Angelina Jolie: How To Be A Hero
From bad girl to mad girl, to femme fatale, to single mother, to philanthropist, to partner, to mater familias: Angelina Jolie’s public profile has evolved dizzyingly over the past two decades. While some celebrities respond to publicity by retreating, Jolie looked the paparazzi cameras dead in the eye and kept on walking straight towards them.
She’s brave. Jupiter-Moon-Mars in Aries.
Her decision to write an op-ed piece in The New York Times about the double mastectomy that she’s undergone this year is another example of both her brilliant handling of her extraordinary fame and her guts. Her choice to have the operation and to talk about it could well save lives, because she truly can be that much talked about thing, a role model.
Looking at her chart, you can see that she’s bound to be known for something more than acting. The magnetic film presence is in the Sun-Neptune opposition, with Neptune in the 5th house of acting. Neptune is, of course, the planet of film and illusion. It’s also the mirror, so her Sun shines right at it.
But the emphasis in her chart is on the Midheaven and the Ascendant. That is her status and her persona and in those she is blessed by the gods. Venus, the goddess of beauty, sits right on her Ascendant exact to the degree, and Jupiter, the king, is also exactly on her Midheaven – to the degree, crowning her with very high status. That’s quite an astonishing double dose of luck, so I checked the provenance of this chart, which gets an AA rating from Astrodatabank. Apparently it’s kosher.
Jupiter on the MC makes her loom large in the public imagination, but that Jupiter also conjuncts her feisty, ferocious Aries Moon. In fact that Moon is moving away from fiery Mars towards Jupiter. Her emotions must be enormous, towering, sudden, violent.
She says that she spent years self-harming with blades and with a partner. This was a pretty literal way of living her chart. Mars rules sharp things, and its proximity to her Moon gives the blade direct access to her emotions. Her 14 or so tattoos are also evidence of the power of sharpness, and drawing blood, for her.
Nevertheless, the Mars-Moon contact comes to the fore again with this latest news. The Moon, because of its rulership of Cancer, rules breasts. Transiting Uranus, the planet one would associate with advanced medical intervention (I’ve seen it with c-sections), is currently at 11° Aries, the midpoint between Jolie’s natal Mars and Moon, and it’s been hanging around this point all spring. Transiting Pluto, the planet of excision, has been squaring that same point from her sixth house of health.
So the Pluto-Uranus square is right at the heart of her chart right now, bringing greater pain, greater fame and greater meaning to her life.
|She won an Oscar for this role in Girl, Interrupted.|
Her article about the surgery was published as the Moon moved into Cancer, its own sign, creating a grand trine between the North Node in Scorpio, destiny in the sign of deep surgery, and Chiron in Pisces, the wounded healer in the sign of mass consciousness. What is more, Chiron is currently exactly conjuncting Jolie’s Dark Moon Lilith at 13° Pisces. Chiron is about both scarring and healing.
Jolie has said, in another context: “I find flaws attractive. I find scars attractive.” In fact, she has spoken about scars quite a surprising amount.
In a previous incarnation, her Girl, Interrupted phase, Jolie was embodying the energy of the Lilith. In her natal chart, her Sun and Moon are also both at 13°, square and semi-sextile to Lilith in Pisces. This must be the root of some of her mesmerising, voracious and vulnerable, sexual allure.
Her Sun and Moon, her nature and her core self, also form a so-called Mystic Rectangle with Neptune, the movies, and Pluto, power. This is, of course, not mystical at all, but shows her true temporal power. Jolie has the ability to influence millions of people with her actions and her money. And with this power comes huge responsibility.
Finally, Jolie’s North Node is at 0° Sagittarius, the archer. There’s an eclipse at 4° Sag on the 25th of May, the last of the Gemini/Sagittarius season. Jolie’s Sun is in Gemini and her partner Brad Pitt’s Sun is in Sagittarius. They have been through a rapid evolutionary leap in the past 18 months or so, I suspect.
That North Node, her destiny and life direction, is in the 5th house of children and acting, so that’s good. It makes one exact aspect — to Pallas Athena, the warrior goddess at 0° Aries, the very first degree of the zodiac. This is the pioneering degree, the beginning, the first step, the breakthrough. Women warriors in ancient times, the Amazons, each removed one breast so that it would not get in the way of a drawn bow. And it also makes an aspect to Jolie’s Venus-Ascendant.
For the public, this eclipse definitively marks the end of one type of role she was modelling, and the beginning of the next. Aries MC-Jupiter-Moon-Mars is a hero. Gemini Sun has many faces. Which one will it be this time?