©2011 by guest blogger, Vallie Travers
Whoopi Goldberg was born November 13, 1955, 12:48 PM EST, New York, NY, 74W00; 40N42. (Data rated AA, from the birth certificate) In Whoopi’s natal astrology chart, shown below, there is a configuration that sets up a life-long tension between her public expression and her private life.
I am referring to her Aquarian Ascendant (Uranus chart ruler) which tightly squares her 9th house Scorpio Sun. Her Moon is also in Scorpio and in the 9th house. This is a combination that shows depth (Scorpio), wisdom and desire to transform (9th house) delivered with a brilliant, comedic twist (Aquarius Ascendant). With a stellium in Scorpio including the Sun, Moon, Saturn, and Pluto, you could say that Whoopi Goldberg is a strongly Plutonian woman who goes through life with Uranus nipping at her heels.
With an Aquarian Ascendant squaring her Sun, Whoopi’s physical appearance is powerfully interesting. It communicates that she is very much her own person, someone who does not follow the herd.
This Aquarian Ascendant can appear to protect her by displaying a cool, tough exterior, but ultimately it undermines and injures her sensitive Scorpio self.
The relationship of Whoopi’s Sun, Moon and Ascendant create a perfect storm for her activism and for her talent. Unfortunately they also create a perfect storm for her controversial remarks. The fact that this hurts her is exemplified by her need to clarify-after-the-fact, which occurs a lot.
It only took a quick bit of research to see that Whoopi often makes official statements to either stand by or explain her previous statements.
A recent example occurred during the shocking scandal with Mel Gibson. The world listened to recordings of him ranting to his ex-partner about her apparent immodesty. He used crude language peppered with racial slurs in accusing her of asking to be gang-raped by a pack of N-word (plural).
Despite the fact that Gibson is a powerful man in Hollywood who has made many careers, his rant was so outrageous that no one spoke up in his defense. No one, that is, except Whoopi!
Her public response was to calmly declare, “I know Mel, and I know that he is not a racist.” A few days later, she had to clarify her comments by saying that she does not condone rape.
This example is an interesting one. Whoopi used her credibility as an established, middle aged African American in Hollywood to speak out on the subject of racism. She was basically saying, “Don’t be too quick to judge, when you don’t know the person.”
Why would she do it? There are several reasons, but the two main reasons are:
- Because she knows full well how appearances can be deceiving.
- Because she could not resist.
Whoopi’s Scorpio perception is sensitive to hypocrisy and motive. It also makes her nervous around any herd mentality. When she perceives a herd is forming and on the move, her Scorpio Sun and Moon get nervous, their 9th house placement wants to advocate, and her impulsive chart ruler wants to challenge.
The fact that Whoopi’s Scorpio Sun and Moon are conjoined by sign also adds to her vulnerability. On both a conscience and unconscious level, she is in agreement with herself. This sureness of her perceptions/opinions is a double-edged sword. It gives her strength of conviction, but it also makes her vulnerable by removing the safety check of seeing other viewpoints. Not only can she be too sure of her opinions but to top it off, this all plays out in the 9th house, the house of opinionatedness!
In typical Uranian style, issues around truth and fairness pique her interest. With Scorpio and the 9th house involved, she is searching for a deeper and more meaningful truth.
Whoopi knows that her remarks are likely to be misunderstood or criticized, but with Uranus ruling her chart she just has to speak out. It hurts her but she is destined to repeat this pattern throughout her life.
In closing I wish to say that I admire Whoopi, particularly her courage. (All that Scorpio!) With Uranus conjoining my own (sensitive) Ascendant I acutely identify with this pattern of having to explain and clarify after the fact. It is awful!
As for the ‘Mel’ issue, I trust that Whoopi does know where he stands on race. After all, she is a middle aged African American with strong Scorpio in her chart. It probably takes her all of a nanosecond to sniff out any taint of racism.
(See Whoopi’s chart and bio in AstroDatabank here: Goldberg, Whoopi.)
About the Author: Vallie Travers is a student of Astrology living in Victoria, B.C. Canada. This paper is the product of an assignment in Donna Cunningham’s correspondence course.
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