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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!).

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Synopsis of “Milk”

Harvey Milk: 22 May 1930, 01:30, Woodmere, New York. A: RR Sean Penn: 17 August 1960, 15:17, Burbank, California. AA: RR Dan White: 2 September 1946, 08:13, Bellflower, California. AA: ShawJosh Brolin: 12 February 1968, 10:22, Santa Monica, California. AA: TaglilateloRelease date: 28 October 2008

From the very beginning of the film, it is very difficult not to like the character of Harvey Milk, wonderfully portrayed by Sean Penn, an actor known for his rough-around-the-edges outsider roles and political activism. Open, honest, intelligent and exuding warmth, the audience can’t help but root for Milk and hope that the inevitable assassination will somehow be averted.

Milk

The film opens with archived footage of police raiding gay bars in the ‘50s and ‘60s and the announcement of Milk’s assassination along with the mayor of San Francisco, George Moscone. The film then flashes back to Milk’s 40th birthday and his meeting his boyfriend for the first time. The pair decide to move to San Francisco to find more acceptance for their relationship. Milk becomes a gay activist and although his boyfriend is his campaign manager, he becomes frustrated with Milk’s devotion to politics and leaves him. Milk meets someone else, but this boyfriend is far more sensitive and sadly hangs himself because he feels Milk isn’t paying him enough attention.

Milk finally wins a vote to be in a major public office and becomes one of the few openly homosexual politicians in the United States. He begins working with Dan White; the pair seem to have opposite opinions on many issues and White grows more resentful every time Milk opposes his proposals. Eventually they find themselves at loggerheads on a proposal to ban homosexuality, an initiative that is defeated. White resigns from the Board over a pay dispute then asks to be reinstated. The request is denied and White shoots both Moscone and Milk.

The Astrology of “Milk”

Sean Penn and Harvey Milk were born with Saturn within one degree, in the sign of its dignity, Capricorn. Although born nearly thirty years apart, this karmic connection helped to build credibility that a straight man was a gay politician who fought for LGBT rights in a time when it was not fashionable to do so. It may have helped that Penn’s Sun and Uranus were both conjunct Milk’s descendant. Not everything you see is what you’re going to get. Penn’s sensitivity to Milk can also be seen with his South Node conjunct Milk’s Moon in Pisces. Incidentally, it is pure astrological genius that Penn received so many accolades for his portrayal of Harvey Milk as his Moon is in Cancer, the sign associated with mothers!

Josh Brolin plays the part of Milk’s assassin, Dan White. Actor and real life character had opposing Mercurys within one degree, Brolin’s in Aquarius and White’s in Leo. If they were real life friends, this would be a challenging aspect because it suggests polar opposite views and ways of thinking. Additionally, Brolin’s Moon in Leo was conjunct White’s Saturn, also within one degree. This is hardly a comfortable position had this been a relationship in the real world, but on the silver screen it may have given the edge to Brolin in portraying such an unlikeable antagonist. Helping to set aside discomfort in playing the villain, Brolin’s Neptune is conjunct White’s Moon in Scorpio which may have also helped remove the sting of being unpopular.

In real life, Milk’s Jupiter and White’s Uranus were in conjunction in Gemini so it’s not surprising they would have such extreme political differences. Milk’s Pluto is also conjunct White’s MC in Cancer. Whilst it would be a long shot to suggest such a combination would drive White to murder Milk, it is indicative of deep-seated issues being played out in a public arena.

Penn and Brolin of course are not enemies, let alone political ones. One can imagine Brolin pulling the trigger on Penn for the big screen and then the pair retreating to some quiet bar to share a beer or two. Brolin’s Jupiter in Virgo is conjunct Penn’s Pluto in Virgo within an orb of three degrees. Mythologically, Jupiter was known for his shape shifting abilities so Brolin may have been able to adjust his personality to offset his villainy as well as the intensity of Penn’s emotions off-camera.

Transiting Saturn was conjunct Penn’s Sun in Leo within one degree, and Brolin’s Neptune was transited by the Mercury/Jupiter conjunction on the day of the movie’s release. A transiting Venus/Mars conjunction in Scorpio was also on Milk’s South Node. In sharp contrast, transiting Jupiter and Mercury was conjunct to within a few degrees of White’s Moon in Scorpio: it as if his treachery is not only exposed but magnified and talked about.

Sean Penn was nominated for a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild and won an Oscar for Best Actor.

Alex Trenoweth
Alex Trenoweth
Alex Trenoweth, MA, DFAstrolS is an astrologer, teacher and author of "Growing Pains", "The Wolf You Feed" and the soon-to-be-released "Mirror Mirror" by The Wessex Astrologer. She travels across the globe lecturing on the topic of Astrology and Education. In 2015, she was voted "Best International Astrologer" for her innovative research on astrology and adolescence. Her work has been published in major astrological magazines around the world such as Dell Horoscope, the International Society of Astrological Research, the Organization for Professional Astrologers and she is co-editor of "Constellation News", one of the largest astrological magazines on the planet.

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