Still Moonstruck … Love Crime

This is the first song Siouxsie Sioux made in 8 years (together with Brian Reitzell).
It’s for the final episode “The Wrath of the Lamb” in the 3rd season of NBC’s “Hannibal”.

Something like the opening credits from a Bond movie in reverse, as it was on during the final scene.

It sounds totally crazy but I actually felt a sort of wild joy and relief during that final fight scene. Call me creepy. But it all made sense to me in the end. This was a furious ménage à trois, salvation, deliverance and somehow a “becoming” for all three of them.

For me a perfect ending to the t. And I don’t want a season 4 anymore now. This was a good as it gets.

I hope the song is out soon.

Love Crime

Oh, the skies, tumbling from your eyes
So sublime, the chase to end all time
Seasons call and fall, from grace and uniform
Anatomical and metaphysical

Oh, the dye
A blood red setting sun
Rushing through my veins
Burning up my skin

I will survive, live and thrive
Win this deadly game
Love crime
Love crime
I will survive, live and thrive
I will survive, I will survive
I will

• moving pictures • play it again Sam SIGHT SOUND & TASTE

Just “Hanni” from the Block … documentary about Mads Mikkelsen from 2011 (arte)

Searching for “Hannibal” previews I happened upon this great documentary with Mads, that french-german tv network “arte” did in 2011. It’s almost an hour long – the camera team follows Mads and his older brother around the quarter in Kopenhagen where they grew up, he talks about his childhood (in a working-class family, without any contact to art, except radio plays), how strange it was to meet the Queen at the Bond premiere and that he still feels like “Jenny from the Block”.

I never saw his first movie “Pusher” which he did, while he was still at filmschool and many of his other earlier or Danish films – so it was interesting to see some clips here, he really is a very good and versatile actor … and those ballet moves in the studio weren’t bad either for an “old man” 😉

I always thought he might still be a last degree Scorpio (yeah well, the things “Hannibal” does to your perception 😉 ), but seeing this I’m rather convinced that he was born after 01:30pm, and in fact maybe at 02:30pm, which would give him a Sagittarius Sun and an Aries Ascendant. He seems to be quite fiery at heart, despite his Scorpio Moon 😉

Hej Mads, if you ever happen across this, I’d really like to know! 😉

So don’t be put off, because the whole documentary has a german voiceover (it really sounds rather pleasant – as far as german can sound pleasant to anglophile ears 😉 ) you can hear quite a lot of what is spoken in english or danish anyway, and someone did an english translation – the link is provided under each of the four parts on youtube.


Why Richard Armitage IS Francis Dolarhyde … and you should love him anyway – a review

These musings were first published on february 9, 2015 as a guest-post on Servetus blog “me + richard armitage” here because I never expected to start a blog myself back then 😉

As Richard’s real time of birth found its way to me about four months later and the Dolarhyde story is about to end next week, I thought a review & a résumé of my original musings might be in order. The altered bits will appear in red and/or crossed out.

An astrological journey into the dark – and back again

I’d like to thank Servetus for inviting me to do this guest-post (and editing me, as English is not my mother tongue). I like her blog because it deals with its favorite topic in a frank way. I discovered “me + richard armitage” in the first place when a certain British actor “entered” my life in a most unusual way. Ever since, I’ve experienced a side of myself I never thought I had. So now it’s time for the “fruit” of all that obsession to be born.

Over the past months, I have spent quite some time putting together and analyzing Mr. Armitage’s horoscope. As his latest choice of role (Francis Dolarhyde) generated a lack of understanding within large parts of his “Army,” I wanted to share my astrological discoveries with you. This essay’s title may be a bit sensational — of course Mr. A is NOT Francis Dolarhyde — but in part two, I’ll try to help readers find some similarities and thereby a better understanding of Mr. A’s potential motivation for choosing this particular role. And — for those who are open to it — in part three, I offer some insights about involvement in the whole fandom per se.

But in this first part, I would like to start with a few words on astrology. A long time ago, it was considered the “queen of sciences” and for a lot of people it still is. Astrology is as much a “science” as psychology and philosophy – it ideally takes a humanistic approach and should be used to help people along their path of life. It should not, however, be used to predict the future, as this is an illusion! But of course that’s what it was (and still is) often used for, and because such attempts are prone to failure, this misuse may be a reason for its current poor reputation. Of course every stargazer tries to peek into the future a bit, by musing about current transits and how they affect the aspects in our birth chart … I did so myself by “predicting” that Mark Strong might win the Olivier award.

My mother has been a professional astrologer for over thirty years now. She works in the style of the Swiss Huber School, founded in the 60s and based on Roberto Assagioli’s work of psychosynthesis (the foundation of modern psychology) combined with ancient astrological knowledge. Huber School astrology is not about predicting the future, but rather — I quote from their English site — “providing a powerful tool for self-understanding and psychological and spiritual growth.” The summary of their “Code of Ethics” is “The only acceptable goal of the astrological-psychological counsellor and teacher must be to increase the freedom of the person who is being counselled!” If you like, take a look.

From helping my mum with her work by drawing charts manually in my teens to discussing events and life stages with her, I’ve gained a lot of insight. She has far more experience than I, but she has always admired my “gut feelings,” so astrology was the place for me to go for answers, when I was hit — out of the blue — by an unexpected obsession manifesting in the form of a bearded (I really really don’t like beards) dwarf (I was always into big guys). Despite always being a dreamer and creative, I’m also a methodical, organized person (I studied architecture for 5 years). But as my life quickly turned toward chaos, I was desperate to get a grip on why this man was bothering me so badly. Me, working in the cinema/distribution business for over 12 years without ever asking someone “famous” for an autograph (well, except for the real one-and-only Darth Vader – that surely doesn’t count, right)? Me, in a happy, stable marriage for over 26 years? Me, thought to be always in total control of her emotions?

So, I went to draw up the man’s horoscope by using the technique of Age Progression in the rectification of his birth time. The Huber School sees the horoscope as a clock / calendar and by taking important times in Mr. A’s life combined with his behavior/interview statements, I tried to use it “backwards.” It’s really a bit like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. I was struggling with the final pieces for quite some time, but I think I’ve gotten it right now. I finally came up with 20:24 (or 08:24 pm) as time of birth, which (of course only if I’m right!) would also mean that the sign of his ascendant is Aries (Ram). Well, I failed. As I know now, it is Leo. So, as Leo is a fire sign – still double fire (his Leo Sun & Aries are both fire signs) and a Moon in calm, organized, methodical and humble earth sign Virgo.


This is how it looks (the small numbers on the outside mark the years since his birth (75, 81, 87, and so on); the time of birth is on the AC; and from there we’ll begin his life’s journey counterclockwise around the chart. On the sides, I’ve added the charts as they would look like if he had been born at midnight (left) and at noon (right). Most of the planetary interaspects will be the same, apart from the most important, the Moon, which is moving very fast. But the way the planets are connected to the houses AC/2/3/IC/5/6/DC/8/9/MC/11/12, which represent our different stages / areas of life, are different in each picture. So to understand fully where someone’s strengths and weaker points may manifest in life (and help him make this knowledge useful for himself) it is crucial to have the exact time of birth.

Of course, I found something else. Suddenly it was very clear to me why there are so many really “obsessive” websites out there dedicated to him. This obvious, palpable obsession for the author’s “topic” reaches far beyond that of screaming teens over the “Backstreet Boys.” And it was exactly the feeling (in review, in my case there’s still a bit more to it -> explained in “The Witches of Erebor“) with which I’m trying to deal for nearly a year now. So, welcome to an astrological walk “on the dark side” that I hope will eventually bring a bit of enlightenment and peace of mind to some readers.

For readers who would like to be accompanied by a bit of music along the way, I chose this lute / e-guitar piece by minimalist composer and lute-player, Jozef van Wissem, and indie-director, Jim Jarmusch, called “The Mystery of Heaven.” I had it on repeat for quite some time during my research. It is dark and also joyful, sometimes just painfully dissonant, has endings and new beginnings — just like life — so it fits the subject of all of this perfectly.

Pain is just the first step. First, we have to acknowledge and reflect on the intensity of our behavior when it comes to Mr. A. Looking to see whether he’s posted something new on twitter once a day might be the behavior of a casual fan — but some of us do so every waking hour (and check in on every other important fansite). Same goes for sending really personal letters or gifts to a person one hasn’t ever met in person, or having frequent conversations with this someone in one’s head (in my case, in a foreign language) or trying to find out his address. Mental health professionals might find such behavior suspect, and we’d be worried about ourselves if we acted like this toward an ex or a coworker.

So what is the force behind all this intense activity? If it comes to obsessive behavior, any “stargazer” would first take a close look at Pluto. In mythology Pluto (a/k/a Hades) is the god of the underworld. Not an evil guy, particularly, but obviously one on the darker side of life, er, well, more like afterlife. As I have a strong Pluto influence in my natal chart, he also happens to be my favorite Disney villain ever. And the priceless thing about it is, that this scene I just stumbled upon, taken from Hercules, in review just looks like Hades / Dolarhyde on his way to Mount Erebor: “We dance, we kiss, we schmooze, we carry on, we go home happy. What do you say? Come on.”


For those interested in digging deeper into his ancient history there’s an interesting article about Pluto and Hades on Wikipedia. As reactive as he can be, Pluto is patient. Like: Really, really patient. He’s the sleeping volcano. He waits, watches and observes. He wants to understand fully the motivations and workings of his “targets,” and when he finally gets the full picture he strikes and doesn’t miss a beat. He can be quite frightening or destructive as well. Ring a bell? Mr A sounds rather Plutonian in many interviews: Patient like “I’m very patient. I’d rather not have it, than have it too soon” and reactive as in “the kind of temper you can’t apologize for. Yep, the chair getting thrown out of the window.” And so are many members of his “Army.” Watching over his every step. Trying to find a meaning in everything he says. United in their possessive and protective feelings towards him. And reactive too! Make no mistake — these are very real feelings and not to be messed with! From reading some old interviews I take it there had been an incident in the past, when he’d said something about his “Army” and had somehow felt the need to apologize for doing so, very quickly afterwards [August 3, 2009].

Richard Armitage, the Hades Moon, and fans

We’ve just taken a quick look on “the dark side.” Now, my fellow guests of this Mad Tea Party, let’s see if the ferryman’ll take us back. Because Pluto is not just dark and evil. The positive side of a strong plutonian influence can be an immense creative energy. We’ve seen evidence of this, or created some ourselves: websites, videoclips, poems, paintings, photomontages and the like. Here’s my own attempt to cope with the beard-effect:


But still: why would an actor who “managed to stay under the radar for years” (maybe by wearing Pluto’s helmet of invisibility) or whose choice of super-hero role would fall on “The Invisible Man” evoke such strong feelings in so many people from very different backgrounds?

According to his horoscope, Richard Armitage’s Leo Sun is conjunct with his Venus. This combination would result in a tender-hearted, kind person with lots of charm, one who would have difficulties with open confrontation. The perfect mediator, always searching for a way to compromise so nobody gets hurt. His Virgo Moon is conjunct with his Pluto – now this is different. I could quote the whole blog post of Leah Whitehorse (Lua Astrology) on this, but you may just read it for yourself.

I also have no idea how old readers of this post might be, but I assume the majority of persons reading this now (and especially those who are experiencing the sort of “real-crazy-RA-crush”) were born between 1963 and 1970 1960 and 1965. If I had exact birthdates (including time and place), I’m sure I would find an aspect between Moon and Pluto in their natal horoscopes. There is one in mine, and — as mentioned — in Mr. A’s. Instead of trusting me with such personal information you can simply log in to (free of charge!), enter your data and see for yourself if there is an aspect (line) between Moon and Pluto, or if they are even next to each other as are Mr. A’s — which is — as Goethe would have put it — “the crux of the matter.”

Pluto is an extremely slow moving planet, so that many people born between 1963 and 1970 1960 and 1965 would have their Pluto (which represents the most radical, passionate and sometimes dark part of our psyche) broadly or closely (for those born about 1966-1967) conjunct both Mr. A’s Moon (which stands for the emotional core) and his Pluto. People his own age or just slightly younger wouldn’t feel it as much, because his Moon is some degrees apart and — as Pluto is so slow, we all share conjunctions between Pluto with people our own age — so there’s no big deal in this alone. (There are minor Pluto-Moon aspects for people born between 1978-1982 and 1989-1993 which — if they were exact — would be probably felt just as much).

If one experiences the aforementioned connection (aspect) in one’s natal horoscope between Moon and Pluto this effect would by some astrologers be called a “Hades-Moon.” Moon-Pluto aspects are said to be karmic, powerful, potentially dark, but with an enormous creative potential and they have almost always something to do with “mother” issues — either in a good or bad way. Judy Hall has written a really fascinating book, The Hades Moon (1998), which I’ll be quoting later on, as this is — of course — all heading towards Mr. A’s portrayal of Francis Dolarhyde.

Back to Pluto in general: the element Plutonium wasn’t named after planet Pluto by accident. When Pluto hits you, it’s like an atomic bomb, and there will be a fallout that often lasts more than a lifetime. Pluto creates karmic connections between all kinds of people: parent / child, teacher / pupil, lovers, star / fan, killer / victim, and so on. Those who choose to run from tasks Pluto has set will have to deal with them again and again. Even in your next life(s), until you’ve learned your lesson, shed your old skin and are truly reborn. It’s a bit like “Hotel California” — you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave. You’ll always meet him in the end (whether you pay the ferryman or not) and have to try again — there’s just nowhere to hide.

The funny (?) thing about the “Hades-Moon” is that people who have this aspect are usually able to “recognize” and move toward each other, because a normal relationship just won’t do. It has to be life-altering, consuming and intense. Whether they’ll be at each other’s throats or share an intimate and passionate relationship for the rest of their lives depends a great deal on the individual’s capacity for self-aware reflection and sense of responsibility. So, whether it lasts or not, it will usually be a life changing experience for both partners. Hopefully one that develops them, or else they will be likely to meet again in another time and place. I think there is nothing remarkable in the fact that Liz Taylor and Richard Burton both had a “Hades-Moon.”

So — as my theory goes — the members of the “Armitage Army” might share a connection at least from their respective Plutos to Mr. A’s Moon and Pluto. This aspect creates a psychic link and a strong magnetic pull. Pluto will be completely “moonstruck.” The Pluto-partner’s (in this case, the “Army”) usually strong expression of deepness of his feelings can encourage the Moon-partner (Mr. A) to find a way out of (possible) emotional isolation. Often the unconscious needs of both parties will be discovered in the process. This process can result in a strong, creative, and dynamic bond. In the best way, it can manifest as a nurturing and almost maternal connection.

I would like to remind all of us that the all-knowing, headstrong and determined Pluto-partner can (even unintentionally) hurt the emotionally far more fragile Moon badly through its actions! Pluto likes to play mind games and to exercise control and is both fascinated and turned on by the soft and yielding nature of the Moon (a/k/a “shy” Mr. A, who “likes to paint and play the cello”). The Moon can at times feel overwhelmed by Pluto’s subtle but controlling force. Yet the Moon might feel a disturbing emptiness when Pluto unexpectedly pulls away, and if the Moon pulls away first, then Pluto may experience rage or a serious depression (watch what happens if he’s not tweeting for some days). The sensible Moon is going to notice right away when the relationship gets “weird” and is likely to pull away, while Pluto can’t even see that there is an obsession at all, he only feels drawn to the task of watching over the Moon.

As one of the main themes of a Hades-Moon in Virgo is a deep inner conviction that one is actually not good enough, it is no surprise to me, that Mr. A was more than a little astonished when his Army formed shortly after North & South aired in 2004. But this openly celebrated support and collective awe was – in my understanding – a thing he worked for (and craved) for a long, long time. The Moon / Pluto placement of his horoscope was one of my points-in-time for rectifying his birthtime — this break-through success came when his journey around his “horoscope clock” would be in this exact spot. his wandering “age point” made a harmonious aspect to his natal Pluto and transiting Jupiter hit his natal Uranus/Chiron/MC opposition – sudden (Uranus) good luck (Jupiter) in his career (MC) with a “healing” effect (Chiron). His Moon was equally aspected during this time by transiting Neptune (Inspiration) on his North Node (our life’s goal).

So it is up to us to reflect upon ourselves from time to time and keep our “hounds of hell” on a short leash — although someone with a natal Moon-Pluto conjunction like Mr. A would be used to the feeling that he simply wouldn’t matter unless he gave his very best, and then still: would he really be truly appreciated? In combination with denying one’s emotionality this pattern often leads to extreme workaholism and a life organized to the minute … as in “I would squeeze the cello in the half hour before I go to bed.”

If you’ve ever read Patrick Süskind’s Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, you’ve met the Moon-Pluto-extreme: someone desperate for love and recognition. So desperate that he’d kill for it and won’t even mind losing his own life when he finally succeeds, because the townsfolk eating him alive, to him, would be the ultimate proof that they really love him.

Why Richard Armitage IS Francis Dolarhyde

Now we’re ready to understand why Richard Armitage took on the role of Francis Dolarhyde. Though, first things first: I simply couldn’t resist photoshopping two of my dogs into hannibalistic understudies.

As Richard Armitage stated of late in an interview, “I’m not really into fairytales and happy endings. I think it’s why I die a lot on screen and only got married once.” I would like to expand on that: as I’m a natural-born dreamer (Venus square Neptune) I recognize a fellow when I see one (Mr. A shares the same aspect). It is just that he simply doesn’t believe that he is worth a happy fairytale ending (at least as of yet). His dreams, however, are big (Neptune conjunct Jupiter) — maybe too big to share them with anyone.

On entering the eighth house of his horoscope on his forty-second birthday (2013), he arrived at a period of six years in his life in which he will have to deal with themes of life and death and sex and power issues. As Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio and the 8th house the cusp of this house falls into the sign of Scorpio, Armitage is likely to meet and work with a lot of scorpionic and plutonic people. In fact, as he entered Scorpio on his journey around his horoscope-clock, roughly around his fortieth birthday (as I hypothesize) the “Scorpios” would start to come forth from that point on. The first was Peter Jackson (a Scorpio) followed by Crucible director Yael Farber, who has a “Hades-Moon” in Scorpio (if her date of birth, which I’ve found after some digging on the web, is correct), and now he’s about to work together on Hannibal with Mads Mikkelsen, the personification of the Scorpio-theme: a Scorpio with a Hades-Moon in Scorpio as well. As a side note: Jodie Foster, who played FBI agent Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), has a Hades-Moon in Virgo just like Mr. A. And just like him, she has almost always played “dark” roles. Yet as a Scorpio, Jodie Foster’s choices were still darker than his.

Back to Dolarhyde: If we read Red Dragon the events leading Dolarhyde’s evil side first to develop and then to take over his psyche are explained well enough and — of course — the ultimate core theme of the Hades-Moon can be found there (doubled through mother and grandmother in this case).

The “mother issues” of the Hades-Moon can fall on the bad side or, there can simply be an unusually and intensely strong bond between mother and child. Armitage’s mother is known to have been very supportive of his vocational aspirations from the very beginning. Almost always some kind of life-endangering encounter occurs in the early years of the individual, be it from a difficult birth, or other near-death experiences. Mr. A’s often expressed fear of water/drowning because of an early childhood accident comes to mind. In my case, I almost died at the age of two, because my mother chose a bad time for my measles vaccination (which was done with live virus then) and I almost drowned at age 10 (while my gran was helplessly watching from afar) because of a sudden exhaustion / cramp while swimming in deep water. While there is absolutely no indication that Mr. A was abused as a child, a certain undertone of emotional struggle is there — everyone who has read / heard some of his interviews must have noticed comments like “of course we wouldn’t talk about such things (as a profession in the arts) at home.”

In Mr. A’s horoscope there is not only the Hades-Moon which points to mother issues, but also a Sun square Neptune (our dreams) and Sun quindecile Mars (our actions). And this is the point where the father enters the picture. The Sun represents our father’s influence on us, and these two aspects are not smooth and friendly, but challenging ones. The actions of the child may not have been approved by the father through the Mars aspect and through the Neptune aspect there might have been quite some difficulties in understanding and/or accepting the child’s dreams and “soft side.” So this arrow strikes home, I think. When asked on the press tour of Into the Storm who he’d save if he ever encountered a situation like the one in the movie, he answered without hesitation “My mum,” and added, “Or if I had a dog, I’d probably save him.” Now at this point, let us assume he’s just sure, that his dad would be perfectly capable of rescuing himself.

No one chooses to become an actor by accident. Roleplaying “family constellations” are a big part in today’s psychological therapy. So there may have been a deep urge to explore methods of expressing oneself and understanding psychological mechanisms in the safe environment of a stage or a film set — instead of lurking in the dark and killing people in their sleep in reality.

In playing (and dying) as Thorin and Proctor, Armitage seems to have reconnected with an emotional side he’d buried deep inside (poetically spoken: “a well of unshed tears”) – or he wouldn’t have set up a memorial for his dead character on the scene and clearly confess to lots of tears / emotional turmoil after his last take. On playing Proctor, he stated “I shed so many tears during those 12 weeks, I sometimes felt like I had nothing left.”

“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” (Mark Twain)

Those with a Pluto-Moon conjunction in their horoscope can normally keep intruders out of their personal lives. They can wear Pluto’s helmet of invisibility or he’ll assist to “mask” them in another way. In a way, it’s perfect for an actor. So it’s easy to fool others with it. But at the end of the day, you’ll always have to face your naked self in the mirror.

The “lunar-food and healing” for the Hades-Moon in Virgo, according to Judy Hall’s book would be:

This Hades-Moon needs recognition and reward […] an appreciation for all that Virgo Moon so quietly performs for others is solicited, but Virgo is too modest and self-deprecating (or too falsely humble) to ask for this directly. […] Healing lies in developing the ability to accept oneself as perfect as one is now. To allow into consciousness the totality of feelings and emotions and embrace them all as acceptable and right. The Virgoan capacity for analysis may be turned inward to help in this process, but only if this is accompanied by loving acceptance, not criticism.

So for everyone out there who fears that Mr. A might lose his “light” in the process of becoming Francis Dolarhyde: to me it looks like he might be able to solve some (maybe unconscious) issues from the past with this role for himself. If he does so, he will rise like a phoenix out of it, ready for new and completely different roles as he is about to set foot in the energetic and curious sign of Sagittarius. Well, maybe there’s a real big martial arts movie already lined up. as he will stay in the dreamy, inspirational sign of Pisces for the next 5 years.

So — if my theory is true — and if I’m really unlucky, now there’s a whole bunch of people out there, their Pluto square to my Moon and enraged because I dared to dissect a “wholly holy” topic (pun intended). Of course I am really curious to hear from anyone who checked her horoscope and might confirm my thoughts on the “moonstruck”-fandom of Mr. A.

For those ones who are about to check this on his Moon (I hypothesize) is on 20° 12° in Virgo, so if your Pluto would be between 10° – 14° degrees in Virgo, the conjunction would be felt strongest. Lesser but still recognizable in a wider orb, lets say from 8° – 16° degrees. Pluto moves back and forth a lot during this time, so you’re no automatically “nearer” if your birthdate falls right in the middle of the years mentioned! And of course, this is just one aspect in an ocean of possible other strong interaspects.

Try to be kind. If astrology is still just not your cup of tea, I hear you. But everyone has to deal with overwhelming feelings in his own way – mine always will be the light of the stars and the scalpel of the word. So to lighten up the collective mood a bit, if necessary, I’d like to end this with the last song of the amazing movie Harold & Maude (1971):

Well, if you want to sing out, sing out
And if you want to be free, be free
‘Cause there’s a million things to be
You know that there are …
(Yusuf aka Cat Stevens)

As I know now, Mr. A has to “deal” not only with this “Hades-Moon” of his, but also with Chiron (the wounded healer) on his Midheaven – both connected to his North Node (our life’s goal). Forming an aspect that is called a “Yod” or “The Finger of God”. I’ve made further explanations on this in my “Richard’s chemistry with …” musings “… The Witches of Erebor” and “… Bloggers & how they support his life’s goal
For those also interested in Richard III – here are my latest musings about the astrological connection between Richard & Richard

Edit from august 31, 2015:
the newest issue of “Fangoria” is out – with a very interesting interview with Richard about how he sees the character of Francis. Interestingly, I’ve found quite some points of my own article about their “connection” reflected in there:


“Arctic Lioness” put the whole interview on her tumblr -> here

And my final musings about Richard as Francis are here:
Now that the Dragon spread his wings one last time … what is Richard Armitage becoming?


My entry for #CannibalCouture …

I had so much energy left today that I finally realised my Alana-Mason-cosplay for @Tattle_Crime ‘s #CannibalCouture contest.


Tiny Hannibal – try to spot him – gives Alana a really bad dream here: she’s suddenly sporting Mason’s haircut (and somehow gained 30 pounds *lol*) and has to feed Will’s dogs from her cheek 😉

I tried to hide the remote for the camera in my knife hand while hoping that the piece of Prosciutto di Parma would stick to my cheek until I was finished.

*tadaa* very funny experience … and the dogs liked it too 😉

Edit august 16: this is the perfect opportunity to introduce the four-legged family members – from left:
Yuri, male Sloughi, 10 years, with me from puppyhood
Ali, female (neutered) Galgo-Greyhound-cross, 7 years, rescue from Spain, with me for 3 years now
Casimiro, male Italian Greyhound (american type), 3 years, with me from puppyhood
Siddhartha, male Italian Greyhound (european type), 9 years, adopted when he was a half year old, because he lost his former home

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“Desire is Hunger is the Fire I breathe” … Patti Smith & The Great Red Dragon

After a lot of intense stargazing which resulted in an equal lot of blogposts over the weekend about on-screen and off-screen chemistry between Richard Armitage and several actors & directors (including Rutina Wesley!) and not least myself & “The Witches of Erebor“, I finally managed to watch Hannibal 3.10 very late last night in bed – the perfect setting in review ;-).

About two months ago in “Richard Armitage, Hannibal and the 7 Year Itch” I had “predicted” that the episode airing on august 6 might be the most intense of the series. Well, we don’t know what will happen in the next three ones, but this was undoubtedly the highlight among the first three!

This experience was topped by some intense “Kopfkino” today: when I drove to work this morning, hearing Patti Smith’s classic “Because the Night” on my random playlist, flooded my mind with vivid pictures of the episode. This really made me wonder if any of the actors had this song on his on-set-playlist – Rutina perhaps? 😉

Anyway, beautiful, magnificent song … and heartbreaking, breathtaking episode. So I’ve added the wonderful lyrics and music for everyone else to muse about it too … welcome to my “Kopfkino” 😉

Because The Night
(written by Bruce Springsteen & Patti Smith, 1977)

Take me now baby here as I am
Pull me close, try and understand
Desire is hunger is the fire I breathe
Love is a banquet on which we feed

Come on now try and understand
The way I feel when I’m in your hands
Take my hand come undercover
They can’t hurt you now,
Can’t hurt you now, can’t hurt you now
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lust
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to us

Have I doubt when I’m alone
Love is a ring, the telephone
Love is an angel disguised as lust
Here in our bed until the morning comes
Come on now try and understand
The way I feel under your command
Take my hand as the sun descends
They can’t touch you now,
Can’t touch you now, can’t touch you now
Because the night belongs to lovers …

With love we sleep
With doubt the vicious circle
Turn and burns
Without you I cannot live
Forgive, the yearning burning
I believe it’s time, too real to feel
So touch me now, touch me now, touch me now
Because the night belongs to lovers …

Because tonight there are two lovers
If we believe in the night we trust
Because tonight there are two lovers …

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Richard Armitage, Hannibal & the 7 Year Itch … more astrological musings

Now that the second half of Hannibal’s season 3 is in full swing and there’s a lot of appreciation of Mr. A’s take on the role circulating the web, I’ve reviewed some of my astrological musings from earlier this year today.

It all started in february on Servetus blog “me + richard armitage”, with a guest post in three parts – because I didn’t wanted to start blogging myself … ha. There had been some uproar in the fanbase about his take on this particular gory role and I wanted to share my personal astrological insights to help fans find a better understanding for his motivation and also share a theory I’d formed about the fans-actor relationship per se.

During research for the article, I found this hilarious picture from Disney’s “Hercules” – looks like Dolarhyde on his way to mount Erebor to me 😉

The title was: “Why Richard Armitage IS Francis Dolarhyde … and you should love him anyway” … those who are up for a little spiritual journey, check out the link. It is in small parts a bit obsolete, as I know his real time of birth now, but overall still legit. Mainly the timeframe for the “moonstruck Plutos” changed towards the years 1961-1965 and his ascendant is in another (but also fiery) sign than I’d expected.

About two months ago I then wrote the following post on my tumblr (yes, I’d finally succumbed to blogging *sigh*) which – especially regarding the ecstatic responses about episode 3.10 so far – seems to be pretty accurate. Mr. A gives an intense portrayal of a scarred body & soul and from what I have seen so far, I’m very glad that he didn’t shy away from this role.

Richard Armitage, Hannibal & the 7 Year Itch –
more astrological musings by FrauVonElmDings

Many “well-wishers” of Mr. A are still wondering if his decision to play the “Red Dragon” in Hannibal’s 3rd season would prove to be a wise one.

So I’ve been stargazing again today and followed the path of transiting Jupiter. We all witnessed a Jupiter accompanied success story this year: on may 12 – the night of the Olivier Awards – he was conjunct Mark Strong’s Sun in Leo. Under the influence of this “ego-boost” he was awarded the Olivier for best male actor.

Some days before the ceremony I’d been checking the nominee’s charts and transits and was “inspired” to do a little predictive comic (not in Mr. A’s favour, but – as we know now – I nailed it):

Now Jupiter is moving further along and will touch – beginning from the end of july until mid september Mr. A’s Venus, Sun, Mercury and Moon. So this sounds very promising for a positive outcome of his Hannibal engagement! Fans should watch out especially for the episode airing on august 6, as Mercury and Venus will add additional positive vibes then. So maybe this might be the one, with the scene that – according to showrunner Bryan Fuller – drew gasps from the whole crew 😉

But even the sweetest smelling roses have thorns: during the same time transiting Saturn conjuncts Mr. A’s Neptune and Jupiter and squares his Venus and Sun. So this is also an important time to put things on the right track. Saturn always forces us to take a stand, evaluate and also detach from things we don’t need anymore (and there WILL be things to detach from!).To connect both events: this may result in the situation, that in the wake of an enormous Hannibal-success naturally the question “what next?” may arise.

If Mr. A would care to provide his exact time of birth *cough* – one might tell exactly which areas of life will be influenced by this transit. (I didn’t had the time back then! It found its way to me shortly thereafter.) The best thing to do when Saturn is involved is to stay grounded and try to make the right decisions about problems that will present themselves now – probably how to follow dreams and in what projects to engage in the future. Also to be mindful of one’s health (in this case in particular the heart) is a topic that shouldn’t be ignored under such a significant transit.

Saturn is in fact the astrological explanation for the “7 year itch” phenomenon 😉 so, wrong decisions made during this time, might haunt one in about 7 years from now, when slow moving Saturn will make the next hard aspect to the mentioned planets …


Richard Armitage’s on-screen chemistry with … astrologically examined.

Watching Richard Armitage’s great performance with Rutina Wesley in Hannibal triggered the stargazer in me. So I searched for compatibility clues in their charts … and while I was at it, also went to look up some other great examples from Richard’s past for a proper comparison – here is what I found – I might add, that astrology never ceases to amaze me:

Richard Armitage & Rutina Wesley
Rutina is a very last degree Sagittarius and Richard an almost last degree Leo – so their fiery Suns / Egos trine each other and blend well together.
But the aspect that mainly caught my eye is a so called Moon-Mars “double whammy”, i.e. both their Moons are conjunct the other’s Mars. The Moon represents our emotional core and the female principle while Mars stands for the male principle. So these two will form a lively couple with strong instinctive reactions towards each other. Interestingly, between these “double whammy”s there is another aspect to be found: a quincunx. A lot of people don’t like this aspect, because it is not a stable, but a “searching” one. Planets connected this way keep losing each other and are thus constantly forced to reconnect in different ways – shifting and changing – a “dance with an earthquake”. To me, this mirrors perfectly the strange relationship between Reba and Francis.

Richard Armitage & Dawn French
The finale of “The Vicar of Dibley” featured an unusual pairing: the lanky “handsome stranger” as the petite Vicar’s love-at-first-sight interest. Dawn is a Libra and although their Suns don’t aspect each other directly, Leo & Libra would be considered as “compatible” signs per se. Furthermore their Moons (both in earth signs) trine each other: so these two are likely to share an instant emotional connection (o.k. I know, it is beginning to sound creepy 😉 ). But that wasn’t all of it, was it? I don’t want to sound politically incorrect, but Dawn herself was never shy to talk about her weight “problem” … so what I’m trying to say is, that their appearance as a couple was strong, but a bit unusual – a clue: they have a Mars-Uranus double-whammy! Those two will encourage each other to “push the envelope”, but as Dawn’s Pluto is also conjunct Richard’s Sun, she is the one that will be “pushing” a bit more 😉

Richard Armitage & Daniela Denby-Ashe
I think every fan of the BBC’s “North & South” will agree with me, that the chemistry between its two protagonists was through the roof. They both are born in the last days of Leo and so their Suns are conjunct each other. This can be quite harmonious as in “birds of a feather”, but Sun-on-Sun can also provoke an enormous clash of egos. So, this is exactly what their on-screen relationship was like at first. But the second remarkable aspect is a Moon-Moon opposition – Richard’s in Virgo and Daniela’s in Pisces – this reads as “opposites attract” and can bring out strong emotions in one another. Because each of them approaches emotional issues from a different view point, the partners will – in the end – balance each other out perfectly. Well, this is their story in a nutshell, isn’t it?

Finally here’s the on-screen relationship that moved fans to tears recently:
Richard Armitage & Martin Freeman
As they are born about 2 weeks apart from each other in the same year, all of the slower moving planets are in almost exactly the same spot. The extraordinary thing is here, that they share one of the strongest double whammys imaginable: each other’s Moon is aspecting each’s Sun. With this there comes a feeling that you can rely on one another. The Moon person compliments the Sun person’s ego and these two feel totally at ease in each other’s company. This is in fact THE ultimate marriage aspect! So, no wonder that fans are shipping these two as “Bagginshield” 😉 As they both have a natal Mars-Uranus trine connected to each other’s, at the same time, they have no problem to break out in sudden arguments with each other either. In the end, the caring aspect is stronger so all in all this creates really great emotional chemistry.

So, I’m not saying that they all only acted in these roles as convincing as they did, because “the stars” favorited it – but it certainly did help 😉

What I’m truly wondering now, is if really good casting directors are also secretly astrologers (or consult them) or if they are just born experts in knowing people?

Edit: I had so much fun doing this little astrological “finger excercise” that I did it again: so now part 2 with Richard’s off-screen chemistry is up here.