Archive for June 2011
Many Cancer natives take offense when I describe them as “conservative.” The word has political associations that have taken on a life of their own. Yet I use the word to mean “resistant to change,” and nothing describes the members of this sun sign more accurately.
Take today’s birthday girl, for example, in her most famous role. Kathy Bates became a household name by playing the psychotic Annie Wilkes in “Misery.” There aren’t a lot of actors who have created such an iconic role without leaving a little of themselves on the screen. I don’t suppose that Kathy Bates has much in common with the character she played, but I do get a Cancer vibe from Annie Wilkes, nonetheless. Cancer natives can be conservative in the worst possible way, and there aren’t many ways worse than those favored by Annie Wilkes.
The birthday girl for June 27 is “Supernanny“ Jo Frost.
I keep trying to convince everyone that Cancer women are the hardasses of the zodiac. They make terrific matriarchs, prison wardens and supernannies. So imagine my sense of self-satisfaction when I discovered that Jo Frost is a Cancer.
See, astrology really works!
The birthday boy for June 26 is actor Chris O’Donnell.
Appearing as the caped crusader’s sidekick in “Batman and Robin,” O’Donnell has become associated with one of the worst-reviewed films in history. I tried to watch it once and I couldn’t even get through it. What’s worse is that I adore terrible movies. Nothing makes me laugh like a big-budget stinker!
Anyway, I just looked up the signs of everyone involved in the film. You know, it should have worked. If I was investing in a film and I saw the sun signs of the cast and the director, I would have forecast both critical and financial success. I guess that’s why I’m a fashion astrologer and not a millionaire . . .
The birthday girl for June 25 is actress June Lockhart.
While today’s audience may not be familiar with the work of June Lockhart, anyone over the age of fifty should know her quite well. During the golden age of television, Lockhart was the archetypal mother figure on a couple of classic series. With almost three-hundred episodes of “Lassie” and “Lost in Space” under her belt, the actress was as famous as any other maternal figure on TV. Moving onto “Petticoat Junction” as Dr. Janet Craig, Lockhart continued to dominate the medium in another matriarchal role.
Of course, that’s what Cancers do best. Or at least the best of them do that . . .
The birthday girl for June 24 is singer/songwriter Siedah Garrett.
Just a moment ago I pulled up Garrett’s natal chart and found exactly what I expected to find. Not only is her sun in Cancer, but her moon is, too, along with Mercury and Venus.
Why was I expecting to find a natal stellium in Cancer? Because Cancer is an introspective sign. Cancer natives generally know themselves quite well. In fact, Garrett wrote what might be the anthem for introspection and positive self-awareness: “The Man in the Mirror.” The strange thing is that the song was made into a hit by Michael Jackson. A Virgo with a Pisces moon, Jackson may have been one of the least self-aware celebrities in the history of show business. His inability to engage in positive retrospection kept him up at night and turned him into a prescription drug addict as he struggled to stop himself from looking inward.
Garrett, on the other hand, seems to have a lopsided chart, but a chart that works for her. With so many planets in Cancer, she’s probably quite soft on the inside, yet she’s managed to maintain a facade of strength and stability. That’s what Cancers do best.
Today’s birthday boy is another film director, Bob Fosse.
After describing the best work of yesterday’s birthday boy, Billy Wilder, as remarkably unsentimental, I discovered that Fosse shares Wilder’s sign. Looking at three of Fosse’s most well-known films, “Sweet Charity,” “Cabaret” and “All That Jazz,” it’s clear to me that Fosse was just as unsentimental as Wilder. Each film seems to deal with shedding light on some hard truths.
When I wrote my book, I seemed to go over-the-top with my description of Cancer. I made them out to be the most hard-shelled sign in the zodiac. Thanks to the example set by artists such as Wilder and Fosse, I still believe that. Yet I have changed my mind about how nostaligia should affect the way a Cancer native gets dressed. The problem was that I didn’t cleary define the difference between “sentiment” and “nostalgia” in book. Related to the former word, Cancers are reluctant to look back at things that cause them emotional pain. They are the most guarded individuals in the zodiac. Related to the latter word, Cancers are happy to look back at things in the past that made them happy. That’s it!
I suppose that one of the greatest misconceptions in astrology is that Cancer natives are overtly sentimental. Frankly, I don’t believe that’s the case with most crabs. In fact, I believe that most of them are incredibly defensive and remarkably talented at hiding their feelings, making them seem like the least-sentimental members of the zodiac. I frequently use the expression “hard-boiled” to describe them. To me, they’re just as well-represented by an egg as they are by a crab.
For that reason, it wasn’t really a surprise when I discovered that Billy Wilder is a Cancer. I had never looked up his zodiac sign until just a moment ago (which is strange because I worship the ground that the man walks upon). There aren’t a lot of movies that I can watch over and over again like Wilder’s films — I can’t even count how many times I’ve seen “Double Indemnity.” What really intrigues me now that I know that Wilder was a Cancer is that he also shared his zodiac sign with Barbara Stanwyck, the star of the film.
I always use Stanwyck’s performance as the hard-boiled dame in “Double Indemnity” as the ideal example of classic Cancer style. Now I’ll be able to use Wilder’s virtual invention of the “film noir” genre as another example of the Cancer aesthetic, much in the way that I describe Alfred Hitchcock’s heroines as “Scorpionic,” based on the director’s obsession with Grace Kelly.
It’s good to feel as if I’m right about these things. It makes up for all the other times I stick my foot into my mouth.