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Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer, the stars of this summer's domestic thriller What Lies Beneath, are virtually bulletproof when it comes to the critics and the sometimes fickle movie-going public. Each in their own way harkens back to a more "civilized" Hollywood era, before gross-out gags and irony.

There's no doubt that Ford was born under the right Sun sign to be a mega movie star in the late twentieth century and early twenty-first. Cancer men dominate this field: Sylvester Stallone passed the baton to Tom Hanks, who still holds onto it, along with Tom Cruise. And who would've guessed back in his rainbow suspender-wearing "nanu nanu" days that Robin Williams would be an Oscar-winning sentimental favorite of the public?

Ford is a double Cancer, with his Sun very close to his Moon. With the Sun representing more outer qualities and the Moon inner, it's no wonder people often get the impression that what they see with Harrison Ford is what they get. Ford also has a charming Libra rising, which gives him his classically pleasant appearance, and his ability to maintain our attention while doing seemingly very little.

Pfeiffer was also born under the right Sun sign for an "aging" Hollywood actress. She's a reliable and steady Taurus, just like her Witches of Eastwick co-star Cher. Pfeiffer, it seems, has picked up the baton that was passed off from 80s superstars who are now losing a little steam (the shelf life of women is a lot shorter than that of men in Tinseltown) like Jessica Lange, Shirley MacLaine and Barbara Streisand. Interestingly, most of these Taurus ladies are as well known for their singing as their acting. Physically, Taurus rules the neck and throat, and this earthy sign is associated with the gift of "voice." No wonder Pfeiffer's early success came as a chanteuse in The Fabulous Baker Boys.

In addition, Pfeiffer has her Moon in Virgo, another earth sign, which only deepens our perception of her as somehow "pristine" (Virgo is associated with an inner purity). It also makes her craftsmanship as an actor so invisible that we may take her for granted. It's rare that she gets an attention-grabbing role that any actress would die for (like Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich or Hilary Swank in Boys Donít Cry.)

Super-Chemistry in a Supernatural Blockbuster

It's rather surprising that Ford and Pfeiffer weren't matched up on the screen earlier. Their aspects together are smooth like butter. Ford's Venus in light, sibling-esque Gemini (sign of the twins) is loosely conjunct (same sign at close degree) Pfeiffer's Gemini Ascendant. The Ascendant is linked to body image and how the world sees us. This connection suggests that Ford's respectful appreciation of Pfeiffer's beauty (aesthetic, as well as her Gemini-influenced intelligence) makes the actress appear even more attractive. Clearly her recent leading men, including Treat Williams in The Deep End of the Ocean and Bruce Willis in The Story of Us didn't have this aspect with her. Those movies didn't quite click for Pfeifferís career the way this one has.

Pfeifferís Sun in Taurus also makes a close sextile to Fordís Jupiter (planet of good fortune and expansion) in Cancer. A sextile is an easy, harmonious aspect. It works so well that we hardly notice it. But therein lies the rub. Although, these two stars had a major hit in the summer of 2000, and could certainly go on to have more, there isn't a lot of intensity or tension between them. Ford and Pfeiffer's aspects may be a little too cozy to inspire Oscar nominations or a deeper sense of respect from critics and audiences alike.

Major Changes Ahead for Two Cautious Types

Cancer and Taurus are probably the two signs that most appreciate predictability and safety over drama and major risk-taking. But Cancer Ford and Taurus Pfeiffer may have to brace themselves for a 2001 in which both their respective charts are very active!

Ford's second Saturn return occurs right before his fifty-ninth birthday next summer. This is the time in life when a person must face his spiritual self and "let go" of qualities and patterns he has outgrown. Ford's Saturn is in his philosophical (and internationally-minded) Ninth House. Perhaps he will pull back away from predictable leading man roles and spend more time doing work to benefit the environment, or some other more "worthy" endeavor. He is already heavily involved in ecology-related charities, and has expressed how strongly he felt about his role in The Mosquito Coast as a man who turns his back on corrupt western values.

As for Pfeiffer, lucky Jupiter will cross her rising sign in May 2001, followed by serious Saturn. This will be a real new beginning time for the star. In the last couple of years, these major planets have been hanging out in her heavy, mysterious (and sometimes depressive) Twelfth House. It has seemed as if she has lived in the shadow of her husband, producer David E. Kelly, and his success. She has also had to grapple with the reality of fewer quality scripts for "women of a certain age" and with ugly rumors about her husband and the star he created in Calista Flockhart. In 2001, it's likely something will hit the fan, but that Pfeiffer will emerge with even more admirers, and more respect than she's ever had before.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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