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Update February 14, 2001

The rumored breakup of Jennifer Lopez and Sean "Puffy" Combs was confirmed by his publicist this Valentine's Day. In addition to the pressures that any famous couple faces, the astrological indicators in both of their lives are for sudden, powerful change.

Right now, the explosive planet Uranus is making significant contacts to each of their natal charts. Jennifer is the first entertainer to simultaneously have the top selling CD and number one box office film, while Puffy is on trial on gun charges. Uranus is forming a challenging 90-degree angle  (square) to his birth Venus and making the same pattern with Jennifer's Saturn, the planet of limits. She's breaking records while Puffy's planet of love and pleasure is being battered. Superstardom is glorifying Jennifer's Sun in Leo at the same time that her ex is facing the darker side of his Sun sign, Scorpio.

Forces of Nature

Sean "Puffy" Combs and Jennifer Lopez are two of the biggest stars of the new Millennium, and certainly one of the most controversial couples. Their affair kept gossip columnists busy just as Puffy became a new daddy—with another woman. Both rising stars had a lot to risk, but their attraction to each other was too much to resist. Why?

Where’s the Connection?

On the surface, Leos like Jennifer Lopez and Scorpios like Puffy are more likely to annoy than enjoy each other. The two signs make a fixed square to each other, signaling that each partner's stubbornness could bring out even more stubbornness in the other. However, Scorpios are known for their subtle, behind-the-scenes prowess, and Leos love the spotlight.

Just as they hooked up together, Lopez's star began to rise as she received huge critical praise for her role in the well-scripted, visually-arresting Steven Soderbergh/Elmore Leonard crime story, Out of Sight. Within a year of these kudos, she released her highly danceable album On The 6, which became part of 1999's unprecedented "Latin explosion." Lopez made the most of the amazing series of eclipses  that hit both her Sun (representing her self, and who she is in the world) and her Venus (representing her romantic side) in 1999.

Puffy's Mars (planet of sex and passion) sits right on Lopez's Uranus (planet of abrupt change and progress) in romantic, and artistic Libra. This connection implies that the more Lopez takes risks in the name of growth, the more Puffy will be drawn to her. However, the couple does have their mellow side, believe it or not! Combs' Moon in cautious, ambitious Capricorn  makes a sextile (a pleasant, easy aspect, or angle) to Lopez's Venus in perfectionist, giving Virgo. Both of these earth signs are more than a little work obsessed, so it's no wonder that their relationship sealed as Lopez made a bigger commitment to music (Puffy's specialty) over movies last year. With such controlling Sun and Moon signs (Scorpio and Capricorn), it wouldn't be surprising if Combs tried to play more of a Svengali role in Lopez's music career.

Whether Lopez will let him do that is hard to say. On the one hand, a Leo with Moon in Aries may crave attention so much that she'll do anything to stay famous. But on the other hand, both those fire signs burn fierce, so while her star is shining bright, Ms. Lopez probably is more than happy to call herself "the boss of me."

Trouble In Mind?

There's a hidden connection between these two lovers as well. Lopez's Neptune  (planet of illusion and confusion!) is conjunct Puffy's Venus in sexy and dangerous Scorpio. Even completely sober and in the harsh light of morning, Lopez may have the tendency to see her lover as a complete mystery, even when he's just playing a video game or talking on the phone. Puffy has the same conjunction within his own chart, and probably feeds her illusions, because he himself, believes his own sexy, gangsta hype!

Decision Time: May, 2000

We’ve all heard by now one of the biggest celeb scandals of '99: gun charges against Mr. Combs and (initially) Ms. Lopez. However, both stars are headed for a period of time in which they will have to make some important decisions and face the responsibility for their futures. Both will experience their first "Saturn returns" next month. (Combs' is on May 8 and Lopez' hits exactly on May 18, but a Saturn return is more of a cycle than just one earth-shattering day!) During this time (which we all go through around age twenty-nine or thirty), each of this famous pair will have to make a sacrifice in the name of maturity and dedication to the long run of their careers, their relationship and their lives.

Saturn is all about hard work and discipline, and facing reality. When Saturn is used practically and properly, it can be a great ally. For instance, if we work and work at our craft, over time Saturn will pay off for us and bring great success. But when folks fly in the face of Saturn, the results are usually disastrous. Puffy may have to face the music and fess up to some culpability during his trial to gain respect (and freedom) in years to come, and Lopez may have to focus more intently on her music if she doesn't want to end up filed under "last year's diva." As for their union, both are going to have to decide whether to commit in a more serious way or whether to part before they do more damage to each other, as Saturn shouts at both of them: "It's time to grow up!"


Jill Dearman is the author of the gay best sellers Queer Astrology For Men and Queer Astrology For Women (St. Martins Griffin/1999). She has been professionally practicing astrology for twelve years and currently writes horoscopes for the national magazines Twist and Girlfriends as well as numerous papers syndicated via Q Syndicate. She has written about subjects from astrology to literature to film and theater in Mademoiselle, Publishers Weekly and HX. An excerpt from her upcoming novel, The Great Bravura, was featured in Best Lesbian Erotica 2000(Cleis Press). She also writes and produces films. The Village Voice called Dearman a "risk surfing playwright" whose work "shocks and rocks." She is a 1999/2000 artist in residence at HERE in New York City.

Jill is also the author of LoveCycles, an email-delivered guide to love and relationships based on individual birth data, available in the Shop@StarIQ.

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