Category: Astrology of Film and Television

Capricorn Sun, Aries Moon: The Barbarian Queen and the Business Woman, the Bulldozer and the Battering Ram, the Steam Engine and the Steamroller, the Overlord and the Overachiever, the Rebel with a Cause and the Anarchist with an MBA ("With weapon in hand and arse in saddle I go")

Capricorn is the sign of the Prime Minister, the Authority Figure, the Administrator, the Strategist, the Business Man, the CEO, the General, the Admiral, and the Tycoon. When a person’s Sun (identity) is in Capricorn (strategy) they will come to be identified with their capacity for organization, management, and long term planning. Benjamin Franklin is a Capricorn. In addition to being a great inventor, Franklin organized a number of large scale civic institutions including several universities and even the U.S. Postal Service. Capricorn is the sign of hard won material success so Franklin would probably be pleased to know his face now graces the front of the $100 dollar bill:

Aries, sitting 90 degrees away from Capricorn, is a radically different sign. Capricorn respects the rules while Aries breaks them, particularly those they see as unjust. This is the sign of the Trail Blazer and the Troublemaker, the Firestarter and the Firefighter, the Lone Explorer and the Last Man Standing, the Daredevil and the Disruptor, the Survivor and the Superhero, the Amazon Warrior Princess and the Ass-Kicker in Chief. When a person’s Moon (emotional needs) is in Aries (ass-kicking) they’re nourished by anything that involves going “head-to-head” against an overwhelming challenge. Civil rights leader Malcolm X, famous for his philosophy of “by any means necessary”, is an Aries Moon:

Combining the highly organized, hard working, rule-making nature of a Capricorn Sun with the aggressive, risk-taking instincts of an Aries Moon, this pairing wants to climb to the top of life’s mountain’s like the Mountain Goat (Capricorn Sun) while simultaneously being the first one to scale them like the Ram (Aries Moon). This pairing will set seemingly insurmountable goals and then pursue them with determination of a bulldozer, a battering ram, and a B-52 bomber all rolled into one. Astrologer Hazel Dixon Cooper says “nothing short of a nuclear bomb” can stop this pairing once it puts its mind to something. (Source) To illustrate: King Henry IV of France is a Capricorn Sun, Aries Moon. (Chart) Arguably the most revered monarch in French history, Henry once explained that he ruled France with “weapon in hand and arse in saddle”, a line which could double as this pairing’s life motto.

Capricorn Sun, Aries Moon rules “with weapon in hand and arse in saddle” (Pictured: Henry IV)

True to his Capricorn/Aries pedigree, Henry set and accomplished extraordinarily ambitious goals during his reign. These included “the promotion of agriculture, and the construction of a new system of tree-lined highways, and the renewal of Paris as a great city.” (Source) He reduced France’s national debt by 90% while financing several expeditions to the new world, including one by Samuel de Champlain that laid claim to the entirety of North America.

Tenacious, tireless, forceful and focused, this is the Sun/Moon pairing of the “well heeled member of the business world” who is simultaneously a “wild-haired leader of the revolution”. Henry IV, for instance, ultimately became the King of France but as a young man he was imprisoned by the Catholic Church for for being a Hugenot. For those may not be read up on the history of religious warfare, the Hugenots were to the Catholic Church of the 16th century what anarchist computer hackers are to Wall Street banks here in the 21st. A Hugenot like Henry becoming King of France can thus be likened to a modern day young person who works for Wikileaks becoming president of the United States in 30 years.

Speaking of computer hackers who later ascend to great worldly success . . . using its launch date of 1/2/93 as its date of birth, the magazine Wired is a Capricorn Sun, Aries Moon. (Chart) Take a look at this photo from the magazine’s initial issue as it offers an uncannily accurate approximation of the Capricorn Sun, Aries Moon combination:

Capricorn Sun, Aries Moon is both the Tribal Chief and the Tribal Outlaw

These days can find the magazine on the desks of executives throughout Silicon Valley, making it very much a “well heeled member of the business world”. Yet in its 20 year history it has routinely pushed the limits of what status-quo interests find acceptable. Take a look at the cover of the magazine’s second issue back in February 1993 as it bears more than a striking resemblance to imagery associated with the Zeitgeist, Occupy, and Anonymous movements of nearly 20 years later:

Second Issue of Wired Magazine, Copyright Conde Nast

More recently, the magazine’s March 2012 cover story on a new, terrifyingly vast NSA surveillance system created a shit-storm of Defcon One proportions while the Pentagon has admitted to keeping close tabs on its controversial “Danger Room” blog. This willingness to throw blows at the establishment has generated for the magazine a tremendous degree street credibility among wild-haired leaders of the revolution (Aries) even as it continues to rake in the big bucks from the business world (Capricorn).

According to astrologers Suzi and Charles Harvey one of two metaphoric images for the Capricorn Sun, Aries Moon combination is “An impetuous entrepreneur persuades a conservative banker to back an ambitious project.” (Source) That’s an excellent approximation of Wired as it was founded by former anarchist Louis Rosetto who received initial backing for the magazine from a wealthy Dutch investor. (Source)

Even the most successful of Capricorn/Aries individuals will typically retain sympathy for the upstarts and the outlaws of society. Henry IV, for instance, converted to Calvinism (the dominant religious force of his time) yet passed a series of edicts that guaranteed fair treatment to long oppressed Protestants. (Source) Wired is now owned by Conde Nast, a major Wall Street company (the dominant financial force of our time), yet has continued to publish surprisingly fair articles about Occupy Wall Street and other techno-cultural minority groups.

Of the 144 Sun/Moon pairings this is one of the best for the capacity to organize large scale, long-term projects, involving lots of people, large sums of money, and even larger obstacles. Astrologer Carolyn Reynolds tells us that Capricorn Sun, Aries Moon individuals often plan their lives at least 20-30 years in advance. (Source) King Henry, for instance, approved the construction of the Pont Neuf in 1577. It took 30 years to build and, amazingly enough, is still standing today 450 years later.

Capricorn Sun, Aries Moon excels at organizing ambitious, large scale projects. Pictured Above: Painting of Pont Neuf in France

On a similar note, Wired’s initial issues back in 1993 included articles on cyber-warfare, cell phone hacking, nano-technology, artificial intelligence, global warming, and even online dating a good 10 years before the general public knew such things even existed. Capricorn/Aries is a major money-maker combination that gets down to brass tacks from the word “go”. It’s thus no surprise Wired’s debut issue sold 100,000 copies, a huge number of sales for a project as radically ambitious for the world of early 1990s technology publishing as the Pont Neuf was for the world of of 1570s construction technology.

Speaking of radically ambitious projects involving technology, construction, and publishing: James Watt, the inventor of the steam engine, is a Capricorn Sun, Aries Moon. (Chart) His engine is the foundation upon which all of industrial civilization is built while his name is now used to measure “watts” of electricity, the very commodity that fuels the information superhighway we all now live on to some extent. That a Capricorn/Aries is directly responsible for both the industrial revolution and information revolution should give you some idea of just how much material success this combination is capable of achieving.

Capricorn Sun, Aries Moon: Gangster Wars and Zombie Apocalypses

The level of tension inside a Capricorn Sun, Aries Moon person puts them at a very high risk for breakdown, burnout, and ballistic level emotional apocalypses. It also has a tendency to bulldoze over more timid souls and to take a “my way or the highway” approach to life. Gangster Al Capone, for instance, is a Capricorn Sun, Aries Moon. (Chart) His philosophy of ruthlessness, aggression, self-interest, and excessive ego was immortalized in the 1987 film The Untouchables where he was portrayed by actor Robert Deniro:

In addition to excelling at running (or fighting) crime syndicates, Capricorn/Aries individuals are also psychologically positioned to do well once the Zombie Apocalypse occurs. This is because, according to astrologer Austin Coppock, Aries is the sign most associated with the Apocalypse while Capricorn is the sign most associated with Zombies. (Source) To illustrate: Astrologers Suzi and Charles Harvey tell us that one of the two symbolic images for the combination of Capricorn Sun with Aries Moon is, “A Roman city state is attacked by barbarians but its solid walls keep the marauding bandits at bay.” (Source) Is it just me or does that sound a lot like the Roman Empire’s version of the Zombie Apocalypse?

Capricorn Sun, Aries Moon: Bloodthirsty barbarian vandals sacking Rome or radically ambitious journalists sacking corporate media?

The Harveys’ intended that image as a metaphor but a number of prominent Capricorn Sun, Aries Moon natives do seem to get involved in endeavors that bear a striking resemblance to the Zombie Apocalypse. Using its premier date as its date of birth, the 1927 film Metropolis, is a Capricorn Sun, Aries Moon. (Natal Chart) Set inside a dystopic mega-city, the film concludes with the dispossessed members of society storming the gates of the city’s power generator in a manner eeriely similar to actual Zombies:

The astrological chart of a film will describe both its plot and its role in or effect upon the film industry itself. Metropolis is considered the first “modern” science fiction film as it made use of special effects techniques radically more advanced that other films of the same era. You could even go so far as to say Metropolis was to the 1920s film industry what Wired was to the 1990s magazine industry. In true Capricorn/Aries style, both endeavors were radically ambitious, way ahead of their time, and totally laid waste to the stagnant Zombie-like conformity of their contemporaries.

Metropolis isn’t the only Capricorn/Aries who accurately predicted the dystopia that is a technological civilization run totally amok. Author E.M. Forster was also a Capricorn Sun, Aries Moon. (Source) In 1909 he penned “The Machine Stops”, a terrifyingly prescient novel about the collapse of a futuristic society that has developed a Zombie-like dependency on advanced machines. The novel even includes the presence of an all-knowing information search engine that allows people to talk with each other via tele-screens. (No joke.) Wired predicted the internet would take over our lives when most people were still sending letters via snail mail, Forster managed to foresee the same development when most people were still commuting to work via horses. Capricorn/Aries is often way ahead of its time.

In 1966, the BBC television series Out of the Unknown used The Machine Stops as the basis for a 50-minute episode that will leave you with an icy feeling of terror as chilling as Forster’s original literary articulation:

Astrologer Steven Forrest, whose writings are as coherent as E.M. Forster’s are chilling, is also a Capricorn Sun, Aries Moon. (Chart) Although he shares the same Sun/Moon pairing of the Zombie Apocalypse, Forrest is definitely neither a zombie or an advocate for the apocalypse. He is, however, one the world’s foremost experts on the “Cardinal Cross”, a series of astrological transits that symbolize structural changes in society so deep that anybody clinging to the status quo will likely perceive them as something akin to a Zombie Apocalypse:

Astrologer Sue Tompkins says the Capricorn/Aries square excels at endeavors “which require true grit such as rock climbing, mountaineering and others that necessitate battling the elements.” (Source) Medical missionary Albert Schweitzer is a Capricorn Sun, Aries Moon who battled the elements in sub-Saharan Africa back at turn of the 20th century in order to deliver much needed medical care to isolated peoples. (Chart) Schweitzer didn’t believe in Zombies but he did start off as a theologian who believed Jesus Christ came to Earth to save it from a series of fiery catastrophes not totally unlike those depicted in modern day Apocalypse films. Inspired to spread the gospel via medical work, in 1912 he raised enough money to equip a modern hospital in Gabon where patients flocked to see him. None of his patients were at risk of having their brains eaten by actual zombies but a good number did come to him suffering from Syphilis, a disease which ultimately destroys the brain. In 1952 he was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. In 2009 his life was the subject of a docudrama:

Schweitzer spent the final years of life working to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, which most definitely are a tool of persons possessed by a Zombie like disregard for people and planet.

Paul Revere, best known for warning the colonists “The Zombies are coming, the Zombies are coming!” during his midnight ride through Boston was a Capricorn Sun, Aries Moon.(Chart) Along with being the “messenger” of the American Revolution, Revere was instrumental in organizing the 18th century version of a high tech counterintelligence system that would impress even the tech-nerds who started Wired. (Source)

Capricorn Sun, Aries Moon native Paul Revere: "The Zombies are coming! The Zombies are coming!

That Capricorn Sun, Aries Moon natives would resonate with Zombie Apocalypse makes sense as this is the Sun/Moon pairing most likely to take a battering ram to outdated, outworn, and oppressive social structures. Zombies don’t last long when society is functioning in a way that serves people’s interests. Only when institutions have become riddled with decay, corruption, and severe levels of criminality do large numbers of people start thinking “Gee maybe organized Zombiedom is the answer.” The good news is that newer, healthier, and more functional structures can be built up once the Zombie Apocalypse has run its course. When that day comes you can bet there will be some extremely enterprising Capricorn Sun, Aries Moon individual right there in the middle of everything with “weapon in hand and arse in saddle” to organize all of us slackers into something resembling a functioning society.

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Both Cancer and Aries are “cardinal” signs which means they each like to initiate things albeit in very different ways. Cancer Sun likes to initiate when it comes to feeding the emotions, Aries Moon like to initiate when it comes to starting the fights. With the masculine side of the psyche (the Sun) in the most feminine sign (Cancer) and feminine side of the psyche (the Moon) in the most masculine sign (Aries), this pairing can have trouble deciding if its theme song is “Dear Mama” by Tupac Shakur or “Raising Hell” by Run DMC. Cancer is the most maternal sign but also the most moody. Aries is the most enthusiastic but also the most combative. Pair the two together and you get a very combustible emotional ecosystem, one that alternates between scalding hot and soothingly warm.

When it gets firing on all cylinders Cancer Sun, Aries Moon can be a very potent combination. Fill a cast iron pot with the feminine emotionality of Cancerian water, heat it with the masculine bravado of Aries fire and the result can be likened to a steam powered locomotive barreling down the tracks at full speed, whistles and horns blasting all the way:

At its best the Cancer Sun, Aries Moon individual will be caring yet courageous, emotionally sensitive yet extremely enterprising, with a shy disposition that belies near superhuman levels of energy. Astrologer Sue Tompkins says this combination is excellent for fighting on behalf of children or housing issues. (Source) Imagine Superman bottle feeding a baby or Wonder Woman running an orphanage and you’ll have a pretty good idea of how this combination’s modus operandi once it reconciles the feminine (Cancer) and masculine (Aries) sides of its psyche.

Mixed Martial Arts superstar Bobby Lashley is a Cancer Sun, Aries Moon and about as close a real life example of “Superman bottle feeding a baby” as you’re likely to find. (Chart) A collegiate wrestling champion in the mid-1990s, Lashley spent a few years as a professional (choreographed) wrestler before moving into the world of professional cage fighting. He now runs a Denver Colorado gym where he trains children in the martial arts. Fast forward to :49 for a great example of somebody whose combined a Cancer Sun’s nurturing capabilities with an Aries Moon’s instincts for competition:

According to astrologers Suzi and Charles Harvey, one of two metaphoric images for the highest expression of the Cancer Sun, Aries Moon pairing is “A suffragette takes to the barricades in aid of her cause”. (Source) Lashley’s not a “suffragette taking to the barricades in aid of her cause” to quote the Harveys’ metaphoric image for this pairing but he is a fighter whose taken to the martial arts ages in aid of those kids. The second metaphoric image for Cancer/Aries according to the Harveys is “A quiet homebody becomes a sports champion.” (Source) That too is an excellent approximation of Lashley as he is a sports champion whose love of home and family comes through quite clearly in the above video.

Cancer Sun, Aries Moon: A Superman Complex, Sense of Defensiveness

At its highest expression, Cancer Sun, Aries Moon is the pairing of “the heroic spirit” who “goes to the mat” for a cause. There are, however, downsides to being so heroic all the time. Astrologer Jefferson Anderson warns of the Cancer Sun, Aries Moon individual’s propensity for burnout and breakdown:

It’s not easy to live up to that Superman or Wonder Woman self-image of yours. Self acceptance is the key to many of the problems you encounter. It’s nearly impossible to meet all the goals you will set for yourself, so stop racing around risking heart attack and nervous breakdown . . . (Source)

Lashley has never had a heart attack or nervous breakdown but his single loss as a professional fighter came during a bout with mononucleosis, most likely brought on by over-training himself to the point of collapse. (Source) Following that loss he was ordered by doctors to take four months off from physical activity. Those months must have felt like near-death as Cancer Sun, Aries Moon is one of the most impatient of the 144 Sun/Moon pairings.

The other big challenge for this pairing is taking things too personally. The Harveys warn that this pairing “can easily develop a chip on the shoulder”. (Source) In each of the above videos, Lashley mentions “the critics”. What he’s referring to is the peanut gallery of cyber-haters who give him static via the internet for having spent a few years as a WWE performer in between his collegiate wrestling and professional fighting careers.

Objectively the guy shouldn’t be the least bit concerned about what a bunch of losers on the inter-tubes have to say as he’s got money in the bank, almost reached the Olympics as an amateur wrestler, has a burgeoning career as a professional fighter, and is clearly doing the right thing by the kids who train at his gym. But neither Cancer or Aries are known for their objectivity.

Cancer Sun, Aries Moon Astro-Twins: Half Crab, Half Ram, All Hero

Lashley has several astro-twins worth mentioning. The first is cult film RoboCop starring Peter Sellers as a deceased Detroit cop reborn as a cybernetic bad-ass. The film was released (born) July 17th, 1987 making it a Cancer Sun, Aries Moon just like Lashley. (Chart) Astro-twins often bear an impossible to ignore resemblance to each other even if not related by blood. In the case of Bobby Lashley and Robocop, it’s hard not to notice some similarities between the two at least in terms of physical build and basic modus operandi:

In the film’s concluding scene Robocop arrests the corrupt CEO of Omni Consumer Products, the mega-corporation that has been plotting to destroy Detroit and replace it with a corporate paradise called “Delta City”. The film thus centers around a bad-ass (Aries) who goes to the mat for home and family (Cancer).

Stunt pilot Melisa Pemberton, recently featured alongside her husband Rex Pemberton in an Outside Magazine article entitled “As Long as They Both Shall Live” is also a Cancer Sun, Aries Moon. (Chart) Like most natives of this pairing, she combines the feminine sensibilities of a Cancer Sun with the risk-taking instincts of an Aries Moon:

At first glance you might not think she and Bobby Lashley would have much in common as she’s a cute white chick and he’s a ginormous bald headed black man. If, however, you look beyond their immediate appearances they actually do have similar career arcs. Lashley makes his living by taking to the mixed martial arts cages to do heart pounding battle with foes. Pemberton makes her living by taking to the skies to do heart pounding stunts with her plane. Like Lashley, she is a sports champion whose love of home and family comes through quite clearly in the above video.

Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to climb Mt. Everest, is a Cancer Sun, Aries Moon. (Chart) When not prepping for one of his many adventures, Hilary spent most of his time in the privacy of his home in New Zealand.

Hillary didn’t “take to the barricades in aid of a cause” but he did take to the mountain tops from where he provided much needed aid for the Nepalese people by way of non-profit trust he created.

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