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Movie Magician


Steven Spielberg is arguably the greatest film director of the past 50 years. If you were to guess his sign, many would guess that he is a Pisces, as that is the sign that rules movies. You would be partially correct. He is actually a Sagittarius, with a Pisces Midheaven. The Midheaven in the astrological chart is the point at the very top, what would be 12 noon (or midnight) on a clock. The Midheaven is key, so if you are really into astrology, make sure you know your Midheaven. This is one of the key angles of the chart, and it not only shows your career, but also your parental inheritance. Often the Midheaven sign indicates the sun sign of a person's children. Transits and progressions to the Midheaven are very important. Neptune, the planet that rules Pisces, is in the 4th house in his chart, and is in exact square to his Ascendant at 10 Cancer. This also adds to Spielberg's Neptunian magic. He sees the world through a movie lens.

Spielberg's latest film, The Fabelmans, is semi-autobiographical and explores his childhood, including his early fascination with film. With Neptune in the 4th house, things are not always what they seem, and part way through the movie he discovers a secret about his family that he believes he must keep. Spielberg has Moon in Scorpio, which rules secrets. And this one is about his mother, the Moon. With Cancer rising, the Moon is the chart ruler for Spielberg. His amazing creativity shows up in the chart as a stellium in Scorpio, Moon, Venus and Jupiter, all in the 5th house and all in trine aspect to his Ascendant.

Spielberg's Sun in Sagittarius is conjunct Black Moon Lilith, which can indicate love triangles, and this was a feature of his childhood. The Moon in Scorpio is conjunct Chiron, the wounded healer, and this can be a tough placement for one's relationship with the mother. Spielberg's wife, Kate Capshaw, is fittingly a Scorpio, which is an excellent match for him. She has a Venus Neptune conjunction in Libra and she married a filmmaker.

Spielberg has Mercury conjunct the South Node in Sagittarius in the 6th house, sextile Neptune, the imagination, and trine Pluto and Saturn in the 2nd. Pluto Mercury aspects can magnify the ability to be heard, and Spielberg has succeeded very well in this regard.

With Neptune there is magic. The movie ET was clearly magical. When the movie first appeared in theaters in 1982, it was an Event.

In an interview with Terri Gross on Fresh Air, Spielberg discusses his childhood and how he was influenced by the movies. Terri Gross is an Aquarius with a Venus Mars Jupiter conjunction in Pisces. She is one of the most culturally astute radio personalities there is, and she was the perfect person to interview Spielberg about his latest movie.


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