On Facebook today I read both lavish praise and harsh criticism for Jodie Foster’s speech in which she finally opened up about what everyone already knew, that she was in a 20-year relationship with another woman, her “ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life, my confessor, ski buddy, consiglieri, [and] most beloved BFF of 20 years.”

Ms. Foster has a few things going on in her chart: her Chiron return which occurs for everyone at around age 51 and which brings up old wounds so that they can be processed and released, has been culminating for the past week or so.  And just in time for her speech, transiting Jupiter (planet of confidence and optimism, inspiring expansion and a life of meaning, made a harmonious trine to her progressed Ascendant, the evolving image that she presents to the world.

Transiting Uranus, the planet of sudden change and events which force us to be authentic and true to ourselves. has been running over the IC of her chart, opposite the Midheaven of public life.  This transit generally opens up our inner world (the IC) first and then that opening by necessity expands to the outer world (Midheaven).  Ms. Foster alluded to retirement in the speech:

“The actress, who began appearing in TV commercials when she was three, also sparked rumors that she was retiring. “This feels like the end of one era and the beginning of something else,” Foster said. “Scary and exciting and now what? Well, I may never be up on this stage again, on any stage for that matter. Change, you gotta love it. I will continue to tell stories, to move people by being moved, the greatest job in the world. It’s just that from now on, I may be holding a different talking stick.”

In addition, a strong square from Mars (the aggressive instinct)  in her progressed (evolving) chart to Mercury (communication) in her natal chart ensured a powerful and unapologetic speech.

All of this happened for Ms. Foster personally just as the two liberation planets (Jupiter and Uranus) harmonized with each other in the sky.  Freedom and liberation are highlighted now, and she was well poised for that ride.

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