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Astrology and the Oscar Race: Part Five

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.


Denzel Washington, who has been nominated for his role in Flight, is the only nominee we’ve considered so far for whom we have a complete horoscope. (Click here to see the chart.)  Washington has an easy-to-like Libra Ascendant to go with his hard driving Capricorn Sun. His Moon is in Aquarius, which blends well with his Libra Rising Sign and gives him a more intellectual and philosophical approach to life.


The most striking feature of Washington’s horoscope is the conjunction of his Capricorn Sun and Mercury with the North Node of the Moon and his I.C.  When the Sun is conjunct the North Node in the horoscope, it seems to shine a little brighter and all those solar traits—courage, leadership, confidence, and the need to be the center of attention—are emphasized. This is also true when the Sun is conjunct one to the angles of the horoscope, like the I.C.


With this double dose of solar energy combined with the work ethic of Capricorn, it is no mystery why Washington has been able to rise from humble beginnings to become one of the most successful actors in Hollywood. Like Daniel Day-Lewis, he is no stranger to this event. Washington has already been nominated for an Academy Award six times and has won twice.


The aspects to Washington’s horoscope on Oscar night are mixed. Jupiter will be moving close to a trine to his natal Moon which is in the 5th House (associated with entertainment) so he will be riding a wave of good feelings. Transiting Mars will be in a trine with his natal Saturn also. This is a positive aspect but it is more about recognizing one’s limitations.


At the same time, transiting Uranus will be near Washington’s Descendant, another one of those important angles of the horoscope. This is an aspect of major change and disruption of the status quo. If Washington was at the beginning of his career and had never won the Oscar, I might say that this aspect could bring him a surprise victory and change the course of his life. But this is not where Washington is in his career. For him, a win on Oscar night would only further cement his place among Hollywood royalty.


Washington is more likely to see Uranus at work in personal life and with regard to his relationships. When Uranus crosses an angle in our horoscopes we feel the need to try new things and take risks. Sometimes this risk-taking can lead us to opportunities that we never imagined. Other times it can be disastrous. We should be hearing more about how this Uranus transit is shaking up Denzel Washington’s life at the end of 2013 when transiting Saturn squares his natal Saturn.

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