Heroes, clowns and rockstars: Various shades of Pluto in Leo conjunct the Ascendant

Planets conjunct the Ascendant are fun to study because they jump right out.  They were literally on the horizon at the moment of your birth.  The Ascendant is your own personal “dawn”.  It is the way you dawn on others too.  Everyone has this Rising sign to effectively project and best express the rest of the Horoscope.

When Pluto is on the Ascendant what might manifest is a kind of cultural icon-energy particular to the sign it’s in.  This is because their identity (Ascendant) is merged (conjunction) with something much bigger than themselves (Pluto).

Ascendant troubles arise when you notice that you are not feeling so comfortable in your own skin, so to speak.  I have Libra Rising and I notice that I will start to feel very un-myself when I’m frazzled (Libra likes peace) and also if I slip into the habit of being too anti-social (Libra needs to mingle).

Anybody with Leo rising will be settling into a style of self projection that is not shy of attention.  Leo is the sun, it is bright and warm and radiant.  Pluto in Leo is a whole generation of people (the Baby Boomers) who share a very deep perspective (Pluto) on what it means to stand out and be this radiance (Leo).

Christopher Reeve’s “S” on his Superman shirt may as well also stand for “Sun” because they both do the same thing.  He saves the day, the Sun creates the day and saves every living thing again and again.  Hulk Hogan embodies the King-like energy of Leo.  He struts around in Royal costumes and golden belts to further intimidate his competitors and excite his fans.

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Hogan’s Sun in Leo is not far behind from the very tightly conjuncted Pluto on his Ascendant. His outward style (Asc) continuously energizing him (Sun) to be the ruler (Leo).

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Most of Reeve’s planets fall in popular and charming Libra. It’s no surprise that his portrayal of Superman is one of the most iconic and enduring characters in movie history.

Tim Curry gives us the taste of Rock n Roll as Dr. Frank n Furter in the Rocky Horror Picture Show.  This is fire energy, more specifically FIXED fire energy.  The sun blazes a constant fire, it sustains, it is FIXED.  It is confident and it needs do nothing else but radiate in it’s own glory.  The other fire signs need to take the energy forward (Aries, Cardinal) in the pursuit of something new, or let the energy change them into new ways of thinking or being (Saggitarius, Mutable).  Leo just basks and lives for the day.

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Triple-fire dynamo Tim Curry promises to bring the drama. (Aries Sun, Saggitarius Moon, Leo Rising)

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Kaufman’s Pluto in Leo is opposite his Mercury in Aquarius in the 7th putting an oomph (Pluto) in his bizarre style (Aquarius) of public communication (Mercury in the 7th)

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Eric Idle keeping it funny. Pluto in Leo smack dab on the Ascendant.

In the spirit of this present moment exuberance we have kids falling under the spectrum of Leo.  Andy Kaufman and Eric Idle are sparkling images of the power of silliness and laughter.  They pick our spirits up when things get too drab with the flick of a facial expression.  The warmth of humor sustains us like the warm rays of the Sun.

As a Leo Sun, I deeply appreciate these cultural icons who remind us to dream big, lighten up or go for a little flair.  After all — YOLO!

The wonderful 8th house Scorpio Moon of Jimmy Fallon

Again and again when I tune into The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon I am struck by the magic that happens between him and his guests. There is a true sense of child’s play, like they are actually getting lost in the fun- something you just don’t see ordinarily.

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Fallon’s chart

With a Virgo Sun in the 7th, (as well as just about everything else) he is naturally tuned into the balance that takes place during social exchange.  This is highlighted by a very strong Venus on the 7th cusp.  The Virgo energy settles into an comfortable groove of humility and makes sure to not waste anyone’s time. Add in his Scorpio Moon and we have all of this precise social energy fueling the emotional need to merge with others, to get deep together.

His Scorpio Moon is in the 8th house which pretty much puts the word Scorpio in neon lights because it is the natural ruler of the 8th. Opposite the 2nd house (what I have) the 8th house is what WE have. With Fallon, it’s what he AND Jake Gyllenhaal have when they play a card game of war where the winner gets to dump a glass of water on the loser. It’s what he AND Blake Shelton have when they go face to face in a karaoke battle.

We are watching delightful social alchemy (another 8th house word). And it’s interesting to see such lightness in a moon sign/placement so commonly associated with dark and brooding characteristics.

His Sun/Moon blend is a double yin- earth and water. I see this reflected in his tendency to not have to LEAD his guests too much. He is more about REACTING to them, and RECEIVING their energy, not dominating it. There is a real natural relaxation that is brought forth this way.

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“Evolution of Hip-Hop Dance” with Will Smith

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Somersaulting with Heidi Klum

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Taking selfies with Stephen Colbert

He seems to truly love his guests. It’s a far reaching non judging open armed kind of love. Very fitting to his Jupiter in Pisces on the Ascendant. His own personal reward (Jupiter) being ignited in expressing (Ascendant) all-accepting love (Pisces).

Clearly I’m a fan of the show.

The absence of an element

I can remember screaming and crying when I was 3 years old from the backseat of the car when my mom threw my thoroughly chewed on piece of gum out the window.  My sister screamed and cried with me, “Noooooo!”  My mom asked us, “well what did you want me to do with it?”  “Save it!!” we cried “maybe we could make something out of it!!”

I have no air in my chart.  My twin sister (obviously) doesn’t either.  We have a hard time detaching.

Even though now I can luckily throw out a piece of gum with no problem, I have to regularly remind myself to take a step back from situations that I get too emotionally invested in and try to view it in an objective manner.  Without detachment we can get a sense of drowning (water) or feeling stuck (earth) or burned out (fire).  Air swoops in to remind us that there is a big world, and maybe things don’t matter as much as we think they do.  Air can flip our perspective like the toss of a coin.  Air gets us to lighten up.  Air gets us outside of ourselves (yang polarity).

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Oxygen intake to clear the mind.

I am amazed at how different my mind frame becomes after a jog.  Even just 15 minutes of deep breathing can bring me that lightness of mind that lasts for the whole day.  Same goes for 15 minutes of deep relaxing breathing like with yoga or meditation.

My dad has no earth in his chart.  When he was 16 he went to a summer camp where he didn’t wear shoes for 2 months.  He felt so liberated that to this day he stays barefoot whenever he can get away with it.  “I hate shoes!” he says as he throws them off his feet.

When an element does not present itself in a horoscope (i.e. not found in the Sun, Moon, inner planets, Jupiter and Saturn) we must try to find it outside ourselves for optimum inner balance.  We need to supplement ourselves, both in a literal visceral sense and also a psychological sense.  For some of us, it can truly feel like coming home to ourselves.

For example, if you have no water (again don’t count Uranus, Neptune, Pluto or the angles) you may need to take some time by a river or lake.  Maybe indulge in a bath, or when it rains make a point to stare out from your window.  You may need to pay more attention to softening and attempting to empathize with others and their feelings.

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Audrey Hepburn’s ethereal emotiveness is impossible to miss. Pisces Moon in the 1st. Listening to “Moon River” on a rainy night puts us in the realm of water.

No fire?  You may need to sunbathe, or light some candles.  Physical activity can bring about the fire element and bring forth much needed motivation that spills into other areas of life.  Fire reminds us of what is exciting.  Take in some drama, like a movie or a play, or a rock concert to get the blood dancing.

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Bruce Lee embodies fire with his Saggitarius Sun on the Ascendant. Seeing an action movie kickstarts the fire within us all.

I would love to hear about your own experiences of perceiving a lack of an element in your own chart or in someone’s you know.