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Bjork, the nymph-like alternative rock singer from Iceland, has always been hard to categorize. She was way ahead of the electronica trend in modern music, and could slip easily between pop ditties and videos (like 1993s "Human Behavior") to much more experimental fare. This fall seems to be the season of Bjork, as the unpredictable and brilliant musician appears in her first acting role in Lars Von Trier's acclaimed film Dancer in the Dark. The musical officially opened at the New York Film Festival on September 23. It has already nabbed the Palme d’Or award at Cannes and best female performance award for Bjork herself.

In looking at Bjork's astrological chart, what stands out is that this is a woman of extremes. She's a double Scorpio (Sun and Moon if she was born before 9:00 pm), which makes her intense to begin with, but her Sun (who she is in the world) is also in the 29th degree of the mysterious sign of the scorpion. In addition, her Jupiter (planet of growth, good fortune and expansion) is in the 29th degree of Gemini.

In a person's chart, "29" is the highest degree a planet can reach in a given sign. If he or she is born a little later, the planet goes into the next sign at "0" degrees. Astrologically, the 29th degree has a special meaning. It suggests a feeling of excessive enthusiasm and insatiability.

In Bjork's case the "high level" of Scorpio and Gemini planets indicate an intense curiosity about inner motivations and the world of ideas. Scorpio is the sign of "the dark side," and the desire to understand the most primal parts of human existence—sex and death. Gemini is much lighter (being an air sign) but it’s just as hungry for knowledge—of a cerebral nature. This combination makes Bjork highly passionate and intelligent, but, in a way, never satisfied. She will probably always need to push herself into situations that allow her to explore the highest "life of the mind" and the darkest parts of her own psyche.

Control as a Theme

There is a conflict in Bjork's chart, though, relating to the above issues. For such a wildly curious woman, the Icelandic artist has a strong need to be in control, which could create inner turmoil for her every time she tries something new and different (which is bound to be often, given the "29th degree" issues). Although she received great accolades for Dancer in the Dark, she has also said that she will never act again. It was a successful and fulfilling experiment, but seemed to take a lot out of her, too. Bjork's Venus and Mars (her relationship planets) are both in Capricorn, a cautious earth sign that is most at home when it is steering the ship and running the show—something that an actress can forget about it!

New Musical Chimes: Melancholy Themes of Her Chart

The themes of her new movie musical do resonate strongly in Bjork's chart, though, so it's no wonder she couldn't resist taking on this project, challenging as it may have been for her. She has Saturn, the heavy planet of tough lessons, in soulful, empathic Pisces, while her Moon (representing her deepest emotions) is in Scorpio (sex and death). These two planets make what's called a "trine" to each other, suggesting they blend together in a gentle "bonding" kind of way.

The aspect  between these planets is reflective of some of the plot of Dancer in the Dark. The movie is about an impending death row execution, but to "escape" the horrors of death and prison, it transforms itself into a musical—sort of the way Steve Martin's Pennies from Heaven "escaped" the great depression by breaking out into musical numbers. Lars Von Trier's film is very unique and probably couldn't have worked without someone like Bjork, who can instinctively empathize with the issues the movie explores.

What's Next for Bjork?

Bjork will experience a "Jupiter return," a fateful astrological cycle that only occurs about once every twelve years, in July 2001. At that time, lucky Jupiter will return to the place it was at the time of Bjork's birth—29 degrees Gemini. With Gemini being so idea and language-oriented it wouldn't be surprising if Bjork focused on a bold new writing project—perhaps a novel, screenplay or (a la Jewel) a book of poetry. Whatever this iconic star does though, it's bound to be clever, bold and surprising.


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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