Thanks again to everyone for the wonderful course on Saturday. I’ve been reflecting on Brando’s chart reading from the class this past weekend. So many insights. Two classic Brando roles came to my mind from his career: On The Waterfront (1954) and Last Tango in Paris (1972).
On The Waterfront featured the famous line “I coulda been a contender”. In the film, he was betrayed by his own brother (Pl/CAN/8H = family betrayal?). This plot point popped into my head when Rad was discussing Brando’s real-life backstory, and how a knee injury had prevented him from pursuing a career in sports. In his chart, might we see this as Brando’s Chiron/Aries/5H (sports injury?) broadly squaring his Pluto/Cancer/8H (soul path?), fating him to pursue a different path. Hmmm.
When the film was released in 1954, Brando had transiting South Node (and a massive Cancer stellium) conjunct his natal Pl/CAN/8H and square his stellium in Aries. He won his first Academy Award for Best Actor that year. Interesting!
Last Tango in Paris featured an infamous rape scene with butter (mother’s milk?) being used as a lubricant. The film was scandalous and taboo-breaking, seemingly in alignment with Brando’s natal Pl/CAN/8H. It also came up on the call that Jeffrey had once referred to the Pluto/Mars opposition as a potential “rape signature.” When the film debuted in 1972, Brando once again had transiting South Node conjunct his natal Pl. It had been 18 years since On The Waterfront.