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Mars and the SupermenthreeSupermans

Many actors have played Superman over the years, in movies, in serials and on TV, but the two who most stand out in pop culture consciousness shared a similar name, and were both the victims of tragic events. George Reeves, who played Superman in the classic, 1950s TV show, apparently committed suicide. Christopher Reeve, the star of a series of Superman movies made in the 1970s, suffered a catastrophic injury that left him paralyzed for the rest of his life.

Though there are still questions about George Reeves’ death, the potential that violence would play a significant role in his life is clearly illustrated by the close opposition of Mars to his Sun. (Click on George Reeves to see a chart done of noon on his birthday.) Also, Reeves’ had the Sun, Venus and Mercury in Capricorn. Capricorn’s are prone to periods of depression and a pronounced fear of failure. At the time of his death Reeves was reportedly worried about his future as an actor. This tends to support the idea that Reeves committed suicide.

Maintaining the outer attributes of masculinity is often a concern for men with Mars in a hard aspect to the Sun. They want to appear strong, brave and heroic. Playing Superman on TV gave Reeves the opportunity to project these masculine traits. He portrayed Superman as a square-jawed, all-American hero. However, this aspect indicates that, in his personal life, Reeves felt this masculine ideal was forever beyond his reach.

We have a complete horoscope for Christopher Reeve. (Click here to see the chart.) I could write pages about this horoscope, but for now I want to focus on the Sun in Libra. There are no Mars/Sun issues in Reeve’s horoscope and his portrayal of Superman was notably free of masculine posturing. Instead, Reeve presented us with a Superman who was just a nice guy, a friendly and polite Libra who just happened to be faster than a speeding bullet.

Mars does make a significant aspect in Christopher Reeve’s horoscope, however. It forms a nearly exact quincunx with Uranus. I think this has less to do with the way he portrayed Superman than with the tragic accident that struck him down at the height of his fame. Uranus signifies sudden events and accidents, while the quincunx aspect often describes freakish, unexpected circumstances. Reeve, an experiences rider, fell off his horse during a jumping event and landed in such a way as to severely damage his spinal cord.

Now we have a new Superman, British actor, Henry Cavell who played Superman in the 2013 movie, Man of Steel, and the recently released Superman vs. Batman.  We do not have a complete horoscope for Cavell (Click on Henry Cavell to see a chart done for noon on his birthday.)

Like Christopher Reeve, Cavell has the Sun is a sign ruled by Venus (Taurus). He also has Mars in Taurus, so the masculinity of his Superman is somewhat muted. Cavell presents us with a strong, silent Superman that is very much in tune with his Taurus Sun sign. It’s almost a boring Superman, determined, focused and immovable. His Superman would profit from some of the earthy humor typical of Taurus, but that’s probably not in the script.

As for problems with Mars, Cavell has the planet conjunct his Mercury. Mars might also be square his Moon if he was born in the afternoon or evening.  He will likely cause problems for himself by speaking too directly and without forethought. If the Moon aspect is in force, the possibility of aggressive speech and angry, defensive behavior increases. Hopefully, however, these Mars issues will never impact his life as drastically as similar aspects did his predecessors.

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