Many years ago a young man I knew developed a serious problem with cocaine addiction. His life became centered around procuring his drug of choice. He resorted to stealing money and goods from friends and loved ones to support his habit. Fortunately, he entered rehab and was able to control his habit and turn his life around. At one point in this process he asked me to look at his natal chart. The most prominent aspect was an almost exact square between Neptune and Mars.
As a result of this experience, I began to notice Mars square Neptune is other charts and to ask whether a problem with addiction to drugs or alcohol was symbolized by this particular configuration. Over time, I began to call the Mars/Neptune square the “cocaine addiction” aspect. To be clear, having this aspect does not mean that the native is destined to become addicted to alcohol or drugs, but it does seem to indicate a higher risk than normal for developing a drug habit, often centered on cocaine.
This morning I noticed a headline that a young Hollywood actor ” mysteriously ended up in a very bad area of downtown L.A. just after midnight Sunday … and ended up getting violently socked in the mouth by a sketchy transient …” The article went on to say that former child actor Zac Efron had been in rehab twice in the past year for cocaine addiction and that he had broken his jaw last November under mysterious circumstances.
Given Efron’s public acknowldgement of his cocaine abuse, I wondered whether he was born under Mars square Neptune, as had so many of the cocaine users whose charts I have studied over the years. Fortunately, his birth time is known and his data is ironically rated as “AA.” Here is his chart according to the data on AstroDataBank:
His transits for the time of the attack (shortly after midnight 24 March 2014) are quite striking. Here is his natal chart with the transits for 0:15 AM superimposed:
At the time Efron was punched in the face, transiting Mars was conjunct his natal Sun, and transiting Moon (emotional needs) was conjunct his natal Neptune (intoxicating drugs) in his 12th house of self-undoing.
In addition, transiting Pluto (major transformation) was conjunct his natal ASC (head, face, body in general). With the grand cardinal cross of 22 April 2014 hitting his natal ASC quite directly, Zac Efron can expect quite a bit of further upheaval in his life over the next several months. With transiting Pluto hovering on his ASC, Mr. Efron will emerge from this grand cross a significantly changed person.