Dec 16, 2016

The Lovely Claudette Colbert: Sun Virgo-Moon Gemini

Claudette Colbert 1931; studio publicity photo {public domain}

Trailer for Midnight (1939), a Cinderella-esque adventure about being stranded in Paris:

Born in Saint Mande, France (or as some sources say, Paris) on September 13, 1903 at 8:00 am LMT, Emilie Claudette Chaucoin was the daughter of a baker who moved his family to the US when little Claudette was three years old. She grew up longing to appear on Broadway and in 1923, debuted in The Wild Westcotts and adopted the stage name Claudette Colbert. Follow the bio link, below, for more details or check out this 24-minute documentary about her life and career.

Now let's consider the natal horoscope of Claudette Colbert pictured here with notes added:

Right away we notice a Mercurial, gamine quality to Colbert's persona with both Sun and Moon in the two Zodiac signs ruled by Mercury, the planet of youth and communications. However, love goddess archetype Venus is chart-ruler since the rising sign is Venus-ruled Libra, and also rules her Mercury which is precisely rising. Born at 8:00 am on the dot makes an astrologer wonder if her birth time was rounded off rather than 100% accurate. Still, Libra rising does fit her looks and her profession so let's consider Colbert's personality blend of Sun Virgo-Moon Gemini. Then we'll check out her goddess and romance asteroids, eclipses, and her 9th house Neptune in Cancer which is her most elevated planet.

The Earth-Air combo of Sun Virgo-Moon Gemini denotes one who loves words, has refined tastes, and is quick-witted and playful. Here is both a thinker and a doer who takes play as seriously as she did work. Quickly adaptable, Ms. Colbert possessed analytical ability, logic, and a cool, detached approach to most things, and while delighting in spontaneity, she probably appeared at times to be something of a snob.

In relationships, the twice-married actress upheld romantic idealism but it's doubtful that she became as emotionally involved with people as she thought she did. Yet a settled domestic life and a creative career were conducive to her enjoyment of life and helped her put aside the tendency of discriminating Virgo to criticize. With her Gemini Moon, too many details may have overwhelmed her at times and caused worried moods and pessimism.

In the 'Hollywood Goddess of the Silver Screen' department, Claudette Colbert as a Virgo, the sign of The Goddess and Virgin, had an attractive persona on screen and seductive asteroid Lilith in the 4th house, one of the psychological houses. Of course, her goddess planet Venus was also in sexy Virgo, a placement which adds issues of morality and practicality vs romantic considerations to the picture.

Above, we mentioned her cool detachment which is supported by icy-cool Isis, goddess of them all, in Moon-ruled Cancer in her 9th house of Foreign Lands and *parallel Silver Screen planet, Neptune. As most elevated planet (although in 9th house), Neptune is most visible on the world stage (Midheaven/MC) and with powerful Pluto there as well, we see that her Mercury-North Node conjunction rising fulfilled itself in easy access to public contacts (NN), communication skills (Mercury), and powerful backers (Pluto).

Asteroid of intimacy, Amor @6Pis58, is in the 5th house of Romance and Creative Pursuits so romantic partners may have been met on film sets; Sappho, asteroid of sexual encounters and in the 8th house of Sex, is in lusty Taurus, sign of The Bull, plus, with Venus in the secluded 12th house, perhaps a few secret assignations took place! Her planet of desire, Mars, is in its own sign of sexy Scorpio, after all, no matter how prim and proper she may have seemed!

And erotic asteroid Eros conjoins electrifying Uranus (fighting against tradition in Sagittarius) in the 3rd house of Communications which suggests a form of genius and a novel approach (Uranus) in getting romantic messages across the screen to the audience.

In addition, her Venus and Mars sextile (60 degrees) one another which suggests a need to be in charge (see Mars in Scorpio listed on the chart image), a good organizer, and one who can be assertive when she wants to be. This Venus-Mars aspect identifies an inner conflict of warrior vs peacemaker who is peaceful until provoked (Epstein).

There is more to say, of course, for hers is quite a complex horoscope with several planetary patterns which include an Earth Grand Cross (marked in red), several T-Squares (formed by the Grand Cross), and two Grand Trines (protection; talents; marked in blue) if we count the North Node (public contact) and her MC (Career Point) between: 1. Moon, Saturn, NN, and 2. Mars, Jupiter, MC, a guarantee of career success). Yes, Grand Trine patterns can suggest laziness (things are too easy, so why bother!) but there are massive amounts of energy and dynamism within such a major Grand Cross.

Well, that's my astro-homage to the lovely Claudette Colbert. Hopefully you've gotten something out of it and now feel you know Claudette a little better than you did before!

But if you're still curious about the lady, here is a brief bio of Colbert's life and career along with a bit of trivia (ex: why she preferred that her left side be photographed).

And if you look closely at her photo, above, you may wonder as I do: did the actress suffer from a case of strabismus?

*A parallel in Astrology is similar to a close conjunction and may be used for timing purposes. Here, Colbert's Isis and filmy Neptune are in a sense conjoined and their energies working together as with a planetary conjunction.

Also see Planet of Desire Mars Through the Signs.

Sep 2, 2016

Sept 3, 2016 Hollywood Book Signing Spotlights Louise Brooks

Friday September 2, 2016: Heads up! This weekend a book signing is of interest for all fans of Louise Brooks if you're in the LA area. Check out The Diary of a Lost Girl and event details on the Louise Brooks Society blog.

And while you're at it, view the natal horoscope of Louise Brooks with its prominent Sirius, the goddess star!

Jul 5, 2016

Astro-Portrait: Elizabeth Taylor (Cleopatra!) and a 'BUtterfield 8' trailer

Studio publicity still (Dr. Macro) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Elizabeth Taylor: a Pisces with a Sparkling Venus-Uranus and Cosmic Links to Cleopatra

by Jude Cowell

Splendid, isn't she? One of my favorite Hollywood beauties from her days in National Velvet, Elizabeth Taylor's natal planets show her Sun closely conjoined with thinking and communicating Mercury, both @7Pisces, a sign of creativity, inspiration, and illusion because of Neptune's sub-rulership. One of the actor's planets, Jupiter, is the primary ruler of mystical Pisces. Rising is lucky Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter, and the sign of horses--perfect for her early film role of an equestrian young lady. Of course, Sagittarius is also the sign of the traveler, the foreigner, and The Seeker on a Quest.

Horoscope: Elizabeth Taylor February 27, 1932 (Saturday) 2:00 am UT Golders Green, UK; data rated B for biography sourced. Hour of Mars, Mutual Reception (friendliness) between Moon and Pluto, and Mercury and Neptune; Disseminating (communicating); an unaspected North Node of public contact, with NN in Pisces, sign of The Collective; unaspected, her Nodal axis gave her extraordinary popularity with no input or interference from her planetary energies.

And though her Sun-Mercury conjunction denotes a very subjective self-centered 'idea' person who likes to have the last word and leave an impression, the conjunction in watery, soft Pisces may have softened such egoism a little along with her watery Moon (emotions) inconjunct (150 degrees) her Venus-Uranus conjunction in Mars-ruled Aries (see below). Two conjunctions at same degrees emphasizes those degrees and indicates a strong personality. Venus-Uranus reveals her sparkle and joie de vivre approach to life that gave impetus to her quickly found path to worldwide stardom--though it also indicates relationships entered into suddenly and impulsively and a tendency toward separation.

In Taylor's 10th house of Career and Public Status is a trio of asteroids of a romantic-glamorous nature and they are linked by degree to stars of success, Spica and Arcturus: seductive Lilith @21Libra, Cupid's Arrow aimed by Cupido @25Libra, and goddess Isis @2Scorpio (conjunct 11th cusp 2Sco22). Erotic Eros @4Pisces falls perfectly between her Sun and Mars, planet of desire with Mars in Pisces indicating one who may use subterfuge, secrecy, or passive-aggressive actions in relationships and be somewhat unreliable or inconstant. Sexy Sappho @12Gemini is in the 7th house of Partnerships and Taylor's Descendant (7th house cusp) @7Gem26 holds three midpoints, two of which relate to acting, pretending, playing roles (Sun-Neptune and Mercury-Neptune); the third is Jupiter-North Node (NN of the publicity-seeking Moon) denoting good fortune in contact with the public.

And speaking of Luna, the intensity of her Scorpio Moon was on display in her darker, more sultry roles such as John O'Hara's BUtterfield 8 (1960) and Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958). If you're a fan, you can certainly think of other sultry examples especially with ravishing Pluto in 8th house of Sex! Pluto is at a critical degree in Cancer (the magician!) and conjoins starry Castor, a creative indicator but the star also relates to loss and death. One example you may remember is her early shock due to the tragic loss of husband Mike Todd in a plane crash.

So what better acting role is there to show her brooding Scorpio Moon's ruthless desire for revenge and all that Pisces negative escapism than 'Martha' in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) as she screamed at and slurred with her two-time husband Richard Burton? Academy award winner that film was!

But let's put glamour aside for a moment, for another asteroid played an important role in the life of violet-eyed Elizabeth Taylor and that's Hygeia, a health indicator, conjunct and thus expanded by a close connection to Jupiter in 8th house. Elizabeth's many medical crises and surgeries are well known and naturally her negative escapism urges only added to her health problems (by which I mean alcohol and other drugs).

And we know that Miss Taylor's life did not lack for scandals which in part may be seen via scandal-prone, secretive Neptune opposing natal Sun and Mercury across the Virgo-Pisces (victim-savior) axis of the Zodiac. Yes, Neptune added glamour, masks, and disguises to her personality (Sun) and expression (Mercury) but it also weakened her sense of identity. My suspicion is that the midpoints at Descendant reveal a tendency to role-play in real-life relationships, not just in front of a camera. And with a Sun-Neptune opposition, she may have defied authority, been doubtful of her talents at times, felt suspicious of others, and failed to gain an accurate perspective of reality during her childhood--an issue that may be laid at the feet of her parents.

Then with nebulous Neptune opposing Mercury, a definite streak of inspired creativity remains evident on the Silver Screen to this day though unrealistic dreams and paranoia may have caused personal problems for Elizabeth. She may have imagined conspiracies against her and had some amount of trouble distinguishing fact from fiction--perhaps a useful trait for an actress but not very helpful in relationships. Plus, a suggestion of secret assignations arises...

As for her primary paramour, Welsh actor Richard Burton, his natal Sun-Saturn conjunction @17Scorpio aligns with Elizabeth's natal Moon @16Scorpio. Sun-to-Moon is one of the best relationship links in Astrology, in fact, Sun-Moon is marriage and Burton's Sun conjoined her Moon. Unfortunately, karmic planet Saturn joins the happy solar-lunar couple and though Saturn provided longevity to their union (they did marry twice and never really got over each other!), old devil Saturn also brought loss and depressive emotional influences that interfered with their partnership, This can be felt via Burton's melancholy temperament (Saturn squares Neptune in his natal chart and psyche). so again we see that drinking great quantities of alcohol was precisely the wrong antidote for them both, separately and together, emotionally, psychologically, and physically.

Now penned on the chart in 10th house you see 'PE" which is the Pre-Natal Solar Eclpse Series in which she was born, the 5 New South, which manifested on October 11, 1931. 5NewS themes seem quite appropriate for the events of her life: joy, good news, benefits, and peak experiences like falling in love (Brady). Elizabeth was great at falling in love and with her Moon-Venus inconjunction, tended to cater to or pamper her partners and friends, and with her Moon inconjunct Uranus, she was excitable, impulsive, and spontaneous. Adjustments (inconjunct) may have been made, plus, inconjunctions may denote strains upon one's health.

Well, that's my brief peek at the natal planets of Hollywood legend, Elizabeth Taylor. There are other chart factors of interest if you look further into her chart and I hope you will. Meanwhile, please enjoy the following videos and look below for a few of the cosmic links between Miss Taylor's and Queen Cleopatra's natal planets:

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And here's an interesting 12-minute+ video Hollywood Fashion Machine - Elizabeth Taylor - Part 1 if you're curious or how about a wonderful tribute to Taylor including biographical info and great photos! One pic is of her in costume for her starring role in the 1963 film Cleopatra (see Amazon link, below), now in the Library of Congress.

Astro-Links Between Elizabeth Taylor and Queen Cleopatra

Did you know that the natal chart of Cleopatra is available? Born January 13, 69 B.C., her chart is presented by astrologer Noel Tyl who has rectified her moment of birth via the timing of well known events in her life. This allows us to set up a natal horoscope for the last in a long line of Egyptian pharoahs. As we might expect, there are centuries between their births and yet there are cosmic links between the planets of Cleopatra (69 BC) and Elizabeth Taylor (1932):

Both natal horoscope are weighted on the side of the Water element denoting deep insight and fine intuition. Politically savvy Cleo's natal Jupiter @8Sag conjoins Taylor's natal Ascendant (a fortunate connection) and amazingly the natal Saturns of both women conjoin precisely @00Aquarius (perhaps their fathers had ambition and extravagance in common?)

Then, Cleopatra's Mars @8Libra conjoins Taylor's natal Midheaven (MC = The Goal; Career Point), and Dame Taylor's natal Jupiter @15Leo (royal Leo!) is quite near Cleo's natal MC @18Leo (with her natal Midas upon it--her goal to rule--Leo-- and amass wealth--Midas). As you know, Queen Cleopatra purposely identified herself with goddess Isis and had herself depicted on coins as such. Goddess asteroids are often mentioned here since actresses of great beauty were often depicted as goddesses and idols for the public to worship.

(Curiously, Elizabeth Taylor's Moon opposing priestly Chiron describes one who 'must propitiate the White Goddess (Nolle). A film role for Miss Taylor?)

Plus, the planets in both charts are configured into a Seesaw pattern indicating temperaments that always acted under opposing views with sensitivity toward antagonistic potentials (M.E. Jones). A Seesaw (like a teeter totter) person exists in a world of polarities such as we find exemplified in a horoscope: 1st house opposite 7th house = Self and Other, etc. Unique achievement is possible with a Seesaw temperament particularly if a tendency to waste time and energy in unpromising situations and relationships is avoided.

How well each queenly lady managed to do this I shall leave up to you to decide!


Astro-Note: you may wish to check out Elizabeth Taylor's natal horoscope at since it uses 2:30 am as her birth time and rates the chart AA for BC/BR in hand. The chart shown above is from my Solar Fire Gold software v9, the latest version.

As usual I am way behind with my book reading list but if I ever catch up I'd like to read Cleopatra the Great: The Woman Behind the Legend by Egyptologist Joann Fletcher.

Film Note: a restored version of the 4-hour+ 1963 film Cleopatra is available on Amazon for rent or purchase. Or, simply watch the trailer. That may be gracious plenty unless stilted acting is your thing.

Jun 29, 2016

MGM Official Movie Trailer: Greta Garbo as 'Mata Hari'

After just publishing a post on the confession of the killer of Marilyn Monroe (which lead into mention of WWI spy Mata Hari), I became curious to see if I could locate an MGM trailer for Greta Garbo in her famous role as Mata Hari. And here it is in all its mysterious splender but in Neptunian fashion you might want to cover the eyes of the children before watching!


And you may also wish to be alone with A Most Magical and Mysterious Lilith: Greta Garbo which includes Astrology notes and more.

Did the Killer of Marilyn Monroe Confess? Was Marilyn a Spy?

Well, I suppose the following article has been around the Internet for awhile but it's news to me and I thought Marilyn Monroe fans would want to know in case they'd missed it:

A former CIA agent admits in a deathbed confession that he killed Marilyn Monroe by drug injection. He says she not only slept with John Kennedy (as is well known) but also with Fidel Castro which made her a security risk for the US government. In other words, she was assassinated by the CIA which, rogue agents or not, is the US government. Like Icarus, Marilyn flew too close to the Sun and paid dearly for it.

Personally I'm reserving opinion on the matter until more information is available. Yet I couldn't resist looking at horoscopes within the August 4/5, 1962 time frame of her demise where we can see that asteroid Icarus (assassination) opposes Neptune @10Scorpio+ so if we round up Neptune's degree--that's Neptune, planet of glamour and film, but also drugs, loss, dissolution, deception, and often active at times of mysterious deaths--we find a revealing Sabian Symbol which may relate to Marilyn Monroe's untimely demise and the basic reason for someone insisting that she 'had to die':

"A Drowning Man Rescued". And that would be...President Kennedy, perhaps? Or a CIA director?

Of course, if she really did sleep with Fidel Castro there could be another explanation--that one or both of the Kennedys asked her to hook up with Fidel as a 'secret mission' in order to get information for the Kennedy administration. Usually it's called spying on behalf of your country. Does this sound plausible and something like a *Mata Hari mission to you?


For happier times, don't miss a related post with a movie clip, stars, planets, asteroids, and analysis in: An Astro-Portrait of Hollywood Legend Marilyn Monroe.


*Curiously, Mata Hari's natal Moon @10Pisces is today conjoined by transit Neptune at that degree and Jupiter at Marilyn's death was also @10Pisces, sign of secrets, deception, sacrifice, drugs, and sub-ruled by nebulous Neptune. Mata Hari (nee, Margaretha Geertruida Zell) was born on August 7, 1876 (BC/BR in hand) in Leeuwarden, Netherlands and was executed by firing squad on October 15, 1917 in Vincennes, France. Click or tap the above link for more astro and bio details concerning this most famous of lady spies.

Mata Hari postcard, 1906, public domain image

Mata Hari 3

Jun 5, 2016

An Astro-Portrait of Hollywood Legend Marilyn Monroe

By Self made screen capture from a public domain film trailer Licencing information: Trailer can be viewed here; there's no copyright notice. (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes trailer) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Perhaps you'll agree that the most perfect Lilith-Venus Neptunian goddess of them all is Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jeane Mortensen on June 1, 1926 for she personaifies the glamorous Lilith archetype with her translucent looking skin on celluloid! Add the magic of Hollywood illusion to her natural beauty and you have a Silver Screen legend of extraordinary ability and a life cut short. Her close links to underworld figures and politicians increased the dangerous power she possessed if she ever vowed to spill the beans, a vow I believe she riskily made.

Yes, it is tempting to post here Marilyn's death chart though of course there are several charts to work from given the conflicting evidence and the uncertainty of her exact time of death--or the cause. Poison in the form of prescription drugs would be the method whether purposefully done or accidentally self-administered. If by another's hand perhaps it was via enema or perhaps an injection under a toenail. And though I've always intended to publish on this tragedy for Marilyn's sake, its complexity places it beyond the scope of this post which is meant as a fond tribute so you may wish to check out Killing the Legend for more details, pro and con.

However, her life ending at age 36 implicates the timing of planet Jupiter, of course, which you can see in her natal horoscope, below, @26AQ49 in the 7th house of Partnerships and Open Enemies along with her Moon, also in Aquarius, denoting fluctuating (and publicized) relationships (and perhaps a woman as an open enemy). Marilyn's final Jupiter Return (an approximately 12-year cycle) occurred on March 11, 1962 about 6 months prior to her death. Are there intimations of violence in the Return chart? Yes, and in her natal horoscope, too, but that's an avenue off our main path today.

Now as gorgeous as she is in photographs, we really must see her in action, mustn't we? So here is a brief excerpt from the 1953 hit Gentlemen Prefer Blondes starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell with Marilyn's famous line, "There's a wonderful moon out tonight!"


Before we begin our astro-portrait, you may want to consult astrologer Dr. Liz Greene regarding Marilyn's Psychological Horoscope Analysis. I suspect that Miss Monroe's therapists might have benefited from reading it. And please note that the following natal chart assessment in no way references that of Dr. Greene but is only the effort of yours truly!

The Shining Stars of Gemini Marilyn Monroe

by Jude Cowell

Marilyn's list of goddess asteroids is...stellar (sorry!) and include two in 10th house of Career and Public Status: Lilith @29Taurus and Isis @4Gemini (notated on the chart--please enlarge for viewing). Actually, gold-lover MIDAS is even there as well and even closer to her Midheaven (MC), the Goal Point of all charts. This hints at her famous song, 'Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend' as in the photo, above!

Also near MC on the 9th house side (Foreign Lands) is beautiful Venus herself in Mars-ruled Aries--yet there is interference from wounded Chiron @00Taurus, which some believe is a degree of violence (00-1 Taurus) but let's not go into that at the moment (perhaps in another post or an e-book if my ducks can be aligned). Still, a Venus-Chiron conjunction indicates one who sacrifices herself on the altar of love and we can probably agree that she did just that repeatedly and with her subsequent disappointment made very public (MC).

But perhaps a most telling asteroid for Marilyn Monroe is Demeter, a fertility goddess which is penned directly on her MC and in fertile Taurus, Earth sign of growth and development. And with her Ceres in 1st house (Physical Body), we see Marilyn's focus on devoted mothering which she didn't have a chance to fulfill (or perhaps the abortion gossip was tragically true, plus, rumors of miscarriages). It was demonstrably very difficult for her though I suppose lifestyle choices may have interfered with successful pregnancies by which I mean drug use, including alcohol, and the possibility that she suffered from epilepsy which can be a potential of one of her natal midpoint pictures: Uranus-Neptune = Sun.

(An epileptic condition, if present, could in part explain her always-late behavior on film sets, in my opinion. However, a deep sense of inferiority and her chronic depression were enough to block creative efforts. Years ago--sorry I don't remember the source--I read that she had been taking a drug usually prescribed for epilepsy and it was suggested that it was to aid her debilitating insomnia, if memory serves.)

Now natal Sun @10Gemini rules the chart and makes no major applying aspects to other planets which emphasizes the Sun's sign (Gemini) and house (10th). If you notice on the chart, the shape of it is a Splay pattern, an indicator of one who is very individualistic with many talents and gifts, and this supports her Sun which is basically unaspected but for a minor semi-square to her Scorpio Saturn in 4th house and retrograde (Rx). A semi-square (45 degrees) is also a health indicator due to low-grade stress--here between her vitality (Sun) and calcium-ruling Saturn.

Plus, Saturn Rx denotes difficult father issues such as a dad who isn't there.

Yet it is Mercury, planet of thinking processes, communications, and the senses, that is the Final Dispositor of the chart and all the planets. Dualistic Gemini, as we saw with actress Gene Tierney, is a brilliant and versatile communicator, actor, and much else, even a magician. Yet its burden can be the Dark and Light Twins, double stars Castor and Pollux.

Both stars lend creativity to the nature but also can trigger an inner fear that one might at some point in life "go crazy". This fear, associated with the dualism of Gemini, can play tricks upon the mind especially when a mental or an emotional incapacity of any sort lies within the family such as with Norma Jean's mother who had to be institutionalized. Mother-child issues of loss and separation are often present as with both Marilyn and Gene Tierney, and psychiatric treatment is often needed and sought. This can bring prescription drugs into the life yet again, such a topic is beyond the scope of this tribute (as are the Kennedy brothers, or her other paramours).

As you see on the chart, lower right, I've written notes concerning her T-Square pattern formed by a difficult Moon-Neptune opposition (creative yet irrational like mom; deep need for the 'ideal' relationship; self-delusion) pointing toward her 4th house Saturn Rx (dad; sense of authenticity and authority). There are enough issues within the Moon-Neptune-Saturn trio to keep several therapists busy for years and years and it's overlaid with a Water (emotional-intuitional) Grand Trine if we count the North Node (public contact/publicity, but also related to mother--North Node of the Moon). A Water Grand Trine is a very creative pattern which emphasizes the protective quality of all trines (120 degrees) which are usually considered beneficial (though they can also 'grease the skids').

But for Marilyn, this trine includes the harsh combination of Mars and Saturn so let's say that things could have been more beneficial here than Mars-Saturn with its destructive energy and destroyed vitality implications (Ebertin). After all, Saturn is the earthly father and Mars represents males--one birth father never there for her and probably too many males in her life that wanted to objectify and use her! Plus, Mars in murky Pisces hints at unreliable and/or deceptive males especially with eccentric Uranus nearby--and both planets in the sexy 8th house. Secretive behavior is promised here along with parties (orgies?) and the negative escapism that Pisces is often attracted to. And that goes for Marilyn herself for the sign of Uranus describes how one behaves. Some form of theft may also be indicated by Uranus in Pisces along with the quality of genius. And as you see, Uranus conjoins the Aries Point of Fame and Fortune--though please note that I've mismarked a star conjunct Uranus--Regulus, which should be penned at the end of Leo near her 1st-house Ceres. Mea culpa!

Then for Marilyn's associations with powerful men, we look to her Pluto-North Node conjunction while appreciating her powerful (Pluto) effect on the public (NN). Pluto-NN is also known as the 'tiger by the tail' duo and their conjunction from 13Cancer to 16Cancer+ contains two notable stars and two asteroids. First @13Cancer is Sirius, the goddess star of Egypt (aka, Isis in star lore, and The Scorcher) and Canopus, often found in the charts of film stars who go on voyages. Canopus is also the plumb line with end-of-life connotations.

The two asteroids are Moon goddess Diana conjoined with the North Node of destiny, and Hopi (conjunct saboteur Pluto), with keywords: prejudice and ambush. This grouping relates to Marilyn's tragic and untimely death on August 5 (or 4), 1962 but alas, such an assessment shall remain beyond the scope of our astro-portrait and fond tribute to Miss Marilyn Monroe!

jc June 5, 2016 8:20 pm edt

May 30, 2016

Now Starring! Clark Gable and Carole Lombard

Clark Gable Carole Lombard and Lombard's mother 1939

Image: Clark and Carole with Mrs Peters, her mother; March 31, 1939 {Public domain}

Watch as Clark romances his future wife Carole Lombard in this 4-minute clip from the 1932 thriller No Man of Her Own, their one film together. This clip has no dialogue, only very distracting music, so I recommend that you mute the sound and watch the lovebirds in action:

Astro-Notes on the Life and Loves of Clark Gable (February 1, 1901--November 16, 1960)

by Jude Cowell

First I should say that mentions alternate birth times and more bio details concerning Carole Lombard (nee, Jane Alice Peters) and a brief bio on 'The King of Hollywood' Clark Gable if you're curious. Gable's birth hour is based on a published newspaper clipping showing the delivery doctor's receipt ($10) for baby Gable's entry into the world. Sadly, his mother died during his infancy but dad remarried a lady who treated the future actor kindly.

If you're looking for more details, the TV show Biography did a 45-minute documentary on the life of Clark Gable which you might find interesting. In it there's a photo of Clark before his teeth were repaired and his smile looks really rather awful. Good thing his first wife, acting coach Josephine Dillon, had his teeth "improved" as he began his acting career! Josephine was 14 years his senior, wealthy 2nd wife Mrs. Ria Langham was 17 years his senior, and here we see Gable's rising Venus in Capricorn describing his early attraction (Venus) to mature, established (Capricorn) women:

Horoscope: William Clark Gable Feb 1, 1901 5:30 am CST Cadiz, Ohio; Solar Fire software v9.1

Hour of the Sun; Gibbous Moon phase (153 degr); chart-ruler Saturn strong in Capricorn denoting a formidable will and a self-centered personality; an abundance of Saturnian Capricorn energy is evident and only balanced opposite by Moon (reigning need) in her own sign of Cancer; Cancer-Capricorn = Mom and Dad; Chiron in Capricorn denotes a survivor against all odds to whom power, success, and social status are very important (Nolle); the critical degrees of 20Cancer/20Capricorn are on the Ascendant-Descendant axis emphasizing Relationships as a driving motivation in life, and a Moon-Saturn opposition hints at loss of a mother's love causing a tendency toward emotional depression.

And with Saturn-ruled Capricorn rising there is often hardship at birth and/or in early childhood--and never knowing one's birth mother is certainly that. This sense of loss is also seen in his Moon-Saturn opposition via his Cancer Moon (mother; family) in the 6th house of Health. Cancer-Capricorn (mother-father) is the security and parental axis of the horoscope and Saturn is a karmic planet with a potential for bringing loss and separation if conditions are right.

And since Saturn rules bones and teeth, dental problems are typical. However, it isn't only Venus in Capricorn, as you see. For Saturn, the old man himself, is strong in his own sign and rising just before Venus as do Jupiter @2Cap43 and Wounded Healer Chiron @1Cap53! That's a huge bunch of Saturnian vibes for anyone yet Capricorn is a musical sign and Clark showed early promise there.

Now his 1st house Sun in Aquarius (Saturn-Uranus) is in a stressful aspect (inconjunct, 150 degrees) with natal Moon and this has a health connotation. Actually, Clark Gable may have abused his own health with this Sun-Moon aspect and may have found it difficult to leave old relationships behind. Great sympathy for others is denoted and of course you know that Aquarius is the sign of the humanitarian (also, the mad scientist and more but those roles don't relate to the man unless it applies to some of his acting roles.) The Sun-Moon pair also signifies marriage (husband and wife), and you see that his Venus-Mars midpoint has been added to Midheaven (MC), a midpoint picture of a desire for marriage. Gable's passionate nature is on display for all to see at the most public point in a horoscope, the MC.

However, more loss of women from his life is shown by a Scorpio Midheaven (parental axis, 4th and 10th houses) with Scorpio ruled and co-ruled by forceful Mars and underworld Pluto. Plus, there's the fact that Gable's North Node (of the Moon) is at a critical-crisis 29th degree--of brooding, moody Scorpio. North Node (NN) relates to mother on one level, and to contacts with the public and in his 10th house of Career and Public Status, Gable certainly received lots of attention and public adoration.

Now as you see, Clark Gable was born under a difficult opposition between shocking, upsetting Uranus in mid-Sagittarius and Pluto, planet of death, the occult, and transformation. These two generational planets have a cycle of 127 years and Clark didn't live to experience their next conjunction in mid-Virgo in the mid-1960s for he died of a heart attack on the evening of November 16, 1960. Mid-Virgo falls in his 8th house so their Great Conjunction, which spurred things in the Collective such as war, anti-war protests, and Civil Rights legislation, would miss his natal Mars @10Virgo Rx by about 6 degrees. Yet an 8th house Mars is good placement for a lover of romance even though Virgo denotes that critical remarks may have been spoken at times.

As for asteroids such as seductive Lilith, look to his 7th house of Partnerships for there she is @25Leo15. (On the chart you see in green that I've noted his death occurred with transit Uranus @25Leo42 conjunct natal Lilith 24Leo15--and natal Vertex 25Leo53, a fated point of encounter that is associated with 'an appointment with death').

Now sexy Vestal Virgin Vesta graces his 7th house as well, also in romantic Leo, while his 6th house of Work and Daily Rounds contains his Moon (in her own sign of Cancer, as previously noted) and Cupido, an archetype that can act in similar fashion to Cupid with his bow and arrow of love. In other words, Gable tended to meet his ladies while at work or through work. And if you enlarge the chart, you'll see his Part of Marriage precisely atop his Descendant, the Partnership angle. Erotic Eros conjoins his South Node (SN), a point of inherited talent and of old habits we tend to fall back on--and his Eros at 29 Scorpio is in Nodal Degree (29Tau-Sco), a fated or karmic implication. This is the sort of thing that can inspire that "we were meant for each other" feeling!

For after his initial unions, Clark married for love when he wed talented actress Carole Lombard. Yet their marital bliss didn't quite make it to their 3rd wedding anniversary due to her death in a plane crash on January 16, 1942. Because of this personal tragedy, Gable joined and served in the US Air Force in order to deal with his deep grief over the loss of Carole (to which loss of mother must have been added). Actually, some say he never got over Carole's loss, and you know what? I believe them.

For one thing, his 'loss of Lilith' was a shock (Uranus) to his heart from which he never recovered--not helped by the fact that he tended to idolize the women he cared for, and as noted, found it difficult to let go of relationships, a trait made extreme by an unconscious reaction due to the loss of his mother, one assumes. Freedom-closeness issues were one result. And there's loss-bringer Neptune, very creative in versatile Gemini (an Air sign linked to flight), in 5th house of Creativity, Children, and Romantic Partners (along with karmic Pluto, ruler of the Underworld), so my suspicion is that Gable's outer success in Hollywood films never really made up for such extreme personal loss when he was alone with himself and no camera bulbs were flashing.

Yet finally, Clark Gable did marry again in 1955 to Kay Spreckles and it is reported that before passing away he did have a chance to listen to baby John Clark Gable's heartbeat. So for all Mr. Gable's worldly success and public acclaim, his basic life issues of loss, separation, dependency, relationship problems, mommy and health issues were significant obstacles on the life path for The King of Hollywood...just as they can be for you and me.

Clark Gable R.I.P. (1901--1960)


Related Links:

Clark Gable Filmography;

Judy Lewis, his daughter with Loretta Young.

Blog Note: no, I embed here no clips of Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind with Vivian Leigh because certain people are very jealous of their copyright control of this classic film! jc