With Christmas coming, I thought it would be fun to look at asteroid Santa, number 1288. It’s said to be an asteroid you find with a lot of philanthropists, people who are Santa-like and give a lot. I also figured it probably would be important for actors who famously played Santa, so I took a look at that as well. I’ll start with them.
Edmund Gwenn (Miracle on 34th Street)
Edmund Gwenn played Santa in the original Miracle on 34th Street. Looking at his chart, Edmund had asteroid Santa positioned in Libra, and it’s conjunct his Sun and Mercury, and the apex of a yod with his Neptune sextile Mars and both quincunx asteroid Santa. He was meant for that role!
When the film came out in 1947, transit Neptune was conjunct his asteroid Santa, making it very easy for everyone to see him as Kris Kringle. Neptune is quite helpful for actors as it allows people to see them as the role they’re playing and not themselves.
Gwenn won an Oscar for his portrayal in 1948, and Neptune was still conjunct his Santa. Just a few days after the Oscars, asteroid Santa conjuncted his Mars, stimulating that yod.
Mickey Rooney (Santa Claus is Coming to Town, The Year Without Santa Claus, and A Miser Brothers' Christmas)
Mickey Rooney voiced Santa in 3 different Christmas movies: Santa Claus is Coming to Town, The Year Without a Santa Claus, and A Miser Brothers’ Christmas. Rooney’s asteroid Santa is conjunct his Neptune, sextile his Mercury, trine his Mars, and opposite his Moon. Pretty active!
His Santa is in Leo, and it’s always trined by transit Sun in December, which is when all 3 movies were released. Uranus was sextile his asteroid Santa when Santa Claus is Coming to Town came out, and Mars was trine with A Miser Brothers’ Christmas.
With Santa Claus is Coming to Town, asteroid Santa conjuncted his north node in December 1970. With The Year Without a Santa Claus, asteroid Santa conjuncted his Jupiter (December 1974). And with A Miser Brothers’ Christmas, which was in 2008, so over 30 years since the last, he just had his Santa return - how fitting!
Tim Allen (The Santa Clause)
For the young ones, Tim Allen played Santa in The Santa Clause, 2, and 3. Allen has a t-square in his chart with Chiron opposite his Mercury and Uranus square his Saturn and Neptune. Asteroid Santa just happens to fill that empty portion of it in Aries.
Mars was trine his asteroid Santa for the first movie, Mars sextile and Pluto trine for the second, and Neptune sextile for the third. Asteroid Santa was square his Sun for the first movie, returning for the second (which was 10 years after the first), and falling on his Chiron, lighting up the t-square for the third.
Will Ferrell (Elf)
Will Ferrell didn’t play Santa, but was in a popular Christmas movie, Elf. Ferrell’s asteroid Santa conjuncts his 6th house cusp, the house of work. Neptune conjuncted his asteroid Santa a few months after the movie came out, and asteroid Santa turned retrograde shortly after as well - his asteroid Santa is retrograde.
When I wanted to look up famous philanthropists, 3 people came to mind: Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, and Oprah. All pretty known for their giving, so of course asteroid Santa is important for them.
With Bill Gates, his asteroid Santa falls right on his Imum Coeli, the 4th house cusp, one of the angles. This is a nurturing house, naturally ruled by Cancer.
For Oprah, her asteroid Santa is actually anaretic at 29 degrees Aries. Anything at the anaretic degree is something you have to focus on, and work on manifesting positively. Oprah sure has done that! And her Santa is trine her anaretic 1st house cusp and sextile her anaretic 7th house cusp, two angular houses, and the axis that rules yourself and others.
Buffett’s asteroid Santa is trine his Uranus, hence him being a little out there with his pledge to give it all away at/around his death (and his asteroid Santa is in his 8th house, ruling death). His Santa is also square asteroid Bacchus, which governs excess, which is located in his 11th house of humanitarianism, which might explain why he has no qualms giving it all away.
Check your own asteroid Santa!
Look to see where asteroid Santa is in your chart, and that can show where/how you give the most. My asteroid Santa is in Libra and conjunct my 12th house cusp, so I’m quite giving but don’t want anyone to know. Actually, I pretty much never tell when I do something good!
Transit Santa can show where you’ll be in a giving mood right now, how you’ll give, or if you will at all. It’s currently gearing up to enter Scorpio on the 21st. So funny - as I wrote this post, I had my Santa return just a few days before! (originally written in 2014 but updated in 2015)
So how does asteroid Santa make you give? Ho ho ho!
Suggested Reading: Being Charitable: The 11th House & Asteroid Santa