Free Astrology Advice – Horary Astrology: Should I Go into Acting?

October 19, 2006 by  

Free Astrology Advice - Horary Astrology: Should I Go into Acting?


I’m thinking of changing careers, I really want to get into acting, or that sort of thing, but I am not sure, because I am a single mother to three kids and a divorce behind me. I work in administration at the local health department in a very small community. I have always wanted to be an actress; as a kid it was my dream. Everything about me tells me it’s what I should do, and my dreams are very important to me but I’m afraid. Can you help?


Nina Gryphon:

Dear B.,

Perhaps because I have friends and acquaintances in such a wide variety of jobs, it is always very interesting to me to look at questions regarding vocations. Acting or the arts is commonly inquired about, as many people would like to get into it, but know that it is a very competitive field, and one in which it is not easy to make a decent living. What we have to do in this horoscope is to look at the planet and house that is significator of acting, and see whether it is strong. If the planet or planets have strength, we can confidently say that acting will be beneficial for you. If not, it would be best to keep it to a hobby.

As I always do for the advice column on this blog, I cast a horoscope for you using horary astrology, which is a method that casts a chart for the moment of your question. The idea is that the answer to your question is contained in the horoscope of your question. It is as though the question is its own birth chart, but just for the “birth moment” of your concern. The time and date are set for the moment and place where I received your question.

Your horary chart regarding your vocation is below:

Free Astrology Advice - Horary Astrology: Should I Go into Acting?

Many horoscopes give us the answer in several different ways; this is an example of such a chart. In this horoscope, you are shown by Saturn, Lord of the first house itself. Saturn is not doing terribly well, as it is in Leo, the sign of its detriment. This can simply mean that you are discouraged and unhappy about your current life situation and are looking for a way out. Acting may be the dream that you have always held in the back of your mind, and now, in times of difficulty, you are turning to it.

Even though acting may at first seem Mercurial (Mercury being the trickster god), it is ruled by Venus, which rules actors and plays, and presumably, the movies. In this horoscope, Venus is not very strong. It is in Virgo, the sign of its fall, and in the malefic eighth house. This is one testimony that acting will not give you the satisfaction or financial support you need. Of course, this does not mean that you shouldn’t try it as a hobby, on a part-time basis. That would be an excellent way to test out the waters, both in terms of making it a career, and in seeing how satisfactory it would be as a pursuit.

Now, to confirm this testimony, we would also look to the fifth house and its ruler, which naturally rules acting, being the house of pleasure and entertainment. The fifth house is ruled by Mercury, because the fifth cusp is in Gemini. Mercury is somewhat better off than Venus, but still not great. Mercury is Peregrine, which means that it is in a degree in the sign where does not have dignity. That is rather better than being in fall, but would not promise an amazing career.

The nice thing with Mercury is that it is in Libra, where it exalts Saturn. So this shows that while acting may not be an amazing profession, it is one that will treat you reasonably well. Note, however, that the antiscion of Mercury opposes our fallen Venus. So even though Mercury is reasonably good, there will still be some kind of hidden problems with your acting career.

As far as making a living from acting, we would have to look at the second house from the fifth, which shows money from entertainment. This is ruled by the Moon, which is in Virgo. The Moon does not have a lot of dignity where it is, which makes me think that you will not be able to have a solid, reliable income from acting. Again, this does not preclude you from picking it up as a hobby.

Waiting for the Miracle – Leonard Cohen

July 22, 2006 by  

St. Francis - The Miracle of the Spring

Baby, I’ve been waiting,
I’ve been waiting night and day.
I didn’t see the time,
I waited half my life away.
There were lots of invitations
and I know you sent me some,
but I was waiting
for the miracle, for the miracle to come.

– From “Waiting for the Miracle” by Leonard Cohen

The singer/songwriter/poet Leonard Cohen hardly needs an introduction;his carefully crafted lyricism has inspired countless musicians from Suzanne Vega to U2. I recently saw the documentary Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man and became curious about Cohen’s horoscope and what it showed about his unique artistic style. For those unfamiliar with Cohen’s writing, he is at once deeply melancholy and humorous, a romantic on an endless quest for redemption and rare Grace.

Even before I had seen the documentary, it was clear to me that Cohen was a melancholic, though obviously with a twist, since melancholics are not in themselves given to pouring out their experiences to the world. He struggled for many years with depression (perhaps not unlike Lilly’s “hypochondriac melancholy”) and has come out the better for it, his innate lyrical ability burnished by the friction between the attraction of the material on the one hand and a striving for salvation on the other. Several years in a Zen monastery on California’s Mount Baldy seems to have refined Cohen’s perspective without necessarily dulling his acute power of observation. His birth chart is below:

Leonard Cohen Horoscope

Note that the birth time is approximate, and thus may actually give an early Libra Ascendant. Regardless of this, however, the conclusions I reach would be largely similar. Neurosurgery this is not.

The Lord of the Geniture here is Saturn retrograde in its own sign in the 5th house of creative works. Cohen is said to spend a year on each song, refining it through numerous drafts to create a polished gem. This is a Saturnian process indeed, with the endless revisions expected from a retrograde planet. And yet, Saturn in the 5th house will leave its stamp on the native’s creations (be they children, poems or songs) – Cohen is not known for chipper musical fare. And yet, the whole thing is saved by a trine from Jupiter near Spica in the 2nd house. In its higher sense, the 2nd house shows the self-worth of the native. Jupiter on Spica, a religiously orientated, benefic fixed star will give an eternal belief that redemption is possible. This constant religious yearning is present in seemingly every song and poem, whether overtly spiritual or not. Let us move on to the overall temperament; using Lilly’s method, the constitution is strongly melancholic and overwhelmingly dry.

Along with the usual traits of melancholics, Cohen has quite a dry sense of humor (he said of his first stay at the Zen monastery that he left because it was run by a Japanese Roshi, with a German head monk and with all the Americans walking around in sandals, it seemed to him too much like revenge for World War II). Along with Jupiter, an important source of life-giving moisture here is the Moon in Pisces on Fomalhaut, a royal fixed star that gives treasures in the next world. Cohen spent many years working hard to renounce material success and acclaim; perhaps only his stay in an austere monastery, serving as a cook and driver to the Roshi (6th house of servitude) allowed him to satisfy that longing. The long sabbatical seems to have refreshed Cohen’s spirits and creativity in a way his previous efforts did not. The proximity of the Part of Fortune further underscores the importance of renunciation and service in his very core of the being.

Finally, then, we come to Cohen’s art. First house Mercury rules the chart, and we immediately notice its mutual reception with the very weak Venus in the 12th house. This connection immediately makes one think of artistic skill, and yet, with the difficult Venus, the artistic process cannot be easy nor joyful so much as an urgent necessity. Mercury and Venus further dominate the chart by reception; five planets are in the dignities of one of the planets. Notably, Saturn, the Lord of the Geniture is not one of those five. This may signify that ultimately, he will do his best work when he approaches his creativity as a discipline, rather than merely a means to create art (Venus) or express himself (Mercury). I believe that Cohen has been largely successful in this – ultimately, he says, he is a vehicle through which art and Grace flow as They will, when they will. His goal is simply to be prepared when They arrive.

“There is a crack in everything;
That’s how the light gets in.”

– Leonard Cohen