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May I introduce England’s most versatile actor, Mr. Sean Bean.  He holds a stellar career spanning every medium for approximately 20 years, in theater, radio, television and movies.  (IMDb) 

Sean is an Aries Sun, Leo Moon with North Node of Destiny in Libra.  Sun is exalted in Aries, the sign led by Mars the warrior.  Sun flavored by Mars brings great physical strength and enthusiasm to lead and achieve.  Fire Sun and Moon makes for a passionate man of action and inspiration.  Sean is a life path 9, this is a life of completion, attainment, wisdom and mysticism.

Sun opposing Neptune in Scorpio may bring disillusionment, through self (Sun) or others (opposition), slowed momentum or detours in life may come through strong desires and misplaced energies of this aspect. (Neptune in Scorpio: Pluto ruler of Scorpio most highly aspected; Pluto focal point of T-Square: Neptune square Moon/Uranus conjunction).  Working in film (Neptune rules) makes this placement easier as the energies of the ‘other’ via Neptune (inspired art) can be brought to life (Sun) and the vast creative imagination (Moon conjunct Uranus in Leo) unfurled to the highest good.

Virgo Pluto as most highly aspected planet, makes Sean a powerhouse of transformation – particularly trine Saturn, (long-term work and career, * see comments for death scenes – Pluto rules death) and trine the Sun which signals great intensity and ability to focus and research each role.  Not only will Sean lead a life of many changes, he will also serve as a catalyst for those he meets.

Pluto brings an intensity and drive to plumb the depths of the inner wellspring of personal power.  People with strong Pluto placements dig into the psyche like a porterhouse steak, it is an instinctual need to probe and penetrate the mysteries.  He chooses political thrillers, warriors, heroes that are meaty roles so he can have more fun fleshing out the richness of the character.  Pluto rules the underworld – think crime, mafia, secret government spies, etc.. Sean naturally gravitates towards these roles.

Mercury in Aries brings impatience to thinking and communicating with others, especially with a trine to clairvoyant Uranus conjunct intuitive Moon in Leo.  He’s a step ahead, a quick study who gets bored quickly with inessentials.  (Mercury speech square -inner tension- restrictive Capricorn Saturn Rx, and square Mars action.)  Though he may not speak of this impatience, he is likely quiet, but his mind (Mercury) is Mars-ruled and prefers to keep ideas and energy moving, he’s thinking plenty, but keeping it to himself.

Mars on a fluctuating water house (fluctuating Moon rules Cancer) swings from action to inaction, it tends to keep the lid on…simmering…to a boil.  Mars wants to express outwardly and Cancer wants to draw inward – the energies are at odds and it can indicate moodiness.  This aspect is also well channelled through film (Mars trine Neptune) and indicates an intuition about people – Mars in Cancer can tap this and employ it while emoting on camera.

Mercury is focal point (in a T-Square) square both Mars and Saturn Rx (Mars and Saturn Rx are opposite -in compromise- with each other). This creates an inner obstacle in communications involving instinctive actions and work.  Squares are more powerful than trines once we solve them because they are the whetstone on the blade – we sharpen our senses through repeated friction.

Mercury is the interpreter, and in Sean’s chart, it trines both expansive Jupiter in Sagittarius, and the powerful Uranus Moon conjunction in creative Leo.  Likely honing down the possibilities of each role, and fine tuning the potentials into the ‘set in stone’ final product is what he finds both difficult and yet highly rewarding.  Creative Venus in Gemini sees the dualities of every role and the opportunities (sextile Mercury) available, it is the choosing (Venus and Uranus rule choice) that proves difficult with fluctuating Moon in the house of artistic Leo conjunct Uranus (polarities).

Moon (emotions, women) conjunct Uranus (rebel, eccentric) in Leo brings not only enormous reserves of innovative creative WILL power (Leo motto : I Will.) but also uncanny intuitiveness, particularly surrounding females and the public (Moon rules).  They trine Mercury so smart, communicative females are likely among his close friends.  Uranus needs freedom and feelings can grow stale unless there are mental gymnastics at play.  Mercury in Aries likes to keep moving, so stimulating conversation is a must with all people he meets.

The downside of this conjunction is the possibility of frequent sudden unexpected emotional upsets.  Uranus is the unpredictable planet of change and innovation and it is tied up with Moon (feelings, women, home).  There will be fluctuation (Moon) and polarities can change regarding where the ‘heart’ (Leo rules) is placed in an instant.  To best use this energy (Uranus rules the electrical body) watch the lunar and solar cycles (flares, etc..) for mood (Moon) changes and channel the creativity of this aspect into artistic pursuits.  Find a way to get your zen on.  Sports (fire Sun and Moon), travel, exploring, and also reading as Jupiter trine Mercury makes for an eternal student, with a need for enriching experiences and new ideas.

Also, Uranus rules flight, Moon fluctuation.  This square (inner tension) from the house of Leo (ruled by Sun, life) to Neptune in Scorpio (ruled by Pluto, death) explains the reticence to fly.

Pluto is focal point of a T-Square – it squares Venus and Jupiter (Venus and Jupiter oppose each other).  Pluto wants the power in any relationship – squared up with Venus, power in romantic relationships.  Venus in Gemini is clever, versatile, observant and scatters ideas and energies.  Jupiter ruling Sagittarius is a strong placement bringing grandiose ideals and philosophies it is the placement of the higher mind, it is also expansive and scatters ideals and philosophies.  Virgo Pluto is going to want tight control over that Gemini Venus and Jupiter in Sagittarius – these energies are not naturally restrictive, so this aspect will need work to find balance.

Pluto in Virgo analyzes (Virgo motto: I analyze) everything (particularly true as Pluto is the most highly aspected planet) in life and wants to dig deep and improve: health, love, self, work, you name it.  Pluto the planet of transformation, death and rebirth is steeping in a Mercury ruled house, as is Venus (Mercury rules Gemini).  That indicates thinking and communication of all kinds regarding love, money and partnerships and details regarding them are being transformed by contact with Pluto.  Jupiter in Sagittarius is the expansive mind  the learning and teaching of life on a broader philosophic scale.  These three planets involved in a T-Square indicates a need to be as the eye of the storm – a stillness, a of peace of mind – within the turmoil of life changes.  Jupiter expands what it contacts, it does throw a beneficial influence, but it also indicates a need for caution when in square (inner tension) to Plutonian power.

Pluto opposes Chiron the wounded healer in Aquarius, the sign of curiosity and eccentrics, the sign of futuristic forward thinking.  Chiron placed here wants inventive ways of healing and learning, but in opposition (compromise with others) to Pluto, this placement can indicate revolutionary changes to ways of thinking (Pluto in Mercury – ruled Virgo), feeling (Uranus, rules Aquarius conjunct Moon in Leo) and knocks to the ego through the deeds of others.  Pluto in this aspect indicates a need to relinquish the desire to use personal power over others and instead channel that same vast inner power of Pluto for control over the self.  In this way, healing of self and others can be reached as a partnership, as a team.

North Node of Destiny in Venus – ruled Libra accentuates a creative direction in life and working with the creative opportunities inherent in the difficult Moon / Uranus conjunction (North Node sextiles both).  Sean has five retrograde planets (tendency to be solitary) which indicates an internal expression of the planetary energies until life circumstances force the planetary energies to be expressed outwardly. (more Rx info here)  They are Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto: the social and outer transpersonal planets.  Basically having retrogrades means you will work harder to get a handle on things – as you get older you will – then you will truly be a force to be reckoned with because you are so practiced at expressing the energies you have pondered for so long.

Quickie outlook: Currently work and relationships are getting an overhaul, transiting Pluto Rx is nearing Sean’s 7 degree natal Saturn Rx in Capricorn, bringing a re-structuring of work and career, and perhaps an authority figure (natal Sun opposite transiting Saturn) will force a career change (Pluto is transformative, change and rebirth) for the better. All the best, Sean…

Detholalle, astalder ~
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You’re lookin’ at country

May I introduce singer / songwriter, American music legend ~ Loretta Lynn.
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Born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky to a coal miner father, Lynn married at 13 years old, was a mother soon after, and moved to Washington with her husband, Oliver Vanetta Lynn, Jr. (b.1926, d.1996), nicknamed “Doo”. Their marriage was sometimes tumultuous; he had affairs and she was headstrong. Their experiences together became inspiration for her music. (wiki)
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I had the privilege of hearing Loretta sing a few years back and I gotta tell ya –
I was thrilled !   I love Loretta Lynn and her friend, Pasty Cline (click).  They are women of the highest caliber in my book – they blazed new trails in music and showed men in Nashville the power of women – both as singer / songwriter performers and also as women music fans.  Once Loretta and Pasty met, they became fast friends, supported each other, went on tour together, and they remained close until Patsy’s death. Loretta named one of her twins Peggy and the other Pasty.  They are both an inspiration to me.

Loretta sang of troubles from a woman’s viewpoint.  No subject was taboo – she sang about fighting off sexual advances of a come home late, good-timing drunk husband, fist fights, infidelity, teenage pregnancy, divorce and double- standards, the Pill, the Vietnam war, you name it – she spoke up about it – Loretta is Aries through and through !

A woman who had barely grown up before she started having babies, she was juggling being a mother with kids (4 children by the age of 19), her career and keeping a rocky marriage rolling while on tour and writing music.  She sang of real women troubles in straight talk, no glossy format- blunt and straight to the point, like you would dish with your best girlfriend over coffee. Women around the world love her for singing their stories and we still do.
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Her 1967 album, Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin, went to number one and became one of the first albums by a female country artist to go gold. (sales of 500,000 copies)  Loretta’s 1976 autobiography Coal Miner’s Daughter,  became a #1 bestseller making Loretta Lynn the first country music artist to make the New York Times bestseller list.

She has had ten Number 1 albums and sixteen Number 1 singles, four Grammies, seven AMA awards, she was the first woman named “Entertainer of the Year” by the Country Music Association, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988, and Loretta was the first female country musician to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1977.  She possibly had more banned songs than any other artist in the history of country music, she was controversial because she spoke the truth.
OUT LOUD in PUBLIC !  WoOoHooOo  Go Loretta !

The movie, Coal Miner’s Daughter, the story of her life, starring Sissy Spacek as Loretta and Tommy Lee Jones as Mooney Lynn was the #1 box office hit in American and Loretta Lynn crossed over from country music superstar to American legend. This film also made Loretta Lynn the first living person to ever have a major motion picture made of their life. It garnered seven Academy Award nominations winning a Best Actress Oscar for Sissy Spacek and a slew of other top honors including a gold album for the soundtrack album, a Grammy nomination for Spacek’s singing as Lynn, a Country Music Association & Academy of Country Music awards plus several Golden Globe awards as well.
If you haven’t seen it ~ good Lord, do so, it is awesome !
“…go put the backdrop back on the bed honey..” one of my fave quotes, lol.

 Loretta is obviously a go-getter, mega Aries
Aries likes to be first, fast – they are fiery and fun !  Loretta has rebel Uranus as her guiding planet (oriental), in an Aries stellium – she’s a firecracker – no doubt about it !

Lilith, Sun, Uranus, Mercury and Mars all in Aries – this stellium (by transference of light, I am counting Mars) is square Pluto in Moon – ruled Cancer.  Moon is the mother, but also women and the public in the natal chart and Pluto signifies major transformation and change.  (See bio above)  So Aries stellium on the house of Scorpio squaring Pluto (rules Scorpio on the 3rd) safe to say Loretta’s packing a punch ~ and I mean that in more ways than one.  The 3rd house is communication – Scorpio ruling – she is a force to be reckoned with because she speaks her mind – like it or not !  Change is a comin’ !

Loretta also has Sun square Saturn.  That is trouble with authority and men – obviously with all that Aries she demands her independence and has her own mind, takes her own lead.  It also means a heck of a lot of work and restraint in life because of it. She is the mother of 6 children, and was on tour much of the time during their growing up years – that had to be hard.  (Saturn opposite Moon and Jupiter)  Sun square Moon in Leo shows the need to shine but also the need denied or fluctuating in the emotional department.

See how Saturn (work) trines Venus (love, art) in Gemini..?  Gemini Venus likes to spread the love, it can and will cover all the bases because it multi-tasks well.  So her kids, her fans and her husband all knew – she and her love was solid as a rock.  They understood – she was just a busy lady, a mother and an artist juggling to keep everyone happy.

Neptune in Virgo shows her need for self-care.  Virgos can overdo the giving thing, and Loretta’s Neptune (sacrifice) is square Venus (rules peace of mind and balance).  This also signifies her love life was a bit too scattered and flip-flop.  She likely is very hard on herself for not being as successful as she would like regarding love, art and public longevity in the eyes of corporate Nashville. (Venus square Neptune; Saturn quincunx Neptune -music- hidden in the 12th)  * Aside: Thank you, Jack White !  I LOVE you !  (click) See comments for material from Van Lear Rose

Sun conjunct Uranus, I know that one well enough – a lifetime full of surprises as well as (conjunct Mercury) speaking up about them. Is it any wonder she wrote Fist City  with all that Aries..?  Aries on the 8th is territorial in love and will Back It UP !  Lookout !
Loretta is quoted as saying, “he never hit me one time that I didn’t hit him back twice”.  So the girl got it, then Doo did too.  Although Loretta had tough times with Doolittle, they remained married 48 years until his death in 1996.

Venus at mid – heaven…?  Well, Willie (click) has that aspect too – and obviously both Willie and Loretta are well known for their music, songwriting and performing and are also well loved by their fans. ox indeed !   Moon is quintile (spiritual gifts / talents) Chiron, giving Loretta healing gifts regarding the public, women in particular.

Moon conjunct Jupiter in Leo and Loretta was born to embrace her visionary principles (Jupiter rules Sagittarius) in the public spotlight (Moon and Leo).  The cool thing is that with Virgo rising she’s low – key about it and with North Node of Destiny in Pisces 7… she is meant to dissolve boundaries and walls regarding relationships in the collective consciousness.

She knocked it outta the ballpark by giving millions of American women and in fact, all women across the world a voice.
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I am one woman among many who thank you Loretta.
With love and always your fan,
Gneiss Moon

namaste~
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