As long-time readers of the newsletter know, a chart can not only be cast for a person, but for a country, a question, even an event. So this week, we’re going to take a look at the opening of Baz Luhrmann’s much anticipated version of the Fitzgerald classic, “The Great Gatsby”. How is this done? The film had its public premiere in Los Angeles last Thursday night (May 9, 2013) at 10:00pm. The chart is below, with a few relevant placements marked.


As we’ve done in the past, we’ll simply examine the placements of the Sun, Moon, Ascendant and its ruler. The question we want to keep in mind is: what can be expected from this movie? In a word: EXCESS! Cast your eye to the lower right of the chart where the exclamation point is. That’s the 5th house. What is the 5th house? The house of creativity. What is in the 5th house? Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Mars, all in Taurus. Now, one of the characteristics of Taurus is sensuality, so we can expect that the film will be sensuous and creative to the extreme, with 4 planets sitting in the sign and house.

Going further, we look at the ruler of Taurus, which is Venus and that planet has just entered Gemini. Finally, we look at the Ascendant – Sagittarius – and its ruler, Jupiter, which, like Venus, is also in Gemini. So out of the 7 major planets in a chart, 6 of them are in Taurus and Gemini. Can we craft a statement, using a few keywords for these planets and signs? How about:

The movie is an expansive (Sagittarius) excessive (Jupiter) projection of sensuality (Taurus with 4 planets) that never stops moving (Jupiter in Gemini) but is ultimately divided in its feelings (Venus in Gemini).

Now here’s a paragraph from the New York Times review by A.O. Scott:

“The result is less a conventional movie adaptation than a splashy, trashy opera, a wayward, lavishly theatrical celebration of the emotional and material extravagance that Fitzgerald surveyed with fascinated ambivalence.”

Did I pick through a lot of revies to find this one? No, it was my first choice. Are there are other statements that could be made from the planetary placements? Sure, but given the excess of Taurus and Gemini the chart for the release and the general perception of the critics, this all seems pretty accurate.