Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘Carol’ (2015)

Venus, the archetype signifying love and pleasure, is at the heart of most enduring relationships. Although same-sex unions are now increasingly embraced by the general population, they were at one time more than Venusian. They were non-mainstream-Venusian, and aligned with the Uranian archetype of uniqueness, rebellion and, for some, subversiveness. However, this notion of anarchy-in-love […]

Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘Cinderella’ (2015)

It’s certifiable eye candy, but the latest cinematic version of the Cinderella story also packs a pleasingly egalitarian punch while managing to tip its hat to Jungian psychology. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Cinderella gets its heady spirit from Chris Weitz’s screenplay whose recurrent and play-it-forward mantra is “Have courage and be kind.” Young Ella, the […]

Astrology: Film: Review: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ (2014)

Is every critter, human or otherwise, trainable? And, because training elevates the game and aptitude of the instructed, does the core essence of tutored trainees remain the same? Those questions – as well as Saturnine boundary issues about whether to label entities purely good or evil – are at the core of the How to […]

Astrology: Film: Review: ‘The Monuments Men’ (2014)

A war movie, The Monuments Men uses the Martian warrior archetype not to machine-gun soldiers to their deaths but rather to save, recover and ultimately return to their rightful owners a staggering amount of art work stolen by the Nazis during World War II. And, because the Lunar principle rules the past and history, Mars […]

Astrology: Film: ‘Blue Jasmine’ (2013)

Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is the assured work of an older artist unafraid to make the point that people typically go to their graves clutching the archetypes they’ve been projecting and embracing for decades, no matter how self-destructive. Blue Jasmine, the character, is actually Jeanette (Cate Blanchett), who took on her flowery moniker years earlier […]