Science Fiction explores possibilities of the past, present and future. So does astrology! Astrologers are often ardent science fiction fans and what better piece of science fiction to consider than Star Trek?
Of course, trying to work with the astrology of science fiction characters poses some interesting challenges to astrology, for example:
• First you have to deal with a larger question: What happens to astrology if humans colonize space?
• And, of course, does astrology even make sense for fictional characters and stories?
• Another consideration is whether or not our science fiction tales reflect an astrological zeitgeist?
Star Trek writers and fans have created birth places, dates and times for Star Trek characters. These are the three critical pieces of information needed by an astrologer to create a natal chart. So you can find articles on the web considering the charts not only for Gene Roddenberry, the creator of the Star Trek universe, or the first date and time the show first aired, but also of the actual characters in the show.
Below is video of a panel discussion on Star Trek, the challenges space travel presents to astrologers and a discussion of the charts of the original TV show and characters. Enjoy a panel discussion by Donna Woodwell, Jennifer Zahrt, Samuel F. Reynolds and Tamira McGillivary in a playful webinar hosted by Enid Newberg that considers the issues space travel presents to astrologers as well as a discussion of the charts for the TV show and its characters.
Introduction to the panel and issues
A Joint Conversation on Space Travel and Astrology
Looking at Charts
Birth Data for the Characters
The following information is from the database at StarTrek.com
Star Trek: Original Series
Full Name: James Tiberius Kirk
Date of birth: March 22, 2233
Place of birth: Riverside, Iowa, Earth
Time: 4 am (same as William Shatner’s)
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Full Name: Jean-Luc Picard
Date of birth: July 13, 2305
Place of birth: Labarre, France, Earth
Full Name: William Thomas Riker
Date of birth: August 19, 2335
Place of birth: Valdez, Alaska, Earth
Full Name: Geordi La Forge
Date of birth: Feb. 16, 2335
Place of birth: African Confederation, Earth
Full name: Wesley Robert Crusher
Date of birth: July 29, 2349
Place of birth: Earth (possibly San Francisco)
Not on Earth:
Full Name: Beverly Cheryl Howard Crusher
Date of birth: Oct. 13, 2324
Place of birth: Copernicus City, Luna
Full Name: Deanna Troi
Date of birth: Terran equivalent: March 29, 2336
Place of birth: Near Lake El-Nar, Betazed
Full Name: Data
Date of birth: Permanently re-activated Feb. 2, 2338 (initial activation unknown)
Place of birth: Omicron Theta science colony
You can find the birth data for the actors in the 2009 Star Trek XI movie at Librarising.com
Star Trek Asteroids
For astrologers who use the asteroids in their interpretations, it is fun to see where the Star Trek asteroids land in a chart.
- 4659 Roddenberry
- 2309 Mr Spock
- 9777 Enterprise
- 7307 Takei (after George Takai who played Sulu
- 68410 Nichols (after Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura)
Articles on the Web for Fun Reading
Kirk, a Natural Un-Born Leader
Donna Woodwell explores the fictional James Kirk based on the birth year of 2233 listed at StarTrek.com and the birth day and time for William Shatner. This article is a great starting point for someone who knows very little about astrology (other than the entertaining newspaper-style Sun sign column). Donna explains how astrologers approach a chart and shows how it is easy to see in this fictional chart “a person who desires ‘to boldly go where no one has gone before.'”
Gene Rodenberry, Star Trek and Life Here on Earth.
Kathy Biehl examines Robbenberry’s birth chart to find “all the ingredients for the appeal and relevance of his creation. Star Trek’s themes and characters jump right out of the chart. It connects directly to each of the five TV series. It also links to the revolutionary fervor of the 1960s — and of our current times.”
Star Trekking – The Astrology of Gene Roddenberry
Leah Whitehorse acknowledges that she is a sci-fi junkie. In this article, her interest draws her into an examination of the chart for Star Trek writer and creator Gene Roddenberry.
The Oxford Astrologer site reprinted Jackie Taylor’s article on Star Trek. Part One examines the chart for the first episode of Star Trek as well as the chart for Gene Roddenberry. Part Two explores Spock and the chart of the actor who played Spock, Leonard Nimoy. Part Three takes a look at the astrology around the release dates for the first series of movies.
To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before …
A review of the latest 2009 Star Trek movie on Astro.com finds that Kirk is an excellent representation of Aries and Spock is representative of “the independent observer” of Aquarius.
Star Trek and Dharma
Jyotish, the astrology of India (also called Vedic Astrology) is intricately entwined with the religious principles of Hinduism, including the concept of Dharma. Dharma means “that which upholds” and refers to the underlying order of nature and how we shoud follow a path of righteousness or right behavior in accord with that underlying order. In this article, Michael Laughrin finds that Star Trek stories “reinforce our adherence to dharma” and also describes how the characters reflect the astrological signs.
Star Trek Information
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