Kris Allen sped ahead of the pack last night to take home the American Idol crown in a surprise upset over Adam Lambert, who had been expected to win. Allen’s surprising victory echoed last year’s surprise win by David Cook (profiled by me in this earlier article).
Kris has an interesting astrological chart that should blow away a few concepts. First of all, five planets are retrograde in his chart, a phenomenon that is relatively rare but which has traditionally been associated with bad luck and an inability to achieve one’s goals. While it’s true that retrograde planets can make it more difficult to move forward in one’s life because we are always being pulled back into the past, a strong intention and focus can overcome any planetary difficulty in the birthchart.
Kris has the Sun in Cancer, the sign of family ties and caring for others, and it opposes Neptune almost exactly. Neptune/Sun aspects are often connected to an affinity for music and sometimes, depending on the rest of the chart, musical talent (David Cook has a Sun/Neptune conjunction). When Neptune and the Sun combine there is also usually a strong spiritual component in the life.
With the Sun in shy Cancer and a Neptune/Sun opposition which can make it difficult to forge a strong identity, we would not have expected Kris to be someone who seeks the limelight. His Leo Moon inspires a craving for fame and recognition, and to be celebrated for his talents, but it is squared by Saturn which inhibits him from seeking this kind of recognition. Saturn also opposes Venus, which enhances this sense of inhibition and shyness. But according to the judges, it was just that low-key sensitivity that won him the American Idol […]