The astrology of rock and pop musicians
July 27, 2015 Leave a comment
I recently gave a talk on “The Astrology of Rock and Pop Musicians” to the Brighton and Hove Astrology Circle, a very enjoyable evening. After a few questions (e.g. Why do we pay the top rock and pop stars so much? What is their role in society? Has the music business – as we know it – had its day?) I zipped through about forty different charts, beginning with Bill Haley and ending with Kanye West. I could have done the charts for Punishment of Luxury’s drummer or the singer from Other Lives but I figured that big names from the last sixty years or so were far more interesting for everyone, including me.
The Pluto in Leo generation (1940-1958) came into the world with the potential for powerful, larger than life, individualistic, creative self-expression. As Pluto entered the early degrees of Leo, the likes of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger and Joni Mitchell were born. Neptune also entered Libra at about the same time, bringing ideals of love and peace, music being an obvious outlet for the transcendent Neptunian energy. Nearly all the great rock and pop stars of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s had this combination of Pluto and Neptune in their astrological birth charts. Punk rockers such as John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) and Captain Sensible were born near the end of Pluto in Leo, helping to bring to a close the generational expression that The Beatles started.
Of course there have been a wide range of interesting characters in the rock and pop world who were born after 1958. Amongst others, I had a quick look at the charts of Kurt Cobain (sensitive and visionary Pisces with the explosive Uranus-Pluto famously on the Ascendant), Bono (the responsibility of a strong Saturn in Capricorn and lots of Earth), Robbie Williams (the eccentric and positive but inflated self-importance of a close Sun conjunct Jupiter in Aquarius, I confess to being a bit of a fan!). I wasn’t always able to find accurate birth data for the more recent stars such as Ed Sheeran, so I went with just the date of birth instead, which can still give considerable insight. Along with everyone born at the end of the eighties and the beginning of the nineties, Aquarian Ed has the potentially consciousness-raising Uranus-Neptune conjunction in ambitious Capricorn. One would expect that to be in some kind of prominent position in his whole astrological chart, if or when the time of birth is discovered.
Thanks to Phoebe Wyss, Julian Venables and everyone at the Brighton group. Another talk from me later this year.