Miley Cyrus (source: People)

November 23 is Miley Cyrus’ birthday.

I like Miley Cyrus. I think she’s hilarious in the way that I expect a Sagittarius performer to be hilarious. She reminds me of a young Bette Midler, who shares her Sagittarius sun and moon in Scorpio. I once wrote a list of astrological icons for “The National Post” where I cited Bette Midler in “Divine Madness” as the ultimate Sagittarius film icon.

The weird thing about Miley Cyrus is that her chart on looks sort of serious at first glance. But with so many planets near house cusps, an incorrect birth time could make a huge difference. If the clock in the delivery room was just a minute or two off, or if the nurse wrote down the time incorrectly, her ascending degree could be in another sign.

Anyway, the first thing that sticks out in her chart is a Moon/Mercury conjunction that is in a very close trine to Mars (the birth time would have to be off by hours to affect this configuration). She’s always going to have energy to spare and a big mouth that is ready to share exactly what she is feeling. I could say the same thing about most Sagittarius natives, but the placement of the sun that would allow me to draw that conclusion. This particular aspect makes Miley Cyrus seem like a Sagittarius-by-default.

The other thing that sticks out is the serious stuff: lots of action in Scorpio and Capricorn, and a tenth-house Saturn that is close to her midheaven (again, if the birth time is correct). I have to remind myself that these serious-looking placements don’t denote a serious character: I have similar “wet-blanket” factors in my chart and I can be anything but serious a lot of the time. I suppose that I should start looking at some of these placements as indicators of permanence. They make me think that Miley Cyrus — like Bette Midler — is going to be around for a very, very long time.

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