Anthony Hopkins: Darkness Visible
Anthony Hopkins’ trademark is intense stillness broken by an electrifying stream of words, or a sudden violent movement, or a flash of those unsettling pale eyes.
He was born in the dark of winter. His powerful, stony Capricorn Sun is buried in the 12th house – the place of collective dreaming and collective nightmare, the prison and the place of letting go. The 12th house Sun must wrestle with angels and demons.
I was fascinated by this quote when it came up on my Facebook feed. You can hear the rapid Welsh rhythm in the language he uses. The clear enunciation of a singer and a Mercury in Capricorn. The film we still associate him with is Silence of the Lambs in which he wears a cage around those lilting Welsh lips — Mercury in the 12th house.
“I was hopeless at school. I couldn’t read anything. I mean I could read, but I was so inattentive.”
But how interesting that he has this philosophy, the department of Jupiter, which appears in his first house, the house of self. Not only does he hold this philosophy, this is how he defines himself to the outside world. And look Jupiter in Aquarius is opposed by Pluto, the lord of darkness who wears a hood of invisibility.
It may be all illusion, but we look at Hopkins and we sense depth. Pluto in the 7th house. This is what others see of him, this is how he approaches others: intensely. And look, the tightest aspect in the whole chart is between Saturn, the chart ruler, and Pluto both at 29° in water signs.
In fact, Saturn is in the very final degree of the entire Zodiac. All the wisdom, all the suffering, all the knowing distilled into that final point, and turned to stone. This energy pours into that Pluto. You look at his eyes and you see a million years of human history — or at least you imagine so.
And back to that quote: Saturn in Pisces at 29°: “I expect nothing and I accept everything.” A rock on the edge of time. That Saturn in Pisces is in mutual reception with Jupiter in Aquarius, his philosophy. This is where it stems from.
In Silence of the Lambs, he embodies a monster, Hannibal Lecter. The second tightest aspect in this chart is between the Sun (the person) and Uranus in the third house of mind. I’ve written before about the connection between Uranus and monsters, in particular Frankenstein. But Hannibal Lecter’s mind is what makes him monstrous. It’s not fair to simply focus on one character, Hopkins is a tremendously powerful and versatile screen actor, adding a kind of miraculous integrity to even the silliest pot-boilers.
And here is the source of the violent electric energy we sense that Hopkins is controlling. Uranus-Mars-Sun in a mini-grand trine creates a pulse of energy across this chart. Another great actor who is able to utterly, electrically inhabit a character, to seemingly become a time machine, who has an exact aspect between Uranus and the Sun is Meryl Streep.
What lifts the chart out of the darkness of 12th house, Saturn, Pisces swamplands is that beautiful Sagittarian Moon, the highest planet and, of course, a philosopher’s Moon. Sagittarian Moon has a great big, generous soul. It’s Hopkins philosophy which made him.
I’m looking forward to Westworld, which he’s been making this summer. I wonder how Saturn to the MC will work for him.