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Aquarian actor Seth Green is one of those rare celebrities whose popularity truly spans the gender barrier. He has managed the delicate image balance between being considered a sex symbol and "every guy's best-friend." As he summarized his own appeal, "I’m like the guy they knew from high school. People feel they know me."

A professional actor for more than half his life, Green's first film role was in Hotel New Hampshire, starring Jodie Foster, at the age of ten. He also portrayed a young Woody Allen in Radio Days when he was only twelve years old.

However, he is best known for two of his more recent roles. First, as Dr. Evil's teenage son Scott Evil in Mike Myers’ Austin Powers movies. Secondly, for his three-season stint playing Daniel 'Oz' Osbourne, his werewolf/rock musician character on the hit WB television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Currently, you can see Green in a cameo in Josie and the Pussycats as a member of the boy band Du Jour.

Mannish Boy

Astrology Horoscope: Seth GreenGreen's Aquarius Sun, his astrological “self,” is in a tense, 90-degree square aspect to the planet Mars. Mars’ astrological associations correspond to its mythological link with Aries, the Greek god of war. These include male sexuality, aggression, force and assertive action. The essential, classical function of Mars is to divide and dissociate that which is unified or alike.*

Much like fellow actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, Green’s Sun-Mars square is representative of his attraction to roles that challenge standard notions of “machismo.”

Xander (Nicholas Brendon): You're considered somewhat cool.

Oz (Green): I am?

Xander: Is it because you always tend to express yourself in short, non-committal sentences?

Oz: Could be.

(Dialogue from Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

While the square is considered a "hard" aspect, it suits the natural character of a Sun-Mars relationship to have this contention present. It tests the line between threatening and non-threatening expressions of "maleness," setting the childlike wholeness of the Sun against the imposing standard of "Martian" manhood.

Tonight is the night that Kenny Fisher becomes... da man.

Green’s character Kenny Fisher wishfully anticipating his initiation into manhood in Can’t Hardly Wait

In one sense, Green's Sun-Mars square can be associated with his "boyishness," as being 5’4” has allowed him to play adolescents while in his mid-twenties. An example is Scott Evil, who had to reconcile his own ambitions to the pressure of having Dr. Evil for a dad.

Scott Evil: I was thinking, I like animals. Maybe I’d be a vet.

Dr. Evil (Mike Myers): An evil vet?

Scott Evil: No! Maybe like work in a petting zoo.

Dr. Evil: An evil petting zoo?

(Dialogue from Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery)

However, one notable role has provided him with a deeper metaphor for the concerns of his Sun-Mars square.

The Wizard and Oz

Willow (Alyson Hannigan): Oz is a werewolf.

Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar): It's a long story.

Oz: Got bit.

Buffy: But obviously not that long.

(Dialogue from Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Oz was introduced to Buffy fans in the second series. He was revealed as a werewolf on an episode called “Phases,” which first aired on January 27, 1998. This also launched him as the romantic interest to Willow, Buffy's brainy friend. The conflicting principles of a Sun-Mars square find an excellent analogy in werewolf lore. It describes the theme of a conscious individual faced with his/her reckless, animalistic side.

During his time on the show, Oz struggled with the potentially dangerous consequences of his alter ego. He locked himself in a cage on Full Moons to protect the innocent. Willow was often perilously close to attack whenever the werewolf was loose. Just as it seemed he had control over himself, he realized she was an unwitting catalyst to his transformation. With no other choice, he left town (and the show) to protect her.

New Expeditions

Green, like Christina Ricci, recently received a conjunction from the planet Uranus to the position of his Aquarius Sun. In his case, of course, this means it also “triggered” his Sun’s square to Mars. Interestingly, like Ricci, one of Green's upcoming movie roles (in The Attic Expeditions) involves portraying a character with mental illness, of a sort.

Already pronounced a future cult classic, it is a clever and deliberately ambiguous tale of a halfway house for recovering mental patients, dubbed "the house of love." Unlike Ricci’s Prozac Nation, however, this black comedy's aim is not to deliver a sympathetic examination of clinical depression.

True to Green’s conflicted Sun-Mars combination, his character, Douglas, is at odds with his own behavior. The added presence of Uranus points to the nature of his personal eccentricities, which make the status of his own sanity somewhat ambiguous.

The transient passage of Uranus is characterized by an “anything goes” mentality, a push toward true individuality. It is understandable that actors receiving this particular transit, like Green and Ricci, would be drawn to roles that allow them to behave in a less inhibited, perhaps more bizarre manner than usual.

A Few Good Men

Having repeatedly resolved to work harder to bring new challenges his way, Green is likely to try new things and take more interesting chances this year, perhaps some related to his new production company, Lucid Films, which he started with fellow actors Breckin Meyer and Ryan Phillipe. Again, Green’s Sun-Mars square suggests he can thrive in a highly charged, “masculine” atmosphere, especially in creative fields.

For a Sun-Mars man like Green, a challenge might be what it takes to bring him back to a future Buffy episode. However, the possibility of Oz reappearing at some point is strong, especially considering the ever-expanding “Buffyverse,” evidenced by original cast member Angel’s (David Boreanz) eponymous spin-off show. The transit of Uranus comes loaded with surprises, defying expectations of any kind. Green should have some good ones in store for his fans in the near future.

Notes

*Classical definition of Mars quoted from Robert Schmidt, Whether & Whence, Cassette Two, an introduction to his translations of Hellenistic Astrological texts for Project Hindsight.

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  • Christina Ricci: Is Madness Too Glamorous?   12/28/2000
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