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Grumpy Cat

Star Portrait of The Feisty Feline Celebrity

By Dikki-Jo Mullen

Perhaps her birth place, Morristown, Arizona (with a nod to Morris, the famous cat food commercial star of yesteryear) presaged the true feline Cinderella saga of fame and fortune fated for Grumpy Cat. Born with her Sun in Aries to a normal calico mother and unknown father on April 4, 2012 at 9:31 AM MST, her perpetually ornery expression has made her a global celebrity beloved by millions. Grumpy Cat’s owner, a young waitress named Tabatha Bundesen, who worked at a Red Lobster restaurant, named the kitten Tardar Sauce, a word play on the condiment. Feline dwarfism combined with a congenital over bite is the reason for Tardar Sauces distinctive appearance. She is undersized and stubby tailed, with short hind legs. She has bubble eyes and a flat face. On September 22, 2012 Ms. Bundesen’s brother Bryan posted a picture of the unusual kitten on the website Reddit, adding grumpy complaint oriented captions. An immediate internet sensation exploded. Grumpy became a feline celebrity and Tardar Sauce would henceforth be known as Grumpy Cat to her legions of devoted fans. She has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, The CBS Evening News, American Idol and numerous other programs. On May 30, 2013, shortly after her first birthday, Grumpy was featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal. A New Yorker cover followed on October 7, 2013. By December of 2014 The Official Grumpy Face Book page gathered over 7 million likes and her first television special Grumpy Cats Worst Christmas Ever aired on prime time. Grumpy’s image on t-shirts, mugs, books and other products were generating over a million dollars in revenue by March of 2013. Soon she was interviewed by Michael Noer of Forbes magazine and had a photo shoot with Time magazine. When Friskies announced that she would become their official spokesperson, Grumpy flew first class, stayed in a private hotel room with a king sized bed, personal assistant and chauffer as well as unlimited Friskies cat food and bottled water. She attended Mashable House Interactive in Austin, Texas where she was an undisputed super star. Over 600 fans waited in line for hours to meet her, hoping to get a photo.

Grumpy has a Gemini ascendant with Mercury, her chart ruler, stationary in the 10th house in Pisces. Gemini, the Twins, is always about duality. The Pisces Mercury at a station brings a mysterious influence. This describes the humorous messages with a twisted and an ornery slant which are at the heart of Grumpy’s public persona. The fixed star Rigel is at about 16 degrees of Gemini, rising on the ascendants degree. This bluish white star twinkles near the constellation Orion’s foot. Astrological traditions of Ptolemy, Lilly, and Alvidas give great credence to this degree. It is thought to attune to Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and Mercury. When rising Rigel’s influence promises preferment, glory, riches, renown, lasting honors and good fortune. Grumpy’s other 10th house Pisces placements, Chiron and Neptune, project her signature charm, illusion and the insights abut everyday life problems which speak to the hearts and minds of her fans.

Grumpy’s Venus is also in Gemini, accidentally exalted in the 12th house. The apparent grumpiness actually hides a benevolent, secretly charitable presence which is a blessing to others. Grumpy has certainly enhanced the fortunes of her young owner. At home, where she is still known as Tardar Sauce, Grumpy is said to be a perfectly normal cat 99% of the time. However no one mentions the other 1%. The 12th house Venus in Gemini, the Twins and natural ruler of the 3rd house of siblings, also protects Tardar’s secret. She has a twin brother, named Pokey who shares her privileged life but he is seldom seen and prefers to avoid the limelight.

The other celestial benefic, Jupiter, is also in accidental dignity in the 12th house, creating a kind of guardian angel energy affect. By sign Jupiter is in Taurus, forming a grand trine in Earth signs with Grumpy’s natal Pluto in Capricorn and her Moon and Mars in Virgo. The Moon rules her 2nd house of cash flow while Pluto is positioned in the 8th house. This Earth sign pattern with links to the sectors of finance underscores the potential for her value and promises a life of physical ease and luxury. The perpetual dissatisfaction she seems to espouse at observing and commenting on the an imperfect world around her also echoes the angular Moon and Mars in Virgo, the zodiac sign long linked with fussiness and complaints.

Grumpy’s Aries Sun is in a wide conjunction with Uranus in her 11th house. This describes her uniqueness and originality as well as the lightning bolt suddenness of her popularity. Her endearing trademark sourpuss makes her a true pioneer among animal celebrities. The 11th house emphasis shows that Grumpy’s life style is created and supported by her friends. Tabitha Bundesen has taken a leave of absence from her day job at Red Lobster to manage Grumpy’s career. Bryan Bundesen continues to be Grumpy’s voice, composing the catchy captions posted often and which expand her macro image. There is a humanitarian and friendly quality to Grumpy’s mission in life. Her photos and messages make people smile when confronted with the aggravation, frustrations and foibles of everyday life.

The strong Virgo emphasis in Grumpy’s 4th house suggest that her hereditary health considerations might become important as time passes. Her Mars in Virgo, dispositor of her Aries Sun, is also retrograde. This could impact her vitality. Coupled with the Virgo Moon, the retrograde Mars shows that she requires the very best veterinary care and a healthy diet. Her dwarfism might manifest in special health needs at some point. However with her North Moon Node in Sagittarius, the sign which has a traditional link to animals, in the 6th house of health, Grumpy is likely overcome health problems and prevail. Her Saturn is also retrograde and is exalted in Libra. This can point to the health of her kidneys needing attention. Retrograde Saturn is applying to a wide trine to the Gemini ascendant though. This also promises good recuperative powers. The 5th house position of Saturn shows that either she might not be able to conceive kittens or that being bred could place undue strain on her small body. It would be wise for Grumpy to continue with her anti -social image, keeping any suitors at a distance.

The planetary transits which were in force at the various steps in her career as Grumpy become a household name are intriguing. On September 22, 2012, just shy of her 6 month birthday, Neptune had retrograded back to 0 degrees of Pisces to exactly square her natal Venus. This suggests the hidden beauty and allure in something grotesque or grumpy. At the same time transit Venus in Leo was barely separating from a trine to her Sun. There was a Sagittarius Moon that day, activating both her Sagittarius and Aries placements favorably. Mars in Scorpio was applying to form a trine to her natal Mercury while the Sun was hovering on the Virgo-Libra cusp, poised to trine her natal Venus at 0 Gemini. The sudden inspiration that day, leading to the launch of that first Internet post by Bryan Bundesen would change the lives of Grumpy and her owner forever.

On May 30, 2013, when Grumpy was pictured on the front of The Wall Street Journal Mercury, Venus and Jupiter were forming a stellium in Gemini near her ascendant. Transit Mars was separating from a conjunction with her Jupiter. Simultaneously Pluto was moving toward a trine to that natal Jupiter. Business and financial themes are hinted at here. Transit Uranus in Aries was approaching the exact conjunction with her natal Sun in Aries. This points to all of the excitement, media coverage and breakthroughs. The Aquarius Moon on May 30, 2013 also suggests a progressive mood and the potential for an appeal to mass humanity.

By December 10, 2014 when The Official Grumpy Facebook page had over 7 million likes Jupiter was midway through a transit in Leo, her natal 3rd house, with Jupiter trine her natal Aries and Sagittarius placements. This showed the dramatic volume of coverage she received, just as her Christmas Special was about to air on prime time television.

Looking at the future, transit Jupiter in Virgo from August 11, 2015 – September 9, 2016 points to important developments in Grumpys life. She was born with her Sun at 15 degrees of Aries and her Moon at 15 degrees of Virgo, at an exact quincunx. Thus is an aspect of fate and destiny. Jupiter rules her natal 7th house, the Virgo transit of Jupiter activates her 4th and 11th houses. This indicates that choices made by her close associates will affect her. Her health can be a focus too. One things seems certain though. Grumpys presence promises to remain a lasting and influential one. She tickles the funny bone and piques the interest of nearly everyone.

Since the Moon relates to contact with the public, transit Jupiter activating her natal Moon -Sun quincunx promises much interest in the feisty feline and her appeal. This happens when Jupiter is near 15 degrees of Virgo in October, 2015 and again in June, 2016. On September 1, 2016 a solar eclipse at 9 Virgo 21 falls near the midpoint of Grumpys Moon and Mars in her 4th house. Fans will want follow events in her life closely then. Destiny will be at work. Eclipses always usher in elements of the unexpected and often presage breakthroughs. Perhaps another television special or even a Grumpy Cat themed stage play could be in the works at that time.

Birth Data Table

Tropical Placidus Houses

Grumpy Cat – also known as Tardar Sauce

Born on April 4, 2012 at 9:31 AM MST in Morristown, Arizona

Sun 15 Aries 18 – 11th house

Moon 15 Virgo 52 – 1st house – waxing Moon in the gibbous phase

Mercury 23 Pisces 51 (stationary- direct) – 10th house

Venus 00 Gemini 57 – 12th house

Mars 4 Virgo 14 (retrograde) – 4th house

Jupiter 14 Taurus 07 – 12th house

Saturn 27 Libra 01 (retrograde) – 5th house

Uranus 5 Aries 08 – 11th house

Neptune 2 Pisces 10 – 10th house

Pluto 9 Capricorn 33 – 8th house

Chiron 7 Pisces 40 10th house

N. Moon Node (true node) – 6 Sagittarius 20 – 6th house

Part of Fortune 16 Scorpio 36 – 6th house

Ascendant (rising sign) is 16 Gemini 01

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