I’ve been having a lot of fun lately with the search tool on astrotheme.com, comparing my natal chart to the charts of various celebrities. My latest search, inspired by yesterday’s post about Lauren Bacall, was to determine who else shared my sun in the third house/Mercury in the the third house combination. While I’ve read plenty about sun/Mercury combos through the signs, I’ve never come across a compilation of the thirty-six sun/Mercury house types, and that’s something that would be interesting to read. Come to think of it, there could be a few more than thirty-six types when Placidus houses come into play. Hmm . . .
But I digress! This is the sort of thing that makes me believe in Placidus houses in the first place. If I used the Whole Sign House system, I’d have a fourth-house sun, and anyone who knows me knows how ludicrous that sounds. It even gets more ridiculous when I look at the list of celebrities with whom I share this combo. We’re sort of “out-there” types, with big mouths that are constantly moving. Putting my Capricorn sun in the fourth house would stifle my loquaciousness. I’m the sort of guy who uses words like “loquaciousness” without hesitation. Does that sound like someone who has the sun in the fourth house?
My idol, Joan Rivers also shares this third house combination. So does Cary Grant. Cary Grant’s entire shtick was based around his quick wit and delivery of caustic one-liners, not by being a brooding, intense fourth-house type. Of course, there are tons of other celebrities that I was delighted to see in my search, including Elizabeth Taylor, Jim Carrey, Russell Crowe, Bono, Emma Stone, Jessica Biel, Henry Cavill, Sting and Denzel Washington. Some more important people showed up in my search, too, including Stephen Hawking, Walt Disney, Edgar Allan Poe, Thomas Edison, John F. Kennedy Jr. and Tori Spelling. Yes, that Tori Spelling!
Britney Spears and Justin Bieber were also on the list. I wasn’t sure that I had much in common with Justin Bieber besides being Canadian, but the photo I posted above shows the superstar leaving a spin class. I teach spin classes! We’re practically twins!
Okay, I’m just goofing around now, but I really don’t see a lot of shrinking violets in the list of names I posted above. When I search for celebrities with a fourth house sun and a third house Mercury, I seem to notice a lot of people who are inherently more introverted. I’m hardly an introvert, so to be characterized as one makes no sense to me. If you put a Capricorn sun into the fourth house, it is in the weakest place it can be in a chart: the house that is opposite of the house it rules. I am undeniably Capricorn-like in so many ways, but I’m hardly the strong, silent type whose self-expression is stifled by a poorly-placed sun.
Yes, there are many other factors to consider, but that’s what astrologers do: we consider the whole chart. Nevertheless, we learn to consider the whole chart by breaking down the elements that comprise a whole chart. This is just another one of those things that seems to explain astrology to me in a way that refines the process without making the process seem tedious. Maybe I should write a book about sun/Mercury house placements. That seems like something that someone with a third-house sun would do, right?