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The astrology of Shia LaBoeuf’s perpetual troubles

Shia LaBoeuf astrologyShia LaBoeuf has been an acclaimed actor since he won his first award at age 15.  His career as a performer began as a stand-up comedian at the age of 10.  But his long history of troubles with the law began before then when he was arrested for shoplifting at the age of 9.  He was arrested again at the age of 11 for stealing.  As an adult, despite his success in films and great respect from film credits, he continued to indicate a lack of impulse control and ability to manage his rage:

  • In 2005 LaBoeuf was arrested for threatening his neighbor with a knife and driving into his car.
  • In 2007 he was arrested for refusing to leave a Walgreen’s when asked by security.
  • In 2008 he was involved in a car crash and arrested for drunk driving although he was later exonerated for the crash.
  • In 2014 he was arrested for disorderly conduct and trespassing at Studio 54 in New York City after which he began treatment for alcohol addiction.
  • However, in 2015 he was arrested in Texas for public intoxication.
  • In January 2017 he was arrested for misdemeanor assault at a protest rally against Donald Trump although these charges were later dismissed.
  • And finally, on July 8 2017 he was arrested again for public intoxication and disorderly conduct in Savannah Georgia, threatening to kill the policeman who arrested him.
Shia LaBeouf astrology chart

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LaBoeuf has the Sun in Gemini, the shapeshifter sign that hungers for experience and easily moves in and out of different roles in life.  His Moon is in Leo, the sign which craves attention and validation from others.  Leo is quite commonly found in the charts of people who turn to acting and other performance modes in order to satisfy the desire for acclaim and admiration.

Like many of us, Shia LaBoeuf had a troubled childhood.  His father, a Vietnam veteran, suffered from PTSD and was unable to support the family.  He reportedly was abusive and turned to alcohol and heroin to numb the pain of his trauma, with violence to the family being the sad result.   We can see the propensity for emotional pain and trauma with the fact that Chiron (wounding and healing) conjoins his Sun (Self).  This planetary dynamic suggests an individual who comes into this life already wounded, and typically our outer circumstances mirror the issues that are shown in the chart.  The challenge for the individual is to face their traumas and pain so that they can be healed and they can become better integrated and more easily able to be a mentor and guide to others.

To complicate things Uranus, planet of rebellion, is opposite both the Sun and Chiron.  The Uranus/Sun dynamic instills a fierce individuality and disdain for authority as well as suggesting a difficult relationship with the father (often symbolized by the Sun).  This is amplified by a challenging square (90 degree angle) from Jupiter to both Uranus and the Sun.  Jupiter rules expansion and confidence, and when in a challenging aspect to the Sun we often find an individual who can be overconfident and reckless, and rarely satisfied with their station in life.  This can serve as a positive drive towards success, or it can simply manifest as frustration and increase the radical tendencies towards rebellion we already see in the chart.

Other chart factors add to the difficult mix:  Mars (aggression and desire) in the chart is retrograde, making it more difficult for LaBeouf to feel that he can achieve his desires which adds to the frustration.  And Saturn (restriction and self-doubt) is retrograde which generally reveals a self-critical nature.

Proving the point that our birthchart does not doom us to failure, Rafael Nadal was born just a week prior to Shia LaBoeuf on June 3.  His Sun is even closer to Chiron, Uranus still opposes his Sun which is also squared by Jupiter.  He too had a painful childhood  and Saturn is still retrograde in his chart (although Mars is not retrograde).  And yet Nadal has emerged as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, and has no police record.

The Olsen twins have an even more similar chart.  They were born just two days after LaBoeuf, on the 13th.  Their childhood was not as difficult despite the divorce of their parents, and their early success came fairly easily.

No two individuals are alike, even when the birthcharts are identical.  We are all in different stages of our soul growth and have different karmic lessons to explore. Despite the terrible pain we might experience in our youth, we are gifted with the free will to change our circumstances at any time and create a better life.

In 2014, after struggling with an “existential crisis” when transiting Chiron squared Chiron in his natal chart as well as his Sun, he said:

“I’ve been a runner my whole life, running from myself,” he explains. “Whether to movies or drinking and drugging or f—ing calamity or whatever it is, I’ve always been running. I’m a dude who loves delusion. It’s why I love being an actor – I never have to actually look at myself or be faced with my s— or take responsibility.”

At that point he said he “found God,” but sometimes its more important to find ourselves and become more responsible for our decisions and our choices.  I hope that this talented young man is able to find himself before his rage destroys him.

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By | 2017-07-12T14:36:17+00:00 July 12th, 2017|People|3 Comments

The Astrology of Prince Harry’s Revelations

Prince Harry astrologyIn a series of recent interviews, Prince Harry has revealed some of his innermost thoughts and feelings, something very unusual for the normally strait-laced Windsors of Britain.

Harry’s chart is loaded with the element of Earth – Sun in Virgo, Capricorn rising and Moon in Taurus.  Practical, grounded and anchored in the material world, Earthy people tend to be very responsible and understand the necessities of position and place in the world.  Yet in his youth, Harry was known as the mischievous child, forever pulling pranks on those around him and in school was constantly in trouble, according to Diana’s letters (published posthumously).

Mars in Harry’s chart is in the freedom-loving sign of Sagittarius and widely conjunct Uranus, planet of the rebel. The conflict between this iconoclastic rabble-rouser and the earthy pragmatism is a challenging one and in a conflict like this we often project one side into outer life.  Because Harry was brought up in the tightly controlled environment of British royalty, this need to be responsible to the British people appears to be a strong professional motivator and in fact, the planet of responsibility, Saturn, sits right on the Midheaven (the point of career and public life).  But this Uranian/Sagittarian side inspires him to create change in the monarchy; to modernize it for the 21st century.

Harry’s chart shows a challenging opposition between Chiron (wounding and healing) and Uranus (electromagnetic energy field).  This aspect is quite common in those born between the mid 1950s and the mid 1980s, but no one else alive today has it.  Individuals with this chart dynamic are typically extremely sensitive energetically and born healers.  They have an ability to transmute energy and tend to operate in this way no matter what their chosen profession.  We can see this in some of Harry’s recent interviews: “It’s really important to speak out. If you keep concerns to yourself for weeks, months or years, they become a real problem. It is not weakness. It is strength to come forward, talk about it and move on.”  This is Chiron speaking.

Most recently Harry has been speaking out about mental illness, revealing the depression he experienced after the death of his mother in 1997.  During the few years after Diana’s death Harry went through a large number of difficult planetary cycles:  Chiron (soul wounding) opposite Saturn (challenge and depression),  Saturn opposite Pluto (death and transformation),  Pluto opposite Chiron (the excavation of the soul wounds),  Saturn opposite Saturn (crisis and restabilization), Chiron square Sun (emergence of a wound to the identity),  Uranus square Moon (lack of stability and need to break from established patterns), Chiron conjunct Mars (a challenge to one’s ability to take care of one’s own needs), Saturn conjunct Chiron (the forced exposure of one’s inner wounds for healing).  This is a lot of hard stuff to work through, especially for a young person aged 13-17.

These difficult planetary cycles can make life miserable, but ultimately the wisdom unearthed through this deep soul work is what enriches our lives and give them meaning.  I believe that this is what we are seeing in Prince Harry today as he emerges into public life as a sensitive and compassionate man with a mission to heal his country.

On a side note, I have been appalled by the number of astrologers projecting doom for Prince Harry’s relationship with Meghan Markle.  Astrologers are unable to predict the success or failure of a relationship based on compatibility – some of the most enduring relationships show high degrees of incompatibility.  Trading on a bet for someone’s future unhappiness seems to me a poor way to gain fame for one’s writings.

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By | 2017-06-29T13:43:31+00:00 June 28th, 2017|People|2 Comments

Kim Kardashian and the Saturn Return

Kim Kardashian Saturn returnEvery one of us experiences the first Saturn return at the age of 28-30 when Saturn in the sky returns to its place in our birthchart.  Saturn insists on discipline and order, and this is the time when we face the necessity of growing up and for some of us this is easier than others.  Some of us will rebel and run from responsibility, and others of us will embrace it.

Kim Kardashian recently admitted that she married second husband Kris Humphries because she was 30.  She told Bravo’s Andy Cohen: “At the time…I just thought, ‘Holy s–t, I’m 30 years old, I better get this together. I better get married.'” (reported by Fox News)  As reality TV fans know, her marriage to Humphries lasted 72 days.

Kardashian’s Saturn Return began in December 2009.  During 2010 she had a series of relationships before she started dating Kris Humphries in October 2010, shortly after the final passage of transiting Saturn over her natal Saturn, and they became engaged in May 2011.

Many people marry during the first Saturn Return (including me!) and these marriages often fail because the motivation was more about being ready to move on to the next phase of our lives, and less about finding the right person to make a life with.

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By | 2017-05-31T15:32:44+00:00 May 31st, 2017|People|0 Comments

The Astrology of the S-town podcast

S town astrologyThis post will be most interesting to those of you who have listened to this podcast.  If you haven’t yet heard it you might want to take a listen before reading the post, it will be much more revealing. 

S-Town is a serial podcast from the folks that bring you This American Life.  It begins as a story about a murder, and ends up as something else entirely.  Along the way, the darkness of a human soul is revealed. It’s a fascinating psychological study of a man imprisoned by his own rage and self-loathing and the layers of mysteries that lie within the people surrounding him.

I recently took a long flight and listened to most of the seven episode podcast on the way home and over the following couple of days.  At the very end of the series the birth date of the main character, John B. McLemore, was revealed:  March 15, 1968.  I wanted to learn more about this guy and delved into his chart.

I’ve tried not to reveal any podcast spoilers for those of you who intend to listen.

John B. McLemore was a southern gentleman who lived in Woodstock Alabama, which he calls S-town (using the full expletive rather than the polite version).  The story is full of twists and turns like the maze which John grew on the farm on which he lives.  Over the course of the podcast we learn that he is brilliant, but desperately unhappy and lonely – that he hates his life but feels trapped within it.

This is a theme that many of my clients struggle with – they want to change but they feel they lack the courage or the will to take the necessary steps to get there.  I usually see this as a fire problem – a weakness in the fire element or in Mars that keeps them from being able to take action.

McLemore’s chart (click to enlarge) is fascinating.  Born with the Sun in watery Pisces, his natural tendency is to go with the flow.  He is sensitive and finds boundaries difficult – Pisces is the sign of the ocean and boundaries simply stop the flow and prevent its easy trajectory.  Chiron (wounding and healing) conjoins his Sun, indicating a deep and painful soul wound that requires conscious growth in order to heal.  Uranus (electromagnetic energy, radical behavior) is opposite Chiron and the Sun, revealing a rebellious character (Uranus opposite Sun) who is also extremely sensitive energetically (Chiron opposite Uranus), and to top it all off Pluto (obsession and transformation) gets involved, opposite the Sun and widely interacting with Chiron and Uranus.

Already we see that this is not an individual who can fit easily into the mold enforced by small town life in the deep south.  Then we see that his Moon is in Libra, creating a longing (Moon) for connection (Libra) – but his Moon is opposed by stern Saturn which creates in him a predisposition to feeling lonely and isolated despite his desire for love.

Mars is in Aries, its own sign, which is the strongest place for Mars.  Mars is the planet of action and shows how we assert our personal Will: what we want and how we go about getting it.  An individual with Mars in Aries has strong desires and a strong Will; however, McLemore’s Saturn is also in Aries which creates insecurity around taking the steps to manifest that Will and attain his desires.

A chart like this does not make life easy.  I have counseled many individuals with similar charts, and often their fear keeps them stuck in places or relationships or jobs or other situations which are ok enough, but not really satisfying.  Often these people want to know when their chart says they will be able to make a change.  Or they want to know where they should move so that their live can be easier.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.  Astrology can’t fix our lives – we have to make the difficult choices and take the hard steps to make the necessary changes that will bring us the satisfaction and joy that we crave.

What astrology CAN and DOES do, however, it to reveal the internal workings of the chart so that we can better understand the inner motivations that create our problems, making it easier to repair and transform them.

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By | 2017-05-20T09:04:43+00:00 May 20th, 2017|Astrology, People, Psychology|1 Comment

Donald Trump astrological update: The “Will He Quit?” edition

If you haven’t already done so, you will probably want to read my profile of Mr. Trump from last year here.  Please note that this post is for astrological interest only and is not intended to disparage.)

The presidency of Donald Trump is now well underway, and it has been an interesting one.  Mr. Trump recently admitted that being President is harder than he thought it would be. As I wrote in my earlier post, Mr. Trump’s chart has Mars in Leo right on the Leo ascendant, a powerful influence that reflects his need to shine in the spotlight and be admired..  Mars is the planet of aggression and independence – Mars does not like to be thwarted or regulated and neither does Mr. Trump.

We would expect someone with Trump’s supreme confidence to have a strong Jupiter component, and we see that Jupiter (planet of good luck and self-righteousness) in the 2nd house of money in a harmonious trine to the Sun.  This trine of Jupiter to the Sun tends to bestow a sense of having been chosen by the gods – there is a tendency towards luck and the kind of success that comes from an abundance of positive thinking.  His Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius Moon helps to cement that super-confidence into a belief system that is virtually unshakeable.

However, there are no planets in earth elements in Trump’s birth chart which would help to ground him and give him a practical sense of moving through the world.  He is all fire and air – energy, enthusiasm and ideas.

One tool that astrologers use for forecasting is the progressed chart which shows how the individual is progressing through time.  In Trump’s progressed chart, the Midheaven (career and public life) is moving towards an alignment with Saturn (tests and challenges).  This influence causes an individual to look more seriously on their life and desire to take on a greater role with more authority – however, there are challenges to be met with Saturn involved.

Click here for chart.  Beginning in December and January Saturn began a cycle affecting other areas of his chart as well, triggering the Full Moon lunar eclipse in his chart which challenges all of his ideas of who he thinks he is.  The Full Moon personality tends to be larger than life, and because that dynamic is also an eclipse there is an unmasking of the emotions that can be difficult to manage. This Saturn cycle will last throughout 2017.

Beginning in May we will see (and are already seeing) a shakeup (Uranus) in the relationships and alliances (Venus) that Trump has surrounded himself with.  At the same time, harmonious aspects to Mars (aggression) enhances his boldness and desire to act swiftly and without much aforethought although the influence of Saturn will frustrate his efforts to act freely.

I don’t really see anything in these planetary cycles to suggest that the frustration will become severe enough to cause him to quit the presidency.  If he does survive this first year, a challenging square from Saturn (frustration) to Neptune (confusion) will erode his confidence and clarity and make it difficult to find a clear path.  This planetary cycle is usually accompanied by a recommendation not to make major decisions, but of course this will not be possible for the president of the United States.

Let’s not forget that the US Pluto Return will begin in 2020-2021 (just a few short years away), and talk of a constitutional crisis is not surprising.  Pluto cycles tend to bring about intense change and the collapse of systems together with the re-emergence of new ones.  The changes that are occurring in the US political system are merely a harbinger of those changes still to come.

 

 

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By | 2017-05-22T21:10:11+00:00 May 12th, 2017|People, Politics|9 Comments
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