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In the early 90s, posters of bubblegum rapper "Marky Mark," sporting his Calvins and nothing else, graced billboards across the world. It seemed like the young stud had peaked. But like fellow Gemini Brooke Shields, only one thing got between Marky and his Calvins: a career with legs. In 1997, he burst onto the big screen in the breakout role of porn star Dirk Diggler in Paul Thomas Anderson's indie hit, Boogie Nights. Since then, there's been no stopping the newly-legitimate Mark Wahlberg.

Born June 5, 1971, Wahlberg’s career choices reflect the key elements of his chart. His only planet in Gemini is his Sun, but the Sun represents who he is in the world. As a young Gemini in his early twenties, Wahlberg chose to exploit his charm and good looks. His light, air-sign demeanor made his risque underwear modeling stint seem more charming and tongue-in-cheek than controversial. His Moon in Scorpio, the sign of sexuality, meshed perfectly with the sensual, but controlled style of his employer during that time: Scorpio Calvin Klein.

When he made his comeback (or debut as a serious actor, dealer's choice) in Boogie Nights, he also seemed to be thinking with his Moon sign. The film explored all the debaucherous and deep aspects of sexuality from the point of view of Wahlberg's character, a naive, malleable porn actor.

The Perfect Collaborator: George Clooney

Wahlberg followed Boogie Nights with a starring role in the bland action flick The Big Hit, which wasn't as big a hit as the producers had hoped for. But after that, when he teamed with co-star George Clooney on the Gulf War dramedy Three Kings, he once again received the thrill of industry buzz from the success of this indie crossover hit. This summer, Mark and George have been carried on the huge wave of box office success known as The Perfect Storm.

What makes these two such a powerful team (almost like Batman and Robin)? Well, Clooney, born May 6, 1961, is a strong Taurus, with his Sun conjunct (very close to) Mercury in the sign that personifies persistence and sensual charm. As it happens, Wahlberg has such a strong Taurus influence in his chart that he could be an honorary bull himself. He has Venus  (planet of art and love), Mercury (planet of communication) and Saturn (planet of hard work) all closely aligned in Taurus. And his Venus is exactly conjunct Clooney's Mercury. So when it comes to artistic ventures (Venus) they speak the same language (Mercury). To add to the intense connection, Mercury is Gemini Wahlberg's ruling planet, and Venus is Taurus Clooney's ruler.

These two are so buddy buddy that they are the subject of much Internet gossip right now. Reportedly, they are booked to share a hotel suite at a hip, mid-town Manhattan hotel this fall for several weeks. Planning another film, or planning to party hard? Hard to say, but one thing looks likely: a major change is in store for Wahlberg this September, as Uranus, the planet of progressive and major unexpected occurrences, will be hitting his North Node. The Node represents his destiny in this lifetime. Whatever goes down in the fall could lead to a huge epiphany and new path for Wahlberg.

Major Cycles Ahead for Mark

So what's next for Wahlberg? Judging by his chart, he hasn't even peaked yet! In April 2001, he experiences his first Saturn return (they come approximately every 29 years, so if we live long enough we get three in one lifetime). This cycle is all about making the transformation from cute, charming, happy-go-lucky (translation: young and free) to making commitments, serious choices and working slowly and steadily toward bringing a life goal to fruition (read: maturity). With Mercury so close to Saturn in his chart, it wouldn't be surprising if one of the things Wahlberg commits to is having more of a hand in the writing of his next project, one he cares deeply about.

During the same month, expansive Jupiter passes over Wahlberg's Sun, which suggests that luck and a benevolent spotlight will shine on whatever work he's doing at that time. Pick out a good outfit, Marky! The pressure's on!



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:

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  • 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
  • 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
  • Opposites Attract On Screen   5/26/2000
  • Beatty and Bening's New Baby   5/19/2000
  • Aquarian Psycho   5/12/2000
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  • 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
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  • Aries Grrrl Warriors: Where Will They Go From Here?   2/18/2000

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