Linklater’s Fairy-tale Trilogy – The Before Series


Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke are director and actors who have created a cult image in the Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight trilogy, comparable to the captivating and long-standing cult film Dirty DancingIt begins with a study of the magnetic dynamic between two lone travelers on a train that ultimately draws, in the same hypnotic fashion, an unsuspecting audience into the vicarious fascination of foreplay between spellbound lovers. Often these types of keyhole views on human love and attraction are only a pleasant diversion that is designed to complement the main and more serious theme in a film. But Richard Linklater cut out the unnecessary periphery and sacrificed any complicated and compelling plot to put the center of attention on the subjects as they do their romantic dance through the glorious streets and parks of Vienna. That is how they captured our hearts in the first of the three fascinating glimpses into the lives of these fictional heroes of personal love.

One might expect to see extremely overt interconnections between the three Natal charts, but that is not the case on a superficial first look. So let’s look deeper. linklater_hawke_delpy2

Julie Delpy’s horoscope is in the middle wheel because it is the only one of the three whose birth time is known. This puts her at center stage as the planets of the others are dropped into her chart’s houses.

There is a powerful connection between Linklater’s Pluto and Delpy’s Mars. It is an exact contact that has Delpy’s Mars making the aspect. She represents Linklater’s subconscious projection of almost ideal and fairly-like creatures that portray his private vision of the magical world of the lovers’ characteristic and continual juxtaposing.

Delpy’s Mars creates a spark of classic Botticelli beauty which supports the dream-like romantic point of the film. Linklater’s Natal Pluto degree is A man dreaming of fairies. It is one of the handful of elfin degrees that reveals a person in touch with higher and subtler forces than most. All of his film projections stem from this undercurrent of an otherworldly imagination.

These three creative individuals had the vision to take their audience through three stages of a normal relationship, but in a way that is vicariously compelling. We develop our hopes in them to reward us with a reason to believe in personal love.

The personal rendition in film is mirrored in Hawke’s Mars very close to Delpy’s Uranus. The story has her always just a little bit distant (Uranus) with him always on the gentle pursuit (Mars). The conjunction is appropriately in the sign of Libra, pointing to a linking with others in a one-on-one relationship.


Linklater’s Sun Sextile’s Delpy’s Uranus so that he is brought into the picture. And the three become a manifestation of Delpy’s Uranus degree of Three old masters hanging in an art gallery. The original symbol is Three old masters hang together in an art gallery; they have a room to themselves and seem to hold converse. In an interview with the three, they speak proudly of having to meet together in their private rooms to create the storyline. This is a fascinating connection between the symbolic world of a Sabian Symbol and its real-life manifestation.

Here is the entire symbol:

Libra 9 Three old masters hanging in an art gallery This is a symbol of man’s capacity for embracing a universal reality within his own personal experience. Here is representation of the fundamental faculties of self-expression as they may be established in effective alignment with each other, thereby furthering every pertinent aspect of human potentiality. Implicit is the concept of the past and the present as irrevocably in partnership, every individual’s heritage providing him with a foundation for the achievement he desires. The keyword is ACCORD. When positive, the degree is a gift for bringing people and events together in high appreciation of the greater values of life, and when negative, idle worship of tradition and destructive self-contemplation.

The words highlighted in red above mirror the continuing trilogy from the past to present conveniently. In Hawke’s Mars is the reflective symbol of not only the first scene in Before Sunset, but shows a reflection of the actor’s real-life work as a writer. It also literally points to his first acting role in Dead Poets Society. The symbol for Mars in 11 Libra is: A kindly old professor from his battered desk peers over his eyeglasses at a class eagerly awaiting his words.




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