Gabriel and Hackett astrology

From an astrological point of view, these two musical giants had a lot going for them from the start. With their birthdays next door to each other (Steve Hackett born 12th February 1950, Peter Gabriel born 13th February 1950) both horoscope charts have very similar important features. Although obviously not everyone born at that time grew up to be key members of legendary progressive rock greats Genesis, or for that matter, then go on to have hugely successful and artistically brilliant international solo musical careers!

The sign of Aquarius features strongly for Peter and Steve. The essential Sun sign is there, together with traditionally the two luckiest planets Venus and Jupiter. Typical Aquarian qualities include originality, experimentalism and humanitarianism. Venus and Jupiter here show artistic expression and personal development that is eccentric and unorthodox, qualities obviously expressed to the full, both with Genesis and throughout their solo careers.

In terms of the four elements of Fire, Earth, Air and Water, the social and intellectual development of Air is very much the strongest, with Water the weakest (perhaps paradoxically, as Aquarius is sometimes known as “The Water Bearer”). Aquarius is known for a certain emotional detachment, and possible emotional difficulties for Peter and Steve will not be helped by a relative lack of planets in Water signs. Peter is likely to suffer more here, due to the rather heavy and depressing Moon in Capricorn on 13th February. By contrast Steve was probably born with the emotionally lighter and more optimistic Moon in Sagittarius the day before. (Have since found what appears to be a reliable source for Hackett’s time of birth, placing his Moon in early Capricorn. Tim)

Other strong features of their charts are a beautiful Mars and Neptune conjunction in Libra (the drive to turn a beautiful dream into reality, with somewhat magical talents) nicely linked to a Jupiter and Pluto opposition. The latter combines an egoless, humanitarian optimism with a darker, deep-rooted drive for personal power that is all about Big Time ego!

These two gentlemen remain a unique inspiration to many people on many levels. Thank you Mister Hackett and Mister Gabriel.

A slightly different version of this originally appeared in Eclectic Moonlight, a 2007 online magazine.

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