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Astrology and the Oscar Race: Part FourPhoenixImage

Though I don’t claim to be an expert when it comes to movies and generally only take a passing interest in who wins Academy Awards, I thought it might be interesting to look at the horoscopes of this year’s Oscar contenders for best actor and best actress.

Up today is Joaquin Phoenix, nominated for his role in The Master. Once again, we do not have a birth time for Phoenix so I’ll be quoting from a horoscope done for noon on his birthday. (Click here to see the chart.)

This noon chart is dominated by a remarkable conjunction involving the Sun and Venus in Scorpio, Mars in either Scorpio or Libra (depending on the time of birth,) and Mercury and Uranus in Libra. All of these bodies are crammed into a seven degree span of the zodiac. No wonder his co-star in The Master, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, calls Phoenix a “serious guy.” There is so much focus, so much concentrated energy and seriousness in this aspect that it gives me a headache just looking at it.

Another outstanding feature of this horoscope is the heavy influence of Mars. Scorpio is associated with Mars and Phoenix has his Moon in Aries, the natural home of Mars. With so much Mars energy in his chart, Phoenix has a definite “in it to win it” attitude. He may not admit this. (Scorpios are always cagey about letting their feeling show and, with Mercury so close to Uranus, Phoenix hates being predictable.) Nonetheless, you can bet that, down deep, Joaquin’s blood will be boiling if his name is not called on Oscar night.

So what are Phoenix’s chances? Well, I have absolutely no insight into how the Academy will vote but, of all the nominees we’ve looked at so far, Joaquin has the most positive aspects. On Oscar night the Sun will be closing in on Phoenix’s natal Jupiter while transiting Jupiter (Jupiter in the sky that night) will be opposite his Neptune and square his natal Jupiter. This sets up a dynamic T-square. The T-square is typically seen as a stressful aspect but with the energy of the Sun and Jupiter involved it will be a very lucky, expansive, energizing kind of stress. The fact that Neptune is involved is also important. Neptune in the planet we associate with movies and popular culture.

Of course, I am looking at only a partial horoscope for Phoenix. For all I know, a complete horoscope might reveal some really nasty aspects that would counter all this beautiful Jupiter energy. Still, Oscar night does promise special something for Joaquin Phoenix, even it’s not a gold figurine. Let’s hope he’s alert enough to take advantage of it.

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