Struggle to Be Her Best
Gellar, star of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was the first
in what has now become a long line of girl superstars who hit big in the
90s, including Jennifer Love Hewitt, Keri
Russell and Claire Danes. She's remained a favorite of teen
as well as adult TV viewers, has had movie success with Cruel Intentions
and will be co-starring soon with fiancé Freddie Prinze, Jr. in an upcoming
Scooby Doo movie.
So what makes
Sarah Michelle Gellar such a beloved figure to her young audience? In
looking at her chart, I can't help but see signs of a young woman who
does not consider herself special in any way, but who struggles to live
up to her fans' and her own high expectations of herself.
off, Sarah's Mercury (planet of communication) is a little bit weighed
down in Taurus, a sign associated with feeling things on a sensory,
primal and often artistic level, but not as adept at expressing those
feelings in words. Her Mercury makes a tense 90-degree square to
Saturn (planet of structure and discipline) in Leo, sign of the leader
and the performer. This Saturn square suggests that Sarah knows she is
getting short-term benefits from being a star (i.e., fame and attention),
but may have fears deep down that she won't have the long-term goods to
remain a leading actress over time.
Moon (emotional nature) is in receptive and often psychic Pisces. No wonder
Sarah's biggest success has come from her starring role on the metaphysically-minded
Buffy. The Moon in Pisces gives her Sun in fiery
Aries a softer edge, which is why she's such a hit as a Maybelline "cover
girl." Pisces is the opposite or "shadow" of Virgo, a sign
that is associated with the physical. Sometimes people with a strong Pisces
influence are able to convey their strong, watery emotions in a physical
way. As Buffy, and even as a model, Sarah is never far from where the
physical action is.
together, I suspect that Sarah intuitively knows that she will reach a
"crash" point when she can no longer rely on the success and
stardom of her youth. She is probably already insecure about whether she
"deserves" her success, but may not have the words (Mercury
in Taurus) to articulate these fears. Her young fans probably also unconsciously
intuit this insecure side of their heroine's nature. That's what makes
her so real, and appealing, and unpretentious.
And it is
just this self-doubt that will probably help Sarah to overcome her worst
fears. She does not have a huge sense of entitlement. If her star fades
a little as she ages, she will work to earn the respect she so desperately
wants, and which she never takes for granted.
Love Nature and Romance With Freddie
planets, Venus and Mars, also show signs of longing and uncertainty with
her own value as a lover. Her Venus is in the same sign as her Sun—forceful,
passionate and sometimes sweetly naïve Aries. Having Venus, the soft and
gentle planet of love, in warrior-like, Mars-ruled Aries can be a bit
of a burden. She may often feel unfeminine, too pushy or too open about
has Mars in Pisces, which can be awkward, since pushy Mars is a little
out of sync with passive, sympathetic Pisces. She may feel as if her love
nature is inverted—somehow the opposite of "everybody" else’s.
Again, this worry makes her all the more human and all the more endearing
to her public and to her loved ones.
of which…Sarah Michelle Gellar and teen hearthrob Freddie Prinze, Jr.
recently became engaged. As far as their compatibility, the relationship
does have a lot of potential, though both will need years to "grow
into" their individual charts. Freddie's Sun in emotional Pisces
sits right on Sarah's Mars, planet of passion. There is a deep empathy
between these two stars, which makes their relationship sexy and somewhat
insular. They are able to share secrets with each other that they could
never reveal to anyone else. This kind of intense trust makes them continually
more and more attracted to each other.
Freddie's Jupiter (planet of good luck) sits on Sarah's Sun, which means
that even if they don't always remain lovers, they will be generous to
each other as friends, colleagues and spiritual seekers. Freddie's Saturn
in familial Cancer does make a cranky square to Sarah's Sun, which suggests
that he may feel as if he is a lot more emotionally mature than she is.
And perhaps he is. He did lose his famous father, comedian Freddie Prinze
(a Cancer), to suicide when he was just a baby. Although he loves Sarah
as an equal, he may sometimes feel he is in a parental role in their relationship.
Next for Sarah?
goes over her Jupiter in Gemini in May 2001, Sarah may commit to a long-term
project that takes a couple of years to bring to fruition, but will surely be worth it. Gemini is so associated with words, so it wouldn't be surprising if Sarah is highly involved in developing the
script, or if she plays the role of a writer. Or perhaps she will buy
the property of a book that is very special to her, and put herself in
charge of bringing this project to the screen. Sarah's strongly developed
Piscean intuition will surely lead her in the right direction, even if
she doubts herself every step of the way.