Tony and Oscar nominated actor and perennial T. Swift muse, Jake Gyllenhaal (he of the good hair, affable disposition, rampant sarcasm and dimples you can eat ice cream out of) is Sagittarius energy incarnate.
Jamie Lee Curtis’s sourdough baking godson is known for such iconic roles such as the eponymous, troubled teenager “Donnie Darko” and closeted rodeo king/ranch hand Jack Twist in “Brokeback Mountain.”
Gyllenhaal returns to the screen this spring as Sgt. John Kinley, in Guy Ritchie’s, “The Covenant,” a film inspired by the Afghan interpreters who worked with and for the U.S. military and were left without visas and in abject danger when the U.S. withdrew from the country in 2021.
It’s a return to form and uniform for Gyllenhaal who played U.S. marine Anthony Swofford in the autobiographical film “Jarhead,” and an Army Captain in “Source Code.”
From the start of his career Gyllenhaal has consistently played roles that examine and subvert constructs of masculinity. From boxers to super hero villains, widowers to drug reps, cops to criminals, villains to voyeurs, mountaineers to Holden Caulield impersonators, Gyllenhaal is a man of method technique and staggering range.
In celebration of his latest role, we’re taking a look at his birth chart. Read on to learn more.
Jake Gyllenhaal was born on December 19, 1980 meaning our man has a Sagittarius stellium, with his sun, Mercury, Venus and Neptune all in the mutable fire sign. Gylenhaal’s moon, which governs attachment style, instincts, relationship to the feminine and sense of security, is in the brilliant, slippery of heart, silver of tongue sign of Gemini.
In terms of astro combos, moon in Gemini, sun in Sag is double mutable, imbuing Gyllenhaal with a bon vivant, here for a good time not a long time, life of the party, kisser of babies, charmer of old ladies, getaway car driver energy.
There’s also a serious rake/trickster vibe to Gyllenhaal, playing for laughs, humor as social lubricnat and deadpans as love language. Consider the time he claimed Benedict Cumberbatch was heir to the Cabbage Patch fortune and decreed regular bathing unnecessary. For further proof see this compilation of Gyllenhaal being an absolute agent of chaos and servant of sarcasm for seven minutes straight.
This trickster business is enhanced by Gyllenhaal’s Mercury, planet of the mind, being conjunct his Neptune, planet of fantasy and illusion. This lends him a rich imagination and an elvish presentation. It also implies he’s a bit of a bulls–t artist with an elastic relationship to the truth and a tendency to use humor to evade direct questions, deflect confrontation and point out the faults in the game of fame.
Gyllenhaal’s moon in Gemini opposes his Venus in Sagittarius indicating there is discord or muddled messaging between his wants and needs, perhaps a tendency to idealize a love object and a desire to skip town when they prove to be mortal or cease to be a bag of laughs. Gyllenhaal admits his first kiss took place in a bowling alley, perhaps setting a tone for the romantic trajectory of his young life.
Gyllenhaal’s moon in Gemini also forms a trine with restrictive, daddy planet Saturn, giving him an emotional gravity that translates beautifully to his acting roles while speaking to a childhood traded too soon for the pressures of work.
On the upswing, our boy has Jupiter, planet of blessings and expansion forming a trine with his moon in GeminI. This is a real dumb luck, golden doodle aspect; riches come easy, friends are made fast and life is a sunshine daydream in the dog park. It tracks. Paul Newman taught him how to drive for f–ks sake.
Pain as reward
Archers like the way it feels to push themselves to extremes in search of meaning and Gyllenhaal is no exception. The dude goes hard to prepare for his roles, including immersive research, starvation diets, MMA training and serious beard cultivation. This dedication to craft and willingness to go forth and go further is bolstered by his Mars in Capricorn. Mars is our planet of will, drive and determination and in Capricorn, the struggle is sublime and success is only sweet if a bitter price has been paid. In business dealings and personal relationships, Mars in Capricorn folk can be exacting and exiling. It cuts quick and doesn’t look back.
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Gyllenhaal has dated a number of high profile women including Kirsten Dunst, Natalie Portman and Reese Witherspoon. Though he’s been with current partner, Aquarius model Jeanne Cadieu since 2018 the world will not let him forget the winter of 2010 and the number he did on the red scarf and hopeful heart of a teenage T. Swift. And because as a write this, Mercury retrograde, the high season of hexes and exes is upon us, we’re taking a look at the synastry between the former flames.
Both Swift and Gyllenhaal are Sagittarius suns and their mutual, mutable fire burned bright but brief though Swift and her water placements continue to dip the quill in the ashes of what was.
That’s art baby.
What pulled these two together under the falling leaves and autumn skies of yore? Gyllenhaal was likely drawn to Swift’s performance of her Sag sun; that adventurous vitality and unblinking optimism. Like many a dude before him, he liked how she reflected back to him his own shine.
Swift’s Venus in Aquarius was swayed by Gyllenhaal’s swashbuckling, aww shucks, road trips and sing alongs Sag schmaltz but this was not a match made to last my friends. A cursory look through Swift’s chart reveals, she is much, much more than her buoyant archer archetype belies; she’s a deep feeling, wound weaponizing Cancer moon with a revenge as foreplay Scorpio Mars and a grind or die stellium in make it to the top Capricorn.
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Swift has never explicitly named Gyllenhaal as the inspiration behind her album “Red” but she did recreate the rise and fall of their relationship in an extended version of the song “All Too Well” and an accompanying fifteen minute short film set to the music. Nothing subtle about that chick.
Archers like these two oft wield truths tactlessly, concerned with delivering facts rather than mitigating the feelings of others. That Swift lyric, “casually cruel in the name of being honest?,” Sagittarius to a tee, or bow string as it were, and applicable to both parties.
The respective moon signs of these two are present in their behaviors post breakup. Swift, with her squishy, spiteful Cancer moon continues to draw from the well of this heartbreak while Gyllenhaal’s breezy, past is past, intellectualize any emotion Gemini moon has been absolutely effacing. Asked by “Esquire Magazine,” about his role in “Red” and his the blowback from its rerelease Gyllenhaal explained “It has nothing to do with me. It’s about her relationship with her fans. It is her expression. Artists tap into personal experiences for inspiration, and I don’t begrudge anyone that.” Way to be both dismissive and permissive my guy, real Gemini duality at play.
It is then that Gyllenhal goes full bore, let’s make this even less about me and more about moral imperative Sag philosopher; “At some point, I think it’s important when supporters get unruly that we feel a responsibility to have them be civil and not allow for cyberbullying in one’s name. That begs for a deeper philosophical question. Not about any individual, per se, but a conversation that allows us to examine how we can—or should, even—take responsibility for what we put into the world, our contributions into the world. How do we provoke a conversation?”
We provoke with a scarf, JG, WITH A SCARF.
Gyllenhaal and current flame Jeanne Cadieu are a touch more in step from an astrological vantage. The abundance of air in her chart bodes well for their long terms success. As Gyllenhaal continues to come into his own as a man and an artist we wish him luck, love, all manner of beard oil and blessings and mercy from Swifties forever and ever amen.
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