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After spinning out of control for several years, Charlie Sheen, who shot to fame in movies like Platoon (1986) and Wall Street (1987), and made headlines for his drug escapades, seems quite content to have found a safe and secure home on the successful TV show Spin City, replacing Michael J. Fox as its leading character. Sheen’s character, Charlie Owen, mirrors his own history of addictive behavior and current struggle to stay on a straight and narrow path.

Restless and Critical

Astrology Horoscope: Charlie SheenIt might seem somewhat enigmatic that wild man Sheen (born on September 3, 1965, at 10:48 pm in New York City) has his Sun in sensitive, shy and critical Virgo, a mutable earth sign symbolized by a young maiden holding a sheaf of harvested corn. The Sun represents one’s ego identification and self-expression, so its placement in this sign means that Sheen, like most Virgos, is naturally productive and perfection-oriented. It also means that this brilliant young actor is probably tougher on himself than on others, trying to live up to almost impossible personal and professional standards. Thus Sheen, a fun-loving actor on the outside, is probably more reserved and sensitive on the inside than anyone would imagine, and probably takes rejection and temporary setbacks more to heart than appearances indicate.

Sheen’s Ascendant (outward personality) is in Gemini, a mutable air sign that gives him a witty, high-strung and somewhat detached persona. With versatile, communicative Mercury ruling both his Gemini Ascendant and Virgo Sun, Sheen is not only restless, but also has a way with words. Mercury’s position in expressive and dramatic Leo in his chart emphasizes his creative drive and abilities. In addition to being a talented actor, Sheen also wrote and published the volume of poetry A Peace of My Mind in 1991. Mercury-ruled individuals get bored rather easily, so as long as Sheen is occupied with a meaningful, creative project, he is less likely to become involved in the more judgmental and introverted side of his nature, which can be the negative expression of his Virgo Sun.

If You Play, You Pay

Though there is a certain restraint and caution built into a Virgo Sun, its conjunction with risk-taking Uranus and powerful, death-defying Pluto give an underlying restlessness and need for thrilling adventures. When this is combined with the self-critical tendencies mentioned above, it makes his efforts to deal with personal problems take on a wild and sometimes dangerous form. Even in his calmer moments, he probably seeks constant stimulation and excitement. Moreover, each time he finds it, he has to go further beyond the point he reached the last time, with no limit and no return from pursuing it. Compulsive Pluto, god of the underworld, has lured him on more than one occasion into doing things that later made him remorseful, like striking his girlfriend and indulging in alcohol, drugs and call girls he contacted through Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss.

The zodiac’s authoritative taskmaster and planet of conscience, discipline and restriction, Saturn, is in opposition (180 degrees) to the Sun-Uranus-Pluto conjunction, meaning that each time Charlie Sheen strays, he pays. Sheen’s arrest on assault and battery charges was Saturn’s way of telling him that his indiscretions have consequences, and that he can only avoid those consequences by staying straight. In fact, his father, actor Martin Sheen, played the Saturnian role by turning him into the police for violating his parole. As a result, Sheen went into rehab and, due to Saturn’s hard-working persistence, has been clean and sober ever since.

Challenging Transits Ahead

Though it might seem Sheen has left his troubles behind him, transiting Pluto will soon make a harsh, 90-degree square to his natal Uranus, Pluto and Saturn. This tells us that the coming months could bring some tough challenges that will test his resolve to walk a safer path.

Additionally, transiting Uranus opposes his natal Mercury, and Neptune is passing Sheen’s Midheaven at 8 degrees Aquarius, a point that transiting Uranus bombarded at the time of his arrest and subsequent rehabilitation. In fact, once Uranus crossed his Midheaven for the final time in November 1998, his career was at a standstill. Then, as Neptune neared the Midheaven, he was given the role in Spin City.

But such Neptunian “gifts” always bring a measure of uncertainty, and he may be waiting (even as you read this) to see whether the show will be renewed by the network. If the show goes on, the weekly grind and pressure to prove himself may be more challenging than he imagined. If the show is canceled, the transformation of his career will take a new direction, a direction that one hopes will move him further away from his troublesome past.



Ronnie Dreyer is an internationally-known astrological consultant, lecturer and teacher based in New York City and the author of several books, columns, articles and book reviews. She lectures extensively for astrology groups & national conferences, and conducts ongoing courses & workshops in Vedic astrology. She co-founded one of the first astrological computer services in Holland where she lived for ten years and was Astro*Carto*Graphy's Dutch distributor. Ronnie was AFAN's secretary from 1992-1998 and is currently its presiding officer. She is editor of the NCGR memberletter. She is on the Board of Directors of ACT. In 1994, she received the Jyotish Kovid award from the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences, and in 1998 received the Jim Lewis Community Service Award from AFAN.

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  • Sarah Jessica Parker: The Gal With the Midas Touch   1/12/2001
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  • Astrology and Ayurveda: Vata   6/19/2000
  • Astrology and Ayurveda: Kapha   5/29/2000
  • Astrology and Ayurveda: Pitta   4/24/2000

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