May I introduce Sir Ian McKellen.
Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE * is an English actor. He has won multiple Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, two Academy Award nominations, and five Emmy Award nominations. His work has spanned genres from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. He is known for film roles such as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Magneto in the X-Men films, and as Sir Leigh Teabing in The Da Vinci Code.
McKellen was made a * Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1979, was knighted in 1991 for services to the performing arts,and was made a * Companion of Honour for services to drama and to equality, in the 2008 New Year Honours. (wiki)
I will start by saying Sir Ian is so sweet and kind, with a Gemini twinkle in his eye, quite a lovely flirt, really. He’s fabulous — so fabulous I named my singing toad after him. Yes, I knighted my toad ! Sir Toadie was recorded in one of the most acoustically perfect halls in the country. true story. I knew when eclipse toad showed up good things were coming … Sir Ian is a May 25th Gemini, so I am writing & posting tonight – he is in the future in New Zealand and I want this up for his solar return YaY !
Gandalf and Magneto and a Knight
How cool is That ?!
* Happy Birthday Sir Ian ! *
Look how cool !
A moth showed up, right on time.
Precisely when he meant to..!
When times grew desperate, Gandalf contacted Gwaihir, Lord of the Eagles, by means of a small moth. It was Radagast the Brown who told the eagles that Gandalf had visited with Saruman in the books; in the movie, Gandalf is seen speaking with the moth. (LotR wiki)
Moth totem: sensitivity to vibrations, awareness, transition and metamorphosis. Lunar light and instinctual adjusting of the course, allure in love, camouflage.
Ian is a Gemini Sun, Virgo Moon, Sagittarius rising, making Jupiter his chart ruler.
Aries Jupiter (is Mars powered) is in the 3rd (communication) house trine 29 degree (culmination degree) Pluto in Cancer, 8th house. Pluto (inner energy, transformative experiences) rules the 8th, is strong, yet fluctuating (Moon ruled house, opposite Mars).
Gemini Sun trines Mars in Aquarius, making Ian a revolutionary (Aquarius) communicator through art and film (Mars trine Neptune at mid-heaven).
Pluto and Mars (Mars is most highly aspected, strong) both square Venus in Taurus, and are opposite each other, which forms a T-Square with Venus as the focal planet. Venus, the planet of art, love and money is strong in Taurus, the sign it rules. Venus as focal planet, means it will be forced to metamorph the very powerful energies of Mars and Pluto into artwork, beauty and works of love.
Pluto points to a strong desire nature with opposition to Mars (outward bound energies) in Aquarius, as well as the square (inner tension) to Venus in possessive Taurus. Pluto in the last degree of Moon-ruled Cancer is a nod to the metamorphic effect Ian has on the public (Moon rules public), through his natural ability to teach and lead by example (Virgo 9th house) through the arts (Neptune [rules film, inspired art] at mid-heaven) and film.
I find it interesting that outward bound Mars is in a sign of polarities (Aquarius), Plutonian inner power is fluctuating in Cancer, and Ian has Mercury (dual perceptions) conjunct Uranus (polarities, magnetics) in artistic Taurus. Ian is very adept at seeing both sides of any given situation. He uses this instinctual observation, this intuitive sense (Taurus rules the senses) of dualities to in turn enrich his portrayal of character.
He feels and senses the depth and rich undertones (Pluto Cancer 8 / Venus, Uranus, Mercury in creative 5th house) in humanity and conveys them through artistic means.
(Stellium in creative 5th house/ Mercury conj Uranus trine Neptune at mid-heaven.)
Moon is conjunct Part of Fortune in duty bound Virgo; both trine Saturn in Aries and Venus in Taurus. Long term (Saturn rules time and work) artistic career (Venus) in the public eye (Moon).
Ian has Mercury quintile (special talents) Pluto, making him a powerfully magnetic ( ! ) communicator, capable of captivating the public (Pluto in moon-ruled Cancer).
He also has Saturn and Neptune quintile Chiron, meaning his work is a powerful healing force to help others.
Ian has one planet retrograde, Neptune – which indicates his work and career in the arts will continue to flourish as he ages. Retrogrades signify planetary energies that are expressed inwardly while young, until an outside event forces them to be expressed outwardly when older. At which time, the energy is focused, channeled, and better directed in life.
Melin ceni hin lîn síla i ‘eladhach
Garo arad-o-onnad ‘elir !
Saesa omentien lle, Diola lle
Ná Elbereth veria le, ná elenath dín síla erin rád o chuil lín.