Whitney Houston, the brilliant but troubled singer and film star, was found dead in a hotel bathtub this weekend. The cause of death has not yet been determined but toxicology tests found a combination of Xanax and alcohol.
Ms. Houston’s life-long troubles with drug and alcohol dependence were widely documented and often threatened her exceptional career. Her marriage to singer Bobby Brown was punctuated with violence and bouts of drug addiction and rehab.
Astrologically, Ms. Houston (chart here) had a conjunction of the Sun and Venus in Leo – she was born to be someone whose light shone brightly (Leo) and the presence of Venus typically bestows beauty and the ability to interact with others in a positive way. However, Saturn, the Celestial Teacher opposed that Sun/Venus combination which suggests that she was riddled with insecurities about her looks and her ability to be loved. In addition, the fact that Saturn in her chart was retrograde shows that she was particularly self-critical.
Although her chart was quite fiery, signifying a person of great passions and energy (her Moon conjoined Jupiter in Aries), Pisces, the sign of empathy, artistry, creativity and intuition rising in her chart, and Neptune, ruler of Pisces, squared her Sun/Venus conjunction. Neptune and Pisces are beautiful influences for an artist, but they can also indicate addictive behavior because of the strong urge to transcend material reality, an urge which is good for the spiritual life, but not so good for someone who lives in the material world. Neptune and Pisces express themselves through art and creativity but can make it difficult for an individual to see the realities of their lives clearly, and that was a hallmark of Whitney Houston’s short life.
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