Let’s look at Leonardo Di Caprio’s Horoscope – the millionaire megastar heart-throb who just wants to be ‘ordinary’. That guy we saw in Romeo and Juliet, Titanic, The Island, The Departed, Shutter Island, Gangs of New York (and latterly, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time in Hollywood) flatly refuses the trappings of stardom. It’s been quite a challenge, though, what with all the perennial press intrusion and cameras everywhere. Still, he seems to accept that it comes with the territory. It’s part of his job: ‘There are certain invasions of privacy, but I hate sitting around complaining about it, I just don’t like to hear it come out of my mouth. I’m a very fortunate person being able to do what I do.’ This doesn’t sound much like a Scorpio – but then he’s a charming Libra rising, too, anxious to keep things sounding nice and humble. Read on …
Of German, Italian and Russian descent he was born in California on the 11th of November, 1974, in a run down suburb of Los Angeles. This is almost the only ordinary thing about him; what is extraordinary is right there on the astrological birth chart. First, the Sun, Venus and Mars all appear in intense, brooding, emotional Scorpio. The two main signs at work in Leonardo DiCaprio’s Horoscope are Scorpio and Libra. On this latter, he has the moon and the ascendant there, a sign ruled by Venus, the enchanting and lovely goddess of courtship from Roman myth. Libra rising – apart from bringing a much ‘lighter’, more sociable facet to his nature – is responsible for his almost obscene good looks; obscene since us mortals can only ever dream of being that beautiful – and I write as a heterosexual male. Look at any photo of him before he turned 40 and he’s the perennial pretty boy with finely honed features, a kind of every mother’s son.
However, he’s used all that Scorpio depth and grit and sense of purpose (think sun and Mars in Scorpio) to powerful effect. That is, to further his highly successful career, based mainly on staying ‘real’ and not getting carried away with celebrity ego. Scorpio is one of the fixed signs, remember, meaning one can plot a very steady course through life, refusing to be distracted from one’s path. Resistance and resilience are key words, here. (Some might add ‘stubbornness’.) But this is a pretty level headed fellow.
And though he’ll regard the financial rewards he’s amassed as commensurate with his talent, he doesn’t believe in all the media hype: ‘I’ve always kind of made sure to maintain the sense of who I am and never be mean or cruel or snotty to anyone. Because, at the end of the day, it’s not going to help you last in the business, and who wants to be around someone like that? I don’t want to turn into ‘that guy.’
This chart, then, is a combination of the harmony seeking, Libra rising nice-guy and the deeper, more serious, emotional sun Scorpio, unfazed by Hollywood’s tinsel and glamour. It is only right to point out that he didn’t get where he is on the strength of his looks alone. In short he’s a sensible, hard working go-getter, and most of all – like all Scorpios – his own person. An individual to the last. Maybe he even has ideas at odds with the status quo, a kind of ‘that’s what I believe, so there!’ (Secretly, his reaction is more like: I don’t care what others think. They can go to hell.)
As he’s said himself: ‘I’m not the sort of person who tries to be cool or trendy. I’m definitely an individual.’ Well said, Scorpio! Libra can be a follower of fashion but the Scorpio side to his nature is having none of it! Plus with Venus (love affairs) trine Saturn (the ‘real world) he’s also practical and ‘sensible’ in relationships too! Libra is also quite a traditional sign, and there’s still a bit of the old-fashioned romantic in him (very moon Libra, or Libra rising) and he says: ‘Love at first sight? I absolutely believe in it! You`ve got to keep the faith. Who doesn’t like the idea that you could see someone tomorrow and she could be the love of your life? It`s very romantic.’
Leonardo Di Caprio’s Horoscope – The Dark Side
Dark green is my favorite color. It’s the color of nature and the color of money and the color of moss!
Away from this side of his character we come to something rather different: Pluto, a planet that is a major key to his psyche. (It also ‘rules’ the sign of Scorpio.) Pluto is the god of the underworld in Greek myth, the Lord of Dark Places, Dark Intentions even, of death, regeneration and rebirth. From the criminal underworld to the surgeon’s knife – these are energies with which civilised people don’t usually mess, and Pluto is the occult force behind them all.
For example, ionizing radiation is another deadly energy in the Universe, normally fatal to humans, but properly controlled it can also save a cancer patient’s life. So, like Pluto, it is a force for bad or good – it all depends on the context. What’s important here is that on Leonardo Di Caprio’s Horoscope Pluto is sat on the ascendant, the rising sign. This is the ‘outer’ personality, the social self, how you appear to others. It means that he has to deal with Pluto in some manner.
Because Pluto is rising on Leonardo Di Caprio’s Horoscope, he’s someone intensely aware of power. Nowadays, this manifests as the very benign power that he wields through the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, whose website announces: ‘Through collaborative partnerships, we support innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction.’ But Leonardo has also seen his share of bad things, too – the dark side of life, stuff from the gutter that is Pluto: ‘My mom and I lived at Hollywood and Western, a drug-dealer and prostitute corner. It was pretty terrifying. I got beat up a lot. I saw people have sex in the alleys. I remember I was five years old, and this guy with a trench coat, needles and crack cornered me. Early on, seeing the devastation on my block, seeing heroin addicts, made me think twice about ever getting involved in drugs. It’s evil. Once you take that step and experiment, drugs can take over your life .. That’s something I never wanted.’
He could so easily have ended up on skid row, therefore, but for his protective mother (his parents broke up when he was a baby and he lived mainly with her). Nevertheless, the astrological rule says that this destructive influence of Pluto has to come out somewhere, and in one sense, it has. Look at the movie roles he’s done and you can’t deny the Pluto archetype has made an impact, even though (since he’s acting) it happens at a safe distance. For example, there was his role in This Boy’s Life (1993) and his suffering at the hands of an abusive stepfather. He played the mentally-disabled brother, Arnie, in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) and the teenage tearaway who succumbs to heroin addiction in The Basketball Diaries (1995).
We could also mention the ultra-violent Gangs of New York (2002) when his character Amsterdam Vallon takes on the sadistic William “Bill the Butcher” Cutting, who had killed his father. Lastly, he’s one wrong word away from death in The Departed (2006) as an undercover cop posing as one of Frank Costello’s gang – led by its criminally insane mafia boss. (This latter part played with unhinged relish by Jack Nicholson.)
What also happens with Pluto on the ascendant is that one becomes very strict with oneself. Perhaps obsessively so. Let me quote Mr. Di Caprio again: ‘Drugs? Every one has a choice and I choose not to do drugs’ (His role as a junkie in The Basketball Diaries is ironic – the kind of situation he determined would never happen in real life!) He has also said on the topic of drug addiction that ‘I’m absolutely clean. I’ve never tried anything. That’s not a lie!’ No of course not. He’s quite certain he’ll never descend into this particular kind of enslavery.
Added to which we should look at Chiron on his chart. Chiron is the ‘Wounded Healer’ centaur from Greek Myth and so often figures in how we treat our own mind-body system. It rules things like holistic practices, Tai Chi, Yoga, aromatherapy, meditation and Mindfulness training – wherever we need to seek a balance of body and soul. However, Chiron can still make things unstable on a birth chart. The moon (how you experience your childhood/ mothering) is opposite Chiron – and this has lots to do with the break up of his parents.
The Moon (also ruling the feelings) is also in strong aspect to Saturn (limitations) and so he can be believed when he says he doesn’t have ‘emotions about a lot of things’. For instance, he notes: ‘I rarely get angry, I rarely cry. I guess I do get excited a lot, but I don’t get sad and enormously happy.’ Translated, this means that he manages to keep a tight control of his Scorpio passions, but the Moon-Saturn square also keeps him down to earth and grounded – his feelings don’t overpower him, whether in love or everyday life. They can be rationalised, instead.
At the end of the day, this is someone who has managed to keep body and soul together in an admirable way. He even expresses some gratitude for the life he’s lived: ‘There are pros and cons to everything. To be able to do what I do and what I love on this level is a very positive thing.’ His own Libra rising wisdom on the subject of leading a balanced life runs thus:
‘The last thing I want to turn into is a fat Hollywood jerk. I was brought up without much money and I was happy. I don’t think that I will strive for money or success and end up greedy or big-headed. That only leads to unhappiness. I can still be down-to-earth and do this job as long as I enjoy it.’
And the best thing is that he actually cares about making the world a better place, about the ‘health’ of the planet. Hence, his purposeful (and, dare one say, passionate) campaign against global warming:
‘Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to … speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed.’
Now then, isn’t this how all of our Hollywood Heroes should turn out?
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