Jimi Hendrix – astrological birth chart

Hendrix1To these ears, the old classic Jimi Hendrix albums still sound absolutely magical and brilliant. Jimi’s birth chart horoscope (born 10.15 am, 27th November 1942 in Seattle, Washington, USA) shows clearly he was born with the possibility of achieving transcendent genius, although not without hard work and struggle.

The visionary potential of someone born with a Sun, Mercury and Venus conjunction of planets in the sign of Sagittarius and the often mysterious 12th house was there from the start. Sagittarius was also his Ascendant (rising sign). Of course, as is the case with every individual, it was up to Hendrix himself to make full use of what was indicated astrologically from birth. No-one can do it for us!

HendrixAstroSagittarius is the most evolved of the three Fire signs, rising above the energy of Aries and the ego of Leo. Jimi’s positive, enthusiastic, philosophical, excessive and larger-than-life approach to life are typical of the sign. Travel and foreign countries often play key roles in the life of Sagittarius, and Hendrix began to truly find himself after moving to London in 1965. There then followed those extraordinary albums, beginning with “Are You Experienced?” and “Axis: Bold As Love” in 1967. The musical and spiritual genius of Hendrix came through in his unique ground-breaking guitar playing, his songs, lyrics and live performances.

Hendrix’s Moon-Jupiter conjunction in Cancer shows his more caring and sensitive side. Jimi’s chart ruler Jupiter is traditionally exalted in Cancer, a fortunate position for someone with so much Sagittarius. Numerous biographies refer to his kindness, warmth and modesty, which continued after he became famous. Saturn and Uranus in Gemini show, amongst other things, a way with words in the extraordinary lyrics of so many of his songs. Saturn and Uranus also show very difficult conflicts and tensions to deal with, alternating between the heavy responsibility of Saturn and the unpredictable brilliance of Uranus, both opposing his Sun, Venus and Mercury. Basic self-confidence, relationships and communication were affected. Despite all the positive energy shown elsewhere in the chart, it’s no surprise that he wrote a song called Manic Depression. Having no planets in Earth signs may not have helped.Hendrix2

Mars in Scorpio sits confidently in the 10th house, an intense burning drive to make his mark on the world. Like most of the great rock stars born in the late 1930s and early 1940s, Hendrix had Pluto in the early degrees of Leo combining smoothly with Neptune in the early degrees of Libra. This combination of powerful ego self-expression and ideals of love and peace typified the hippie generation. However, after his early death at age 27, Jimi Hendrix is one man who seems to have risen above and beyond his lifetime.

Alternatives to cow’s milk

OatlyMy favourite is Oatly, which was originally developed in Sweden. There are a large number of other good alternatives, many of which are extremely yummy and nutritious. Rice Dream is one of the nicest, with a unique flavour that is almost a bit like ice cream. Almond milk is good but a bit expensive. Coconut milk, hemp milk… the list goes on. Some soya milks are good, and generally better if you want something to add to tea or coffee, but beware of added sugar in the form of sucrose, maltodextrin or other forms.

Udderly ridiculous - Liu Qiang's stunning sculpture

Udderly ridiculous – Liu Qiang’s stunning sculpture

Since my early days of macrobiotics in the seventies, whenever possible I have kept clear of cow’s milk, for several reasons. Once you stop to think about it, the human habit of consuming the breast milk from the mothers of other species seems really quite bizarre and cruel. Biologically, human adults are obviously not designed to drink it in large quantities, hence many people’s problems with lactose intolerance and other allergic reactions. Back in the day, one or two of the alternatives tasted of wallpaper paste – fortunately things have improved!

Sanctuary’s neglect of the elderly and vulnerable

The uselessness, lies, rudeness, threats, bullying and generally corrupt behaviour of Sanctuary Housing Group (includes Sanctuary Housing Association, Sanctuary Care, Sanctuary Management Services and others) over the last few years are extensively documented in a large number of personal accounts from people across England and Scotland on my previous blog Are Sanctuary Housing above the law? Sanctuary’s unprofessional and excessively corporate behaviour (at times, corporate fascism would seem to be a fair description) continues to affect many – tenants, relatives, students, property-owning neighbours, their own front line employees, and others. Over the last few months, there have been the following complaints in press articles from around the country:-

Maureen Cox, three months with no heating and asbestos

Maureen Cox, 76, three months with asbestos and no heating

Terry McGuire, 82, not on £310,000

Terry McGuire, 82, not on £310,000

In Oxford, a great-grandmother was found to be living without heating in a Sanctuary property with asbestos for three months (November 2013). On the edge of Birmingham, a CQC report revealed that Sanctuary Care, which owns and runs 60 care homes, had put residents ‘at risk of receiving unsafe care and treatment’ because of staff shortages (November). A Cambridge newspaper article: Family plead to be moved from their ‘hell hole’ Sanctuary Housing home (December). The Banbury Guardian had a woman’s three-year wait for house repairs and in the Hemel Hempstead area there were pensioners asking why a security light repair took four months (January 2014). Yes, I think we are getting the picture! Back in Oxford again, last month, a family’s possessions were taken to the tip after a garage mix-up and just a few days ago in Liverpool, a Wirral pensioner slept rough outside his doorstep after being evicted by Sanctuary.

David Bennett, Sanctuary Chief Executive on £310,000

David Bennett, Sanctuary Chief Executive, on £310,000

Whilst they may do great work in some areas, the above instances would appear to be the tip of the Sanctuary iceberg, as can be seen from other blogs here and elsewhere. This widespread neglect of the elderly and vulnerable is coming from a company that has charity status, that made a “surplus” (i.e. profit) of £72 million last year, a company that currently pays its Chief Executive David Bennett £310,000 per year.

They need to be stopped.