Bill Cosby – A Tale of Two Chart Patterns
Bill Cosby has recently been in the news, accused of sexual assault 32 years ago by former supermodel Janice Dickinson. Since this story hit the news, at least seven other women have come forward with similar accusations. These allegations are so at odds with the general image that Cosby has presented during his highly-successful career that it is hard for many people to reconcile the two. Cosby’s Vedic astrology chart is quite interesting, and can help to shed a revealing light on this conundrum.
His rising sign is Pisces, and the lord of the chart, Jupiter (Cosby himself) is very strong in its own sign of Sagittarius in the 10th house of career. This indicates that his career will be successful, and will be directly tied to who he is as a person. The presence of Venus, planet of art, in the 3rd house of acting, strong in its own sign of Taurus, completes the dynamic for a successful career in the acting field.
Jupiter, the planet who represents Cosby himself, is situated in a lunar mansion which indicates a person who is highly respected for their opinions and accomplishments – quite appropriate (at least until recently) given the nature of his career. His portrayal of Dr. Cliff Huxtable in the highly-successful Bill Cosby Show was hailed as an excellent role model for African-American youth. His prior series, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, was also very popular and successful.
In a man’s astrology chart, Venus represents women in general. But Venus, although strong in its own sign of Taurus, is afflicted by all the malefic planets in his chart. The aggressive Mars sits in Venus’ other sign Libra in the 8th house, which rules sexual power, in a lunar mansion that is noted for an intense, determined, often controlling nature. Further, Mars’ aggressive impulses will tend to be expressed more overtly as the planet is not modified by any benefic influence. Venus, planet of love, sits in a lunar mansion known for its charm, grace, beauty, and skill in the ‘conjugal arts’. This aptly describes the women Cosby has been attracted to.
This poorly-placed Mars throws a one-sided aspect on Venus, indicating an intense desire to exercise sexual power over women. When Venus and Mars are strongly connected in a horoscope such as this, and are in their own or each other’s signs, a powerful, sometimes compulsive desire for sex can be evident. Tiger Woods has a similar configuration in his chart, but Mars is tempered by benefic aspects, and so does not display such strongly abusive tendencies.
The malefic Saturn, lord of the 12th house which rules, among other things, ‘bed pleasures’, sits in the 1st house (Cosby’s basic nature) and one-sidedly aspects Venus. Saturn, whose basic nature is to want to limit and control, is also untempered by any benefic influence.
The third affliction to Venus is that it associates with the violence-prone Ketu (the south node of the Moon). This tendency in Ketu is aggravated by the one-sided aspects it receives from Mars and Saturn., again untempered by any benefic influence. If any of these four planets (particularly Venus) had received a softening aspect from Jupiter, these tendencies in Cosby might not have manifested in such an extreme way. But unfortunately this is not the case.
Venus is further disadvantaged in his chart as there was a pre-natal eclipse of the Moon (PNE) within one degree of the point of the zodiac exactly opposite Venus. This happened about 1½ months before Cosby was born. PNEs sensitize points of the zodiac where they happen, and the points opposite them. When planets experience significant events there in the birth chart, or during the native’s life, trauma is often indicated. In this case, the trauma is borne by Venus (women in Cosby’s life).
It is also interesting to note that the planet which represents Cosbgy’s spouse is Mercury, who is unafflicted in a positive house, and does not participate in any way in the highly negative dynamic involving Venus, just described. Thus, the abusive tendencies will be mostly directed at single women.
The almost total dissociation of the strong positive chart lord (Cosby) and all the other benefic planets from the severely afflicted Venus starkly reveals the striking dichotomy in his life.