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Winona Ryder is an engaging pixie whose luminous screen presence is reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn. She has an aura of vulnerability audiences find enchanting, easily slips into many different characters and, regardless of the role, an other-worldly ambiance shines through. Both Audrey Hepburn and Winona Ryder were born when the Moon was in Pisces. Like Hepburn, much of Winona’s appeal comes from the sensitivity, fragility and timelessness of her Pisces Moon. However, while Audrey brought a serene simplicity to her characterizations, Winona infuses hers with depth and complexity.

Audrey Hepburn’s life and career had highs and lows, but through it all she maintained elegant simplicity, grace of character and changed little. She left this world in 1993, loved as much for her compassionate crusade as an ambassador for UNICEF as for her film appearances. That same year, Winona Ryder had her greatest film success when her performance in The Age of Innocence garnered the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and a nomination for an Academy Award. She was 21. Now, at age 29, Winona Ryder is in chrysalis, and the emerging woman is likely to bear little resemblance to the young actress whose screen presence inspired comparison to a legend.

The Magical Mutable Pisces Moon

Film loves a Pisces Moon, and a Pisces Moon actor loves film. Their delicate emotional natures, their empathy for others and their deep connection to the creative realm soak up the character, and with chameleon-like ease they slip into the persona. Film easily captures the emotional content of the performance and theater audiences are enchanted. However, the Moon is given form by the light of the Sun, and the Sun is our essence. It is here astrology reveals Audrey Hepburn and Winona Ryder to be diametrically different.

Simple Elegance

Astrology Horoscope: Audrey HepburnAudrey Hepburn was born May 4, 1929, at 3:00 am in Ixelles, Belgium. Her Sun was in Taurus. It is the essence of a Taurus Sun to maintain. Taurus is rooted in earthy physical sensations. It is placid, simple, cares little about complexity and resists change, preferring to savor and hang on to the moment. Audrey was the epitome of poise and elegance. Simplicity of style and living were central to her life. Her final screen appearance was a luminous cameo as the angel Hap in the film Always. Audrey was a vision of elegance and tranquil beauty as she walked through lush forests and meadows, giving Richard Dreyfuss gentle advice on matters of the heart. Her last performance perfectly reflected the innocence of her Pisces Moon nourished by the essence of her Taurus Sun.

Finding Beauty in the Ugly

Astrology Horoscope: Winona RyderWinona Ryder, born October 29, 1971, at 11:00 am in Winona, Minnesota, has a Scorpio Sun. The essence of a Scorpio Sun is to change form. Scorpio craves intensity and assumes complexity. It thrives in the dark and on the edge where it penetrates the core of every experience to unearth the beauty hidden deep within. On screen, Winona is brilliant when portraying delicate romantic women whose dark and intense desires draw them into edgy situations. She has had such great success in these roles because this is the essence of who she is.

A Devilish Year

In March of 2000, Girl, Interrupted won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Angelina Jolie, but not even a nomination for Ryder, who was its leading star and executive producer. This was Winona’s brainchild; she had spent six years developing the film as a showcase for her own acting talents. In March of 2000, transiting Neptune, the planet that often accompanies defeat, was square Winona’s Sun and transiting Uranus, the planet that brings shocks and surprises, was square her Mercury.

These transits reveal being passed over at the Oscars was a disappointment (Neptune), a blow (square) to Winona’s self-esteem (Sun) and played havoc (Uranus square) with her thinking (Mercury). Echoing the Oscar snub, two other films starring Winona and released in 2000, Autumn in New York and Lost Souls, were panned by critics and received lackluster reception from audiences. For Winona Ryder, who has worked hard and seldom stumbled or experienced defeat, the year 2000 has been a confusing and disappointing time.

Winona, Interrupted

Transiting Pluto is now conjunct Winona’s Ascendant (December 2000 until October 2001). The Ascendant is the most personal point in the horoscope. It reveals how we view the world, how we are viewed and our personal appearance. Transiting Pluto brings irreversible change to whatever it touches, and marks periods of withdrawal in which purging and renewal take place. Its movement is slow, and its effects thorough and often emotionally painful.

Pluto rules Scorpio, and with the Sun, Mercury and Venus in Scorpio, Winona thrives on crisis and change. Her Scorpio inclination is to live on the edge, to fall, to reform, to pick herself up and to start all over again. That’s not to say the process will be painless, only that ultimately it will be empowering. It’s likely Winona will isolate herself during the coming year as she undertakes an intense and creative project that will reshape her future and reveal her powerful potential. When transiting Pluto has completed its work, Winona Ryder will have changed everything; her appearance, how she perceives herself, how she perceives others and her place in the world.


The transiting movement of the three outer planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, is slow. They begin affecting change as much as a year before the transiting aspect first becomes exact. Because of their retrograde motion, they will form an exact aspect to the planet or point several times. Events during that time are designed to wear away resistance to the needed change. Transiting Pluto’s work is deep, secretive and private. Events accompanying Pluto’s transits are emotionally wrenching and touch the core of our very existence. The life changes brought on by these significant transits may not be entirely understood nor visible for more than a year after the transiting planet moves away from its final contact to the aspected planet or point.



Pat Lantz is a practicing astrologer currently researching the use of astrology as a developmental tool with infants and toddlers. Contact Pat to participate in this study or for information about developmental astrology.

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Other StarIQ articles by Pat Lantz:

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  • Ashley Judd: The Best Is Yet to Come   5/28/2001
  • Rosie O'Donnell: The Aries "Queen of Nice"   4/26/2001
  • The Terrible Twos   4/13/2001
  • Haley Joel Osment: Fate, Luck and Opportunity   2/4/2001
  • Lara Flynn Boyle and Jack Nicholson   12/15/2000
  • Defiant Prayers Kick Off High School Football Season   10/18/2000
  • The Televangelist and the Transvestite   10/6/2000
  • Robert Downey Jr.’s Appointment With Destiny   9/23/2000
  • Richard Cheney: A Saturn-Ruled Aquarian   8/24/2000
  • Bruce and Demi: Love Dies Hard   8/11/2000
  • Alan Greenspan’s Opus   8/9/2000
  • Kathleen Kennedy Townsend: Echoes of Camelot   8/3/2000
  • The Supremes: Where Did Their Love Go?   6/16/2000
  • Travolta’s Alien Nature   4/28/2000
  • Jefferson and Clinton: Saints or Sinners?   4/6/2000
  • Charles Schulz Bids Adieu   2/13/2000

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