Paul McCartney – astrological birth chart

Thumbs aloft! Sun in Gemini, Moon in Leo

Paul McCartney returned in September 2018 in spectacular style, with his excellent album Egypt Station going straight to Number One in the Billboard chart. It was his first solo Number One album since 1982’s Tug of War. As he sings on the new album track People Want Peace, “I’m not quitting while people are crying for more.”

Born on 18th June 1942 in Liverpool, Astrodatabank‘s currently preferred 2.00pm choice of chart (below) shows a hard-working and modest Virgo Ascendant (rising sign). Whatever the exact time of birth was, most of the main features of the chart stay the same in this case. All the planets are grouped in a small area across five signs of the zodiac, showing a shape somewhere between a Bundle or a Bowl, with strong emphasis on planets in Gemini and Leo.

McCartney is in many ways a typical Gemini. Starting with The Beatles, he has continually explored new ideas and new styles with his music, from pop to rock to classical compositions. There is often an effort to be up to date with contemporary trends and, along with the Gemini twinkle in his eye, a cheeky sense of humour is never far away.

Macca’s chart from https://www.astro.com

Gemini Sun conjunct Jupiter in Cancer

The Sun is at the end of Gemini, forming a conjunction to Jupiter at the beginning of Cancer (both in 10th house if the time of birth is reasonably accurate). Macca is known worldwide for his clever and funny Gemini self and of course he is also well known for being optimistic, romantic, a family man and proud of his Liverpudlian roots – all of which link nicely to a prominent Jupiter in Cancer.

The Sun-Jupiter conjunction forms a close square with Neptune. This combination of planets occurs in the charts of many musicians and artists, as well as spiritual leaders. The Neptunian universal visionary potential was there from birth. Paul’s long-term campaigning for vegetarianism is one expression of his high ideals and compassion. One could even say that McCartney is channeling a higher power – whatever that means! At the same time, his well-publicized use of cannabis is a classic example of Neptunian escapism.

He’s made a few quid…

Venus in its own solid sign of Taurus and Jupiter exalted in Cancer are two of the best basic planetary placements for potential financial success. McCartney has of course done rather well for himself and according to the Sunday Times, he is the richest musician in the UK as of May 2018. His net worth has been estimated at $1.2 billion, according to Celebratory Net Worth.

Moon, Mars and Pluto in Leo

The Moon in Leo gives a warm, enthusiastic and dramatic personality. There is more Leo in the chart from an explosively creative close Mars-Pluto conjunction. A Leo Mars carrying the creative power (and egomania!) of the Pluto in Leo generation, combines smoothly with the inspired intelligence, adaptability and potential mastery of language and communication shown by the Gemini Saturn-Uranus conjunction. McCartney is still fond of describing himself as working class – “I work bloody hard” – and that strongly positioned Mars in Leo is a sure sign that he does.

Egypt Station arrived with a Uranus transit to his Mars in Leo

Looking at recent transits and progressions, and after having allowed for the question mark around his time of birth, one relevant transit stands out. In the couple of months before Egypt Station was released in September 2018, transiting Uranus made (or came very close to) an exact stationary square to Paul McCartney’s natal Mars in Leo.

At that time, McCartney was very busy making unexpected (Uranus) playful promotional appearances (Mars in Leo). He popped up in New York, on the internet, television, in fact just about everywhere! Using the 2pm chart (above), Uranus is transiting from his 8th house, to Mars which is the ruler of his 8th house. Not only has Egypt Station suddenly regenerated (Uranus in 8th house) his career, there are also many more 8th house themes (emotional crises, sex, even some kind of spiritual salvation) in the lyrics than is usual for Paul. The final pass of this Uranus transit is in mid to late April of 2019, so worth keeping an eye out for some more unpredictable and playful Mars in Leo action from him then.

Long live Macca!

This is an edited version of an article originally published in the Nov/Dec 2018 edition of IAM astrology magazine https://infinityastrologicalmagazine.com/

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Donald Trump – astrological birth chart

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“Trump personifies everything the rest of the world despises about America: casual racism, crass materialism, relentless self-aggrandizement, vulgarity on an epic scale…” Paul Thomas, New Zealand Herald.

“Trump also personifies everything the rest of the world admires about America: wealth, power, confidence, and an ‘I can do anything I set my mind to’ attitude.” BJ Gallagher, Huffington Post. (Hmmm, really? Tim)

Born at 10.54 am on 14th June 1946 in Jamaica, New York, USA, several features stand out astrologically. Mars is close to the Leo Ascendant, dominating the personality. Mars in Leo asserts self dramatically, warmly, arrogantly, with the expression of desires strongly coloured by pride and an urge for recognition. Mars in Trump’s chart is not well integrated and has little in the way of close aspects to other parts of the personality. Consequently, the fiery leadership energy is likely to function as something of a “loose cannon”.

AstroTrumpTrump was born at the time of an almost exact Full Moon (a Lunar Eclipse in fact) with Sun in Gemini closely opposite Moon in Sagittarius. It is of course well known that human behaviour can be er… rather eccentric at the time of a Full Moon and the chart shows unorthodox Uranus active here too. Uranians tend to be on a different planet to the rest of us, full of contradictions and very much a law to themselves. (Many of them even take astrology seriously – can you imagine that?) A Gemini Sun is clever, witty, with a tendency to know a little about everything but depth is not always their strong point. Moon in Sagittarius is full of hope and confidence but sometimes a superior and insensitive arrogance with it. Also closely involved in the picture is the spiritually significant North Node. Putting these features together, Donald Trump’s soul purpose is clearly all about talking and preaching entertaining madness!

Mercury squares Neptune. A close aspect between these two is good for artists but not so good for politicians, another example being Tony Blair, who has the Mercury-Neptune opposition aspect. The potential for misleading communication, through either deliberate deception or lack of attention to detail, is high.

ConTrumpVenus is conjunct Saturn in Cancer. This is a side of Donald Trump that will resonate with many Americans – the birth chart for 4th July 1776 is strongly Cancerian. Trump is an absolutely committed and sincere patriot. Venus in Cancer cares about family, home, the past and traditions. Saturn brings a deep sense of responsibility and commitment to these protective and family-orientated values. However, astrologers consider Saturn in Cancer a difficult placing (“in detriment”) that can show deep emotional problems. Based on the fear of one’s own sensitivity and vulnerability, there can be a tendency to cling to the familiar and the past. Jupiter in Libra indicates Trump’s hopes for peace and justice. In the USA birth chart, the Sun in Cancer squares Saturn in Libra, showing a similar combination of Cancer-Libra-Saturn issues to be worked through.

Transiting Jupiter has recently crossed into Trump’s first house, showing his increase in popularity amongst Republican voters. There are, as usual with astrology, contradictory indications over what might be coming up for Trump over the next year or two. God bless and God help America!

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