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As Ashley Judd's mother and older step-sister, singing duo Naomi and Wynonna Judd, signed record deals and set off in search of stardom touring the country in a bus they called Dreamcatcher, the younger non-singing Judd cleaned the vehicle and sat with her nose in a book. This latter day Cinderella would go on to study French at the University of Kentucky, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. Then, determined to become an actress, Ashley Judd packed up a U-Haul, separated from her family and set off for Los Angeles. Ultimately, acting classes and a string of notable performances led to a staring role in the action thriller Double Jeopardy and Ashley emerged from the shadow of the singing Judds to become a celebrity in her own right and one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood.

Astrology Horoscope: Ashley JuddBorn April 19, 1968, in Los Angeles, California, just a glance at Ashley's horoscope reveals that to appreciate Ashley is to appreciate the spunky independence of the first sign of the zodiac, Aries.

An Exaggerated Will to Be Me

Biography magazine's recent article on Ashley Judd reads like a litany of Aries catch phrases: strike out on her own, no time to waste, hyper-articulate, breakneck speed, relentless self-improver, in command of her career, straightforward, self-reliant, important to do things herself, in my personal best interest, self-assured, sudden rise, action girl and more. But then, how else could you write about a woman who has the Sun, Mercury, North Node, Saturn and Venus all conjunct in Aries?

Aries is an innocent, impulsive, me first, I-can-and-will-do-it-my-way sign. Its gift is the ability to separate from family and friends in order to discover one's self as an independent individual. When three or more planets are conjunct one another in the same sign it is called a stellium, and when that sign is Aries it describes an exaggerated sense of self-reliant independence and a self-made, self-directed individualist who will instinctively take charge of their own life and will not endure interference from others.

With her Sun in Aries, the very essence of Ashley's life is to discover who she is as a separate and unique individual. Flanked by Mercury, her solar  initiative is stimulated by an originality of thoughts and ideas, indicating that Ashley is, without a doubt, an independent woman with a mind of her own. Additionally, Saturn grounds Ashley's freewheeling Aries style in accomplishment while Venus adds charm and artistry to her self-directed initiatives. However, Saturn and Venus also say something about growing up lonely and with limitations.

A Gift in Disguise

When Saturn is conjunct Venus in Aries there are often early feelings of loneliness and lack in the areas of money, love and/or relationship. As a consequence, these things become very serious matters in adult life. Ashley's parents divorced when she was very young. After moving to Kentucky, the family struggled to survive on welfare checks and the modest income from Naomi's variety of jobs. They often lived without electricity, running water or a phone and Ashley, who attended a dozen schools in as many years, had to be independent and self-reliant from a very early age. Although these early childhood circumstances seem harsh and sad, in actuality for young Ashley, they may have been a gift in disguise. Left alone to follow her own inclinations, Ashley was able to begin fulfilling her innate call to self-definition and self-authority unhampered by usual parental expectations.

What About Love?

Speaking from the feeling of love denied, Saturn conjunct Venus, Ashley once confided to a friend she would never find "the right guy." But that was before she met Scottish racecar driver, Derio Franchitti. Although the couple became quietly engaged in April of 2000, no date has been announced for the wedding. However, from December of 2000 through November of 2001, transiting Pluto, the great transformer, is moving in a trine aspect to Ashley's Venus. The harmony indicated by this aspect will greatly enhance Ashley's venusian ability to feel the depths and passions of love, and it's likely that Ashley will finally find the courage to relinquish a small part of her Aries independence to the man she says is the "greatest person she has ever met."

And for Her Fans?

Like all actors, Ashley's screen performances reveal innate qualities of her personality. In action films like Double Jeopardy, Kiss the Girls and Eye of the Beholder, Ashley displayed Aries as the young warrior out to prove her courage by triumphing over any obstacle, intimidation or doubt. But in other films, such as Where the Heart Is and most recently, Someone Like You, Ashley revealed her own Venus in Aries doubts and uncertainty about love, commitment and relationship. However, Venus is not just the planet of love and relationship, it is also the planet of art and artistic endeavors, so the same harmonious Pluto trine that will bring profound love can also add new depth and passion to Ashley's creative undertakings.

Ashley's previous performances, as well as her biography, reveal that independence and assertiveness are not strictly male prerogatives. A totally feminine woman can still be defined and recognized for her self-sufficiency and competitiveness as well as her courage to be who she is as a separate and distinct individual. Having found love, and with her creative juices now flowing as never before, it certainly seems that the best of Ashley Judd is yet to come.



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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  • Travolta’s Alien Nature   4/28/2000
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