Wednesday, 24 September 2014

American Psycho

American Psycho is a psychological thriller based on a novel story. It's a good film to watch. The story doesn't have anything unique to say but the act is hilariously comical. 

There is a piece of dialogue which I found amusing in particular because of the eggcorns involved:

When in a club Bateman is talking to a girl, conversation runs like this:

Patrick Bateman: Ask me a question.

Club Patron: So, what do you do?


Patrick Bateman: I'm into, uh, well, murders and executions, mostly.

Club Patron: Do you like it?

Patrick Bateman: Well, it depends. Why?

Club Patron: Well, most guys I know who are in Mergers and Acquisitions really don't like it. 


The lead is played by Christian Bale. He has done a marvelous job as a psychopath  in the movie. Whether the protagonist is a serial killer or not remains open to interpretation at the end of the film. Christian Bale made his act equally funny and eerie at the same time. 



The protagonist is named Patrick Bateman--not only does the name 'Bateman' sounds similar to Norman Bates(remember Bate's motel?) but also Bale looks pretty similar to the protagonist of Hitchcock's classic Psycho. Bale has done a great attempt to bring eerie element of Psycho in this movie--unpredictability and restlessness of the character are so palpable that they create a tension in the viewer.


The movie seems to become open to interpretation after the scene when Bateman shots the police car and sets it on fire just with a couple of bullets. Also his killing more than a dozen of people with in a short period of time at public places and then getting away with it unnoticed even the day after tends to hint in the same direction.


I read that Christian Bale was suggested to not to take this role as it was considered to be  equal to committing suicide--but that became the very reason why he chose to take it. Hats off to Bale--I think he is a great performer and that is why he is favorite of Christopher Nolan's cast along with Michael Caine. In between movies The Machinist  and Batman Begins(if I recall well) he had to almost transform himself physically from a skinny clad to a muscular hunk in a matter of just few months! He works really hard for his roles and gets into the skin of his characters.


This movie is not a great movie but it's a good entertainer if you like to watch psychological thrillers. It pays tribute to Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Psycho in more than one scenes.

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Stelliums: A case study in Vedic Astrology.

Stelliums are group of four or more planets. They are important because they represent special karmic energies activated in the horoscope of a person. There are only 9 planets in a horoscope and if you find 4 or more planets in a single sign it definitely means that more than 40-50% of Karma of such a native is focussed in a particular domain. The type of energy involved(masculine or feminine, fiery or watery etc.) is represented by the sign involved in the stellium and the karmic goal involved is represented by the domain(house 1, 2,... house 11, 12--Tanu, Bandhu,...Labha, Moksha bhavas) involved in the stellium. This makes for an interesting study in Vedic Astrology.


In ancient times stellium represented only Sanyasa Yoga--but now they represent more of an energy focused in a particular area of life. For example--Albert Einstein, Rahul Dravid, Madam Blavatsky etc. have stelliums in various houses in their horoscopes but they don't fall in the category of recluses but they definitely represent natives who are so engrossed in some domains in their lives that everything else seems immaterial. Lets take some of such cases for a brief study:

Data is taken from Astrosage website for analysis

1. Albert Einstein:  The ascendant sign is Gemini. Moon sign is Scorpio. The stellium is situated in the tenth house from ascendant and fifth house from Moon in the watery sign of Pisces.




a. Stellium from Ascendant:    Stellium is in the sign of Pisces(watery sign: emotional, intuitive, dreamy, nurturing, secretive and imaginative). Stellium is in the tenth house(house 10 is a domain of Saturn and Mars---a domain of public visibility and action for material progress(Capricorn is materialistic sign--practical sign--scientific sign.)

Therefore: activated energies---Pisces(Jupiter) and Capricorn(Saturn).

To be more accurate: intuitive, imaginary, dreamy, secretive and nurturing energy of Pisces is used for the function of scientific materialistic highly visible work.


b. Stellium from Moon:  Moon is in Scorpio(another watery sign!)--the stellium is in  Pisces(watery sign: emotional, intuitive, dreamy, nurturing, secretive and imaginative). The stellium is in the fifth house(house 5 is a domain of creativity and genius)--royal self expression of individuality.

Therefore: activated energies---Pisces(Jupiter) and Leo(Sun).

To be more accurate:  intuitive, imaginary, dreamy, secretive and nurturing energy of Pisces is used for expressing individual originality and genius.


2. Madam Blavatsky: Ascendant sign is Gemini and stellium is in the sign of Leo in the third house from ascendant. Moon sign is Virgo.



a. Stellium from Ascendant: Stellium is in the fiery sign Leo(spontaneous, inspired, enthusiastic, outgoing, passionate, self-centered, visionary, dramatic, instinctual) and it's in the third house.

Therefore: activated energies---Leo(Sun) and Gemini(Mercury).
To be more accurate: spontaneous, inspired, enthusiastic, outgoing, passionate, self-centered, visionary, dramatical, instinctual energy of Leo is being channeled for creative self expression through writing and communication and gatherings.
b. Stellium from Moon:   Moon is in Virgo. The stellium occurs in the 12th house from Moon.

Energies activated: Leo(Sun) and Pisces(Jupiter)

To elaborate:  intuitive, imaginary, dreamy, secretive and nurturing energy of Pisces is channelized for attaining final liberation(moksha) or for occult and magick.

3. Osho a.k.a Acharya Rajneesh   




You might like to see my detailed analysis of Osho's stellium in these articles: 
Osho: The Black Swan in Vedic Astrology Part 1
Osho: The Black Swan in Vedic Astrology Part 2

Lets proceed with the brief case study--

a. Stellium from Ascendant: 

Ascendant sign is Taurus and Moon sign is Sagittarius. Stellium is in the sign of Sagittarius(Jupiter)(jovial, philosophical, spiritual, mystical, outgoing, spontaneous, passionate, instinctual energy). The stellium is in the eighth house(Scorpio--Mars)
Activated energies: Sagittarius(Jupiter) and Scorpio(Mars)

Therefore: fiery, spiritual, mystical, outgoing, spontaneous, passionate instinctual energy of Sagittarius is channelized for achieving self-transformation and Tantra.

b. Stellium from Moon:   Moon sign is Sagittarius--i.e. Moon is a part of 5 planet stellium.

Stellium is in house 1 from Moon.

Therefore: activated energies: Sagittarius(Jupiter) and Aries(Mars)

Which means that fiery, spiritual, mystical, outgoing, spontaneous, passionate instinctual energy of Sagittarius is being channelized for achieving egoistic self-expression, bodily personality consciousness and social interaction to lead others.

4. Rajiv Gandhi


You might like to see my detailed analysis of Rajiv Gandhi's stellium in these articles: 


Rajiv Gandhi: Black Swan In Vedic Astrology-Part 1
Rajiv Gandhi: Black Swan in Vedic Astrology-Part 2

Here we have ascendant and Moon sign as Leo. Stellium occurs in Leo(spontaneous, inspired, enthusiastic, outgoing, passionate, self-centered, visionary, dramatic, instinctual).

Therefore: activated energies: Leo(Sun) and Aries(house 1)(Mars)

The spontaneous, inspired, enthusiastic, outgoing, passionate, self-centered, visionary, dramatic and instinctual energy is being channelized for egoistic self-expression, bodily personality consciousness and social interaction to lead others.

 5. Rahul Dravid


   The ascendant and Moon sign are same: Pisces. Stellium occurs in the sign of Sagittarius(Jupiter)(jovial, philosophical, spiritual, mystical, outgoing, spontaneous, passionate, instinctual energy). The stellium is in the tenth house(Capricorn)(Saturn)(materialistic self-expression in highly visible public domains.)

Therefore: activated energies are: Sagittarius(Jupiter) and Capricorn(Saturn/Mars)

Which suggests that native is channelizing jovial, philosophical, spiritual, mystical, outgoing, spontaneous, passionate, instinctual energy of Sagittarius(Jupiter) for materialistic practical high visibility public domains.

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To be continued...