Joseph Campbell was one of my favorites individuals on the planet. Brilliant, wise, compassionate and most of all he had a universal understanding that is much needed in our divisive world of religious fundamentalism. He was the creator of the popular PBS series and book, The Power of Myth, and was renowned for his ability to show parallels between all the world's great religions. It was his lifelong work as a university professor of comparative religion and mythology. "Truth is one, the sages speak of it by many names," is what he says in the introduction to his classic book, Hero of a Thousand Faces, which he translates from the Rig Vedic saying, "Ekam Sat Vipra Bahuda Vadanthi."Campbell advocated "following your bliss" and his bliss was to delve into the universal truths in all cultures and traditions.
This is quite apparent in Campbell's natal chart with five planets in the universal sign of Pisces - the ruler of his ascendant and 10th lord of career, Mercury, the Sun, Jupiter, Mars, and Ketu. Pisces, being the 12th and last sign in the zodiac, is the most mystical, eclectic, and unifying sign. It is opposite Virgo, which compartmentalizes information and creates the most distinctions and divisions. Ketu's presence in Pisces along with Mercury, his lagna lord, is doubly significant since Ketu represents mystical, ancient knowledge along with Pisces. This conjunction would be enough to explain his fascination with this unique field of study. With the addition of Jupiter, the teacher, and the Sun, the authority, and Mars as leader and the occult 8th lord, you can can see why he was on the leading edge as a mythic scholar.
Campbell's chart is a good example of why we need to be very careful not to jump to conclusions when examining a chart. If you look at the condition of Mercury you'll see that it is debilitated in Pisces, in a planetary war with Jupiter, and combust the Sun! Taking the typical interpretations of these factors separately it could be easy to conclude that Mercury is weak, and this could be the chart someone who has difficulty learning. The opposite is, of course, the case. Campbell was the epitomy of a scholar, and wrote several encyclopedic volumes on world mythology, among the more twenty five books credited to his name.
Joseph Campbell's Natal Chart