Monday, 27 February 2017

Solar Eclipse and the Oscar Award for “Moonlight”

The poetic coming-of-age story Moonlight took home the top prize of Best Picture at Sunday night's Academy Awards in dramatic fashion after La La Land was mistakenly initially declared the winner. Written and directed by Barry Jenkins, the film beat out Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion and Manchester by the Sea. Producers Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner accepted the award.

From its fantastic opening shot, in which the camera pivots around a parked car at a drug corner, Moonlight acknowledges the destructive cycles—of poverty, of crime, of toxic self-image—that too many kids get sucked into. At the same time, the film sidesteps stereotypes. Chiron’s single mother, Paula, shatteringly portrayed by Naomie Harris, may be a junkie, but she’s no one-dimensional monster; creating her own devastating arc across just a handful of scenes, Harris shows glimmers of the better parent she’s trying to be. And then there’s Juan (a fantastic Mahershala Ali), the drug dealer who discovers young Chiron (Hibert) hiding in a vacant building and starts looking after the boy. A viewer might doubt the man’s motives (is he grooming another kid for the corner?) were it not for the great paternal warmth Ali conveys—especially during the deeply moving scene where Juan and his girlfriend (Janelle Monáe) talk to Chiron, with honesty and without judgment, about his sexuality.

In extraordinary scenes, the La La Land team were halfway through their victory speeches when it was noticed that the wrong film name had been read out by Warren Beatty and that Moonlight was actually the winner. Remember that the  Oscar Award event was taking place on the very day of the powerful  solar eclipse. If we look at the chart for the eclipse drawn  for Hollywood we notice that it is placed in the 12th house conjunct Neptune in Pisces which is just rising.  As astrologers we say that the rational mind and Neptune are at odds as Neptune is the dissolver of the need for clarity - hence, Neptune’s association with mishaps, confusion or mistakes.

But the eclipse chart goes further and helps identify the winning film. How is that?

The film tells the story  about a poor, gay black young man named Chiron and guess what in the eclipse chart Neptune is conjunct Chiron  in Pisces on the Ascendant!

Being the last sign of the zodiac, Pisces  symbolizes an era of storms and of wholesale disintegration so that it stands for themes, like the one here, which highlight society breaking down under the weight of its crystallizations – poverty, drugs and crime eating away at the essence of what we like to think of as a healthy society. Conditioning and social cultural hierarchies have created deep grooves of habitual safe havens we dwell in to keep sanctions intact, fearing  and repressing the unknown and vying for the predictable.  But  when repressed energies can no longer be submerged, one typically finds the retreat to substances to numb the effects. In its role as boundary dissolver, Neptune is  also linked to confusion about gender identity in one’s sexual preferences. But it is also linked to genuine compassion when the boundary of the ego is transcended and one begins to  feel for others. All these are themes dealt by the movie. The role of Neptune is to allow one to feel these repressed or rejected themes so they may heal as most disease has its roots in the emotional realm before reaching the physical.

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