William Shatner

“I’ve heard about space for a long time now. I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle,”

~ William Shatner

At 90 years of age, William Shatner, aka Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise, travelled to the edge of space on Wednesday this week, in an example of life imitating art.  In the second voyage of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin sub-orbital capsule, he became the oldest person to make the voyage (Wally Funk, who travelled on the first flight, was 82).

Birth Chart

He has an unusual tally of 7 (out of 10) planets in Cardinal signs, indicating a leader, not a follower.  He has a very Martian chart, starting with the Sun in Aries, and that too indicates leadership and individuality.  The Mars theme continues, with the Sun trine Mars.  The Sun closely trine his Midheaven suggests a career in acting.  The Moon square Mars, makes for impulsive and self-centred emotions. Mercury square Jupiter denotes far flung travels  With Mercury loosely conjunct Uranus, he is not afraid to be controversial.  Then there is his Mars trine Midheaven, emphasis on his role at the helm of the Starship Enterprise, yet more Mars.  He also has Jupiter square Uranus (a Chancer, taking a risk at 90!).  And power, with Jupiter loosely conjunct Pluto in Cancer in 6th House.  He has had his fair share of personal earthquakes  in his life, with a Cardinal T-square composed of Saturn opposite Pluto, squared by Uranus/North Node.  The North Node exactly conjunct Uranus (Ascendant ruler) in the 3rd House depicts an unusual karmic mission, and “boldly going”, in his on screen persona.

Life and Career 

Shatner was born in Montreal, Canada, to a family of Jewish immigrants from Austria-Hungry and the Russian Empire.  He gained a degree in Economics from McGill University, and worked initially as a business manager before training as a classical Shakespearean actor.  He always worked hard, and would accept whatever roles came his way.  He played Captain Kirk from 1966 to 1969 in the original series of Star Trek, a role which was very much his own.  He has been married four times.

Relationship with Leonard Nimoy

From 2015 blog:

William Shatner, his co-star on the Starship Enterprise, is quoted to have said: “I loved him like a brother”. My feeling is that they came from the same Soul group, and possibly had recent lives in other star systems, planning to portray space adventurers in this lifetime.  In two  amazing coincidences, they both came from Ukrainian Jewish descent (two letters away from Uranian descent!), and they were also born only 4 days apart in the same year (which makes them almost astrological time twins).  Though he has many similar planetary placements, William Shatner has a more indulgent chart, with Venus rising in Aquarius, and Moon in Taurus.  Apart from the astrological affinity of their planetary conjunctions, brotherhood is shown by William Shatner’s Mercury in Aries exactly sextile Leonard Nimoy’s Ascendant in Gemini.  William Shatner has the conjunction of Uranus and North Node, symbolizing star trekking, but unlike Leonard Nimoy the conjunction does not include his Mercury, so there is not the same emphasis on intellect.  They both contracted tinnitus of the ears (Aries-related) during an episode of Star Trek which involved an explosion (a Uranian phenomenon).  William Shatner’s persona (Midheaven) is in the flamboyant, fiery sign of Sagittarius.  Although Captain Kirk (Shatner’s character) was the leader on the starship, in truth they both have astrological top billing because they both have 7 out of their 10 planets in Cardinal signs.”

The Flight 

Shatner was quick to express the intensity of his experience to Jeff Bezos on landing, after experiencing the weightlessness in the spaceship and the view of Earth from space:

“Everybody in the world needs to do this.  It was unbelievable.  What you have given me is the most profound experience. I’m so filled with emotion about what just happened. I hope I never recover from this. I hope I can retain what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it.”

His transits for the voyage included Saturn transiting from his 1st House of Self sextile his natal Uranus in Aries in his 3rd House of Voyages conjunct his North Node of karmic mission.  The sextile from Saturn to his North Node/Uranus makes concrete his life long interest in space travel.  Another transit embodying “boldly going” is transiting Mars squaring his natal Nodal Axis, plus Mars sextile his natal Chiron is like an itch that has finally been scratched!


Not that his sublime experience did not have its detractors.  Firstly, Prince William, who is involved in the Earthshot prize to be awarded this week.  His view was succinctly made in his comment that entrepreneurs: “should be “trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live”.

John Crace, writing in the Guardian yesterday commented: “I can’t help feeling there’s something rather pointless, not to mention self-indulgent, about the ongoing billionaire space race between Bezos, Elon Musk and Richard Branson.”

Rebecca Nicolson in this morning’s Observer writes: “Bezos argues that building a road to space is crucial for the survival of humanity. Shatner reiterated this idea in his response to the prince, politely arguing that trips like his can show space travel is possible, meaning new solutions to the climate crisis might be found away from Earth. But all these “coulds” ​​and “mights” ​​ lack urgency, and the idea that the solution to climate change is to simply try again somewhere else is inherently bleak. It implies a feeling of resignation, as if Bezos knows there is no point in attempting to fix what we have here.”

 “You are as young as you feel. If 22 is your preferred age, you’re going to feel that way for the rest of your life, even when you’re doddering with a cane.”

~ William Shatner


There are a couple of challenging aspect this week, but we started early today with a smooth flowing sextile between Mercury and Venus.  This favours socializing and conversing, and creative forms which combine art and writing.  There is potential for negotiation in diplomatic efforts, and harmony and agreement between kindred spirits.

The first challenge of this week comes this lunchtime, with a square to the Sun from Pluto.  This is a deep soul searching aspect.  There is no whitewashing or kicking the can down the road, as if you try to gloss over something you could meet it in another guise.  Divine the message which the Universe is trying to download to you, for your greater knowledge.

But. there are lights at the end of the tunnel this week, and the first is tomorrow morning (Monday 18th) when Jupiter is stationary prior to turning Direct.  That might bring a breath of fresh air to your day’s plans, peppering them with promise.  Something may lift you, and point the way to your next direction.  In the words of Alice Bailey (the seed thought for Sagittarius): “I see the goal.  I reach that goal and then I see another”.  You at least get to the stage of seeing the goal, or resuming an earlier goal.

Late afternoon, Mercury confirms Jupiter’s green light by also stationing prior to turning Direct.  Both planets concern travel, so there may be a turning point in your travel plans.  Hopefully, if you have projects waiting to happen of a literary or technical nature, this may also be a go-ahead for you.  If you have been holding back on communication, you may feel the push to move forward again with it.

More pushing forward is possible on Tuesday (19th) when Jupiter trines Mars, which boosts energy and combines it with enthusiasm.  It is a day for your favourite activities.  If you are self-employed, you could decide to take the day off and pursue your favourite  hobbies.  Any sports will be heightened by this trine, for instance.  The day could be the highlight of the week.

Some emotional tension building on Wednesday (21st), if you are susceptible to the Moon’s phases, with a Full Moon late lunchtime at 27 degrees Aries opposing the Sun in Libra.  This is about balancing your own needs and that of the other, and bringing the two into balance.

The intensity of the week increases with Mars square Pluto, the second challenge of the week, on Friday (22nd) in the early hours.  I consider it to be one of the most difficult aspects of the year.  It’s a volatile combination, which can give way to riots or situations which can get out of hand.  Prepare your stock of peaceful vibes beforehand so that you can send out a blast of soothing comfort wherever you go.  You may need all your conflict resolution skills.

With the Sun’s entry into Scorpio in the early hours of Saturday (23rd), there is no let up in intensity, though hopefully the destructive aspects of the previous day’s square will be waning.  Now we need to confront the deeper issues in life (such as how to actively go about achieving peace and balance in our society) and find more lasting solutions which treat the causes and not just the symptoms of a situation.  For this we need more insight, resolve and conviction, qualities of this sign.

The week in bullet points:

  • Today – congeniality; drama
  • Tomorrow – two green lights
  • Tuesday – a third green light
  • Wednesday – emotional high tide
  • Friday – stay away from conflict
  • Saturday – deeper considerations