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Ledger: A Posthumous Genius
July 25, 2008
adds fuel to the tragedy of Heath Ledger's early demise that his
work in the latest Batman film is garnering reviews that call
him the greatest actor of his generation. Although his death was
considered accidental, the quantity of (legal) pharmaceutical
drugs in his body indicate a troubled soul desperate for relief.
Ledger was determined to win fame through serious acting and not
by capitalizing on his "pretty boy" looks. He won an
Oscar nomination for his breakthrough performance in Brokeback
Mountain, and won critical acclaim in his character performances
in other films. He dated Naomi Watts for two years before apparently
settling down with Michelle Willliams when their baby was born
in 2005. They ended their relationship in 2007 and were often
photographed by paparazzi in various arguments.
Ledger had a fiery Aries Sun, his
astrological chart shows that he was an extremely sensitive
individual. His Moon (emotional needs and nature) was in the sign
of Cancer which rules emotions and moods. Mars (drive and aggressive
instinct) was in Pisces where it tends to blur our desires and
make it difficult to achieve them, and so was Mercury (mental
functions) which shows an extremely empathic and delicate individual.
of these planets have been stressed by cycles Pluto over the past
two years, creating upheaval in his life and likely dredging up
(Pluto rules the Underworld of the psyche) old emotions and thoughts
that were problematic. Venus in Ledger's chart was also in Pisces,
showing that he was a romantic and yearned for relationships (Venus)
where he could connect totally with his mate. However, Venus was
opposite the planet Saturn which can be cold and critical, indicating
that he never felt that he was good enough for his partners.
in his chart was retrograde which intensifies the effect even
more and suggests that he was most critical of himself. It is
difficult for someone with a fiery Aries Sun to have so many planets
in water signs in the birthchart since that fire is not able to
be easily expressed. This sometimes leads to depression and an
inner rage. Ledger was in the middle of his Saturn Return at the
time of his death. This is an event that happens to all of us
when we're about 28-30, and Saturn in the sky returns to the same
degree as Saturn in our birth chart. This is a time of either
great stress or great achievements, and sometimes both.
someone who is innately self-critical, the Saturn Return can be
a very difficult time when all of our dreams and longings are
blocked by the Lord of Time (Saturn). Saturn can be a severe taskmaster,
and these two years are best spent in hard work and struggle for
achievement which can then be rewarded. Some people experience
their greatest success during these periods. But many others instead
struggle against the Taskmaster's pressure to grow up and face
the next stage of our life, and for these people the Saturn Return
is difficult indeed.
Ledger's Venus made a tight aspect to Saturn in his chart, Saturn
affected Venus during the Saturn Return which culminated in November
of 2007 (he probably started feeling it in October as Saturn approached
his Venus and natal Saturn), coinciding with the period immediately
following his breakup with Michelle Williams in September of last
year. At the time of his death, transiting Mars made a square
to Mars in his chart, perhaps the irritating influence that pushed
him over the edge. It's such a tragedy when someone so young takes
their own life, never realizing that time is the greatest healer.
the time the Batman movie came out last week, transiting Jupiter
(abundance and opportunity) was making an exact trine to the North
Node in Ledger's chart. The North Node is a signpost that points
to our destiny, and a transit of Jupiter to the North Node often
brings about a significant event that aligns us with a successful
traverse of our life's path. This is a fitting conclusion to the
short life of Heath Ledger.