May 25, 2024

Joan Rivers

Joan, born this day in 1933, had Aries as her ascendant and its ruler, Mars was in Virgo conjunct Jupiter. Jupiter was ruled by Mercury in Gemini (in the 3rd house no less). Hers was one fast mind. Joan’s rapid razor sharp brain would hone in on an adversary’s imperfections and bring them down with a well aimed insult. Amongst her many targets were Elizabeth Taylor’s weight, the Holocaust and Lindsay Lohan: “Lindsay Lohan said she wouldn’t mind being under oath because she thought Oath was a Norwegian ski instructor.” Before we go any further, please follow me on social […]
April 9, 2024

Great Balls of Fire

Happy birthday to Dennis Quaid (9 April) who portrayed Jerry Lee Lewis in “Great Balls of Fire”. Lewis controversially married his 13 year old first cousin which sent his career down the proverbial plughole, an event which was central to the film. Quaid’s natal Venus in Taurus was conjunct the singer’s Uranus within an orb of 2 degrees. Both men had Mars in Sagittarius. As tempting as it is, I’ll leave the cheap, lewd jokes to someone else. And if you’re looking for a good film, just check out Dennis Quaid in “Great Balls of Fire”. There are thousands of […]
April 8, 2024

Lady Sings the Blues

Billie Holiday was born on 7th April 1915 and Diana Ross, who portrayed her in “Lady Sings the Blues” was born almost one Saturn cycle later. Incredibly, the film was released on their Saturn returns in 1972. And. . .”Lady Sings the Blues” was nominated for 5 academy awards including the Best Actress Oscar for Diana Ross. For fans of Billie Holiday, this film is a must see. There are thousands of astrological “coincidences” in “Mirror Mirror” (https://amzn.to/3IrYPU6). If you resonate with a particular actor or film, get in touch! I’m putting together a Mirror Mirror podcast! Also I’m starting […]
April 6, 2024

Boys Town

And now for an old favourite. . . In “Boys Town” (released in 1938), there’s no such thing as a bad boy. Spencer Tracy famously played the compassionate Father Flanagan whose philosophy is sorely tested by Mickey Rooney’s Whitey, a young man from the wrong side of the tracks. Tracy’s Pluto and South Node in Gemini are within one degree of Flanagan’s Venus, and Spencer’s descendant in Cancer is exactly conjunct Flanagan’s Sun. Tracy’s portrayal of Flanagan was noted for its sensitivity and the role helped promote the real Boys Town in Nebraska. There are thousands of astrological “coincidences” in […]
April 4, 2024

Hitchcock

Well. . I am just CRUISIN’ through this Mercury retrograde and even managed to recover my “Mirror Mirror” instagram account and I have a Anthony Perkins, who celebrates a birthday today (4 April), famously portrayed Norman Bates a character loosely based on body snatcher Ed Gein. Gein’s Pluto was within a two-degree orb of Perkins’ ascendant in Gemini. Perkins also had Jupiter in Leo conjunct Gein’s Mercury and North Node. In “Hitchcock”, Perkins was portrayed by James D’Arcy and the film was released as the transiting North Node was exactly conjunct the actor’s North Node in. . .wait for it. […]
April 4, 2024

Chaplin

Happy birthday to Robert Downey, Jr who played Charlie Chaplin in “Chaplin” (and winning some very impressive awards in the process!). Easter break finds me with some extra time to work on my website and a few other things. Robert Downey Jr (who celebrates a birthday today, 4 April), was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar and won a Golden Globe in the same category for his titular role in “Chaplin”. The real Charlie Chaplin has his Venus in Taurus and Downey Jr has his Moon within one degree. The film was released as transiting Uranus in Capricorn was exactly […]
August 19, 2023

Mirror Mirror: Amadeus

The 18 August marks the birthday of Antonio Salieri, the alleged rival of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who was immortalised in the biopic “Amadeus”. As with many biopics, certain liberties are taken with the storylines with the truth often being distorted to make the protagonist look more like a hero and the antagonist seem more the villian. Whilst rumours circulated about the rivalry between Salieri and Mozart, it is unlikely Salieri had either time, resources or motivation to psycholigally torture Mozart into an early death. If you would like to hear more about famous people and the actors who portrayed them, […]
August 17, 2023

Mirror Mirror: “Milk”

A couple of years ago, I put the finishing touches on “Mirror Mirror” and I distinctly remember promising myself that I would get around to featuring “Milk”, the biopic of Harvey Milk brilliantly portrayed by Sean Penn (whose birthday it is today!). If you would like to hear more about famous people and the actors who portrayed them, then why not get your copy of “Mirror Mirror”? You can click on the link to purchase your copy in either paperback or kindle from Amazon. You can even purchase a signed copy (please note postage is extra) by visiting here. Synopsis […]
August 16, 2023

Mirror Mirror: Lawrence of Arabia

“Lawrence of Arabia” holds a special place in my heart. Not only does it feaure the divine Peter O’Toole but it is a fascinating study of the history of cinematography. Although I had seen “Lawrence of Arabia” many years ago, towards the end of writing “Mirror Mirror”, I felt I deserved a quiet evening re-watching the masterpiece. I snuggled down on the settee with Mr Bubbles, my furry writing and film-watching buddy. Little Bubs snuggled happily and purr-fully in my arms as ogled and ahhhhed over Peter O’Toole. Sometime that night, I heard a muted thump and that was when […]
May 12, 2023

Katharine Hepburn

To celebrate Saturn’s ingress in to Pisces, we will look at the life and biographical film work of legendary Hollywood actress Katharine Hepburn, who had Saturn at 25°48’ Pisces. This article appeared in TimeLords magazine and parts of it have also featured in “Mirror Mirror”. Hepburn appeared in 44 feature films, 8 television movies and 33 plays in a career that lasted over 66 years. For the purposes of this column, she appeared in 3 biographical films: as the lead role in “Mary of Scotland”, Clara Schumann in “Songs of Love” and in the Oscar-winning role of Eleanor of Aquitaine […]