What Are the Astrological Charts of the Toxic Main Gays in “Love Lies Bleeding”?

“What’s your sun sign?” “What are your big three?” “Would you like some steroids to prepare for your body building competition?”

If you’re anything like me, two of those questions are common asks on a first date. But if you’re anything like Lou and Jackie from Rose Glass’ masterful new film Love Lies Bleeding, then only that last one was on your mind.

That’s right! Love Lies Bleeding, for all its many attributes, fails to tell us the birth charts of either main character. But maybe we can figure it out based on what we see on-screen. After all, show don’t tell is a classic screenwriting rule.

I’m not a professional astrologer, but I have been in the queer community for many years and therefore spent many hours analyzing people’s birth charts. And while Lou and Jackie are far from perfect individuals, they are very hot. So if anything I say offends you, just remember I’m also calling you hot. (Or, you know, disagree with me loudly in the comments.)


Lou

A close up of Kristen Stewart as Lou in Love Lies Bleeding.

While not necessarily a one-to-one, I do think it can be informative to look at the birth charts of the actor playing a character. Kristen Stewart is an Aries sun, Libra moon, Gemini rising, and Pisces Venus. I’m not getting that exact display from Lou but I do think a lot of those energies are in there somewhere.

Lou is sensitive and romantic and caring, but also stubborn and quick to fight. I’m getting a lot of water underneath her fiery veneer. I also think there’s a real sense of loyalty that I’m attributing to some Taurus.

Lou’s Big Three + Venus

Sun: Pisces
Moon: Taurus
Rising: Aries
Venus: Cancer

Jackie

Katy O'Brian as Jacky in Love Lies Bleeding. Her muscly arms are stretched out wide on an exercise machine. She wears a white tank top.

I can’t find Katy O’Brian’s birth chart, but I do know she’s an Aquarius sun. That said, I’m crediting Jackie’s driven focus on her bodybuilding goals to her being a Capricorn. (Full disclosure: I am a Capricorn.) And while she presents herself as a drifter (Sag), Jackie is actually just as needy and emotion-driven as Lou.

These two queers love fiercely and chaotically to the point that their affair leaves several dead bodies in their wake. Is that due to each woman’s complicated history of trauma? Or is it that they’re in a Cancer Venus 4 Cancer Venus relationship. It could really go either way!

Jackie’s Big Three + Venus

Sun: Capricorn
Moon: Cancer
Rising: Sagittarius
Venus: Cancer


Do you agree with my assessments? What charts would you guess for Lou and Jackie?

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Drew Burnett Gregory

Drew is a Brooklyn-based writer, filmmaker, and theatremaker. She is a Senior Editor at Autostraddle with a focus in film and television, sex and dating, and politics. Her writing can also be found at Bright Wall/Dark Room, Cosmopolitan UK, Refinery29, Into, them, and Knock LA. She was a 2022 Outfest Screenwriting Lab Notable Writer and a 2023 Lambda Literary Screenwriting Fellow. She is currently working on a million film and TV projects mostly about queer trans women. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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2 Comments

  1. ok so love this !! my spouse and i were thinking this through…

    agree with you on lou’s except we think that lou is actually much more cap than jackie so she is maybe a cap rising — lou is so (relatively) stable given all she’s been through — lou is the one running the gym, un-clogging toilets, a solid support to and constantly sacrificing for those she cares about, not impulsive, measured with restraint.

    jackie seems to have more leo energy re: her approach to body building, wants validation also on a deeper/more intimate level (so maybe scorp moon) and is very impulsive (thus aries venus) & literally expansive (so agree with sag rising).

    lou – pisces sun, taurus moon, cap rising + cancer venus
    jackie – leo sun, scorpio moon, sag rising (yes grand fire trine) + aries venus

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