Jennifer Lawrence was recently ranked as the most powerful actress in Hollywood by Forbes Magazine. Quite an accomplishment for a young woman from Kentucky who’s only been in the public consciousness for a good handful of years now, ever since her breakthrough performance in 2010’s “Winter’s Bone.” Now she’s an Oscar-winner (Best Actress for 2012’s “Silver Linings Playbook”) as well as the youngest three-time nominee to date (she received a Best Actress nomination for “Winter’s Bone” and a Best Supporting Actress nod for 2013’s “American Hustle”).
She’s also the star of the mega-successful “The Hunger Games” franchise, leading the second installment in the series, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, to become the highest-grossing film of 2013. And, of course, she’s just as well-known for that ultra-funny, feisty charm of hers, winning over the public in droves with her personality as much as her acting skills. Jennifer’s awesome talent, appeal, and attractiveness have captivated the world. But, what is the astrological driving force behind all of that?
She was born Jennifer Shrader Lawrence, the youngest of three children, to Gary and Karen Lawrence in Louisville, Kentucky on August 15, 1990 at 8:17 PM. This makes her a Leo Sun with the Moon in Gemini and Aquarius Rising. Having her Sun (sense of self), Moon (emotional nature), and Rising Sign (appearance/persona) all in such socially appealing signs explains why she’s made such a powerful impact on the public.
It’s her Aquarius Ascendant that allows her to set herself apart from the pack of other young Hollywood starlets, even if she doesn’t really try to. Aquarius is free-spirited and detached from the conventional expectations of the people around them. From the beginning, Jennifer has displayed a wild-card ability to veer from the carefully coached script that most actors follow when being interviewed. Throwing bland chit-chat and pretentious talk about acting out the window, Aquarius-style, Jennifer immediately established a persona (Rising Sign) for herself as being an actress who you can truly expect the unexpected from.
Some of her most quotable interview sound-bites consist of stalking Meryl Streep, feeling like an overexcited Chihuahua that has to pee on the Red Carpet, an unabashed passion for food which led her to order McDonald’s at the Academy Awards, a great love of bad reality television, and her horrible dancing abilities, just to name a few. Jennifer cuts right through the glamour and the gloss, projecting a highly accessible personality with her Aquarius Rising’s irreverence and complete lack of airs. This is what makes Aquarius so popular and the I’m-just-like-you attitude of Jennifer’s Ascendant allows her to establish a viscerally relatable connection with her fans.
The Midheaven is in Sagittarius in her chart. As the Midheaven represents our reputation in the world and how we’re widely known, it’s no coincidence that Jennifer’s public image so strongly correlates with the unfiltered, goofy, clumsy traits of Sagittarius. The Midheaven and Ascendant are always going to be in similar signs (either the same Element, same Quality, or compatible Elements), allowing them to work together interchangeably, letting the one-on-one impressions (Ascendant) we make on people collectively form our reputation (Midheaven).
Her free-spirited Aquarius Ascendant is what fuels the irrepressible fire of that Sagittarius Midheaven, ensuring there’s never a dull moment during just about any Jennifer Lawrence public appearance. Count on her to trip (like she did at the Oscars two years in a row), tell some crazy tale, or inevitably put her foot in her mouth. The good fortune of her Midheaven also shone down on her when she just happened to be discovered in New York when she was 14, with no prior acting experience. She fell into acting just as she falls anywhere else and still hasn’t taken any formal training. It’s also notable that her iconic character Katniss from “The Hunger Games” is a fierce young huntress highly skilled in archery. Sagittarius is the archer. Certainly no coincidence.
But, opposing that offbeat Aquarius Rising is her 7th House Leo Sun, opposite her Ascendant. In spite of the fact that she refreshingly lacks that diva attitude, Jennifer’s clearly got some mighty reserves of self-confidence. But, with the Sun being in the 7th House, which rules fair and harmonious relations, Jennifer has a greater ability to keep the arrogance of her Sun sign in check more so than many other Leos. Most Sun in Leo folks, in spite of their cockiness, do have a desire to make people feel good and like they can take on the world. With this placement in the 7th House, that becomes even more pronounced, making Jennifer a real cheerleader who can make anybody feel like a superstar. She still pursues her place in the sun, but just in a much less aggressive and in-your-face manner.
Being a Leo Sun is also what has given her the necessary determination and willpower to make it and keep going in such a tough industry, reinforced by the Sun’s tight square to her Mars (the planet of drive) in Taurus, making her a competitive young woman, even if that’s just directed toward herself. Mars opposite intense Pluto and trine hard-working Saturn only enhances her firm determination and grit. Many have commented on her subtle air of formidable strength and power, which helped her play roles like Katniss and the tough, tenacious Ree from "Winter's Bone." Having Venus in Leo accentuates her charisma and makes her the kind of individual who just can’t help but stand out from a crowd. Sun and Venus in Leo usually gives the individual an abundance of personality and a light that just brilliantly shines through.
Jennifer’s very strong connection to her family can be traced to her Gemini Moon in the 4th House, which symbolizes one’s roots. Having the Moon here increases the sentimentality and emotional depth of the Moon sign, even if it’s in traditionally detached Gemini. This is the sign of the siblings and Jennifer’s rough and tumble yet oddly affectionate relationship with her two older brothers is well-known. Jen’s Gemini Moon is also evident in her ability to talk, talk, talk in interviews, sharing entertaining anecdotes and easily engaging in sharp-witted banter with her interviewers. There’s a highly nervous, wired energy to this placement that’s only amplified by the square to Jennifer’s equally nervous, wired Mercury (the communication planet) in Virgo. It’s a recipe for a real livewire.
The actress has opened up about the intense anxiety that’s plagued her since childhood, which had her placed on medication during her adolescent years. It wasn’t until she started acting that she found an outlet for all of that energy, but it still troubles her at times during the more stressful aspects of her job. She frequently admits to suffering from overactive nerves, especially during public appearances. Because they are taught to be so emotionally aware and available, actors’ Moon signs are usually very apparent, especially in how they go about their work. The nature of Lawrence’s Gemini Moon rises easily to the surface, via the sense of humor she so easily falls back on when feeling nervous as well as the quicksilver manner in which she does her work.
David O. Russell, the director of “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle” who’s come to see Lawrence as his modern-day muse, stated how taken back he was at the lightning-fast immediacy in which Jennifer was able to jump in and out of a scene, accessing a wide range of emotions in the blink of an eye and then going right back to being her normal self, as if it were nothing. But, this is her dualistic Gemini Moon sign at play. Anyone who is well-acquainted with this Moon sign can tell you that it doesn’t take much for them to “become someone else” so fast that it can make your head spin. Jennifer brilliantly channels this changeability into her acting.
It’s only been a few years, but most predict that you can count on Lawrence to be around for quite some time. Not only is she too talented not to be, but she provokes too unique of a response from her public. With Uranus, the chart ruler, dignified in the 11th house (it’s home placement), it seems like fame is going to be an integral part of Lawrence’s life for a very long time to come.