Stars of Twilight Series Cash In
New Update July 11, 2012: I wrote this two-part article on the Twilight films a while back. I haven't read the books, but I have seen the first three of the five movies. Growing up, I always enjoyed the original Dracula, Frankenstein and Wolf Man films and some of the remakes, but I never imagined we would be living in a global culture in the first dozen years of the 21st century where there would be so much omnipresence in the multi-media about vampires, werewolves and shapeshifters. Kristen Stewart -- even though she was a child film star of moderate success -- is now the 2012 highest-paid actress in the world ($34 million during the last year). At any rate, there are a lot of insights about our present world culture in this double-feature. Enjoy...Many Blessings, Mark Lerner - Publisher
Did you have Friday November 18, 2011 circled in red with a large exclamation point on that date on a wall calendar hanging in your home or office? If not, then you obviously do not have a teenage daughter or son because that’s when the fourth film in The Twilight Saga is released in America. The movie is called Breaking Dawn: Part I and tens of millions of our teens and young adults will be in front of the silver screens at theaters throughout our 50 states.
How The Twilight Saga film series has become a national and international phenomenon – bringing its two main stars (or three if you count Taylor Lautner) into iconic and super-wealth status within their millennial generation – is what this feature is all about. However, I add something that probably every other writer and movie critic would not be aware of – the metaphysical, astronomical and astrological significance to this remarkable love story linking human, vampire and werewolf into an unholy or sacred trinity in this early stage of the 21st century.
Stephenie Meyer writes Twilight in 2003
The individual who conceived of this story line – Stephenie Meyer (born December 24, 1973) – was a would-be novelist who had a profound dream on June 2, 2003 of a young girl and a male vampire experiencing a love bond in a meadow. Out of that intense vision, she created her first novel – Twilight – which she was able to publish in a fairly quick manner (the book appearing in early October 2005).
Because the novelist has given out the precise day of the dream and initial writing of the book, we know that she was only a week or so short of her Saturn Return that occurs for everyone between the ages of 29 and 30. In the two previous installments of Astrobiographies, we learned that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, and – over a hundred years earlier – Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell achieved great feats and began making their historic marks in society at their first Saturn Returns at age 29+ years old. What’s notable here is that Stephenie Meyer is also a Sun-sign Capricorn (a sign ruled by Saturn) and has her natal Saturn in Cancer almost precisely opposite her Sun. Saturn has a gigantic connection to Time itself as this planet is considered the most eminent force connected with chronological time in our physical-material dimension of existence.
I mention this association between Saturn and Time, relative to Stephenie Meyer, because the titles of her books – Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn – are all time-related, to moments of a day, month or year. Ironically or synchronistically, she was born on the day of a New Moon/Solar Eclipse and – when the last or fifth film in the series is released on November 16, 2012 – it will be just three days after the next Total Solar Eclipse. Furthermore, as the first two films appeared in 2008 – 2009 – contributing many millions of dollars to the bank account of Stephenie Meyer – distant Pluto (symbol of the underworld, the terrors and nightmares of that realm, but also an archetype of the super-wealthy power-elite of our global society) made a once-in-a-lifetime union with her Capricorn Sun and opposition to her Saturn in Cancer.
Time and Space Merge as Outer Planets Sedna and Eris are Discovered
What I find so riveting and astounding in this unfolding story is that two very distant planets – on the outer edge of our solar system – Sedna and Eris are discovered during the time-period when Stephenie Meyer’s books are being written, published and simultaneously accepted as film projects – eventually leading to the now omnipresent fame and fortune being heaped on Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.
Sedna was discovered in November 2003 – the same year that Twilight was being written and almost five years to the day before the Twilight film was released in November 2008. By the spring of 2004, Sedna’s discovery was announced to the world and – at the time – the magazine Astronomy (the leading astronomical periodical in the world) – made Sedna’s discovery its top story of the year. Part of the reason was that it seemed to be as large as Pluto – although we know now it is somewhat smaller. However, other trans-Pluto celestial objects – like Makemake and Haumea – were also being sighted in the region of far-off space known as the Kuiper Belt and, beyond that, the Oort Cloud.
Then outdoing the Sedna discovery was the finding of Eris – temporarily more distant than Sedna and having an orbit around our Sun of about 557 years in comparison to Pluto’s orbit of 247 years. (Sedna’s orbit is actually over 10,500 years, but – for the time being – it is a little closer to us than Eris, and Sedna will reach its perihelion or closest approach to the Sun in 2075.) Eris was discovered in January 2005 from photographs actually taken back in October 2003 – when Twilight was being written. By the summer of 2006 – in the Czech Republic – a group of astronomers met and at the close of their gathering (with only about one-tenth of the members still in attendance), they voted to downgrade Pluto into being a dwarf planet, raise up the status of the largest asteroid Ceres to the dwarf-planet category, and they also declared Eris (but not Sedna, for various reasons) to be also a dwarf planet.
The Meanings of Eris and Sedna, and How They Relate to Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson
We now reach the core of this epic journey of writer, best-selling novels, blockbuster films, and almost instant film-stardom and enormous riches for a trio of young millenials Stewart, Pattinson and Lautner. The heart of the story is that – just like the old Dracula and Wolfman movies that the Baby Boom and X generations are familiar with – a young woman is apparently victimized, hypnotized or obsessed with a being who is soul-less (the undead known as a vampire) or, alternatively, a being who is a shape-shifter (suffering from lycanthropy or actually turning into a werewolf due to the potency of the Moon’s influence). In both cases – vampire and werewolf – we are dealing with blood issues, where the blood represents life, and the bloodthirsty creatures are either incredibly cold (vampire) or hot (werewolf).
In addition, both vampire and werewolf are entities much more of the night than the day. Sunlight is anathema to traditional vampires and – although in the Twilight films the sunlight is actually not a killing force – having a cloud cover or potentially rainy, wet environment is conducive to the survival of a vampire or, as in these films, a family of vampires.
What becomes archetypal in the films is that the Kristen Stewart character becomes Eris – along with its mythological meaning – while the Robert Pattinson character becomes Sedna, along with its mythological meaning. Furthermore, Sun-sign Aries Kristen Stewart (born on the day of a Full Moon) has natal and transiting Eris with her Sun placement while Sun-sign Taurus Robert Pattinson (born with the Moon in watery, oceanic Cancer) has natal and transiting Sedna with his Sun placement. Thus, both in character and in reality, these two people are archetypes of Eris and Sedna, and therefore representations of these forces for everyone on Planet Earth, but – most significantly – the millennial generation within which they are playing out their roles.
Profound Example from the first Twilight film
In the initial movie, Bella – played by Kristen – is drawn to Edward the vampire – played by Robert Pattinson. However, she doesn’t realize he is a vampire and it is not until she touches his hand while they are driving that she realizes how cold he is. She goes to Google to investigate “The Cold One” and finds out – from legends and history – that he is a vampire. In the mythology of Sedna – being represented by Pattinson – Sedna herself was an Inuit goddess who was banished to the bottom of the frigid waters of the Arctic Ocean and becomes a heroine to all mysterious sea creatures of that realm. Sedna is also a celestial body that glows very red (think of blood here) – almost as red as Mars (traditional ruler of blood in medical astrology).
Meanwhile, Bella becomes the source of a war between the vampire family and the Quileute band of Native Americans – several of which turn into werewolves in the film series. In Greek mythology, the goddess Eris caused the Trojan War because she wasn’t invited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis (eventual parents of Achilles) and she tosses an apple into the marriage scene – whereupon goddesses Hera, Athena and Aphrodite wind up fighting over it, eventually leading to the horrific conflict between the Greeks and the Trojans. (The cover of Twilight the book shows outstretched hands holding or offering an apple!)
What is also provocative in these films is how – both in character and in real life – Bella/Kristen Stewart has a strong array of traditionally male qualities while Edward/Robert Pattinson has a strong array of traditionally female qualities. First of all, it is Kristen Stewart who is born in the male sign of fiery Aries while Robert Pattinson is born in the female sign of earthy Taurus. In their movie roles, it is Bella who is the aggressor, wants to make love, and who drives around in a red pick-up truck and, later on, is enamored with speed by riding on motorcycles. These are all male-oriented activities. On the other hand, Edward is tentative about loving Kristen (partly because he is so powerful that he might destroy her or want to drain all of her blood and make her into a vampire); he also loves music, particularly classical music, plays the piano, lives in an artfully decorated room and home, and he drives a fairly regular type car more suited for a female or non-aggressive male driver. Throughout the first three films, Edward is sensitive and he also believes in traditional values like marriage and not having sex until marriage.
Note: This uncertainty about traditional male and female roles in relationships is a big issue for the millennial generation – with individuals experimenting with all kinds of partnerships that would seem alien and weird to members of, say, the Greatest Generation (born between approximately 1901 and 1926) and the Silent Generation (born from about 1927 to 1946).
Where They Stand Now
Just the other day, the three main stars – accompanied by their parents and surrounded by screaming, adoring fans – went to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles to make their hand-marks in cement. While Kristen Stewart – of the trio – has been the more accomplished performer in movies over the last decade or so, all three of these individuals are now in the ranks of the fabulously wealthy. They have gone from earning $2 million a film, to $12 million a film, and now to something like $25 million a film, in addition to a good-sized percentage of the gross ticket sales.
The millennial generation (those individuals born starting in 1980 and for about the 20 years thereafter) is still figuring out what it symbolizes in the giant scheme of things – with their nearly 24/7 addiction to texting, tele-communications and bombardment of information. Nevertheless, one thing is certain: This generation already has a trio of rising superstars in their midst that have not even turned 29 yet (when Saturn returns to its natal place for the first time in life). Lautner is still a true teen (19) while Stewart is only 21 and Pattinson is 25.
The final irony and magic – if we can believe the multi-media – is that Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are actually a couple in love, and that this is not just hype to keep drawing in millions of fans to see the movies and make megabucks for the film creators as well as the stars themselves. Only time will tell whether or not the Bella-Edward and Kristen-Robert matches are made in heaven or that other place – where vampires may really dwell and where werewolves often go when the Full Moon is swaying our emotions, our souls, and the mysterious flow of our life-sustaining blood.
(Kristen Stewart is born on April 9, 1990 in Los Angeles; time unknown. Robert Pattinson is born on May 13, 1986, possibly at 8:32AM, in London. Taylor Lautner is born on February 11, 1992 in Grand Rapids, MI; time unknown.)
Copyright 2011 - 2012 by Mark Lerner and Great Bear Enterprises, Ltd. All rights reserved.
Part II on the Twilight Stars, Breaking Dawn, the Bridge to Harry Potter, and Clearing up Mythological Mysteries
Dateline: Black Friday November 25, 2011. Upfront Note to the Uninitiated – only read this Part II after assimilating the November 5 Part I on Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. While massive numbers of our Generation Y/Millennials flock to movie theaters worldwide to see Breaking Dawn: Part I of the Twilight Saga (gross box office amount of $139 million in America from last weekend’s opening), the economic picture across the globe is more akin to breaking down. However, with a rich multi-media and cyber-space realm that is omnipresent – almost godlike in its universality, especially for this group of individuals born from approximately 1980 to 2000 – you wouldn’t know that so many nations on Earth are on the verge of financial insolvency.
At the end of Part I of this feature, I reported about the mega-incomes of the three main stars of the Twilight Saga (Stewart, Pattinson and Lautner) and that – apparently – Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are in love with each other and a real-life couple. I explained the stunning connection of Kristen Stewart to Eris and Robert Pattinson to Sedna – in their character portrayals as well as in their birthcharts. At this time, I want to add more depth to our understanding of why our younger generation is so anxious to be a part of this unique love bond and love triangle.
The Trans-Neptunian Confusion of Far-Out Celestial Bodies
When I first studied astrology nearly 40 years ago, one of my main mentors was the eminent Renaissance man Dane Rudhyar. He was born in 1895 – just a few years after the three-fold, stupendous Neptune-Pluto conjunctions in early Gemini that inaugurated a new, 492-year cycle of human evolution. Rudhyar – who eventually pioneered the birth of a Humanistic Astrology, by merging Jungian Psychology with Traditional Astrology – was in his mid-30s when Pluto was discovered, and often suggested that the next planet discovered beyond Pluto should be named Proserpine (the Roman equivalent to the Greek Persephone, the daughter of Demeter/Ceres, and the eventual goddess or Queen of the Underworld).
When first Sedna and then Eris were discovered – along with other far-distant celestial bodies like Haumea and Makemake – instead of their being one, single trans-Plutonian globe, there were many. In addition, because the name Persephone had already been given to an asteroid, the naming group within the field of astronomy decided to open up the naming process to include goddesses and gods from other mythologies (i.e. Native American, Inuit, Hawaiian, and Polynesian).
While Eris and her strong rapport to war and strife definitely connects to the Bella Swan character in the Twilight films – and to Kristen Stewart astrologically in real life – and Sedna and her strong association to extreme cold and rulership of strange creatures of the under-oceanic realm connects to the Edward Cullen character and to Robert Pattinson astrologically, all of these outer planets beyond Neptune and Pluto have a general association with the mythology of Proserpine/Persephone who signifies the Queen of the Underworld.
Women’s Liberation Comes of Age as Heroines Regain their Archetypal Power
One of the interesting points about the Twilight books and films is that the story is being told from the Bella Swan mind-set. It is her outlook, understanding and evolution that we are participating in – not necessarily that of vampire Edward or werewolf Jacob. Just as the Women’s Liberation Movement gained an enormous following in America and worldwide in the 1960s and 1970s, the last two decades have brought us the likes of Wonder Woman, Xena – Warrior Princess, Buffy – The Vampire Slayer, and the recent portrayals by Angelina Jolie and Kate Beckinsale (bringing to the silver screen female fighters from the gaming industry and the vampire-lycan rivalries).
Now we have – from the Generation Y/Millennial group – a trio of actresses leading the pack in the film world. They are Keira Knightley, Kristen Stewart and Emma Watson. What is so significant here is that all three are Sun-sign Aries women whose birthcharts connect intimately with Eris – the key outer planet that the astronomical community has designated as the primary celestial body in the Kuiper Belt (at least for the time-being).
Keira Knightley (born March 26, 1985) is the oldest of the trio – being now 26 and has the more impressive coterie of varied screen performances (her assertive characters in Camelot, Domino and the Pirates of the Caribbean films). As I explained in Part I, Kristen Stewart – in her Bella Swan character – is very masculine, assertive and forceful in her love approach to Edward. It is interesting that in the Pirates of the Caribbean series of movies, Keira Knightley played the role of Elizabeth Swann – a name that bears an uncanny resemblance to that of Bella Swan. Did Stephenie Meyer subconsciously take the name of the Knightley character from Pirates and then incorporate that into the Bella Swan heroine of the Twilight books? We will never know, but the dynamic and masculine qualities of Aries (where Eris is still located now and for many years to come) are what bind Knightley and Stewart.
Shockingly, over in the Harry Potter alternate universe of magic among school children who grow into would-be magicians as teens and young adults, Emma Watson (born April 15, 1990) is another Sun-sign Aries, connected to far-distant Eris, and born only 6 days after Kristen Stewart. Playing the role of Hermione to Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry Potter, Emma Watson has suddenly grown up from child star to budding adult now at 21.
The Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling Connections with the “Twi-Hards”
There are many differences between these two blockbuster book-and-film franchises since the Twilight realm appears to be mainly a love story that is either unholy or simply tantalizing to the young and innocent of our population whereas the Harry Potter realm is totally associated with young people developing magical skills across the board. However, what binds the two realms are the timeless human battle between good and evil, the crippling duality of love and hate, and the fact that the Millennials are part of the modern digital-cyber culture which includes an ever-widening universe of possibilities.
Just as the field of astronomy has grown enormously in the last 100 years – where we have gone from thinking of our solar system as everything to the larger concept of being a part of a galaxy and universe, composed of supernovas, dark matter/energy and black holes, and now multi-verses and string-theories about 10 or more dimensions of consciousness – our youth are exploring formerly forbidden subjects and lifestyles that make the older generations concerned, worried and – in some cases – envious. What seemed originally crazy in the last 20 years in terms of gothic styles of dress and ornamentation, and body piercings to bizarre hair colorings and massive fascination with tattoos has now become mainstream with young people. And, to some extent, this is probably due to the discovery of the variety of celestial bodies beyond Neptune and Pluto because these far-out worlds are really bridging-contacts for whatever the Milky Way galaxy contains in its billions of stars that constitute our more complete home in the Universe.
Ironically, just as Stephenie Meyer produced the first Twilight novel when she was experiencing the Saturn Return, Identity-Crisis time-period of ages 29 – 30, J.K. Rowling (born July 31, 1965) finished the first Harry Potter novel in 1995 – at the time of her Saturn Return. In previous features, I explained that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, as well as Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell, drastically altered their lives and future success at the ages of 29 – 30. Now Stephenie Meyer and J.K. Rowling, as literary divas for the Millennials, have come into their worldly power base when Saturn made its first return in their birthcharts.
I didn’t realize that there was a vast undercurrent of antipathy going on between the followers of each book-film franchise until I was reading some reviews of the movies and discovered email interaction between rival groups of fans that was quite vociferous. This is – unfortunately – in keeping with the fact that these far-distant planets I am discussing, which connect so strongly to war-like and strife-ridden conditions, are the same celestial bodies that are giving raptured life to the Twi-hards and Harry Potter fanatics. (A real-life bridge between the two film cultures is that Robert Pattinson, born in England, played the part of Cedric Diggory in the movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.)
From Victim-Hood to Equality in Love and Marriage
When my generation – the Baby Boomers – were growing up and watching plenty of television and going to movies without the capacity to replay them over and over again – we saw the Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee type, blood-lusting Dracula-figures preying upon and victimizing innocent females that could easily be their daughters, not really their wives. To some extent, this also reflected the taboo subject of paternal incest and molestation of young females within the family. Then came Francis Ford Coppola’s film take on the subject – with Gary Oldman and Winona Ryder played the leads – which moved the concept more to a re-incarnational love-match spanning the centuries.
I believe this is what has captivated the Twilight fans – particularly the females – that we now have a mythos (synchronistically resonating to the array of far-away celestial bodies) that links a hot-blooded, warm female to a cool or even cold male who has somehow “lost his soul.” Just as many men now have “lost their muse” or feminine side in the last few decades of the Women’s Liberation Movement – making men feel often very uncomfortable whether they should be “macho” or “sensitive,” as well as when and how often – young females groove on Bella Swan’s strong and potent desire to merge with her fate-destined, soul-mate, Edward Cullen.
Even in the storyline, the Volturi (Vatican-like overseers of the vampire world) cannot penetrate Bella’s mind. She is a total enigma – even to the most powerful leaders of the vampire imperial kingdom. Meanwhile, she completely surprises them as she is also willing – due to her extreme compassion and empathy – to give up her own life to save Edward – who apparently has no soul because that is what makes a vampire a member of the “un-dead.”
What is clear to me – from many decades of studying esoteric philosophy, world religions, and metaphysical concepts – is that each human being when incarnate has a living being, a Guardian Angel or Solar Angel, that acts as the true enlivening principle, and, simultaneously, is the bridge from our personality-body life to our spirit-self. It is that Guardian Angel or Solar Angel that Edward Cullen and the other vampires are dis-associated with – giving them only a quasi-human existence. But in Bella Swan, Stephenie Meyer has created – deliberately or, more probably, subconsciously – the archetype of the all-powerful, feminine Guardian Angel and Solar Angel, the life-giving and (very appropriately) fire-animating entity that is the true soul-mate to Edward.
The Blood IS the Life
Finally, on this subject for now, this entire focus on blood-thirsty vampires, and ravenous werewolves, and the damsel-in-distress who acts as an Eris-dominated war-generator connects to the controversial novels of Dan Brown (Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, etc). If you remember, these writings were heavily criticized by the hierarchical members of Christianity worldwide (who have also condemned the Harry Potter books and movies, claiming they promote witchcraft and sorcery) because they had the audacity to claim that Jesus didn’t die on the cross, married Mary Magdalene, and that they had a female child – who is the ancestral source of the life-line and blood-line of the Messiah in the Western World. The fact that Dan Brown in his novels took these concepts from historical books on the subject (The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail and others) doesn’t change how powerfully these thoughts and images have become within the consciousness of young adults and now their children.
The point here is – separate from Jesus, the Christed or Anointed One as savior, and his blood being connected to a divine source – a human being’s blood IS his or her life. It is often forgotten that just as the color-vision spectrum is a minute section within the much greater electro-magnetic band stretching from microwaves, television and radio waves, infra-red or heat waves, red-to-violet colors, ultra-violet, x-rays, gamma rays and cosmic rays, a human being’s temperature (based on the heat in their blood) needs to stay very close to 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. You become too hot or too cold, and you will start to become delirious, lose your mind, have a stroke or heart attack, and die.
Pluto had been the key planet in our solar system connected to the underworld of cold and ice. However, because the ruler of that realm became biblically associated with “fire and brimstone,” and because the depths of the Earth were known to contain volcanic forces and extreme heat, the coldness of the underworld became mixed up with the idea of “hellish fires, purification or eternal damnation.” The only “fires” that can be connected now to the frozen globes of Pluto, Sedna, Eris and those other distant celestial bodies are the energetic, electro-magnetic fiery frequencies that are coming from the heart-center of our galaxy, 26,000-light years away.
Right now the only global warming on Earth that we can probably prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, based on the many millions of young women going to see Bella marry Edward, make love, and have a baby that is part-vampire and part-human, is the fiery Aries heat source receiving the distant energies of Eris – that dominates the lives and performances of several of our top, young actresses, and turns on a new generation of females to seek a heart-felt and soul-full blood bond with a true, committed and faithful beloved.
© 2011 - 2012 by Mark Lerner and Great Bear Enterprises, Ltd. All rights reserved.