Category: Leo: Star, Stage, and Sunshine

Will the Real Aries Moon Wonder Woman Please Stand Up?

I imagine most folks in Hollywood are at least loosely familiar with Sun sign astrology. A person’s Sun sign is certainly important but it really takes a backseat to the Moon sign when it comes to figuring out which roles are best for which actors. This is because the Sun sign correlates to the conscious mind while the Moon sign correlates to the unconscious mind. As with an iceberg and its tip, what lies below (the unconscious) is orders of magnitude more powerful than what lies above (the conscious). Ideally a role matches up with an actor’s Moon and their Sun but at the very least it needs to line up with their Moon for them to truly resonate with the role.

Actress Lynda Carter of Wonder Woman fame, for instance, has her Moon (instincts) in Aries, the sign of the Trailblazer, the Daredevil, the Warrior, the Survivor, the Competitor, the Ass-Kicker, the Amazon Warrior of the Zodiac. Her Sun in “lights, camera, action” Leo certainly helped in terms of stage presence but it was that Aries Moon that allowed her to instinctually “click” into the role of Wonder Woman. (Analysis of Lynda Carter’s Natal Chart)

That wardrobe transformation spin move still works so well after all these years because it was a near perfect, if dramatized, projection of her internal patterns out onto the external world of film: from her South Node (past lives) in Virgo (The Analyst) to her Moon (instincts) in Aries (The Warrior) all in one big bright flash (Sun in Leo).

NBC’s 2011 failed attempt at a remake of Wonder Woman really illustrates how astrology can be put to practical use. NBC produced some screen tests of actress Adrianne Palicki of Friday Night Lights fame as Wonder Woman running through the streets of Manhattan before quickly canning the project. (Palicki’s Chart) As astrologer Mystic Medusa pointed out, “Adrianne’s a beautiful woman for sure but [with three planets in Taurus] she vibes like she’s running to the bakery.” (Source)

Mrs. Medusa obviously did not intend her comment as a critique of Palicki’s appearance, dietary habits, or athletic abilities. She’s a great actress and it’s clear takes excellent care of herself. It’s just that Taurus is the slow moving, silently powerful, super sensualist of the Zodiac. It’s the sign most associated with food, farming, fertility, and fabulously luxuriant creature comforts. Hand a woman with that much Taurus in her chart Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth and she’ll likely lasso herself a deliciously rich meal and a 2 hour massage from Hanz the masseuse.

Palicki’s Moon, meanwhile, is in Pisces — the mind-reading mystic of the Zodiac. Symbolized as a fish, Pisces is at its highest expression the sign of universal compassion. But when Pisces goes bad it morphs into a primal sea-monster whose rage is as vast as the ocean itself. With her Sun in sensual Taurus and her Moon in sea-faring Pisces, Palicki was a spot on selection for the role of Nadia, the mind-reading, shape-shifting siren of sensual destruction and doom in the 2006 Aquaman pilot:

While Palicki’s instincts for the sensual depths may be superb, as a Taurus/Pisces she’s not the optimal choice to portray a fast moving, high flying, and extremely fiery character such as Wonder Woman.

So what actress does fit the bill? The best candidate for the role, so far as I can tell, is soap opera star Nadia Bjorlin. Like Lynda Carter, Bjorlin is a Leo Sun, Aries Moon, making her an astro-twin of Carter’s. (Bjorlin’s Natal Chart) Take a look at this clip from the 2007 film Redline where she plays a professional singer who moonlights as a custom race car mechanic to see what I mean:

I’m not sure what Eddie Griffith was supposed to be doing in this film but his line to Bjorlin at :08 of the above clip, “they must have put jet fuel in your baby bottle” happens to be an excellent approximation of the Aries Moon. The Moon describes what a person finds emotionally nourishing. When it is placed in Aries, the person is nourished by action, adventure, excitement, and speed. It’s the perfect Moon placement for an actress portraying an exciting, fast-moving, and extremely adventuresome character such as Wonder Woman.

Lynda Carter, Nadia Bjorlin: Same Fundamental Psychology, a Few Mars/Venus Tweaks

All twins have differences and astro-twins (people with the same Sun/Moon pairing) are no exception to this. Two major differences between Bjorlin and Carter’s charts that would color their respective versions of Wonder Woman are as follows:

Difference #1: Bjorlin has a Mars/Pluto conjunction in her chart, indicative of “killer instincts”. (Source) Placed in the sign of Libra – the most socially adept and aesthetically oriented of signs – she would bring a suave ruthlessness to a remake of Wonder Woman.

Difference #2: Bjorlin’s Venus (the planet of style) is in chatty Gemini where Carter’s Venus is in bookish Virgo. Wonder Woman’s alter ego Diana Prince would thus have to be retooled as a blogger, news columnist, or somebody who works with social networking systems instead of a nurse to best match the strengths of Bjorlin’s chart.

So while tweaks to the character would be necessary to make the best use of Bjorlin’s Mars/Venus placements, she’s got the fundamental astro-goods to project as a credible Wonder Woman. With the same Sun/Moon pairing as Lynda Carter, she’d likely even remind people a bit of the original Wonder Woman although they wouldn’t be exactly sure why.

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Leo Sun, Capricorn Moon: The Mega-Star Monarch and the Main Event Mafia

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Combine the larger than life stage presence of a Leo Sun with large scale organizational instincts of a Capricorn Moon and you get a Sun/Moon pairing that’s ambitious, goal-oriented, and completely determined to achieve worldly success. Astrologer Jefferson Anderson refers to the Leo Sun, Capricorn Moon pairing as “The Monarch” who “is capable of frighting levels of effort and tremendous amounts of responsibility even when clothed in that outrageous outfit of yours.” (Source) Arnold Schwarzenegger is a Leo Sun, Capricorn Moon well-known for putting forth frighting levels of effort to get to the top of Hollywood even as he donned outrageous outfits. (Chart)

When Leo turns to its dark side it goes from being the sign of entertainment and generosity to being the sign of privilege and tyranny while Capricorn is the only Moon sign which can shut off its emotions with the ice-cold totality of a cyborg. While nobody can doubt Arnold’s work ethic, there are plenty of people who feel he ran the state of California like a highly privileged tyrant who went after groups such as the nurse and teacher unions with all the ruthlessness of a cyborg. Fortunately few Leo/Capricorns will express this pairing’s gifts in such an extreme manner.

Professional wrestler Paul Levesque (aka “Triple H”) is a Leo Sun, Capricorn Moon who, much like his Austrian astro-twin, is also known for putting forth frighting levels of effort even when dressed in totally outrageous outfits. (Chart) Astrologer Carolyn Reynolds writes of the Leo/Capricorn man’s Sherman tank like modus operandi, “This is a steamroller combination. Remember the song, ‘I’m a steamroller, baby, I’m gonna roll over you’? Well, this man means it”. (Source) In 2011 Levesque took a moment out of his steamroller like schedule for an interview with the Wall Street Journal to discuss how he balances being an in-ring performer (Leo) for the WWE with being one of the company’s highest-ranking executives (Capricorn):

Being interviewed by Wall Street Journal — the world’s foremost business journal — is a big deal for anybody but for a Leo/Capricorn like Levesque it’s a life long touchstone. In their book on Sun/Moon pairings, astrologers Charles and Suzi Harvey summarize the Leo/Capricorn native’s affinity for big business, bright lights, fat checks, and adoring fans when they write, “You have the disposition of the mega-star who will not rest until he’s sure that he’s arrived and can call the shots.” (Source) As one of the WWE’s most popular performers Levesque is a real life “mega-star”. Now that he’s one of the company’s top executives he’s also literally “calling the shots”.

Astrologer Stella Hyde tells us that showy Leo Suns make for great media moguls and circus ringmasters while Capricorn Moons derive emotional nourishment from work environments so demanding they would break the spirits of anybody this side of a mafia boss. Both Schwarzenegger and Levesque are media moguls who have succeeded in environments that require them to pair the extravagance of a circus ringmaster with the tough-mindedness of a mafia boss. Combine a Leo Sun’s orientation to being center stage with the uncompromising work ethic of a Capricorn Moon and you could say this is the Sun/Moon combination of the “Main Event (Leo) Mafia (Capricorn)”, one who will do whatever it takes to get the “brass ring” and, more importantly, to keep it. As Levesque explains in this (quasi) out-of-character video documenting his real-life training regimen, “You have to work your ass off harder than everybody else. The stuff you do to get to the top is only part of what you do to stay there”. Just about any Leo/Capricorn will agree with those sentiments:

So long as it keeps its considerable ego in check this Sun/Moon pairing has enough determination to move mountains. Astrologer Bil Tierney writes of this pairing, “Endowed with self-command, inner strength and a sturdy backbone, this pairing will not knuckle under when the chips are down and going gets tough.” (Source) Watch the following video of Levesque recounting the 9 months of intense rehabilitation he endured following a gruesome knee injury in 2001 for an example of this pairing’s “refusal to knuckle under even when the going gets tough”.

If Leo/Capricorn wasn’t so good at keeping its emotions locked up and under wraps you’d think Levesque actually enjoyed the process. If nothing else, the rehab process forced him to block out all distractions so he could focus on a single, all-encompassing goal related to his career on the world stage. That type of austere, all-business, nose-to-the grindstone environment is secretly a dream come true for a Leo/Capricorn.

The biographical arcs of people with the same Sun/Moon pairing often bear an impossible to dismiss resemblance to each other. In the case of Arnold and Levesque, both men got their starts in physically oriented forms of theater: Arnold started as a bodybuilding champion, Levesque as a professional wrestling champion. Arnold first achieved fame portraying The Terminator, a ruthless cybernetic assassin. Levesque achieved fame portraying a ruthless version of his wrestling persona called the “Cerebral Assassin”. Both men have also married into powerful families: Arnold into the Kennedy political dynasty, Levesque into the McMachon wrestling dynasty.

In 2002 John Milius, the writer-director who cast Arnold as Conan the Barbarian back in 1982 said Levesque was considered the frontrunner to portray the character in the film’s remake. (Source) Portraying a barbarian king is a slam dunk for Leo/Capricorn as this Sun/Moon combo is a natural at political or military leadership. Norman Schwarzkopf and Napolean Bonaparte, for instance, are both Leo/Capricorns.

The Whole Foods corporation is also a Leo/Capricorn. (Chart) While obviously not a military empire, the Whole Foods corporation is an economic empire considered by many to be the “Barbarian King” of the natural foods industry. (Source)

Comedian Lucille Ball is a Leo Sun, Capricorn Moon who was known to manage her career in the entertainment industry as strategically as a military general or business executive. She wasn’t a barbarian queen per-se but her aptitude for “big business, bright lights, fat checks, and adoring fans” would find resonance with her barbarian king astro-twins Mr. Scharwzenegger and Mr. Levesque. (Chart)

Levesque first met his “Barbarian King” astro-twin back in 1999 when Arnold Scharwzenegger made an appearance on WWE Smackdown. Fast forward to 2:55 to watch their truly one of a kind cosmological encounter:

It’s not everyday that a person meets their astro-twin, let alone gets pimp-slapped by them on live television. But that’s Leo Sun, Capricorn Moon for you. No one stage or screen is large enough for two members of the Zodiac’s Mega-Star Monarch club.

About the Author: Matt Savinar is a California licensed attorney (State Bar #228957), voluntarily inactive as of June 2013. He can be reached for questions, comments, or consults at his contact page.

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