she started dating Kris Humphries in October 2010, shortly after the final passage of transiting Saturn over her natal Saturn, and they became engaged in May 2011.

Many people marry during the first Saturn Return (including me!) and these marriages often fail because the motivation was more about being ready to move on to the next phase of our lives, and less about finding the right person to make a life with.

By | 2017-05-31T15:32:44+00:00 May 31st, 2017|People|0 Comments

Donald Trump astrological update: The “Will He Quit?” edition

If you haven’t already done so, you will probably want to read my profile of Mr. Trump from last year here.  Please note that this post is for astrological interest only and is not intended to disparage.)

The presidency of Donald Trump is now well underway, and it has been an interesting one.   that being President is harder than he thought it would be. As I wrote in my earlier post, Mr. Trump’s chart has Mars in Leo right on the Leo ascendant, a powerful influence that reflects his need to shine in the spotlight and be admired..  Mars is the planet of aggression and independence – Mars does not like to be thwarted or regulated and neither does Mr. Trump.

We would expect someone with Trump’s supreme confidence to have a strong Jupiter component, and we see that Jupiter (planet of good luck and self-righteousness) in the 2nd house of money in a harmonious trine to the Sun.  This trine of Jupiter to the Sun tends to bestow a sense of having been chosen by the gods – there is a tendency towards luck and the kind of success that comes from an abundance of positive thinking.  His Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius Moon helps to cement that super-confidence into a belief system that is virtually unshakeable.

However, there are no planets in earth elements in Trump’s birth chart which would help to ground him and give him a practical sense of moving through the world.  He is all fire and air – energy, enthusiasm and ideas.

One tool that astrologers use for forecasting is the progressed chart which shows how the individual is progressing through time.  In Trump’s progressed chart, the Midheaven (career and public life) is moving towards an alignment with Saturn (tests and challenges).  This influence causes an individual to look more seriously on their life and desire to take on a greater role with more authority – however, there are challenges to be met with Saturn involved.

Click here for chart.  Beginning in December and January Saturn began a cycle affecting other areas of his chart as well, triggering the Full Moon lunar eclipse in his chart which challenges all of his ideas of who he thinks he is.  The Full Moon personality tends to be larger than life, and because that dynamic is also an eclipse there is an unmasking of the emotions that can be difficult to manage. This Saturn cycle will last throughout 2017.

Beginning in May we will see (and are already seeing) a shakeup (Uranus) in the relationships and alliances (Venus) that Trump has surrounded himself with.  At the same time, harmonious aspects to Mars (aggression) enhances his boldness and desire to act swiftly and without much aforethought although the influence of Saturn will frustrate his efforts to act freely.

I don’t really see anything in these planetary cycles to suggest that the frustration will become severe enough to cause him to quit the presidency.  If he does survive this first year, a challenging square from Saturn (frustration) to Neptune (confusion) will erode his confidence and clarity and make it difficult to find a clear path.  This planetary cycle is usually accompanied by a recommendation not to make major decisions, but of course this will not be possible for the president of the United States.

Let’s not forget that the US Pluto Return will begin in 2020-2021 (just a few short years away), and talk of a constitutional crisis is not surprising.  Pluto cycles tend to bring about intense change and the collapse of systems together with the re-emergence of new ones.  The changes that are occurring in the US political system are merely a harbinger of those changes still to come.

 

 

By | 2017-05-22T21:10:11+00:00 May 12th, 2017|People, Politics|9 Comments
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