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Sagittarian actor Ray Liotta has recently regained a higher profile, thanks to his scene-stealing work in Ridley Scott’s Hannibal. He plays Paul Krendler, Clarice Starling’s (Julianne Moore) antagonist rival in the FBI, who suffers a now-notorious fate at the hands of the movie’s namesake (Anthony Hopkins). Maintaining this fresh wave of visibility, he also appears in two recently released movies this month.

The first is Heartbreakers, co-starring Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love-Hewitt. He plays Dean Cummano, a tycoon who falls victim to their mother-daughter grifting team. Following that is his role as Fred Jung, the father to Johnny Depp’s character George Jung in the latest drug-war themed movie, Ted Demme’s Blow.

Exploring New Frontiers: Sagittarius and Jupiter

Astrology Horoscope: Ray LiottaLiotta’s Sun, his astrological “self” or basic personality, is in the sign of Sagittarius. This sign typifies an affirming, enthusiastic trait that is compelled to explore new frontiers.

The “personalities” of all twelve signs of the zodiac find their major influence in a system of planetary designation, called rulership.

Sagittarius is ruled by (associated with) the planet Jupiter. This means the sign’s nature corresponds to characteristics associated with Jupiter’s mythological counterpart, Zeus, the king of gods. As the astrological representation of divinity, Jupiter relates to all matters involving faith or belief. This extends to the presence of spirituality, religion and philosophy in Sagittarian archetypes.

"Heaven, the angels and all of that, it’s just something that people make up so they won’t feel sad anymore."

(Liotta as Manny Singer to his young daughter in Corrina, Corrina.)

However, in addition to the laws of nature, Sagittarius also characterizes the laws of men. Sagittarian individuals define themselves and their values according to their subjective interpretation of existing laws. Reflecting the influence of Jupiter, this is done in an effort to reconcile reality to their personal sense of a universal order.

"Whenever we needed money, we’d rob the airport—to us it was better than Citibank. For us to live any other way was nuts!"

(Liotta as Henry Hill in Goodfellas.)

True Tales

As a Sagittarius, Liotta is drawn to play characters that willfully assume special privileges in life, just as Zeus himself always did as he pleased. For instance, he has played his fair share of psychopaths on the loose (Something Wild, Turbulence), double-crossing gangsters (Goodfellas, Pilgrim) and corrupt policemen (Cop Land, Phoenix). He even killed two birds with one stone by playing a psycho cop in Unlawful Entry. Roles like these allow him to explore his Sagittarian curiosity for existence outside the structures of society.

His casting in Blow, the “true” tale of the life of a drug lord, makes a deliberate reference to his role as Henry Hill in Martin Scorcese’s fact-based Goodfellas. His presence adds to the striking contrast between Fred Jung’s humble values and those of the unrepentant Hill. Despite the familiar thematic territory, the role is a credible feat on Liotta’s part. Especially considering he and Depp are only seven and a half years apart in age.

"Money isn’t real, George. It doesn’t matter. It seems like it does, but it doesn’t."

(Liotta as Fred Jung addressing his son in Blow.)

Another side of his Sagittarian nature relates to the fact that no matter which side of sanity or justice his characters belong to, they are usually smart and true to their own principles.

"Being right is not a bulletproof vest, Freddie!"

(Liotta as Gary “Figgsy” Figgis talking sense to his friend Freddy Heflin, played by Sylvester Stallone, in Cop Land.)

As the ruling planet of Sagittarius, Jupiter’s position in Liotta’s chart provides further definition of his Sagittarian qualities. He was born with Jupiter in the sign of Virgo, on the very day that it came to an apparent stop in the sky. This phenomenon is called a “station” in astrology.

Stations refer to cyclical periods when, from a terrestrial perspective, planets appear to change direction in orbit. Because of their (perceived) reduced speed, planetary strength is magnified during their stations, amplifying their influence as sign rulers. His stationary Jupiter, already the planet representative of excess, describes him as the kind of Sagittarius who can easily go overboard.

Captain Cahill (Danny Glover): "My motto is 'have a little faith.'"

Captain Doyle (Liotta): "Yeah? Well, my motto is 'explosives, and plenty of ‘em.'"

(Dialogue from Operation Dumbo Drop.)

An Added Double Edge

Liotta’s part in Hannibal’s gory finale is strong evidence for his tendency to go to certain extremes. But Jupiter does not refer to the smoldering intensity he brings to his edgier work. His piercing gaze and maniacal laugh are reflected by the two planets he happens to have placed in Scorpio, a sign that is often characterized by its attraction to “dark” subjects. These are Mars, the planet representative of force and dissociation, and Saturn, the planet of deprivation and control.

Because of their “negative” (as opposed to “bad”) functions, these two planets are referred to as “malefic” in traditional astrology. For instance, Mars can represent a knife, because it “cuts” (dissociates), but that does not mean a knife is a “bad” object. As an acting “tool,” the combination points to the convincing menace behind his high-strung persona. He often gives the impression that he is holding in (Saturn) tremendous energy (Mars), as if he could explode at any moment.

Too Much Is Not Enough

After years of sporadic appearances in marginal work like Operation Dumbo Drop and Muppets From Space, critics and fans have cheered his return to serious form. Having demonstrated in Hannibal that his powerful Jupiter can still go the extra mile, this Sagittarius is primed to push the envelope even further. As the sign’s image suggests, he is like an archer who purposefully aims his arrow to fly as far as possible.

His next appearances, in the forthcoming films Narc and John Q, should provide audiences with plenty of chances to see him work. It comes as no surprise since Mars, the “working” planet, spends most of this year going back and forth through Sagittarius. Thankfully, for a class act like Liotta, when it comes to exposure, too much is not enough.



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  • Julianne Moore Breaks the Silence   2/9/2001
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman: Fearless Actor   1/25/2001
  • Christina Ricci: Is Madness Too Glamorous?   12/28/2000
  • Frida Kahlo and Salma Hayek: Peas in a Pod or Saturn in Pisces?   11/30/2000

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