information contained herein is written by and the property of
Lynn Hayes. You may include a portion of this information on your
website without permission, but you must include a link back to
the article and clearly indicate the author of the information.
and Mary Kate and the Astrology of Twins
written November 2007
astrology of twins is a fascinating subject, because the psychological
issues and conflicts that we all carry within us are usually split
between the two twins. Although Mary Kate and Ashley have the
same birthdate and essentially the same birthchart, they are quite
different which we would expect from fraternal (not identical)
twins. But rather than disprove astrology, the difference between
them can actually be seen in their birthchart.
chart of the twins shows the Sun in the sign of the twins - Gemini.
Gemini is a natural actor and tends to enjoy taking on roles of
all kinds. The twins' Sun is squared by Jupiter, revealing a confidence
and almost reckless nature. The Sun and Jupiter are also aspected
by the planet Uranus which reveals their independence and rebellious
nature, but they also have the Moon in conservative Virgo.
Moon in Virgo is much more serious and dislikes the role playing
that Gemini is involved in. The Virgo Moon does not like to take
the risks that the Sun/Uranus personality does, but prefers to
live a life that is more circumspect and geared towards one's
security. To complicate matters even more, their Virgo moon is
squared by Saturn, the "celestial taskmaster." The Virgo
Moon squared by Saturn shows an individual with a serious nature
who feels that they have to work harder than anyone else in order
to have a place at the table.
going into a lot of geeky astrological detail, we see two very
basic personality types here: the radical bohemian actress who
slips in and out of characters and lifestyles and the cautious,
security-oriented type who is a hard working and shuns the spotlight.
We can see that most recently Mary Kate has played the role of
the outgoing twin, rebelling by dropping out of college and taking
on a minor role in the hit show "Weeds," while Ashley
has adopted the more cautious and hard-working persona, the brains
behind the Olsen's clothing line. Ashley is the quiet one who
hides from photographers while Mary Kate adopts wildly stylized
outfits that make her the photographer's darling.
Kate has dominated the gossip pages with her well-publicized falling
out with Paris Hilton over their mutual beau Stavros Niarchos,
as well as her documented bout with bulimia and other eating disorders.
Mary Kate was the first to drop out of NYU (with Ashley following
behind) and Mary Kate seems to be the one that becomes more rebellious
and individualistic (Sun/Uranus), whereas Ashley seems to be more
isolated but grows stronger and more disciplined (Moon/Saturn).
It's interesting that Mary Kate is left-handed, commonly considered
to show that the right side, the creative side, of the brain is
dominant. Ashley is right-handed and more logical. Mary Kate's
academic strength is writing whereas Ashley's is math. Ashley
has a history of dating older men which would fit with her association
of Saturn, the Lord of Time, and is currently rumored to be dating
Lance Armstrong who at 36 is 15 years her senior. True to her
rebellious nature, Mary Kate was most recently linked with Max
Snow who was evidently disliked by her sister for being a "lowlife."
age 21, like everyone does, the twins are going through a double
whammy of Saturn and Uranus transits that can be quite challenging.
The Saturn cycle creates pressure and puts blocks on our desires,
whereas Uranus induces a wild sense of reckless abandon and need
for change. Mary Kate seems to be the one to take on the stress
of the challenges faced by the twins, and it appears that it is
Mary Kate whose health is suffering as well.