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At gunpoint, every relationship could be put into one of two broad categories: "odd couple" or "birds of a feather." In Hollywood, the former seems to be the more popular form. Classic screen pairings like Hepburn and Tracey to Martin and Lewis were huge hits in their time and the formula continues in the new Millennium.

Astrologically, an "opposition" (the polarized relationship between planets within one person's chart or between two people's charts) represents a struggle to be understood. The sign that's opposite your own (for instance, if you're a Pisces your opposite is Virgo) comes six signs after yours, or has a birthday about six months after yours.

Three current box office hits, Erin Brokovich, U-571 and Return to Me, star opposites who balance out their differences with slightly surreal, but unmistakably watchable onscreen chemistry.

Julia and Albert: Generational Foils

It can be described as A Civil Action with push-up bras. Erin Brockovich owes much of its success to the feisty on-screen sparring between its two stars: perennial cover girl Julia Roberts, and British acting legend Albert Finney. Finney, a no-nonsense Taurus, with the booming voice and rugged charm often associated with his sign, seems an odd choice to star with Roberts, a sexy Scorpio  with the attitude to back up her diva status. Her volatile romantic history has often kept the public more interested in her personal life than her screen roles.

This film, directed by iconoclastic Steven Soderbergh (Sex, Lies and Videotape, Out of Sight and The Limey) is a departure for both actors. It brings Finney into the commercial mainstream, and Roberts a newfound respectability. Roberts is known mostly for such pop fare as Pretty Woman and My Best Friend's Wedding, while Finney's resume boasts the more estimable Tom Jones, Under The Volcano and The Dresser.

In this film, their "opposite" energies strike a balance, making Finney more accessable and Roberts more serious. In addition to having opposite Sun signs, Finney's Saturn, planet of patience and restraint, is in wise Pisces, and it makes an opposition to Roberts' Venus, Pluto  and Uranus all in nervous, health-obsessed Virgo. How perfect that Finney should hold back, as the generous older actor does so well in this film, and allow his younger peer to bounce off the walls with high-strung energy as she searches for the truth about the high incidence of autoimmune illnesses that have struck a small California town.

Roberts' passionate Scorpio Sun is also exactly opposite Finney's sensual Venus in Taurus. No doubt if Roberts wasn't already madly in love with former Law & Order lead Benjamin Bratt, she and Finney would have the astrological potential to be yet another Hollywood couple, even though he is old enough to be her father, and then some. Thank goodness these two can put that subtle sexual tension to use on the screen, not in reality!

Keitel and McConaughey: Macho Oppositions

Another hot young Scorpio is starring opposite a tough but sensual Taurus screen legend, but this time it's in the uber-patriotic submarine action flick, U-571. The charts of Harvey Keitel and Matthew McConaughey are even more full of oppostions and inner connections than the previous Scorpion-Bull pair. In addition to having opposite Sun signs, these two actors have opposing Moons.

McConaughey's Moon (his emotional nature) is in discriminating Virgo, an earth sign that shows an innate connection to Keitel's earth sign Sun in Taurus. Both men have a practical streak, which is good, because if either goofed off too much they would've been stuck filming more nausea-provoking boat scenes than necessary! And the film might've gone way over budget, which would stick in any earth sign's craw!

Keitel's Moon sign is in gentle, intuitive Pisces, a water sign that grooves easily with his co-star's water sign Sun in Scorpio. Water signs aren't always big talkers, but they are naturally perceptive about human nature. For two actors, this easy understanding of the others' deeper side makes working together that much more meaningful on screen and off.

Both men also have a significant conjunction (planet in the same sign at close degree) in their charts. Mars, the traditionally masculine planet that represents passion and aggression, is in the high degrees of Capricorn  (sign of discipline and ambition—very military!) for each of them. Clearly, both McConaughey and Keitel (a former Marine who still does benefits and other forms of service for the Corps) had a similarly passionate response to the script and ideas behind U-571.

David and Minnie:
Jupiter and Venus Return to Them

X-Files star David Duchovny and young British actress Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting, The Governess) seem like an unlikely pair to star in actress-turned-director Bonnie Hunt's romantic comedy, Return To Me. Duchovny is a Leo, and Driver, his opposite, Aquarius. Of all the opposites in the zodiac, the lion and the water-bearer seem the most different. Leos are typically known for their love of attention, romantic natures and ability to lead. Aquarians are known to prefer group settings over more intimate ones, and tend to lead with their brains over their hearts.

This pair of opposites, however, has some interesting chart connections. Most prominent, is the fact that Duchovny's Jupiter (planet of generosity, good luck and expansion) sits exactly on Driver's Venus. He may be the one who connects Driver to better roles, not just now but in the future, and this warm Leo may be the one who finally brings out the "romantic lead" potential in this distant Aquarian.

Duchovny's Aquarius Moon is in the same sign as Driver's Sun, which shows that they both possess an interest in "futuristic" projects. Driver was recently quoted on ABC's The View as saying she promised the X-Files star that she'd appear on an episode of his hit sci-fi show. Noted psychologist (and astrology afficionado) Carl Jung wrote extensively about "the shadow," the dark part of each of our natures that we unconsciously repress. As is the case with these Hollywood opposites, the closer they get to their shadows, the more integrated and fascinating they become.

Julia Roberts and Benjamin Bratt: Still Peaking

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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Other StarIQ articles by Jill Dearman:

  • Brendan Fraser: More Than Just a Pretty Face   4/27/2001
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar: Every Girl's Heroine   4/25/2001
  • Geoffrey Rush: The Moody Marquis   3/23/2001
  • Julia Roberts and Benjamin Bratt: Still Peaking   1/30/2001
  • Kate Winslet's Passionate Choices   12/29/2000
  • Helen Hunt and Hank Azaria: What Does This Woman Want?   12/5/2000
  • Bounce Star Ben Affleck: The Ball is in His Court   12/1/2000
  • Charlie's Angels: Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu   11/25/2000
  • Jim Carrey and Renee Zellweger: Dr. Seuss Meets Nurse Betty   11/17/2000
  • The Bedroom Astrologer 11-15-00   11/15/2000
  • Dylan on Dylan   11/10/2000
  • Bono's Return to Roots of Rock   11/4/2000
  • The Bedroom Astrologer 11-1-00   11/1/2000
  • Geena Davis and Bette Midler: Big Stars on the Small Screen   10/27/2000
  • Janet Jackson's Down-to-Earth Planets   10/21/2000
  • Gloria Steinem: Happy At Last   10/14/2000
  • The Strange Musical Path of Bjork   9/26/2000
  • Picture Perfect Couple: Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston   9/15/2000
  • Harrison and Michelle: A Return to Classic Hollywood   9/8/2000
  • Drew Barrymore: Happily Ever After At Last?   9/1/2000
  • Meg Ryan in the Middle   8/18/2000
  • Mark Wahlberg: Marky Mark is Back   8/12/2000
  • The Return of Cat Stevens   8/4/2000
  • Lou Reed and The Smashing Pumpkins: Piscean Themes   7/29/2000
  • Patti Smith: Her Gung Ho Comeback   7/21/2000
  • Rupert Everett: The Ultimate Gemini   7/7/2000
  • Angelina and Billy Bob: Hollywood's Mod, Odd Couple   6/30/2000
  • The Virgin Suicides: New Hollywood Meets Old Hollywood   6/2/2000
  • Beatty and Bening's New Baby   5/19/2000
  • Aquarian Psycho   5/12/2000
  • Puff Daddy and Jennifer Lopez   5/5/2000
  • Chloe Sevigny's Scorpionic Exploration of Sexuality   3/25/2000
  • Water Signs Rule the Cider House   3/23/2000
  • These Men are from Venus   3/10/2000
  • The Tangled Web of Ripley   3/2/2000
  • Aries Grrrl Warriors: Where Will They Go From Here?   2/18/2000

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