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What is remarkable about Steven Spielberg’s extraordinary career is that, with rare exception, he has consistently created films that have captured the imagination, hearts and dollars of the movie-going public. Will Spielberg’s quarter century domination of the box office continue with his upcoming summer release, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, or will this sci-fi fantasy mark the end of an era?

Close Encounters of the Fifth House Kind

Astrology Horoscope: Steven SpielbergNot only does Spielberg enjoy a number of planets by birth in the Fifth House, the house of creativity, but he also received significant transits from Uranus and Pluto through the Fifth House throughout his career, catalyzing and intensifying his natural creative flair. From approximately 1976 to 1984, Uranus transited Spielberg’s Fifth House. During this early phase of his career, Spielberg utilized innovative special effects, John Williams’ brilliant scores and well-crafted scripts to create movies that awed audiences and allowed viewers to enter into new cinematic universes. The groundbreaking films of Close Encounters, E.T. and the Indiana Jones series were all indicative of Uranus’ dazzling genius and creative fire.

As Uranus moved on and Pluto entered the Fifth House, Spielberg moved into a new phase of his career. He began to create movies less reliant on technical wizardry and more founded on high drama, intense conflict, deep emotional impact and the profound themes of human existence—movies the Academy usually smiles upon. These “Pluto” themes, found in films like A Color Purple, Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan, are much deeper in scope, heavier in emotional content and more darkly dramatic than the early Spielberg.

A.I. is special because it represents the last film created under the significant and long transits of the outer planets to Spielberg’s natal Fifth House. As production on A.I. was wrapping up, Pluto was finishing its fifteen-year sojourn in Spielberg’s Fifth House. Thus, we can expect that A.I. will continue Spielberg’s explorations into the deeper, more dramatic themes of life.

A.I.: Deep Intelligence

As Spielberg wrote the screenplay for A.I., Pluto hovered over his Mercury (planet of communication) in wisdom-loving Sagittarius. This combination is known for its probing insight, penetrating powers of observation and critical contemplation. As a point of reference, Stanley Kubrick, who was to direct A.I. before his premature demise, possessed a Mercury-Pluto conjunction in his natal chart. Consequently, do not anticipate A.I. to be light summertime entertainment. On the contrary, assume the film to be Spielberg’s most cerebral release yet, exploring deep philosophical themes sure to stir up unsettling debates on our current fascination with technology.

Dark Vision

For nearly three years, Neptune, the planet of imagination, idealism and illusion will be opposite the dark magus in Spielberg’s natal chart, Saturn. If Saturn manifests in our life as strict definitions of form, boundary and structure, Neptune, by contrast, represents the amorphous, the oceanic and the ever-changing fantasy life of the unconscious emerging subtly into our day-to-day awareness. When Saturn and Neptune meet, our visions, hopes and dreams tend to take a turn toward the grim.

In movies, Saturn and Neptune are often evidenced in starkly beautiful sets. Grays and blacks are the color pallette of choice, and only the essentials are needed in terms of props, backdrops and acting. In terms of direction, Saturn and Neptune films tend to be hauntingly quiet, allowing the power of nuance and suggestibility to be as present as anything explicitly stated. Thematically, Saturn and Neptune beg the question, “What is real and what is not?”

With Saturn and Neptune, we are led down the proverbial rabbit hole with Alice where we are asked to let go of our hold on certainty. Popular movies released in 1999—when Saturn formed a square aspect to Neptune—better illustrate the shadowy imaginings of this combination: The Matrix, The Sixth Sense and Fight Club. With these films, we were asked to venture into dark, if not depressing, realms where truth was revealed only after light and shadow fused as one.

Blockbusters and Brilliance!

With Neptune, Saturn and Pluto dominant, will A.I. be so ominous, dark and intense that it will repel the summer movie crowd? Hardly. In June, the month of A.I.’s release, Jupiter makes a conjunction to Spielberg’s natal Uranus in the Twelfth House. If there is any planetary combination that is associated with all-time classic films and movie breakthroughs, it’s Jupiter-Uranus. Often when Jupiter travels past Uranus’ placement in a director’s natal chart, a signature film, or even masterpiece, is released. Examples include George Lucas, Star Wars; Milos Foreman, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; John Schlesinger, Midnight Cowboy; Stanley Kubrick, Dr. Strangelove; Cecil B. DeMille, The Ten Commandments and Elia Kazan, On the Waterfront.

Jupiter and Uranus are also associated with technological innovations that irrevocably alter the course of film history. Stanley Kubrick waited so long to initiate A.I. because he believed that the state-of-the-art in special effects couldn’t do justice to the futuristic world he envisioned. With Jupiter and Uranus figuring prominently in Spielberg’s chart in June, it is highly likely that Spielberg will once again live up to the challenge of bringing something breathtaking and awe-inspiring to the silver screen.

That’s a Wrap

Astrology suggests that A.I. will be one of Spielberg’s more complex films to date, if not a study in contrasts. Visually, expect the film to be dark, spare—almost gothic—but brimming with eye candy that only Spielberg could whip up. Acting will be trimmed down, but the volume on intellectual content should be cranked high. And finally, with a tight script, long box office lines and deep themes, expect Spielberg’s homage to Kubrick to fly high and wide.

 

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Bill Streett is an astrologer who focuses on planetary archetypes as they manifest in the individual and culture. For more information about Bill and his services, visit www.astro-noetics.com

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Other StarIQ articles by Bill Streett:

  • Between Past & Presence   3/30/2007
  • Uranus: The Constant of Change   7/18/2005
  • Ben Stiller: Hollywood's Satirical Sagittarian   3/12/2004
  • John Ashcroft: The Political Roller Coaster   2/25/2001

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