Anna Nicole Smith: Another case of Chiron/Uranus/Pluto

Plenty is being said right now about the death of Anna Nicole Smith, and I’m not going to add to the frenzy of media coverage and obsession over this sad creature’s life and death. For me the pertinent item of issue is that she is another of the Uranus/Pluto generation with Chiron opposed to both planets that is in serious trouble.

I don’t want all of you who were born between 1962 and 1968 to panic, but this is a challenging dynamic that is coming to a head now with transiting Uranus in Pisces and Pluto in Sagittarius squaring Uranus and Pluto in various degrees of Virgo. There is potential here for amazing transformation and evolution, but for those who run from the psychic distress that Chiron opposite Uranus and Pluto can cause rather than face and integrate this distress into their conscious awareness, the Universe will provide some additional inducement for that to take place.

Chart from Vegas Attractions, click to enlarge. Anna Nicole Smith had a square from her Sagittarius Sun to Jupiter, suggesting an overblown sense of confidence and reckless approach to life. The Uranus/Pluto conjunction in her chart made a trine to her Capricorn Mars which is a strong signature for success in any endeavor: Capricorn is disciplined and works hard to achieve success and Mars provides the drive and energy, Uranus adds a touch of brilliance and innovative thinking, and Pluto the power to make things happen. A trine of Mars and Pluto links the will of the individual self (Mars) to the will of the higher self (Pluto), facilitating one’s ability to manifest easily. Whatever you think about Ms. Smith, there is no question that she […]

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By |2018-07-15T10:14:24-04:00February 10th, 2007|People|Comments Off on Anna Nicole Smith: Another case of Chiron/Uranus/Pluto

The Case of the Astronaut: Narcissism in the Birthchart

Any time someone does something completely bizarre and out of character, it’s always makes me want to look at their astrological chart. Often we have subconscious elements that we are able to keep in the “basement” of our psyche until one day something begins to stir the pot and those buried parts of ourselves make themselves known. This periods are often associated with planetary cycles called transits.

Lisa Nowak was selected to be an astronaut back in 1996 and ten years later went into space on a journey to the international space station where she was the mission flight engineer. Married since 1988, she has three children but separated from her husband in January of 2007. This week she was arrested for attempted murder and kidnapping of a suspected rival for a man whom she described as being “more than a working relationship but less than a romantic relationship.”

Lisa Nowak has a complicated astrological chart. Her Sun is in the fixed sign of Taurus that craves stability and harmony, and it is in a challenging relationship (square) to Saturn, the planet of isolation, restriction and limitation. With Saturn in square to the Sun, which represents the essential Self, there is often a lack of self-esteem and a feeling of abandonment and loneliness. This system is exacerbated by another challenging aspect between Neptune and the Sun. Neptune tends to dissolve material reality and induce us to seek experiences that go beyond the material world, but in a challenging aspect (particularly with the Sun) there is a dissolving of our sense of Self and a tendency towards escapism and self-deception.

In this case Saturn and Neptune are both square to the […]

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By |2007-02-09T10:53:00-04:00February 9th, 2007|People|Comments Off on The Case of the Astronaut: Narcissism in the Birthchart

Ryan and Griffin O’Neal

Ryan O’Neal was arrested for assaulting his son Griffin this week, although Ryan claimed he was defending himself from an attack with a fireplace poker. Growing up with Ryan O’Neal can’t have been easy; all of his children have suffered from drug addiction and other problems. Even young Redmond, child of a relatively stable relationship between Ryan and Farrah Fawcett, was a heroin addict in his early teens. Ryan is known for his explosive temper; he once hit Griffin so hard he knocked his teeth out, and his daughter Tatum wrote a tell-all book telling of his abusive cruelty to her. This episode has brought the whole O’Neal family saga into the public view, and it’s a sad one.

I took a look at the birthchart of both Ryan and Griffin O’Neal, but it’s Griffin’s chart that is really the most interesting. Click chart to enlarge. Griffin was born in 1964, a time of tremendous social upheaval and cultural change. Uranus (the planet of radical change) was conjunct Pluto (the planet of transformation), and the world was experiencing cultural revolutions on a variety of fronts: the civil rights movement, the feminist movement, the antiwar movement, student rebellions. Those individuals born during this period (between 1962 and 1968 or so) carry this archetype within them; they are the first generation born after the baby boomers and they grew up in the chaos of that period of tremendous change.

Griffin has a Scorpio Sun, showing an emotionally intense nature. Mars (illustrating how he expresses his aggression and asserts himself) in his chart is in Leo, suggesting that he expresses his anger (Mars) in a dramatic (Leo) way. Mars in Leo […]

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By |2007-02-06T23:48:00-04:00February 6th, 2007|People|Comments Off on Ryan and Griffin O’Neal

Keith Urban’s Healing Journey Continues

Keith Urban has a lovely video on his website today, thanking his fans for their support during his stint in rehab and explaining what happened to encourage him to seek help and talking about the recovery process. In the video he says that during the first 30 days he learned that abstinence is only the ticket to the movie, not the movie itself. Evidently he chose to stay longer in order to learn more about himself and what led to his problems that made his life “unmanageable.”

Back in October when Urban entered rehab I wrote that he was beginning a challenging transit of Pluto, the planet which pushes us to transformation, to Chiron in his chart. Chiron is the “wounded healer,” and a transit of Pluto to that sensitive point brings up old painful emotions and feelings. This is a difficult process, since we typically hide from our feelings of discomfort and push them away to a place where they won’t bother us. Pluto can be rather ruthless when it hits a sensitive point in our chart and demands that we give up whatever is holding us back from our evolutionary process. The transit of Pluto to Chiron that began for Keith Urban in October demands that he face the demons of his pain and work through the healing process. Surrender is required, and it appears that he is facing the challenge: he says “Thirty days became 60. Sixty days became 90 and, with each week that passed, I found myself really learning to surrender.” He also talks about how much he is learning about himself, which is the key to this planetary cycle.

I had never seen him before, […]

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By |2007-01-23T11:31:00-04:00January 23rd, 2007|People|Comments Off on Keith Urban’s Healing Journey Continues

Goodbye James Brown

The hardest working man in show business has died at the age of 73. James Brown was the father of funk music, the grandfather of soul, a visionary in the music industry. He overcame tremendous odds of the post-depression and Jim Crow eras to become one of the most successful musicians in American history. Little Richard, one of his protegees, says of Brown: “He was an innovator, he was an emancipator, he was an originator.” These are all qualities that we associate with the planet Uranus – the planet of radical change, rebellion, innovation, freedom.

James Brown was certainly a rebel: he was well-known for his brushes with the law both as a young person when he spent time in prison for armed robbery, and in his later years when he was arrested for assault and served more prison time. His childhood was less than stable; after his parents split up when he was four he went to live with his aunt in a brothel. He was married four times and was accused by several of his wives of being a violent husband; he was once quoted as saying women should be controlled and “must know their limitations.” But despite the bad publicity of his personal life, the brilliance of his craft dominated the music industry for over 50 years.

In order to create a viable astrological profile for an individual we need a correct birthdate, and this can be difficult with celebrities who for various reasons often falsify their age. Biographies of James Brown give the year of his birth as either 1928 (Wikipedia) or 1933 (most other sources). One article reports that in his early years […]

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By |2018-06-11T12:41:49-04:00December 26th, 2006|People|Comments Off on Goodbye James Brown