The Jupiter/Neptune Conjunction and Celebrity Deaths

I haven’t been tending my blog quite as well as I should be, but I wanted to put up a quick post about how today’s celebrity deaths of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson are triggering a period of national mourning of sorts, fueled by the Internet and social networking.

Depending on what time you use for the U.S. chart, the current Jupiter/Neptune conjunction is either conjunct or quite close to the U.S. Moon, which signifies the people of the nation.

Today, the Moon is in Leo, which often coincides with accidents and surprises, and this is opposing the Jupiter/Neptune conjunction in the collectively-oriented sign of Aquarius. We’re getting upsetting news about celebrities (Leo), who are the closest thing the U.S. has to royalty.

I’d be happy for any other astrological-based comments on the situation.

Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Child Stars

Today’s news that Tatum O’Neal has been arrested for trying to buy drugs is just the latest evidence that it’s tough to grow up normal if you were a child star, not that we needed anymore proof.

Here’s the link to a brief Reuters story:

Quick, name one child star who didn’t grow up to be a problem adult, fighting drug and alcohol addiction, racking up multiple marriages, having frequent run-ins with the law.

I actually can name one: Ron Howard, who managed to make the transition from playing Opie on The Andy Griffith Show to portraying Richie Cunningham on Happy Days to becoming an Oscar-winning director of such films as Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind.

Howard married his high school sweetheart, Cheryl Alley, in 1975 and they’re still together. He wisely chose to raise his family in Connecticut rather than subjecting them to the harsh glare and temptations of Tinseltown.

Such is the power of watching TV as a child that I was thinking to myself as I was writing this post, “Well, of course, Ron is such a nice guy, he grew up in Mayberry.” Well, Howard probably did come of age on the make-believe set of Mayberry. Being a malleable Pisces, he may have absorbed all those good American small-town values as he memorized the lines for the TV show.

O.K. Enough about my infatuation with Opie. Back to Tatum O’Neal, another icon of my childhood. She has written about her heroin addiction in the past, so it’s not news that she’s struggled with drugs. Her arrest is just another entry in the Child Star Hall of Shame that runs the gamut from Mickey Rooney marrying seven times (I’ve been married twice, for the record) to Michael Jackson’s creepy search for his lost childhood with kiddie sleepovers at Neverland to Britney’s nervous breakdowns and the loss of custody of her own children.

O’Neal became youngest actor ever to win an Oscar in 1974, for her performance in Paper Moon, a book that I adored when I first read it as a teenager.

Here’s O’Neal’s chart, from a Web site that features scantily clad babes in a come-hither stance. Here’s your chance to find your soul mate from Ukraine:

Ah, the Internet ads we have to put up with to get a free natal chart.

O’Neal is a Scorpio, born Nov. 5, 1963. A cursory glance at her natal chart doesn’t show any exact transits to indicate a run-in with the law. This is where progressions and midpoints come in handy. Somebody out there is probably going to e-mail me that transiting Pluto is sesquiquadrate O’Neal’s Saturn/Mars midpoint, or somesuch.

Please look at the chart and let me know what you think is happening to her right now.