Part two: Levy family patterns
Our astrology chart tells us a myriad of things about who we are. A symbolic map of the Cosmos at the moment we draw our first breath, our birth chart illustrates not only personality traits but talents and gifts, attraction and repulsion, generational themes, as well as timing points that play out across the span of our lifetime and beyond.
Part 1 – I take a deep dive into the astrology of 2020; the treacherous terrain of the Saturn – Pluto cycle that cast a long shadow over the year. Scroll down…
Part 2 – I unpack, layer by layer, how the astrology of both Dan and Eugene Levy is reiterated through a daisy chain of astrological connections, linking Levy family patterns to Schitt’s Creek as well as the astrology of 2020. You are here!
Part 3 Let’s take a look at the chart of the first airing of Schitt’s Creek.
Don’t let your mother detonate in public
Saturn & Pluto connections are like trying to control a volcano
Saturn-Pluto cycles peak every 36 years. On a mundane level the world moves through trying times, while people born into this cycle reflect the intensity and regeneration these celestial antagonists are known for.
Pluto intensifies whatever it touches. Saturn’s hand is cold and austere. Individuals born into this cycle are therefore often highly sensitive to the reality of violence and destruction. They can possess a depth of kindness and compassion to the suffering of others due to their intimate understanding of cruelty and harshness. There is great potential in these people to know the weight of responsibility, the power of loss, and to rely on the kind of compassion you can only develop once you’ve been abandoned beyond the reach of your own fears.
The desire of Saturn to control Pluto’s force is much like trying to contain a volcano. It’s excruciating. This planetary combination edges one toward the trenches of their psyche, tempting the absolute limits for either breakthrough or destruction. How does one contain such intensity? They usually don’t. There is often a delicate balance that is learnt about pressure and release, power and control. With such intense internal energies at play, space and time alone to process is often required to consciously navigate the power within the dynamic.
To understand how this affects people with this placement in their chart, imagine being born in 2020. The collective grief and the palpability of fear for the unknown future would be embedded in your first breath. The weight of Saturn and Pluto wreaking havoc in the world colours your first moments of life, and very likely imbeds this fear into the nurturance you receive as well. Being born into a Saturn-Pluto cycle is not a safe nest from the get-go. There is an instant awareness imprinted on the infant that life is not safe. This narrative can play out for the individual throughout life, acting as both saboteur and power source.
EUGENE LEVY – Saturn & Pluto in Leo
Eugene Levy was born amidst the Saturn–Pluto conjunction in Leo on 17th December, 1946 (time unknown), in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Without a birth time, I have cast a chart for sunrise on the day Eugene was born. Mars was the only planet to change signs that day, from Sagittarius to Capricorn. We therefore know the zodiacal position of all of the other planets in Eugene’s chart, even if we can’t determine their correct location in the sky.
It is well documented that Eugene is generous and compassionate (Sun in Sagittarius – Jupiter in Scorpio) who treated both the cast and crew respectfully on the set of Schitt’s Creek, setting a tone of equality and trust which was integral to the backbone of production (Moon in Libra – Venus in Scorpio conjunct Jupiter). His comedic timing and long, slow, drawn out sentences is a cadence he could potentially Trademark (morning star Mercury in Sagittarius trine Saturn). Mars, regardless of sign, was out of bounds, giving him a healthy dose of charisma and magnetism, while relationships may be a double edged sword, having to balance distrust with generosity (Pluto square Venus conjunct Jupiter in Scorpio).
Saturn, the faster of the two planets, was approaching Pluto in December 1946, when Eugene drew his first breath. The two planets were five degrees apart, which is close enough to be active and felt, but far enough apart that it is likely not as intense as it is for his son, Dan. Degrees tell us where a planet is located in the zodiac while the orb, or distance between them, speaks about strength, or intensity. The closer two planets are to each other the stronger the connection. Both Saturn and Pluto also stationed retrograde in the month prior to his birth, adding frustration to an already tense configuration.
Eugene’s Saturn–Pluto conjunction in Leo, “the house of the Sun” (Lilly. p95)(1a), points to a journey of self discovery through creativity and self expression. Leo is a diurnal fire sign, elaborate in its desire to inspire authenticity in others. Traditionally, Leo is of the east, a sunny, Summer energy. It is a courageous, enthusiastic energy that gravitates towards leadership, pride and ambition.
Adding another layer of complexity, the planets function better in some signs than others. The restrictive nature of Saturn is in direct opposition to the expressive, fiery flare of Leo. Saturn in Leo, as Eugene has, is said to be in its detriment (1). A difficult placement that lacks direct access to what the planet needs to fulfil its function, when it needs it. Leo wants to be recognised and Saturn doesn’t want the fuss. On a generational level this placement suggests difficulty with personal empowerment in the patriarchal line that potentially fuels Eugene to carve his own path, on his own creative terms. Saturn–Pluto in this instance can act as a behind the scenes motor in one’s boat.
Dan’s birthday was an active point in the zodiac in Eugene’s first year of life.
Physical and astrological events can act as time stamps laid before us, marking the sky as sensitive terrain ready to be activated by current transits and people we meet. The Saturn–Pluto conjunction that Eugene was born under in December 1946 came to its final exact conjunction on the 9th of August 1947: Dan’s birthday, 35 years prior to his birth. From the 9th -17th of August 1947, Saturn and Pluto were both at 13 degrees of Leo.
While Dan was not yet born, his birth day clearly resonates for Eugene, and potentially the Levy family line. What ends up being a daisy chain of Saturn – Pluto connections between Eugene, Dan, Schitt’s Creek and 2020 could be an example of the potential of hereditary repetition (2). When you start unpacking family histories, it’s not a coincidence that people are born, or die, on the same day down the line. We’re born into narratives that are weaved long before we are even thought about (3).
Our astrology chart reflects an intersection of time and space. It is a snapshot of the Cosmos at the moment that we took our first breath. While it reflects our first moment in life, time does not stop and the world we are born into is not a fresh slate. Events occurring at the time we are born can tell us a lot about the stories we are born into and the themes and issues we will likely work through in life. We are not separate from these world events, we are part of their history and unfolding.
EUGENE’S SATURN – PLUTO WORLD: The CIA, the Cold War, IMF & Roswell
Modern technology gives us the impression we’re far more advanced than our ancestors but the repetition of themes within these Saturn–Pluto cycles illustrates something far more primitive.
Saturn–Pluto conjunctions strip us back to bare bones. Due to the severity of the energies colliding, fear is embedded to the degree at which loss permeates. The obvious problem here is that instead of creating a new world where fear is met with compassion, these cycles notoriously bring in stricter laws and regulations to ensure a lack of repetition.
In 1946–47, Saturn–Pluto events were expressed globally within the theme of secrecy and power for personal gain (Saturn and Pluto in Leo). The superpowers of the day, USA and USSR, sought power over one another in the Cold War that lasted almost 40 years, Ghandi’s efforts paid off as Britain granted India independence under the “The British Indian Empire,” while the UN voted on an independent Jewish state, established as Israel in 1948, which continues to have a devastating impact on Palestinian’s.
The CIA was created under the National Security Act, signed in by President Truman two weeks prior to the exact conjunction in August. The “Central” in the name suggests that truth is centralised, but actually shrouded in secrecy, while the periphery is where a powerful few control access to information. This sounds a lot like Silicon Valley in 2020, where a select few have a monopoly on how we connect, who has access to that information and who sets the community standards. Illustrating how time stamps work, Edward Snowden (a Saturn-Pluto native) worked for the CIA when he leaked sensitive documents in 2013. It wasn’t until 2020, a Saturn–Pluto year, that “a U.S. federal court ruled that the U.S. intelligence’s mass surveillance program, exposed by Edward Snowden, was illegal and possibly unconstitutional.” (4)
The IMF was also established under this conjunction to avoid repeated economic catastrophes that led to the recent Great Depression. Their intent to re-establish solid parameters for safety and security gradually turned into the world’s largest economic fund which greatly influences world politics with 190 member countries. It supports multi-national corporations and privatisation, while using austere contractual measures that leave developing countries in a perpetual state of debt when borrowing with increasing interest rates.
The Roswell incident brought the outer world of Pluto crashing to earth. The intense secrecy that still conceals this incident speaks to the power of such information, while the invention of the transistor made things like mobile phones and Microsoft Word possible, both of which were launched during the next Saturn–Pluto conjunction that Dan was born under in 1983.
“Almost all modern electronic devices would not exist in the way that they do now without the transistor, making it arguably one of the most important inventions of the 20th century.” (5)
For Eugene, and an entire Boomer generation born into this cycle, the fear of the unknown can manifest as a need for personal power that wards off potential loss and crisis. Eugene shares this specific Saturn-Pluto quality with Bill Clinton, Susan Sarandon, Ted Bundy, Steven Spielberg and Stephen King, and Elton John whose song Eugene’s son Daniel was named after. Each of these people express great charisma and personal power (Leo) through narratives that encompass the invisible, powerful world of Pluto and the dedication to bring it into form via Saturn.
As gregarious and charming as Eugene may be outwardly, his astrology suggests that it may stem from a primal fear of disharmony and conflict (Moon in Libra, Saturn–Pluto conjunction), finding safety and security instead in diplomacy and equanimity. His care is likely as genuine as his fear.
That sounds dangersome.
DAN LEVY – Saturn & Pluto in Libra
Dan Joseph Levy was born at 1.13pm on 9th August, 1983 in Toronto, Canada. 5 degrees of Scorpio rising places his Saturn-Pluto conjunction in the difficult 12th house. Saturn at 28 degrees Libra and Pluto right alongside at 27 degrees is a very close connection that anyone born in August or September 1983 shares. It’s a specific iteration within a larger (Pluto in Libra) cycle, producing a generation who is changing our collective narrative around relating, divorce and diplomacy, while being acutely tuned in to the tentative tipping of the scales of justice.
Dan is born with his Sun at 16 degree Leo. The Sun in Leo casts light and warmth to illuminate that which receives it. In interviews, he has stated that he was very shy as a youngster, a trait not often associated with this sunny Summer sign:
“I, from a very young age, had a really hard time with attention from strangers. I found it to be an incredibly uncomfortable experience and would try my best to avoid it as much as I possibly could.” – Dan Levy (7)
The Sun in domicile on the MC, with the Moon is graced by Regulus, means most people likely don’t see Dan’s personal Saturn-Pluto process. We get the sunshine. In this piece penned by him about his experience with birthdays he says he was born in the afternoon, a time when the Sun is high in the sky, and uses words to describe himself like “stubborn” and “controlling” which align with his fixed Scorpio ascendant. Mars in Cancer ruling the chart from the 9th house, sits in exact square to Pluto, and one degree applying to Saturn. Overall, this points to a sensitive creature with lots of feels and opinions, and a deep need to be seen and appreciated. Looking at progressive photos of Dan shows him coming out of his shell as he ages.
While Dan and Eugene both have the astrological Saturn– Pluto signature, the two planets meet in different signs every 36 years, offering each of them a different ‘flavour’ to their personal experience and expression of the energy, and different themes arising in world events.
This specific 1983 Saturn–Pluto generation is familiar with the undertow of apocalyptic vibes and articulate in the nuance of trauma. They are acutely aware of the undertow of shame, pain and torment, the power that relationship and commitment has to trigger our lack of control, while also having an intimate personal relationship with frustration and fear. They are also born with Jupiter conjunct Uranus. A generation who are easily bored, having a huge capacity to transmit ideas and concepts, as Dan has successfully done in six seasons of Schitt’s Creek.
Dan, born with both Saturn and Pluto in Libra, suggests that Eugene was working positively with the energy before he was born; he didn’t hand over the energy in a worse condition. Saturn tends to struggle in Leo (Saturn in detriment in Leo) and thrive in Libra (Saturn exalted in Libra), offering esteem, recognition and being held in high regard (6). While the status of exaltation in Dan’s chart doesn’t cancel out the inherent frustrations, it does offer more opportunities and resources to use the energy constructively, or at least make something beautiful out of it (Saturn in Libra ruled by Venus).
I plan on popping a pill, crying a bit, and falling asleep early.
Dan’s Leo Sun is so widely aspected it’s considered unaspected, meaning it makes no aspect (connection) to any other planet in the chart. This can be an unsettling condition that results in experiencing one’s personal vitality and sense of self as if it is controlled by an on/off switch; highly present in one moment and suddenly disengaged in the next, oscillating between extreme self-attention and abandonment.
16 degrees of Leo is also bound by Saturn (bounds / terms of Saturn 11* – 17*59′ Leo), adding a container, seriousness or reservation to the Sun’s usual exuberance. He is also born in a New Moon phase which suggests he likes things to germinate before exposing them publicly, potentially expressing as shyness and the need for privacy.
A young Dan with dad, Eugene Levy
Personal planets Mercury and Venus are both in Virgo in the 10th house in Dan’s chart, with Venus having turned retrograde six days prior. This is an interesting combination as Mercury is well equipped with pens and leather bound note books in Virgo (Mercury in Virgo in rulership), while Venus struggles to relax in Virgo, taking time to find its way (Venus retrograde in Virgo in Fall). This combination is a boon for him as a writer, but can put a dampener on romance; over analysing and having to watch others succeed in love while he learns the hard way.
Lucky for Dan, 2020 was a turn around for Venus as it finally begins its forward motion (Venus stations direct by progression at 23 degrees Leo in August, 2020). It will be interesting to see what he produces, creatively and in love, in 2023-24 onwards (Progressed Venus conjunct progressed Mars 23 degrees Leo).
10 things Dan can’t live without showing earthy Virgoan themes of practicality, hygiene, fabrics and earth scents.
The tightest aspect in Dan’s chart (one he will potentially be readily aware of) is the square between Mars in Cancer and Pluto. Being so active as his ruling planet, this adds another element to Dan’s Saturn-Pluto conjunction (Mars in Cancer square Pluto and Saturn in Libra). It can present as perseverance and tenacity which enhances his awareness of the already present violent undertones of Saturn – Pluto, but with a twist of an emotional undercurrent. Dan has shared that he had to ‘pull himself out of a shell that was becoming a comfort, to be the person he wanted to be,’ pointing to this Cancerian crab shell having quite a strong pull, and the tight reins of the bounds of Saturn. Dan’s astrology suggests he potentially finds anger and violence difficult, but when channelled into something creative he can create super-human like results.
Dan will experience Saturn opposing his Sun in early 2022 which will cap off this peak time of personal achievement and round it out into something else as it matures and grows. Schitt’s Creek has a Saturnain stamp of approval. It’s evidence of a well-functioning Saturn, even though Dan may struggle with it personally. It’s a very impressive first go (that will hold him in good stead).
DAN’S SATURN-PLUTO WORLD: The Queen, Mario Bros & Ozzy Osbourne
The Saturn–Pluto in Libra cycle that defined the early 80’s played out on the world stage in various ways. Saturn’s cold hand of austerity was relied upon to shore up the devastation of Pluto, while inventions in the invisible world of technology continued to greatly alter and shape our known, tangible world.
America felt the pinch of a recession and high unemployment, while the reigns tightened in the UK as Margaret Thatcher (who had Saturn on the Ascendant) won a landslide election, ruling with ‘an iron fist’. Saturn’s deprivation and Pluto’s devastation was broadcast daily through our televisions as the worst drought in history ravaged Ethiopia, resulting in >4 million deaths, and the threat of nuclear war loomed, triggering international protests.
USA for Africa was inspired by events in Ethiopia, Africa from 1983-1985, We are the world was made in 1985
Advances in technology rapidly changed spending habits, leading to the 1982 Time Magazine’s Man of the Year being the Personal Computer. The first mobile phone was released by Motorola, while Nintendo published Mario Brothers.
Mario Brothers is a textbook Saturn–Pluto video game based on plumbers (Saturn) working their way through the sewers (Pluto) of New York. The transistor technology that was first birthed in Eugene’s 1946–47 Saturn-Pluto conjunction was refined in 1982–83 as Dan was born and Eugene became a parent (Saturn). It now allows us to not only find love and connection digitally, but also attend online funerals during 2020’s Saturn-Pluto iteration. Separated, we can be together in our loss.
In entertainment, Fraggle Rock aired with content centred around conflict resolution (Libra), Tootsie gave us something to think about with power dynamics interwoven in gender, and Ozzy Osborne bit the head off a bat on stage. A staggering thought in the context of what we were told about the Covid-19 origins in 2020, yet a contrast that’s indicative of the Jupiter–Saturn Earth to Air cycle we completed in December 2020 (of which the the Air cycle started to stir in the early 80s).
Canada uncharacteristically disrupted the status quo and broke with the monarchy, establishing a new order through the Canadian Charter of rights, while Michael Fagan broke into the Queen’s bedroom at Buckingham Palace, overstepping Saturn’s bounds and crossing over into Pluto’s realm of intrusion.
Sounds like an 80s version of 2020! New technology, ideas and future horizons are birthed from intense fear, disruption, loss and powerlessness. Dan shares this Saturn-Pluto in Libra dynamic with Prince William, Edward Snowden, Juan Guaidó and possibly Kim Jong-Un, all of whom express great power and magnetism through unflinching determinism, and who remind us that the scales of justice have two opposing ends (Libra).
DAN AND EUGENE – living and working with Saturn–Pluto
Synastry is an astrological technique that allows us to understand interpersonal dynamics by comparing charts of two or more people. Both Dan and Eugene live with this Saturn–Pluto energy and these repeating patterns seldom appear randomly in family charts. They are potentially expressed as generational iterations long passed down the line. It begs the question of how far back this Saturn–Pluto narrative extends? Was Eugene raised by a Saturn–Pluto parent, and were they raised by Saturn–Pluto parents and grandparents? Where did it begin and when does it end?
Eugene’s Saturn–Pluto conjunction is close in degree to Dan’s Sun in Leo. Interviews with the Levy’s confirm this. Being the first born, raised by a father whose Saturn–Pluto conjunction has a resonance with his Sun suggests Dan was very aware of Eugene’s power and presence, and that Eugene was working through his own Saturn–Pluto issues via his relationship with his son, and obviously still is via Schitt’s Creek.
No doubt Eugene saw himself in Dan as he was growing up, in more ways than the handing over of the patriarchal baton. This generational theme suggests that there has been a message passed down the line about violence and oppression, that expressing it could be disastrous. Catastrophic. Whether voiced or not, there is likely an unspoken awareness of such energy between them, and a recognition of it in each other.
“I’ve never had to prove myself. I’ve never had to explain myself and that, fundamentally, is the support that every father needs to give their son.” – Dan Levy (9)
Dan has described growing up with Eugene using Saturn words such as ‘strict’ and says he was grounded a lot. He also speaks of intense anxiety at being seen and approached by strangers due to his fathers’ fame (Eugene’s Pluto conjunct Dan’s MC-Sun), even though he was intentionally raised away from the Hollywood circus. The mutual respect between them is palpable as Eugene shares that he had to learn to give Dan space to carve his own path.
Eugene likely taught Dan about humility simply by example (Eugene’s Saturn conjunct Dan’s Sun) and Dan has potentially shown Eugene how to lighten up and channel his seriousness through creativity (Dan’s Sun conjunct Eugene’s Saturn-Pluto).
Their combined astrology illustrates how they have utilised this Saturn–Pluto narrative. The Saturn–Pluto cycle that birthed Schitt’s Creek graduated from the journey of the individual self in Leo (Eugene) to the co-star sharing of Libra (Dan), to being rewarded with the highest honours in Capricorn in 2020. This show is worth celebrating for infinite reasons.
While Dan and Eugene project these wholesome Canadian characters and digestible comedy, behind the scenes there have potentially been encounters with excruciating turmoil and confrontation with one’s truest, most undesirable self. The irony is that it produced the richness that are the stories and characters we have grown to love, giving us reason to keep our hearts open.
Schitt’s Creek illustrates the beauty possible amongst the loss and decay of Saturn and Pluto, and Dan and Eugene show us how to carry that on and off screen.
Dan graciously leads Eugene into the 21st Century
“I thought, this will either be the greatest thing on earth or it will end in family court.” – Deb Divine (10)
This quote from Dan’s mother, Deb Devine, about the father-son pairing is a pretty fair assessment of the situation considering the energies at play, but it’s clear she really didn’t have anything to worry about.
Schitt’s Creek is a product of this Saturn-Pluto dynamic playing out between Dan and Eugene. By creating Schitt’s Creek, together Dan and Eugene are healing something in their family line about personal power and authority, agency and trust. If they were not maximising the positive potential of this energy we would witness a reinforcement of unhealthy power dynamics and volatile destruction. Instead, we witness its potential as grace and compassion, while all of us are healed by it within a Saturn–Pluto year.
Part 3 explores the astrology of Schitt’s Creek, the Saturn-Pluto love child that came of age in 2020 – a peak Saturn-Pluto time.
Part 2 – Source notes
1a Lilly, William. Chrsitian Astrology. 1647/2004. Astrology Classics. 1 – George, Demetra. Ancient astrology in theory and practice. (2019). Rubedo Press. Aukland, NZ. CH14. p189
“Detriments are the zodiacal signs where planets have their least power because of the scarcity or inconsistency of available resources. Here they find themselves in a particularly difficult setting”
2 – “The Australian Parent-Child research Project” by Bernadette Brady (p4)
3 – Brady, Bernadette. Astrology. A place in Chaos. (2006) Wessex Astrologer. Bournemouth, UK. (2006)
4 – Edward Snowden, Wiki – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Snowden
5 – The People’s History – http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1947.html
6 – George, Demetra. Ancient astrology in theory and practice. (2019). Rubedo Press. Aukland, NZ. CH14. p189
“When a planet occupies the zodiacal sign of its exaltation, it receives the power of elevation to great heights of good fortune where it can receive honour, glory, recognition and respect.”
7 – Dan Levy quote – https://ew.com/tv/dan-eugene-levy-entertainers-of-the-year-2020/
8 – Eugene quote -https://ew.com/tv/dan-eugene-levy-entertainers-of-the-year-2020/
9 – Dan Levy quote – https://ew.com/tv/dan-eugene-levy-entertainers-of-the-year-2020/
10 – Deb Divine quote – https://ew.com/tv/dan-eugene-levy-entertainers-of-the-year-2020/
Dru Ish is a consulting queer astrologer interested in the unseen threads that connect life through people and events.
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