A month ago, a petition began making headway on the website change.org, asking for the media to please stop interviewing Will and Jada Pinkett Smith about their sex life. To date, the site has gathered input from over 23,000 digital signatories, who expressed their collective frustration at the celebrity couple’s tendency to disclose intimate details of their private lives.
“Everything I learn about this couple is against my will,” one user complained. Another commented, “It’s honestly too much. Celebrities don’t usually share more information than we’d wanna know, but these two are an exception.” Another confessed, “I find myself desperately yearning for Will Smith and his wife to spare us the details.”
The media interest and subsequent backlash follows the release of Smith’s memoir Will wherein he discusses his marriage to Pinkett Smith, his divorce from his first wife, and many other titillating tidbits, such as when he fell in love with “Six Degrees of Separation” co-star Stockard Channing during his first marriage.
Earlier this year, Pinkett Smith had invited Gwyneth Paltrow onto her “Red Table Talk” Facebook show to have a candid conversation about their sex lives, wherein she said “Will and I … started in this at a very young age … 22 years old,” Jada said. “That’s why the accountability … because I think you expect your partner to know (what you need), especially when it comes to sex.”
And so on…
Not being one to let sleeping dogs lie, this investigative astrologer promptly set about examining their respective charts to see what the heck is going on. Where there’s smoke, there must surely be fire…
Based on their Vedic horoscopes, their overall compatibility is fairly good. They score a moderate 18.5 points out of 36 on the standard Moon-comparison Ashtakoot method, wherein a score of 20-21 is considered a “passing grade.” But from the perspective of a different protocol, considering the lagna, Moon, Sun, and Venus for each, we find evidence of more support.
For instance, their lagnas are in opposite rashis, a supportive pattern for complementarity in lifestyle, eg, domesticity, diet, diurnal/nocturnal habits, family and social connections. Their Moons are compatible, Will’s in an air rashi, Jada’s in fire. That’s good for empathy, synchronized mood, and communication. Their Suns are identical, both Virgos, so they have a similar management style, code of ethics, and life aspirations. Finally, however, their respective Venus placements are out of sync. When two grahas are in a 2/12 relationship, it implies some degree of erosion, sometimes wherein one partner uses the other, or acts covertly.
This merits a closer look at Venus in each of their horoscopes. Will’s Venus is in mixed condition, being strong in its own sign but engaged in graha yuddha (planetary war) with Mercury. Although Venus wins this war, the conflict creates collateral damage. As lagnesh and 6th lord, this is potent for the Self in most respects, ie, health, competition and relative fame, but may still cause problems in relationships, especially as it occurs in the 6th bhava, which is the 12th (undoing) from the 7th.
Venus is associated with a weak (dark) Moon and in mutual aspect with a rogue Saturn, who is doubly exaggerated courtesy of both its debilitation and retrogression. This is a classic passion combination, since it involves the “good girls” of the zodiac – the Moon and Venus – each of which are corrupted in some manner. Mars and Saturn are the “bad boys” of the zodiac but Mars is out of play here and only Saturn is available to engage with the Moon and Venus. Recall that Saturn is in an “excited state” courtesy of its double-edged avasthas.
The fact that this bundle of interacting grahas (Moon, Venus, Saturn) lies within the axis of two opposing dusthanas plants the seed for a potential scandal, the timing for which hinges on one or more of the participating grahas. Since Will is currently running Venus dasha, this suggests his Moon or Saturn bhuktis being the more likely candidate periods, especially the latter, since Saturn is also debilitated in the 12th house of Will’s navamsha. But his Saturn bhukti only begins nine years from now, spanning 2031-34.
As for Jada’s chart, it contains no classic passion combinations. That doesn’t imply she lacks desire, only that it doesn’t constitute the same level of “itch” that it may for her husband. Meanwhile, her 7th lord Venus is debilitated and moderately combust, but in the 11th house may allow her greater opportunity to discuss the ebb and flow of marital life with friends, social media, etc. She’s currently running Jupiter dasha, with her Venus bhukti only starting about seven years from now, spanning 2028-2030. Note, however, that both of these two period lords occupy dusthanas in her navamsha, suggesting problems during their conjoined period.
Although each of Will’s and Jada’s “challenging” bhuktis have no clear overlap in the calendar, their very proximity does imply a rough period for the couple in 2030 and 2031. And if we flash forward to October 2030, we see transiting Saturn and Ketu in Taurus at the same time as transiting Jupiter is in Scorpio. Since Will and Jada have 14-degree Taurus and 10-degree Scorpio lagnas, respectively, that means they will simultaneously be experiencing major transits on their relationship axis during the same one-year period. Coming at ages 62 and 59, respectively, this may well prove to be a major test of their marital commitment.
Alan Annand studied with Hart deFouw. He’s a graduate of the American College of Vedic Astrology and a former tutor for the British Faculty of Astrological Studies.
He’s also the author of several books. Kala Sarpa is a first-of-its-kind reference text on a unique pattern in jyotisha that is not discussed in shastra yet is part of India’s rich oral tradition. Stellar Astrology, Volumes 1-3 offer a wealth of time-tested techniques via biographical profiles, analyses of world events, and technical essays. Parivartana Yoga is a reference text for one of the most common yet powerful planetary combinations in jyotisha.
Aside from his Montreal-based crime novels, his New Age Noir crime series (Scorpio Rising, Felonious Monk, Soma County) feature astrologer and palmist Axel Crowe, whom one reviewer has dubbed “Sherlock Holmes with a horoscope.”
Websites: www.navamsa.com, www.sextile.com