Life and art imitate each other. In Ben Affleck’s recent film,
Bounce, he played the role
of a successful advertising executive who went through substance abuse
treatment. Ben, a proud Leo, just celebrated his 29th birthday. To the surprise
of many, he admitted himself into an alcohol treatment program on July 31. Ben
was born with slow-moving Saturn in the sign of Gemini. He is now approaching
that time when Saturn is returning to its own place it his chart. This
astrological aspect is widely known as the "Saturn Return" period,
which consistently happens between 28 and 30 years of age, varying within that
range from person to person.
The Saturn Return marks a
maturing point in our lives. In the year preceding the exact date of the return
(Affleck's is exact on June 10, 2002), it is common for someone to look
carefully at his life and make significant adjustments that put long-term paths
into play. During this period, people often buy or sell homes, change careers,
get married or divorced, or experience other life-changing events. The Saturn
Return marks the completion one Saturn cycle. It is one of the most significant
astrological markers in our lives. In fact, this is where we often leave
childhood dreams and behaviors behind as we take on new responsibilities. We
begin to look at ourselves and the world around us in a more mature manner.
Accordingly, we can look for Ben Affleck to make significant stabilizing
adjustments to his life throughout this year and into next summer.
Major life events unfold
when the moving planets contact the positions of the planets at our birth. These
days, with the recent release of Pearl Harbor, Ben Affleck is
riding high and is at the top of his career game. But something has added a
flavor of craziness and instability to his pre-Saturn Return year. Since March,
Uranus, the planet of upset and erratic behavior, has been in opposition to
Affleck's Sun at 22 degrees of Leo. With Uranus opposing his natal sun (as it
is now for everyone born any year in mid August), he can expect flashes of
awareness to awaken parts of his own psyche. On the other side, this is a year
that can bring a great deal of unexpected change. Things will seem more out of
control than other times in his life, and it is this feeling combined with the
serious Saturn Return reflection that led him into alcohol treatment.
The Charlie Sheen Connection
Charlie Sheen, who went
through his own cleaning up a few years ago, was partly responsible for getting
Ben into treatment, even driving him to the Malibu rehab center. At his birth,
Charlie's Mercury, the communication planet, was in Leo, within one degree of
Ben's Sun. When one person's Mercury is conjunct another person's Sun, the
Mercury person (Charlie) can talk to the Sun person (Ben) like no one else. What
Charlie says goes right to the center of Ben's soul.
Like the constellations in
the night sky, the stars in Hollywood are quite visible to the public. When we
watch the stars, however, there is more than meets the naked eye. Astrology,
like a telescope, can help us see what is really going on, in the lives of the
famous and in our own individual life.
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Would you like to know more about YOUR own Saturn return or about your current
astrological transits? StarIQ cofounder Rick Levine is available
for individual phone consultations.