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With full hearts and Vulcan hand signs high folks, we salute Star Trek Day. Celebrated each year on September 8, the date of the show’s original premiere, Star Trek Day pays homage to one of the most enduring works of sci fi storytelling in this or any other universe.
Parodied and praised, oft quoted and debated, Star Trek has been part of the cultural lexicon or nearly sixty years. Fandom for the series is fierce and avowed celebrity trekkies include Barrack Obama, Mila Kunis, Rihanna and Tom Hanks.
Because the cast roll call for all the series and films in the Star Trek universe is vast, we have limited our scope to the OG Trek and “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” the latter because Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard is a quintessential space daddy. The boundaries being set, I will, however, venture that Khan was a Capricorn sun with a Leo moon.
What star sign aligns with which Star Trek character read on to learn more, and as ever, live long and prosper my dudes.
ARIES (March 21 – April 19)
Captain James T. Kirk
Bold, bordering at times on reckless, the internet tell us Kirk was born in Riverside, Iowa, on March 22, 2233 making him a full fledged Aries like the man who first played him, William Shatner. The youngest captain in Starfleet history, Kirk is a natural leader and like the ram that symbolizes his sun sign, he pushes ever onward at all costs and all points. Heroic to the hilt, Kirk wants to do right, be right and reserve his vulnerabilities for those in his closest counsel.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)
Montgomery “Scotty” Scott
Taurus rules the second house of values and material goods which can at times lead bulls down the path of possessiveness. In the case of good natured, hard drinking, catch phrase inspiring Scotty, possessiveness takes the shape of a ship.Our tartan Taurus king views the Enterprise with religious devotion, protective of her engines and willing to go to great lengths or space depths, to see her and the crew through. Bulls are humble to the last and Scotty, despite his accumulated rank and description of “miracle worker,” saw himself first and only as a modest engineer.
GEMINI (May 21 – June 20)
Gemini rules the third house of communication and exchange and Nyota Uhura famously and fabulously served as the communications officer for the Enterprise. The Gemini mind is a multi faceted hive and Uhura proved the high shine of hers through her vast and highly adaptable skill set. Versed in linguistics, mathematics, navigation, social prowess, and science, the character of Uhura was groundbreaking. A truly dynamic force in the Star Trek universe, she was brought to vivid life by the late great Nichelle Nichols.
CANCER (June 21 – July 22)
Cancer is rightly associated with maternal instincts and caretaking and Nurse Christine Chapel demonstrates the finer points of the archetype. Oft quoted as saying she was “a nurse first, and a member of the crew of the Enterprise second,” Chapel aided all people in all manner of ailments. Chapel showed us the darker tendencies of Cancer energy, mainly jealousy, petty resentment and passive aggressive punishments when she developed unrequited feelings for Spock.
LEO (July 23 – August 22)
Big on heart and bearded bravado, Will is all lion. Leos are good natured and competitive, seeking the approval and affection of those they admire and seek to emulate. Despite having a rough relationship with his own father, Will was devoted to his substitute daddy-o ladies and gentlemen Jean-Luc Picard who gave him the moniker all lions covet, “number one.”
VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)
Excessively analytical and effortlessly self-sacrificing, Data was a delight. This fan favorite was eulogized by Jean Luc Picard as, “his curiosity about every facet of human nature, allowed all of us to see the best parts of ourselves. He evolved, he embraced change because he always wanted to be better than he was.” Endlessly curious, bent on betterment, and always looking to be of service, Data is Virgo energy distilled.
LIBRA (September 23 – October 22)
Diplomatic, well spoken, highly likable and downright handsome, Shakespeare loving Jean-Luc Picard displays the Venusian virtues of this cardinal sign. Libra is synonymous with balance and Picard was charged with stabilizing the dual influences of technology and humanity. As air signs, Libras can be a touch aloof and often succeed professionally while falling short in their familial relationships, a dynamic at work in the esteemed but childless Picard.
SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21)
Russian wunderkid Pavel Chekov shows some serious Scorpio tendencies. Ruler of the eighth house of death and transformation, Scorpio is a threshold sign associated with soul journeys and psychology. In kind, Chekov loses his mind quite a few times during his tenure on the Enterprise but owing to the Scorpio capacity for survival he always makes it through the suffering and back from the brink of destruction intact.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)
Hikaru Sulu, described by Spock as “at heart, a swashbuckler out of your 18th century,” is the resident Sagittarius of the “Star Trek” franchise. Series creator Gene Roddenberry named the character for the Sulu Sea in central Philippines, as it was “the waters of that sea touch all shores,” an expansive sentiment in keeping with the abundant nature of this mutable fire sign. Dynamic and allergic to physical stasis or mental ennui, archers are an active and engaged bunch. True to form, Sulu’s interests include botany, fencing, Mudd women and gymnastics.
CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)
Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy
A voice of reason with serious father issues and a predisposition towards judgement, Leonard “Bones” McCoy is a big time Capricorn. Well-respected for his prudence and beloved in spite of his pessimism, McCoy perfectly encapsulates the sea goat spirit. Furthermore, Capricorn rules the skeletal system from which the good doctor derives his nickname.
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18)
Aquarius has two planetary rulers, and natives are often caught between the pull of opposing forces. We see this dichotomy expressed in Spock, a mixed heritage man divided by logic and emotion, “whose Vulcan blood put him outside of our species while his human blood kept him tethered to it. From his pointy ears came endless ruminations on the nature of humanity and whether we will overcome our differences and reach the stars together.” A grappling outsider on a star quest? Apex Aquarius.
PISCES (February 19 – March 20)
Geordi La Forge
As a Pisces, Geordi La Forge is positioned directly opposite of his friend Data on the zodiac wheel, and provides a sensitive, ethereal counterpoint to his pal’s logical mind. In the series, LaForge was born blind but through VISOR technology is able to see a large swath of the electromagnetic spectrum, giving him a kind of extra sensory sight. In kind, Pisces rules the twelfth house of the unconscious mind and natives exhibit a heightened emotional awareness. Apt to “feel” their way through life, these folk, like La Forge, rely on intuition rather than obvious perception.
Astrology 101: Your guide to the stars
Astrologer Reda Wigle researches and irreverently reports back on planetary configurations and their effect on each zodiac sign. Her horoscopes integrate history, poetry, pop culture and personal experience. She is also an accomplished writer who has profiled a variety of artists and performers, as well as extensively chronicled her experiences while traveling. Among the many intriguing topics she has tackled are cemetery etiquette, her love for dive bars, Cuban Airbnbs, a “girls guide” to strip clubs and the “weirdest” foods available abroad.