A Chinese Astrological Perspective; Written by Jin Peh
Patrick Swayze 18th August 1952 0810 hours
|Yang Water||Yang Fire||Yang Earth||Yang Water|
Date of Death 14th September 2009
|Yang Water||Yang Water||Yin Earth|
|Yang Wood||Yin Water||Yang Water||Yin Metal||Yang Metal||Yin Earth|
The strongest element in Patrick Swayze’s chart is water: the monkey and dragon in the month and year pillars combine as do the dragon and monkey in the hour and day pillars. In addition, there is Yang Water present in both the hour and year pillars. The main issue within the chart is the presence of Yang Earth in the month pillar, which threatens to interfere with the flow of the dominant element water. However, there is no fire or wood present apart from the Yang Fire day stem, which makes this chart one that follows the power element water.
Patrick Swayze’s best elements are:
1) Water: the power element is the dominant flow in his chart and thus one should go with its flow.
2) Metal: the wealth element strengthens the power element.
Patrick Swayze’s negative elements are:
1) Earth: the output element stops the flow of water, the dominant element.
2) Fire: this is his original element and should be kept suppressed.
3) Wood: the resource element strengthens the original self element, which should be kept under control.
Patrick Swayze first gained attention in Hollywood for his role in Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of the S.E. Hinton novel The Outsiders in 1983 (Water Pig) during the favourable Yin Metal luck cycle (1979 to 1984). The film featured a number of then young Hollywood up and comers, including Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell and Rob Lowe. Swayze’s momentum continued the following year (1984 Wood Rat), when the rat completed the three harmony water formation within his chart to establish the dominant flow of water. He appeared in the action film Red Dawn, which focused on a group of high school students fighting against Russian and Latin American invaders. He also appeared in Grandview USA, a family drama that also starred Jamie Lee Curtis.
The Pig luck cycle was next (1984 to 1989) and it also contained the favourable water element. Swayze would score a major triumph in the US Civil War television miniseries North and South (1985 Wood Ox) and its sequel North and South, Book II (1986 Fire Tiger). He also reunited with Rob Lowe in the ice hockey drama Youngblood that year. The tiger year clashed with the monkey present in his day and month pillars and Swayze injured his knee that year while filming a scene for the movie Dirty Dancing, which required medical attention to drain fluid from the injured knee. In the second half of 1987 (Fire Rabbit), Dirty Dancing, a coming of age romance, became a late summer hit and ended up becoming one of the year’s top grossing movies. The two leads, Swayze and Jennifer Grey, impressed audiences with their chemistry and dance sequences and Swayze also earned his first Golden Globe nomination as Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical. As the success of Dirty Dancing carried over to 1988 (Earth Dragon), a song that Swayze had recorded for the soundtrack album, She’s Like The Wind, became a major worldwide hit and also reached number 3 on the US singles charts. The next few movies that Swayze appeared in after Dirty Dancing, such as Steel Dawn (a futuristic apocalyptic action movie), Tiger Warsaw (a family drama) and Next of Kin (a revenge action thriller that also starred Liam Neeson) did not perform well. However, the action movie Road House (1989 Earth Snake), where Swayze played a bouncer at a nightclub that protects a small Missouri town from a corrupt businessman played by Ben Gazzara became a cult hit, even though it earned Swayze a Razzie nomination for Worst Actor.
The highly favourable Yang Water luck cycle was next (1989 to 1994) and Swayze achieved the peak of his career with his most successful movie: the supernatural romantic drama Ghost (1990 Metal Horse) in which he played a man who returns from the dead to ensure that his fiancé Demi Moore is protected. Not only did Ghost gross more than US 500 million worldwide, Swayze also earned another Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical. In 1991 (Metal Sheep), with the positive metal element present in the first half, Swayze appeared in the cult action movie Point Break, playing a surfer and leader of a bank robbery gang pursued by FBI agent Keanu Reeves. The strong water present in the following year (1992 Water Monkey) would see Swayze portray a disillusioned doctor who discovers a new lease of life in the Calcutta slums in Roland Joffe’s City of Joy. The 1993 (Water Rooster) comedy Father Hood was not as successful, though he did co-star with Halle Berry.
Even though the Rat luck cycle (1994 to 1999) completed the flow of water in Swayze’s chart, he suffered a personal tragedy in 1994 (Wood Dog), a year with strong earth energy, when his sister committed suicide through a drug overdose. As a result, he sought treatment for alcoholism and upon recovery, retired to his ranches in California and New Mexico to raise Arabian horses. In 1995 (Wood Pig), two family comedies that he starred in were released: the Walt Disney western Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill and Three Wishes, both of which did not perform well commercially. The comedy To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar, where Swayze played against type as a drag queen on a road trip of the US, fared better commercially and critically, earning him his third and final Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical. In 1998 (Earth Tiger), when the year clashed with the monkeys present in his day and month pillars, Swayze suffered serious injuries when filming HBO’s Letters From A Killer: he fell from a horse and broke both his legs and severed four tendons in his shoulder. Filming was suspended for two months and the film aired in 1999 (Earth Rabbit).
The Yin Water luck cycle (1999 to 2004) also contained the favourable water element. In 2001 (Metal Snake), he played a motivational speaker revealed to be a closet paedophile in the cult classic Donnie Darko, which also starred Jake Gyllenhaal and Drew Barrymore. The romantic hillbilly comedy Waking Up In Reno (2002 Water Horse) was not successful even though Billy Bob Thornton, Charlize Theron and Natasha Richardson were his co-stars. The horse that year contained fire, his original self element. In 2004 (Wood Monkey), he made a lucrative cameo as a dance instructor in Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, essentially a remake of the original movie transferred from upstate New York to Cuba.
The next luck cycle Ox (2004 to 2009) contained the undesirable earth element. In 2005 (Wood Rooster), when the rooster in the year combined with the ox in the luck cycle to form the positive metal element, Swayze portrayed a golf instructor in the British black comedy Keeping Mum, which also starred Rowan Atkinson, Kristin Scott Thomas and Maggie Smith. In late January 2008 (just before the change from the Fire Pig year to the Earth Rat year), Swayze was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. As he pursued chemotherapy in 2008, the rat year which combined with the two monkeys and two dragons in his chart, he appeared healthy and worked on two projects: the ensemble drama Power Blue and the television series The Beast, where he played a FBI agent for 13 episodes before the series was cancelled due to his declining health. In January 2009 (just before the Earth Rat year became the Earth Ox year), Swayze was hospitalized for pneumonia and in April 2009 (Earth Ox), it was revealed that the cancer had metastasized to his liver. Swayze died with family at his side on the 14th of September 2009. On that day, the Yang Water present in the day and month pillars were overwhelmed by the earth present in the year (Earth Ox), month (monkey) and day (dog).