By Natori Moore
Popular comic actor Steve
Martin has delighted audiences for years with his laugh-inducing movie
lines and agile antics. In films ranging from the zany Dead Men Don’t
Wear Plaid to the critically acclaimed The Jerk, to his Saturday Night
Live renditions of the “Wild and Crazy Guy” and “King Tut,” Steve has often
played a congenial goofball at which we can’t help but grin. As a
gregarious Leo (actor, playful child) with his action planet Mars in Gemini
(versatility, genius), we watch Steve’s relentless cleverness with delight.
And Steve’s crowd-pleasing humor continues during his first-ever March
25, 2001 hosting of that gala Hollywood spectacle – the Academy Awards.
What Lies Beneath
Steve's Chart - But there’s more to Steve Martin than meets the eye.
Behind his creative craziness lies a private and thoughtful side we’re
privileged to see every once in a while, and which consistently fuels his
best work. Steve’s sexy yet secretive Scorpio Moon gives him perceptiveness
about people’s deeper motivations –an uncanny ability to look past the
surface and find inner truth. He may use this ability to get to the
core motivations of the characters he plays as well. The Scorpio
moon placement can be subject to misuse through jealousy, manipulation
and even revenge. But soaring above these natural human inclinations
to help create art that transforms and elevates others is also the prerogative
of the Scorpio Moon. Steve Martin has wisely chosen this latter path.
Beauty and the Beast
Steve’s genius for intuitive
psychological understanding also arises from the unique positions of the
planet Venus (love) and Saturn (loss) in his birth chart. When placed
near each other, or in conjunction, Venus and Saturn are difficult planetary
bedfellows that may bring delays, discouragement and disappointment in
love. Sometimes they are even affectionately termed “Beauty and the
Beast” due to the combination of attraction and repulsion they can bring.
Yet this planetary conjunction also suggests an ability to create meaning
from painful lessons learned (Saturn) through artistic creations (Venus).
Additionally, Venus and Saturn
in Steve’s chart are positioned in the emotionally attuned sign of Cancer.
They are hidden in his Twelfth House of secrets and the subconscious mind.
This gives Steve an ear for writing realistic dialogue, and once again
emphasizes his ability to hear the subtleties of meaning in what people
say. These Cancer placements incline him to be historically sensitive
and conservation-minded, with an eye to preserving art for future generations.
Steve demonstrates this through involvement with the Los Angeles County
Museum of Art and art community.
Saturn and Venus placed in
conjunction give Steve affinity for the underdog, as well as for the sometimes
awkward, bittersweet elements of love. These types of love relationships
are touched on in his films Roxanne and Father of the Bride, and brought
to bloom in Steve’s recently published novella, Shopgirl. From a
man known principally for his light popular humor, the deep insights Steve
Martin gives us in Shopgirl about the ultimate value of intimate relationships
are quite stunning. Steve’s psychologically inclined Scorpio Moon
here enters the picture again, as the narrative of this humorous yet insightful
book asks us to look closely at the intimate balance of give and take in
our own primary relationships.
As revealed on a Charlie
Rose interview in October 2000, Martin began to add serious literary writing
like Shopgirl to his list of pursuits at age 45 in 1990. This timing
corresponds with an opposition to Saturn in Steve’s chart from the transiting
planet Saturn, which signifies the awakening of his capacity to produce
art for a more deep-thinking and perhaps older audience. An attentive
reading of Shopgirl encourages the reader’s self-love and restructuring
of relationship priorities -- one of the best teachings a person who has
Venus conjunct Saturn natally, as Steve Martin does, could provide.
A Remarkable Balance
Through bringing his deeper
emotional insights into expression along side his well-loved comic characters,
Steve Martin displays a rare and remarkable psychological balance in a
popular actor. His Scorpio and Cancer depth of feeling joins with
his Leo and Gemini playfulness to make his diverse and still growing career
increasingly interesting to watch.
August 14, 1945
source: Kepler database,
Birth Certificate, Rodden Rating AA