Synchronicity mirrors popular culture and global politics in every generation. In 2009, Uranus will ingress into Aries, and a change of music, film genres and media focus is shifting along with it.
The 1970s brought intense conflict between Russia, Afghanistan, and neighboring countries. On August 7th, 1968 the Afghan War began and Uranus was changing signs to Libra.
The Watchmen sets their book in 1985, in what was at that time an alternate history of the United States where Russia and Afghanistan are at war, and the imminent threat of the apocalypse is dwindled by the book’s own chapter clock ticking closer to midnight. In 1985, upon the graphic novel’s release, Uranus was in Sagittarius, heading to Capricorn.
Comparable to 1985, the year 2008 has had its equal share of political, financial and civil problems spread over a multitude of countries. Such as in the Watchmen comic, the US is electing a new president, there is continued strife in Afghanistan and Russia is in trouble for a recent invasion into another country. The date when the Watchmen trailer for the film’s release next year was on the night of the Dark Knight Release, July 18, 2008 with Uranus in late Pisces.
There are numerous similarities to the book’s characteristics paralleling current events today. As one blogger posts how Alan Moore’s story of the Watchmen is not pertinent to today’s critical movie goer audience age group due to the fact that the cold war was for the baby-boomer generation making ends meet during the 1980s, before those in diapers. 2008 has a same problem different day correlation to 1985 with threats of terror, unbalance of power, and social unrest.
Watchmen is of its time. Just look at this set photo from Snyder’s movie. It’s trying very, very hard to look like New York, circa 1985 — and it’s mostly succeeding, way more than the American version of Life On Mars manages to capture 1972 Los Angeles. But it’s also missing the point: Watchmen is supposed to take place in the present day, an alternate present where Richard Nixon is still president, superheroes are real, and the Cold War is even more fucked up than it really was. The storyline loses a lot of its impact if you put it 24 years into the past, no matter how lovingly you construct that past. And it’s going to take a lot more than gorgeous sets and obsessive attention to detail to conjure the long-gone Cold War mindset for moviegoers, many of whom were in diapers when the Berlin Wall fell.
Both the Watchmen and world events not only mirror each other, they give the world stage a comparative story to put the politics, wars and environment into personal perspective. But what does that say for us, as it is up to us to change our course of direction, or we are bound to crash into whatever we are looking towards, headstrong, like Uranus dropping into Aries.
This morning’s 12:01 am premiere showing of Batman: The Dark Knight left a chill in my heart and a shiver down my back.
Heath Ledger’s Performance took my friends and I on a roller-coaster of emotions and was without a doubt the ride we were waiting for through the deep realm of cutting emotions the movie rightfully belonged to.
It seems evident in Ledger’s performance the winding dark cavern of mental process and effort it took to hold such intensity in his character, and fueled the reasoning as to his unfortunate tragedy, and throughout the film made me miss him even more.
I haven’t seen a performance in an actor this consuming and I wanted to pay tribute to his talents, as he has proven himself to the world that he is capable of re-creating one of the greatest villains of all time, and all at once make us love, hate, and revere him.
Ledger died at the age of 28 during his Saturn return
*Note for the non-astrological crowd: The sun takes one year for your birthday but Saturn takes approximately 28 years. Ledger died on his Saturn birthday.
but the date of The Dark Knight‘s release today on July 18th illustrates the power of Ledger’s performance as the Joker to the audience with the Mars/Saturn conjunction upon his natal Saturn, combined with Uranus conjunct his Mercury, Neptune Square Uranus, and numerous others. Take a look for yourself.
This is an untimed chart, so the ascendant and houses will be disregarded.
Let it show that astrology, transits and attraction can still be pertinent after death, and the love/hate relationship that we all have with Ledger’s character the Joker is beautifully archetyped in a transiting Mars/Saturn conjunction on his Saturn. A Mars/Saturn conjunction plays upon the ‘too-much, too-little’ complex and the Joker himself is an prime example of these transits. The Joker thrives upon the Bat’s fight against evil in order to survive, and without the Bat, there could be no Joker.
This transit is also reflected in Ledger’s own life with his inability to sleep on account of the work and effort he put into his films. Unable to sleep, his tragic end was met by consuming too many and to broad a spectrum of remedies. A victim of his own efforts and dark transformation for the film.
Congratulations to Heath Ledger for putting his heart and soul into the intricate psyche of this character, and may he forever be crystalized as one of the best villains we have grown to love. Here is to you.