Born to Play the Role: Chris Pratt/Star-Lord

Chris Pratt is our final example in this series and a great illustration of actors who found fame and stardom through roles that closely mirror the dynamics of their charts.  Similar to Bryan Cranston, Pratt also played various minor roles (i.e. Parks and Recreation, etc) before landing the role of Peter Quill, aka Star Lord.

Chris Pratt chart2

1st House Uranus

As with many of these articles, this delineation begins with an evaluation of the ascendant and/or first house.  With the analysis of Keanu Reeves, it was noted that Uranus’ position at the ascendant was reflected in the other worldly and technological “Neo” character that would become synonymous with his image.  For Pratt, Uranus’s presence within his 1st also represents this dynamic (albeit, to a lesser degree) in his portrayal of the space traveling, rebellious, technological Star-Lord, but its the ascendant’s rulers (Scorpio is ruled by both Pluto and Mars) that offer some of the most interesting details.  Pluto (modern ruler) is positioned within the 12th house, the part of the chart that represents areas that are behind the scenes (or shady).  At a high level, this is an apt description of Quill’s profession as a smuggler and thief.  Mars’ (traditional ruler) position is conjunct the Moon, the general archetype of the mother so it can be surmised Star-Lord thiefthis thief has some type of preoccupation with his mother.  The reasons for this focus can be uncovered in a further analysis of the Moon.

Anaretic Sun & Moon

Surprisingly, there are few books that detail the significance of the anaretic degree.  It is the last degree of a sign and viewed as a sensitive or “critical”. Pratt’s chart is a signature for this dynamic because the two most significant bodies in a chart, the Sun and Moon, are both at this point.  Traditionally, the Sun and Moon are viewed as general archetypal symbols of the father and mother, so the following delineations of their anaretic positions highlight the correlations with Star-Lord’s character bio.[1]

Sun:

“When positioned in the 29th degree of your chart, the Sun indicates a need to focus more on your identity and your sense of self.  Answer the question, ‘Who am I?’  Deeply consider your roots and how they’ve shaped the person you are.  Issues with your father or your father figure may need to be resolved.[2]

Moon:

“There may be issues with your mother or women in your life that you need to resolve.”

Star-Lord’s mother died when he was a child and he grew up never knowing his biological father.  Additionally, the Moon’s conjunction to a debilitated Mars[3] signals an attack on the mother’s health due to Mars’ rulership of Pratt’s 6th house of health.  This Star-Lord momtheme is repeated with Uranus’ opposition to Chiron.  With Pratt’s chart, Uranus is the modern ruler of the 4th house of the mother, Chiron represents the archetype of a wound or injury and the opposition indicates that the two entities are confronting each other.  It should also be noted that the father figure theme referenced by the Sun is more definitively represented by Saturn’s square aspect to Neptune.  This aspect is historically seen as an astrological signature for the “absent father”….

Leo Midheaven

While Saturn and the Sun are general archetypal symbols of authority and father figures, the 10th house is viewed by some astrologers to represent an area of the chart related to the individual’s specific father.  With Leo on the cusp of Pratt’s 10th house (aka midheaven/MC), the general father figure symbolism of the Sun has a specific correlation with Star-Lord’s father.  Since Leo is the sign most commonly focused on the concept of an ego, this sign placement offers a literal connection to Star-Lord’s father, aptly named, Ego.

Star-Lord father

Jupiter is also loosely conjunct the MC from the 9th house side.  Jupiter’s archetypal function is to expand whatever it touches so its placement can be interpreting as a desire to spread the ego/Ego across the universe.  Its placement at the apex of a t-square involving Uranus and Chiron associates this goal with the mother’s (Uranus) disease (Chiron).

Mercury

GOTGMercury is the ruler of Pratt’s 11th house of friends and associates and positioned within the 9th house of foreigners.  Its placement within the sign of Cancer shows how these individuals are like a family and the trine to Uranus confirms that they support his rebellious nature.[4]  Overall, these dynamics well support the manifestation of his team, the Guardians of the Galaxy, assembled from different areas of the galaxy and operating like a irreverent, yet close-knit family.

Lords and Lineage

Marvel Preview 4Steve Engleheart, the writer responsible for creating Star-Lord, initially envisioned a story arc involving astrological themes, but abandoned this concept when he left Marvel.  Regardless, as a practicing astrologer, he knew a little about the subject matter and elected Star-Lord’s date of birth[5] to coincide with the renowned, seven planet Aquarium stellium from the early 1960’s.  This specific intent offers a deeper level of significance when comparing the elected chart to Pratt.

Pratt Star-Lord biwheel2

This bi-wheel contains Pratt’s chart in the center with the positions of the planets for Star-Lird’s elected date of birth in the outer wheel.  The most immediately noticeable connection is Star-Lord’s Aquarian stellium tightly aligned to the cusp of Pratt’s 4th house.  At a high level, the 4th house represents early family environment and this also extends to ancestors and lineage.

“…the fourth house signifies our past and our relationship to tradition.  It symbolizes the physical structures, psychological patterns, attitudes, and memories that we inherit from the human race, from our immediate ancestors…”[6]

In short, it provides clues to an individual’s origin.  The cusp, or Imum Coeli (IC), is the most sensitive point within the house so the tight alignment between the two underscores the relationship.  Its as if the charts are saying, “This came from that”.  Correspondingly, Uranus’ significance is also magnified because it is the modern ruler (or “lord” as referred by the ancients) of Pratt’s 4th house while, again, being positioned in the 1st (the most visible of the 12 houses).  While this planet represents the futuristic, technological and rebellious nature most immediately attributeStar-Lord universed to Star-Lord, it also symbolizes the lineage connected to his origin because Uranus is also viewed as the planetary body most commonly associated with the art of astrology.  Not only is Pratt the embodiment of this character, but also the astrological, occult knowledge foundation from which this character was based.

In a prior article we analyzed the apparent correlation between Neptune[7], mythology and the rise in popularity of superhero movies and television shows.  For this character, this manifested through the conjunction of Pratt’s Uranus with Star-Lord’s Neptune as well as Pratt’s Sun and Moon in aspect (i.e. sextile and square) to Star-Lord’s Uranus.  All of these dynamics reflect Pratt’s fulfillment of the original intent to create a mythological character using astrological themes, but it is the placement of his Uranus at the midpoint of Neptune and Pluto that infers a generational level of destiny to the manifestation.  In other words, the role of Star-Lord invokes the archetypes of the slowest moving planetary bodies in Pratt’s chart, singling him out amongst the mass of individuals who share this specific outer planetary line up.  As a result, he is channeling something much bigger than himself and we would remiss for not delving more deeply into the scope of this generational cycle.

The 20th Century Renaissance

Neptune and Pluto have been in sextile aspect since the 1940’s and this relationship will continue until the 2030’s.  Accounting for the prior conjunction in the late 1800’s, there aren’t many currently living who were alive when they weren’t in aspect.  As a result, their continuous flow of archetypal manifestation has shaped much of the last century (i.e. Neptune – other realities, Pluto – transformation) according to

…that transformative threshold which was symbolized in the Nietzschean transvaluation of all values, the dying of the gods that had ruled the Western spirit for two millennia and more, the subterranean dissolution of conventional Christian belief and Enlightenment assumptions, the powerful upsurge of ‘the unconscious’ in many senses (including its first being conceptualized at this time)…[8]

It has been almost half a millennium since the beginning of this cycle and subsequent long sextile, the last coinciding with the Renaissance.  While the current cycle follows the same high-level archetypal blueprint, its evolution builds and depends upon the manifestation from the last.  This is why the conjunction of the current cycle was initiated with Friedrich Nietzsche’s direct challenge and explicit declaration, “God is Dead”, a challenge specifically rooted in the ripple effects of the Enlightenment, which also coincided with the other preceding extended aspect between these two bodies: the trine.  Within this evolutionary sphere, Carl Jung would also initiate an exploration of the unconscious (Neptune) in order to assist an individual with transformation (Pluto).[9]

Aside from these core manifestations, the archetypal resonance represented through the arts is another area of expansive manifestation through the development and proliferation of motion pictures and television.  These artistic mediums have evolved into levels of sophistication so resonant and omnipresent that modern life sometimes feels like the inside of giant kaleidoscope, a surreal immersion of constantly swirling archetypal expressions.  Even music, while not specifically in Neptune’s archetypal wheelhouse[10], has taken on an almost religious feel with melodies and symphonies so stirring and euphoric to the soul and spirit that the resonance evokes some of the ancient theories on sympathetic magic.

All of these impulses have become the standard way of life and defining characteristics of civilization, the archetypal backdrop coloring how all other astrological cycles can and will manifest. But, amazingly, none of them are as significant as the following:

Quantum theory has thus demolished the classical concepts of solid objects and of strictly deterministic laws of nature.  At the subatomic level, the solid material objects of classical physics dissolve into wave-like patterns of probabilities, and these patterns, ultimately, do not represent probabilities of things, but rather probabilities of interconnections.  It shows that we cannot decompose that world into independently existing smallest units.  As we penetrate into matter, nature does not show us any isolated ‘basic building blocks’, but rather appears as a complicated web of relations between the various parts of a whole.[11]

The universe is thus experienced as a dynamic, inseparable whole which always includes the observer in an essential way.  In this experience, the traditional concepts of space and time, of isolated objects, and of cause and effect, lose their meaning.[12]

Quantum physics is one the strongest manifestations of the Neptune-Pluto cycle.  Its scope created a fertile ground for astrology to be renewed because the ageless criticisms of assumed impossible physical workings were shown to be based upon an outdated paradigm of strictly linear cause-and-effect.  Under the new paradigm, it isn’t impossible to perceive the unity of an individual, their art, its relation to its original intent and the shared archetypal relationship of all entities (even across generations) to the larger macrocosmic symbolic significance.

Specifically, Chris Pratt was born to become an actor destined to fulfill the intent of a writer/astrologer who created a character imbued with eternal archetypes symbolized specifically by astrology.  The sympathetic alignment of Pratt’s archetypes to this character was so accurate that it catapulted him into success and fame, but ultimately, the goal of this destiny is to direct our focus to the larger cycle of synchronicity that has defined civilization for over a century.

Intoxication, Desperation & the Abyss

How have these momentous events enriched and enlightened the human condition?  Have their ripple effects translated into equivalent degrees of transformation in the structure of civilization? Has it reduced the degree of greed, ruthlessness, selfishness, hatred, violence and intolerance while increasing selflessness, harmony, understanding, forgiveness, humility and tolerance?

Considering our current state of affairs, it is highly probable that many would be skeptical.

From an astrological perspective, this skepticism is justified because the aspect joining Neptune and Pluto is a sextile, whose basic function is to create excitement, but not necessarily compel action.  It’s passive nature reveals opportunities and possibilities that can be achieved only if actualized.  As a result, the excitement of Neptune-Pluto’s wondrous creations and discoveries can become blissfully sedative, an intoxicating distraction diminishing the magnitude of potential transformation into trivial, indirect by-products of inspiration.  In this vacuum remains a type of purgatory/limbo, a reality that has outgrown its structure but lacking appropriate degrees of discomfort/dissonance to coerce risking the sacrifice of confrontation.

For over a thousand years humans were prohibited from eating from trees of knowledge and exploring their destinies while the last 500 challenged the boundaries of what should/could be known (along with the existence of any teleology).  The current cycle appears to have reached a horizon where both polarities are being called into question.  Reflexively demanding a return to strict, traditional values may seem like an appropriate response, but it can’t be overlooked that the erosion of any tradition’s influence is equivalent to the degree it falls short of the benchmarks invoked by the questions above.  It is an axiom that what has been brought to light can’t go back into the dark just as what has been freed can’t return to suppression.

universe within an eyeNietzsche and Thoreau famously predicted, “if thou gaze into the abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee” and “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation”.  This is a central point of existential exasperation because the degree of deconstruction has been so extensive that its impact can be quite paralyzing to those left staring into the void.  It has become much easier to distract this desperation in shallow embrace of entertainment, drugs and alcohol[13] instead of digging into our foundations and asking what are we born to do?  How do our specific characteristics and achievements connect us to something eternal and beyond their actualization…

What are we, exactly, and why are we here?

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End Notes

[1] https://www.astrology.com.tr/articles.asp?artID=75

[2] https://www.astrology.com.tr/articles.asp?artID=75

[3] Mars is considered weak in the sign of Taurus.

[4] Unfortunately, Mercury also rules Pratt’s 8th and 11th houses.  The 8th house represents areas involving death and the 11th is the derived 8th from the 4th (mother).  Its sextile aspect to the Moon-Mars conjunction offers strong conformational evidence of the mother’s death.

[5] As documented on the 2nd page of Marvel Preview # 4.

[6] Robert Hand, Horoscope Symbols (Pennsylvania, Whitford Press, 1981), 277.

[7] It is important to understand the distinction between these two planetary bodies.  While Neptune may represent myths which contain archetypal structures, none of these represent astrology.  And, while Uranus may represent the system known as astrology it does not specifically represent archetypes.  That’s why the fusion represented with this example is so significant.  This example makes the connection between the two.

[8] Richard Tarnas, Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View (New York, Penguin Group, 2007), 417-418.

[9] Analyzing subconscious or unconscious assumptions underlying racism is also a key characteristic of this age.

[10] It should be noted that actors are often viewed as “stars” and musicians have become our “idols”.

[11] Fritjof Capra, Tao of Physics (Massachusetts, Shambhala, 1975), 68.

[12] IBID, 81.

[13] Nihilism breeds apathy and enables self-destruction.

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