Today we are going deep into the astrological makings of a very complex man. Ladies and gentleman, I give you Howard Hughes!
This man claims to have been born on Christmas Eve but his baptist records put him on the more mundane date of September 24. With balanced features like his (not to mention all the women and the charm) it is no surprise that he is in truth, a Libra.
Note: this is an equal house chart (where each house is an equal 30 degrees). For anyone that is strictly Placidus or whatever else I say don’t worry! The big themes of a chart always find a way of making themselves known no matter what system you use.. I am not insistent on this house-system I just find it the easiest to understand.
The first thing that really draws my eye into his chart is that Mercury at the very bottom of the chart. It is in Virgo (the ever over-analyzing, perfecting and exacting scrutinizer) and it is under some serious pressure.
DiCaprio gave a very compelling performance as Hughes in Scorceses’ “The Aviator”. Here he gives us an excellent glimpse of Hughes’ Mercury in Virgo (extreme focus on precision).
But uh oh. Here it is again
Howard Hughes seems to have acquired the brunt of his OCD from his mother, who used to scrub him clean all through his childhood and teach him to be afraid of germs.
His Mercury is found at the bottom of the chart right on the 4th house cusp. This is the place in the chart that is associated with the Mother and early childhood (because it is the house that is connected to the sign of Cancer).
Mercury is the planet associated with our thinking. It is always listening and responding to our environment (like DNA!)
The caduceus (symbol associated with Mercury) look like the double-helix of DNA. Information in and information out.
Hughes Mercury (thinking) is under pressure from both Mars and Pluto via the square aspect (an aspect of 90 degrees). So let’s meet the personal “bullies” of Hughes’ mind!
Hughes’ Mars is in the expanding and daring fiery sign of Sagittarius. His masculinity and motivations (Mars) are tied to travel and spirited adventure (Sag).
Like no other sign, Sagittarius says “Go big or go home!”. This picture of his highly ambitious “Spruce Goose” sums that up pretty well. It still remains the largest airplane made to date.
Here he goes big again with a specialized bra for MAXIMUM exposure of Russell’s large bozooms!
Hell’s Angels cost more money than any other movie made during that time. Going big baby! Mars in Sag!
Mars is energy! It is motivation and stress. The stuff that propels life along. Hughe’s Mars is located in the 7th house of relationships. It’s a common know fact that Hughes did “go (very) big” in the dating field.
Hughes was infamously entangled with a bevy of beautiful starlets. The glitz and glamour would satisfy his Venus in Leo as well as his Moon in Leo. Venus for a man will point to something he is drawn to in a woman. The Moon points to an emotional hunger that we yearn to satiate. This is also connected to the mother and early life.
It’s interesting to think of all of that OCD doting that his mother did for him was still a form of constant attention. Hughes was known to be a hypochondriac in childhood to secure the constant attention of his parents, both of whom died within his later teenage years. Hughes went to court and bought out the rest of the family for the inheritance and became a billionaire.
This side of him points to his Saturn in Aquarius near the top of the chart. Ambitious (Saturn) eccentricity (Aquarius).
Ok, so back to the pressure on his Virgoan mind.
Let’s meet the next “bully”, the ever secretly-up-to-something Pluto. And as a side note, these “bullies” are not inherently bad, they are just motivators. The aspect of the square suggests that it’s a bit more challenging for Hughes.
Hughes has Pluto in Gemini (the sign associated thinking) and it sits in his first house of personality right near the Ascendant (amplifying it’s noticeable presence). His free-wheeling Mars is off gallivanting with women (in the 7th) and putting off a big public image (7th) but when we are looking at just Hughes (1st house), without the public, without the starlets, something else emerges. Something we can see here in his eyes.
Pluto is the deep water. For Hughes the deep water is noticeable right off the bat because it is so close to his Ascendant (the way one “dawns” on others).
His Pluto is in Gemini, the thinking sign. The depth that comes forth from Hughes is very mental.
Pluto motivates in a very hidden way. In Gemini this may take the form of always seeking mental stimulus, and variety of thought. It lies opposite of the Mars in the 7th house of relationships so we can expect to find a lot of variety there too (and there sure was!).
Pluto is like a rabbit hole. It’s job is to constantly renew us and purify us through emotional purging. Hughes’ rabbit hole was so very mental, so full of variety and choices. For a mind that is suited towards precision and order (Mercury in Virgo) this influx of variety might have been a bit overwhelming.
It would have been nice to see Hughes’ Virgo mind take the Virgoan modest approach to these heavy-weight bullies. To humbly (Virgo) take things in stride and be aware of his own tendency to over-worry (Virgo pitfall). We can bring so much peace back to our psyches with a bit of awareness. This is the department where the horoscope truly shines as a tool. It serves us to give ourselves a break and be on the lookout for unhealthy habits!
Like saving our pee in glass bottles.
Until next time!
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