"I like to dance and stuff, but drinking isn’t good for you in every way. It’s not good for your skin; it makes you feel horrible. So, drinking-wise, no."
-Amanda Bynes, 2007
Amanda Bynes (April 3, 1986, time unknown, Thousand Oaks, CA) grew up in the public eye. She started on Nickelodeon before she was a teenager, starring in fairly squeaky-clean comedic roles (including "The Amanda Show," where she played a recurring Judge Judy-like character -- which as it turns out was nothing like real life at all). Like many child stars, she graduated from inoffensive, marginally-entertaining kid's TV to mildly offensive, marginally-entertaining teen and young adult films, with a lingerie-clad side trip to Maxim magazine.
We all seem to love stories about childhood stars gone bad. Truth is, most of them don't turn out that way. Think back to the kids in your class at any given point during your younger years. A couple of them probably did quite well, a couple of them probably crashed and burned, and the rest wound up somewhere in the middle. But if there is one thing we have learned from modern Celebrity Culture, it's that watching those two kids grow up and then screw up can be useful, instructive, and above all... juicy. So let's throw propriety to the wind and look at how the Uranus-Pluto square is messing with one of the 90s favorite teens.
Everyone has the potential do themselves and other either good or ill. Although hindsight always proves to be 20/20, there is always the hope that things will turn out for the best. Similarly, there's always potential for trouble in the birth chart, but a person's track record is a good indicator of how that good and ill manifest themselves.
In Amanda's case (even without the birth time), one can look at Mars conjunct Neptune in Capricorn and see how recklessness could be a hazard. Of course, if an astrologer had looked at this chart when Amanda was a wide-eyed eleven year old, there would be a tendency to say something like "hey, this kid could become some kind of spiritual leader, harnessing the mystical aspects of the Mars-Neptune aspect." Or, "she's going to see the world through a very different lens, one where she makes dreams reality."
No astrologer wants to look at an eleven year old's chart and say "Holy crap! This kid's gonna screw up big time with booze and/or drugs when the transits set that conjunction off!"
"I can have a drink and dance if I want. You have to go out to meet people and guys. I'm in that phase where I just want to have fun."
-Amanda Bynes, 2009
The Uranus-Pluto square throughout March and April was in relative low effect, but began to grown more powerful. Pluto, conjunct Amanda's Mars/Neptune, began to make its effects more noticeable.
Those were busy months for Amanda Bynes in the news. She was caught talking on her cell phone while driving (dangerous, but it happens often enough) and got off with a warning from the police. Later in March, she was photographed stumbling out of a couple of night clubs, apparently very intoxicated. On April 6th (three days after her 26th birthday) Amanda side-swiped a police car and was arrested for DUI. (Note: Driving Under the Influence should NEVER be funny. However, a DUI that ends with bashing into a police car is as close as it gets. Amanda's comedic instincts may still be in place.)
"You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law."
-Arresting Officer to Amanda Bynes, April 6, 2012
Four days later, another hit and run, and more rumors of drinking. Amanda seems to have taken the month off from driving in May. Or perhaps she just didn't get caught at it.
"I can't help but laugh at all of you writing fake stories about me. I was not in any hit and runs. I don't drink so the DUI is false."
-Amanda Bynes, May 27, 2012
August was a busy month for Ms. Bynes. With the Uranus-Pluto square once again growing closer to the exact degree, there was more automotive action to be had. On August 5th, there was yet another hit and run. Perhaps she was learning though, but at least this time (according to the witness) she got out of her car and put the other car's bumper back into place before leaving the crime scene. On the 21st she herself was rear-ended. That's normally a sure sign you're not at fault in an insurance claim, but the other driver in this case claims Amanda pulled some stupid stunt that caused the accident. You be the judge.
On September 5th she was finally charged with two misdemeanor hit and runs, and even Lindsay Lohan was now wondering out loud why the legal consequences for Amanda's actions hadn't come sooner and more harshly. (Note: When Lindsay Lohan thinks YOU'RE out of control, odds are good that you are, in fact, "out of control.")
Perhaps Amanda Bynes has learned her lesson. In fact, after the September 5th charges and the license suspension, she's only been seen driving a couple of times: once while smoking a drug pipe, and once resulting in another minor crash.
One thing to watch out for when your Neptune is being hit by difficult transits? Self-delusion.
"Hey @BarackObama... I don't drink. Please fire the cop who arrested me. I also don't hit and run. The end."
-Amanda Bynes on Twitter, June 5, 2012