Anyone who knows me knows what a massive Prince fan I am. I’ve been meaning to write something about his chart but felt too overwhelmed shortly after his passing. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since he left us. This post was inspired by a series of dreams I had about him. I intuitively pulled a few tarot cards as well…
I – 8 of Pentacles Reversed
The very first card (8 of Pentacles) is usually a warning about unethical business associates and shady deals in general, but mainly about over-extending one’s self. In the reverse position this card is associated with workaholic tendencies and neglecting one’s health. Saturn’s Rx phase during the time of his death could have been warning him to slow down. There have been numerous conspiracy theories surrounding Prince’s death and with Neptune tightly conjunct the Midheaven of his death chart, his passing is shrouded in mystery (Neptune) but I don’t want to talk about conspiracy theories. I’d much rather discuss how fascinating his chart is. It’s filled with so much creativity, beauty and sensitivity.
Prince was highly intuitive (Moon in Pisces at 1 degree 59 minutes trine his Neptune/Psyche conjunction in Scorpio in the 12th house). This gift of insight and premonition was more than likely inherited from his female ancestors (Moon in the 4th) someone this “plugged in” would know if his time were coming to an end. His Gemini Sun (life force) sits in the 8th house (death) conjunct the Vertex (fated events). Transiting Saturn Rx in Sagittarius was approaching a return to its natal position at the time of his death. The Rx aspect could indicate something burdensome returning (Sagittarius rules the hips/legs) His health/sickness house ruler, Mars, powerfully placed in its ruling sign, Aries, makes a stressful aspect to Saturn natally so his pending Saturn return, in addition to transiting Uranus in his health house, put Prince under a lot of stress physically. Uranus transits, at least health-wise, are indicative of burn out and anxiety. His body was literally screaming for a break.
Natal Saturn in Sagittarius at 22 degrees 52 minutes was Rx and in his 2nd house
opposite his Sun (ego/life force) in his natal chart as well and this is the classic workaholic aspect. The 2nd house is tied into self-worth what we value and finances. Prince more than likely felt like he had something to prove throughout his entire life and this is linked to his father (Saturn). In mythology Saturn/Kronos had fears his children would overthrow him and his solution was to eat/consume them. The opposition aspect is often projection, and Prince’s father could have very well projected a lot of his fears/criticism and expectations onto Prince. Depression, perfectionism (which can also trigger depression) and heavy karmic responsibilities (In Prince’s case there is a Karmic “debt” to the father) are also associated with Saturn astrologically. For some parents parenthood is often ego-driven. Children become funnels and parents often live vicariously through them.
Saturn’s pending return to its natal placement may have triggered issues pertaining to his self-worth (2nd house) and proving himself, yet again. As someone who was strongly focused on aesthetics/Beauty (Venus in Taurus) I wonder how he felt about aging and getting older. With transiting Saturn opposing his career house ruler (Sun) there may have also been feelings of frustration pertaining to his career. Saturn can create inertia. This must have been especially frustrating for someone like Prince who was quite prolific and full of energy. The slowing down of his physical body must have been pure hell for him.
Saturn, with its penchant for authority, would cause Prince to view men (Sun) as competition in general. He preferred the company of women (Moon/Neptune trine) and felt more comfortable with them. His Mars exalted in Aries makes him competitive by nature. For Prince there was only room for one rooster in the hen-house! He merged the softness of his Pisces Moon with the raw sexuality of his Mars in Aries perfectly. The 8 of Pentacles is a master at his craft. In the image we see a man hammering away at his creations/pentacles. These pentacles (also called, “Coins,” and “Disk’s”) for me symbolize Prince’s music/albums and his creative process. He was extremely prolific and has the astrological chart of someone who has had to work very hard for most of his life and didn’t expect anyone to help him; it would also make it difficult for Prince to ask for help if he needed it.
At the time of his passing transiting Saturn at 14 degrees was also tightly conjunct his financial house cusp and he may have been forced to scale back financially and live with less. Of course the term, “Less,” often has a different meaning for the rich and famous.
But let’s get back to the messages contained in the tarot cards.
II – Judgement – Reversed
The second card (Judgement Reversed) speaks of stasis and isolation and this was probably one of the worse things Prince could have done—cutting himself off from people. Judgement in the reverse position speaks of false spiritual teachings and this could be his Jehovah Witness faith. Prince has always interwoven spiritual/religious/mystical themes into his music (His Pisces Moon is quite spiritually ambitious) and that was never an issue for me. While I am not religious (I was not raised with organized religion) I do believe in a higher spiritual power. Prince’s uninhibited (Venus/Uranus square in his chart) merging of god/sex was one of the key themes that I loved about him and at first found his gravitation to the JW faith quite odd. Eastern/esoteric philosophies with its focus on reincarnation, (another theme Prince explored numerous times in his music) and sex as a tantric expression (“Lovesexy”) seemed more in line with who he was. I’m a firm believer that the JW faith caused him some internal conflict and disconnected him from the essence of who he was and this led to crisis (transiting Pluto square his natal Sun) There could have been fears of judgement as well.
This reminds me of another reading I did for Prince in 2013/2014. I began to sense a spiritual shift in Prince and pulled The Hierophant card in the reversed position. The Hierophant is often depicted as a priest/religious figure and is associated with tradition. With this card in the reversed position Prince may have been moving away from traditional religious practices. With his Mercury in its ruling sign Gemini, at 4 degrees 6 minutes conjunct the asteroids Hypnos/Vesta (dedication to service and obsessive focus) and square Pluto, Prince had a deep probing mind that was restless and constantly searching for knowledge. A stimulating environment was a must for a man like him. He also got bored quickly (Uranus in the 9th) and like a nomad, was always searching for something else. When I saw that he named his group, “Third Eye Girl,” I was intrigued. It was around this time that I began to realize that Prince was more than likely distancing himself from traditional (Hierophant) religious doctrine and exploring more esoteric themes, while maintaining his deeply rooted Christian beliefs.
Prince has the chart of a, to quote Bob Marley, “Natural Mystic” (Moon in Pisces) and healer of the collective (Chiron in Aquarius). He is naturally in tune with Christ consciousness, but his Moon/Neptune aspect can create a sort of religious/spiritual naiveté and makes him an emotional/psychic sponge that is susceptible to deception (Neptune 2 degrees 20 minutes in Scorpio in the 12th house of hidden agendas).
There have been numerous amusing statements about how bewitching Prince is (his eyes especially) and even YouTube videos accusing Prince of everything from sex magic to witchcraft! The fixed star Enif, located in the nose of the constellation, Pegasus, is conjunct Prince’s Moon and is associated with intuition, as well as the Part of Spirit and the fixed star, Sadalmelik, a star associated with occult knowledge. I think his Pluto tightly conjunct the Midheaven/10th elicits this kind of powerful (Pluto) reaction from the public (10th)
III – Queen of Pentacles – A nurturing woman/Archetypal Mother
Was Prince looking for a woman who exhibited some of the same personality traits as the Queen of Pentacles? It’s hard to say. Women have always played a major role in Prince’s life: creatively, romantically, and spiritually. The “dark” Goddess, Black Moon Lilith in Aries, sits in his creative 5th house
Prince’s Ceres (mother to Persephone) in Leo sits in the 9th house of higher education conjunct Uranus. (his mother earned her masters degree and became a social worker) His mother may have been more concerned with her own goals/development and there is an erratic (Uranus) element to his nurturing (Ceres). Despite this Ceres/Uranus speaks of a mother that is vibrant and unconventional. Prince said in early interviews that he got his wild side from his mother.
This may have caused young Prince to be more self-reliant than the average child his age. His Moon forms an out-of-sign conjunction to Chiron, the wounded healer. Moon/Chiron aspects, in particular the stressful aspects, often point to emotional and maternal wounds linked to a lack of nurturing. Prince left his childhood home as a young man and bounced around quite a bit.Interestingly enough, in mythology, Chiron was abandoned by his mother (the nymph, Philyra). While Chiron can be associated with psychic wounds he is also a symbol of the emergence of hidden gifts. In Prince’s case Chiron’s opposition to Pluto/Midheaven/Regulus gave him the unwavering drive to succeed. With Chiron’s trine to Jupiter (11th) and his Amor in Gemini (7th) healing/nurturing was more than likely obtained through connections to friends, like-minded individuals (11th), and lovers (7th); not necessarily blood relatives.
His ties to women (and his female ancestors) are extremely compelling with the Moon in the 4th house, and his cultural roots are strong as well (his emotional desire for roots is pronounced as well) the 4th house is ones physical home (our ancestors) and childhood. This explains him never abandoning Minneapolis and choosing to stay close to home. But there are a lot of emotional wounds as well (Chiron conjunct Moon) His Moon/Pluto aspect triggered feelings towards his mother that were probably extremely complex, consuming, and overwhelming. Luckily for his mother, Prince was extremely compassionate and forgiving when it came to her (Moon trine Neptune) and he adored her and she adored him (his mother was a Scorpio) It’s weird, looking at his chart I can see she’s deeply imbedded in his subconscious, yet it’s like she’s a myth (Neptune) I wonder what she was going through while pregnant with Prince. Babies absorb this energy (it’s called the Pre-Natal Moon) and the 12th house is pretty much the holding cell for this kind of energy as well as karmic memories.
III/I – Women (Moon) as catalysts for change
His Eros (symbol of passion and desire) is in Pisces as well at 19 degrees giving credence to the numerous stories about Prince doing nothing more than bathing women or simply brushing their hair. Eros is much more than erotic and sexual fixation: it serves as a funnel of sorts (creativity is passion as well) and in the natal chart it gives clues into where our passions thrive. His Eros in mystical Pisces may very much have been content with just appreciating women, and being in their presence more than likely provided all of the passion he needed. The Mystic (Pisces) and the erotic (Eros) are fused, and of course we see these two energies in almost everything he did, especially in his lyrics and imagery.
His Moon (women/emotional drive), trines Neptune and sextiles his Venus at 7 degrees 50 minutes in its ruling sign, Taurus (ruler of his 7th house) in his 6th house. He was certainly a man who loved beauty (Venus) and linked it to the divine (Neptune) and was a hopeless romantic, yet Venus/Neptune aspects can also produce unrealistic expectations and a lack of boundaries, especially when it came to love. This can lead to disappointment and unwillingness to commit. Often the idea of love is more appealing than the actual relationship itself. He needed someone he could merge with (he could also tap into women empathically) and we see this need projected onto his numerous female protégées. Prince’s lovers and muses are more than musical projects, they were extensions of himself and his sensitive Moon more than likely loved to save women (his Venus sits in the house of service). No one loves a victim, or a perceived victim, like Pisces. Venus in his service house is more than likely the reason he would often get involved with women her worked with. The 6th house, like the 10th, is also a house associated with career.
While his Moon in Pisces is quite caring and sensitive, it squares his Pluto-Midheaven conjunction and the fixed star, Regulus, at the critical 29th degree. Prince had the power (Pluto) and ability to extract your secrets while simultaneously maintaining his. Often stressful Moon/Pluto aspects can unleash manipulation and power plays, especially if one feels threatened or feels as though their own power is being taken from them. So while Prince offered assistance to women, there is an underlying manipulative aspect to his giving! Most of this is due to fears of relinquishing personal power and being abandoned (Moon conjunct Chiron) Like his ascendant ruler, Pluto/Hades, Prince offers his Persephone a very tempting pomegranate, one that is virtually impossible to resist.
The key issue for Prince in terms of his love life is linked to a powerful T-square that consists of Neptune, Venus and Uranus at the apex. Venus opposes Neptune, squares Uranus, and trines Pluto! So here we have someone who becomes enamored quite quickly (Venus/Neptune) becomes almost obsessive in his affections (Venus/Pluto) only to lose interest (Venus/Uranus) when someone more interesting comes along. Newness is something that Prince loved and this is classic Uranus behavior.
His Moon/Pluto square also gives him an emotional upper hand in his relationships. He was the kind of man who had a powerful (Pluto) influence on others, especially women (Moon). Prince’s drives and desires were often hidden at first glance, especially when it came to love and romantic partners. His relationship house is governed by sensual Taurus and its ruler, Venus, also rules the ever so secretive 12th house. He was not one to kiss and tell and whatever he shared with the woman he was with stayed hidden from others. To say he was private is truly an understatement. It’s actually quite refreshing; especially in this age of social media where a tremendous amount of over sharing takes place.
IV – Death/Power as a vehicle to transformation (8th House Sun)
His Gemini Sun at 16 degrees 41 minutes is the consummate symbol of duplicity and the integration of oppositions. It’s placement in the sexually charged 8th house, which is also associated with death, regeneration and transformation. We see these themes explored in his “7” video where Prince lures different versions of himself into an elevator/capsule and “kills” them off. This is a theme (death) that we see repeatedly, especially with his name change to an unpronounceable symbol and his mantra at the time, “Prince is dead.” During this particular period transiting Pluto (God of the underworld) was on Prince’s Scorpio ascendant ushering in a profound sense of transformation and re-birth. Pluto creates, destroys and then re-creates. This is certainly what Prince was experiencing, and anyone who has felt the forces of a transit from Pluto to the sensitive points in their natal chart (1st, 4th, 7th and 10th houses) know all too well the almost cataclysmic energy that permeates.
His Pluto on the Midheaven would have Prince at odds with authority and often this was played out publicly (his battle with Warner Bros. in the 90’s) The 10th house is more than one’s vocation; it symbolizes the world at large and how we navigate within it. While he was deeply private (Scorpio rising) Leo rules his career house, conjunct the royal star Regulus no less! Here we have a private figure (Scorpio) with a very public (Leo) profession. For Leo the world is a stage and Prince controlled (Pluto) how his image/public life was portrayed, and rightfully so.
At the time of his death transiting Jupiter was square his natal Sun in his house of death (8th house) his transition was smooth and Jupiter/Sun is very much a release. He’s resting easy now. The New Moon in Scorpio was in his 12th house. Death is merely a beginning.
Travel safely, Prince.
Born Robert Nesta Marley on February 6th, 1945, Bob has quite a bit of air in his chart. His Sagittarius ascendant and Juno in Gemini also gives some insight into his relationships with women. He definitely liked variety when it came to the women in his world and his Juno (marriage/commitment) played a huge role in that aspect of his life.
Bob, believe it or not, has a very psychic/prophetic chart. All three of his occult/mystical houses (12th, 4th and 8th) are illuminated. His Scorpio Moon in the 12th house points to an individual with powerful intuitive energy and the ability to tap into the emotions of those around him. The Moon positioned in the 12th house may have made Bob hide his deepest and most personal feelings emotions from those around him. While is foward-thinking Aquarius Sun exhibited a man with progressive ideas and a certain amount of open charm, his emotional world was deeply guarded and under lock and key. Scorpio Moon craves deep/intense interaction with others, but issues surrounding trust often prevents them from doing so.
It’s Bob’s Sagittarius rising at 15 degrees that gave him the power of prophetic insight. Sagittarius energy has strong philosophical views, insight into current trends and long-range vision. His ascendant ruler (Jupiter) makes a wide conjunction to his Virgo Midheaven. The Midheaven (10th house cusp) isn’t just about ones career–it points to the world at large and how the masses view us. Bob’s philosophical (Jupiter) and spiritual views (Neptune in the 10th) were a huge part of his mental outlook and creativity. His Aquarius Sun conjunct the 3rd house cusp was determined to spread his views on pan-africanism (his Vertex/fate sits in the 9th house of philosophical views and international travel) to the world at large (His Sun rules the 9th house cusp)
As for his love life, his Moon/Juno quincux, Pluto trine Venus, and Mars in Capricorn trine Jupiter (as well as that roving Sagittarius rising of his) gave me some major clues. Bob Married Rita on February 10th 1966 when the transiting Sun was in his second house. The 2nd house is the house of finances (Rita worked and toured with her husband) and despite Bob’s infidelity, the two maintained a deep spiritual bond. Bob’s Vertex, which deals with destiny and fate is conjunct Rita’s Leo Sun. In synastry, this is a powerful soul-mate indication and with his fiery Venus in sexy Aries (4th house) trine Pluto (8th house) in Leo no less, I’m sure this man was hard to resist! He definitely knew how to tap into a woman’s psyche: The 8th house is also the house of sex/transformation
Bob’s Pluto is also conjunct Rita’s Sun. This points to a powerful–almost hypnotic–connection between two individuals. The Pluto person (in this case, bob) usually has a powerful hold over the Sun individual and with his Juno in Gemini in the 7th house, Bob viewed the women in his life as friends/siblings. Gemini is known for duality and spinning plates so to speak, so it doesn’t surprise me that he juggled multiple women. What’s interesting is that Rita often referred to bob as her, “Brother,” and this is exactly how Juno in Gemini often presents itself.
It’s also no secret that Bob has quite a few kids! His official website lists eleven children (he had three with Rita) his 5th house (house of children) ruler is trine Jupiter. This is a very, “The more the merrier” kind of aspect. Jupiter tends to expand whatever it touches, and with this planet trining his 5th house ruler, it doesn’t surprise me that he had a large family.
His spiritual beliefs are tied into his Neptune/Pallas conjunction in the 10th house. Both of these planets are in Libra trine Uranus in Gemini in the 6th house of health. His religious/spiritual beliefs also played a role in his healing process during his battle with cancer. Chiron, the wounded/healer is conjunct Neptune, trine Uranus and opposes his health house ruler (Venus). Bob refused to have his toe amputated during his cancer struggle, because of his Rastafarian beliefs, and chose alternative healing instead.
Uranus is associated with unconventionality and almost futuristic practices. His Uranus in his health house gives insight into his views on health and how he chose to heal himself on his own terms (Bob sought “controversial” treatments in Bavaria) Ironically, Chiron had been wounded/poisoned with an arrow that belonged to Heracles; due to his own immortality, Chiron lived with the wound until he chose to give up his life in exchange for the life of Prometheus. This really touched me as I looked at Bob’s house of health and his Chiron. Bob chose to leave this earth on his own terms and that takes a tremendous amount of bravery and courage, and while Chiron was honored with a place in the sky (the constellation, Centaurus) Bob has left behind a powerful legacy of his own. Travel safely, Bob!
This morning I was shocked to hear that NBA player, Lamar Odom, had been rushed to the hospital after being found unconscious in a Nevada brothel. He was found unresponsive four days later at 3:15 in the afternoon. Lamar’s issues with addiction have been in the public eye for quite some time. At the age of 12, Lamar lost his mother to cancer as well as his grandmother in 2004. Two years later, in 2006, his infant son died of sudden infant death syndrome. This man has been through so much.
When I heard the news, I automatically thought of transiting Neptune in Pisces. For all its spirituality and mysticism, Neptune has a dark side as well; from illusions to escapism and drugs, Neptune is also associated with mysterious circumstances. Lamar’s natal Neptune in Sagittarius is quite dominant in his chart. His Neptune opposes his Gemini Moon and squares Saturn. This is a strong indication of a lack of boundaries and emotional escapism. Transiting Saturn in Sagittarius is conjunct his natal Venus/Mercury conjunction. This can create feelings of isolation and loneliness. Stressful Venus/Saturn aspects points to a lack/denial of love. Transiting Chiron in Pisces is also square his Moon and Neptune. Emotional hurts are being triggered and the loss of important women (Moon) in his life (his mother, grandmother and demise of his marriage) are probably causing him to self-medicate even more. His natal Uranus in Scorpio is conjunct his Sun and square Mars, creating an impulsive individual who doesn’t look before he leaps. There’s nothing to rein him in.
This brings me to the asteroid, Bacchus (Dionysus in Greek Mythology) god of the vine, fertility and ritual madness. Bacchus is very much the state of madness when it comes to controlled substances. Addiction, hedonism, and excess are the shadow side of Bacchus. Lamar’s natal Bacchus is in Sagittarius at 11 degrees conjunct Neptune and opposite his natal Moon in Gemini. The conjunction between Neptune, planet of illusion and drugs, and Bacchus, a god when making stressful aspects, associated with alcoholism and the struggle with dealing with reality, is particularly powerful.
Lamar is experiencing his Bacchus return.Transiting Bacchus in Sagittarius was opposite his natal Moon, conjunct his natal Neptune/Bacchus conjunction and quincunx natal Chiron in Taurus when he was found in the brothel by two workers. Women at the facility reported that Lamar took ten herbal supplement tablets over the course of 3 days. This is very much in keeping with transiting Bacchus square transiting Jupiter. Jupiter expands what ever it touches and with it’s stressful aspect to Bacchus, we have an individual who has no concept of moderation. It’s now been revealed that Lamar may have used cocaine while at the brothel. I sincerely hope that Lamar pulls through this.
Yesterday, while looking at my transits during an ectopic pregnancy that almost killed me, I started to think about Dark Moon Lilith in the astrological chart. Transiting Lilith was transiting my 5th house (children) when I needed emergency surgery for internal bleeding when my fallopian tube almost burst. Lilith fascinates me, but Dark Moon Lilith in particular, intrigues me. There are three Lilith’s that are channeled in astrological analysis. Spending 10 days in each sign, Dark Moon Lilith takes approximately 119 days to travel around our planet. Darkstar Astrology describes Dark Moon Lilith as:
“Dark Moon then can work two ways like the myth, we either face our Demons or release them safely or we bury them. If they are allowed to fester they become enraged, then we risk them breaking out and psychically “raping” us.”
This brings me to one of Lilith “daughters,” Lorena Bobbit. Lorena was thrust into the public spotlight after she severed her abusive husband’s penis on June 23rd 1993. After sustaining years of physical and sexual abuse, she reached her breaking point. Lorena was born on October, 31st 1970, in Quito, Ecuador. She married John Wayne Bobbit when she was just 19 years old (he was 22) she was raped by her husband the night of the attack. The outer wheel is Lorena’s chart. Transiting Pluto (which is often associated with rape/Persephone myth/power struggles) was conjunct her Moon/Venus conjunction and opposite Saturn/Juno (marriage/divine consort/wife to Jupiter) transiting Pluto was also conjunct her natal Dark Moon Lilith. There are three Liliths that are used in astrology, and Dark Moon is the most vicious. She’s associated with revenge, rape, nightmares, toxins, emotional pain and the shadow. Lorena had finally had enough.
On June 23rs at around 5am. Lorena used a 12” kitchen knife. The first thing that struck me was the powerful amount of Scorpio energy in her chart. With Juno in Taurus conjunct Saturn, a spouse that can provide her with stability and financial security is of the utmost importance. During the trial, Lorena complained of abuse and financial instability. The night of the attack, transiting Venus in Taurus (event 12th house) was opposite transiting Pluto (abduction/rape) in Scorpio (can you say crime of passion?) conjunct her Juno/Saturn conjunction.
Dark Moon Lilith isn’t an actual celestial body. She’s a mathematical point (similar to the lunar nodes) There’s an actual asteroid named Lilith (one of the three Liliths used, also known as “1181″) that played a role in this attack as well. Asteroid Lilith is very much the freedom-fighter/feminist and healer. Transiting asteroid Lilith in Libra was conjunct Lorena’s Mars/Uranus conjunction opposite her natal Vertex (fated events) it was through the attack (Dark Moon Lilith) that she was liberated and freed (asteroid Lilith)
Her natal Dark Moon Lilith is in Scorpio conjunct her Moon and opposite natal Hades. Her husband messed with the wrong woman! Venus in the 12th of the attack chart is very behind closed doors. Her Juno/Saturn/Hades conjunction in the event chart 12th describes the hidden abuse/rape she was subjected to by her own husband that night. For me, transiting Pluto conjunct her natal Dark Moon Lilith was very much the trigger.
Pluto’s role here cannot be ignored. Transformation is often obtained throughcrisis. With the large amount of Scorpio in her chart (Sun, Moon, Venus, Mercury, Neptune, Jupiter and Vesta!) she rose like a phoenix from the ashes of abuse.
Her natal Hades was also conjunct Venus in the event chart. This woman went through hell. Her natal Saturn in Taurus is what restrained her (her Saturn is conjunct Juno and opposite her Scorpio Sun) because I’m surprised she didn’t kill that man looking at these transits.
Another worthy note: Transiting Dark Moon Lilith in Taurus was conjunct her Saturn/Juno/Hades
Another thing I noticed is the event chart’s Vertex opposite her natal Sun; proving this was a fated event for her and her spouse. Her natal Nessus, which is associated with abuse, at 18 degrees Gemini, forms a tight conjunction to the event’s ascendant at 19 degrees square her natal Venus/Moon conjunction.
Last night I couldn’t sleep, so I decided to create a chart for Machiavelli. Luckily for me, his birth time is in his biography. He was born May 2nd, 1469 at 11:07 p.m. in Florence, Italy. I’m using the gregarian calendar for his chart calculations (May 11th)
Pluto, Uranus, Saturn, and Neptune had not been discovered at the time of his birth, but I will be using them to give some insight into his personality (just because something hasn’t been discovered doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist)
I’ve divided this analysis into two parts. In Part two I’ll discuss his imprisonment and death.
Born the third child and only son to his parents, Niccolo, has Capricorn rising and his Sun is also in earth (Taurus)The ruler of the ascendant, Saturn, sits in the third house square his natal moon and trine the ascendant; this gives clues to an individual that is quite austere in terms of their emotional makeup and how they present themselves to others. Stressful aspects between Saturn/Moon can also point to a somewhat stern mother or a home environment where the child is given a tremendous amount of responsibility, or a home life that is barren or deprived, creating a child that’s more emotionally mature than his/her peers.
There’s an overall feeling of emotional heaviness combined with an almost child-like enthusiasm in his chart. He was quite close to his father (Sun trine Ascendant) and very little is known about his mother. She died shortly before his Saturn return.
Responsibility is very much a Saturn trait; his given responsibilities in both diplomatic and military affairs points to the strong Saturnian nature in his chart. Venus (diplomacy) is in Aries (war) and sits in the 3rd house of communication.
Jupiter opposes his Moon and squares his ascendant ruler. I don’t want to go as far as calling him a “liar,” but he was definitely known for his tall tales and grandiose perception of himself. His Jupiter/Moon opposition is also generous and despite his tough childhood, he did have a playful spirit.
His Aquarius Moon square Saturn in Taurus reveals internal conflict between traditional structure and radical/unconventional (Aquarius) ideas (Moon trine Mercury in Gemini)
There’s a strong emphasis on communication, learning, and creativity in his chart: Mercury rules his 5th (creativity) and 6th (service) respectively. Mercury is quite strong since it’s in its own ruler (Gemini) he wrote numerous comedies, carnival songs (the 5th house is also pleasures and fun) as well as poetry.
“She was not a guilty woman, neither was she a saint; she was an upright, charming woman, a little frivolous, somewhat impulsive, but always pure; she was a queen, at times ardent in her fancies for her favourites and thoughtless in her policy, but proud and full of energy, a thorough woman in her winsome ways and tenderness of heart, until she became a martyr.” – The Life of Marie-Antoinette – Maxine de la Rocheterie
This quote describes her chart perfectly. Marie was born on November 2, 1755 @ 7:30 PM in Vienna, Austria.She had Cancer rising and the ruler of the first (Moon) was in the 5th house of love affairs, Children, gambling and pleasure. Her Jupiter/Moon conjunction in Libra is the charming aspect you always hear when people describe her. Most of her frivolous nature is due to her Jupiter, Moon, Venus, Vertex and Hades all in the 5th house (Pleasure) it ultimately became her downfall (Hades)
She has quite a bit of water in her chart with her Sun/Venus conjunction in Scorpio and her Mars/Ascendant in Cancer. Her Moon/Saturn square points to a somewhat restrictive mother or a mother who may have emotionally distant in some way. Marie had a somewhat tense relationship with her mother but there was a tremendous amount of love between the two. Moon/Saturn aspects can also indicate a child that may have had to grow up quickly or had to deal with a certain amount of emotional responsibility at an early age. Marie was just 14 when she married the future Louis XVI.
Neptune is Square her Sun, Venus and Sextile her Jupiter. She was someone with little to no boundaries and lived in a dream (Neptune) world detached from reality. I think the tight Square from Saturn to her Libra Moon caused a lot of emotional heaviness, sadness and feeling weighed down by life/responsibilities that caused her to submerge herself in her overindulgent Neptune in Leo. Neptune/Venus aspects give one a deep love of beauty/beautiful objects/art, but it can also give a person poor judgement because one looks at the world through rose-colored glasses.
Her impulsive nature stems from her Mars in Cancer in the first house Square her Libra Moon in the 5th. Her Uranus South Node conjunction in Pisces close to the midheaven gives clues into her public image. Uranus is quite unpredictable and “out-there” and it’s a difficult planet to pin down. Uranian energy hates rules, regulations and any kind of restrictions and it trines her Sun/Venus conjunction in Scorpio in the 5th house.
The South Node is linked to past life issues and what we’ve mastered. We’ve mastered these gifts because we’ve honed them and done them before in our previous incarnation. The North Node is what we need to work on now and Marie’s N.Node was in meticulous/organized Virgo in the 4th house. Her Karmic lesson was in taking care of 4th house matters (home matters/responsibility)
Last month (June) was Octavia Butler’s birthday. I planned on posting something about her yesterday, but got sidetracked by some other things. There was no birth time available for Octavia so I chose noon. Being the amazing writer that she was I wanted to see how her Mercury functions within her chart. Needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed. Mercury, Venus and the Moon are quite strong in her chart as well as Uranus.
It doesn’t surprise me that she was such an amazing writer and creative force with these two planets (Uranus/Mercury) prominent in her chart.Uranus is very much associated with sci-fi and progressive thinking (Octavia explored issues such as race, gender and religion) Uranus is the avant-garde, quirkiness; the individual that thinks outside of the box and is often an outsider. Often those with Uranus in the chart stand out it some way. She was almost 6 feet tall and spoke of being “awkward” as a child.
What intrigued me the most was the asteroid, Pallas,in Pisces @ 16 degrees square her Uranus in Gemini. Pallas is very much the defender of wisdom and how we tend to process information. She can also give insight into the wisdom we posses and how we chose to express that wisdom. Pisces is the poet, the spiritual visionary who can tap into the universe. This is the perfect placement for someone who writes fantasy and science-fiction. Squares often point to internal blockages and obstacles that force us to work harder. Pallas Square Uranus and her Uranus Quincunx Mercury aspect is linked to her slight dyslexia in her youth. Stressful aspects between Uranus/Mercury can be someone who has an unconventional way of processing information and can also point to genius (Uranus is associated with brilliance)
Again, while I don’t have a birth time (I used noon which is an ambiguous time astrologers use when we don’t have an accurate birth time) I find it ironic that there are so many planets in the 9th. The 9th house is associated with publishing. Her 5th house ruler (Uranus) sits in the 9th as well. The 5th is associated with creativity. Neptune in the first also points to a mystical individual with strong intuitive skills and an amazing imagination (she was hooked on fairy tails in her youth. With these planetary positions, I wouldn’t be surprised if she was born mid-day.
Her Moon in Leo is trine Ceres (nurturing, mother of Persephone and the ultimate caregiver) in Aries. This aspect is extremely important to me because it sheds light on how supportive the women in Octavia’s life were. Her mother (Moon/Ceres) in particular nurtured and supported her dreams of becoming a writer. Her mother bought her a Remington type writer (which I’m sure was a huge purchase for a black mother who was a domestic worker) when she was 12 and encouraged her daughter to read and explore by bringing Octavia discarded books from the white families she worked for.
It’s so important for parents to support their children’s dreams no matter how big or small.