Jeremy Piven, Mercury Poisoning, and the Saturn Effect

Jeremy PivenJeremy 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 […]

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By |2008-12-19T19:58:34-04:00December 19th, 2008|People|Comments Off on Jeremy Piven, Mercury Poisoning, and the Saturn Effect

Rod Blagojevich – The Astrology of Hubris

blagojevich-sucks-photoYou may have heard that the governor of Illinois was arrested today for trying to sell the Senate seat left open by the ascendancy of Barack Obama to the highest bidder.  What was this guy thinking?  Evidently he had been under investigation for fraud since 2003 (according to the text of an affidavit in the case), yet he continued to engage in more and more outrageous acts of corruption and fraud.  The court documents are an extremely entertaining, though shocking, read and include items such as these:

  • Intercepted phone conversations from the home phone of Rod Blagojevich reveal that he was considering rescinding a commitment he made to Children’s Memorial Hospital for $8 million in state funds if a hospital executive did not make the requested $50,000 contribution to the Blagojevich campaign.
  • Evidence plainly shows that Blagojevich awarded millions of dollars in highway construction contracts to highway contractors that contributed to his campaign funds.
  • Blagojevich attempted to make the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members that printed articles critical of Blagojevich a condition of the Tribune parent company’s ability to obtain state assistance in financing the sale of Wrigley Field.
  • Blagojevich has attempted to sell the Senate seat formerly held by Obama in exchange for his wife’s placement on paid corporate boards, […]
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By |2008-12-09T20:31:06-04:00December 9th, 2008|People, Politics|Comments Off on Rod Blagojevich – The Astrology of Hubris

Michael Vick: An Astrological Portrait of Frustration

Michael Vick plead guilty today to dogfighting charges at the state level after serving nearly a year for federal charges.  The horrific nature of these crimes, which as an animal lover I cannot bear to repeat in this column, led me to investigate his astrological chart (born 6/26/1980, time unknown, Newport News VA) to look for clues to his behavior.  I am in no way excusing the actions of criminals in this kind of chart research – Vick’s chart did not doom him to cruelty and he always had the choice to choose a different path.

The psychospiritual development of a human being is the result of a combination of the psychological and spiritual factors in the birthchart, the family environment, and the choices that we make at every moment of our lives.  The raw material in a birthchart will not help us to predict which individuals will become psychopathic criminals and a criminal may share a birthchart with a brillliant philanthropist.  It is easier to look back and see clues in the birthchart that can help to explain where the psychopathic behavior originates.

In the case of Michael Vick, his Sun is in Cancer, the sign of emotional sensitivity.  Cancer is a difficult sign for a man – its extreme sensitivity often does not easily find expression in most societies where men are expected to be strong and emotional sensitivity often becomes buried.  Obviously, there are many Cancer men who have successfully integrated the need for caring into their lives but for Michael Vick the Cancer is a starting point in an analysis of a personality which has not integrated this dynamic.

Jupiter (confidence and expansion) in Vick’s chart forms a harmonious aspect (sextile) to […]

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By |2008-11-25T17:15:31-04:00November 25th, 2008|People|Comments Off on Michael Vick: An Astrological Portrait of Frustration

Bronx Mowgli Wentz!

wentzSinger Ashlee Simpson and and her rocker husband Pete Wentz have welcomed a child into the world: Bronx Mowgli Wentz (11/20/2008, time unknown, NYC).  You can tell without even glancing at his astrological chart that he will have quite an unusual beginning!  What a name – named after Bronx, New York, most eclectic of the boroughs, and Mowgli, the child of Rudyard Kipling and Disney tales who was raised by a pack of wolves who goes through quite an identity crisis before deciding to join the human pack.

Bronx Mowgli was born under the sign of Scorpio, at the critical 29th degree.  The 29th degree of any sign signifies a life of transition and growth – it’s kind of a “last chance” to get things right.  This is a significant lifetime for little Bronx Mowgli and there will be a necessity for him to plow into Scorpio experiences that will help him to perfect the Scorpio challenge of living a life that fearlessly delves into the underworld of emotional intensity, passion, and power.  His Sun conjuncts both Mars and Mercury, although Mars (the aggressive drive and instinct) is in Sagittarius instead of Scorpio which suggests that he will be torn between the need to remain focused in the emotional realm (Scorpio) and the need to expand his horizons and search for experiences that are lighter and more buoyant (Sagittarius).  Still, with Mercury  (thought and communication) in Scorpio along with the Sun, he will be an intense little guy who is passionate about everything.

We don’t know exactly what time he was born but we do know that it was Thursday night, so Bronx Mowgli’s Moon is in Virgo, revealing that his emotional nature (Moon) will […]

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By |2008-11-22T17:38:40-04:00November 22nd, 2008|People|Comments Off on Bronx Mowgli Wentz!

The End of Celebrity Journalism?

TMZ 2006One of the things I most like to post about on this blog is celebrity profiles and profiles on celebrity couples.  First of all, with Gemini rising I love a good gossip.  But more important, they make great demonstrations of how great a tool astrology can be to help understand the underlying personality characteristics that drive us to behave in certain ways.

Pluto’s travel through Sagittarius, the sign that rules, among other things, journalism, entertainment and celebrity, has brought the passion for celebrity journalism to an obsessive (Pluto) crescendo.  Princess Diana was supposedly killed (Pluto) fleeing a pack of papparazzi (Sagittarius) back in 1995.  The furor over Paris Hilton and other celebrities famous only for being famous is a hallmark of Pluto in Sag.

Usually when life is difficult people turn to fantasy for comfort, such as during the recession of the early 1980s when TV shows like Dynasty and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous were very popular. (It’s an interesting factoid that Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous began in 1982 and ended in 1995, following exactly the timing of Pluto’s trip through Scorpio).  But with Pluto  soon to be firmly settled into Capricorn for the next 15 years, the obsessive interest in celebrity seems to be on the wane.

This is nowhere more evident than in the decline of, one of the brashest and most Sagittarian of the celebrity blogs:

It would be unrealistic to say the end is near for, the gossip website founded by Harvey Levin that Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic tirade put on the map. But all signs are pointing to trouble for the AOL-Telepictures celebrity venture. Readership is down. So is revenue. […]

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By |2008-11-17T17:51:29-04:00November 17th, 2008|People|Comments Off on The End of Celebrity Journalism?
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