At the age of 16 Johnny dropped out of school to become a rock 'n' roll guitarist. His band made one night on the Florida club circuit. As Johnny was underage he sneaked into gigs through the back door. The Kids' moment of fame came when they were picked to tour as Iggy Pop's opening act. But once the band relocated to Hollywood, their dreams went bust and Johnny got a day job as a telemarketer.
Depp has been connected with a variety of famous women. He was seeing married makeup artist Lori Anne Allison, from 1983 to 1985. He was engaged to Sherilynn Fenn, Jennifer Grey and, Winona Ryder (during their relationship he had "Winona forever" tattooed on his arm. After their break up he had this surgically altered to read "Wino forever"). He has also been associated with model Kate Moss and has children by the French singer Vanessa Paradis.
Depp has had several brushes with the law. The actor River Phoenix died of drug-induced cardiac failure on the street outside Johnny's club, The Viper Room. In 1994 he was arrested for trashing a room in Manhattan's Hotel Mark. And in 1999 he was arrested for fighting with paparazzi outside a London restaurant.
Depp is best known for the films he has made with Tim Burton: Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood and Sleepy Hollow. Most recently he has become known for his role in Pirates of the Caribbean. Depp marks important events in his life by cutting himself on the arm.
The triple conjunction between Mars, Uranus and Pluto in Depp's chart suggests a highly confrontational and explosive nature. The Mars/Uranus contact alone indicates someone who is inclined towards sudden violence and takes action without thinking things through. The addition of Pluto in this configuration adds intensity and a sense of compulsion about winning any fight he is involved in. Nothing is allowed to stay in the way of what he wants and there is a high degree of impatience as well as a failure to heed rules and listen to any warnings given. This combination is also likely to get others going and push them into acting on his behalf. It flouts convention and avoids restraint. The tendency is to take what he wants, and act as he wants without thinking of the possible effect on others. With this conjunction falling in the 2nd house it is primarily related to possessions and what he values. Depp has been arrested for violent actions, which is indicated by this conjunction. He also cuts himself to mark events in his life and has been tattooed. This is the violence being turned upon himself, rather than expressed outwardly and is an apt description of this conjunction. The 2nd house has a strong association with the body. Rash behaviour on many levels is strongly indicated by this combination. Mars additionally trines his MC, suggesting that he is likely to be aggressive in the way that he pursues his career ambitions. With the MC relating to his reputation, this also indicates that he may be seen as a violent personality.
Although there is not a preponderance of fire signs in this chart, the Moon is square Jupiter in Aries; enough to indicate that he is likely to be candid in his thoughts and may tend to exaggerate events until they reach a proportion in his mind where he has no alternative but to respond in a dramatic fashion. A high degree of self-reliance is also shown by this combination.
Neptune sextile the Moon shows the possibility of deception. The proactive parts of his chart so strongly indicated it appears more likely that he would initiate, rather than be the victim of, any such deception. It also provides a useful trait for an actor - an empathy for the emotional states of other people, which he can express in his work. However, Neptune is not strongly indicated in this chart so this does not appear to be a major part of his nature. Saturn is in its own sign but there is little else that indicates patience or tenacity. Rather than waiting to see how things develop if there are problems he is likely to take immediate action.
The desire for freedom, practical and emotional, is shown by the Moon square Jupiter and Venus square Uranus. Depp requires a feeling of space, liberty, and spontaneity in his relationships. The strongest emphasis on mutable signs comes from the triple conjunction between Mars, Uranus and Pluto. There is little adaptability to situations indicated here, in fact he is inclined to react quickly in a way that suits himself rather than consider the effect upon others.
The Moon in Capricorn square Jupiter in Aries indicates that Depp seeks freedom and is aware of what is rightfully his. He will not be trodden down by anyone. With Leo rising he naturally expects to be the centre of attention. The Gemini Sun shows him to be an adept communicator, one who can not only do many things at once, but also be many people when the situation demands. With Leo and Taurus on the angles, he can be difficult to shift once he has decided on a course of action. However, the Geminian influnce may make it difficult to keep track of where he's going, as it is almost inevaitable that he'll have more than one direction to follow at any given time.
However, although he is clearly a volatile character Venus and Mercury are closely conjunct in Taurus that denotes a degree of staying power in close relationships. Taurean Venus' want to hold onto those they love and so are inclined towards marriage rather than simply love affairs. It is notable that Depp proposes marriage to the women he becomes involved with. Even when the relationships don't work the intention is to make them long lasting and they are not trivialised.
Saturn is trine the Sun as well as being in its own sign. With this combination it is likely that he will seek to fulfil his obligations and responsibilities. Although on the surface he is quick tempered and volatile he has enough of a sense of duty within him to act in a more sensible fashion when it comes to the more meaningful issues of life. Saturn also falls in the 7th house and this placement is indicative of someone who is highly devoted to their partner for as long as the relationship lasts - and perhaps beyond as the connection made here is not easily broken.
We have considered already the reckless behaviour indicated by the Mars/Uranus/Pluto conjunction. In terms of loyalty this combination indicates that excitement may take precedence over the tried and tested. Uranus is square Venus so relationships may end suddenly with no warning. However, there are not indicators that he is likely to conduct more than one love relationship at a time as there are not indicators of the level of betrayal and deception in his chart which would be needed to do this.
As a Sun Gemini, Depp is unlikely to be content with sitting still. He has a need for constant stimulation and new experiences. Each new person in his life goes some way to providing the excitement he craves, and as an actor Depp has the intellectual stimulation of the imagination provided by the characters he plays. Geminian men are difficult for any woman to own as they're too busy exploring the universe. And like many Gemini Men, Depp is a consumate flirt and tends to develop closer relationships with women that with men. All Geminians live for the moment, each moment hopefully being different to the last. This attitude coupled with the other factors outlined above means that Depp throws himself into life and takes as much as he can from it, whatever the consequences.
has been a professional astrologer since 1990. She has taught astrology and lectured extensively in the UK and overseas. She was a council member of the Astrological Association for nine years and is presently on the Executive Committee of the British Astrological and Psychic Society. Her work has been published in a variety of astrological periodicals, and she is the author of The Astral Tramp: A Biography of Sepharial
(Ascella 1998). She has also written books published in Japanese and Serbo-Croat. Her books Reading the Runes
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