The astrology of the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman
Actor Paul Walker died on November 30th when a 2005 Porsche Carrera he was riding in crashed into a light pole and burst into flames. Walker was most noted for his role in the “Fast and Furious” franchise of vehicular-oriented action films so it is ironic that he died in an automobile accident.
Automobiles are ruled by Mercury which is concerned with short journeys as opposed to plane rides to distant lands. Mercury was important in Paul Walker’s chart in several ways: Mercury is the traditional ruler of Virgo (I personally believe that Chiron is the modern ruler of Virgo although this is a matter of interpretation) and Walker’s Sun was in Virgo, as was his Mercury. When Mercury is in one of its own signs (Gemini is the other) it is stronger in its expression and more important in the chart, and when Mercury rules the Sun, the essential Self of the individual, its power becomes magnified to an even greater extent.
We typically don’t think of Virgos as being particularly reckless, although there is a type of Radical Virgo (such as Amy Winehouse) in which other chart dynamics (such as Mars or Uranus placements) conflict with the Virgo element to drive the individual into reckless and radical behavior. We don’t see that in Walker’s chart, and indeed Walker’s “Fast and Furious” character Brian O’Connor served as the steady counterpoint to Vin Diesel’s wild and testosterone-driven lead character.
This makes sense with Walker’s Taurus Mars – a slow and steady Mars that is not excitable or overly aggressive. Mars in Taurus is the proverbial bull who is slow to anger, but when anger erupts it explodes with a powerful force.
Walker’s chart was not a particularly difficult […]
I do a fair amount of what I call “repair readings” – readings for people who have been told things by other astrologers that are upsetting and sometimes ridiculous. Like the time a client was told that at a certain time she would meet someone and it would be the only opportunity she would ever have to find her soulmate. Or when an astrology told a client that her daughter would die on a certain date.
In 2008 I wrote a post “If you could predict death, would you?” The subject has come up again because of a discussion on a Facebook group in which I participate and since 2008 there is more information available on the subject out on the web.
The whole idea of predicting death is based on the idea that the time of death is fated – that it is set in stone and can’t be changed. This concept in itself is a huge point of argument among astrologers. I personally believe that our family of origin, our astrological chart, and the timing of the planetary cycles that affect us are all fated, but that at an early age we begin to make choices that affect the rest of our lives.
When I was with my mother in the last months of her life I witnessed something else that was pretty amazing – when she was near the moment of death she suddenly decided that she wanted to go to the hospital. She was quite insistent about it and the ambulance was called, and she lived another three months. The hospice nurse told me that this is quite common – they speak about it as a “surge of energy” that lasts for a […]
A birth certificate has just emerged for Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker, and I will be posting about that shortly.
photo credit: NY Times. James Gandolfini died yesterday at the age of 51. As an astrologer I am always drawn to the ages of people who are in the news: 51 (Chiron return), 29 (Saturn return), 41 (Uranus opposition), 62 (Uranus square). The death of James Gandolfini at the age of 51 during his Chiron return is especially critical because Pluto opposed Chiron in his chart.
Chiron is the planet that governs the healing of energy blocks in the psycho-emotional system that take root in the body and create distress and disease. Its route to healing is through release of emotional wounds that are denied and repressed so that they can be fully processed and digested.
Someone who has an aspect of Pluto to Chiron in their chart is doing what I call “soul surgery” during this lifetime. Pluto, as god of the Underworld, takes us deep within the psyche to excavate the darkness that lies there so that Chiron can do its work of healing and bringing wisdom to the soul.
Gandolfini is suspected to have died of a heart attack although no details have yet been provided. His astrological chart (born September 18, 1961, Westwood NJ, time unknown) shows that he has the Sun in Virgo and a retrograde Saturn. Virgo is known to be the sign of the perfectionist, and when Saturn (the voice of self-doubt) is retrograde in the natal chart it tends to show someone who is particularly self-critical. Combined with the Pluto/Chiron opposition, this puts a lot of pressure on an individual to achieve and to make something of oneself in the world […]
that suicide rates for individuals aged 40-59 jumped over the last decade. The most pronounced jump was in the age groups from 50-54 and from 55-59 years old but there was also a big jump in suicides for those aged 60-64. (Full report from the .)
Astrologically, this age group corresponds to the Pluto in Leo generation. Leo is the sign that needs to feel special, and no age group has been as determined to be special as the Pluto in Leo generation of which I am a member. Obsessed with youth and the need to stay relevant, we didn’t trust anyone over 30 when we were young, and refused to grow old (a determination which as I wrote a few years ago has resulted in a tremendous increase in disabilities among this age group.
The baby boomers also an increased suicide rate in adolescence: “The baby boomers also experienced higher suicide rates during their adolescence and young adulthood, doubling the rate for those age groups at the time. Their suicide rate then declined slightly and stabilized, before beginning to increase again in midlife.”
The sign of Leo is all about learning to celebrate the Self and find authentic avenues of Self-expression. Pluto in any sign tends to bring out the obsessive and self-destructive qualities of a sign and necessitates transformation in the areas that are governed by that sign. Pluto in Leo tends to regard everything as a mirror – failure then has the potential to become a rejection of the Self and not just a momentary obstacle.
Without more data it’s difficult to generalize, but the fact that this age group […]