© 7-7-11 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
Yesterday, after finishing the post on Ryan and Tatum O’Neal, I decided it was time for a break, so I walked half a block to the nearest Starbucks. (A tough life, I know.) As so often happens in my work, it wasn’t really a break from the writing, but a serendipitous continuation of the process.
There’s a magazine stand, and after leafing through an astronomy magazine, my eyes lit on the current issue of Psychology Today.
The cover featured an article on narcissism, with the following teaser: “You can’t help falling for them, and by the time you’ve gleaned their true colors, you’re hooked —and possibly hurt. Welcome to the contradictory universe of narcissism.”
Ryan O’Neal wasn’t mentioned—but the whole article could have been written as a case history of him and his major relationships. It talks about why people are so drawn to them and why they can become so abusive to others. Here’s a sample:
“If narcissists were just jerks, they would be easy to avoid. The fact that they are entertaining and exciting as well as aggressive and manipulative makes them compelling in the real world and as subjects of psychological scrutiny. A cross section of the narcissist’s ego will reveal high levels of self-esteem, grandiosity, self-focus, and self-importance. They think they are more physically attractive and intelligent than just about everyone, and would rather be admired than liked. They are enraged when told they aren’t beautiful or brilliant but aren’t affected much if told they are jerks.”
As it turns out, we’re also continuing the thread on self-esteem, because narcissism and grandiosity are a poisonous twist on the search for self-worth. So where would I spot narcissism in Ryan O’Neal’s chart? (See the link below.) I’d look for it in aspects to his Sun, of course.
His Sun is part of his 11th house Taurus stellium—so the issue of belonging is acute for him, and could contribute to his narcissism. The Sun is only half a degree from a conjunction to Venus, both at 0° Taurus, and I do often find Sun-Venus conjunctions quite narcissistic or at least insatiable in their need for attention and admiration. What makes it an obsession, however, is that Pluto at 2° Leo is tightly square both the Sun and Venus.
So are people who are strongly Leonian–Sun, Moon, Ascendant or several planets in that sign–prone to narcissism? You betcha. Show me a Leo who doesn’t have a strong ego, and I’ll show you a Leo with tough aspects to their Sun.
Here’s my article on Ryan and Tatum O’Neal, with links to their charts and bios: Ryan and Tatum O’Neal – Stelliums and Symbiosis. You can read most of Psychology Today’s fascinating and enlightening article online here: How to Spot a Narcissist.
Oh, and if you’re wondering if you–or someone you’re involved with–could be a narcissist, here are some related articles on the Psychology Today site:
- Am I Narcissistic? How do I know?
- The Legacy of Distorted Love
- Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Does Group Therapy Help?
- Will I Ever Be Good Enough?: Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers
Readers, do you know any narcissists? What aspects in their chart do you attribute it to? Let us know in the comment section.
Other Articles about Celebrities on Skywriter:
- Part 5: The Royal Family: A Quincunx Coincidence—or a Yod Occurrence?
- Depp’s Darker Roles—Where Do They Show in his Chart?
- Bruce Willis–the Man Who Has Everything Now Has a Second Wife
- Craig Ferguson Marries a Cunningham!
- Clowning Around with Chiron, Robin Williams, and an Eclipse
- Morgan Freeman and Nelson Mandela—Are their Charts Alike?
- 12 Famous People with 12th House Suns
- John Edwards’ Rise and Fall–a Stellium Meltdown
- Things You May Not Know about the 3rd and 12th Houses (Jack Nicholson)
- Venus-Uranus Aspects among the Glitterati
- Betty White—the Very Essence of Uranus in Pisces
- Celebrating the Last–and Future–Uranus in Pisces Generation
- See Donald Trump’s Official Birth Certificate and Chart
- I See Dead People’s Charts–Amelia Earhart
- Whoopi Goldberg’s Sun, Moon, and Ascendant: A Perfect Storm
If you’re enjoying this blog, sign up for a subscription, and get a FREE EBOOKLET for Skywriter Subscribers: Mothers, Daughters, and the Moon, a 50-page excerpt from The Moon in your Life. Read more about it here: New: Free Booklet For Skywriter Subscribers!
To sign up for a subscription, go to the top right hand corner of the blog and click on “Subscribe.” Then send me an email with your subscription confirmation or an email post and ask for the booklet in the subject line. If you’re already a subscriber and want a copy, forward the most recent email post to me at email@example.com.