I’ve always adored musicals. The Big old classic Busby Berkeley tap dancing American 30’s -50’s ones. The glitz, the glamour, the illusions, the dreamy happy endings. I watched them with my Dad all the time. Some of my Dad’s family had been in vaudeville. They were dancers and musicians. My Great Aunt Mary was a lead chorus girl at the Royal Alex Theatre on Front Street in Toronto in the 20’s called “Mary Rose.” Her friend George White asked her to run off to New York to try to dance on Broadway. She didn’t go. He did and became very famous. The George White Scandals was the competition for the Ziegfeld Follies. Aunt Mary was friends with Beatrice Lily, they had a vaudeville act together. My Dad had always wanted to be a professional dancer. He was an incredible dancer, I remember watching him,he was pretty talented, but he had a birth defect on his ear and that kept him from being in the spotlight. I took dancing lessons seriously from the time I was 5 for 10 years. Oh to be able to dance like the stars.
I finally watched this old film that I had wanted to watch for a while. I used to love it years ago. Pennies From Heaven, 1981, stars Steve Martin, his then-girlfriend, Bernadette Peters and an awesome dance performance from Christopher Walken is an original and very strange, heavy, modern musical which incorporates those old Fred Astaire, Ginger Rodgers numbers seamlessly.
I just realized the movie is the perfect mirror for the present Venus/ Saturn conjunction in Sagittarius with Neptune squaring them from PISCES throughout 2016.
As a Triple Sagittarius, I like to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative and don’t mess with Mr. In between.
But, Saturn, even in Sagittarius is no laughing matter. Saturn will sober you up.
VENUS symbolizes human love, the imperfectly beautiful glorious hunk of clay love. The energy ball of stardust held together with blood pumping from a heart full of rhythm. Venus’s metal is copper, that is pennies.
Venus conjunct Saturn is the everyday down to earth, morning breath, bills, farting, boredom, tedium of everyday romance. Saturn is longevity.
NEPTUNE symbolizes Heaven. The Ideal, spiritual love, unconditional love, dream lovers. Neptune’s soul mate love is beyond any ego needs. It is totally unselfish love given from a Source of unbounded unlimited love, expecting nothing in return. This is read my mind, telepathic, totally psychic, synched in love. Neptune’s love is the highest vibration, it is Light as Love, it is eternal, infinite. Neptune is escapism, denial, fantasy, illusion, addictions, martyrdom. Neptune governs Hollywood,films, music, creativity.
SATURN symbolizes reality which has a definite beginning and end. Saturn is the underlying structure of the third dimension. Saturn is the school of hard knocks. It is a hard day’s night, the dark night of the soul, the trials of being human, getting old, failing, death.
I haven’t seen this movie in God knows how many years and I’d forget how heavily Saturnine it is. It’s so Romantically Venusian and dreamily Neptunian as well. It was adopted from a British series. Steve Martin plays Arthur Parker, the anti-hero, who is a dreamer who wishes reality were like those super romantic songs like Pennies From Heaven. His real life is shit; he is a loser, a liar, a sex obsessed, delusional infantile man. The movie constantly shifts from the hard Saturn to the Hollywood Glamour. Bernadette Peters plays his mistress/ lover. She is very feminine, sexy, uninhibited and truly a Venus love goddess in the flesh.
No spoilers. Film Critic Pauline Kael said. “Pennies from Heaven is the most emotional movie musical I’ve ever seen. It’s a stylized mythology of the Depression which uses the popular songs of the period as expressions of people’s deepest longings – for sex, for romance, for money, for a high good time…there was never a second when I wasn’t fascinated by what was happening on the screen.” The real versus the unreal. It’s perfectly crafted to mirror these energies which we are under now.
Watch it. It isn’t an easy film to watch. Let me know what you think.
P.S. Steve Martin, who is a genius and who I have adored for many years, was born August 14, 1945 in Waco Texas at 5:54 a.m. Steve has a Natal Venus Saturn conjunction in Cancer, straddling Sirius, the U.S. Sun. Venus is square to his Neptune in Libra. I kid you not, I checked on this after I wrote this.
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Pennies From Heaven 1981