Charge of Her Career
made movie history with her breakout role as the heroine Rose in the
Oscar-winning blockbuster epic Titanic. This season she's
making a splash in another period piece, with its roots in reality—Quills,
which takes a look at the life of the Marquis de Sade (played by Geoffrey
Rush). At twenty-five, the British actress has already made a mark on
Hollywood as a smart, hard-working risk taker. Astrologically, Kate
is full of loads of cardinal energy. This means that her powers lie
mainly in her ability to make strong choices and take initiative in
life. Kate's whole chart is full of strong, surprising statements, just
like her films.
caught the attention of critics and moviegoers in the shocking, yet
lyrically moving Heavenly Creatures, based on the true
story of two young female student lovers in Christchurch, New Zealand.
After Titanic she took roles in the unusual and arty Hideous
Kinky, and then starred opposite Harvey Keitel in Holy
Smoke, directed by New Zealander Jane Campion (The Piano).
Beauty Myth: Libra Style
Winslet’s roles deal with the rebellion of a young female figure. Her
first Oscar nomination was for Sense and Sensibility,
in which she played Marianne, the daughter who chose expressing her
feelings over stodgy social conventions. In her current film, Quills,
she plays the idealistic and somewhat pure nurse who secretly delivers
the locked up Sade's writings to the eager public.
type of backdoor assertiveness is reflective of Kate's Sun-Pluto
conjunction in Libra. The Sun represents public image, while Pluto rules deep, dark
personal transformation. On the one hand, her Libra side is drawn to
classic texts—Jane Austin and the myth-like story of Titanic—but the
Pluto part of her finds a way to subvert the traditionally pretty/feminine
and overly easy influence of Libra.
to go through her own Libran "beauty crisis" in a very public
way, when media folk drew attention to her healthy (but heavy by 1990s
American standards), beautiful body. She initially attempted to kowtow
to the media's mercurial whims, then decided to say the equivalent of
"to hell with everybody" and do what was right for her personally.
She's allowed her body to remain natural and real since the birth of
her baby (with husband, film director Jim Threapleton). And now she's
back on top, in her career, thanks to her gripping performance in Quills.
Saturn (planet of structure, hard work and discipline) is in the sign
Leo, which represents a gift for drama. Leo is also associated with
leadership and a certain adolescent romanticism and self-centeredness
(no offense Leos, but your sign does rule the adolescent time of life).
chart, her Saturn in Leo makes an exact square (difficult, stubborn
angle) to her Uranus in Scorpio. Uranus is an extremely progressive
and unconventional planet that points to the ways each of us can progress
our own generation. Scorpio is the sign of sex and personal transformation
(it's ruled by volatile Pluto). This square suggests that Kate feels
torn between a conventional (Saturn) career as a Hollywood actress (theatrical
Leo) and a more risky, progressive (Uranus) path as an explorer of dark
and sexual matters (Scorpio).
that there is a method to Kate's "madness" in choosing (by
Hollywood standards) such an odd progression of roles. Although Heavenly
Creatures and Holy Smoke were hardly commercial
pictures, they allowed Kate to stretch her explorations of the boundaries
(Saturn) of sexuality (Uranus in Scorpio). This thoughtful but unconventional
approach to her career is what makes her fans so passionate about her.
Still, Hollywood only rewards her for her most traditional work (Sense
and Sensibility and Titanic).
Oscar time 1998, when Kate was nominated for an Academy Award for Titanic,
Pluto was hovering close to her Neptune. Neptune is the dreamy planet
of imagination and illusion. At that time, she was able to capture the
public imagination in a huge and transformational way, as (hate to say
it but) millions of young girls projected their fantasies of being Rose
the talented actress is experiencing a more subtle astrological cycle.
However, she's still very much on the verge of some extreme choices,
in keeping with her (real life) character! In January 2001,
eclipse in Cancer will make a very close square to her Mercury (planet of
communication). Since eclipses tend to set the emotional tone for the
six-month cycle to come, this suggests that she seek out (or even write)
a script that is not just unusual, but that's a lot of trouble to turn
into a film. (Squares demand a lot of patience and compromise). However,
if she really believes in this script with her whole heart, and puts
in the energy and commitment, it could turn into a huge success for
her, similar to Winona Ryder who dedicated herself to the development
of Girl, Interrupted.
2001, lucky, unpredictable and excessive Jupiter will hit her Mars—planet
of passion. She could conceive of a new and exciting project at that
time, or conceive her second child!