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If red-hot passion, loving devotion to a partner and the ability to be both a lover and a friend are any indication, award-winning actor and director Mel Gibson has “What Women Want.” But unlike the character he portrays in the upcoming movie of the same name, it didn’t take a bump on the head for him to figure it out; he was born with all that, and his astrological chart and enduring marriage prove it.

Mel Gibson Has “What Women Want”

Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born a steady, ambitious Capricorn on January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, and later emigrated to Australia in 1968 with his parents. As befits a Capricorn, Gibson has climbed to the top from fairly humble beginnings, rocketing to fame in 1980 as the post-apocalyptic hero of director George Miller’s cult classic Mad Max, and going on to star in and direct a slew of blockbuster films. But this handsome, funny, immensely likable movie star has shunned the Hollywood lifestyle, and his reverent attitude toward his family and marriage is anything but typical in Tinsel Town.

Someone to Lean On

With that solid Capricorn Sun located on the threshold of his Seventh House of partners, Gibson takes his commitments seriously and is willing to work hard to make his marriage last. He has been happily married to Robyn Moore for more than twenty years, and they just recently added a seventh child to their large and happy brood. When asked what he considers his biggest achievement, he immediately responds, “My kids,” and has made it quite clear in numerous interviews that for him, family is everything.

The First House of an astrological chart indicates physical traits and outer personality, and Gibson has the planet Uranus placed there in the sign of Leo, accounting for his electric blue eyes, commanding presence and widespread sex appeal; but that is only part of the story. Though the sign Leo occupies part of this First House, the sign of Cancer was actually on the eastern horizon, or Ascendant, when he was born. Typical of Cancer rising, Gibson is nurturing, sensitive, intuitive and fond of spending cozy nights at home rather than attending glittering parties or carousing on the town. Like its symbol the crab, Cancer is also known for being devoted and protective, and Gibson has repeatedly refused to discuss his family, shielding them determinedly from paparazzi and prying reporters, and keeping them out of the Hollywood scene.

The Legendary Lover

Gibson was born when Mars was in the sign Scorpio. Men with this placement are intense, intuitive, hypnotic lovers with a powerful sex drive and a tendency to become nearly obsessive over the object of their affections. Like the heroes in swashbuckling romance novels, they are possessive, demanding, exploratory lovers who become consumed with passion. They don’t take the act of love lightly, nor will they spare any effort to satisfy a partner.

Gibson’s sensitive, passionate portrayal of Hamlet in Franco Zefirelli’s 1990 movie brought Shakespeare’s classic play to vibrant life, and we get a glimpse of his Scorpio Mars in his interpretation of the tortured, haunted Dane and his drive to avenge his father’s murder. The sign Scorpio is instinctive, resourceful, mysterious and powerful. There is a unique ability to control and focus the extreme emotion that comes with this sign, and combined with the energy and drive of Mars, this is the stuff that legendary lovers are made of.

A Bit of Refinement

Gibson is no slouch in the fine art of maintaining relationships, either. He can calm the waters after the inevitable storms of marriage and genuinely wants a fair and harmonious partnership. A champagne and flowers kind of guy, things of beauty and culture appeal to him, and he is more likely than most men to truly enjoy a trip to the museum or the theater.

His open-minded, friendly Venus in Aquarius can be staunchly loyal, given enough space and freedom, and indicates his ability to be a true friend to his wife, as well as a lover. In a recent Valentine’s Day issue of Mc Calls magazine, Gibson was asked what he felt the secret of a good marriage was. Expressing a perfect combination of a conservative Capricorn Sun and Venus in Aquarius, he said: “I think you really need to know someone and understand him or her before you can fall in love. You have to like each other. That’s the foundation you build on.”

Smooth Sailing Ahead

Though female fans might wish otherwise, Mel Gibson isn’t likely to end up single any time soon. Saturn rules his Seventh House of partnerships, and as it moves through Gemini over the next two years, it contacts both his Moon (representing his wife, kids and family) and his Venus (the planet of love) in especially positive trine aspects. This bodes very well for the Gibson household, promising an even deeper and more solid family bond than already exists, as well as the kind of rewards that come from working hard at his marriage and knowing what women...well, one woman, at least, wants.



Sharyn Smith is a freelance writer and life-long student of astrology. She is a former newspaper staff reporter and columnist and now publishes her independent articles and editorials on the Internet.

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