Happy Birthday James Dean!

James Dean, the epitome of cool.  Let’s have a look at some key components that carve out this coolness, shall we?
Data Deluxe #1.  You never know what he’s going to do. Dean has Uranus tightly conjunct his Ascendant, fusing his identity (Ascendant) with a rebellious and contrarian spirit (Uranus).  He’s just DIFFERENT (Uranus again) than the other actors of his time- or anytime!  Watching him brings about an awareness of a wild unpredictability (Uranus).  I remember seeing a scene from “East of Eden” (my favorite of his 3 movies) where James Dean and the other actor are in a locker room discussing the lucrative prospective of growing beans.  The one actor is very focused on what he is saying, meanwhile Dean is kind of hopping all around the locker room, climbing up on benches and down again and at times zeroing in close on the other actor’s personal space.  At one of these invasively close moments the other actor exclaims (in a very natural reactive way) “don’t get so close I’ll get all hot again!”.  I would put good money down saying that that line is NOT in the script.  I could be wrong but I doubt it. The point being that Dean doesn’t care.  He doesn’t care if he is making the other actor uncomfortable, or jeopardizing the script, or coming across a little looney.  He is being natural to his own whims, like a child, without being irritating (maybe a little bit to that actor).

Dean does things his own way

#2.  He knows his influences. Before Dean was famous he was writing letters upon letters to Marlon Brando.  He was enchanted by Brando in every way.  Brando rode a motorcycle so Dean rode a motorcycle.  Brando dressed in jeans and white T-shirts so Dean dressed in jeans and white T-shirts.  Brando played the bongos so Dean played the bongos.  The emulating got to be so much that Brando wrote HIM a letter saying “You have to be YOU, not ME”. But Dean knew that what Brando was doing was starting a new wave in human culture (Brando is a double Aries, a pioneer).  James Dean has an Aquarius Sun in the eleventh, which is the house naturally associated with Aquarius.  Aquarius seeks to identify itself by challenging the status quo, and seeking other like-minded people.  The eleventh is the field of life where those like-minded relationships take place.  It’s interesting to wonder if there would have been a James Dean had there been no Brando.

Hailing in the new wave of cool, Brando and Dean.

#3.  He shows his vulnerable side. As stated in a previous post “The Crying Game: Water planets and the comfortability in expressing emotion” James Dean has his Moon in deep and mysterious feeling-oriented Scorpio.  When he cries, the audience FEELS it.  It’s REAL. The beginning of “Rebel Without A Cause” features Dean falling down drunk on the street next to a wind-up toy monkey.  As the credits roll, he plays around with the monkey and it quickly becomes a deep emotional connection between the two of them.  The monkey amuses him with it’s wind-up talents and then Dean tucks him in with a ratty newspaper “blanket” and a party ribbon trash thing for a pillow.  He makes sure the monkey is comfortable and then he snuggles up as close to it as he can get.  The sweetness comes across SO genuine!  It’s the first 5 seconds of the movie and he’s already won our hearts!!  And yes, he improvised the whole bit, as the cast and crew stared on with admiration.

Opening moments of “Rebel Without a Cause”

#4.  He shows a strong sense of personal authority. Astrologer Caroline Casey, author of “Making the Gods Work for You” (get it get!!) talks about how the word “cool” is derived from the Yoruba word which originally meant “responsible”.  “Cool-headed” meant that that person took care of what he should.  Like Babe Ruth with his leaf of cabbage under his ball cap.  Keeping cool-headed so he can hit the home runs.  This is Saturn talk. Saturn is authority, which starts with inner authority.  Self composure, steadiness, a sureness in what you say and do.  James Dean has a very powerful Saturn in the 10th house of career (the house naturally associated with Saturn).  It is in Capricorn (the SIGN naturally associated with Saturn) and it is opposed (bringing in a full awareness of) the powers of Pluto.  Anything Pluto touches in empowered, or it is wounded UNTIL it is empowered.

Sureness. Self-composer. In tune with his own rhythm.

Happy Birthday, James Dean.  A true rebel with a deep and mysterious heart, forever cool.


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.

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).
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.

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