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This fall, two big movie queens, Bette Midler and Geena Davis, will be coming to small screens everywhere. Ms. Midler stars in Bette on CBS, while Ms. Davis stars in The Geena Davis Show on ABC.

Looking at Geena Davis' chart, it's not surprising that she might seek out the consistency of a regular sitcom. Geena is an Aquarius with Moon in Taurus, both fixed signs, and her whole chart is dominated by the fixed modality. In astrology, the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) represent a stubborn, persevering nature. Usually, fixed people have a hard time starting things, but once they are in a groove, they stick to their goals with memorable tenacity. With seven (!) fixed planets in her chart, Geena seems likely to succeed in television, which is to movies what a marathon is to a sprint. It takes endurance! However, the initial season could be rocky. In her show she plays a career woman who impetuously moves in with a family man (played by Peter Horton, formerly of Thirty-Something).

Horton, a Leo, was also born under a fixed sign. So were Jerry Seinfeld (Taurus) and Lucille Ball (Leo), who went on to become television icons. Geena's Sun in unconventional and innovative Aquarius makes a square (stubborn, learning aspect) to her Moon in sensual Taurus. In films, Geena has experienced great success by letting her blend of Aquarius awkwardness (Aquarians are often so ahead of their time they often feel painfully "different" from others) with her Taurean sexiness. She won a best supporting-actress Oscar for her role in The Accidental Tourist and was nominated for a best-actress Oscar for Thelma and Louise. But being a little different is sometimes a hard sell on TV, a much more conservative medium. Geena has a better chance for success if she pushes the envelope with her show, rather than settling for a bland formula.

Upcoming Events for Geena

Pluto, planet of major self-transformation, transits Geena’s North Node in Sagittarius in Februay 2001. Sagittarius is a sign of major optimism, and it likes to teach as well as learn. Geena's Sag Node is in her Second House of security and values. If she feels she is able to make a significant change, and teach something valuable using TV as her medium, she'll be a happy camper indeed and may end up with a long-running hit. But that will call for a lot of Aquarian/Sagittarian courage. Both Aquarius and Sagittarius are prominent in Geena's chart. They are great optimists and believers in making the world a better place. With that idealism comes bravery—for Sag in the form of fiery courage and in Aquarius in the form of visualizing the best world possible. To take advantage of this, Geena has got to be willing to push television forward, not just rest on her laurels. Let's hope this show lasts longer than her previously stints on Family Ties and Buffalo Bill (Buffalo who?).

Whether Geena Davis succeeds or fails on television, her movie career will still be waiting for her, and so will her athletic career. She made it into the trials for the Olympics in 1996 and 2000, in archery, and says she is still shooting arrows and may try again to go for the gold. And file this under "too perfect” metaphor: Geena has Mars (physical vitality and passion), Saturn (discipline) and North Node (destiny in this lifetime) all in the sign of the Archer: Sagittarius!

Bette Midler

As for Bette Midler, her charisma may be a little too strong for television. She's a bawdy Sagittarian with two powerful, aggressive planets—Mars and Pluto—both in dynamic Leo, sign of the performer. She is definitely at her best when given room to perform in grand style. She did become famous as a singer and live performer, after all.

And as she was becoming known as a singing diva, she was offered the role of a lifetime—playing the Janis Joplin-esque rock and roll diva, The Rose. For her performance she received an Oscar nomination and won a Grammy for her song of the same title.

With Aries rising (Aries rules force and aggressiveness, as well as extreme independence) and Moon and Venus in tough, single-minded Scorpio, it's likely that Bette could experience run-ins with network producers and execs, just like Scorpio Roseanne did back in the '80s. Of course, after all the brawling, the show did become a huge hit.

Upcoming Events for Bette

As with Geena, transiting Neptune will be squaring Bette's Scorpio Moon soon, so she too may not enjoy playing the role of herself as much as it might seem. Pluto, the planet of self-transformation is hovering over her Sun as we speak. So this stint in the public eye (and in millions of people's living rooms) could spark a lot of publicity for her. (It already has—she was on the cover of the New York Times Magazine this month). However, since Pluto is about hidden changes, she may be secretly wondering "is this what I really want from my life?"

A major eclipse in Capricorn will be passing over the top of Bette Midler's chart, the area which is most closely associated with fame and being in the public eye. Eclipses tend to be extremely emotional, and this particular one hits Bette's South Node, one of the areas of the chart that signifies past lives. With her South Node in Capricorn being transited while her North Node (destiny in this lifetime) in homey Cancer is being opposed, Bette may feel uneasy having to work so hard and spend so many hours a day away from her husband Martin and daughter Sophie.

In July 2001, just when the eclipse cycle is completely over, Jupiter (good fortune, and Sagittarian Bette's ruling planet) will go over Bette's North Node in family-oriented Cancer. If the show is cancelled, it may be a relief to Mama Bette. And if it lasts, she may aim to get her daughter on the show!

 

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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Other StarIQ articles by Jill Dearman:

  • The Bedroom Astrologer 11-15-00   4/5/2014
  • The Bedroom Astrologer 11-1-00   3/8/2014
  • These Men are from Venus   10/5/2013
  • Brendan Fraser: More Than Just a Pretty Face   4/27/2001
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar: Every Girl's Heroine   4/25/2001
  • Geoffrey Rush: The Moody Marquis   3/23/2001
  • Julia Roberts and Benjamin Bratt: Still Peaking   1/30/2001
  • Kate Winslet's Passionate Choices   12/29/2000
  • Helen Hunt and Hank Azaria: What Does This Woman Want?   12/5/2000
  • Bounce Star Ben Affleck: The Ball is in His Court   12/1/2000
  • Charlie's Angels: Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu   11/25/2000
  • Jim Carrey and Renee Zellweger: Dr. Seuss Meets Nurse Betty   11/17/2000
  • Dylan on Dylan   11/10/2000
  • Bono's Return to Roots of Rock   11/4/2000
  • Janet Jackson's Down-to-Earth Planets   10/21/2000
  • Gloria Steinem: Happy At Last   10/14/2000
  • The Strange Musical Path of Bjork   9/26/2000
  • Picture Perfect Couple: Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston   9/15/2000
  • Harrison and Michelle: A Return to Classic Hollywood   9/8/2000
  • Drew Barrymore: Happily Ever After At Last?   9/1/2000
  • Meg Ryan in the Middle   8/18/2000
  • Mark Wahlberg: Marky Mark is Back   8/12/2000
  • The Return of Cat Stevens   8/4/2000
  • Lou Reed and The Smashing Pumpkins: Piscean Themes   7/29/2000
  • Patti Smith: Her Gung Ho Comeback   7/21/2000
  • Rupert Everett: The Ultimate Gemini   7/7/2000
  • Angelina and Billy Bob: Hollywood's Mod, Odd Couple   6/30/2000
  • The Virgin Suicides: New Hollywood Meets Old Hollywood   6/2/2000
  • Opposites Attract On Screen   5/26/2000
  • Beatty and Bening's New Baby   5/19/2000
  • Aquarian Psycho   5/12/2000
  • Puff Daddy and Jennifer Lopez   5/5/2000
  • Chloe Sevigny's Scorpionic Exploration of Sexuality   3/25/2000
  • Water Signs Rule the Cider House   3/23/2000
  • The Tangled Web of Ripley   3/2/2000
  • Aries Grrrl Warriors: Where Will They Go From Here?   2/18/2000

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