The archetypal bouquet of Libra was originally a bit confounding for me over a decade ago, perhaps because it rules my 12th house and squares the vast majority of my chart. But the more I understood Libra as instigating the exhalation of the year, commencing the Fall in temperate regions of the northern hemisphere, and bearing a zodiacal symbol that depicts simply a sun setting over the western horizon... I began to fully ground the airs of a sign energy that excels at holding up Venus' copper mirror to the Other.
Perhaps no one in popular culture holds up the Mirror in so instigating, dramatic, and hidden-in-plain-sight profound a way as Hollywood's divine heckler himself, Sacha Baron Cohen.
Baron Cohen is most famous for his parody characters Ali G — a foolhardy British ‘wanker’ hijacking street culture; Borat Sagdiyev, a Kazakh journalist projecting western stereotypes of the Middle East; and Bruno, a flamboyant, self-consumed Austrian fashionista who puts the carriage in front of the horse with his vacuous desire for fame. Each of these characters made appearances on his first full television series Da Ali G Show, and saw successful feature length films released in that order. Episode or feature film, Sacha’s shtick usually revolves around provoking various unwitting individuals into self-revealing ridicule (see below).
Sure, the natural hilarity of the film’s content and Baron Cohen’s clowning beckoned this, but in a “post 9/11 world” even the less discerning knew in their hearts the mirror they stared into.
Trolling is similar to clowning only in that it lures people in to dupe them, but this is usually just by provoking an emotionally knee-jerk reaction through inflammatory means. That's more or less the definition. It is aggressive, comparatively aimless, and almost always more self-indulgent than profound.
Sacha Baron Cohen studied under master clown Philippe Gaulier at the theater school named after him. This follows in a long lineage of clowns, Jacques Lecoq, Buster Keaton and so on. Baron Cohen provokes drags people into playfully profound trap of his Fool archetype, while remaining mostly reticent about his reasons for doing so beyond drawing the question of why humans believe what they believe. He loves the polarity playgrounds. It's clowning, not trolling. See the years of tragicomedy shrouding the expression in his eyes in the news screenshot above? That's artistic lineage. And astrology!
Gemini on the Ascendant, which Baron Cohen looks most like in his character Bruno (a gay Austrian fashionista with a hint of dramatic narcissism), places his demonstrative Leo Moon in the 3rd house of his chart. Among the instincts of communication, siblings, short journeys and exchanges 'among the neighborhood,' 3rd house placements can also manifest in restlessly pushing the boundaries of one's immediate environment with words and body. Being a cadent house, it is not quite as comfortable being pulled away from the 4th house and towards the 2nd by diurnal motion.
Aries on the Ascendant is a placement I suppose Sacha could have, but I come less from a chart-based perspective in positing this and more from the standpoint of physical intuition, having seen him in interviews where his hairline and smile happen to remind me a bit of various Aries Rising and Aries Moon individuals. But that is not my preferred form of physical intuition, as I've never been around the man in person. However, Aries Rising in Whole Sign house system would place Baron Cohen's Leo Moon in the 5th house, and his Aquarius Mars in the 11th. This is a traditionally stronger house axis for most planetary activity, albeit not the first one I fancied from an instinctual standpoint. Ultimately both the main options I've posited could be wrong.
I've settled for defaulting to a noon chart as depicted above, which works well enough for my intents and purposes because it displays Sagittarius Rising, and the chart placements inverted from what they would be if set to a time showing Sacha as Gemini Rising. The key here, moving forward from these fumbling unknowns, is that whether Gemini Rising or Sagittarius, either puts Baron Cohen's Moon-Mars opposition (however exact it might be is unknown without a birth time) across the 3rd-9th axis. I still feel Gemini Rising, with Moon in the 3rd and Mars in the 9th, makes more sense.
This was my initial impression of Sacha's Moon-Mars opposition, as the the particularities of the 3rd stand in contrast to the 'long journey' or 'spiritual sojourn' type instincts of the 9th, and this seesaw is one he is constantly playing with. Using wordplay, deliberate misunderstanding and boundary-pushing to provoke people into revealing their beliefs, or their complacency with the darkness of other people's beliefs.
This is perhaps where Mars in Aquarius factors in so heavily with the aquarian energy of ‘I do it for everyone, but not for anyone.’ Sometimes the dignity of an individual gets sacrificed for the sake of the collective’s benefit. The court jester dances before royalty, acting out, presenting messages any other would certainly be put to death for if outside the Mirror's theater.