What’s the DEAL with…the 3rd House?

The TV show “Seinfeld” was a show about “nothing”. At least, that’s how it has been remembered. And while this label has been personally rejected by Jerry Seinfeld, this reputation has persisted because the show never tried to hide the fact that it was a bit shallow.

In fact, it reveled in it.

The show was the creation of Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David and while there doesn’t appear to be a chart for Larry David, some of the clues to the show’s success can be found in the chart of the show’s main character (below).

Jerry Seinfeld was somewhat of a master of observational comedy. His ubiquitous “what’s the deal” catchphrase was usually a lead-in to some witty or insightful observation on everyday life. His chart below:

Uranus’ position at the apex of a t-square configuration, placed in Seinfeld’s 3rd house while also aspecting the 3rd house ruler (Moon) is the strongest correlation to this talent. The 3rd house represents the areas of life that correspond to our general local environment and immediate observations (amongst other things).

Uranus is most closely associated with breakthrough insights, irreverence, and rebelliousness. In a way, Uranus’ function is an excellent match for comedy because it’s irreverent nature fits with comedy’s need to rebel against anything by pointing out its ridiculousness. In this regard, Seinfeld’s style of comedy could be thought of as a rebellion against daily life.

The Mercury-Neptune opposition at the base of the t-square aligns fairly well with this delineation because it represents how his communication confronts the drudgery of the routines and rules (6th house) we are expected to follow that sometimes do not have much logic. Jupiter in Gemini is helping out the Mercury-Neptune opposition with its numerous, big stories.

The stories became the fuel for the TV show, which in turn, became the ultimate manifestation of his style of comedy as well as his chart. Take a moment to reflect on some of these classic episode topics:

Man Hands
The Close Talker
The Double Dipper
The Elaine Dance
Serenity Now
Festivus
The Puffy Shirt
The Contest
The Voice
The Soup Nazi
Yada Yada

If you know anything about these stories, you’ll know that the point of “Seinfeld” was never to learn anything. It wasn’t supposed to foster personal growth, provide an uplifting, emotional message or fondly reflect on love and romance. It didn’t try to highlight any moral dilemmas or deep, philosophical truths. “Seinfeld” was about the quirky, mundane minutiae of everyday life. In fact, it went out its way to be superficial because it knew exactly what it was. It was a show primarily about the 3rd house and our general and immediate observations of the world around us. As nutty as it may sound, so much of life falls into this “what’s the deal” category:

Wondering why the neighbor always parks in the street and never in their drive way.

Wondering why your co-worker pronounces her name in that weird way.

The mother who refuses to send her kids to your child’s birthday party because she thinks the Spongebob theme is inappropriate for children…and she has a speech prepared about it.

An office staff watching in horror as a vendor representative eats a muffin by pushing it into his face without removing the wrapper first.

Someone quickly sneezes three times in row, but you only bless them once. You think that one “bless you” counts for all of the sneezes while she thinks that you have to provide a “bless you” for each one.

The guy in the bathroom stall talking to his girlfriend while he goes to the bathroom (seriously).

People who drive with their turn signals on for miles so you start taking bets as to when they will actually turn.

Your neighbors who leave their garage door open at all hours, all seasons, even when it is snowing.

People who mow their lawn with a riding lawnmower bigger than their car and the lawn is smaller than your basement.

These weird and strange scenarios are practically endless, but the show’s astrological dynamics were not just isolated to Jerry Seinfeld’s chart. In the chart for the show itself, a stellium of bodies fell in Seinfeld’s 3rd house as well. This included an alignment between the show’s Sun and Seinfeld’s Uranus (third ring in triwheel).

Additionally, Seinfeld’s 3rd house was further exhibited in the synastry with actor Michael Richards, who played one of the show’s most popular characters, Kramer. As Seinfeld’s neighbor from across the hall, Kramer represented another core area associated with the 3rd house, neighbors.

In Richard’s chart, the Moon is the chart ruler and at the midpoint of his Uranus-Mars conjunction and Mercury. This Moon was not only aligned with Seinfeld’s Uranus, but also partile conjunct the show’s Sun as well. As a result, Kramer became a sort of avatar for the unpredictable, zany energy associated with Uranus, often bursting into the room unexpectedly and somewhat similar to how Uranus manifests in our lives. If the irreverent Uranian nature of the show wasn’t clear enough through the other dynamics, “Cosmo” (absolute perfect name) drove home the archetype with his antics and spastic personality. He became the show’s mascot.

So the “deal” with this show was that it accurately (and hilariously) portrayed an area of existence that we sometimes minimize because of its mundane place in our lives. This is why it was somewhat inaccurately dubbed as a show about “nothing”. In reality, “nothing” can’t manifest successfully. Anything that successfully resonates does so because it is about something. Here, that “something” was primarily the 3rd house.

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