By Elizabeth Michaud
Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page, who turns 27 years old this Friday, came out as a lesbian on Friday in grand style — during a speech at the “Time to THRIVE” conference in Las Vegas, an event hosted by the Human Rights Campaign. Her emotional and inspirational words roused a standing ovation from the crowd and sent ripples through the Internet.
“I’m inspired to be in this room because every single one of you is here for the same reason: you’re here because you’ve adopted, as a core motivation, the simple fact that this world would be a whole lot better if we just made an effort to be less horrible to one another,” Page said, speaking to an audience of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) youth.
This is the first time Page has ever spoken openly about her sexuality.
In case anyone is wondering what astrology inspired this move, you can look right to Chiron. Page is in the midst of two rare Chiron transits — a conjunction to her natal Mercury, and a square to her natal Chiron position. Chiron’s conjunction to Mercury represents an inspiration to open up, admit what she feels and to speak her truth.
Chiron’s square to natal Chiron is a key life passage where many people reach a point of no return, a place in their growth from which they cannot turn back. This transit is currently happening to everyone born around Page’s era of birth. [See noon chart, and ‘coming out’ chart, on this chart file. We will answer questions about the charts below.]
Page was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. We don’t know her exact birth time but we do know that her Sun is in Pisces, a soft, introspective sign, and that her Moon is in dauntless Sagittarius.
Her natal Mercury in Pisces was in retrograde motion at the time of her birth. Pisces is reflective and pensive sign, and Mercury retrograde signifies a sensitive, contemplative and private nature (no matter how public a person may seem on the outside). Pisces is not concerned with the mundane world — its main focus is unity; a spiritual sense of belonging and acceptance. It’s therefore not easy for her to express her personal feelings; this was a big step.
Chiron, the first centaur planet, is currently transiting Pisces, and is now passing over Page’s natal Mercury and forming a square angle to her natal Chiron. This is a transformative time for Page, as the guiding force of Chiron teaches her how to integrate and release pain and fear.
Mythical Chiron, born as half-man, half-horse, was rejected by his parents, and eventually overcame this, gaining masterful healing abilities as he studied with teachers. Astrologically, Chiron corresponds to strength that can collect around personal challenges — feelings of being unlovable, worthless and abandoned. The healing comes in as Chiron guides us to consciously release these negative emotions, raising our awareness and our acceptance of ourselves.
The Chiron square Chiron transit in Page’s chart represents a pressure point; there was tension pushing her to face hidden parts of herself that Mercury in Pisces had kept inside all these years. It’s as if she transformed on that stage last Friday, led by Chiron’s healing journey inward.
“I also do it selfishly, because I’m tired of hiding. And I’m tired of lying by omission. I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered, and my relationships suffered. And I’m standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of that pain.”
Her film credits include Smart People, Inception, Whip It and the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. She was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress, a Golden Globe, and a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for her breakthrough role in 2007’s Juno, in which Page played a pregnant teenager.