Gemini is the sign of the twins, the person with a dual nature and a trickster-like
personality. It's also ruled by, or linked to, the planet Mercury, which
is associated with communication and writing. If ever there was a man
who fit the archetype of Gemini, it would have to be Rupert Everett, the
charming actor and star of films as varied as An Ideal Husband,
Another Country and The Next Best Thing. He is
also the author of two breezy books, The Hairdressers of St. Tropez
and Hello Darling, Are You Working? Rupert's
Sun, which represents his place in the world, is in Gemini, conjunct (very
close to) his Mercury.
When someone has a planet in the sign that it rules (such as Venus in
Taurus or Pluto in Scorpio) it's considered somewhat blessed or fortunate
because the sign and the planet "belong" together. Of course, what many
folks forget when reading about astrology is that we all have free will.
If we are born with certain gifts and don't use them, the universe can't
force us to take advantage of our good fortune. It's like having an uncollected
lottery ticket. Luckily, when it comes to cashing in on his wit and gift
for language, Rupert has not wasted any of his time or talent.
The Water Influence
Gemini is also the sign of the ultimate social butterfly, and although
Rupert is fond of clubbing and making the scene, his chart also shows
another side to his nature: the homebody who'd make, dare I say it, an
ideal husband. Rupert's Venus and Mars, the planets that represent his
love nature, make a wide conjunction to each other in the homey, family-oriented
sign of Cancer. For now, he has only spoken of being dedicated to his
dog, but there's no question that once he finds the right chap, he'll
stick with him through thick and thin, and will probably put Martha Stewart
to shame on the home front.
Rupert has also quietly broken ground by being the first, and often only,
openly gay male actor that comes to mind when the question "who’s gay
in Hollywood?" comes up. In looking at his chart, it's interesting to
note that he has Jupiter (planet of good fortune) in Scorpio, the sign
linked to sexuality. His Jupiter is retrograde, meaning there might be
a subtle twist (or even a karmic reason) for why the planet is so key
in his chart. In Rupert's case, coming out and staying out has only helped
his career, and hasn't seemed to harm it at all. Perhaps because Scorpio
is also associated with secrets, it would have really backfired on a personal,
emotional level as well as on a practical career level if he'd stayed
in the closet. Instead he's turned into a role model, but without having
to deal with as many slings and arrows as Ellen Degeneres.
Rupert's Neptune (planet associated with illusions, and film in particular)
is also in Scorpio and also retrograde. Again, there is more influence
in his chart that shows not necessarily how much success he's gained because
of his sexuality, but how much he would have lost if he'd denied the truth
to his film-going audience.
The last water placement that's prominent in his chart is his Moon (emotional
desires) in Pisces. Having his Sun in a mutable (flexible, adaptable but
sometimes too changeable) sign like Gemini, combined with the Moon in
the fluid, mutable sign of Pisces, suggests that Rupert is extremely influenced
by his environment and the people around him.
The Madonna Influence
In recent years, Rupert has become almost as well known for his friendship
with the material girl as he has for his acting. They clubbed around together
in the late '90s, and he was featured prominently as her sidekick in a
VH-1 documentary. Then, last year, they graced the cover of Vanity
Fair together to promote the film they starred in together,
The Next Best Thing. (Madonna
sparked controversy within the gay community by going on about how Rupert
may be gay, but he's still "butch." This sent many self identified "nelly
queens" into a tirade, including Village Voice and
E! correspondent Michael Musto.)
The movie itself centers around a straight female yoga teacher and her
gay male best bud. After a sexy drunken night together she discovers she's
pregnant, and they decide to co-parent the child.
This shows yet another archetypal Gemini characteristic for Rupert: the
part of his nature that is always searching for a twin, someone to "complete"
him. Interestingly, Madonna had another Gemini sidekick who inspired some
mini controversies about a decade earlier. In the late '80s she flirted
with bisexual Gemini comedienne Sandra Bernhard on the David Letterman
Show, and later went on to have a very public falling out with
her. Sadly, they're still on the outs, even though they've both discovered
the joy of motherhood, and the gentle mysticism of the Kabbalah.
Hopefully Madonna and Rupert's friendship will stand the test of time.
Madonna's Moon in picky, practical Virgo is opposite Rupert's Moon in
imaginative, empathic Pisces. They each need something from the other
emotionally. She needs his unspoken, unconditional love, while he needs
her brass tacks realism, and practical caretaking.
They both also have Uranus, planet of friendship, progress and high ideals
exactly conjunct in Madonna's sign: Leo. Perhaps by making such a public
show of their friendship, they may actually discover the true meaning
of their connection. Maybe, as Uranus would dictate, it's to change the
world a little bit, in a positive, constructive way. Chances are though,
that it will be Rupert, the smart, subtle Gemini, who will be the brains
behind whatever they do together.