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The Astrology of the 2014 Oscar Race: Cate Blanchett

The fifth and final nominee for the Academy Award for Best Actress is Cate Blanchett. She has been nominated for her role in the Woody Allen film Blue Jasmine. It is her sixth Oscar nomination.

Again, we are working with a partial horoscope for Blanchett. Her birth time is unknown. (Click here to see a chart done for noon.) Despite this limitation, we can see that Blanchett has a particularly strong chart. Her Sun is in Taurus and it is strongly aspected. The Sun is trine both Pluto and Jupiter and opposed to Neptune.

People born with the Sun in Taurus are noted for their determination and strength of will. These folks don’t make a lot of noise, but neither will they be moved once they have established a position. The aspects to Blanchett’s Sun add a sense of perspective to this resolve. They enable her to look beyond immediate, material concerns and see meanings and trends that are deeper and less rooted in the physical.

There is some controversy surrounding Blanchett’s nomination that has nothing to do with her performance. Renewed allegations that Woody Allen sexually molested his adopted daughter, Dylan, many years ago seem (in the eyes of some observers) likely to taint Blanchett’s chances of winning the Oscar. Other people maintain that the judges will not be swayed one way or the other by these charges.

The aspects to Blanchett’s horoscope tend to favor the former opinions. The strongest transiting aspect that she is now experiencing is a square to her natal Venus by Pluto. This is an aspect of disappointment.  In most instances, since the natal planet involved is Venus, we might foresee relationship problems. But Blanchett’s profession indicates to me that the placement of Venus in her horoscope (which we can’t know without a time of birth) makes the planet an important factor in her career. So  I think that the disappointment will be experience in that area.

Blanchett’s secondary progressed horoscope is more hopeful. There we have Venus closing in on a conjunction with her natal Sun. This is an aspect that could easily lead to an Oscar win. However, Venus will still be over two degrees away from completing this aspect on Oscar night. Without any transiting aspects to support it this year, I think that Blanchett will have to wait a year or two before she reaps the benefits of this progression.

Of course, anytime we have to work with a partial horoscope, there are always going to be things that can’t be seen. There could be a positive transiting aspect to Blanchett’s Moon or the angles of her chart (Ascendant, Midheaven, Descendent and I.C.) that would counter the Pluto square to her Venus. Blanchett has already won this year’s Golden Globe, so something else is definitely afoot.  Because of this unknown, I can’t totally dismiss the possibility of Blanchett’s snatching the Oscar despite the problems swarming around her director.

That completes the roster of nominees for Best Actress.  Who is your favorite? We have a couple of Leos, a Cancer, a Sagittarius and a Taurus. Which sign are you rooting for? Next time I start looking at the nominees for Best Actor.