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Eating Christian Bale?
Written February 2007
Bale, brilliant actor in the most recent Batman series, was in
the news back in July of 2008 when it was reported that he "assaulted"
his mother and sister (under English law an assault can be physical
or verbal). Now he is in the news again when audiotape of a violent
rant just days before his arrest last summer against the director
of photography for his new film Terminator Salvation was leaked
to the press after being submitted to the film's insurance company.
from an astrologer's point of view, we don't know the time of
Christian Bale's birth (January 30, 1974) because it is likely
that Bale is experiencing planetary transits to the "angles"
of his chart (the points that describe the way we relate to others
and our career) that are defined by the moment of birth. We also
don't know where his Moon is; if he was born before noon his Moon
would be in Aries, and after noon it would be in Taurus. But there
is plenty of other information that we can glean from his chart
to help to explain some of his behavior.
Bale has the Sun in Aquarius, and he has a conjunction of Mercury
to Jupiter in Aquarius as well. I've been writing a lot about
Aquarius in this column because for the past few months we have
had a preponderance of planets in that sign. Aquarius is the sign
of the inventor - of the eccentric, the renegade, and the fighter
for social justice. But Aquarius is exceptionally interesting
in the chart of an individual because it is one of four signs
with both an ancient and a modern ruler. Its ancient ruler is
Saturn, planet of social order and restriction. Its modern ruler
is Uranus, planet of rebellion and freedom. These two planets
are in opposition in the sky right now, and they are opposite
in their very nature. One wants to create structure (Saturn),
the other wants to break it apart (Uranus).
carry that complicated dynamic within them, and for Christian
Bale that dynamic is particularly strong with three planets in
that one sign. On the one hand, he is a hard worker who understands
the need to embrace his responsibility (he also has Saturn retrograde
in his chart which suggests that he feels he has to work harder
than anyone else in order to prove his worth). On the other hand,
he has his own ideas for how things should be done and resists
the pressure of authority. Mars (god of war and aggression) forms
a square, a challenging aspect, to his Sun which reveals his heightened
aggressive tendencies. Mars is a bit of a bully when it is in
conflict with other planets in the chart, and Mars also is widely
square to Bale's Mercury (mind) and Jupiter (confidence). He has
a tremendous amount of energy and if it's not channeled properly
this energy can erupt into anger and rage.
July when Bale was arrested for assault transiting Pluto (death
and rebirth) was completing a challenging transit to Saturn in
his birthchart, the planet that helps us to build structures in
our life but can also cause us to feel that we're not good enough.
Transiting Jupiter (confidence) was within a degree of a trine
to Mars in his chart which would have opened the doors to his
feeling he could express himself freely.
timing of the release of this tape is very interesting, occurring
just days before the Lunar Eclipse of February 9th that will oppose
Jupiter and Mercury in Bale's chart, perhaps changing his fortunes
(Jupiter) forever. Eclipses are known for their power to unmask
that which is hidden and we have a vivid example of this phenomenon
in this case!