With one’s moon placed natally in the 7th house, there’s a fine line between emotional support and labor. Having the moon in an angular house equates to a strong position oriented towards “the other”. So, there’s the possibility of a perpetually reactive stance to the feelings and emotions of other people.
How you navigate this space is key.
A developmental lesson of this placement is to understand the importance of owning your feelings and being in charge of them. Also, learning the true definition of empathy will prove to be important, as to be able to make the distinction between identification and sharing feelings with another and allowing yourself to become enmeshed and entrenched in others tumultuous dramas.
This natal position suggests that there’s the potential to form genuine connections with others and create avenues of trust and support. So, to care in a warm and nurturing manner which fosters growth is natural. However, to understand the limits of your support and knowing when to encourage another person to help themselves will prove to be key to your overall emotional health.
You’re not required to digest and carry the emotional burdens of others. Your reigning strength relies in providing and holding a safe, non-judgmental space where active listening and kindness are present, as well as healthy and clearly defined boundaries.
You may be someone who works directly with women or has an emotional investment in issues which affect them specifically. Also, in your partnerships, the open expression of how one is feeling may be valued and prevent unhealthy projections.
If you have the Moon in the 7th House, your theme song is “Give Me Your Love” by Curtis Mayfield. You can listen here:
When Mercury and Uranus hook up in a natal chart, innovative thought which seeks to release itself from the straight jacket of convention is highlighted.
I think Craig Mack said it best:
“here comes the brand new flava in ya ear….. time for new flava in ya ear…. im kickin new flava in ya ear.”
Every planetary placement or aspect in our chart can serve us as an opportunity.
With Mercury-Uranus contacts, we have the continuous chance to infuse our intellectual faculties with new and fresh ideas. To spark innovative thoughts.
Mercury represents our thought process and what we think about. Uranus symbolizes dynamic change, unconventionality and departure from the status quo.
If Mercury touches Uranus within your birth chart, the potential is there not only to shock and shake yourself out of conditioned responses, which ultimately revolutionizes your mind, you can also serve as a catalyst for others by encouraging the same type of examination and questioning concerning the usefulness of the existing thought structures.
Your perceptions have the potential to be lightning quick and accurate to boot. Trusting your intuitive faculties is an important ingredient in this cosmic recipe. We’re talking about flashes of mental insight while in the shower, on the train, driving to work- you name it.
Some astrologers say the highest manifestation of this aspect means genius. I say it can produce someone who not only colors “outside the lines” in life and stretches the boundaries of the mind, but also consistently maintains the courage to stand alone in the face of their ideas initially being branded as “unpopular”, or highly eccentric.
An individual who knows the price of admission to non-conformity and keeps a stash of currency to cover it.
If you have this connection in your chart, it’s extremely important to develop and nurture your capacity for independent thought.
Your natural inclination is to reject the “herd” mentality. So, go ahead and keep developing your new slang and verbiage and let others take their time in catching up.
On the flip side, it’s not a good look when your authenticity is reactionary. When you attempt to be different just for the sake of it. You then become a pseudo-enigma with your “originality” predicated on looking at what everyone else is doing, and simply doing the opposite.
With a Mercury-Uranus aspect in your natal chart, your theme song is “Flava in Ya Ear” by Craig Mack. You can listen right here:
When interpreting aspects in one’s birth chart, it’s important to keep in mind that for every constructive and helpful potential, there’s a dysfunctional and maladaptive one. The relationship between Mercury and Neptune provides an excellent example.
As we investigate the planetary archetypes, we come to realize that Mercury is the thinker and the communicator. It’s associated with our perception, information exchange, speech and our rational mind.
Neptune, on the other hand, is the archetype of all things which are nebulous and can’t be clearly defined. The planetary energy is slippery, and simultaneously enchanting and deceptive. Ideals, escapism and lack of boundaries also fall in the Neptunian realm.
So, what type of potentials exist when these two meet up in the birth chart? On the constructive side, there’s potential for the flowing of the left-brain, right-brain connection. An affinity with symbols can be present and in turn, creates a strength in deciphering languages which speak to the collective in broad and universal terms like film, music, astrology, poetry, etc…
One’s speech may be refined and from the intellectual standpoint they may be able to tune into subtleties that others miss. When this aspect is working, there’s a definite power of suggestion at play. In fact, this is the same suggestion that advertisers use to “tune into” what their audience wants (or what they think they want).
There’s also a talent for understanding how ideas are interconnected which can give a person a great sense of rhythm and flow and the capacity to communicate ideas to others which reflect idealism and inspire creative activity. A visionary with the sensitivity of mind to tap into what makes people tick and assist and heal in the subterranean realms would be a great use of this aspect.
On the other side of things, there can be a penchant for lying by omission in one’s communication, “double talk” and delusional thinking. The maladaptive side of this aspect can manifest as someone who is able to permeate the thought processes of others, but uses it for designs that are less than honorable, such as those that participate in the “brainwashing” process.
If you have a Mercury-Neptune aspect in your birth chart, your theme song is “Hypnotize” by Notorious B.I.G. You can listen here:
Action planet Mars enters Capricorn today, the star sign linked to hard work and ambition, where it remains for the next six weeks until March 30th.
Capricorn is responsible, authoritative and maintains rules and boundaries. Mars excels here as its forthright, direct nature can be channelled successfully into goals, projects and business enterprises.
Traditionally, when Mars is in Capricorn, this is the perfect time to channel your inner ram or goat, plan your strategy and prove your competitive nature.
It’s time to decide what mountain you want to climb next. This may be a literal, physical challenge or an ambitious plan that calls out your leadership qualities. This is your project and it requires you to be cunning, calculated and committed.
While Mars is in Capricorn, aim for mastery, cool control and be fearless about your objectives. Utilise this strong, dominant energy to make things happen and work steadily and persistently to achieve your goals.
However, there are two important factors to point out during this key Mars transit which takes place approximately once every two years.
Firstly, tomorrow, February 17th, Mercury turns retrograde and will be on go slow for three weeks until March 10th. This is significant because it means you have to use Mars’ energy to rethink your strategy, to plot and plan behind the scenes ready to take action once Mercury turns direct.
Secondly, Mars is stirring things up again in Capricorn, where the Saturn-Pluto conjunction took place on January 12th. Don’t forget that Mars is the warrior in astrology, combative and ready for a fight. This could play out in different ways.
For example, you may find that whatever came to an end in January, you’re now ready to deal with it head on and put more energy in to the area of your life ruled by Capricorn. Or perhaps, you rediscover your courage, your get-up-and-go and you’re keen to do battle. When you look back to events last month, you can now see where action is needed.
This is a significant transit of Mars because it’s chasing after the slower-moving planets. Here’s what happens. Notice that all the key dates are once Mercury is back to direct motion:
Mars conjunct Jupiter – March 20, 2020 (22 Capricorn)
Mars conjunct Pluto – March 23, 2020 (24 Capricorn)
Mars conjunct Saturn – March 31, 2020 (0 Aquarius)
Mars teams up with Jupiter and then Pluto in Capricorn. Together, Jupiter and Pluto represent big power. This could symbolise a step up in the world or meeting a person of influence. Jupiter expands what it touches and Pluto’s nature is extreme.
Mars only encounters Saturn once Saturn has moved in to Aquarius, which feels easier than if they met in Capricorn. Capricorn rules the hierarchy whereas Aquarius represents the collective.
During these key conjunctions, you may find yourself teaming up and working alongside other people. Or perhaps, you’re up against strong opposition. Be wary of Mars in Capricorn over the next three weeks and notice what’s going on behind the scenes while Mercury remains in retreat.
You may find that other people are gaining strength during this period. Who else is working behind the scenes to plan their strategy, their next steps? This is especially important if you find yourself in any conflict situation or in a competitive challenge.
Do your best to ensure you’re the one who makes all the right moves while Mars moves through Capricorn, its sign of exaltation.
Here are the areas of your life where Mars is currently active. Read both your Sun sign and Ascendant sign if you know it:
Yes, it’s that time of year again when communication planet, Mercury, turns retrograde and sets off in retreat for the next three weeks.
You probably know the drill by now. This is not the time to make a major decision, buy new technology or transport or make a significant investment.
The reason being that the Mercury retrograde phase often coincides with miscommunication, misunderstandings and false information. There’s a foggy, confused feel to Mercury’s retrograde motion, when not everything is as it seems. Therefore, it’s best not to believe everything you hear or read.
A good sense of humour helps
Also, it’s wise to give yourself plenty of time to deal with things and be as flexible and adaptable as you can – a good sense of humour helps immensely.
Sometimes, Mercury retrograde can seem as if you’re outside real time, when phone calls or communications take way longer than usual and there are more roadworks or roadblocks in your life.
Things can go missing or get mislaid, which is why it’s worth double-checking all correspondence, meetings or arrangements.
Mercury in Pisces
This Mercury retrograde phase could feel wierdly strange as Mercury is currently in Pisces, one of its signs of detriment. Mercury represents facts and figures, it moves swiftly when direct and Mercury appreciates attention to detail and precision.
Therefore, when Mercury’s in Pisces, all these things go out the window as Mercury wallows in the realm of dreams, imagination and emotion.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but it does give you a flavour of how Mercury works in Pisces, the sign of mutable water. Now’s the time to go with the flow and let things be rather than try and crack on or work things out.
Some of you may already have experienced weirdness, lethargy, confusion or overwhelming emotion while Mercury’s been in Pisces since February 3rd.
This is also Mercury’s ‘wibbly wobbly’ shadow phase when you’re moving towards the discombobulating Mercury retrograde phase.
Personally, my car’s been making weird noises so that’s one thing that needs sorting while Mercury’s in retreat. When Mercury retraces its steps, you may find that lost objects appear or you can sort out what’s broken.
Or perhaps, you reconnect with people from your past. The re-words are a key part of all the Mercury retrogrades, review, reflect, retreat, rework, rediscover, revisit, reconnect, etc.
This Mercury retrograde phase in Pisces is particularly wonderful to take time out, go on a magical, mystery tour, explore your creative or spiritual side, ‘be’ more than ‘do’.
Step outside of your usual routine, go somewhere different or dive deep into Pisces’ realm through poetry, music, art or wine. Read more, lose yourself in a movie, love unconditionally, be by the sea.
Be wary of addiction during this Mercury retrograde phase. Also, seduction or playing the victim. This could be a period of lies or deceit and the truth will only emerge once Mercury turns direct.
Keep a close eye on other people too and don’t over-think things. If you need to talk with someone, reach out and ask for help. Worry less, be kind more. Mercury rules communication & the mind and Pisces is the star sign of compassion.
Sun conjunct Mercury [6 Pisces] – February 26, 2020
Mercury retreats back in to Aquarius – March 4, 2020
Mercury turns direct [28 Aquarius] – March 10, 2020 [03:49 GMT]
Mercury re-enters Pisces – March 16, 2020
Mercury leaves its shadow phase – March 30, 2020
When the Sun is conjunct Mercury – February 26th – this is the halfway point of the retrograde phase when Mercury moves from being an evening star to a morning star. Sometimes, this can be a time when clarity strikes as the Sun illuminates Mercury’s retreat motion.
Notice that Mercury re-enters Aquarius while it’s retrograde, a sign in which it’s more comfortable. Aquarius is an air sign ruling thought, ideas, communication & networking. Therefore, things in your life may start to be resolved or make more sense once Mercury is back in Aquarius – March 4th.
Where Mercury Turns Retrograde In Your Horoscope
Pisces – personal goals/aims, physical body, image & self-perception
Aries – sacrifice, inner work, a spiritual retreat, caring for self & others
Taurus – friends, groups, politics, social causes, hopes & wishes
Gemini – career & vocation, status & reputation, authority, future goals
Cancer – travel, study, the bigger picture, life’s meaning & purpose
Leo – joint finances & shared resources, taboos, all things hidden & mysterious
Virgo – relationships, both personal & professional, contracts, enemies
Libra – work & routine, lifestyle & health, service to others
Scorpio – children & creativity, love affairs & luck, fun & entertainment
Sagittarius – home & family, the past, your legacy, where you come from
Capricorn – communication, siblings, neighbours, community, your voice
Once a year we get a Leo full moon. This is the full moon that reminds us of the power of our heart. Our heart tells us where we need to go in order to fulfill our desires. Even desires that are dormant can be found through the heart. Leo is where we find creativity, talent, generosity and ability to shine. We can love big through our Leo. This is the full moon to get your heart pumping and the blood flowing. Even the shy and timid can get their unfettered passion flowing. Shyness and timidity get in the way of Leo full moon.
Of course, in order to have a full moon it means the Sun is opposite the moon and also has an influence. The Sun in Aquarius asks the Leo full moon to take all of his /her god given talent and use it to help others. Aquarius tells Leo, “Find your weird creativity and I will celebrate you and together we’ll go do something good.” This sounds like a great plan and thus the photo of Bob Ross for inspiration. But the conundrum is Leo can be lazy like the Lion in the jungle, it will wish to be honored and cherished but maybe not put itself out there with others especially if it is nursing some old wound. Aquarius’ is telling Leo, ‘Enough with the wound – get out there, help some people.” By the way, how perfect that the Oscars will be taking place during the Leo full moon. Prepare for some fun and weird moments.
The chart for this full moon has a trine with Mars which brings energy to the three- day full phase. If you have a project that you put off to the side until you have more focus and energy, this is the three- day cycle to tackle it. You will give yourself a victory lap of pride (good Leo word) when you complete it.
Neptune is also an influence in the chart with a small aspect to the sun (sem-sextile) and to the moon (inconjunct). The three-day phase could be sensitive with moments of fuzziness or unworldliness. Neptune reinforces the theme of helping humanity, strong waves of compassion can pop up. There could also be some deceit so make sure before you jump in that all the facts are straight.
It is for the most part a lovely Leo full moon. Have fun, find joy, seek play and shine good on others.
As in previous years, I’m taking a look at the astrology for the Academy Awards 2020 to see what it can tell us about the big event. During the last two years, my astrology predictions have been very accurate. You can check out the previous years here:
The astrology chart for the event (see above) is the starting point to find out more and it is an unusual chart. For the first time, possibly ever?, the Oscars ceremony has been brought forwards and is no longer taking place when the Sun is in Pisces. Pisces fits the Oscars theme completely as Pisces’ co-ruler is Neptune, the planet linked to movies & glamour.
Sun In Aquarius, Uranus Rules
This year and for one year only, the Oscar ceremony is being held while the Sun is in Aquarius. Plus, Uranus, the innovative co-ruler of Aquarius is the most elevated planet, close to the Midheaven, the success point in the astrology chart. This brings a whole new feel to the event.
Will the costumes represent the Aquarius theme – think sci-fi, quirky, eco? Will there be controversy, a shock result or an act of rebellion? And, will Uranus play a key role in the charts of the winners and the themes of the Best Pictures?
Full Moon In Leo
At least, this year the Oscars are taking place the weekend of a dramatic Full Moon in Leo, the sign of the performer, regaining some of that glitz and pizazz we associate with Hollywood.
The Full Moon falls at 20 degrees Leo early on February 9th, so the Moon has already entered Virgo by the time the ceremony begins. The Leo Full Moon does, however, show strongly in the charts of some of the nominees shining a light on them.
Venus Sandwiched Between Chiron & Lilith
Also, note Venus in Aries in the chart, ruler of the Taurus Midheaven. Venus, the planet ruling women, is in assertive, ‘angry’ Aries, sandwiched between Chiron & Lilith, a wild mix.
Once again, there are no female directors in the Best Director category, despite Little Women being brilliant, director Greta Gerwig! Maybe, this will be a noted feature of the 2020 Oscars, the lack of women receiving honours in the film industry. Or perhaps, red will be the stand-out colour in the outfits, ruled by Aries.
Lucky Jupiter In Capricorn
Finally, Jupiter is at 15 degrees Capricorn moving closer to a sextile aspect with Neptune, the movie planet, at 17 degrees Pisces. Jupiter is the best planet in astrology. Therefore, it’s always worth noting what it’s doing by transit in the charts of the nominees. Jupiter’s a lucky influence and could help boost the fortunes of Sun Capricorns this year too.
Here are the major categories and the all-important key astrology:
The nominees are:
Cynthia Erivo (b. January 8 1987) – Sun Capricorn – Harriet
Scarlett Johansson (b. November 22 1984) – Sun Sagittarius – Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan (b. April 12 1994) – Sun Aries – Little Women
Charlize Theron (b. August 7 1975) – Sun Leo – Bombshell
Renee Zellweger (b. April 25 1969) – Sun Taurus – Judy
No time of birth for Saoirse Ronan or Cynthia Erivo. Scarlett Johansson has been nominated twice, in both Best Actress & Best Supporting Actress categories.
Cynthia Erivo is a Sun Capricorn. With her Sun at 17 Capricorn and her Mercury (voice) at 15 Capricorn, Jupiter is definitely getting a look in. Also, her natal Jupiter is at 18 Pisces, so the Jupiter-Neptune aspect is creating a dreamy connection with her natal chart. I do think she’s going to do well. She’s up for Best Song and with her astrology, she has a good chance of winning.
Scarlett Johansson has her Sun at 0 Sagittarius and she sometimes wrongly appears in the lists of famous Scorpios. This is her Jupiter Return year, which takes place once every 12 years. Her natal Jupiter is at 12 Capricorn with transiting Jupiter starting to separate. Not many people get nominated for an Oscar in the same year twice, a nice showing of her Jupiter Return year = success.
I loved Saoirse Ronan in Little Women. A Sun Aries with her natal Venus at 13 Taurus, close to the Midheaven of the Oscars chart – see above. However, not a lot else going on astrologically, although no time of birth to delve deeper.
From an astrological viewpoint, Charlize Theron, has a good chance of doing well. A Sun Leo with her Mercury, career ruler, at 20 Leo, directly in the glow of the Full Moon, which took place at the exact same degree. Great astrology.
Finally, Renee Zellweger for her role as Judy Garland. I saw the movie and loved it – Renee morphed in to the character. A Sun Taurus, Renee’s Moon is at 17 Leo, so picking up on the Full Moon vibe, if a little wide. Plus, her Sun is at 5 Taurus, close to the Midheaven of the Oscars chart. Uranus, the unique signature of this year’s Oscars chart, is heading closer to a conjunction with her natal Sun. Renee also has her natal Venus in Aries and her natal Mars in Sagittarius, not at the exact degrees on the day of the Oscars, but another testimony to her doing well.
Astrologer’s Choice: My pick has to be Renee Zellweger for Best Actress and I’m hoping Cynthia Erivo wins for Best Song.
The nominees are:
Antonio Banderas (b. August 10 1960) – Sun Leo – Pain & Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio (b. November 11 1974) – Sun Scorpio – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Adam Driver (b. November 19 1983) – Sun Scorpio – Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix (b. October 28 1974) – Sun Scorpio – Joker
Jonathan Pryce (b. June 1 1947) – Sun Gemini – The Two Popes
There’s no time of birth for Jonathan Pryce. Otherwise, the other four actors have exact birth data.
I’m not sure why there are three Scorpios up for an Oscar in the Best Actor category this year but there are three of them – see dates above. What I did find extraordinary about this category is the Uranus factor and you’ll see why in the astrology below.
Antonio Banderas is a Sun Leo. His Sun at 18 Leo is conjunct Uranus at 21 Leo – here’s the first significant Uranus conjunction of these top actors. The Full Moon on the Oscars weekend is highlighting Banderas’ natal Sun/Uranus conjunction – glorious astrology. He has lucky Jupiter at 23 Sagittarius close to his Midheaven at 16 Sagittarius. Mars is at 25 Sagittarius during the Oscars ceremony. A minor testimony but he could do well.
Leonardo DiCaprio was born on a Sun/Venus conjunction in Scorpio – he is rather beautiful to look at. Plus, his Descendant, the relationship point in astrology, is 3 Aries. Therefore, he’s getting the Venus/Chiron/Lilith influence big-time. This may be about his love life, rather than an Oscars win. No other key astrology to note, except that he’s born with Mercury at 29 Libra exactly conjunct Uranus at 29 Libra – there’s the Uranus factor again.
I love Adam Driver and he was brilliant in Marriage Story which had fantastic acting all round. Another Sun Scorpio, another Mercury/Uranus tight conjunction, both at 8 Sagittarius in Driver’s case. Plus, both planets are conjunct his Midheaven at 10 Sagittarius, which fits the quirky Uranus theme of this year’s Oscars. No further astrology, however, to boost his chances.
The third Sun Scorpio in this category is Joaquin Phoenix, who was iconically brilliant as Joker. He’s the favourite to win and it’s not surprising to see Uranus strong in his astrology – his acting roles seem to be a mix of Scorpio darkness and Uranus genius/eccentricity. He has a Gemini Midheaven and Mercury his career ruler is at 28 Libra exactly conjunct Uranus at 28 Libra, within 3 minutes arc. His Moon is 2 Aries, so he’s picking up the Venus/Chiron/Lilith theme too. The themes of this year’s Oscars’ chart are all there, although it’s not obvious astrology for a win.
Finally, Jonathan Pryce for his role in Two Popes, a perfect theme for a Sun Gemini, as Gemini rules duality. Yet another nominee in this category born with Uranus showing in his astrology: Mercury at 28 Gemini conjunct Uranus at 21 Gemini conjunct the Sun at 10 Gemini. Pryce’s natal Mars at 8 Taurus is conjunct the Oscar chart’s Midheaven.
Astrologer’s Choice: Will the actors share the award equally with Uranus strong in all their charts? No obvious astrology in this category, except perhaps for Antonio Banderas, the Leo nominee. My pick to win, however, is Joaquin Phoenix because of the themes in his chart and the fact he played Joker. If his Baftas speech is anything to go by, he won’t shy away from speaking his mind.
Best Supporting Actress
The nominees are:
Kathy Bates (b. June 28 1948) – Sun Cancer – Richard Jewell
Laura Dern (b. February 10 2967) – Sun Aquarius – Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson (b. November 22 1984) – Sun Sagittarius – Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh (b. January 3 1996) – Sun Capricorn – Little Women
Margot Robbie (b. July 2 1990) – Sun Cancer – Bombshell
No time of birth for Florence Pugh or Margot Robbie. See Best Actress for Scarlett Johansson’s key astrology.
Kathy Bates is a Sun Cancer with Uranus at 26 Gemini tightly conjunct her Midheaven at 25 Gemini. Uranus themes continue in this category. Kathy has a fabulously interesting natal chart with a mutable Grand Cross and a triple conjunction of Sun/Mercury/Venus in Cancer, great for acting. Cancers tend to make good mimics. Yet, the astrology doesn’t leap out for a win at this year’s Oscars.
Laura Dern was fab in Marriage Story but, in my opinion, even better in Little Women. Either way, she still gets a nod and a chance of an Oscar. Note her birthday, February 10th. With her Sun at 21 Aquarius, she’s in the glare of the Full Moon glory. Dern has the Moon, Mercury and Venus all in Pisces close to her Pisces Ascendant – born to be in the movies. Her Venus at 13 Pisces is picking up the Jupiter-Neptune sextile aspect, even if it’s a little wide.
Florence Pugh is a Capricorn with her Sun at 12 Capricorn and lucky Jupiter has recently been doing its thing, bringing her to prominence. Florence’s natal Jupiter is 0 Capricorn so this is also her Jupiter Return year. And, her Mercury at 1 Aquarius is conjunct Uranus at 29 Capricorn, keeping the Uranus theme going.
Margot Robbie is Cancer, born on a Sun/Mercury conjunction at 9 Cancer opposite Uranus at 7 Capricorn. Her Neptune is 13 Capricorn so Jupiter is only just separating from its conjunction. No time of birth to dig any deeper in to her astrology.
Astrologer’s Choice: This is a tricky one to predict as Florence Pugh and Margot Robbie both have strong astrology. However, I’m going to choose the birthday girl, Laura Dern.
Best Supporting Actor
The nominees are:
Tom Hanks (b. July 9 1956) – Sun Cancer – A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins (b. December 31 1937) – Sun Capricorn – The Two Popes
Al Pacino (b. April 25 1940) – Sun Taurus – The Irishman
Joe Pesci (b. February 9 1943) – Sun Aquarius – The Irishman
Brad Pitt (b. December 18 1963) – Sun Sagittarius – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
A considerably older category of nominees, apart from relative youngster, Brad Pitt, followed by Tom Hanks! All nominees have their time of birth available.
Tom Hanks is a Cancer with his Sun at 17 Cancer in a close trine aspect to Mars at 17 Pisces. Therefore, he has a key Neptune transit taking place, very close to his natal Mars. He’s likely to feel the Jupiter influence too.
Anthony Hopkins is a Capricorn and it’s no surprise to find Uranus strong in his natal chart. His Sun at 9 Capricorn is exactly trine Uranus at 9 Taurus, which is conjunct the Midheaven of the Oscars chart. Hopkins has a lot of planets in Capricorn including Venus and Mercury. And, with his Ascendant at 22 Capricorn, Jupiter is definitely strong for him all year. Jupiter’s the religious planet too, great for playing a pope!
Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are both nominated for their roles in The Irishman. Al Pacino is a Taurus born with his Sun at 5 Taurus, close to the Oscars’ chart Midheaven. Uranus is moving ever closer to its conjunction of his Sun by transit. Another actor born with Jupiter (25 Aries) conjunct the Midheaven (21 Aries) – a lucky influence.
Joe Pesci is an Aquarius and the birthday boy. In fact, his birthday is on the day of the Oscars, February 9th. Like Laura Dern, the Full Moon lights up his natal Sun at 20 Aquarius. Another Capricorn heavy chart, with Mars at 10 Capricorn and Mercury at 25 Capricorn conjunct his Midheaven at 28 Capricorn.
Brad Pitt may be a Sagittarius but he has a stellium of planets in earthy Capricorn. He’s never won an acting Oscar but this could be his year. His career planet is Mercury, ruler of his Virgo Midheaven. Mercury at 16 Capricorn is receiving a lovely transit from Jupiter at 15 Capricorn and moving ever closer. He does have a Pluto transit conjunct his natal Venus at 23 Capricorn, which feels intense but Venus rules love, not Oscars.
Astrologer’s Choice: A lot of interesting astrology in this category, a strong Capricorn influence and a close Uranus transit. However, with the closest Jupiter transit of them all, you have to think this will be Brad Pitt’s year.
The nominees are:
Sam Mendes (b. August 1 1965) – Sun Leo – 1917
Martin Scorsese (b. November 17 1942) – Sun Scorpio – The Irishman
Todd Phillips – date unknown – Joker
Quentin Tarantino (b. March 27 1963) – Sun Aries – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Bong Joon Ho (b. September 14 1969) – Sun Virgo – Parasite
No women in this year’s Best Director category. No times of birth at all, except for Martin Scorsese and, quite unusually, no date of birth available for Joker director, Todd Phillips – could he be the surprise factor?
Sam Mendes, director of 1917, is the favourite to win. He’s a Sun Leo, although not close to the Full Moon degree. His Sun is at 9 Leo. No time of birth and not a lot of key astrology leaping out. His Saturn is at 16 Pisces, so if it’s his career planet (you only find this out with a time of birth), the Jupiter-Neptune sextile aspect is playing its part.
Martin Scorsese is a Scorpio, director of The Irishman. He was born under a lucky Sun-Jupiter influence with the Sun at 24 Scorpio closely trine to Jupiter at 25 Cancer. We know his time of birth so his Moon placing is accurate at 17 Pisces. Therefore, he has a lovely Neptune transit of his natal Moon, pulling in the sextile aspect to Jupiter.
Quentin Tarantino, director of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is unsurprisingly a Sun Aries and an innovative director. His Sun at 6 Aries is exactly trine Mars at 6 Leo and violence (Mars/Aries) is a key feature of his films. I find his movies brilliant but quite often difficult to watch. Venus in Aquarius opposite Uranus adds to the quirky aspect of his movies. Jupiter by transit is exactly sextile his Neptune at 15 Scorpio but without a time of birth, it’s not convincing astrology.
Bong Joon Ho, director of Parasite, was born on a Sun-Pluto conjunction in Virgo. Therefore, you would expect him to be super-attentive to detail with laser focus. He has the Sun at 21 Virgo exactly conjunct the South Node at 21 Virgo – themes of the past in his movies perhaps? I don’t know enough about him to conjecture further. His Mars is 25 Sagittarius so his Mars Return is on the day of the Oscars, which is always powerful. Plus, his natal Saturn is at 8 Taurus exactly conjunct the Midheaven of the Oscars’ chart. Without a time of birth, we don’t know whether Mars or Saturn is his career planet. If one of them is, he could do well this Sunday. One to watch.
Astrologer’s Choice: Very tricky to predict with only one time of birth and one nominee with no birth date. I do wonder whether this could be the shock result of the Oscars and either Bong Joon Ho or Todd Phillips snatches the Oscar away from Sam Mendes. I’m leaning towards Bong Joon Ho, although I should go for Sam Mendes, the Brit!
The nominees are:
Ford v. Ferrari
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Usually, the Oscars’ theme is romance and moonlight when the Sun in Pisces dominates. Are we looking for an Aquarius/Uranus theme in 2020 instead?
If so, Marriage Story is a serious contender. Despite its name, the movie is about a divorce and Uranus rules splits. Joker is the odd-one out in a pack of cards, so even the title favours a win. Jojo Rabbit has a bonkers theme with Adolf Hitler as an imaginary friend.
Originally, I did think that 1917 couldn’t be a contender as it’s a war movie, i.e. Mars-ruled. Yet, reading more about it, the two leads were relatively unknown (Uranus is the outsider) and the movie is shot in ‘real time’ to make it feel like a ticking-clock thriller, so it’s not your normal war movie.
Astrologer’s Choice: I wonder whether this result will be a shock too. Could it be Parasite, the foreign-language film that grabs the top spot? 1917 is either going away with a huge haul of Oscars or the opposite could happen and the awards ceremony doesn’t live up to the expectations and hype of the movie.