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Jussie Smollett, or How to Mess Up a Saturn TransitSmollettJImage

Normally, I would not even consider writing about a horoscope like Jussie Smollett’s unless I had a confirmed time of birth. That’s because both the Sun and the Moon changed signs, from Gemini to Cancer, on the day he was born. However, because of all the problem now swirling around Smollett, I’m going to go out on a limb and say he must have been born in the early morning, with the Sun and Moon both in Gemini.

The Smollett affair began on Jan. 22 when he received an anonymous letter that threatened him with death that was signed MAGA. Then on Jan. 29 he was allegedly attacked by two men in ski-masks who beat him and taunted him with racial slurs and references to Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan. During the next two weeks the alleged attack inspired both sympathy for Smollett and outrage at the overt racism and homophobia this attack represented. And then it all fell apart.

The great failing of Gemini, the thing that most often gets Gemini people in trouble, is assuming that they are the smartest person in the room. The fact is, for most Geminis this is quite often true. They tend to have nimble minds that notice things that other people overlook and they process information quickly. On a purely intellectual level, Gemini are often a step ahead of the people around them, and that’s great. The problems begin when a Gemini puts too much trust in this advantage.

In Smollett’s chart ((click on Jussie Smollett to see a horoscope done for noon on his date of birth) the Sun and Moon are trine Jupiter. This is a fortunate aspect, often conveying good luck, and it also expands the ego. Lucky breaks and self-confidence are essential for anyone involved in the arts and Smollett has no doubt profited from this aspect.

Another thing that happens when Jupiter aspects the Sun and/or Moon. The aspect tends to exaggerate the traits of the signs those luminaries occupy. If Smollett had his Sun and Moon in Cancer, then he would be a super-Cancer, highly emotional and essentially conservative. With the Sun and Moon in Gemini, on the other hand, the problem-solving acumen and quick thinking of that sign would be expanded, as well as the unfortunate tendency to think he was the smartest person in the room.

Regardless of where the Sun and Moon are in this chart, Smollett has Mercury in Gemini (the sign it rules) trine Mars. This aspect is a further indication of an alert and clever thinker, however it also provides for a tendency to think too fast and put too much emphasis on winning.

At the time that Smollett was apparently hatching his plot, Saturn was moving into a square with his natal Saturn, one of the all-important Saturn Cycle aspects. At this time he was feeling ambitious. He felt the need to advance in his career and alter the trajectory of his life. However, Saturn doesn’t allow shortcuts. You have to earn what you get during a Saturn transit. Smollett’s clever bit of trickery was just the sort of thing that brings out the worst of a Saturn passage.

At the same time that Saturn was square Smollett’s natal Saturn, transiting Neptune was quincunx his Saturn. This would explain the deceptive elements of the Smollett affair, but it is the meaning of Saturn that predominates. The choices we make under a Saturn transit always have relevance. Often they are life changing. Clearly what Jussie Smollett chose to do during this Saturn transit will have a lasting impact on the course of his career and his life. It also proves that being the smartest person in the room in not always enough.


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