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Peter Jackson & J. R. R. Tolkien: A Match Made in the Heavenspjacksonimage

The release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has once again focused attention on director, Peter Jackson. Jackson scored multiple triumphs with his interpretation of the Lord or the Rings trilogy and now everyone wants to see if he can duplicate that magic with the J. R. R. Tolkien’s prequel to that series.


Jackson is a Scorpio by Sun sign with the Moon in Leo, both Fixed signs noted for their willfulness and resolve. This combination is just what you would expect to find in the horoscope of a director undertaking the huge task of bringing to life the intricately imagined world of J.R. R. Tolkien. (Click here to see Jackson’s horoscope.) (Click here to see my article on J. R. R. Tolkien.) In Jackson’s horoscope we also find his strongly placed Sun in a close conjunction with Neptune, the planet we traditionally associate with imagination and movies.


But what is most striking about Jackson’s horoscope is the many connections between his chart and that of the author whose works he has turned in to cinematic treasure. Uranus in Tolkien’s horoscope is in a close conjunction with Jackson’s Sun and opposite his Ascendant. We associate Uranus with all things modern so this connection seems to say that Jackson was picked by the stars to translate Tolkien’s unique vision into the modern medium of motion pictures.


Even more amazing is the connection between the Nodes of the Moon in these two horoscopes. Jackson’s North Node of the Moon is at 23 degrees, 17 minutes of Leo. (His South Node is, of course, directly opposite in Aquarius.) Tolkien’s North Node is 23 degree, 46 minutes of Scorpio. In other words the nodal axis in Jackson’s chart crosses the nodal axis in Tolkien’s chart at an almost exact 90 degree angle. (Click here to see an illustration.)


Also, the Moon in Tolkien’s horoscope sits very close to the North Node of the Moon in Jackson’s horoscope. (We can’t say how close because we only have an approximate time of birth for Tolkien.) The Nodes of the Moon are typically associated with reincarnation and fate. The aspects between the Nodes in these two charts would then indicate a relationship between Jackson and Tolkien that is more than that of a great movie maker inspired by a great writer. It is a connection between two souls.


Tolkien died almost twelve years after Jackson was born so the traditional ideas of reincarnation do not apply here, but I don’t see that as a problem.  I believe that the consciousness of one person can be connected to that of another across great expanses of time and space by means other than the transmigration of souls. I wonder if each of us is not connected, at a deep level of our consciousness, with hundreds, maybe thousands, maybe millions of souls spread across time and space. It’s just that most of us don’t ever have reason to acknowledge and explore those connections.


Jackson, on the other hand, has made good use of his connection with Tolkien. Whatever complaint you might have about his movies (three hours long, you gotta be kiddin’!) you have to allow that he has captured the vision Tolkien is a way that has to have some help from beyond.

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