March 4, actor Larry Hagman plays his final scenes as J.R. Ewing, the swaggering Texas oil man on the Dallas TV series. For those who watched the series in the 80's/early 90's who can ever forget 'the night someone shot J.R.? What a treat it has been to see J.R again along with much of the old cast in the new series that started in 2012. Larry makes his final appearance on Dallas Monday night, filmed before his death on November 23, 2012, and no doubt there will be record numbers of viewers.
Larry Hagman shot to international fame during the original Dallas series filmed in the late 70's/1980’s, and prior to that was a well known actor appearing as Major Nelson in the 60’s sitcom, I Dream of Jeannie.
Hagman was born September 21, 1931 in Fort Worth, TX, to actress Mary Martin, no stranger to success herself and best known for her role in The Sound of Music in the 1959.
He was born with the Sun at 27 degrees of Virgo, in his 8th house sextiling his 29 degree Scorpio midheaven. The midheaven is the the cusp of the tenth house of the natal chart, found at the very top of the chart, and it is the most public point in the chart, relating to career and reputation. Fame is generally associated with 10th house, and the Sun sextiling ascendant certainly helped him along the way. This transit in his natal chart would place a focus on his public life.
Scorpio is the natural ruler of the 8th house, and individuals with their natal Sun in this house tend to live lives characterized by intensity, drama and sometimes crisis, not unlike the character he played in Dallas. Planets in the 8th house can sometimes indicate drugs and alcohol will be an issue, and it is a well known fact that in 1992 Hagman was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. Hagman stopped drinking on that day. Two years later doctors informed Hagman that he had a cancerous tumor on his liver, and 33 days later he received his liver transplant surgery at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in LA. His 6th house is ruled by Cancer, and Pluto is in Cancer in his 6th house (Cancer ruled by the moon/changeable) this would indicate a potential for health risks.
Larry's chart involves a grand square between Saturn and Pluto (opposition) and Uranus, as did all individuals born in 1931. This is not a particularly easy transit, but configurations like this one can drive an individual toward success, conferring a great deal of discipline to their work. It took a lot of grit and perseverance to survive the depression era, and the results of this period is ingrained in the psyche of those born, and sometimes these individuals can be driven to succeed out of fear of failure, or fear of not having enough material resources.
Pluto squares Uranus in Larry's chart falling in his 2ond and 6th houses. Individuals born with this transit during the 2000's would feel a kinship with Larry, and share some of the traits and ideas. All individuals born between 2011-2016 will have this transit, just as their depression era counterparts. Individuals born with this transit can shake up the power structures in their own lives as they have a powerful independent streak and desire to do things their way. Uranus is about change and cares little for tradition. Often these people are seen as reformers of some type coming out of the worst depression in the 20th century. As this transit affected Larry's sixth house of work, his personal independence was seen in the characters he played brilliantly, making them his own.
Uranus lies in his second house of money and while it is part of the grand square involving Pluto and Saturn, it trines Jupiter in Leo. Jupiter-Uranus indicates someone who has the potential to make a great deal of money quickly.
Mercury conjunct Neptune in Virgo would give him the ability to "tune in' to his character down to the nth degree. It also gave him intuitive abilities.
Mars in Scorpio, close to the midheaven (career point) indicates the bad guy role he would succeed in.
Larry was born with Jupiter in Leo in the 7th house, and this is an indication of a fortunate marriage. In 1954, Hagman married Maj Axelsson and they had two children. It was his sole marriage, lasting nearly 60 years.
The moon in the natal chart is an indicator of the emotional temperament and the Mother, and Larry's moon lies in the 12th house at 4 degrees of Aquarius squaring his Mars. This transit would indicate someone with deep seated anger issues toward the Mother, who was not emotionally available, or whose relationship proved agitating and upsetting. His parents divorced when he was 5 years old and he was raised as a boy by his Grandmother while his Mother became a contract player. In 1940 Mary Martin met and married Richard Halliday and gave birth to a daughter, Heller, the following year. She soon moved to New York to resume her career, and Larry once again moved in with his Grandmother. Being shuffled off to a Grandparent, and having a stepfather must have proved unsettling to Larry as indicated by the natal chart.
According to Wikipedia, when his stepfather died in 1973, Hagman reconciled with his mother, Mary Martin, soon after and the two were close until her death.
Venus at 1 degree of Libra also trines his moon, and this would be a more positive indication of his relationship with women. This gave him charm, popularity and success.
In 1977 when Hagman landed his biggest role on Dallas, Neptune, the planet ruling cinema trined Jupiter, the planet of luck and success. Pluto was in Libra and also sextiled his Jupiter and this was a powerful combination. He formed partnerships for life on this set and it was reported cast members of Dallas were at his side when he passed away. Jupiter was in Cancer in 1977, sextiling his two Virgo planets in his house of partners and Uranus, in Scorpio also trined them, bringing new opportunities and ideas. He hit the astrological jackpot that year and the results would play out for many years to come.
Goodbye Larry Hagman and J.R. Ewing, you will be missed. Thanks for all the memories..