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You would think that Benjamin Bratt and Julia Roberts only have one place to go from here—down. Yet these two stars continue to rise in fame, in togetherness and in career status. After leaving the hit show Law and Order, Benjamin Bratt has gone on to big screen success in Miss Congeniality with Sandra Bullock, and a small but pivotal role in Stephen Soderbergh's Traffic. Julia Roberts is, of course, Julia Roberts. But on top of her movie star fame, she recently won a Golden Globe and has become a strong contender for this year's Best Actress Oscar for her energetic role in Soderbergh's other 2000 movie: Erin Brockovich.

Astrology Horoscope: Benjamin BrattI guess Benjamin Bratt could thank his Sun sign—Sagittarius—for some of his good luck. Sag is associated with the generous planet Jupiter and is known for "falling into" pretty cushy situations. So what brought him together with the toothsome Julia? The way he told it on a recent David Letterman episode, she came after him. Apparently she saw him in a restaurant while she was celebrating her birthday and sent a glass of wine over to him.

Astrology Horoscope: Julia RobertsThe relationship surely began as pure, animal attraction. Julia's Mars (planet of sex and passion) is conjunct Benjamin's Mars—both in Capricorn, sign of patience and power. Apparently, Benjamin thought his pals at the restaurant were playing a joke on him and didn't acknowledge Julia's gesture until the next day, when he realized that this was no gag, but the start of something big.

It's interesting that Julia made the first move. In their relationship she is placed in the more patient, goal-oriented and serious role. Her Saturn (the "fatherly" "adult" planet) sits on Benjamin's Jupiter (his planet of luck). With her steering the ship as he splashes and enjoys the ride, this relationship looks like a regular Love Boat.

He's Transformed Her Life

Benjamin's Pluto and Uranus, both planets of huge and sweeping change, are conjunct Julia's Venus, planet of love and art, in Virgo. Virgo is the sign of service and of craft. Even though Julia may have played the role of erratic diva in her early relationships with stars like Lyle Lovett and Kiefer Sutherland, she is meant to have a much different karmic experience with this pretty boy. Her Virgo love nature connects perfectly with Benjamin's earthy chart. She has the desire to give and give and give to him, in a million small and concrete and deep and soulful ways. It's the giving that she does for Benjamin that changes Julia for the better.

Also, since Virgo is the sign of craft, it seems that the conjunction between Benjamin’s Pluto and Uranus in Virgo with Julia’s Venus has inspired her to change her approach as an actor. As so many critics have noted about her "Erin" role, Julia has put more energy into honing her craft than she has in some of her lighter (Runaway Bride) and lamer (Mary Reilly) films.

Soulful, Sexual Connection

Since Julia is a sexy Scorpio, the way to her soul is most likely through her…well…you do the math. Julia's Mercury (planet of communication) is conjunct Benjamin's Neptune, planet of imagination and dreams, both in Scorpio. This gives a feeling of a magical connection between the two that blends the sexual and the cerebral. They are probably able to communicate very clearly and passionately with each other about the deeper sides of their natures. But, in addition, they can communicate on another level that is sexual and spiritual, and crosses all mundane boundaries.

The Future

So where does the golden couple go from here? Will a gold ring soon appear? It's quite possible. Julia may be ready now. After all, on Christmas day, a solar eclipse in Capricorn hit her Mars. Eclipses tend to have an effect for about six months. She may be passionately waiting to hear her man propose. On July 5, 2001, a lunar eclipse in Capricorn will hit Benjamin's Mercury almost exactly. Perhaps the emotional effects of the lunar eclipse, mixed with the long-term thinking of Capricorn, mixed with the need for Mercury to articulate itself, will lead to Benjamin finding the right words to ask his golden girl to marry him. The question is not will they, but who will be the first to ask the other to say "I do"?

Opposites Attract Onscreen: Julia Roberts and Albert Finney



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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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Beatty and Bening's New Baby   5/19/2000
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