Anniversary Edition of
Steven Spielberg's E.T. the
Extra-Terrestrial is being re-released this spring, with digital
enhancements and never-before-seen footage. At the time, E.T.
was the biggest grossing film in history. Twenty years later, it is still a
powerful film, combining great special effects with a heart-warming ending.
For those of you who have not seen the film recently, read the
plot summary below.
filmmakers act as channels through which the energies of the planets express
themselves. The friction resulting from hard aspects in a director's natal
chart results in creative energy that he puts into his movies. Hence, there
are many correspondences between the hard aspects in Spielberg's chart and
the plot of E.T. The aspect that represents the most tension is
the Moon square his Saturn-Pluto conjunction. A square is an aspect that
usually manifests as a struggle between the expression of the planets
involved. In E.T. one can see a battle ensuing between the Moon
symbolizes the child, the home and one's sense of belonging. Saturn is the
principle of restriction and authority-the Establishment. Throughout the
film, there is a struggle between the children (Moon) hiding E.T. and the
throngs of adults trying to find and get him. The images of police cars and
the giant white tent limiting access to and from the house are all
expressions of Saturn. Pluto's role here is to intensify the energy of
Saturn. This outermost planet gives the suffocating quality of Saturn all the
more power; instead of a few secret service agents coming to the door to
collect the alien (which would be an adequate Saturnian experience), we see
what seems like hundreds of people merging in on one home.
also manifests as E.T.'s separation from the other aliens. Saturn, being the
furthest planet from the Sun that can be seen with the unaided eye, is the
boundary-maker, beyond which reside the transpersonal planets. Saturn cuts
E.T. off from his home (Moon), his physical connection to the aliens who had
to leave him behind. The heartbreak is so strong that he dies on the
operating table, after having lost his life force from not being with them.
The Moon is also E.T.'s childlike wonderment at everything on this new planet
he came to explore. In his vulnerability and need to be taken care of, E.T.
also exhibits qualities of the Moon.
A Whole Lotta Love
conjuncts Venus in Spielberg's chart. The planet of expansion and good
fortune, Jupiter lends abundance to the Venus principle of love and
relationship. It is no surprise that everyone who meets E.T. feels great
affection for him. This conjunction also relates to the unforgettable image
of E.T.'s heart chakra glowing red after Elliott tells him he loves him.
Out of This World
has Uranus opposite his Sun. Uranus is the principle of independence, of
breaking free. The archetype of the Sun, usually understood as one's sense of
self, is also the literal Sun. E.T. is a being who is independent of our
solar system. (Spielberg's preoccupation with aliens also manifests in
Close Encounters of the Third Kind and
Uranus lends an "out of this world" quality to the stranger from another
planet. On a more mundane level, the Sun represents Elliott's father, who
left his wife and kids and moved to Mexico. He presumably experienced the
Uranian need to break free from the confines of his home life.
Private Life or Public Record
Most of us
will never know how the above planetary combinations play out in Steven
Spielberg's personal life. However, study of his films allows us to
understand how he turns these conflicts into works of art. Because the
planets project onto the silver screen so clearly, we also have ample
opportunity to study the dance of the planets we call astrology.
ET Plot Summary: A
spaceship lands near a suburban neighborhood. Apparently, the government is
aware of the aliens' potential presence. Due to imminent threat of being
discovered, the spaceship leaves before one alien can return safely to the
craft. The alien hides in the shed of a suburban California home, where he is
found by a ten year old boy, Elliott. The boy and his siblings hide the
extra-terrestrial being, promising to keep him a secret from adults.
amusing scenes, E.T. starts becoming ill because he is separated from the
other aliens. He builds a transmitter out of spare parts to "phone home." At
the same time, the home is under surveillance by the government; when E.T.'s
health is deteriorating, people in white protective suits take the
opportunity to enter the house. They quarantine the home with a large tent; a
long plastic tunnel restricts access to the house. Despite their best
attempts at medical intervention, E.T. dies. After the EKG registers with a
flat line, Elliott has the opportunity to spend time alone with the alien,
and tells E.T., "I love you." E.T. re-awakens; he knows that the aliens are
coming back for him. The boy and his friends bring E.T. to the previous
landing spot of the spaceship via bicycle, while they are being chased by
several police cars. They outbike (and through E.T.'s paranormal powers,
outfly) the cops, and E.T. is safely whisked away in his spaceship for his
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