Astrological mid-life crisis, age 37-42


The astrological mid-life crisis (crisis = danger + opportunity, according to the Chinese) occurs for everyone at around age 37-42. It would be more accurate to describe the process as a series of crises. The exact timing varies and depends on the individual birth chart, but this is one of those astrological cycles that everyone experiences at roughly the same age. The peak of it usually lasts two to three years. Important long-term changes (some astrologers now consider an astrological mid-life up to age 50) are common as a result of how the person deals with the challenges that come up. As always, and at the risk of stating the obvious, you have a choice as to how you deal with it all.

At around age 37 or so (for the current generation), Pluto squares natal Pluto – difficult but potentially deep evolutionary change that confronts some of us with internal and external power struggles and buried resentments. A profound “letting go” is common. We may even feel we are dealing with forces beyond our control, as Pluto takes us on a difficult healing journey, particularly if Pluto or Scorpio are strong in the birth chart.

NeptuneGlyph1Neptune squares its natal position in the chart at around age 41 and this can be very confusing and disorientating. Deeply held dreams and ideals can suddenly seem empty or no longer relevant. As old attachments dissolve, disappointment and disillusionment is common. Afterwards, the individual can begin to develop a restored sense of faith and philosophy of life.

Uranusglyph1The Uranus opposition Uranus transit at around age 40-42 is often even more disrupting and in a different way. It has often been described as one of the most important astrological phases of one’s life. Uranus is the great awakener, that stirs up our reality so that we are never the same again afterwards. Sudden shocks, realizations, and complete changes of life direction are common at this time. Re-discovering one’s freedom and unique sense of individuality is important. Some people leave a marriage, relationship, or job. Others may go through a crisis in these areas that eventually strengthens their original commitment. The challenge is to be able to make the necessary changes without “throwing the baby out with the bath water”.

Finally, there is the Saturn opposition Saturn transit at around age 43-44, a time of re-structuring responsibilities and commitments, related to life decisions made 15 years earlier. This can also be experienced as a difficult phase but perhaps not as disorientating as Pluto, Uranus and Neptune described above.


If we manage to cope with these potential crises during our late thirties and early forties, a significant amount of unnecessary baggage can be left behind. The individual birth chart will give other indicators as to how easy or difficult this process is likely to be.

Please note, this is a deliberately brief and general summary. Good luck to all!

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Russell Brand – astrological birth chart

RussellBrandNot surprisingly, comedian and revolutionary Russell Brand has a number of striking features in his astrological birth chart horoscope. He was born at midnight, 4th June 1975 in Essex (according to his Mybookywook, which is a good read), giving him Sun and Mercury in Gemini at the roots of his being in the 4th house. Geminis are the naughty pixies of the zodiac – quick-witted, curious about everything, and sometimes a bit too clever for their own good! Communication is the key word.


There is a lot more going on with Mister Brand and astrology however. The majority of planets and his ascendant sign are in the Cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn (although if born just a few minutes past midnight of 3rd/4th, revolutionary Aquarius not Capricorn would be rising and if born close to the midnight of 4th/5th the chart would also be slightly different). In anyone’s chart, this shows a potentially powerful drive to initiate action and make a big impact. The Moon, Mars and Jupiter all in Aries show a man of action, impatience and strong physical drives – Russell is known for his colourful and active sex life, shown by Mars in Aries in an easy trine relationship to Neptune.

A clear indicator that his life was always likely to be anything but ordinary are the close aspects between his personal (inner) planets and the transpersonal (outer) planets. Sun and Mars aspect the glamorous, mystical, visionary, sometimes deceptive Neptune in the 10th house. Venus in Cancer closely squares Uranus – he genuinely cares but in an unconventional and sometimes shocking way. Emotional turmoil and power struggles are shown by the Moon opposite Pluto, and a close square between Jupiter in Aries and Saturn in Cancer also brings deep emotional tensions and conflicts. Russell has made no secret of his past heroin use, a likely attempt to deal with these issues, however unwise. The selfishness of Aries sits uneasily with the need for the emotional security and depth of Saturn in Cancer.

In 2013, as Uranus and Pluto transited his Mars in Aries leadership energy, Russell made his now legendary appearance on the BBC Newsnight programme with Jeremy Paxman. Round about the same time, his inspirational editorial for The New Statesman was published. Is an overpaid “celebrity” in any position to support the Occupy movement and criticize our economic and political system and encourage people not to vote? Whatever you think of him, he has articulated what millions of people feel. I’d vote for him… no hang on… oh never mind.

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