Loyalest of Leos
star of the new movie Bounce, has a problem with his love
life. Every time he tries to promote his new feature, folks can't help
but ask him, "What's up with you and Gwyneth?" He was quoted
in Entertainment Weekly (December 1, 2000 issue) as saying
"The only woman in my life right now is my mom," but nosy
reporters and fans can't help but keep asking and asking. Why doesn't
the star put up a chilly façade like many a fellow actor? Well, detachment—or
a lack of it—seems to be a big problem for Ben.
many Leos, Affleck's vanity and naiveté are endearing to many, but can
cause him some problems. Leo is a sign that is associated with all things
personal and subjective. That's why when a Leo loves you, you're a lucky
person. They find it terribly hard to see your shortcomings, and sometimes
have "blind faith" in you, based on initial bonding. But sometimes
Leos can be suckers, too (no offense to lions out there, but ya know
it's true!). Flattery, affection and "mirroring" a Leo's opinions—especially
about himself—can often fool him into believing anything.
Affleck also has Cancer rising, and Venus in Cancer, he is a particularly
subjective Leo. You see, Cancer is the sign that represents all things
familial. When a strongly Cancer-influenced person gets attached to
someone, he immediately makes that person part of his family.
closer look at Ben Affleck. He grew up in working class South Boston
with best pal Matt
Damon. The two worked for years on the script for Good
Will Hunting, which eventually won them both Academy Awards
for writing. While both guys were featured in the film, it was Damon
who played the much flashier title role. And Affleck also got his little
brother Casey a plum character role in the film, which jump-started
the kid's acting career.
into the public eye, Affleck began a hot and heavy romance with lovely
actress Gwyneth Paltrow at the same time that buddy Matt was dating
Gwyneth's good pal Winona Ryder. After the Ben-and-Gwyneth relationship
ended, with Affleck apparently in the role of dump-ee, the young actor
never trashed his ex in the papers (unlike the more turbulent Matt Damon/Minnie
Driver affair), nor did he stop being friends, or co-stars
with her. They made Shakespeare in Love together and are
now co-stars in Bounce. All this adds up to one thing:
Ben Affleck is one loyal boy. If you're in his inner circle, you will
symbolically feel his warm protective arms around you.
Mystery to Himself
problem for Affleck is that he may not understand his own value, and
he may "disown" his darker feelings. With Venus in Cancer
and Mars in Virgo, he's a settle-down kind of guy who underneath all
the glamour may view himself as a little simple and boring. Mars is
the sign of sexuality, but in Virgo it is overly nervous and self-deprecating.
He may be a huge sex symbol, but in a way he may feel like a fake. (And
with Ms. Paltrow forever rejecting him, no wonder!)
Moon is in intense Scorpio (which seems out of place amidst all the warm,
cozy Cancer and Leo planets) and the sign Scorpio is "intercepted"
(repressed or hidden) in his Fifth House. The Scorpio influence may
make him a true mystery to himself. His actions prove him to be a loyal
ally to all he loves, and a stable consistent team player, but underneath
he may sometimes feel like he's going mad. He's not, he just doesn't
understand his at times black moods, and his darker impulses. As he
gets older and does more work on himself, he will probably understand
that his dark side is really his angry side. And Affleck looks like
he has a hard time getting angry at the ones he loves. He probably turns
that anger back on himself.
Moon does have its up side, though. It makes this actor resilient, deeply
compassionate and able to keep a secret. The last of these qualities
will no doubt help him to survive in the shark-filled town of Hollywood.
has two important planets in Libra, the sign of art and partnership,
both in the Fourth House of (guess what?) family! Pal Damon's Sun in
Libra sits on Affleck's Uranus (See
chart), planet of progress and change, which suggests that
they can "pull" each other into the future, rather than resting
on their past laurels. And Gwyneth Paltrow's Sun in Libra is close to
Affleck's Pluto, the volatile planet of self-transformation. This indicates
that Paltrow may unconsciously force Affleck to face his dark side,
especially as it pertains to his love relationships.
Times Ahead for Ben
9, 2001, a major eclipse in Cancer will trigger an important six-month
cycle in Affleck's life. The eclipse cuts across his chart, hitting
his relationship axis directly (First and Seventh Houses). During this cycle, Affleck will be forced to confront
the way he "loses" himself in relationships. At the end of
all this, hopefully he will achieve inner balance.
Saturn moves into Gemini, where it will begin a fourteen-month journey
back to the place it was at the time of Ben Affleck's birth. Yes, the
famed first Saturn return occurs in June, 2002. But the Saturn return
isn't just a brief transit. It's a long build-up of a cycle. For Affleck,
whose Saturn sits in his intuitive/mystical Twelfth House, it's all
about tapping into his inner visions and developing a solid center so
that he doesn't feel "bounced" around by the people he loves