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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

I have to admit that Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the renewed threat of a nuclear war and all the other madness going on in the world right now has killed my appetite for celebrity gossip. For that reason I haven’t paid much attention to the court battle between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. However, since the situation in this country and the world is unlikely to get better anytime soon, maybe a celebrity diversion is in order.

The first thing I did was look at a double chart with Depp’s in the middle and a partial chart (without a time of birth) for Heard’s on the outside. (Click here to see that double chart.) The connection between these chart are multiple. Heard’s Sun in Taurus is conjunct Depp’s Midheaven and her Venus in Taurus conjunct both Depp’s natal Venus and his Mercury. However, the most telling connection is the conjunction of Heard’s Mars with Depp’s Moon.

Strong connections involving Mars can be both good and bad for a romantic relationships. They provide passion, sexual and otherwise, and they can keep a relationship from become staid or boring. On the other hand, if your Mars is aspecting a personal planet of another person's chart or their Mars is aspecting one of your personal planets, at some point, that person is going to piss you off royally. The question is always going to be, is the passion sufficient to override the anger and conflict?

I’m not going to get into the debate about who hit who. Since every horoscope has Mars in it somewhere, every human being has some potential for violence. Also, since we don’t have a time of birth for Heard, it would be difficult to make a fair comparison. What we can say is that, in this relationship, the connection between Heard’s Mars and Depp’s Moon played a much bigger role than the very sweet conjunction of his Venus with her Venus.

Depp married Heard on Feb. 5, 2015. At that time transiting Uranus was conjunct Depp’s natal Jupiter and square his Moon. This indicates that his decision to marry her was impulsive, that he saw it as an immediate way to open a new phase of his life. At the same time, however, transiting Pluto was conjunct his natal Moon. Pluto’s progress through the zodiac is slow. In fact, Depp was under the influence of this powerful conjunction throughout his short marriage to Heard, up until the day she left him, claiming that she had be abused.

Pluto transits to the Moon can be grueling. They tend bring out deeply buried emotional issues. Where Uranus signal’s change, Pluto calls for transformation, and that process typically requires a person to face their greatest fears and our darkest feelings. It is interesting that shortly after his marriage to Heard the movie “Black Mass,” in which Depp played the notorious gangster Whitey Bulger, was released. This was probably on the darkest roles he ever played and representative of Pluto's influence. What we can't know for sure is if any of the darkness bled over into he marriage.

Right now Johnny Depp is undergoing what astrologers call a Saturn Cycle aspect. Transiting Saturn is conjunct his natal Saturn. These Saturn Cycle aspects take place around every seven years and they typically bring us a turning point or a reckoning. Saturn is the teacher these transits often seem like tests. Sometimes you pass and sometimes you fail, but the object is always to educate, to teach you something about yourself and the way you relate to the world that you didn’t know.

Since we don’t have a time of birth for Heard, the situation is not so clear. Her secondary progressed Mercury is square her natal Jupiter. This could give her an edge as the legal proceeding continue. But there could also be transits and progression that I can’t see without a complete horoscope that could change that.

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