The Role of the Least Aspected Planet in Astrocartography.
Planetary Symbolism in Astrocartography and Transcendental Astrology,
by Rob Couteau.
Uranus = 011
Neptune = 021
Venus = 120
Mars = 200
Pluto = 210
Saturn = 211
Sun = 300
Moon = 411
Grace Kelly’s horoscope hosts three equally underaspected Primary Transcendentals: Mercury, Jupiter, and Uranus. Of the three, her Mercury lines seem to have hosted the most significant locations in her life. Her early move from Philadelphia to New York, where she pursued acting studies and established contacts that helped to propel her career, brought her closer to her Mercury line, which rises along the eastern seaboard. Primary Mercury is also positioned in a vertical, Midheaven position near the tiny principality of Monaco (43N42; 7E23), where she later assumed her final role, as Princess Grace.
According to biographer James Spada, Grace was born into a family that provided her with little understanding or emotional support.1 The domineering temperament of her parents and the athletically oriented atmosphere in which her other siblings thrived were anathema to the more introverted and artistic young girl. Her first opportunity to gain “freedom” (Primary Uranus)–acceptance into a respected school of dramatic arts–provided her with a chance to meet other like-minded artists who would respect her creative goals. It also offered her the means to nourish and to develop her “skills” (Primary Mercury).
During her first day at New York’s Academy of Dramatic Arts, Grace met Herb Miller, a student who provided her with an important “contact” (Primary Mercury) in the modeling world. Her subsequent work as a model enabled her to gain financial “independence” (Primary Uranus) from her dominating and conservative Roman Catholic family. Next, her romance with instructor Don Richardson–a liaison her family strongly opposed but could now do little about–led to her entrée into the world of professional acting. The Hollywood producer Stanley Kramer took notice of her work in an off-Broadway show and, subsequently, he and director Fred Zinnemann offered her a part opposite Gary Cooper in High Noon (1952).
Frightened by the prospect of working with major stars (having had only a minimum of prior acting experience), she was eager to “hone her skills” (Primary Mercury) to prepare for the role. An opportunity presented itself in the guise of the Elitch Gardens stock company located in Denver, Colorado, near the setting position of her Primary Transcendental, Uranus. This temporary relocation exposed Grace to the “avant-garde” dimension of Uranian energy,2 as Uranus rules the “manifestation of the future personality.” Grace’s summer at Elitch (1951) allowed her to refine her skills in a manner that guaranteed not only her success in the “future” but expanded her sense of “freedom”: (a Uranian goal that seems to have dominated her early life). Forcing herself to work in ten plays in less than three months, she finally felt herself coming into her own as an actress. She won acclaim in productions such as The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Cocktail Party, and Ring Around the Moon. Pleased with her progress, she told a fellow actor she would be content to “stay here forever.”
Grace was a highly successful Hollywood star who nonetheless detested Hollywood, a city where she felt she had “many acquaintances but few friends.” After completing High Noon, instead of remaining in Hollywood to advance her career, she retreated to the vicinity of her Primary Mercury in New York. Later, she revealed her true feelings about ‘tinsel town’: “I hated Hollywood. It’s a town without pity. Only success counts. Anyone who doesn’t have the key that opens the doors is treated like a leper. I know of no other place in the world where so many people suffer from nervous breakdowns, where there are so many alcoholics, neurotics and so much unhappiness.” Two of Grace’s Leading or most aspected planets–Leading Moon and Tertiary Leader, Saturn–form a Leading Planet Midpoint-Field over southern California, symbolizing a locale of “emotional / constraint” and “hypersensitivity / to authority figures and professional institutions” (Moon / Saturn). Indeed, her mistrust of MGM (which tended to miscast her in superficial roles) resulted in her ultimatum: “I don’t want to dress up a picture with just my face. If anybody starts using me as scenery, I’ll return to New York.”
Continue to Next Page ...
Horoscope of Grace Kelly
Revised & updated: 1 January 2012
Some of the awards received for
'The Role of the Least-aspected Planet in Astrocartography.'
All text © Copyright 2012 Rob Couteau and cannot be used without the written and expressed consent of the author. Key words: astrocartography, astrocartographer biography of Grace Kelly Mercury Uranus Jupiter planets symbolism chart of Grace Kelly horoscope astrology astrocartography