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In 1997, Australian Geoffrey Rush won a Best Actor Oscar for his role as tortured piano prodigy David Helfgott in Shine, and there's been no stopping him since. In 1999, he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Shakespeare in Love, and this year he's up for the Best Actor Academy Award once more for his portrayal of the Marquis DeSade in Quills.

Astrology Horoscope: Geoffrey RushRush doesn't have the matinee idol looks his old Aussie housemate Mel Gibson has, but he does have the many moods and sensitive nature that gentle men of his sign Cancer are associated with. Rush has at least four key planets (Sun, Mercury, Mars and Uranus) in the sign of the deeply emotional Moon child. Cancers are known to be moody enough, ruled by that old debbil Moon, but Rush has other "pulls" in his chart that may at times make him feel crazier than the mad Marquis himself! Lucky for him (and for us) he can work out his conflicts on film.

Where to Focus His Feelings?

Rush has a fascinating "t-square" in his chart that signifies a struggle between three disparate parts of his nature. A t-square is a tense configuration where two planets that are opposite, or 180 degrees from each other, both make a 90-degree angle (called a square) to a third planet. A t-square symbolizes friction between the things represented by the planets involved in the formation. Geoffrey Rush's t-square involves his Jupiter (good luck, expansion) in pioneering individualistic Aries opposite his dreamy, imaginative, trippy Neptune in the artistic sign of Libra. These planets are both square his Uranus (planet of bold, unconventional risks in the name of progress) and Sun (his identity in the world), which are conjunct in family-oriented Cancer.

The artistic choices Rush has made reflect his eclectic sensibilities, which is probably why he's so hard to typecast as an actor, but also why he's strong enough to stay in the foreground as a leading man, not just a supporting "character" actor. The connection between Rush’s Sun, representing self, and eccentric Uranus shows both his strength and the difficulty casting directors may have in pinning him down.

Certainly Rush’s Sun-Uranus conjunction in Cancer is reflected in his role in Shine, in which his character experiences a mental breakdown (in part) in reaction to his father's cold and bizarre treatment. Cancer Suns are known for their extreme parental attachment, and Rush's portrayal of David certainly breaks our hearts by showing us the pain of a rejected son. Rush was probably so adept at embodying those feelings and portraying David's angst because of these Cancer planets in his own chart. He may have been on the receiving end of his father's extreme demands (or at least super high standards of achievement). His father, too, may have seen intellectual and heady accomplishments as more important than allowing his sensitive son to just be himself.

We can also see part of Rush's t-square in the character of the Marquis in Quills. The Marquis is certainly a fine example of Neptunian drug-like, dream-like, over-sexualized wildness, symbolized by the connections between Rush’s Sun (self), Neptune (getting lost in decadence) and Uranus (uncontrolled nature). But from this wild self-indulgence (even if it's just the excess that takes place in a madman's imagination) came great art. This is no surprise, since Libra, the sign where Rush’s Neptune is found, is associated with Venus, the planet of art.

Some of Rush's more eclectic roles are associated with his bawdy Jupiter in bold Aries, which forms the third “point” of the t-square in his chart. Rush has taken on some surprisingly fun and fiery film roles in movies like Mystery Men and The House on Haunted Hill. This is the hammy part of Rush's chart, and we love it!

In addition, Rush has an almost exact square between his Sun in familial Cancer and expansive Jupiter in Aries (the lone wolf sign), which suggests that even when he "breaks out" to work in a more frivolous film, his base of loyal, family-like audience members is still ready and waiting for him to return to his traditional role as interpreter of classic characters in "classic"-feeling films. Some folks suffer from their t-squares because the conflicting energies leave them immobilized, but Rush has found a wonderful outlet for all the "mad" voices in his mind.

More Success and Fulfillment Ahead

Jupiter, the planet of luck, opportunities and expansion moves into Rush's sign of Cancer this summer, and the good times keep rolling for him. First, Jupiter hits Rush's Mars in July 2001, which could signify him taking a risky role that pays off for him. It could be something macho and sexy (these are Mars characteristics).

When Jupiter hits his Uranus in late August, Rush may take a radical turn in his life that is jarring but ultimately for the good. Since Jupiter expands what it touches, and Uranus is the planet of rebellion, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

Then in the fall of 2001, Jupiter hits his Sun and in the summer of 2002, his Mercury, which should be a fun time and one full of brilliant ideas (Mercury) for the talented actor. Jupiter hitting Mercury could also help him to communicate more with his family and experience the good results from putting his deep feelings for them into words. Since Rush is a strong Cancer, feeling good about his family is undoubtedly the key to his happiness and success in the world.



Jill Dearman is the author of the gay best sellers Queer Astrology For Men and Queer Astrology For Women (St. Martins Griffin/1999). She has been professionally practicing astrology for twelve years and currently writes horoscopes for the national magazines Twist and Girlfriends as well as numerous papers syndicated via Q Syndicate. She has written about subjects from astrology to literature to film and theater in Mademoiselle, Publishers Weekly and HX. An excerpt from her upcoming novel, The Great Bravura, was featured in Best Lesbian Erotica 2000(Cleis Press). She also writes and produces films. The Village Voice called Dearman a "risk surfing playwright" whose work "shocks and rocks." She is a 1999/2000 artist in residence at HERE in New York City.

Jill is also the author of LoveCycles, an email-delivered guide to love and relationships based on individual birth data, available in the Shop@StarIQ.

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