The media is not letting up on Mel Gibson. Part of the reason is to deflect attention from important crises like the Gulf oil spill, the Israeli-led threat of war with Iran, and the double dip recession of the U.S. economy, which is rapidly leading to a full-scale depression that will upstage the Great Depression of the 30’s. Unfortunately, I have to admit that celebrity gossip is one of my guilty pleasures. It’s a means of escape for me. Besides, you can learn a lot about human nature by studying the behavior of certain celebrities. Mel Gibson exemplifies one of those celebrities who was once highly celebrated, but who is quickly experiencing his descent from fame and adoration. While this is a product of Gibson’s own making, his downfall, I believe, is not without the aid of his current paramour, Oksana Grigorieva. In the audio tapes, she is very calm, collected and almost indifferent to his maniacal rants. This is not characteristic of a woman who is emotionally caught up in a relationship—whether in terms of love or hate. As stated previously, Mel Gibson is inclined to attract women who are emotionally aloof and cool in terms of emotional intimacy. They may even be shrewd and manipulative. I agree with many people who are of the opinion that Oksana was needling him, trying to get him to flip so that he would really look bad in the eyes of the custody hearing judge. While I don’t condone violence against women or men, if someone knows that a person is mentally unstable, he or she cannot be surprised when the person flips out when buttons are pushed. However, in defense of Oksana, astrologically speaking, Gibson does appear to be rather overbearing, steadfast in his obsessions, and impossible to please with the conjunction of Mars and Saturn in Scorpio, in the 5th house of romance, sexual desire and children. These two planets form a square with Jupiter and Pluto in his 3rd house. The 3rd house deals with the mind and also of communication. Pluto and Jupiter are conjunct, yet they reside in different signs, Leo and Virgo, respectively. As stated in Part 1 of my article, Gibson’s Mercury and Chiron are conjunct in the 7th house, yet they are in two different signs denoting a unique blend of planetary energy that may be more challenging to deal with than a conjunction of planets in the same sign.
The Jupiter and Pluto conjunction alone is rather fortunate and it can bring great wealth and also fame in the native’s life. With this combination in the 3rd house of the conscious mind, Gibson has the tendency to be somewhat of a megalomaniac, believing that his money and status make him all-powerful. On the inside, however, there are masked feelings of insecurity due to Jupiter residing in Virgo, but also a sense of righteousness due to the nature of his work. Jupiter in Virgo also points to Gibson’s strong religious ties since Jupiter is the planet of religion. The Catholic Church in particular is very akin to the sign of Virgo with all of its ritual and requirements of piety. Mel Gibson was even named after the saint who founded his mother’s diocese1. Pluto in bed with Jupiter in Virgo would intensify his religious fervor and devotion. It may also make for a self-righteous mindset. Astrology is all about the relation of one element to another so remember that Scorpio, the sign ruled by Pluto is on the 5th house cusp, which deals with his romantic entanglements. Thus, Gibson may require strict obedience from his mate in order for there to be peace within the union. He may give his love under strict conditions and demand unflinching loyalty from his significant other. He may also expect his mate to possess a high degree of modesty and decorum. Gibson is very self-conscious of how he appears in public with Jupiter in Virgo and his Sun and Mercury in Capricorn. Mel Gibson has in fact made an issue out of Oksana’s choice of dress, saying, “You’re an embarrassment to me. You look like a fucking pig in heat, and if you get raped by a pack of n***ers, it will be your fault”2. Really, Mel?
I honestly believe with this planetary setup that Gibson is sincere about his religious convictions and is suffering from an internal conflict between his religious beliefs and the industry that he works in which is of course, Hollywood, Satan’s side hustle. However is the Catholic Church any better with it’s institutionalized pedophilia? They are two sides of the same coin, I would think. I also believe that the square between his 3rd and 5th houses, points to Gibson being tormented by the incongruence of his sexual desires and his religious beliefs (The Passion of the Christ with it’s sado-masochistic exploitation of the death of Jesus was probably an outlet for his personal torment as well as for other Catholic fanatics).
Finally, this conjunction of Pluto and Jupiter in Gibson’s 3rd house deals with his family’s relocation to Australia when he was only 12 years old. Again, Pluto and Jupiter square Mars and Saturn in the house of self expression. The culture shock of the move may have fostered control issues within Gibson. Maybe Gibson felt powerless in his desire to express his resignation about leaving the country. At 12 years old, a kid may very well develop resentment of a parent who makes such a life altering decision. You never know. Pluto in Leo residing in the 3rd house can also lend to obsessive-compulsive tendencies in the areas of sex, romance, but also control or custody issues with respect to children since Scorpio colors the 5th. Since the third house deals with siblings the Jupiter/Pluto cocktail can also deal with his relationship with his 10 siblings and all the commotion that must have existed within his early childhood environment. Uranus in the 1st house and the lead planet of Gibson’s natal chart emphasizes his extreme sensitivity to external events and the strong urge that exists within him to break free from the emotional drama, hence the square between Uranus and Neptune. The Uranus-Neptune square also denotes the tendency towards impulsive escapism and in Gibson’s case, it’s alcohol. With the square involving the 1st and the 4th house, Mel Gibson is basically trying to escape the demons that exist within himself; he is at war with the shadow-side of his being.
Mel Gibson’s North Node is in Sagittarius meaning that he needs to develop an ability to view life in terms of the big picture instead of getting bogged down in the minor details of life. He needs to develop a healthy detachment in his emotional dealings with others and he needs to have faith in the power of the Universe to give him everything that he needs including a sound mind. Gibson also needs to practice what he preaches instead of being a contradiction who is only concerned with the external displays of religious piety; the pomp and circumstance. With Gibson’s North node in the 6th house and his South Node in Gemini occupying the 12th, there is psychological instability and a feeling that he is always wired. This nodal axis situation is manifested through Gibson’s high-strung, nervous demeanor which is mirrored in a lot of the characters that he portrays in his film career. This man requires constant stimulation to the point of excess. If I had to provide a clinical diagnosis for Mel Gibson based on his behavior and natal chart, I would say that he suffers from Bi-Polar Disorder—on steroids. There may also be a degree of Narcissistic Personality Disorder at work. If NPD is present, Gibson would be very hard to deal with and extremely resistant to treatment according to the American Psychological Association. I’ve dealt with a person who has NPD. Trust me, I know. It is truly like sleeping with Beelzebub or at the very least one of his flunkies.
In Part 3 of this series, I will provide my interpretation of his Secondary Progressed chart for his current age. What will be the next step for Gibson? Rehab? Another D.U.I.? We shall see.