The Astrology of Cheating

Being a curious cat, I began speculating on what I would spot in a lover’s chart if he cheated. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any data for the “victims” of a cheating spouse in this small sample of charts. However, in these “cheaters” horoscopes there were some interesting observations to be observed. Firstly, it was found that transiting Neptune frequently aspected the Sun and/or Mars in the charts of those who had committed cheating. If we wanted to look at this psychologically, the astrologer could propose the idea of an individual feeling a sense of disillusionment (Neptune) inside, regarding their life and marriage, and somehow feeling justified to do a little cheating on the side.

Neptune in astrology is a secretive fantasist that usually harbours guilty feelings over being deceptive and slippery in nature, and there are no safe boundaries. If a line is about to be crossed then usually Neptune transits are about causing chaos. Neptune also brings an overwhelming sense of loss, longing, and impossible idealization. The individual under such a transit is drawn to a “redeemer” of some sort, and falls into the lover’s arms in the hope that he or she can offer some escape and refill that empty cup of fantasy, longing and unrealized dreams.

The Guilty Ones

Film star Clark Gable cheated with Loretta Young on the set of “The Call of the Wild” in 1935. During their relationship, Young fell pregnant, and she hid the pregnancy from the press. Gable had transiting Neptune conjunct Mars, and Pluto was completing its opposition to Venus. Loretta had transiting Neptune trine both Sun and Moon through-out the whole affair.

Humphrey Bogart was 45 years old when he cheated with Lauran Bacall, 19. When Bogart fell in love with the teenager, he felt torn between his loyalty for his marriage and his new lover. Still, he left his long suffering wife and formed a relationship with Bacall. Humphrey had transiting Neptune square both Sun and Mars. Lauren who was probably fairly innocent had no Neptune transits in her chart. However, she had transiting Saturn crossing her Sun, and this is the classic indication for a relationship with a much older man. Saturn rules time, age and maturity. Saturn transits signify those times when we get serious and make a commitment.

Ingrid Bergman’s affair with Roberto Rossellini was the most controversial at the time, she fell pregnant and was exiled from the U.S. Ingrid had transiting Saturn crossing her Sun and Venus, indicating a sense of duty, responsibility and heaviness in a relationship. And she was subjected to personal criticism and rejection from others. Furthermore, transiting Uranus was conjunct Mars and she was the one who initiated the affair with the Italian director. Mars-Uranus aspects can leave us feeling rebellious and looking for excitement (Mars-Uranus). Moreover transiting Neptune squared her natal Mars indicating sexual (Mars) deceit (Neptune). Rosellini had transiting Saturn square Venus, and Neptune was trining Venus and Mars. Also, transiting Pluto was square his Sun and Moon, indicating betrayal and humiliating experiences as well as complex emotional affairs.