Ben Stiller was born on 30 November 1965 at 17:35 (Rodden Rating: A; Collector: Rodden) in New York with Jupiter in Gemini and Saturn in Pisces. His versatility as an actor has led to his films raking in a massive $79 million a pop. To date he has written, starred in, directed and/or produced over 50 film projects.
As he is the son of veteran comedians/actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, it seems almost inevitable that Ben would become a Hollywood player. However, as we all know, parental success is no guarantee of the child's success.
By dissociate trine, Ben's Jupiter and Saturn are in double bodied signs. Mutable signs are notoriously difficult to pin down because by definition they are changeable and adaptable. In my humble opinion as a teacher, I have found Jupiter and/or Saturn in mutable signs a challenge to teach.
Not much is written about Ben's life as an adolescent--other than he celebrated both Christmas and Hanukkah in his household (dad was Jewish and mum had converted from Catholicism) and he had a Bar Mitzvah. That alone rather nicely demonstrates the dual nature of the mutable signs.
Jupiter in Gemini should be glorious pupils to teach. They love to learn, tend to be friendly and outgoing but their progress is just impossible to track because they are so adept at mimicry. So a teacher is lulled into this false sense of security. The temptation in teaching them is to push them on to new topics or tasks before they have fully understood the previous ones. Then you go to test them (when you can get the class to take a test--these guys are excuse maestros) and they bomb quite spectacularly.
The problem with Jupiter in Gemini pupils is that (and I quote from Growing Pains):
"learners get the distinct impression that reading is all important, God-like even. By a miraculous process, many of the pupils suddenly get it and are reading fluently, quietly and with voracity. For them the heavenly chorus of "hallelujah" sounds. The class quickly polarises into those who can read and those who can't, with those who can't read being forced to kneel at the alter of knowledge until they see the light and convert."
Saturn in Pisces learners can be difficult to teach because they fear being overwhelmed by knowledge and are therefore content to paddle on the shores of education but refuse to take the full plunge.
Nevertheless, Jupiter and Saturn in mutable signs of course make progress at their own speed and usually adjust well to all manner of circumstances (even grumpy teachers).
Ben had his first breakthrough on the television soap "Guiding Light" just after his final Saturn opposition when he was around 15 years old. He went on to appear in the highly successful "Empire of the Sun" (1987) as Saturn transited his Sun, Mercury and South Node in Sagittarius. As Jupiter transited his Saturn in 1998, he starred in "There's Something About Mary". Interestingly, as Saturn opposed itself in 2008, he co-wrote, co-starred in and produced the movie "Tropic Thunder" the premise of which he conceived during filming on "Empire of the Sun" a nodal cycle before.
About the Astrologer
About the Astrologer
Alex Trenoweth was voted Best International Astrologer, 2015 for her dynamic presentation on her innovative and original research into Astrology and Education. Her book, "Growing Pains" is an exciting development in astrology as it combines classroom teaching experience, sound investigation and the potential to have a positive impact on struggling adolescents, parents, teachers and those who have been labelled "at risk". She writes the weekly and monthly horoscopes and other articles for the Cosmic Intelligence Agency, one of the largest astrological social media groups on the web and was also a speaker for the AstroSummit, a guest lecturer for the London School of Astrology and has spoken at several UK local astrology groups. Upcoming international events include Breaking Down the Borders, the Kepler Conference, Congresso Internacional de Astrologia (Portugal) NORWAC and the San Francisco Astrology Society. Alex is also a Professor of Western Astrology and Secretary General of International Affairs for the Krishnamurti Institute of Astrology and will will be taking up her residential post in India early 2017. For queries, consultations or syndications, please contact Alex via www.alextrenoweth.com or leave a message in the comment section.
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About the New Book
There are two wolves fighting inside of me, the old story goes, one wolf is good and the other is evil. “But Grandfather,” asked the child, “Which one wins?” The Grandfather answered, “The wolf I feed.”
We might like to think that being good is a natural instinct. In fact, doing the right thing takes a conscious decision. Every day, we are met with temptation to get ahead at the expense of someone else, to get away with something we know is wrong or to cut corners if we think no one is watching.
Following on from her powerful book on astrology and Education, “Growing Pains”, Alex Trenoweth explores the benefits of using “the bad guy” of the solar system: Saturn. Often avoided and seldom understood, if we understand our own Saturn then we can help others to understand theirs. Using case studies of highly successful people contrasted with convicted serial killers, Trenoweth deftly demonstrates the dire consequences of feeding the wrong wolf.