Who is the loud-mouthed blonde with that deafening New York accent, the senior citizen with the quick repartee and noisy personality? The kind of dame that could wake the dead with her strident take on human existence? Why Super Gemini Joan Rivers of course. With her Sun, Mercury and Venus all in Gemini, she is a communicative broad par excellence, the kind who wisecracks all the way to the plastic surgeon, dentist, beauty parlour, hairdresser, psychoanalyst and coffee shop. Nothing escapes her bright, penetrating mind, her hilarious take on the human condition. She is the kind of lady who can look at tragedies, joys and most human escapades with a piercing scream and a deafening shaggy dog story!
Joan Alexandra Molinsky is a Brooklyn girl, her genes are Russian-Jewish, her upbringing middle class, and her dad was a doctor. But she inherited a special, magical gene, to do with Yiddish self parody, and it only came to the fore after she saw Lenny Bruce, and in her own words had an “epiphany”. She was studying anthropology at the time! So it took a while for her to cotton on that show business would be her raison d’etre. Everyone else could have told her she was a natural.
With that Gemini in Mercury, quicksilver asides and brash comments were already an every day reality. She penetrated to the heart of a matter, picked facts to pieces, and leaving no stone unturned cut to the chase with that desecrating humour of hers. Yet her personal life was no joke. She married twice, and has one lovely daughter, Melissa. Sadly, her second husband committed suicide. Still, Joan cannot do emotional drama, she skates the surface of complex passions, preferring a humorous approach to suffering. Never famous for her tactful take on life, she is to say the least contentious. Yet when she started out her comedy career, her stand-up shows in Greenwich Village were hugely successful. She was a force of nature, a vibrant one-off who could tell a hilarious yarn till she had you gasping for mercy. Her vision of the foibles of humanity were so riotous, she soon got spots on numerous US shows including the Johnny Carson and the Late Show. Female comediennes were as a rare commodity then as they are now, and there is no doubt she cleared the way for future “funny women” to strut their stuff.
Interestingly, she was taken off the air on a British lunchtime talk show, due to her use of raucous language, and description of Russell Crowe’s flawed personality. Joan was said to be “thrilled! by this event! She has also “appeared” in Shrek doing an even crazier version of herself, and often hosts red carpet award ceremonies with bizarre takes on fashion and gossip. Her Venus in Gemini is guaranteed to turn her multidimensional wisecracks into an art form. She twists and turns the English language around scandalous gossip with grace and dexterity. She does not do inflexible when it comes to her act; she likes to improvise on the spur of the moment. Mainstream she is not, organised she is with that dynamic Mars in Virgo. She is a reliable performer, she keeps to the contract, and makes sure she is in good health and looks lovely enough to continually pull an interested audience. Her energy is high voltage; she can keep going for hours.
There is nothing funny about her dedication to her art; it is as total as her commitment to surgical enhancements. She looks incredibly young and attractive, and has even managed to turn her “look” into an art form. She even performed a cameo as herself on the popular TV show on plastic surgery, Nip/Tuck! As weird as our Joan night look, seem and be, her fans adore her, and sit riveted to their seats as she rattles out one scandalous gag after another. She is, in short, hilarious! So what is this woman’s spiritual quest then? Basically it is to become an incurable romantic. Pisces in her north node virtually demands a sentimental love story out of her. All that Piscean emotion wants to make her a woman who can go deep into the heart of a matter, and not joke about it. She will learn in fact that there is a mystical mystery to life, as time marches on.
These next couple of years show her contending with her health, her eating habits, and a few detox diets to keep herself in good shape. She will be tweaking certain elements of her act, changing her style slightly. Her humour will become softer, kinder, more tolerant, there is a sort of transformational energy seeping all over her lifestyle, and it will encourage her to not only live to the hilt but weave even more success into the tissue of her emotional life. Joan is a pioneer, a woman of class and charisma, who attracts us, surprises us, and always makes us laugh. Joan Rivers, continue to go for it, we will watch you on our small screens with continued fascination and hilarity.
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