Fish and Steve Hogarth of Marillion – astrological birth charts

Fish, the charismatic front man of eighties progressive rock band Marillion (the big hit was “Kayleigh”) has a fascinating birth chart. Famously, Fish left Marillion in 1988 to pursue a solo career. Astrologically, this was just past his “Saturn return”, an important time of re-assessment for everyone at around age 29 or so.

fish1Fish (born Derek Dick, 25th April 1958, 5.07 pm in Dalkeith, Scotland) has all the planets scattered fairly evenly around the birth chart, pulling him in many more directions than most of us. Even though he is a Taurus Sun sign, Earth is in fact the weakest element, bringing more problems with keeping one’s feet on the ground than a “typical” Taurus. Like many driven and famous individuals, Fish’s chart shows the likelihood of more than his fair share of problems to overcome.

There is a close T-square in fixed signs of the zodiac, involving his Taurus Sun with Uranus and Neptune, both planets of “higher consciousness”. Here is a challenge to combine the visionary spiritual gifts of Neptune with the electric revolutionary energy of Uranus, a combination that could equally lead to enlightenment or madness. From his lyrics, Fish seems to have embraced a good deal of both!

FishAstroThe independent and intelligent Mars in Aquarius is in close aspect to several planets. A close explosive opposition to Pluto indicates powerful, even ruthless, self-assertiveness. Fish is capable of eliminating anything that stands in his way. Mercury in Aries shows direct and forceful communication. On the other hand, Venus in Pisces and his Moon show the selfless romantic – kind, compassionate and vulnerable. Fish’s prominent 10th house Moon in Cancer is in an excellent position for popularity with the general public. It indicates strong mothering and nurturing instincts as well as a strong emotional attachment to one’s roots and the past.

A Libra Ascendant (rising sign) is concerned with balance, harmony and justice. As the ruling planet of the chart, the position of Venus plays a key role in expressing basic life energy. It is placed in Pisces, the Fish-es.

The birth chart for Fish is shown here, taken from astro.com, an excellent website for anyone interested in deeper astrology.

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There are an extraordinary number of similarities between the charts of Fish and Steve Hogarth, the singer who replaced Fish in Marillion and made the role his own. They share the same Sun and Moon signs, Mars in Aquarius, Saturn in Sagittarius and close aspects to Uranus, Neptune and Pluto – the powerful planets of transformation and higher consciousness. Steve was born with a similar potential for creative brilliance and accompanying emotional crises and struggles. Since originally writing this piece, I’ve noticed that the birth details Steve gave me some years ago include a different year of birth to 1959, which is on Marillion’s website. The details ‘h’ gave me himself make much more astrological sense.

Thanks to Steve, Fish and the magical Marillion for their often excellent music over the years – all power to all of them.

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Memorable gigs attended

The Who, 1976

The Who, 1976

For no particular reason, here’s a few standout gigs I’ve been to down the years. The first big rock gig was The Who at Charlton Athletic F.C. in 1976. It was pouring with rain but The Who were brilliant and very loud. The great keyboard loop at the beginning of Won’t Get Fooled Again seemed to go on forever and drummer Keith Moon lived up to his wild reputation. I saw a lot of great live bands in the late 70s from Pink Floyd to Lynyrd Skynyrd to Peter Frampton. Queen and Steve Hillage at Hyde Park was a corker in 1976 too.

Marillion, 1982

Marillion, 1982

By 1982 I was living up in London and making regular visits to the famous Marquee Club to see an unsigned progressive rock band called Marillion. There was a truly electric and magical atmosphere at those early Fish Marquee gigs which increased in intensity as the band got closer to signing with EMI. Great times and a further inspiration for my own music during the 80s.

Bono with Salman Rushdie, U2 in 1993

Bono with Salman Rushdie, U2 in 1993

U2 at Wembley Stadium in 1993 remains one of the most extraordinary gigs I’ve ever been to although they aren’t one of my favourite bands. The Zooropa tour broke completely new ground with an astonishing multimedia spectacular. The big screens flashed up “Everything You Know Is Wrong”, “Believe Everything” and “Taste Is The Enemy Of Art” and other assorted nonsense, or is that wisdom? Huge, mind-blowing, completely bonkers and brilliant.

Chemical Brothers, 2005

Chemical Brothers, 2005

 

By the 90s I was more interested in dancing (if my jumping up and down or whirling round and round in Brighton clubs could be called dancing) and later Britpop. There was a real energy to the early raves and the dance music that came out of that scene – Orbital, Massive Attack, Underworld were all great live. The positivity seemed to gradually die out after a few years so it was an unexpected joy to experience the consciousness-raising Chemical Brothers on my birthday in May 2005, a fantastic night. Without any drugs I might add – the music has always been enough maaaan.

Steve Hackett and Genesis Revisited, 2013

Steve Hackett and Genesis Revisited, 2013

More recently, having missed 70s Genesis with Peter Gabriel the first time round, Steve Hackett’s Genesis Revisited tour in 2013 was a chance to put that right. Great performance, great band, Hackett has continued to inspire at many gigs since I first saw him in 1979.

Just a few snapshots.

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