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This is an astrological portrait of Ben Stiller

The complete chart interpretation covers four main sections: Personality, Relationship Needs, Relationship Wants and the Marriage Blueprint, and Career. This is a "classic" example of an astrological portrait, first published in February 2014. 

Each section of the interpretation begins with the completed  “Blueprint Sentence” used as the basis for that portion of the interpretation. These fill-in-the-blank blueprint template sentences are one of the exclusive tools available as part of the curriculum of the Online Natal Astrology Class. The value of these templates is that they ensure the correct relationship between the different parts of speech in the language of astrology. Simply by dropping in the appropriate keywords for signs, elements, modalities and houses, you create an astrologically-sound blueprint that you can use to build a more detailed interpretation of that specific astrological signature. 

Birth Data: November 30, 1965, 5:35 p.m., New York, NY • Rodden Rating: A (Rodden, from memory)

Ben Stiller Natal Chart (Right-click to download PDF)

 

Part 1: Personality

Elements and Modalities

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Ben Stiller has an even balance of planets in the elements: two in Fire (Sun and Mercury), two in Earth (Venus and Mars), two in Water (Moon and Saturn), and one in air (Jupiter). Ordinarily, having only one planet in an element might suggest overcompensation, but because there is such an even distribution among the elements, it’s unlikely that Stiller would perceive a noticeable “lack” of Air.

The balance of modalities in Stiller’s chart, however, is definitely skewed. Stiller has no planets in Fixed, two in Cardinal (Venus and Mars), and a total of five planets in Mutable signs (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn). The mutable qualities of adaptability, flexibility, and changeability are likely to dominate Stiller’s personality. Stiller is likely to be the most comfortable when he is multi-tasking, and he’s probably quite skilled at handling a number of different projects and tasks at once. He must learn his limits, however; the trap of Mutable energy is to take on too many projects, and then everything falls apart in sequence. Stiller may find it uncomfortable to focus on a single thing at one time, and when he is put under pressure, he will tend to scatter and diffuse his energy.

The lack of planets in fixed signs is a common signature in the charts of film actors. Cardinal planets initiate, and mutable planets complete things. Stiller will be the most comfortable with short projects; the lack of planets in Fixed signs means that he does not have a natural affinity for routine. Film and television actors are constantly taking on new projects and new challenges; stage actors, however, require the stamina to perform the same role day after day for months or years at a time.

Sun in Sagittarius in the 6th House
Sun Rules the 3rd, Almuten of the 11th House

Stiller seeks to express his authentic “Big S” Self (Sun) by being adventurous, independent, reckless, and truthful (Sagittarius) WITH his writing and communication (Rules 3rd) and his hopes and aspirations (Almuten 11th). He encounters these needs particularly IN his job and work environment (Sun in 6th House). [Blueprint Sentence]

Honest, direct, truthful, and occasionally blunt (Sagittarius) communication (Sun rules 3rd) is one of the primary ways that Ben Stiller expresses and embodies his authentic “Big S” Self (Sun). With the Sun ruling the 3rd and occupying the 6th house, it’s not surprising that Stiller might make writing (3rd house) a part of his job (6th house), or at least a part of his daily routine. That the Sun is the almuten of the 11th house suggests ambition; the 11th house relates to our hopes, dreams, and aspirations (as well as to shared and group creativity), and the influence of the 11th house supports the idea that writing and communication is more than just a means of expression for Stiller; he may channel his hopes and dreams, and his identity through freely exploring big ideas and pursuing his personal, Sagittarius perspective of the Truth.

Board of Directors for Sun

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Jupiter in Gemini in the 1st House (8 Votes)
Jupiter Rules 7th and 10th Houses

In order to express his authentic “Big S” Self (Sun’s Board of Directors), he needs to grow, expand, and experience faith (Jupiter) in a manner that is intellectual, versatile, contradictory, and curious (Gemini), WITH his marriage, partnerships, and one-to-one relationships (Rules 7th house), and his career and life path (Ruler 10th House). He encounters these needs particularly IN his personality and self-image (Jupiter in 1st House). [Blueprint Sentence]

Jupiter’s powerful influence over Stiller’s Sun further supports the idea of his ambitions and dreams, and also, because Jupiter rules the 10th house, the idea that he may seek to embody and express his individual identity (Sun) in a public manner, through his career and life path (Jupiter rules 10th house). Jupiter also rules the 7th house of partnerships; and as we noted before, the Sun is the almuten of the 11th house, which is also associated with friendships and group, shared creativity. This suggests that while Stiller needs to be able to expand his individual identity and grow through his ideas and communication, that he also needs to do this through relationships with other people — a 7th house partner and/or 11th house friends and peers. Other people seem to play an important role in how Stiller embodies and expresses his authentic, “Big S” Self.

That Jupiter is in Gemini brings an interesting paradox to how (and what) Stiller seeks to communicate and express. Jupiter seeks to grow and expand, and to make things bigger; planets in Gemini, however, focus on details, and explore duality and opposition. It can be an unexpected and often uncomfortable combination, one that is often embodied in humor and comedy.

Venus in Capricorn in the 8th House (2 Votes)
Venus Rules 5th, 12th, Almuten 10th House

In order to express his authentic “Big S” Self (Sun’s Board of Directors), he needs to express love and appreciation and align with his Core Values (Venus) in a manner that is conservative, practical, materialistic, and industrious (Capricorn), WITH his personal creativity and love affairs (Rules 5th), his unconscious and shadow self (Rules 12th), and his career and life path (Almuten 10th). He encounters these needs particularly IN his dealings with shared resources and other people’s values and opinions (Venus in 8th House). [Blueprint Sentence]

Although Venus in Capricorn has only two votes on the Sun’s Board of Directors, Venus reinforces the themes of creativity, both personal (Venus rules 5th house) and professional (Venus almuten 10th House), and suggests that as scattered as Stiller’s energies may be from all of the mutable energy in his personality, that he still values (Venus) focus, dedication, and hard work (Capricorn).

Mercury in Sagittarius in the 6th House (1 Vote)
Mercury Rules 1st, 4th, Almuten 9th House

In order to express his authentic “Big S” Self (Sun’s Board of Directors), he needs to communicate and understand (Mercury) in a manner that is extroverted, independent, boisterous, and passionate (Sagittarius), WITH his personality and self-image (Rules 1st), his home, family, and personal life (Rules 4th), and his beliefs, philosophies, and higher education (Almuten 9th House). He encounters these needs particularly IN his job and workplace (Mercury in 6th House). [Blueprint Sentence]

At first glance, with only one vote on the Sun’s Board of Directors, we might dismiss Mercury in Sagittarius: but this would be a serious mistake. Mercury in Sagittarius may only have one vote on its own, but Jupiter in Gemini, with its 8 votes, is in mutual reception with Mercury in Sagittarius (Mercury rules Jupiter and Jupiter rules Mercury). Because the reception is mutual, Mercury doesn’t quite run the show; however, Mercury and Jupiter will always seek to find some common ground, and they will always vote together.

While Jupiter in Gemini makes a big deal out of the small things, Mercury in Sagittarius prefers to focus on the big picture, often missing important details. Both Mercury in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Gemini are in Detriment, which means they operate on the mental and emotional plane. This often expresses as worry. Certainly, we see this intense mental focus in Stiller’s personality — as well as in his writing, directing, and acting. He always gives the impression that his mind is racing, and that he’s evaluating each idea from multiple perspectives, at great speed, without ever quite finding a definitive answer.

Venus in the 8th House (Rules 5th, 12th, Almuten 10th) Semi-square
Sun in 6th House (Rules 3rd, Almuten 11th) [1a12]
Venus has 2 Votes (Term) on Sun’s Board of Directors

There is a minor internal tension or friction (Semi-square) BETWEEN his Core Values and his need to be loved and appreciated (Venus), specifically involving his personal creativity and love affairs (Venus rules 5th), his unconscious and shadow self (Venus rules 12th), and his career and life path (Venus almuten 10th), COMING FROM his involvement with shared resources and other people’s values (Venus in 8th) AND his need to express his authentic “Big S” Self (Sun) WITH his writing and communication (Sun rules 3rd) and his hopes and aspirations (Sun almuten 11th) IN his job and work environment (Sun in 6th house).

Stiller is an entertainer (actor, comic, director, writer) and the houses involved in this aspect include his personal creativity (5th), his career (10th), his job (6th), his shared creativity and ambition (11th), his writing and communication (3rd), and his involvement with other people’s values and opinions (8th). This suggests that Stiller has a certain amount of tension as he attempts to balance an authentic expression of his “Big S” Self and creating entertainment that will generate approval and validation from other people. It’s perhaps significant that Venus rules Stiller’s 12th house of self-sabotage and hidden enemies. This suggests that if he does put his need to be loved and appreciated ahead of his need for authentic creativity and self-expression, that he will not be satisfied with the results on any level. It’s far more important that Stiller maintain an authentic connection to his creativity, and not worry if audiences will approve of it.

Ascendant in Gemini

When he interacts with the world and other individuals, he appears to be amusing, quick-witted, superficial, and energetic (Gemini). Stiller’s Jupiter in Gemini is conjunct his Ascendant, so he has a great deal of presence and charisma. He will appear to embody all of the Jupiter qualities of optimism, expansion, generosity (with his ideas and humor — Jupiter is in Gemini, after all), and fun.

Ascendant’s Board of Directors

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Mercury in Sagittarius in the 6th House (8 Votes)
Mercury Rules 1st, 4th, Almuten 9th House

Other people perceive (Ascendant) his need to communicate and understand (Mercury) in a manner that is extroverted, independent, boisterous, and passionate (Sagittarius), WITH his personality and self-image (Rules 1st), his home, family, and personal life (Rules 4th), and his beliefs, philosophies, and higher education (Almuten 9th House). [Blueprint Sentence]

With a total of 8 votes, Mercury in Sagittarius has absolute influence over Stiller’s Ascendant; his intellect, his ideas, and how he experiences and describes his “little r” reality are what other people see in him. And once again, the mutual reception between Mercury in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Gemini takes center stage in Stiller’s personality. Even though Jupiter is not on the Board of Directors for the Ascendant, it’s connection with Mercury and the fact that Jupiter is rising and on the Ascendant gives it prominence in Stiller’s personality.

Mars in Capricorn in the 7th House (2 Votes)
Mars Rules 6th, 11th, Almuten 8th

Other people perceive (Ascendant) his need to take action and expend energy (Mars) in a manner that is sensible, relentless, physical, and determined (Capricorn), WITH his job (Mars rules 6th), his hopes and aspirations (Mars rules 11th), and shared resources (Mars almuten 8th). [Blueprint Sentence]

William Lilly considered the planet with Term for the Ascendant to be the planet that described an individual’s physical appearance. In Stiller’s case, it’s his Mars in Capricorn. This certainly seems to fit Stiller far better than a “Gemini” or “Mercury in Sagittarius” appearance would. Stiller exudes a practical intensity in his appearance. You can sense his mind working behind the scenes, but he looks like someone who is ready to implement his ideas rather than to discuss them.

Sun in Sagittarius in the 6th House (1 Vote)
Sun Rules 3rd, Almuten 11th

Other people perceive (Ascendant) his need to express and embody his authentic “Big S” Self (Sun) in a manner that is adventurous, independent, reckless, and truthful (Sagittarius) WITH his writing and communication (Rules 3rd) and his hopes and aspirations (Almuten 11th). [Blueprint Sentence]

Stiller’s Sun has only one vote on his Ascendant’s Board of Directors, and the Sun makes no aspect to the Ascendant. His authentic “Big S” Self does not show up (at least not directly) in how other people perceive him.

Part of Fortune in Pisces in the 10th House

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He will experience the greatest amount of prosperity and success (Part of Fortune) by being intuitive, generous, sensitive, and idealistic (Pisces), particularly IN his career and life path (Part of Fortune in 10th House). [Blueprint Sentence].

That the Part of Fortune is in the 10th house suggests that Stiller will find success in his 10th house career and life path — his public expression of his individuality. His Part of Fortune is ruled by Jupiter in Gemini, and also square Jupiter. This might suggest some challenges or friction (Square) between his public persona (10th house) and how open, generous, and expansive (Jupiter) he appears to others (Jupiter conjunct Ascendant).

Summary of Stiller’s Personality

The most prominent theme in Stiller’s Personality is the mutual reception between Mercury in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Gemini. Jupiter rules Stiller’s Sun and Part of Fortune; Mercury rules Stiller’s Ascendant. Jupiter and Mercury do not aspect each other, so while they’re heavily involved in each others’ business, there are no additional challenges.

The houses ruled by Jupiter (7th and 10th) and the houses ruled by Mercury (1st and 4th, and Mercury’s also the almuten of the 9th) will play a big part in Stiller’s Personality, as will the 6th house, occupied by both the Sun and Mercury. From these houses, we can see a need to balance his personal and private life with his public life and relationships, and that his work (job and career) are very important to him.

The only other factor worth noting is that Stiller’s Mercury is combust: it’s retrograde and applying to a conjunction with the Sun, with an orb of 5°15. When a planet is close to the Sun, it’s hidden by the light of the Sun. In the context of predictive astrology, this is a significant accidental debility. But in the context of the natal chart, it suggests that Stiller truly reveals and expresses his authentic “Big S” Self through his Mercury communications. This is not always a good thing, especially if you’re a writer or an actor. With Mercury playing such an influential role in Stiller’s personality, it could mean that people assume that the characters he plays and writes (Mercury) are, in fact, expressions of his true Self (Sun). This is probably not the case, and it could cause some challenges when he meets new people, since they will be responding to how he appears, and not to his authentic Self.


Part 2: Relationship Needs

Moon in Pisces in the 10th House
Moon Rules 2nd, Almuten 12th House

In order to feel Safe (Moon), he needs to feel gentle, healing, superficial, and receptive (Pisces) WITH his money and resources (Moon Rules 2nd), and his unconscious and shadow-self (Moon Almuten 12th House). He encounters these needs particularly IN his career and life path (Moon in 10th House). [Blueprint Sentence].

Individuals with the Moon in Pisces always have to learn what true Safety is. The Moon in Pisces creates very poor emotional and energetic boundaries, and because of the inherent compassion and healing nature of Pisces energy, it invites other people to descend on the Moon in Pisces individual, like moths to a flame. Other people dump their pain and negativity on people with the Moon in Pisces, hoping to be healed. What is familiar to individuals with the Moon in Pisces is operating in a sea of other people’s energy and negativity, and always being aware of other people feelings. It’s familiar, but it’s not truly Safe.

What Stiller actually needs in order to feel Safe are good, solid, appropriate boundaries, and the knowledge that he has the power to choose the level of emotional and energetic interaction he has with other people. What he thinks he needs (because it’s familiar) is a constant connection to the feelings and emotions of the people around him. Compassion for others is an admirable quality, but it doesn’t mean what he thinks it means. Stiller must learn how to live within the very narrow limits of “My Business,” and not be so involved in how other people feel.

For Stiller, these issues play out particularly with his money and his career. Because his Moon in Pisces rules his 2nd house, he’s unlikely to be too attached to money and possessions — which is a good thing, because he’s also unlikely to be able to manage them very well. His feelings and intuition will always drive any financial choices, and those choices will have direct effects on his 10th house career and public life. That Stiller has had such a successful career suggests that he’s operating from relatively high levels of consciousness in these areas. By listening to his inner guidance and trusting his feelings, he makes choices that support him financially (2nd house) and professionally (10th house). Were he operating from First Kingdom/Victim Consciousness in these affairs, both his career and his finances would be in ruins.

Board of Directors for the Moon

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Jupiter in Gemini in the 1st House (5 Votes)
Jupiter Rules 7th and 10th Houses

In order to feel Safe (Moon’s Board of Directors), he needs to grow, expand, and experience faith (Jupiter) in a manner that is intellectual, versatile, contradictory, and curious (Gemini), WITH his marriage, partnerships, and one-to-one relationships (Rules 7th house), and his career and life path (Ruler 10th House). He encounters these needs particularly IN his personality and self-image (Jupiter in 1st House). [Blueprint Sentence]

With Jupiter in Gemini having 5 votes on the Moon’s Board of Directors, and ruling the 10th house, we can begin to suggest that Stiller’s career and life path (10th house) is an important part of his ability to feel Safe (Moon). In this context, Jupiter needs to experience faith in order to feel Safe, and with Jupiter in Gemini, Stiller needs to have faith in his ideas, his words, and his ability to communicate and form connections and relationships to the world. Expansive communication (Jupiter in Gemini) is especially important in his relationships and partnerships (Jupiter rules 7th) and his career and public life (Jupiter rules 10th), and any limits or restrictions on these communications will have a negative impact on Stiller’s ability to feel Safe (Moon). Because Jupiter is in the 1st house, Stiller may also have an attachment (Moon/Safety need) to appearing (1st house) to be fun, clever, and easy-going (Jupiter in Gemini). If other people don’t perceive these qualities in him, it may also cause Stiller to feel unsafe.

Venus in Capricorn in the 8th House (6 Votes: Exaltation and Term)
Venus Rules 5th, 12th, Almuten 10th House

In order to feel Safe (Moon’s Board of Directors), he needs to express love and appreciation and align with his Core Values (Venus) in a manner that is conservative, practical, materialistic, and industrious (Capricorn), WITH his personal creativity and love affairs (Rules 5th), his unconscious and shadow self (Rules 12th), and his career and life path (Almuten 10th). He encounters these needs particularly IN his dealings with shared resources and other people’s values and opinions (Venus in 8th House). [Blueprint Sentence]

Venus in Capricorn has the most influence on Stiller’s Moon’s Board of Directors, and provides some very critical information. The Moon in Pisces rules Stiller’s 2nd house of money and resources, and based on this, we’ve suggested that Stiller is unlikely to be very attached to material things. Venus in Capricorn, however, suggests that while Stiller may not be motivated by money, that he does care about managing it responsibly. Venus is the almuten of Stiller’s 10th house, and now there’s no question about how important his career and public life is to his ability to feel Safe.

Venus in Capricorn brings up some other interesting patterns, however. Venus rules Stiller’s 12th house, so it’s the vehicle for his self-sabotage, and the Moon is the almuten of his 12th house, so there’s a repeated 12th house theme that needs to be explored with regards to his ability to feel Safe. Stiller will need to be careful about how much he cares about other people’s values and opinions (Venus in 8th house), especially other people’s opinions about his creativity (Venus rules 5th) and his career (Venus almuten 10th). The poor boundaries of the Moon in Pisces play into this, making Stiller even more aware of how other people feel. Giving away his power to other people and making choices based on what he thinks will make other people happy will inevitably bring him sorrow (12th house).

Mars in Capricorn in the 7th House (3 Votes, Triplicity)
Mars Rules 6th and 11th Houses, Almuten 8th House

In order to feel Safe (Moon’s Board of Directors), he needs to take action and expend energy (Mars) in a manner that is exacting, businesslike, relentless, and structured (Capricorn) WITH his job (Mars rules 6th), his hopes, dreams and ambitions (Mars rules 11th), and his dealings with other people’s resources and values (Mars almuten 8th). He encounters these needs particularly IN his one-to-one relationships (Mars in 7th House). [Blueprint Sentence]

Mars has only 3 votes on the Moon’s Board of Directors; however, Mars suggests a need to take practical action in order to feel Safe. This supports the theme of Venus in Capricorn, and adds an unexpected layer of structure to the usually free-flowing Moon in Pisces. Mars repeats the themes of the 8th house, and introduces Stiller’s 6th house job.

Saturn in Pisces in the 10th House (1 Vote, Face)
Saturn Rules 8th and 9th Houses, Almuten 5th House

In order to feel Safe (Moon’s Board of Directors), he needs to establish boundaries, limits, and structures, and accept responsibility (Saturn) in a manner that is compassionate, creative, dreamy, and sensitive (Pisces) WITH other people’s resources and values (Rules 8th), his beliefs, philosophies, and higher mind (Rules 9th), and his personal creativity and love affairs (Almuten 5th). He encounters these needs particularly IN his career and life path (Saturn in 10th House). [Blueprint Sentence]

With only one vote on the Moon’s Board of Directors, it would be easy to overlook Saturn in Pisces; however, both Venus in Capricorn (6 votes) and Mars in Capricorn (3 votes) are ruled by Saturn in Pisces, which gives Saturn significant influence. Saturn is not entirely independent, however, as Saturn in Pisces reports directly to Jupiter in Gemini.

While Venus and Mars in Capricorn both seem to care about structure and responsibility, Saturn in Pisces is less concerned with the Laws of the physical and material world, and more interested in the Laws of the spiritual realms. Saturn in Pisces’ influence on Stiller’s Moon in Pisces Board of Directors reinforces the idea that Stiller needs strong, appropriate boundaries in order to feel Safe. However, those boundaries need to be emotional and spiritual (Pisces) rather than tangible, and they’re not necessarily easy to discern.

Summary Ben Stiller Safety Needs

Once again, Stiller’s career and public image (10th house) shows up as a prominent area of focus, this time in the context of his Safety Needs. Jupiter in Gemini has emerged as a very powerful theme in Stiller’s Chart, with prominence not only in his personality, but now, also, in his Safety Needs.

What we see from exploring Stiller’s Moon is that he needs to find a truly appropriate balance of emotional connections with others, and connection to his own feelings and intuition.

It’s also worth noting that as Venus has so much influence on his Moon’s Board of Directors that meeting his Validation Needs is likely to be a very big part of what Stiller needs to feel Safe. An attachment to being Validated can create serious challenges in relationships.

Venus in Capricorn in the 8th House
Venus Rules 5th, 12th Houses, Almuten 10th House

In order to feel validated (Venus), he needs to be efficient, restrained, materialistic, and dependable (Capricorn) WITH his personal creativity and love affairs (Rules 5th), his personal unconscious and shadow-self (Rules 12th), and his career and life path (Almuten 10th). He encounters these needs particularly IN his experiences with shared resources and other people’s values and opinions (Venus in 8th House). [Blueprint Sentence]

With Venus in Capricorn, Stiller has an Earth Validation Checklist. He looks to have his Validation Needs met on the physical and material plane, which means that he prefers tangible expressions of affection, value, and esteem. Words don’t endure, and are rarely, if ever, enough for Stiller to feel loved or appreciated. One possible challenge for individuals with Venus in Capricorn is that they can easily equate love and money. It’s not the thought that goes into a gift that matters to Stiller; it’s the price tag.

Because Venus in Capricorn rules Stiller’s 12th house, Venus is the vehicle for Stiller’s self-sabotage and sorrows; and as he encounters these in the 8th house of shared resources and other people’s values and opinions, it’s easy to imagine that becoming too materialistic might have unfortunate consequences for Stiller. He creates hidden enemies (Venus rules 12th) through his actions in his financial partnerships (Venus in 8th house).

Venus in Capricorn also rules Stiller’s 5th house of personal creativity, suggesting that he is motivated to create tangible (Capricorn/Earth) expressions of his creative ideas, with the intention that they last and endure (Earth). It’s through his creativity that he looks for approval and validation (Venus) for tangible expressions of his individual identity (Capricorn/Cardinal Earth). Because Venus is also the almuten of his 10th house of career and life path, it suggests that Stiller may want to express his creativity in a very public (10th house) manner. And once again, the Venus in Capricorn associations with money as a form of appreciation suggest a drive towards professional creativity. He may only feel that his creative expressions have value and worth if he gets paid for them.

Board of Directors for Venus

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Saturn in Pisces in the 10th House (5 Votes, Rulership)
Saturn rules 8th, 9th Houses, Almuten 5th House

He wants to be validated (Venus’ Board of Directors) FOR his ability to establish boundaries, limits, and structures, and accept responsibility (Saturn) in a manner that is compassionate, creative, dreamy, and sensitive (Pisces) WITH other people’s resources and values (Rules 8th), his beliefs, philosophies, and higher mind (Rules 9th), and his personal creativity and love affairs (Almuten 5th). He encounters these needs particularly IN his career and life path (Saturn in 10th House). [Blueprint Sentence]

Saturn’s presence on Venus’ Board of Directors reinforces the importance of both the 5th house creativity and the 10th house career with regards to Stiller’s Validation Needs. It also reinforces the 8th house themes of shared resources and other people’s values and opinions. Stiller wants to be recognized and appreciated for being responsible (Saturn), but also for how he is able to provide structure and form (Saturn) to his dreams and inspirations (Pisces). Stiller especially wants to be recognized (Venus’ Board of Directors) as a responsible authority (Saturn) in his dealings with shared resources and other people’s money (Saturn rules 8th) and his beliefs, philosophies, and higher education (Saturn rules 9th).

We’ve already noted how the 8th house is where Stiller is apt to encounter the challenges and self-sabotage carried from Venus’ rulership of the 12th house. Saturn ruling the 8th suggests that a component of these issues might be Stiller’s need to be the Law (Saturn) and establish and maintain what he believes to be responsible limits and boundaries in his financial partnerships. This behavior may contribute to his partners’ resentment, creating hidden enemies.

Mars in Capricorn in the 7th House (6 Votes, Exaltation and Term)
Mars Rules 6th, 11th, Almuten 8th House

He wants to be validated (Venus’ Board of Directors) FOR his ability to take action and expend energy (Mars) in a manner that is exacting, businesslike, relentless, and structured (Capricorn) WITH his job (Mars rules 6th), his hopes, dreams and ambitions (Mars rules 11th), and his dealings with other people’s resources and values (Mars almuten 8th). He encounters these needs particularly IN his one-to-one relationships (Mars in 7th House). [Blueprint Sentence]

Mars in Capricorn has the most influence over Venus’ Board of Directors, with a total of 6 votes for Exaltation and Term. We’ve noted that Stiller’s Venus in Capricorn cares about tangible expressions of creativity, but it’s Mars in Capricorn that drives Stiller to take action and make something of those values. Because Stiller’s Mars rules his 6th house of his job and daily routine, Stiller expects to expend consistent effort on a daily basis to accomplish his goals, and in this context, he also wants to be recognized for this effort. Mars also rules Stiller’s 11th house of hopes, dreams, and aspirations, suggesting that Stiller has a very practical, focused ambition, and, of course, that he’s willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish his dreams.

What’s interesting is that Stiller is aware, on some levels, at least, that he can’t accomplish his goals on his own. He needs other people to partner with (Mars in the 7th house) and also to support him financially (Mars almuten of 8th house). And, of course, we have yet another emphasis on the 8th house in the context of Stiller’s Validation Needs.

Moon in Pisces in the 10th House (3 Votes, Triplicity)
Moon Rules 2nd, Almuten 12th House

He wants to be validated (Venus’ Board of Directors) FOR his ability to express emotions and feelings (Moon) in a manner that is flexible, secretive, romantic, and loving (Pisces), WITH his money and resources (Moon rules 2nd) and his personal unconscious and shadow self (Moon almuten 12th). He encounters these needs particularly IN his career and life path (Moon in 10th House). [Blueprint Sentence]

The Moon repeats both the theme of money and validation, because the Moon rules the 2nd house, and also the connection to the sorrows and self-sabotage of the 12th house. And, of course, the Moon also brings the 10th house into focus again, suggesting that Stiller needs public and professional recognition to meet his Validation Needs. The Moon’s presence on Venus’ Board of Directors also suggests a close connection between his Safety and Validation Needs (which we’ll explore below).

Uranus in the 4th house Trine Venus in the 8th House (Rules 5th, 12th, Almuten 10th) [5s23]

There is a constant, flowing connection (Trine) CAUSED BY unexpected disruptions, rejection and abandonment (Uranus) COMING FROM his home, family, and his relationship with his father (Uranus in 4th house) and affecting his experiences with shared resources and other people’s values and opinions (Venus in 8th House). This could cause him to feel invalidated, particularly WITH his love affairs and personal creativity (Venus rules 5th), his unconscious and shadow self (Venus rules 12th), and his career and life path (Venus almuten 10th). [Blueprint Sentence]

Uranus trine Venus is not inherently challenging, and because the aspect is both wide and separating, it’s unlikely to represent a major theme or pattern. In this context, it probably has more to do with giving Stiller a rather unconventional set of Core Values, and standards for what it takes to feel loved and appreciated. Both Stiller’s parents are professional comic actors, and it’s reasonable to assume that Stiller’s upbringing, home and family life was at least somewhat unconventional.

Summary of Relationship Needs: Connection between Moon and Venus

Stiller’s Moon in Pisces and Venus in Capricorn do not make any aspect to each other; however, they are sextile by sign, which suggests a reasonable level of commonality between what he needs to feel Safe and what he needs to feel Validated. There’s no inherent conflict between the two checklists, which is a good thing, because Stiller’s Safety and Validation Needs are very deeply intertwined.

Venus has the most influence over Stiller’s Moon’s Board of Directors, so on one level, meeting his Validation Needs is almost a requirement for Stiller to feel Safe. The Moon has three votes on Venus’ Board of Directors, strengthening this connection even more.

For Stiller, then, everything depends on whether or not he is able to meet his Validation Needs. If he manages to meet his Validation Needs on his own, then he will also feel Safe, because a deposit in his Validation Need account is also a deposit in his Safety Need account. However, if Stiller does not meet his own Validation Needs, he will experience significant challenges in all areas of his life, because a lack of Validation is also a lack of Safety, and the attachment to feeling Validated makes it exceptionally difficult to meet either need.

The challenge for Stiller in terms of Validation is the lure of using money as the primary measure of love and esteem. This shows up several times, with Venus in Capricorn, and with the Moon ruling his 2nd house, but also with the repeated emphasis on the 8th house in terms of his Validation Needs. Even without the money issue, Stiller must learn not to rely on other people’s values and opinions (8th house) to meet his Validation Needs. As long as he looks for validation from other people, in any form, he will have difficulty feeling either Validated or Safe.


Part 3: Relationship Wants

Descendant in Sagittarius / Vertex in Scorpio

While Stiller is consciously attracted to partners who embody the expansive, independent, truth-seeking qualities of his Sagittarius Descendant — not to mention that these partners will resonate with Stiller’s very prominent Jupiter — these partners will not do a very good job of meeting his Venus in Capricorn Validation Needs because they’re too impractical. They also will not meet his Moon in Pisces Safety Needs directly; however, the fact that Jupiter rules Stiller’s Moon as well as ruling his Sagittarius Descendant may provide some relief.

On the other hand, Stiller is unconsciously attracted to partners who embody the power and emotional depth of his Vertex in Scorpio, and these partners will do an excellent job of meeting his Moon in Pisces Safety Needs (Scorpio and Pisces are trine by sign), and a reasonable job of meeting his Venus in Capricorn Validation Needs (Scorpio and Capricorn are sextile by sign).

5th House: Love Affairs
Venus in Capricorn in the 8th House
Venus Rules 5th, 12th, Almuten 10th

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Ben Stiller looks for casual romantic partners (5th house) who align with his need to align with his Core Values, and express love and appreciation (Venus) in a manner that is ruthless, organized, driven, and careful (Capricorn), WITH his personal unconscious and shadow self (Venus rules 12th) and his career and life path (Venus almuten 10th). He is most likely to meet these partners IN his dealings with shared resources (Venus in 8th house). [Blueprint Sentence]

It’s worth remembering that because Venus rules Stiller’s 12th house, it’s a particularly challenging planet that carries his unconscious needs and can result in self-sabotage. The 8th house, where he’s most likely to meet these partners, in addition to being the house of shared resources and other people’s values, is also secretive and private.

7th House: Marriage
Jupiter in Gemini in the 1st House
Jupiter Rules 7th and 10th Houses

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Ben Stiller marriage and relationships with other individuals (7th house) involve being able to grow, expand, and experience faith (Jupiter) in a manner that is charming, undependable, informative, and cunning (Gemini), WITH his career and life path (Jupiter rules 10th House). He is most likely to meet these partners IN his habits, hobbies, and personal interests (Jupiter in 1st House). [Blueprint Sentence]

It’s perhaps significant that Jupiter, the ruler of Stiller’s 7th house of marriage is also the planet that rules his 10th house, and represents his experiences and perceptions of his mother. That Jupiter is in Stiller’s 1st house and conjunct his ascendant suggests that his mother has a very deep and profound influence over Stiller’s personality and sense of self. Whether he’s conscious of it or not, he will probably look for partners (and a spouse) who embodies the qualities Stiller perceives in his mother, and has integrated into his self-image.

11th House: Friendships
Mars in Capricorn in the 7th House
Mars Rules 6th, 11th, Almuten 8th House

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Ben Stiller is likely to become friends (11th house) with people who align with his need to take action and expend energy (Mars) in a manner that is inflexible, mature, authoritarian, and structured (Capricorn), WITH his job and workplace relationships (Mars rules 6th) and his dealings with shared resources and other people’s values and opinions (Mars almuten 8th). He is most likely to meet these partners IN his partnerships and one-to-one relationships (Mars in 7th house). [Blueprint Sentence]

The fact that Mars rules both his 6th and 11th houses suggests that Stiller’s friends will also be co-workers or 7th house business partners. We’ve already seen quite a heavy professional emphasis in Stiller’s Chart, most noticeably with repeated emphasis on his 10th house career and life path. Because Stiller’s personality and identity are so involved with his career, it makes sense that most of his friends would come from within that arena.

Connections Between 5th, 7th and 11th Houses

Immediately, we can see two important connections between Stiller’s relationship houses. First, Venus (Ruler of 5th House) is quincunx Jupiter (Ruler of 7th House) (3a47); and second, Mars (Ruler of 11th house) is in the 7th house. The quincunx between the ruler of his 5th house and the ruler of his 7th house makes it extremely unlikely that any casual fling would move into a 7th house serious relationship. However, with so much baggage already associated with his 5th house relationships, this is not likely to be a problem; casual dating is probably of little interest to Stiller.

The fact that the ruler of his 11th house is in his 7th house suggests a strong connection between his 7th house partnerships and his 11th house friendships. This is more likely to indicate that he stays friends with his former partners than it is that he finds potential relationship partners among his friends.

There are some very close connections between the 5th and 11th houses, because Mars (ruler of the 11th) is the almuten of Venus (Ruler of the 5th).

Marriage Blueprint

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Stiller’s Father is represented by Mercury in Sagittarius in the 6th House, and his Mother is represented by Jupiter in Gemini in the 1st house. Mercury and Jupiter are in mutual reception (by both Rulership and Triplicity), and both in Detriment and Peregrine. Even though there is no angular aspect between Mercury and Jupiter, the double mutual reception suggests an extremely strong, extremely close connection. That both planets are in Detriment suggests that both parents worried (Detriment = mental/emotional plane) and the “mutual deception” between these two planets also suggests that one parent’s anxiety would easily feed the other’s.

Certainly Stiller’s Marriage Blueprint suggests an exceptionally close bond between the two partners, and this is the kind of relationship he would expect (consciously or unconsciously) to create for himself. Stiller’s Marriage Blueprint would also seem to support the idea that he would have little interest in casual relationships or dating; if he doesn’t see long-term potential with a partner, he probably won’t invest the time or energy into the relationship.


Part 4: Career

To consider Ben Stiller’s career, we’ll look at the 10th house (Career), 6th house (Job) and 2nd house (Money).

10th House: Career
Jupiter in Gemini in the 1st House
Jupiter Rules 7th and 10th Houses

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Ben Stiller career and life path (10th house) involve growing, expanding, and experiencing faith (Jupiter) in a manner that is restless, dexterous, ingenious, and superficial (Gemini), WITH partners in one-to-one relationships (Jupiter rules 7th House). He encounters these needs particularly IN his personality and self-image (Jupiter in 1st House) [Blueprint Sentence]

With the ruler of the 10th house not only being in the 1st house but also being conjunct the Ascendant, Stiller’s personality and persona are closely tied to his 10th house career. On the most basic level, this means that Stiller is his career. What he creates and shares with the public can only come through him.

10th House Ruler (Jupiter in Gemini) Board of Directors

Mercury in Sagittarius, in mutual reception with Jupiter in Gemini, has the most influence on Jupiter’s Board of Directors, with a total of 8 votes for Rulership and Triplicity. Mercury is in the 6th house of Stiller’s job and daily routine, and rules his 1st house, further emphasizing the unity of Stiller’s identity with his career. What’s most important for Stiller in his career and life path is the ability to communicate (Mercury) his personal perspective on a higher Truth (Sagittarius).

6th House: Job
Mars in Capricorn in the 7th House
Mars Rules 6th, 11th, Almuten 8th House

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Ben Stiller job (6th house) involves taking action and expending energy (Mars) in a manner that is tyrannical, rugged, grasping, and dignified (Capricorn), WITH his friends, hopes, dreams and aspirations (Mars rules 11th) and other people’s money, resources, and opinions (Mars almuten 8th). He encounters these needs particularly IN his one-to-one relationships and partnerships (Mars in 7th House). [Blueprint Sentence]

As we’ve noted before, Mars in Capricorn is a powerful engine that drives Stiller to take action and do something to manifest his dreams and his values. As the ruler of his 6th house of work, job, service, and daily routine, Stiller has a natural inclination to invest the time and energy needed to reach his goals — particularly as Mars also rules his 11th house of personal ambition. That Stiller’s Mars is in his 7th house suggests that he can’t create on his own; he will always need to partner with other individuals, and he most likely expects that they will share his determined, focused, work ethic.

6th House Ruler (Mars in Capricorn) Board of Directors

As driven as Mars in Capricorn can be, Mars’ Board of Directors is balanced with a considerable amount of Pisces influence: Saturn in Pisces has 5 votes for Rulership, and the Moon in Pisces has 3 votes for Triplicity. This suggests that while Stiller may be a driven task-master, that at least he’s a compassionate driven task-master. Both Saturn and the Moon are in the 10th house, however, which does tend to reinforce the personal ambition side of the equation.

2nd House: Money
Moon in Pisces in the 10th House
Moon Rules 2nd, Almuten 12th

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The way that Ben Stiller earns money (2nd house) involves feeling Safe, and expressing feelings and emotions (Moon) in a manner that is benevolent, scattered, meditative, and moody (Pisces), WITH his personal unconscious and shadow-self (Moon almuten 12th house). He encounters these needs particularly IN his career and life path (Moon in 10th House). [Blueprint Sentence]

We’ve already explored Stiller’s Moon, including the Moon’s Board of Directors, in detail from the perspective of his Safety Needs. It’s enough to note here that he may have a certain emotional attachment to his money and resources, although because the Moon is in Pisces, that attachment is less focused on the material aspects of money. Venus in Capricorn is the Almuten of Stiller’s Moon, and as Venus occupies the 8th house of shared resources, it suggests that Stiller may tend to rely on other people to manage his money, perhaps as a way of avoiding taking personal responsibility for it. As Venus rules Stiller’s 12th house and the Moon is the almuten of his 12th house, avoiding responsibility is not a good idea.

Connections Between Career Houses

Stiller has some extremely tight connections between his 2nd house of money and his 10th house career. Not only is the Moon, the ruler of the 2nd, in the 10th house, but the Moon in Pisces is ruled by Jupiter in Gemini, the ruler of the 10th house. Not only can stiller make money from his 10th house career, but also his 10th house career is the primary source of his money and resources. The Moon in Pisces has 3 votes on the Board of Directors of Mars in Capricorn, the ruler of Stiller’s 6th house, connecting his job and daily work to his resources as well.

Stiller’s career and life path are also closely tied with his job and daily routine: Mercury in Sagittarius, with 8 votes on Jupiter’s Board of Directors, is in his 6th house. Plus, Mars, the Ruler of the 6th house, has 2 votes on Jupiter’s Board of Directors. From the perspective of his 6th house, Saturn in Pisces, the ruler of Mars in Capricorn, with 5 votes on Mars’ Board of Directors is in Stiller’s 10th house, and the Moon in Pisces, with 3 votes on Mars’ Board of Directors is also in his 10th house.


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