More than acting, Ryan Gosling’s movie presence seems to involve staring. Long stares. Quiet stares. Pensive stares. Emotionless stares. Mesmerizing stares.
A plethora of stares.
A congress of stares.
A fluther of stares.
A drove of stares.
Gosling, no wonder to astrologers, is a Scorpio sun. Of this sun sign the late Linda Goodman in “Sun Signs” writes:
“Look at the eyes. They can be green, blue, brown, or black, but they’ll be piercing with hypnotic intensity. Most people feel nervous or ill at ease under Scorpio’s steady gaze. You’ll have to break the spell and look away first. He’ll outshine you every time. It’s a foolproof identification of the Pluto personality. Scorpio eyes bore deeply into you, mercilessly, as if they’re penetrating your very soul. They are.”
Take a look at Gosling [picture from Wikipedia].
Gosling has Mercury, sun and Uranus in Scorpio, a Capricorn moon and Jupiter/Saturn/Venus/Pluto all in Libra. Neptune and Mars are conjunct in Sagittarius.
There’s a complicated dude behind the stare.
Gosling is a controlling personality type having lots of Pluto and Saturn influence in his chart (Scorpio, Capricorn, Pluto conjunct Venus, Saturn conjunct Jupiter).
Here’s an image. Gosling mesmerizes you with that stare and you feel like the most special person in the world.
You plan a party together – a beautiful, elegant party where fine guests and fine food merge into an exquisite evening. All has gone well and you and Gosling joined in hug wave to the departing guests. They leave, you turn back into the house and suddenly Gosling has gone quiet, turned cold.
He won’t tell you. You wonder, you worry, you fret. After a dramatic period of insecurity, you learn that you let one of his guests use his special silk napkin. You also, you learn, enjoyed kisses on the cheek from male guests a little too much. Your dress, by the way, was ugly.
You’re shocked and stunned.
Next afternoon the guests come over for leftovers and Gosling treats them and you with the same mesmerizing, engaging charisma of the night before.
If you told someone what last night felt like, would they believe you?
The Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com) writes that Gosling’s trademark is that he “often plays quiet, emotionally distant characters.”
“Such mastery of the personality has to be envied. No matter how his emotions are stirred, you’ll rarely see them reflected on Scorpio’s frozen, immobile face.” [from Linda Goodman’s “Sun Signs”]
In the movie Drive, Gosling is “quiet and emotionally distant” but also an extremely talented. I don’t think we ever learn the reason for the emotional distance.
Is he playing himself? What’s he distancing himself from?
Gosling is probably distancing himself from his own intensity. Living with sun conjunct Uranus in Scorpio is like carrying a black hole around that threatens to suck you in and spit you out at the other end of universe. It’s attached to you like a Siamese twin so you learn to live with it.
Scorpio and Capricorn are serious bedfellows and I’d expect Gosling to be drawn to roles of mafia or organized crime. I see a movie called “Gangster Squad” on his Filmography. In that movie it appears he’s on the side of the cops. I could also see him being drawn to the gangster side, as the head honcho.
Crazy, Stupid, Love
When our personality has no conflicts, we are comfortable with being serious or not-serious or whatever we are. Most of us have a conflict, which actually is a good thing. Conflicts or frustration often are the impetus we need to change and grow in life.
The conflict I see in Gosling’s personality is the Mars/Neptune conjunction in Sagittarius. This combination cares about the world but does not carry the weight of the world on its shoulders as does Scorpio and Capricorn.
Mars and Neptune in Sagittarius can be addicted to anything that provides a rush or sense of heightened experience. Gosling’s emotional distance may be in part to distance himself from his addictions.
In “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” Gosling’s character is the Mars/Neptune in Sagittarius conjunction – sexy, appealing, charismatic and having a good time. Sagittarius is not in love with commitment the way some other signs are.
The character in “Crazy, Stupid, Love” is teaching the frustrated, soon-to-be-divorced husband how to pick up women through developing style and confidence.
“Remark to a Scorpio that he has a talent which will someday be recognized, and he smoothly, casually replies, ‘Yes, I know.'” [from Linda Goodman’s “Sun Signs”]
Lars and the Real Girl
In “Lars and the Real Girl,” our character Lars has decided that his mannequin is real. Those around him share in the delusion to help Lars through his issues.
While I can’t imagine Gosling falling for such delusion as it is a way of losing control, having four planets in Libra makes one uber-concerned with finding a mate.
Libra is seeking a mate and Scorpio is seeking an intense emotional relationship. The Libra mate-finding is complicated in Gosling’s chart because Venus is saying it’s about pleasure, Pluto wants control, Saturn wants boundaries and Jupiter wants shared ideals.
Jupiter and Saturn conjunct in Libra can represent partnership with someone of a different racial, social, religious or cultural background that creates a separation from the personal background. It can also create issues through those differences.
Gosling, like Lars, has some high ideals in a mate. Not deluded ideals, but a strong need for beauty and balance in a partner.
“There are Scorpios who can live a spartan existence in a bare room, denying themselves every comfort for some obscure, aesthetic reason, but the true nature of the sign is sensual. Normally, Scorpio will surround himself with luxury. He’ll lean toward excesses in food, drugs, drink and yes – in love.” [from Linda Goodman’s “Sun Signs”]
Gosling’s next movie
Gosling’s next movie involves more Saturn and Pluto – Saturn transiting his sun and Uranus while Pluto transits his moon.
In this movie, Gosling meets a girl (I’m assuming he likes girls) from a different time and place. Her differences are extremely attractive but also disturbing. He’s obsessed. He has a compulsion to understand the differences.
This girl gives Gosling a pair of magical eye glasses then takes him on a walk through wet, swampy area in the middle of the night. The glasses throw him off balance and the girl is in control of where they walk and where they are going. In fact, having been led in wearing magical glasses, Gosling does not know the path out.
The world looks the same, but different with these glasses. What is it exactly? Is it good? Is it bad?
The eye glasses are removed and Gosling finds himself staring at his own obsessive melancholy. He can see both the depth and poetry of that character but also the futility of playing hard to get to test others’ devotion.
“Pluto’s symbol is the triumphant phoenix rising from its own smoldering ashes, and Scorpio personifies resurrection from the grave. Both the gray lizards and the stinging scorpions can become proud eagles without ever revealing the secret of their sorcery.” [from Linda Goodman’s “Sun Signs”]
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