Tom Cruise

>> Sunday, February 3, 2008

I bought the Morton Tom Cruise book specifically because I felt I had to support a mainstream book that exposed Scientology. I had read much of Operation Clambake back in 2002. So I was aware of what Co$ was truly about. I couldn’t agree more with what Morton wrote in the conclusion of his book:

Perhaps a fairer assessment is that Tom Cruise achieves his power and influence by cleverly exploiting the fact that we live in a sound-bite media society and worship at the temple of celebrity. He is a leading member of a modern breed of celebrity advocates who use their star status to gain access to the corridors of power, the TV studio, and the cover story… Just as Bob Geldof and Bono have effectively used their contacts and celebrity to fight against Third World poverty, so Tom Cruise has campaigned for his controversial religion. The difference is that Bono and Geldof want to change the world, while Tom is part of an organization that wants to conquer the planet. Whereas Geldof and Bono’s mission is out in the open, Tom’s organization operates by disguise, hiding behind focused campaigns against specific drugs like Ritalin or antidepressants when its true purpose is the “global obliteration” of psychiatrists and other health-care professionals… Unlike politicians, celebrity advocates like Tom Cruise are able to avoid detailed scrutiny of their policies or positions. Media outlets are simply delighted to have them in front of the camera or on the magazine cover. As long as Tom’s presence or picture boosts ratings and sales, journalists are prepared to jump through any hoop, such as attending Scientology courses, in order to gain access. For that matter, as then White House aide Scooter Libby demonstrated, politicians love to feel the warm glow generated by a Hollywood star in their midst. In this sycophantic climate, Tom has become the master of the sound bite, promoting his controversial cause by assertion rather than argument, offering slogans instead of intellectual substance. For instance, how many politicians could have stated unchallenged, as Tom did during a TV interview on Entertainment Tonight in 2005, that psychiatry was a “Nazi science” and that methadone, a drug used to fight heroin addiction, was originally called Adolophine after Adolf Hitler? Although neither statement is accurate, Tom’s popularity as an actor inevitably give his pronouncements weight and authenticity… If, like the Flat Earth Society, Scientology were content to be a parochial, inward-looking club, there would be little enough harm in it. But it is not. The relentless expansion of the organization and its front groups has been made possible by the charm and persuasiveness of its poster boy, whose modernity, familiarity, and friendliness mask the totalitarian zeal of his faith. Perhaps the media, politicians, and public should examine Tom’s claims with greater rigor and skepticism. When comedians ridicule Tom Cruise, the joke may be on him—but it is also on ourselves. (p. 320-322)
Perhaps it’s a statement that seems over the top, but the context can be better seen with this quote:
As [David] Miscavige observed, a politician did not have to be a Scientologist to promote the cause; he just needed a good Scientologist behind him. “He made it clear that celebrities like Tom Cruise are doing everything they can to get into Europe and give Scientology a higher profile,” recalled Market. “Miscavige sees it as a big market—Scientology has already been successful in Italy. He talked about it in depth.” The Scientology leader even boasted that Tom’s studio, United Artists, was seen within the organization as essentially a pro-Scientology outfit. He hoped to see the studio increasingly staffed by dedicated Sea Org disciples who had cut their technical teeth at the Gold production studios in Hemet. In Lions for Lambs, actor Michael Pena, composer Mark Isham, cameramen, musical technicians, and other production staff were Scientologists. (p318)
I read this book right after watching Eastern Promises. Let me tell you, I don’t know who’s more scary—Scientology or the Russian mafia. They’re that bad. The good thing about the Russian mafia is that they know they’re criminals and the law treats them as such. Scientology has non-profit tax exemption in the U.S., so all the money they siphon off their believers can be used as their leader—David Miscaviage—pleases.

For those who have realized for years that Tom Cruise is a fraud, this book will not be as shocking, particularly if you’re looking for slam dunk evidence that he’s gay. Considering how hard that information is to get and prove in public, it’s probably unlikely that the mainstream public will see anything ever. However, I was often reminded while reading this of his birth chart in Vedic astrology (Janma Rashi).

Vedic astrology (Jyotish/Jyotisha) differs from western astrology in that it is predictive. There is not much emphasis of personality in Vedic (Hindu) astrology. It can predict how long you will live, how much money you will earn, what your best career may be in, your health and physical problems, etc.

Tom Cruise (Mapother IV)
Above is Tom Cruise's birth chart. The Rasi/Rashi chart is marked with a star. (The Navamsha chart is on the left, which I am not going to write about.)

1. Mercury and Mars conjunct (circled in orange/brown)
As James Braha writes, "Ancient Hindu sages have declared that Mars conjoined with Mercury makes one a thief or a liar." There is plenty of proof of this in Morton's biography:
  • P49: Although Tom later told writer Jennet Conant, “I was a starving actor for a few months,” it is an assertion Sean finds difficult to accept. “What he says and what the reality was are two different things,” he recalls, dismissing as myths the stories of Tom hitchhiking around the country seeking fame and fortune. “The plain facts are that he was a natural and didn’t struggle at all. I know because I went to hundreds of auditions and he didn’t do any of that shit. It would be good for the truth to come out instead of this fictitious crap. We were all struggling actors, and when he made it he never made any attempt to help us out.”
  • P41: His enthusiasm and dedication to his chosen career were such that he decided to miss his high-school graduation ceremony in June 1980 rather than drop out of a Godspell performance. Later he attributed his absence from the ceremony to embarrassment about his dyslexia: “I graduated in 1980 but didn’t even go to my graduation,” he said. “I was a functional illiterate. I loved learning, I wanted to learn, but I knew I had failed in the system.” As is often the case, the memories of his contemporaries vary from his own recollections. When he was appearing in Godspell, he told numerous friends that he was prepared to skip the ceremony to appear in the show.
  • P245-8: Over the years he has given two differing accounts of his battle to overcome dyslexia. His first version, before his conversion to Scientology, credits his iron will and his mother’s help for enabling him to learn to read. Indeed, in 1985 he was happy to receive an award at the White House from Nancy Reagan for his efforts to raise global awareness of the learning disorder. After he joined the Church of Scientology in 1986, the story changed. In the flurry of interviews he gave during 2003 to promote Scientology learning techniques, he claimed that before he discovered Hubbard, he was “a functional illiterate.” The implication was that thirteen years of traditional education had let him down. In a story in People magazine entitled “My Struggle to Read,” he sympathized with his teachers, arguing that they had failed him only because they didn’t have the correct educational tools. “I had so many different teachers and I really feel for them. I see how they struggled with me. They were rooting for me and cared about me and wanted to see me do well, but they didn’t have the tools to really help me.” The tools they lacked, of course, were the tools of Scientology. The lights went on, he claimed, only in his mid-twenties, after he encountered Scientology techniques and learned to use dictionaries. Looking up words in a dictionary is one of the “technologies” that Scientology offers its members. “No one teaches you about dictionaries,” he told writer Dotson Rader. “I didn’t know the meanings of lots of words”… Cruise’s contention that he was never taught to use a dictionary also provokes a raised eyebrow from his former teacher [Pennyann Styles]. “Most certainly dictionaries were used,” recalls Styles. “In Tom’s day, especially as he attended a brand-new school which had been given plenty of money, dictionaries were plentiful. I even remember his classroom teacher teaching specific dictionary skills, often”… [Byron Boucher said] “He was just an average kid with no learning disability. The description ‘functional illiterate’ does not fit with my recollection. I can’t believe that story. An illiterate is someone who cannot read or write, and that is not the case with this student. It is not true, simply not true.”
  • P83-5: It was at this point that the myth of Tom Cruse and Top Gun was born. During a two-hour meeting with the two producers, he insisted that he would sign up only if he were involved in the whole production process. He wanted two months to develop the script, which meant that he would effectively be working gratis if there was no deal at the end. Simpson later recalled that Tom would show up at his house and they would grab a beer and spend five or six hours going through the script… It seemed that the decision to let him become the first actor in their company to be involved in the whole production process was an indication of Tom’s ballsy self-confidence and artistic altruism, along with recognition of his as-yet-unseen talents as a cinematic wunderkind. Others remember the negotiations rather differently. Far from wanting to rework the script without payment for a couple of months, Tom insisted the producers show him the money before he would even contemplate being in the movie. As he played hard to get, Don Simpson relentlessly pursued him, eventually nailing him for a fee of over a million dollars. A final meeting was set for April 1985, but with his agent, Paula Wagner, out of town, Tom was terrified about meeting the two producers on his own in their offices at Paramount Studios. “I can’t go over there, they will devour,” he complained. Simpson curtly dismissed Tom’s plea to have the meeting in the offices of his representatives, Creative Artists Agency. Instead, CAA head Michael Ovitz accompanied this relatively new young client to Paramount to hammer out the deal…So the idea of Simpson, this wasted genius whacked out on coke, sitting down over a beer with Tom Cruise—who at the time was claiming that he needed a children’s dictionary to read a script—to whip the screenplay into shape appears fanciful, especially as the producers were already paying professional scriptwriters $30,000 a week to spin this slim thread of an idea into box-office gold.
2. Sasa/Shasha Yoga (circled in pink) in the 4th house
Sasa (also spelled Shasha) Yoga is one of the Panchamahapurusha Yogas. (Yogas are special combinations that bring particular results in a chart. There are thousands of them!) ‘Panch’ means ‘five’ and ‘Mahapurusha’ means ‘exalted person.’ The Panchamahapurusha yogas are a combination that indicate a very special individual. They are formed when Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn are in their own sign or in exaltation in the kendras (first, fourth, seventh and tenth houses)… A person with the Panchamahapurusha yoga is going to make an extraordinary impact on the environment and those he comes into contact with.

From Braha: The nature and tendencies of any occupying planet [in a kendra] will be deeply ingrained in the person and will be noticeable to others. If Saturn is in the fourth house and swakshetra (own house) [Sasa Yoga], the person will own homes and plenty of real estate. He will have a powerful career and be respected. The mother is strong and may have endured a good deal of hardship in her life.

  • P39: It was perhaps inevitable that the brash, controlling side of his personality began to surface, young Maypo now believing he could be the king of the world. His girlfriend at the time, Nancy Armel, watched the transition and decided there were better fish in the sea. She went to Florida for spring break and started dating an older guy behind his back. When she finally confessed her infidelity, he was furious. “Don’t let that smile and those teeth fool you,” she recalls. “He could have a really nasty streak and was very mean to people. Toward the end of his senior year he felt he could control people and he was starting to show his darker side. He felt that he could do no wrong.
  • P50: Diane also realized that he wanted to control much more than his image; he wanted to be in charge of everything and everyone. She found his behavior oppressive and even relayed her concerns to his younger sister, Cass. “We had a volatile relationship,” recalls Diane, who was then in her senior year at Glen Ridge High School. “I didn’t get how intense and dramatic he could be. He was so controlling and I wasn’t used to that.”
  • P55: Her [Diane] parting with Tom was friendly, but final. She recalls: “He said, ‘I love you but I’m not in love with you anymore.’ I was cheating with someone else and we were growing apart. He could be very cold—when he was done with you, he was done with you.”
  • P132: As controlling, competitive, and macho as he was, Cruise had met his match—and more—in the Scientology leader [David Miscavige]. Their burgeoning friendship came as no surprise to those who had watched the rapid rise and rise of Miscavige. “It was easy to see why they got along so well,” says a former Scientology executive who was present during that first weekend. “They are both driven, demanding, focused perfectionists—let’s call it the Short Man Syndrome.” Significantly, it was Miscavige, two years older if two inches shorter, who was the dominating force in their friendship, his ferocious will, aggressive ambition, and willingness to live on the edge proving more than a match for Cruise’s own alpha male behavior. As Shelly Britt, who worked for the sect leader for fifteen years, recalls, “David would dominate Tom Cruise without him even knowing about it.” [So nice of her to answer the question I had a few weeks ago!]
  • P165: However loyal his staff, life with “Tom Terrific” was demanding and stressful. He had exacting standards, testing staff on their knowledge of tasks he had previously asked them to perform, insistent that everything be done precisely the way he wanted. If a staff member ever used his initiative to change an order, however slightly, Tom would go “ballistic.” It was his way or the highway—no questions asked. “You always had to be on your toes with him, anticipating answers for any questions he had,” a former insider said.
I will clarify more the significance of these quotes with some words from the renown B.V. Raman on Sasa Yoga:
Definition: Sasa Yoga is given rise to if Saturn occupies a Kendra which should be his own or exaltation sign.
Results: One born in this Yoga will command good servants. His character will be questionable. He will be head of a village or a town or even a King, will covet other’s riches and will be wicked in disposition.
Remarks: Here Saturn comes into the picture. He should be exalted in a Kendra or occupy a Kendra being his own house. Birth a movable or fixed signs can give rise to Sasa Yoga by a certain disposition of Saturn. Naturally, common signs are exempted. Saturn’s nature seems to play a large part in giving rise to the Yoga. Saturn is cruel, mean, undignified and sinful and consistent with these characteristics. The results of Sasa Yoga should be depicted. The man no doubt becomes famous and happy but his sexual outlook would be perverse. He would be sporting other men’s wives and he would employ every unscrupulous means to gain other’s money. Most of our ‘war contractors’ would perhaps be having Sasa Yoga; otherwise they could not have minted millions at the cost of the poor man.
In interpreting the Sasa Yoga, due consideration should be bestowed on the disposition of the Moon. If this luminary is free from affliction, then the person having ‘Sasa Yoga’ will not covet other’s wealth nor will he be unscrupulous. Where the Moon is not afflicted, the evil results attributed to Sasa Yoga can have only ‘restricted play.’
Based on the quote above, you'd be right to say that Vedic astrology can prove Tom Cruise is evil! (Where IS the Hollywood Harry Potter?) Except there is that one possible saving grace of an unafflicted Moon, which would soften the heart of such a possibly cruel person. Except for Tom, his Moon is not free from affliction.

3. Moon conjunct with Rahu (circled in light green)
A bit of clarification is need for those who are unfamiliar. Rahu is not a planet, but the north lunar node, which forms half of the "karmic axis" in Vedic astrology. (A concept quite different from western astrology.) It is easier to understand Rahu (and Ketu, the other half) when you think of it as a demonic force. It can bring positive results depending upon where it is placed and what it is conjunct with. Rahu placed in the 10th house (generally, the house representing the career), as it is for Tommy boy, is a good placement for it. However, it is conjunct with the Moon. Rahu tends to represent darkness. When the Moon (a luminary) is conjunct with Rahu, all the things that the Moon represents--the mind, mother and emotions--will suffer. Rahu causes fear, anxiety and distrust.

Now, a bit of a back step here, Tom has Venus, Moon and Rahu in his 10th house (career, power, professional activities). The Moon is actually in its own house (Cancer), which is a great benefit to it. His Lagna lord (Venus as he is a Libra) is in the 10th house. Both of these placements signify a great career.
  • The Moon gives its full effect in the 24th year (by the 24th birthday). By his 24th birthday, Top Gun had opened; thus, making him a star. (This is not a coincidence.)
  • Venus gives its full effect in the 25th year. His career is in full swing.
  • Rahu gives its full effect in the 42nd year. Any destruction Rahu would cause by its conjunction with the Moon would begin. Before his 42nd birthday, Tom fires his longtime publicist Pat Kingsley. (Again, not a coincidence!)
From Morton:
  • Kingsley paid the price for saying what many in Hollywood had privately thought for some time. As a senior entertainment industry executive observed, "When he started to use his platform to spew personal opinion, he immediately allowed himself to be questioned. You can't have it both ways. Suddenly everyone has the right to lash back. Pat Kingsley did a fantastic job; she sheltered him, his public persona was carefully crafted, but now that the veneer is down and he strongly believes in something the rest of us think is odd, he comes off as self-righteous." (p 251)
4. Saturn conjunct with Ketu (Ketu circled in gray)
There is one remaining planet that has not yet given its full effect--Ketu. It is conjunct with Saturn in the fourth house and they are very close together, just over a degree apart. Saturn and Ketu are often seen as the greatest enemies in the zodiac. Saturn separates & constricts; Ketu renounces. So what's gonna happen to Tom when Ketu reaches its full maturity by his 48th birthday? Ketu will "eclipse" Saturn and Saturn will lose much of its natural ability. Will Tom go completely nuts? He's done a great job these past few years since Rahu took full effect. Will his career be completely over? Damn, I wish I could say, but I don't think the outlook is great for him in the upcoming years regardless of the fact that he's in his Venus Dasha*.
*Dashas are the planetary timing system used for predicting the effects of planets, yogas, etc.


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