Jon Hamm – success comes at a high price



Catapulted to success in Mad Men in 2007, Jon Hamm (Don Draper) had a whirling dervish dash through 8 years of awards, adulation, an avalanche of publicity and a relentless work schedule. When it finished two years ago he signed into rehab for alcoholism and his marriage broke up. It took its toll.

Born 10 March 1971 in St Louis, Missouri, he was brought up by his divorced mother from aged two, was handed at 10 years old to his trucking company, hard-socialising father when she died, and was farmed out to friends’ mothers in his teenage years.

His Sun Mercury in filmic Pisces certainly fits him for the movie business; but they oppose Pluto and square Mars in Sagittarius, a legacy from his dominating and angry father, so he’ll have stored a good deal of angst and frustration inside. His Moon, most likely, in Virgo squares Neptune Jupiter, which coupled with Mars Pluto would make him a candidate for an addiction, needing to find an escape from his inner turmoil.

When he broke into the big time in 2007, tr Uranus was conjunct his Sun, giving him the change of lifestyle he’d dreamed about. But in three years following tr Uranus was opposed by tr Saturn in Virgo squaring onto Pluto in Sagittarius, all in hard aspect to and putting enormous pressure on his highly-strung Mutable T square.

His Sun/Moon midpoint, the marriage significator is in early degree Gemini, so it would pick up the tr Neptune square and possibly tr Saturn opposition around the time of his split with his long-time partner in 2015.

During his high-pressure years in Mad Men he developed vitiligo, which is an auto-immune disease but is often triggered by stress. In a recent interview he said he was falling to bits this year with joint problems, torn ligaments, bad eyesight. At the moment tr Saturn has moved a quarter zodiac to again impact on his Mutable T Square – in an accident prone conjunction to his Mars and Square Pluto and Mercury. Happily that discouraging set of transits will disappear late this December. The next three or four years look mixed, with some success and some disappointments. His next soaring triumph will come in about five years’ time.

2 thoughts on “Jon Hamm – success comes at a high price

  1. Hi Marjorie-
    I learn so much from your chart evaluations. Can you explain why you say, his next soaring triumph will come in about 5 years time? Aspect? Thank you!!

  2. His father died when he was 20, another formative factor.

    To quote, “I came in the Dawson’s Creek era; it was all about tiny guys who looked like teenagers, and I haven’t looked like a teenager ever. So I was, like, auditioning to be their dads. At 25.”

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