Within a moment that distinctive, deep voice, rich in inflection, complex in character could take you away to another place or into another’s soul. No wonder Paul Thomas Anderson cast Philip Seymour Hoffman as the mellifluous, mesmerising guru in The Master.
It’s so sad that Philip Seymour Hoffman is dead.
The astrology? There’s no birth-time for him, so this chart is set for noon.
His voice has been silenced. Hoffman’s Mercury is at 12° Cancer exactly square his Saturn in Aries. Today that Mercury is opposed by Pluto, a planet which annihilates, and conjuncted by Jupiter, the planet that takes us on to the other side. This current opposition exactly squares Hoffman’s Saturn. He must have been under immense strain. The foundations of his life must have seemed as they were collapsing, and there is a terrible aching loneliness sometimes about Saturn in Aries. With transiting Venus at 13°, it must have been an easy death, floating downstream on mother heroin.
The Sun, giver of life, was opposite his natal Jupiter in Leo; Jupiter in Leo, a great actor.
His voice will live on. Hoffman’s body of work — Magnolia, The Master, The Big Lebowski, The Talented Mr Ripley, Capote, so many great roles — will undoubtedly stand the test of time. He even made bad movies like Mission Impossible III seem good for a moment. His North Node is in Taurus, the sign that rules the throat and the voice.
This is a cruel death. Pluto has struck at Hoffman’s family (Cancer) and his children (Mercury). What a waste.