I don’t know if you’re currently up-to-date with celebrity news, but earlier this month there was an epic meltdown when an actor became unexpectedly engaged. His fandom split into various factions, with one group turning into qi vampires.
The actor is Benedict Cumberbatch. He’s what I’d call Internet famous– not famous, famous. Having said that, his fans are are…. intense. I’ve seen them up close at industry event that I’ve worked, and I’ve been genuinely frightened by their behavior. (I’m a reserved Taurus rising, with my moon in the 12th house. I could be described as “aloof”).
For the better part of 2014, there were rumblings that he had a “secret girlfriend”. Due to the world we live in, fans can essentially stalk celebrities on twitter, tumblr and instagram. Many fans insisted it wasn’t possible for him to have a girlfriend because they knew enough about his movement through fan encounters to know he didn’t have a SO with him. Then the announcement came in the newspaper. Now some fans are trying to hire private investigators (!) to prove that this is all a Harvey Weinstein publicity ploy to get Benedict an Oscar nomination and win for Best Actor. (I kid you not, and I won’t even delve into the vile things they are saying about his fiancee. What I can’t get over is that they think there’s a massive conspiracy underway to get their favorite actor an Academy Award).
At first, I read these posts/theories with amusement and just rolled my eyes– Denial, it’s not just a river in Egypt! When I told a co-worker about what some fans were doing, she said, “Oh this sounds like the “Twilight” fans who think Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart aren’t only still together, but they’re married and have a baby. And there’s also a group of fans for the American series “Supernatural” who think the two male leads are in a relationship, despite the fact they’re both married with kids.
Is there anything an astrologer could pinpoint in a chart that would explain this heightened level of delusion? (and I know I’m being extremely judgmental, but this is mind-blowing to me!) I’m sure Neptune and Pluto are involved, but what would the astrology student start with? Aspects to the actor/actresses’ Sun? Their ascendant or MC? Or would you look at Neptune/Pluto aspects to the fan’s Moon, Venus or 7th house? Or is it something else entirely? Obviously, it doesn’t affect all fans, but these qi-vampire fans aren’t just teenagers. They’re also women in their 40s- with families of their own!
I want to look away, but I’m utterly fascinated by the psychological dynamic presented here. I’ve definitely had celebrity crushes and qi vampire moments, but nothing comes close to this.
Currently up to date with celebrity news? Horribly so. A live feed apparently tracks along the bottom of my brain – North Node in Gemini here.
I think some people definitely attract more mass projections than others and it’s often an outer planet on the Ascendant – Cumberbatch and Justin Bieber both have Pluto Rising, perfect for the aspiring icon. Marilyn Monroe – perhaps the ultimate in her ability to inspire beyond-rational fandom – was Neptune/Lilith Rising in Leo. Robert Pattinson is Moon Rising – it’s not an outer planet but it casts a spell on susceptible folk.
In Jungian theory, we all have an inner man (Animus) if are female and an inner woman (Anima) if we are men. And whilst the psychological ideal is to integrate this inner psychic force with one’s psyche, we tend to project it outward – celebrities who are somehow attracting a lot of anima/animus energy tend to inspire/generate a hell of a lot of devotion, compulsive obsession and all.
Other Notable People with Pluto Rising; Jay Z, Leonardo Di Caprio, Kurt Cobain, Keanu Reeves and – less compellingly but of interest for astro-fiends – George W Bush.
I also think psycho-fans other than teenagers for whom it is apparently a normal part of healthy development are probably just Love Zombies who have already run through everybody in their neighborhood. Or they’re up-sizing from “kind of not happening ever” to “wildly not happening ever.”
I also think that Benedict Cumberbatch has a GENIUS publicist & that Robert Pattinson’s allure stems largely from the character he played, they’re stalking Edward not him.
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