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Jeff Bridges: A Sagittarian of Many Colors

by The Astrologer's Daughter December 13, 2011 10:30 PM EST
Who is a better cinematic representation of that boisterous self-expression and larger-than-life persona native to fire-sign Sagittarius than the dude himself --  Jeff Bridges. If we take a closer look at his chart, we realize there are a lot more psychological bits at play than that of the free-wheeling, faith-filled Archer, but from a distance he seems the perfect marquee character for a spirited sign known to embrace life and any opportunity for growth and expansion. More recently than is The Big Lebowsky, we have seen his dramatic fiery portrayals in such characters as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit and then as the Sagittarian who perhaps over-extends himself and falls prey to his own personal excesses, such as Otis "Bad" Slate in Crazy Heart.

As no one's Sun sign is exactly alike, Jeff's also has the distinctive flavor of being conjunct Mercury and Chiron and in the 3rd house of communication.  The Sun represents the core identity; the bank of which we can rest comfortably in our own skin -- grounding in the confidence that that we are participating in our special purpose. With the planet of communication of the house of communication so inextricably tied to his identity, Jeff is very much the eternal student who is on the endless quest for discovery in his day-to-day world. He probably never fails to make a connection between his experience of the here and now and the over-arching meaning which ties all those little bit together; such is the interplay of the questing Sagittarian Sun in the 3rd house.  Because of Chiron's involvement - the asteroid representative of the "wounded healer" in all of us -- that faith and ease of expression may have been harder-won that we can appreciate from a distance. And he may, to those who know him best, be a sort of example or teacher of how to find meaning and faith in the minutia of life.

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He has Saturn and Mars conjunct in Virgo on the Ascendant which seems the polar opposite from all those dynamic and creative fire-sign qualities we associate with Sag. This is more symbolic of the wise and measured gentleman as he showed us through the portrayal of Charles Edward in Seabiscuit.   His persona or the "mask" he wears in the world -- which is probably a bit more obvious closer-up (the 10th house has more to do with how we see someone from afar) -- is one which is much more reserved, hard-working and deliberate. As naturally creative and open to ideas as he is (Venus conjunct Jupiter in the 5th, Moon in Gemini in the 10th) we are looking at a character who approaches life with a stern eye and focus on road right in front of him; willing to steady the wheel and persevere through the dense fog with attention to the finest detail. And perhaps because he is so quick to see his faults or so aware of what merits perfection (Saturn in Virgo), explains why someone who has in excess of 75 credits over 60 years, a successful marriage and awards to boot can refer to himself as "lazy." And that's just the beginning -- true to his endlessly curious soul and desire to keep himself entertained and engaged professionally (Moon in Gemini in the 10th) he is also an artist, writer and photographer. That is definitely the planets on the ascendant talking. It seems he hardly realizes when he works so hard simply because it such an integrated part of who he is as well as the those planets adding a modesty and perspective to his achievements. 

Acting to him may seem a bright window leading to understanding different layers of himself and psychologies seemingly distinct from his own.  While he is known for his ease of expression, he probably has a fairly dogmatic work ethic whereby intuiting and understanding the mental processes of his characters -- how they think, speak, respond to their immediate world -- as well as how they feel in their own bodies --  trumps his emotional understanding of them. I say this because of the 3rd house energies and that Gemini Moon which only feels safe through understanding the world around him and having more earth, fire and air than water in his chart. Whatever his process, it has garnered him a Academy Award and his amiable nature has earned him the reputation as one of the best-liked stars (and Sagittarians) in Hollywood history.  Bravo dude. 
 
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