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His Dynamic Jupiter Return

Born in New Zealand but bred in Australia, Aries actor Russell Crowe has increasingly captured the attention of moviegoers everywhere. Crowe was already a popular, award-winning actor in Australia, but it wasn’t until 1997 that Crowe’s no-nonsense portrayal of the hard-driving, morally-ambiguous detective Bud White in L.A. Confidential garnered him serious critical acclaim in the United States.

While just on the heels of his Jupiter return, he received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor for his role as a whistle-blowing, tobacco-industry executive in The Insider. Now, folks are going to the movies in droves to see him as the lead character, Maximus, in Ridley Scott’s epic, Gladiator.

A Headstrong Guy

A look at Russell Crowe’s chart underscores that he, too, is someone who is not afraid to fight for what he wants. Aries is one zodiac  sign that stays true to its nature, rather than becoming what others want or expect. Not only is Crowe’s Sun (core self) in Aries, but his Mars (energy) and Jupiter (luck) fall in this headstrong, independent sign. All that fire has a hard time compromising, suggesting that Crowe won’t easily yield to others, particularly when he knows his instinct or vision about something is utterly right.

Not surprisingly, Aries has traditionally been dubbed the sign of the warrior, the archetypal fighter of the zodiac who's not afraid of a little blood-and-guts action. The ram will fearlessly butt heads with anyone who dares to get in its way.

Crowe may also have a temperamental nature. He reportedly is not very publicity-friendly and tends to glower. It is a rare thing to even find him smiling in his movies, since he’s not drawn to playing characters who are sociably at ease with others. Decidedly, he likes strong-willed characters who boldly take action and decisively get a job done, which all sounds very much like dynamic Aries the ram itself.

Quick-Change Artist

Crowe’s chart also shows he has a marvelous, chameleon-like Sun-Neptune ability to disappear completely and with convincing authenticity into the diverse roles he plays. His character takes over completely.

Crowe’s Moon in Aquarius may also explain why he never plays the same type of character twice, as Aquarius seeks that which is refreshingly different. Together, these astrological patterns in an actor’s chart suggest a person with a broad and perceptive understanding of the complexities of human nature.

Strong Work Ethic

Crowe appears to have a strong work ethic, and he doesn’t have patience for directors or actors who don’t know what they’re doing. (Aries finds a lack of professionalism to be a big time-waster.) He probably wants those on the job to be as focused and dedicated as he is, and thus he can seem temperamental when they are not as sharp and alert. Crowe’s stressful Venus-Uranus square suggests bouts of high-strung explosiveness, especially when he has to deal with the slowness of others. Venus is associated with relationships, and Uranus with abrupt change.

His Mercury (thought and communication) in Taurus suggests he is methodical in his work and is well-prepared. This Mercury also makes an excellent contact to Uranus (a planet that likes a quicker pace), and so he’s probably always "raring to go" when the director says "Action!" and can squirm or pace about when there are too many needless delays.

Even more suggestive of this is his exact Mars-Uranus quincunx, which he’ll need to work on, since it can make him respond in a brusque fashion that jolts others (at least once he abruptly walked off during an interview because he didn’t like the line of questioning). Mars (action) combined with Uranus (unpredictability) means he can be prone to blow-up scenes.

His Vulnerable Side

Crowe’s Venus (relationships) square Saturn (labor, structure) implies that he can be "all work and no play" when on a movie set, since this is not a pairing of planets known for friendly "schmoozing." He’s thus a bit standoffish and is probably not one to enthusiastically attend Hollywood bashes (his publicity agent could find this facet of his nature to be hair-pullingly frustrating). In addition, these types hate to be labeled as "sex symbols."

Although 36 years old, he has never married, and that Venus-Saturn square of his could imply he has perfectionistic standards in love, not to mention a fear of exposing his vulnerabilities (a dread of revealing weakness is a concern for strong Aries types). Saturn alone has mixed feelings about receiving attention and even affection from others, which may explain his awkwardness with publicity and socializing.

The Future for Russell Crowe

At present, Gladiator is being released just as Jupiter has transited Crowe’s Mercury in Taurus. If this movie ends up a mega-hit (something that can indeed happen during such a major, once-every-twelve-years Jupiter phase as this), Crowe stands to make a ton of money from his next films. Jupiter also recently made an excellent contact to his Pluto—the planet of mega-deals—and so I bet a lucrative business package awaits him soon.

In his next movie, Proof of Life, he plays a hostage negotiator. Aries is a perfect sign for roles that deal with immediate-crisis situations, usually the kind that involve a lot of shouting and quick decision-making. After that, Crowe loses his identity once more when he appears in a flick called Flora Plum (directed by Jodie Foster), where he plays a beast in a freak show! Again, this odd role should be another major test of the creative potential of his imaginative Sun-Neptune aspect.

Transiting Uranus (planet of exciting breakthroughs) has been in great shape, contacting Crowe’s Sun, and this means that many doors of opportunity are suddenly and happily opening for him. He probably feels he’s in an excellent position, career-wise, to call the shots like never before! Expect more dazzling performances from this very intense actor.


A Jupiter return occurs when transiting Jupiter comes back to its natal position, an event that occurs every twelve years. It’s a great time to stretch and grow, and thus to take chances that can help expand the dimensions of our lives.

People with Sun-Neptune aspects are often highly imaginative and have a fluid ability to transform their personalities to fit their environment for the moment. It's also a great pattern to see in an actor's chart, although in some hypersensitive individuals, it can suggest an escapist nature.

A Mars-Uranus quincunx often means the need to adjust one's lightning-fast reactions to life; there is frequently a lack of inner calmness plus a tendency to spark anger in relationships. More poise and patience is needed to avoid sudden, although minor, accidents and mishaps.

Russell Crowe's Birth Data: April 7, 1964 - time unknown - Wellington, New Zealand



Bil Tierney has been in professional practice for over 28 years. He is the author of Dynamics of Aspect Analysis (CRCS Publications, read in five languages), Twelve Faces of Saturn, Alive and Well With Neptune, Alive and Well with Uranus and Alive and Well with Pluto (Llewellyn Publications). His upcoming book, All Around The Zodiac: Exploring Astrology's Twelve Signs, will be released by Llewellyn in December 2001.

For more information about Bil Tierney, click here.

Other StarIQ articles by Bil Tierney:

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  • Anne Robinson: What's Her Weakest Link?   5/1/2001
  • Survivor II Showdown   4/22/2001
  • Susan Helms: Woman in Outer Space   4/8/2001
  • Will and Grace: A Sitcom With a Twist   2/26/2001
  • Faith Hill and Tim McGraw: Earth Signs in Love   2/20/2001
  • Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera: Sagittarians on Fire   2/15/2001
  • 'N Sync With Success   2/8/2001
  • Will Dr. Laura Conquer TV?   9/22/2000
  • Tina Turner's Farewell Song   8/26/2000
  • An Aries Wins Top Survivor Prize   8/24/2000
  • Bill Clinton Bares His Soul   8/11/2000
  • The Wizardry of J.K. Rowling   7/26/2000
  • Friends Strike It Rich!   7/14/2000
  • Steve Case: On Top of the World   2/16/2000
  • The Power of Celine   12/14/1999
  • Celine's Pluto Transit   12/14/1999
  • Uranus in Aquarius Rocks Garth's World   11/27/1999
  • Garth Brooks: Super Aquarius   11/27/1999

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