Mark Antony (January 14, 83 BCE – August 10, 30 BCE)
In my opinion, this individual‘s reputation has not been served very well by history.
As always the victor’s version of events is what gets written down for succeeding generations. So, what do we really remember about him?
He was considered Julius Caesar’s ‘best’ friend; he helped to rule the Roman Empire after Caesar’s death; and he fell in love with Cleopatra.
The first thing that we notice in his birth chart is a star-like pattern. This pattern means that he has had a wide variety of experiences throughout his time on earth. I’d like to highlight three of his natal aspects:
Mars Inconjunct Jupiter
With this aspect you probably are quite active, with abundant energy for everything you want to do. But you must learn to control your energies rather than have them control you. You may be inclined to take excessive risks, to try out things that you are not sure you can do. But be careful, because with this aspect the energies of Mars and Jupiter do not work very smoothly together. If you overextend yourself and try to do more than you are physically capable of, you may have an accident. Also you may be clumsy when you take up a new activity until you learn to control your physical body better.
You have a great need for personal freedom also. But while you are young, you may not be very responsible about the way you use your freedom. You may take too many liberties or even interfere with other people’s freedom. Here again the problem is rashness and lack of self-control.
Saturn Inconjunct Uranus
If either of these planets is near conjunction or opposition with the Ascendant or Midheaven, this aspect indicates a serious tension in your life between freedom and restriction. Many people have this conflict, but in your case the tensions may be so severe that you express them physically as muscle tension and possibly nervousness. You feel that somehow you must keep everything in your life under tight control, that if you let go, the whole structure will fall apart. In a very real and direct sense, even while you are young, you must learn to relax.
On the positive side, if you can learn to live with this tension a bit and express your feelings and emotions before they reach the breaking point, you can be extremely patient and persistent. You will be able to accomplish many tasks that others would give up on, if you do not hold in all your feelings and desires for freedom.
Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears…
Venus Opposition Saturn
This aspect can mean that you feel extremely lonely and can’t seem to get across to other people. Often the outer world seems like a cold and forbidding place that makes great demands but offers little in return. You may feel unworthy of love and affection and unknowingly attract people who make you feel this way even more. If you feel unworthy of being loved, don’t ask what is wrong with you, but what kind of people you are attracting. You are unable to see that there are people who love you. Or do you take criticism more seriously than praise? The problem is your view of yourself, not what you really are.
Of course, with this aspect you may be a real loner, someone who truly prefers being alone. If you are this way, you probably won’t understand it until you are older. But don’t condemn yourself for wanting to be alone and feeling uneasy with others. It is very important for you to get to know yourself very well, so that you can get a better perspective on the negative opinions of critical people whom you may attract.
You will have to work very hard on relationships in general, but you must also get over the feeling that they are nothing but work. Not all relationships are serious and heavy. Look for the lighter side, which is what makes many relationships worthwhile.
The Original Pair of Star-Crossed Lovers?
The number of Grand Crosses in the comparison of Antony’s chart with Cleopatra’s makes the term ‘star-crossed lovers’ come alive. These two ‘completed’ each other’s missing bits, and that is why they got involved, even though it led to their eventual deaths.
Having Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor play their roles in Cleopatra had the same effect on them, in real life. And I think they played them well, almost too well.
But watching them is like watching the real thing. Love.
Post Script: I was not consciously aware of this quote from Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare. I saw it mentioned on Jeopardy last night (July 14, 2021).
The barge she sat in, like a burnished throne,Act 2, Scene 2
Burned on the water; the poop was beaten gold;
Purple the sails, and so perfumed that
The winds were love-sick with them; the oars were silver,
Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made
The water which they beat to follow faster,
As amorous of their strokes. For her own person,
It beggared all description.