The comedian Chris Rock was born on February 7, 1965. This makes him a Child of Uranus with Uranus in the zodiac sign of Virgo. It’s a fascinating combination because he really is a product of the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s. The Civil Rights peaked when Uranus (planet of revolution and change) formed its conjunction to Pluto (planet of ordeals and the transformations that arise from them) from 1965 to 1966. This coincided with the anti-Vietnam war movement and the stirrings of the Women’s Liberation Movement (1968) and Gay Rights (1969). All of this makes sense given that Virgo was named after the Roman Goddess Ceres. Ceres is known as the goddess of the grain, but she was also the protectress of slaves, women, the disenfranchised, and specifically the grieving mothers of those who lost their sons in battle.
Ceres was the goddess of the plebs (i.e. the “common folk”) and it was her job to correct social injustices and to ensure that everyone’s civil rights were recognized. Now this may seem a bit highfalutin for Chris Rock, but not if you examine the man more closely. Much of his comedy stems from his early experience of racism and his love/hate relationship to being an underdog. Chris Rock is an unrelenting satirist which stands in sharp contrast to the warm anecdotal humor of Bill Cosby or the tragicomedy of Richard Pryor. Chris Rock may talk the street talk but there’s no mistaking the intellectual walk of the true Uranian. It’s very clear that this is a man who thinks a lot. And this is what makes him so hard to pin down because he sounds equally disdainful of the political left and right, of the smart and the simple. Like all Children of Uranus Chris Rock is a born revolutionary and he has no hesitation making light of the expectations that were heaped on African American men and women who grew up in the 60s to become model citizens grateful for the sacrifices made by the generations before. Chris Rock has been vocal about his refusal to be anyone’s “role model” or to exercise any sort of social conscience conscientiousness. Yet if you listen to what he has to say—and the way that he says it—you can hear someone who cares about the integrity of society and whose skepticism and contempt barely masks a wounded idealism. That’s when one can’t help but wonder if this is a Child of Uranus who protests too much? Subscribe for more features. Only 1.99 a month!