The astrology of rock and pop musicians

Birth chart for Elvis Presley

Birth chart for Elvis Presley

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.

Mick Jagger, a lot of Leo!

Mick Jagger, a lot of Leo

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.

Birth chart for Taylor Swift (time of birth not confirmed)

Birth chart for Taylor Swift (time of birth not confirmed)

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain

Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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Cosmic Loom by Denis Elwell

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Astonishingly creative and intelligent astrology

The quality of astrology in Cosmic Loom is quite extraordinary by any standards, one reviewer having understandably described it as “The most important astrology book in 100 years”.

Most astrology books written over the last 50 years or so, including many classics which I and many others rate very highly, interpret astrology primarily as the map of an individual’s psychology. While this approach is not dismissed by Elwell, his perspective is much broader, and simultaneously more simple and more complicated. Astrology as a whole benefits hugely from the kind of vision and intelligence that are eloquently expressed here.

At the beginning of the book Elwell suggests that “we have mistaken the nature of our reality”. This is a theme that runs throughout Cosmic Loom. An astrology chart is not only an accurate map of the psychology of an individual human being, it is much, much more. Rather, it is more a set of instructions, revealing what the cosmos is up to at a precise moment in time. We are treated to fascinating chart interpretations of the birth of the United States, the publication of Darwin’s “Origin Of Species”, and all manner of events from the most contemporary and mundane, to important moments in history.

DennisElwellElwell expands the cosmic science and language of astrology in its own terms. His imaginative but also absolutely literal interpretation of the chart opens up a whole new reality. Internal and external events in our lives are linked as Elwell plugs directly into a universe where everything is connected to everything else, where the observer is inseparable from what he or she is observing, where everything has a part to play in the great plan of life.

I came across the first hardback edition of Cosmic Loom sometime around 1990 and I am not surprised that it has come to be regarded as a modern classic. Even experienced astrologers can be taken by surprise with this book – expect the unexpected!

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