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In a career spanning twenty years, Kevin Spacey has gone from Gong Show reject to two-time Academy Award winner. Yet this publicity-shy actor has managed to maintain a cloak of mystery around him, preferring to keep the public guessing about his personal life, and offering few clues to who he really is behind the roles he plays. Unusual behavior, to say the least, for someone born under the normally flamboyant sign of Leo.

Astrology Horoscope: Kevin SpaceySpacey was born July 26, 1959, in South Orange, New Jersey. Not only was the Sun in Leo that day but Mercury, the planet of thought and communication, and Uranus, the planet of rebellion and individuality were in Leo as well.

When you think of Leo, powerhouses like Madonna, Mick Jagger or the late Robert Mitchum usually come to mind. People who make a big impact and naturally draw attention to themselves. The more you know about them, the better they like it. Not Spacey.

Why doesn't he fit the textbook descriptions of Leo we've come to expect? He told the London Evening Standard in 1998: "It's not that I want to create some b---s--- mystique by maintaining a silence about my personal life," he said, "it is just that the less you know about me, the easier it is to convince you that I am that character on screen." That's one explanation. His horoscope, however, sheds greater light.

Wrapped in Mystery: The Sun and Neptune

In a horoscope, the Sun is the dynamic engine that fuels the person's entire energy system. But tension aspects to the Sun from other planets, especially the square and opposition, can represent blockages that alter the normal outpouring of solar energy. These blockages provide challenges that force us to use the energy of the aspecting planet in creative ways.

Mysterious Neptune squares Spacey’s Leo Sun very tightly. The Sun in Leo may want to shine brightly, but Neptune prefers fog and ambiguity. Cloaked in fathomless Scorpio, Neptune's link to the Sun makes Kevin very much a mystery wrapped in an enigma.

Both the Sun and Neptune are highly creative, but in different ways and for different reasons. The Sun creates for the sheer joy of creativity and to obtain appreciation for the self, but Neptunian creativity seeks to merge the self with something greater. Neptune, as the poet said, seeks "to be drunken continually with wine, poetry or virtue as you will."

Dark Intensity: Neptune in Scorpio

Neptune in Scorpio brings power and intensity to Kevin's characterizations. It’s no coincidence that most of the roles he's played have been dark, nebulous Scorpionic creatures—mass murderer John Doe in Seven; the chameleon-like con man Verbal Kint in The Usual Suspects (for which he won the Oscar for best supporting actor in 1995); and the middle-aged suburbanite in American Beauty, lusting after a cheerleader in his daughter's high school.

Another indication of Spacey’s ability to play creepy characters so convincingly is found in the conjunction of his Mars, the planet associated with sex and violence, with Pluto, planet of darkness and all things that go bump in the night. The fact that this planetary pair is located in fastidious Virgo also explains how he is able to create diabolical characters who, while clearly evil, always seem so bland, logical and almost clinically detached from the evil they do—a typically Virgo approach to mayhem and murder!

Jupiter in Scorpio

There's more of the Leo/Scorpio mix in Spacey’s chart. Jupiter in Scorpio squares his retrograde Mercury (communication) and eccentric Uranus in Leo. Jupiter represents the part of ourselves we use to reach out to the larger world in hope of reward and success. It's also our philosophy of life. In this case, it represents the belief that success depends greatly on not revealing too much. While Mercury in Leo may want to tell all, Jupiter in Scorpio advises against it.

Mercury's conjunction with Uranus also makes for a unique and individualistic turn of mind. Uranus tells Spacey’s already unconventional retro Mercury, "Hey, pal, whatever anybody expects, just keep ‘em guessing."

One area where Spacey definitely has them guessing is on the question of his sexual identity. For years the press has speculated on whether he's straight or gay. He's never married and claims his closest relationship is with his dog, Legacy. He's quoted as saying that it's a misconception women have that he's gay. "For them it's a challenge," he said. "They want to be the one to turn me around. I let them." More of that Sun/Neptune ambiguity. With Mars, the planet of male sexuality, conjunct secretive Pluto and trine controlling Saturn in Capricorn, Spacey rightly believes his sex life really is his own business.

Plenty of Work Ahead

Spacey won the 1999 Oscar for best actor in American Beauty, and since then has done more work on the stage and screen, including the not very successful tear jerker Pay It Forward. What does the future hold for him?

With two films scheduled for this year—K-Pax, a science fiction story with Jeff Bridges, in which Spacey plays an alien in a mental hospital, and Shipping News, set in Newfoundland—Spacey will undoubtedly be very busy.

From May 2001 to April 2002, transiting Saturn will be squaring his Pluto, Mars and Venus in Virgo, indicating a period of intense hard work. Saturn also represents tests to be faced, and since it will be squaring his Virgo planets from Gemini, the sign ruling journalism, he could experience difficulties with the tabloids during that period.

At the end of 2002, however, Jupiter will be conjuncting his Leo planets, promising more success and greater fame. Who knows? By then, he may decide to tell us something about himself. But I wouldn't bet on it.



John M. Whalen is freelance writer, astrologer, and editor of a business publication based in Washington, D.C. He writes about film, TV, music and travel for various magazines and newspapers. He contributed a chapter on the life and films of director Sam Peckinpah to the new book, The Astrology of Film: The Interface of Movies, Myth, and Archetype.

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Other StarIQ articles by John Whalen:

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  • Venus Elements   2/14/2002
  • Timothy McVeigh: The Day of Judgment   5/9/2001
  • Keanu Reeves' Excellent Adventure   3/8/2001
  • Steven Soderbergh: Putting the Cuffs on Oscar   3/5/2001
  • The Christmas Eclipse: Bringing Your Heart's Desire   12/25/2000
  • Robert DeNiro: Master of Form and Essence   11/18/2000
  • Sylvester Stallone: A Fallen Star, Rising Again?   10/28/2000
  • Yasser, Ehud, Can We Talk?   8/31/2000
  • Alec Guinness: Reluctant Jedi   8/19/2000
  • Human Genetics: O Brave New World!   8/16/2000
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  • Samuel L. Jackson: Shaft for the New Millennium   7/1/2000
  • Jackie Chan: Fearless Aries with the Comic Touch   6/23/2000

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