Jeremy Piven has left the Broadway production of Speed the Plow after being diagnosed with mercury poisoning. Piven, who apparently eats lots of sushi and eats some kind of fish twice a day, sought medical treatment for exhaustion and excessive fatigue. He was found to have elevated mercury levels that were five to six times the normal level.
Clearly, this is a medical condition rather than a psychosomatic one. But the timing of it is interesting in light of Saturn transits that Piven is going through right now. Jeremy Piven (born 7/26/1965, time unknown, NY), like others of his generation, has Uranus and Pluto conjunct in his birthchart. The conjunction of Uranus (revolutionary change) and Pluto (death and transformation) in the mid-1960s was a time of tremendous cultural transformation and radical change, and those individuals born between 1963 and 1968 carry this archetype in their chart. In Piven’s case, the planet Saturn is opposite Uranus and Pluto in his chart, signifying an inner battle between that force for transformation (Uranus/Pluto) and the need for conservative application of diligence and effort (Saturn).
When we have a major planetary system like this in our birthchart, a transiting planet affecting one of the planets in the system has a longer-lasting effect on the entire system. In Piven’s case, transiting Saturn made a pass over Uranus and Pluto in his chart in September as he was preparing for the opening of the play, and by October when the play opened Saturn had moved to a point exactly opposite Saturn in his birthchart. A transit of Saturn to Saturn’s place in the natal chart occurs every seven years and generally stimulates a challenge of some kind. Very little […]