I’m not a fan of celebrity astrology and the way it presumes to know all about the inner lives of famous strangers. Nor do I find Gwyneth Paltrow as obnoxious as many seem to. She’s a Libran with a Pisces Ascendant. Much like the princess sleeping on a pea, she’s sensitive to what’s not harmonious. Her commitment to living a refined and beautiful life suits her chart—as does her much hated blog called “Goop,” which offers the kind of tips that Marie Antoinette might have given to peasants.
But I was tickled by her use of the phrase “conscious uncoupling” to describe her split from husband Chris Martin, as that suits her chart too. Virgo is on the cusp of Gwyneth’s 7th house of partnership. Its ruler—Gwyneth’s Mercury in Libra—has been and continues to be transited by the great cultural change maker, the Uranus/Pluto square. Mercury in Libra is a thoughtful planet. It couldn’t bear anything harsh as “divorce”—it would want to “consciously uncouple.” The family is currently on vacation together, celebrating this new shift.
The Uranus/Pluto square affects the culture—but it also touches the charts of many people. Gwyneth’s transit is a teaching for how to understand our own. If one of your planets is getting a strong transit, consider what that planet means, how it likes to behave in its sign and house—and don’t forget to notice which house(s) it rules. The Uranus/Pluto square occurs seven times between 2012 and 2015; in fact, it’s exact again soon, during the week of April 20. Check your charts! Look for planets between 11 and 13 degrees of cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn).