Terrence Malick is an American film director 70 years old, born on November 30, 1943, in Ottawa, Illinois, who is a Sagittarius. Sagittarius is a constellation of the zodiac known for its fiery nature, represented by the archer aiminbg high with arrows fired from a bow. The sign’s astrological governing element is fire, which contributes to the often impulsive, wild, optimistic, and idealistic personality those who are born under it may have. According to astrology, these signs tend to also possess a great deal of energy, wanderlust, and a penchant for adventure that can lend to valuable creative insight.
This certainly rings true for Terrence Malick’s life experience and work. Even from a young age, Terrence was inspired by stories of exploration and by the great works of literature he read. Growing up in Texas, he moved to Harvard for university where he majored in philosophy then moved to Cambridge for his master’s degree. After completing his studies, Terrence moved to Austin, Texas, living the life of a vagabond, travelling, exploring spirituality, and working odd jobs as he honed his craft and worked on writing scripts in order to hone his craft as a filmmaker.
For Malick, his desire to explore the world and his never-ending curiosity has helped him tremendously in his cinematic work. His films often explore complex topics, such as man’s relationship with nature, religion and spirituality, and existential questions. In almost all of his films, there is an immense sense of exploration, with characters often journeying through mysterious landscapes, sometimes without any destination in sight. This ties back to Sagittarius’ tendencies for curiosity and exploration. He often tells his stories through rather long, meandering narratives and through creative editing that keeps the audience guessing, making his films more exploratory than linear.
Malick is also known for his passion for nature which comes across in his films, and his ability to blend photography and cinematography in a way that almost surfaces emotion. The beauty of the nature around the actors on screen often speaks more than any dialogue, creating a cinematic experience that aids the audience in their own exploration and understanding of the world since both nature and the characters’ inner worlds are interwoven together. This ability to meld tangible and intangible feelings together is reflective of another quality attributed to those of Sagittarius.
For such an independent artist, Malick’s ability to collaborate has also been integral in the realization of his films. Usually working with many of the same actors, Terrence’s willingness to let go of the details of his projects to allow for input from his actors, cinematographers, and other crew members is a sign of great trust, something that comes naturally to those of Sagittarius.
Overall, it’s easy to see how Malick’s astrological sign of Sagittarius has had an influence on his life as an artist. His wanderlust, his adventurous tendencies, his ability to blend and explore many variables within stories, his passion for nature, and his ability to trust and collaborate are all attributes of this sign. For more than 40 years, Terrence Malick has been enthralling audiences around the world, leading them on a journey of exploration and discovery all while avoiding stereotypical narrative structures and avoiding specific genres. As he celebrates his 70th birthday, he continues to tell stories that connect us with ourselves and with nature, and their raw beauty helps demonstrate the power of the mind, body, and soul, all qualities that a Sagittarius celebrates.