The Ever Elusive Search for Security
2018 marks 40 years Roman Polanski has been in exile
from setting foot in the United States
The Hubris of the Solar Ruled
Despite all things within our Solar System revolving around its presence, the Sun is considered a planet in Astrology and rules over one sign in particular, that being the Fire sign of Leo. With the source of natural light as their sign’s planetary ruler, those who are born beneath this sign tend to be naturally “solar” in essence. In other words, those born beneath the sign of the Lion tend to be outwardly forward in their dealings with the world versus being passive or shy mainly due to self-confidence being a dominant personality trait for their sign. This in turn gives many a Leo a propensity to assume leadership roles where a strong sense of self is needed to make final decisions or with guiding or overseeing the actions of others.
With that in mind as mentioned in Part I, it should be no surprise that many of Hollywood’s most prominent film directors were born beneath the sign of the Lion.
And Roman Polanski is no exception to this Leonine rule of leadership.
Just as everything in the Universe has qualities in both the good and bad spectrums or to be more concise evolved as well as unevolved potential, being Solar ruled has its limitations. It’s when the self-confidence of the Solar ruled person goes into a state of imbalance that serious problems emerge. This can at first show itself as the person coming across as overly cocky which if not monitored can lead to that same person developing a “God complex” where the Solar person then begins to think they are simply better than everyone else and is infallible.
The ultimate form of hubris among the Solar ruled is when their sense of self confidence has them believing as if established rules, regulations, and even laws do not apply to them and that their actions are above reproach.
Based on that specific form of hubris, in my article entitled “Born Beneath a Self-Combusting Sun: Arnold, Bill, Martha, and Monica” I theorized that in order for the energies of the Solar ruled to be in a healthy state of balance, regular attention needs to be given to that which is considered “non-solar” such as meditation, quiet time, self-reflection, even the simple act of resting. In that piece I also devised an original astrological tool involving the planet that in any given birth chart is considered the most UN-solar, the Moon, called the “Hubris Manifester”.
Should a Solar ruled person spend all of their energies in actively “shining” with no investments being made towards that which is non-solar, then by my theory the Hubris Manifester is triggered to not only make the Solar person aware of their offenses to the Gods but to punish them as well, where their Hubris actually manifests itself in the tangible plane. This is indicated by the sign and House placement of the Solar ruled person’s natal Moon.
Just as Roman Polanski is no exception to the typical traits of the Solar Ruled personality, neither is he exempt from the application of the Hubris Manifester.
Part II left off directly following the emergence of the new layer of Hell which Roman Polanski was forced to face, namely facing Life following the gruesome murders of his wife Sharon Tate and their unborn son. As this series has shown thus far, the man has been no stranger to horrific tragedy but it must be said the continuity of tragic theme throughout his life is nothing short of flabbergasting when considering his pregnant wife’s murder to that of his pregnant mother’s untimely death in Auschwitz, to even the subject matter of the film he had just finished directing before calamity struck where in “Rosemary’s Baby” a pregnant woman is besieged by the followers of a Satanic cult. This thread of tragic theme is reflected in Polanski’s chart with the most elevated planet being the Moon, the planet of motherhood and pregnancy conjunct the planet of death and anything of cult-like status, Pluto, by one degree.
Fascinatingly we need look no further as to the location of Roman Polanski’s Hubris Manifester given it is the location by House and sign of a person’s natal Moon.
Before any further analysis is given, an ancient tale needs to be relayed in order to give a fuller perspective to the unique predicament that is Roman Polanski’s life. A tale whose main characters are direct embodiments of both the Moon and the planet Pluto.
Keeping the myth of Persephone in mind, it’s interesting to note the next two films we come upon in Roman Polanski’s timeline as a film director. One whose title implies sheer evil, 1971’s “Macbeth” and the other whose title according to its screenwriter implies moral ambiguity, 1974’s “Chinatown”.
Polanski’s first film made after the murder of his wife was “Macbeth” based on Shakespeare’s play where the main characters are pawns to the forces of evil all around them and have no say in fulfilling their destined fate in the treacherous murders of numerous innocent lives. Polanski later said he chose “the Scottish play” because he realized there would be extreme scrutiny placed on whatever project he did after his wife’s death regardless of the subject matter. In any case, the film was given an “X” rating for its displays of nudity and extreme violence.
Although considered to be the pinnacle jewel of his film career and despite the movie garnering 11 Academy Award nominations including Best Director, Polanski’s film noir masterpiece entitled “Chinatown” in 1974 starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway about the water wars in 1930’s Los Angeles earned only one Oscar, that for Robert Towne’s original screenplay.
Despite not faring well at the Academy Awards, Roman Polanski’s film noir masterpiece is considered by many to be one of the best in world cinema. In 1991, the Library of Congress selected “Chinatown” for preservation in the United States Film Registry citing the film to be “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant”.
Although only one short scene actually occurs in the area known as Chinatown in the film, (the final one), the moral ambiguity behind its title referred to the area having so many dialects and languages being spoken, the police weren’t sure if they were preventing or facilitating crime whenever called to go there.
One of the film’s main actors who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor was also an established film director as well as happened to be born beneath the sign of Leo the Lion, John Huston. Huston had this to say about Roman Polanski as a film director:
“Polanski was an outstanding director. There was no question, after three days seeing him operate, that here was a really top talent.” – John Huston
Which leads us to one of the most pivotal years in Roman Polanski’s life – 1977.
In 1977 Roman Polanski was introduced to 13 year old Samantha Gailey (seen above at that time) and just a few months after their initial meeting the film director of renown sexually violated her.
Early in 1977 Roman Polanski was introduced to 13 year old Samantha Gailey and her mother, Susan. A month later a mutual friend approached Susan Gailey stating that Polanski wanted to photograph her daughter for French Vogue. A few days later Polanski showed up at the Gailey’s home with camera in hand and proceeded to have a “test shoot” with Samantha. A few days following that initial photo session, Polanski picked up the 13 year old and drove her off to what her mother was told was the “real shoot”.
The two drove to the home of the director’s friend and star of “Chinatown” Jack Nicholson who was out of town at the time and are let in by his housekeeper. Polanski proceeds to then supply the girl with 5 glasses of champagne and a recreational relaxant otherwise known as a quaalude. He then asks Samantha if he can photograph her topless (despite the fact she hadn’t even begun wearing a training bra yet) followed by convincing the girl to fully strip naked so she can get into the outside jacuzzi tub where he proceeds to do the same. After 20 or so minutes with the housekeeper having left along with noting how intoxicated Samantha was by the champagne and Quaalude, Polanski took the girl inside the house and proceeded to rape her.
Adding insult to injury after violating Samantha, Polanski drove the girl home and proceeds to casually hang out with her parents. And it is here where we see the hubris of the Leo at the height of his superiority complex with him thinking he was above the reproach of the girl’s parents and of the law itself.
After being returned home, Samantha went directly into her room saying she wasn’t feeling well. Polanski didn’t seem to be in any hurry to leave so Susan and her husband, Samantha’s step-father, Bob Geimer ask him in to have a seat where the film director then asks if they were interested in seeing the slides from the day’s photo shoot.
After running out to his car, Polanski returns with an envelope of slides and a slide viewer. According to Samantha’s mother things seemed off from the start with each slide being off center, out of focus, and not in any way professionally shot.
From her bedroom, Samantha could hear her mother suddenly scream “GET HIM OUT OF HERE!” upon Polanski flagrantly showing Susan the topless photos of her 13 year old daughter. He peels away in his car after being forcibly removed from the house by Samantha’s step-father.
They still were unaware that Samantha had been raped and that French Vogue had never commissioned any such “photo shoot”.
Roman Polanski’s mug shot following his arrest in 1977 for the charges of rape and sexual assault of a minor
On March 11th, 1977 Roman Polanski was arrested at Jack Nicholson’s home under the charges of rape and sexual assault of a minor. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment and was initially sent to prison for 90 days of psychiatric evaluation. He served 42 days in all.
The family lawyer worked out a deal with Polanski outside of court. If Polanski admitted to the lesser charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, the other six counts which included rape and assault would be dropped.
Right before his court date for sentencing in early 1978, Polanski’s lawyer was told by Samantha’s lawyer that despite the plea bargain arrangement being affirmed by all parties, upon meeting in his chambers, Judge Laurence Rittenband informed the prosecution he had changed his mind and would not consider the plea bargain. The judge also tells the prosecuting attorney he intended on sentencing Polanski to a 50 year prison term. Polanski is told by his lawyer the judge is not to be trusted and the day before his sentencing, the film director boards a plane to Europe and has not set foot in the United States ever since.
Various attempts have been made to extradite Polanski back to the US but governing officials of the various countries where the film director owns homes namely in France, Switzerland, and Poland have consistently not allowed this to take place.
When news broke of his fleeing the country, nearly all of Hollywood’s A-listers such as his former leading lady, Mia Farrow, along with fellow film directors Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese were vocal in their support of Polanski. Even the former President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy publicly stated his support for the film director.
In recent years, a most unlikely person has publicly championed for Polanski’s charges to be dropped and for him to be allowed to return to the US a free man – his victim, Samantha Gailey.
In 2013 at the age of 50, Gailey under the name of Samantha Geimer published an auto-biographical account relaying the details associated with that dark day back in 1977 entitled “The Girl”.
The book concludes with Samantha stating she believes Roman Polanski is also a “victim” of the criminal justice system and was “mistreated” by both the media and the court. She further claims the plea bargain was detracted by the judge strictly for “media exposure” and says that he caused far more damage to her and her family than Polanski ever could.
Samantha has also admitted that she and the man who violated her as a child exchange friendly emails in the present day.
Her account of what transpired between herself and Polanski is unadulterated and brutally honest. In her book she poses the question why would an internationally acclaimed film director who was seen with some of the most beautiful women in the world such as Sharon Tate want with a 13 year old girl?
Her reply to the question is devastatingly blunt and also reveals Polanski’s Hubris as a Solar Ruled famous personality,
“it’s quite simple, because I was there.”
As recently as May of 2018, in light of the Me2 Movement Roman Polanski was removed from the Academy of Arts & Sciences with the decision being made referencing his legal case.
Astrological Analysis of Roman Polanski’s Criminal Predicament
As a seasoned Tarot reader, your author considers the Moon card when in a reversed position to be one of the most challenging.
It must be stated that Roman Polanski’s legal case in the United States is still ongoing. With the man turning 85 on August 18th, 2018 the prospect looks remote at best that he will ever return to the United States nor is it likely his legal case which still remains open will be resolved to completion.
In Part II of this series it was mentioned that although the Moon and the planet Pluto are in many ways direct foils of each other, the two heavenly bodies do share a common theme.
Neither deals with that which is considered “rational”.
With the Moon’s domain covering the range of human emotion as well as heart felt sentimentality and with Pluto being associated with the darker dimensions of the subconscious, a goodly portion of the actions taken by a person born with the two planets conjunct by one degree will be of an impulsive and many times irrational nature if left unmonitored.
“We may discern in the moon’s sign at birth something of the way in which the individual expresses himself when not an individual, but a creature of instinct.” – Liz Greene
The planetary ruler of the sign of Cancer is the Moon. Roman Polanski was born with his natal Moon conjunct his natal Pluto in the Moon’s ruling sign of the Crab. And the one thing in Life the sign of the Crab places in highest regard is Security from an emotional core.
But as we have seen time and time again, Roman Polanski has been placed in one tragically horrific situation after the next where emotional security was destroyed or simply absent altogether, beginning with his entire childhood from birth until well after the age of 12 to the unspeakable murders of his wife Sharon Tate and unborn son.
Up until 1977, Polanski played the role of Persephone, as the innocent victim of circumstance who is torn from his comfort zone and is symbolically raped and abducted against his will by having those closest to him being ripped from his life such as his mother and wife.
But the tables were completely turned when the film director met 13 year old Samantha Gailey. Here is where the victim transformed into the predatory perpetrator. There is no rational explanation for this role reversal. The irrational force of the conjunction of the Moon and Pluto is a power that cannot be rationalized or logically explained.
The aspect about the myth of Persephone which I find most fascinating can also be directly applied to the life of Roman Polanski. What binds Persephone to the Underworld is the eating of six seeds which can be interpreted as the innocently pure maiden ingesting the darkness of her captor and it taking hold or in the literal sense takes “seed” to further grow in her psyche. Said another way by being exposed to Hades/Pluto’s violence, lust, and assertion of power, Persephone has the potential for those very same Plutonian expressions at her disposal since she has eaten that which comes from the Lord of the Underworld’s domain. In the same vein, as a helpless child the director had his mother taken from him, followed later by both his wife and unborn child being destroyed, yet when the opportunity arose Mr. Polanski as a 43 year old adult at the time felt the impulsive need to sexually dominate a victim who was herself, a mere child.
This is certainly not to say every person born with the Moon and Pluto conjunct in Cancer will experience anything even remotely similar to what Roman Polanski has had to go through nor is it meant to justify the man’s unlawful actions in any way, but for one individual to directly experience the horrors of both the Holocaust and the Helter Skelter murders, it is not difficult to see how the extreme trauma “ingested” by the man germinated over time, where the seed of the predatory hunter was given room to eventually choke the brutally injured ego of the “victim” so that it could have an accelerated growth spurt like the wildest of weeds.
Overripe pomegranate seeds waiting to be ingested and to “take seed”.
Roman Polanski is of an extremely short height which by most modern standards is a trait considered anything but intimidating, yet the man still carries a reputation as a menacing monster due to the superior sense his power in Hollywood allotted him as an A-list director. Before meeting Samantha Gailey, Polanski had dated Nastassja Kinski who during their courtship was just 15 years old. Upon encountering a girl who by all accounts could be described as pre-pubescent and not only looked her age but could easily be seen as even younger than 13, Polanski had found his Persephone. Samantha Gailey was the perfect victim at the time because her child-like looks and naivite made her appear utterly vulnerable and going by the descriptions made of his behavior, it appeared that Polanski could not help himself by playing the role of the Lord of the Underworld and “deflowering” the helpless and incredibly young maiden.
And just to clarify, the Myth of Persephone is better known by its classical title, “The Rape of Persephone“.
The Hubris Manifester of Roman Polanski
Earlier in this final installment, I mentioned a unique astrological tool of my own creation that is an embodiment of both Hubris and Karma in the birth charts of the Solar ruled – the Hubris Manifester. Technically the Hubris Manifester is determined strictly by the sign and House positioning of the Moon but as also previously discussed Roman Polanski’s natal Moon is always accompanied with the dark subconscious forces of his natal Pluto.
Keeping in mind the Hubris Manifester is the physical manifestation of the Solar person’s hubris, the film director’s Hubris Manifester is represented by his Moon conjunct Pluto in the sign of Cancer in the 10th House. To put that formulaicly:
Roman Polanski’s Hubris Manifester deals with a dark and subversively sexual event (Pluto) involving a child (Moon, Cancer) that was based in his power as a public figure (Pluto, 10th House) that in and of itself became notoriously well known by the public at large (10th House).
Given the man’s profession, one could also interpret Roman Polanski’s Hubris Manifester in the House of the Public and Notoriety as Hollywood itself. Polanski’s arrogant sense of entitlement as a powerful film director was what motivated him to believe he could do whatever he pleased and his stunning display of disrespect towards Bob and Susan Geimer, Samantha’s parents indicate the man perceived his actions to be above reproach, no matter how perverse or overtly unlawful they were.
Even if they involved the sexual violation of pre-pubescent children.
The Dawn of the 21st Century and Beyond
2001 & 2002 are years which also hold major significance in the life of Roman Polanski. In 2001 he filmed his Holocaust masterpiece, “The Pianist”. Based on the memoirs of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman the film depicts the immense struggles Szpilman (played by Adrien Brody) goes through to survive both the Warsaw Ghetto and World War II, despite his entire family perishing in Auschwitz. Although the film is placed in Warsaw, it was filmed entirely on location in Polanski’s hometown of Krakow. The film is viscerally powerful and unsentimentally stark due to not only Szpilman but Polanski’s realistic accounts of what they each had experienced as Polish Jews during the War. Scenes that actually occurred to Szpilman were altered by Polanski interpolating his experiences as a child, such as Szpilman being told to “Not run” as the Warsaw ghetto is being liquidated directly referencing the director’s father as well as the reenactment of the scene Polanski witnessed first hand at 6 years old of the elderly woman who couldn’t keep up being shot dead in the street.
“The Pianist” stunningly captures the extremes chaos can make in both the positive and negative spectrums. In the scene where Szpilman (played by Adrien Brody seen above) is told not to run during the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto, it begins with the loud chaos of numerous crowds waiting at a train platform. The chaos continues even with the void of silence created after every single person except Brody’s character is loaded into cattle cars and no one else remains in a mere matter of minutes.
Polanski’s horrific childhood was embodied in the present day during the filming of “The Pianist”. While the director was scouting for film locations in his native Krakow, he ran into an elderly gentleman who was instrumental in helping him and his father survive the War.
“The Pianist” garnered a Best Actor Oscar for Adrien Brody making him the youngest actor to ever win the award at age 29 along with it winning the Academy Award for the Best Picture of 2002. And after being nominated for his masterful direction in past films but never clinching the statuette, Roman Polanski was awarded the Academy Award for Best Director of 2002, making him at 69 the oldest person to ever win such an honor.
In a 2011 interview Polanski said he considered “The Pianist” his finest work and when asked of all his movies which does he consider to be closest to perfect, the film director said the following:
“If any film cannisters were to be placed on my grave, I’d like them to be The Pianist’s”. – Roman Polanski
In ancient mythology Pluto ruled over not just the Land beyond the grave, the Lord of the Underworld also was the God of That Which is Hidden and of Buried Treasure as well.
Given the power of the Past associated with the energies of the Moon placed in its ruling sign of Cancer combined with the tacit understanding that the more one delves deeply down into Pluto’s darkness, the vastly richer that person stands to become, it would be safe to assume by the time Roman Polanski does eventually reach his grave, the man will finally have attained that ever elusive inner treasure he has searched for nearly all of his long lived life – inner peace brought about by the deepest of emotional security felt to the core of his soul.