Rudolph Valentino (May 6th 1895) was born under the combination of Taurus, Venus and number 6. Fitting of this combination, he was known for love and romance and was a sex symbol. He was known as “The great lover” and the “Latin Lover” in the 1920s and starred in several romantic films including The Sheik (1921), Blood and Sand (1922) and The Eagle (1925). He did all this without saying a word and was one the most popular silent film stars of the time. Venus in his astrological chart is prominent for a number of reasons: His ascendant is Libra which is Venus ruled, Libra also vibrates to the number 6. Libra and number give the influence of beauty, charm and sophistication. The ruler is Venus in Gemini, and its dispositor is Mercury. Recall that the ascendant is your first impressions to people, your physical appearance and the lens through which you view the world. Rudolph’s personality number is 5 and the personality number also represents how other people view you, which may or may not be reflective of who you really are. Five vibrates to Mercury so his ascendant and personality number correspond. Mercury is an androgynous planet, accounting for people perceiving him that way on first impression, he was criticized for being effeminate at times. Mercury was also giving him intelligence and the quick wit needed to make the most out of his circumstances. He knew that his good looks, dancing ability and charm were one of his major attributes so he became a nightclub taxi dancer in New York where wealthy women would pay for his company. He toured the country dancing as part of a musical production. In California he built up a clientele of women who would pay him for dance instruction. It was his dancing talent in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) in the first scene dancing a tango that gave him his lucky break and then his star was quickly on the rise.
Jupiter is exalted in Cancer conjunct the MC in the 10th house providing its fortune in his career. His soul urge number is 3 which gives him a deeper need to express himself creatively and artistically. Number 3 vibrates to Jupiter so we can infer that his career dreams came true when he became a movie star. His moon is in Libra giving him an emotional need for romantic love in partnership and a disinclination towards fighting and controversy. He wanted to have his outer circumstances be harmonious and peaceful. Venus is conjunct the MC from the 9th house showing that his career would include Venusian themes such as physical attractiveness, romance, and seduction. It also indicates a career involving females or female services/ products. In his case, his fan base was primarily women and his films catered to them. Venus gains a lot of power because it is in mutual reception with Mercury. Venus is in Gemini (Mercury’s own sign) and Mercury is in Taurus (Venus’ own sign). This allows each planet to behave as if it was in its own sign so that its expression is positively powerful. Notice that the planets in his chart have their final dispositor in the Mercury-Venus mutual reception giving them even more strength and emphasis. Venus is out of bounds meaning that it will behave on the extremes of its expression, in his case it amplified his good looks, charm, romantic appeal and ability to seduce women. At public appearances, fans would tear at his hair and clothes. He was credited for creating a new type of romantic hero, paving the way for others who came after him.
Saturn is in his second house, partly explaining that he was struggling financially when younger. At one point he was even begging on the street in Paris and took menial jobs when he moved to New York. He was living on the street and in Central park before he got work as a nightclub dancer. It was only in 1917 at the age of 22 he decided to be an actor in Hollywood. His expression number is 8 which is Saturn’s number and usually this number gains more material riches in their later life as they prosper more with the passing of time. Number 8 may also face a lot of obstacles when younger but are naturally resilient. Saturn makes a 2 degree trine to the MC showing his persistence in his career, even though he was having a very hard time making a success financially and in his career he persisted until he became a star. Uranus is in his second house which resonates with his rags to riches story.
One of the major criticisms of Valentino was his effeminate or androgynous style. In 1915 when involved in a trial between his friend and her husband, he testified that her husband had been having multiple affairs. However, his appearance caused some reporters to write articles expressing doubts about his masculinity. Towards the end of his life, he was criticized in an editorial called "Pink Powder Puffs" where he was criticized for a face powder dispenser in a public men’s washroom.
"A powder vending machine! In a men’s washroom! Homo Americanus! Why didn’t someone quietly drown Rudolph Guglielmo , alias Valentino, years ago?… Do women like the type of “man” who pats pink powder on his face in a public washroom and arranges his coiffure in a public elevator?… Hollywood is the national school of masculinity. Rudy, the beautiful gardener’s boy, is the prototype of the American male.”
Valentino subsequently defended himself. In that article, the anonymous author blamed him for America’s “degeneration into effeminacy”. Mars representing masculinity and ruggedness is in its fall in Cancer. He was also denied roles due to prejudice against immigrants and for being “too foreign”. On the dark side Mars can represent violence and aggression and his initial roles were as the dark villain. Some of his roles including that in 1924's Monsieur Beaucaire where he wore heavy makeup and ruffled costumes reinforced the effeminate image. However since Mars is tightly conjunct and exalted Jupiter, it strengthens it. Mars is also out of bounds at declination 24 degrees 37 minutes showing the possibility to go to its extremes- on one hand he was seen as effeminate but on the other hand he was seen as a sex symbol (Mars represents physicality, passion and sexual drive). A silent film expert writes about Valentino "Here was an openly sexual icon designed to feed the most hidden fantasies of the cinema's largely female audience. Traditional values of home and family seemed wildly inappropriate when Valentino held the screen. Instead, his films offered hints of violent sexuality and miscegenation meant to tantalize viewers". Many of his roles in films were openly sexual. Mars also represents war, fighting, aggression and people involved in these things, thus it is fitting that Mars in the 10th also speaks to his role playing a Russian soldier seeking to avenge the wrongs committed against his family by the Czarina in The Eagle (1925). Since the 4th-10th axis is the parental axis, it also makes sense that his father was in a Mars influenced profession, he was a cavalry officer in the Royal Italian Army.
Another aspect of Mars being in fall concerns his romantic relationships because Mars rules his 7th house. Mars is also challenged by making a square to the Moon representing women and emotions. First he married Jean Acker who was an in the closet lesbian who left him for a woman after they married. She locked him out of the house and did not respond to his letters. He married Natacha Rambova while still married to Jean which resulted in bigamy charges and him being put in jail. He had to avoid conviction by admitting that he had never consummated the marriage. Mars as the 7th house ruler is placed in the 10th house showing that the spouse could play a role in the career. In his case, Natacha took dominion over his career and selected for him roles that tended to reinforce effeminate stereotypes about him such as Monsieur Beaucaire (1924), The Sainted Devil (1925), and Cobra (1925).
He has a Venus-Neptune