I am 75% of the way through a fantastic manual on synastry that is frankly like none that I have seen before. I wanted to show the horoscope here of a woman who has been married 7 times.
The horoscope is well-challenged! The difficult Mars-Saturn-Pluto conjunction in the 7th House is the focal point of the T-Square involving the Moon’s opposition to Mercury and Venus. The Sun, co-ruler of the 7th, is unaspected, suggesting that relationships dominate life (anytime a planet is not in a Ptolemeic aspect….conjunction, sextile, square, trine, opposition), the experiences of the Houses that it rules are usually dominant in life and it has been the case here. Another thing about an unaspected Sun (or Moon) is a “not fitting into the crowd” syndrome. Lastly, in Scorpio, control factors overwhelm. This is mightily echoed by Pluto=Sun/Moon.
This lady was brought to me as a prospective mate for a long time client. I was nearly plastered to the ceiling when I first saw her horoscope and it wasn’t until after I had them both in that she “mentioned” the previous marriages so there was already an issue with her being forthright.
Jupiter, as well, is unaspected. Ruling the 11th House, there were real concerns about how lovable she is that manifested in her demanding attention all the time in order to have it proven to her.
I am not going to go into serious detail with this. The point here is that in synastry, you MUST consider the whole person and we do that in astrology by examination of the entire horoscope. “Your Mars to his Venus or your Jupiter to her Sun” measurements are entertaining and they are a part of it but you want to know as much as possible about someone before deciding to make a deeper or permanent commitment and that comes from an analysis of the ENTIRE horoscope.
I sat the two of them in front of me. I explained her horoscope to him and vice-versa. This was after having talked to her about her chart. At the end of the day, my longtime client decided that he did not want to be the person in her 8th divorce. She attracts relationship problems because of expectations absorbed from her mother (Nodal Axis conjunct Meridian and square Saturn).
Change is the constant that the universe revolves around. Seasons come and go. Cycles are up and down. We use smartphones now instead of rotary phones. We use cars instead of horses. The music that was enjoyable in 1850 isn’t attractive now. How we talk and what we say is different than a hundred years ago. Developments in medicine have doctors doing things differently and hospitals are able to be more efficient because of technological developments. In 1960, television was an ugly black box with a horrid black and white screen dependent on antennae on the tops of television. Photography has gone from a guy using a canvas to paint a picture to phones that have 15 megapixels. Styles of dress and hair are always changing. A few nights ago when I couldn’t sleep, I went to my music room, turned the light out, TURNED MY PHONE ON and looked at a movie that was on television! Things change and they advance.
Look at how things have changed socially. A country that has slavery as part of its foundation now has a man leading the country who would have been a slave in times past. Gay marriages are lawful in more and more places and the overall attitude about homosexuality has evolved tremendously. Black Africans in South Africa can vote. Inter-racial marriages used to be illegal in America. When I was a kid and was made to go to church by my parents, all men and boys wore suits and all women were dressed immaculately. Today, I am not an organized religious type but I see people going to church dressed no differently than if they were going to a convenience store to buy a sandwich. There is Facebook, Twitter, and on and on…….it is a very different society than it was when Thomas Edison or Benjamin Franklin lived. It is even a very different society from 1990. Things change!
Ignaz Semmelweis was a doctor who discovered that infection could be reduced by washing the hands. The suggestion of this offended so many doctors that he was forced into an asylum!!!!! In today’s world, a doctor loses the license for not washing hands and it is hard to imagine doctors operating on you with anything less than pristine cleansed hands. Things change.
Despite the fact that things change, humans have a tendency to still resist when it comes to certain things. As a musician, I know that one area of great resistance is in musical tastes. The music that was popular when you were between 12 and 30 or so typically ends up being the music you best relate to forever. Somewhere in the forties, the attitude develops that “All music now sucks. Why can’t it be like it used to?” I am not that way but as a person who lives and breathes music, I see it all the time. As well, despite the evolution of social consciousness, there are areas of every country in the world that will never change their resistance to those of a different culture. And I am sure that you have run across people who say, “Phones are for talking. I don’t need to text, go to the Internet and all this other crap.” Well, just as there are people in the world who go with change and others who resist it, we have that same factor in astrology.
If a person was an astrologer in 1400, the astrology they used was based on the maximization of what had developed in astrology to that point. It was an astrology that served the people at that time according to how society was at that time. There used to be a time when a predictive measurement was in use called, “Primary Directions.” It is an insanely difficult process that no one uses now. As well, up to a certain point there was transits and Secondary Progressions as the main predictive techniques. That STILL stands today even though Solar Arcs were developed, are more effective than SP’s. The great majority of astrologers still use Secondary Progressions because that is what they are exposed to. As I have demonstrated before, the problem with SP’s is that you only have the Sun through Mars to work with. Things change.
In the older astrology, the 2nd House was “money and personal income.” I have a countless number of examples that shoot that theory in the foot: Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Michael Jackson, Donald Trump and I could go on and on. They have no issues about money but they could certainly engage in a discussion about battles with self worth concerns that have been absolutely central to becoming who they have become. Things change.
I believe in holistic astrology; astrology based on the idea of fitting the horoscope into the reality of the person, having them understand what’s best for them and what they need to work on. It’s NOT confining and limiting people to astrological prescriptions. How is a woman living in Iraq or Afghanistan who has 6 planets and the Ascendant in Aries supposed to be able to express that? She can’t and you just can’t ignore that. It is common sense. It has not always been that way. Things change.
I am amazed at some of the information that is passed on to me from clients who have read or been told something. The irresponsibility is incredulous, like telling someone that transiting Saturn going through the 8th House would result in the death of the father, a father who is 46 years old. Astrology is not a one size fits all deal. Twenty people can have the exact same horoscope but you have to treat them differently because the environment, family, culture, neighborhood, race, and country matter first! It hasn’t always been that way but it is now. Things change.
EYE ON JOAN RIVERS
You have probably heard that Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest today while undergoing a routine throat procedure. As I write these words, she is in an induced coma.
Melissa Rivers is Joan’s daughter. Her horoscope is shown above with transits superimposed. Why do I have her chart there and instead of her mother’s? When death occurs, it happens to the family members who are still alive. They are still alive after the death occurs. What I wanted to do was see Melissa’s horoscope to see if there is an indication of a major change in her life that could possibly be connected to her mother (since her father is dead).
Transiting Neptune is conjoining the Midheaven, definitely an indication of a parental concern as well as the overall idea of loss, deflation, etc. Does this mean that Joan Rivers is going to pass away? No, it doesn’t. It suggests that this is a time of concern. If she comes out of the coma, there may be a change in her physical condition that changes Melissa’s life.
One thing, for sure, in lieu of the circumstances of reality, this transiting Neptune is a dark omen.
MARIAH CAREY’S MARRIAGE
If you do a Google search on something like, “Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon separate,” you will see that there has been a huge problem in their marriage allegedly due to his unfaithfulness. I am always quick on the draw to go right to the horoscope of a newsworthy person to see how and if astrology is reflecting reality. In this case, I do not have Cannon’s data but I do have Mariah Carey’s horoscope and the reflection of the marital issue couldn’t be clearer.
Transiting Saturn has crossed the 7th House cusp. I should add that their problems started a good while ago when Saturn was in the 6th House so it is NOT something as simple as, “Saturn is transiting through the 7th House and……” The problem started in 2012 with the first contact of transiting Uranus to Carey’s Sun with SA Mars=Pluto, ruler of her 7th House. Things continued to pick up steam from that time to the boiling point is at now.
Transiting Saturn is headed towards a conjunction with the Moon-Neptune conjunction there in the 7th House. In lieu of the reality that exists now (their separation), this upcoming Saturn transit will probably be the culmination point of a process that has been going on for some time now.
I am finishing up a manual on synastry that will be available for sale here by the end of this month. It covers just about every possible angle of common sense synastric analysis. I always emphasize common sense because if you don’t use it in astrology, you will get lost in a myriad of techniques and ways of thinking that lead you the wrong way and confuse.
Part of synastry is seeing if a person is actually relationship material. While we all want and need love, many people have or attract relationship concerns. One of the places where we can detect this is from the temperature of the 7th House. Here, in Carey’s horoscope, we see the all-important Moon-Neptune conjunction, which is the symbol of delusion, illusion, things being other than they seem and in some cases, being attracted to a person who needs you…..worst case scenario being marriage to someone who is too physically or mentally challenged to live life alone. On a spiritual level, Carey has lessons to learn about idealism in relationships. The Moon rules the 4th House and so we see a parental or early home dynamic tied into this relationship idealism. What’s more, the Moon and Neptune are quindecile the Ascendant, which suggests such a compulsion or obsession with the projection of idealism that it causes issues in relationships.
I am sure that Nick Cannon’s horoscope, if we had it, would have its concerns in relationships. He is supposed to be a serial womanizer. He was born October 8, 1980. He has the Sun and Moon in Libra, the epitome of charm, smooth, and attractive ways. Transiting Uranus is squaring his Sun and there we have it.
I had a consultation recently where the woman has SA Neptune exactly on the Ascendant with the transit of Neptune square the Moon months ahead. The Moon rules her 7th House so this is a solid setup of potential relationship concerns. She became very anxiety-ridden and in despair as I went over all of it. But her relationship is great. It is solid and has been solid for 6 years now. I told her that if her relationship is solid, forget about the planets because the planets aren’t in the relationship with you.
Don’t ever flip out with impending doom if there are relationship concerns shown ahead. Planets don’t break up relationships. They do not cause relationships to break up. Planets don’t do anything. Mariah Carey’s marriage is breaking up for two reasons: she and her husband picked the wrong person and he cannot say no to sexual encounters with other women. And it probably didn’t help when he went on television blabbing about having had sex with Kim Kardashian. None of that has anything to do with the planets. If you have an MRI and there is a black mark on your lungs, it wasn’t the MRI that caused the lung cancer. It is the same with a horoscope. It is a guide, an indicator.
I just turned 60 on August 1st. I read my first astrology book at age 13 so it’s been a long time and despite being professional, having a book, students and all that, I still study.
I have started to notice in the past couple years that there are some things about Uranus that were not clear to me even 2-3 years ago. In observing hundreds of people with strong Uranus’ influences or strong Aquarian influences, I see a pattern of extremism about some factor in life but it is especially the case with opinions and thoughts about things.
A recent client who is a very gifted musician has Mercury on his Ascendant in exact opposition to Uranus on the Descendant. Because he is so gifted, many people respect and listen to him. But what has happened is that he has started to publicly criticize other music educators whose methods he doesn’t approve of. This happens publicly and no matter how contentious it gets, he will not hold back. Well, he didn’t start holding back until after our consultation when we were able to trace this need to do that to a severe lack of support at home for his ideas.
Rush Limbaugh is heavily Uranian, believe it or not. Part of the Aquarian archetype has to do with social concerns. He is concerned about social factors but look at the way he goes about it! His horoscope is propelled by a Pluto-Mars opposition with Mars at the Sun/Moon midpoint, ruling the 3rd. That’s the symbol for the abrasiveness through communication but look at how very extreme he is.
Next in line is Sarah Palin, who has 5 planets, I think, in Aquarius. Based on the tone of this essay, I really don’t need to say anything else, do I? She is so extreme about her beliefs that only a small group of people pay her any attention. She has called the President a terrorist and more.
I have Uranus 3 degrees away from an exact opposition to my Ascendant with Aquarius intercepted in the Ascendant. Uranus is conjunct Mercury. I can certainly get on a rant about anything that is fair, unjust, or wrong and I can get very, very opinionatedly extreme about astrology being projected in ways that make it look stupid. Of course, Moon in Virgo and Mars in Sagittarius carry opinionation needs to add to it.
As much as we think of Uranus and Aquarius in terms that have to do with independence and freedom, there is a very parochial, narrow, even Communistic, “my way or screw you” quotient.
Here are the names of some Sun-Uranus people who fit the description: Michael Jordan, Sean Penn, Donald Trump, Howard Stern, Charlie Sheen, Salmon Rushdie, Bill Maher.
Moon-Uranus: Kobe Bryant, Ted Bundy, Hillary Clinton, Whoopi Goldberg, David Koresh, Timothy Leary, Deepak Chopra, USA.
Mercury-Uranus: Queen Elizabeth, Dick Gregory, Whoopi Goldberg, Ernest Hemingway, Jimi Hendrix, Hitler, David Icke, John F. Kennedy Sr., Bruce Lee, Rush Limbaugh, Charles Manson, Michael Moore, Lee Harvey Oswald, Rosa Parks, Al Sharpton.
Uranus conjunct Ascendant: Bill Cosby, Dick Gregory, Charles Manson, Salmon Rushdie, Yassar Arafat, Tony Blair, John Kerry, John McCain.
Aquarius Ascendant: President Obama, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove, Gloria Allred, Condoleeza Rice.
Sun and Moon in Aquarius: Michael Bloomberg, Angela Davis, Frederick Douglass, Jackie Robinson, Jerry Sandusky.
We don’t really know what the horoscope of the United States is. There are a good half dozen of them available which means no one knows. If we knew, there would be only one chart.
The horoscope of the USA that a great deal of astrologers in America follow has Uranus within the Ascendant and the Moon in Aquarius. I can certainly clearly see the Aquarian-Uranian influence in terms of what this essay has pointed out. There is also the urge to be helpful and humanitarian. However, just as many Aquarian-Uranian dominated people are easily helpful to others but are not particularly huggy-feely with those they know well, there is the sense of that within the country. It is the best country in the world but it is, for sure, class dominated. You can see it easily through the plethora of social issues that still plague society.
I studied Vedic astrology compulsively for 4 years. I stopped because it is confines a person to the horoscope and is fate-oriented, none of which makes common sense to me. I even had 3 consultations with world class Vedic astrologers without revealing that I am an astrologer. Nothing productive came out of it.
I found a Vedic analysis of Robin Williams on my personal Facebook page. If you are unfamiliar with the Vedic method, you will see it in action via this link: http://www.mydailyastrology.net/join/news/robin-williams-tragic-suicide/
ROBIN WILLIAMS - EARLY DEPARTED GENIUS
As a general rule of thumb, I try to stay away from astrological ambulance chasing, which is to talk about what was happening astrologically preceding someone’s death. But in the case of Williams, it is such an open and shut case that a near beginner could see it. But first a few words about his horoscope.
The first impression shows a decided upper hemisphere emphasis, always suggesting one who is swept up or pushed around by life’s events beyond one’s control, sometimes to the point of being controlled and even victimized by events until a point is reached in life where one starts pushing back. I know nothing of the circumstances of his life to corroborate this initial deduction.
The Sun-Moon-Ascendant blend suggests decided emotional sensitivity. The core energy is in terms of emotional security, expressed in a personality that needs its sensitivities and ideals recognized and all of this comes through a protective, shaded image that is fond of having control by knowing everything.
The Pluto factor is dominant here as it is at the midpoint of his Sun/Moon. This, too, suggests prominence potential but also shows a lot more about the importance of power in his life, needing to have control. His inner and outer natures merged around empowerment. He needed it and it probably got in the way of relationships. Anytime Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto are at the Sun/Moon midpoint, we see it as if the planet is on the cusp of the 7th House.
We see that the Moon is quindecile to the Mercury-Midheaven conjunction, suggesting a compulsive need to express his sensitivities via communication in the career.
Mercury is in Leo, suggesting the need to think in terms of pride, ego and recognition. It is conjoined by Pluto which suggests a few things. Pluto operates as an extremist with whatever it contacts. With Mercury (Oprah Winfrey), there is the tremendous potential to reach prominence through powerful communications. However, Pluto-Mercury contacts are also indicative of mental perspectives that are difficult to fulfill because the environment just won’t allow it.
Running hand-in-hand with the above observation about perspective is the powerful T-Square. Neptune opposes Jupiter, which suggests a strong awareness of idealism (and, for sure, self-worth uncertainty since Jupiter rules the 2nd and concerns about giving love) that is powered strongly by the temperamental Uranus-Mars conjunction. Self worth, money, lovability and how he dealt with the worth of others in light of the uncertainty of his own worth are all in high focus here. With Uranus ruling the 4th and the Moon’s position there tied in with Venus conjunct the Nodal Axis, we see a strong maternal influence in place.
Please know that anytime you see Saturn in the 11th House, there is a suggestion of a powerful need for love and attention to the point where one often goes out of the way for it. In this light, we can see that his comedic career served the purpose of getting the attention needed.
Transiting Saturn has been squaring the Mercury-Pluto conjunction. If you have been following me in this blog, you know that I have always said that transiting or arcing contacts between Pluto and Saturn are the most challenging in all of astrology. And with Mercury thrown in the mix, the astrology plainly shows the grand potential to be challenged mentally, to be stressed and have things get out of perspective.
I don’t throw the word “genius” around just to be saying it. Robin Williams was a comedic genius! That he would have a powerful way of communicating to others in a dramatic way is clearly shown in his horoscope.
By the way, there has been confusion over his birth data. It was definitely CST.
IS THERE A SIGNATURE FOR HOMOSEXUALITY?
Many, many people in astrology want astrology to control things. They want a black or white, “this means that” or “thus and so is in your chart so blah blah is going to happen.” I feel that this need stems from the human condition that wants to feel that there is a power outside of us that is taking care of things. This, of course, is the basis of all organized religions and much more.
Someone approached me a few days ago and asked the question, “How can I tell whether or not a person is gay from looking at a horoscope?” I asked the lady how long she has been involved in astrology. She responded, “Two years.” And that is what I expected. We cannot see level of life in astrology or gender. A horoscope has no idea if you were born to a near extinct culture in a jungle or to Oscar winning parents in Beverly Hills and there is nothing in a horoscope that can tell us how a person chooses to express the energy that is suggested in a horoscope. My short answer to the lady was, “You cannot tell. There is no symbolism for homosexuality in the way that we have symbolisms for depression, joviality, opinionation or security needs.”
What we ARE able to see is whether or not there is anything that stands out about the sexual profile shown in the horoscope. Within that purview, we can anticipate that there are factors in need of discussion and indeed, it may turn out that these factors lead to the client stating a sexual preference but there is no “A-ha” symbolism in a horoscope that suggests a person is gay.
However, there are factors in a horoscope that call attention to relational/sexual factors within a horoscope.
Factors That Call Attention to Sexuality
People are challenged in life by different things in different areas of life that we can see in a horoscope. When sexuality stands out in a challenging way, there are certain things to look for. In no particular order, they are:
1. Hard aspects (square, opposition, quindecile, and some conjunctions) made from the outer planets to Venus. With Pluto, we have a sense of extremes in the relational process. This is the whore or Nun aspect. Relational/sexual factors can be way out of perspective. With Neptune, idealisms can reduce things to illusion or a reliance on fantasy in fulfilling relational/sexual needs. Uranus intensifies relational/sexual factors and introduces enormous displays of libido and innovation…..doing things a little differently. Saturn with Venus introduces a control factor that will either be controlLING or controlled in the sense of being held back, stifled, or finding relational/sexual factors difficult to express.
2. The ruler of the 5th/8th Houses or a planet in either House in strong tension and/or is retrograde.
3. When Venus is retrograde and is the ruler of the 5th or 8th Houses, there is definitely reason to talk about the sexual profile in a person’s life. Venus retrograde suggests second agendas and difficulties being pleased because of standards or ideals that do not easily parallel reality.
Any of these conditions can and do exist in horoscopes all the time and obviously do not reflect homosexuality. What’s the horoscope does is alert us to anything within the sexual profile that is stands out. If you focus on the 5th and 8th Houses first, look for corroboration through Venus and you can even take it a step further by looking at the 7th House (relationship concerns) and the 11th House (how one feels about being lovable.
Some of you reading this might wonder why the 5th House is included. You may be accustomed to focusing on the 8th House alone. For the most part, the 8th House has been the focal House of sexuality because Scorpio is the 8th Sign, is associated with sex and so the 8th House automatically took on that connotation. This isn’t wrong. It’s just that the 8th House doesn’t fly solo when it comes to the sexual profile.
It is through sex that we create facsimiles of ourselves. Yes, there are scientific ways of doing it through sperm insemination but by and large, children are born as the result of men and women having sex with the woman receiving an ejaculation of sperm from the man. Children are a 5th House concern. Children are the result of a sexual encounter. This is one reason why we must include the 5th House as a sexual factor. The 8th House certainly includes factors having to do with procreation but not children
Secondly, the 5th House represents the creative projection of the individual (the trine from the Ascendant to the 5th). The 5th House tells us about the sexual identity. The 8th House suggests what happens to that identity when engaged intimately during the act.
I have selected three examples for demonstration.
Jodie Foster’s horoscope shows Venus as ruler of the 5th House. It is retrograde! We immediately see a concern that needs to be discussed regarding sex and giving love. The relational factors suggested in Venus Rx are focused on giving love. When we check the condition of Venus, we see that it is conjoined by Neptune and both are squared by Mars, which is in the 8th House! This DOES not spell “gay.” It calls attention to the sexual profile, to how she has felt about herself in terms of being lovable. In a consultation setting, the holistic astrologer is going to say something like, “There is a suggestion shown here in the horoscope of concerns that have to do with relationships and sex. How are things for you in that area of your life?” Then, she would do all of the talking.
Ellen Degeneres’ horoscope shows Mars, ruler of the 5th conjoined by Saturn in the Ascendant. This is difficult positioning for matters having to do with being able to freely give love and in life. Although she says it has nothing to do with her sexual preference, DeGeneres was sexually abused as a teenager but I think she has worked through it. Continuing with her horoscope, we see the all-important Venus Rx symbolism again, intensified by its opposition from Uranus Rx in the 8th (as much a self-worth anxiety symbolism as it is sexual; indeed, the two are connected) and idealized by the Jupiter-Neptune conjunction that squares the axis. We see the uncertainty of lovability – “Am I worthy of being loved.” “Am I attractive enough?” Neptune’s position as focal point of the T-Square, ruling the 4th, shows the role that a parent plays in this idealized love intensity.
Liberace’s horoscope shows Venus, ruler of the 5th in an exact conjunction with Pluto! The Sun, ruler of the 8th, is conjoined by Mars, both squared by Saturn in the 8th. That’s an easy one!
I have to insert common sense here. There were many, many people born on the days that the above three people were born. Some of them will have horoscopes that are nearly identical but they will not be gay. However, the chances are that there will be relational/sexual concerns of a different kind. As well, there will be horoscopes of gay people that do not fit the prescription given here. Ellen’s lovely partner, Portia De Rossi is one such person. Rock Hudson is another person I could have mentioned. His horoscope has Pluto in opposition to Venus and a strong Scorpio presence but nothing else that would draw you to a discussion of the sexual profile. He kept his sexual preference completely private over decades of being seen as a matinee idol. Women of his day swooned over him. It’s an interesting story but it is not evident in his horoscope.
Copyright 2014 Basil Fearrington
FLIP WILSON’S LIFE REFLECTS ASTROLOGY
“Born Clerow Wilson, Jr. in Jersey City, New Jersey, he was one of ten children born to Cornelia Bullock and Clerow Wilson, Sr. The latter worked as a handyman and, because of the Great Depression, was often out of work. When Wilson was seven years old, his mother abandoned the family. His father was unable to care for the children alone and he placed many of them in foster homes. ]After bouncing from foster homes to reform school, 16-year-old Wilson lied about his age and joined the United States Air Force. His outgoing personality and funny stories made him popular; he was even asked to tour military bases to cheer up other servicemen. Claiming that he was always “flipped out”, Wilson’s barracks mates gave him the nickname “Flip” which he used as his stage name. Discharged from the Air Force in 1954, Wilson started working as a bellhop in San Francisco’s Manor Plaza Hotel.”
“At the Plaza’s nightclub, Wilson found extra work playing a drunken patron in between regularly scheduled acts. His inebriated character proved popular and Wilson began performing it in clubs throughout California. At first Wilson would simply ad-lib onstage, but eventually he added written material and his act became more sophisticated.”
Then, at http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/books/flip-wilson-what-you-saw-wasnt-all-you-got-mo9h3cq-203411711.html, we read the following: By the time of his death of liver cancer in 1998 at age 64, Wilson was a pop-culture footnote; today, 15 years later, he’s nearly forgotten.
Kevin Cook’s new biography “Flip: The Inside Story of TV’s First Black Superstar,” is a reminder that he shouldn’t be.
Cook tells the comedian’s story, from horrific childhood to hard-fought fame to long, slow fade-out. Even with help from Wilson’s son, Kevin, that story includes plenty of the comic’s not-so-funny side - a private world driven by substance abuse, selfishness and distrust.
“Wilson’s dark side was rooted in a Dickensian childhood. When he was 7 or 8, his mother cleared out the family’s apartment, drained her husband’s bank account and ran off with another man - leaving Flip and his nine siblings with nothing. After living in basements, tool sheds and coal bins, the kids were parceled out to relatives and foster families.”
“Lying about his age to escape, 16-year-old Wilson enlisted in the Air Force. There, he developed an affinity for drugs (pot, but not heroin - he decided heroin inhibited his sense of humor) and the other high he got - from making people laugh. After leaving the service, he set out to become a famous comedian, but, after a decade playing clubs, his career couldn’t get any traction.”
“Behind that happy screen personality, however, was a man in constant struggle. He distrusted everyone, and frequently raged over real and perceived slights. He drank and smoked pot heavily, training his young sons to roll his joints for him.”
I saw a portion of a show about Wilson, which is why I am writing this essay. The 10 minutes or so that I saw described him as a tortured man, very successful but with lots of demons inside that he tried to exorcize by getting high. These kinds of stories, human stories, have always interested me for the human element but obviously because they are so instructive as far as astrology is concerned. I should add that YOU MUST HAVE ASTROLOGY software if you think you are serious about astrology. You must! You cannot depend on online services if you are going to learn. You have to have your own software, collect data, do the research and learn.
Through the words of description about Wilson’s life that I have quoted here, the key, most central factor is that his formative years of development were rooted in chaos because his mother abandoned the family. That’s huge. It immediately sets up all kinds of psychological concerns and inner difficulties, especially when it was annexed by placement in a foster home. That provides about as much of a foundation as quicksand. We can see this potential in .238765 seconds via a glance at the horoscope, IF you know what to look for.
The horoscope shows a lower hemisphere emphasis, always a suggestion of an emphasis in life on parental dimensions during the formative years of development. It is quickly corroborated by the Sun’s placement in the 4th squared by Neptune. What’s more, Pluto, ruler of the 4th, is squared by Uranus, and Venus, ruler of the 10th, is unaspected, which means that the Houses it rules dominate the horoscope. In this case, as a child, it would be a parent and as an adult it would be his career. This is crystal clear in a glance when you know it’s there.
There are other views of astrology that would focus on Wilson being an introvert….completely wrong. Please ignore these descriptions of introversion and extroversion based on whether or not the upper or lower hemispheres are emphasized. It isn’t the least bit substantive. Flip Wilson and Magic Johnson are perfect examples why it is not so.
Focusing on Neptune-Sun, this is an aspect that you expect to find in the horoscope of someone involved in creativity. However, Neptune square Sun is an equation that essentially tells us that the Neptune factors of idealism and delusion are dominating the focal life energy and a balance needs to be made in order for growth to take place. Since the Sun rules the Ascendant here, we expect identity confusion, a delay in identity development. This goes hand-in-hand with his upbringing. It is to be expected. Neptune’s rulership of the 8th House brings in questions about how he felt about himself in terms of being valued by others. Just this one aspect and the hemisphere emphasis sets up what’s needed to know about the most important psychological dimension of this man’s life. That’s how great astrology is IF you know what to look for and are not bogged down with unnecessary artifacts.
Notice the distance between Saturn and the Descendant…..approximately 8 years. SA Saturn=ASC would have been the signature for his mother’s departure from the family, especially with transiting Saturn crossing the Midheaven at the same time and the Secondary Progressed New Moon. In a consultation, without having this knowledge beforehand, you would say, “Mr. Wilson, was the great structural change in your life that took place when you were around 8 years old?”
There are 3 quintiles in this horoscope (Mercury-Neptune; Saturn-Uranus; Pluto-MC). Even a single quintile suggests an emphasis of creativity in life. When there are 3 or more, there is practically a demand for creative expression in one’s life. When we couple this with Mercury quindecile the Midheaven (a need to prove oneself through the use of compulsive communications in the career), and the fact that the unaspected Venus also rules the 3rd House, it is easy to use the phrase, “creative communicator” when it comes to Wilson.
If you have the cable channel, “TVONE,” check your listings for the Hollywood Unsung episode on Wilson and compare what you see/hear to his horoscope.
Those who know nothing about astrology only know what Sign people were born “under.” As important as the Sun Sign is in describing the basic kind of fuel that is necessary for an individual to express/receive to and from the environment, it is the Moon’s Sign that gives us the most important information about emotional/psychological needs. It is the Moon that takes the Sun’s energy and expresses it in a personality form based upon the Sign it is in at birth. This is what the person needs to be comfortable and fulfilled. It might not be what they express but the Moon’s Sign suggests the factors that are most important for fulfillment,
When the Moon is in Fire Signs, different dimensions of ego fulfillment are needed. When the Moon in Aries, the need is to be at the front of the line, to be first. If you are a sports fan…a basketball fan, think of Lebron James and his recent tactics leaving Miami. He held the league hostage while he chose to announce plans. He showed, without a doubt, that he is the most important, most powerful person in the league and believe me, he needs that.
The Moon in Leo brings the King/Queen complex. Ego fulfillment is VERY important. Recognition is important. Off the top of my head, Paul McCartney and Pippa Middleton come to mind.
The Moon in Sagittarius has something to say, an opinion to express and you had better listen to it and respect it. You can see this strong opinionation in Ann Coulter, Bill Maher, Michael Jordan, and Oprah Winfrey.
I happened to be turning the channel on TV earlier today and passed by the movie, “Fatal Attraction” right at the scene shown in this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JS6Gw6NVgRg
I laughed out loud at the statement that is made at around the 0:37-0:38 mark about being ignored. The character showed clear Fire Sign dysfunctionality.
Lots of people have checked in with me wishing birthday fulfillment. I am always reminded of a girl who attempted to establish a relationship with me but I wouldn’t bite because her behavior confirmed the self esteem problems I saw in her horoscope. You cannot have a fulfilling relationship if you and/or the other person have unmanaged self esteem problems (my synastry manual is a couple weeks from completion and discusses this topic).
The lady has 5 planets in Scorpio. When her birthday came around, she focused more on who did NOT wish her a happy birthday than who did!!!! She would go as far as to plot revenge against them!!!!! And somebody is supposed to be in a relationship with that? No way.
You see, those planets were in the 11th House squared by Pluto in the 2nd. The 11th House part super emphasizes the need for love and attention. The square from Pluto in the 2nd tells you that she doesn’t feel worthy of the love and attention she hopes to receive so when someone doesn’t give the attention, it confirms what she already feels about herself and she gets angry. No one will put up with that for long unless they also have a poor sense of self esteem.
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When the ruler of the 8th House or a planet in it are under aspect tension (squares, quindeciles, oppositions and some conjunctions), the horoscope suggests that there is a concern about self comparison to others, usually where the person is “trying to keep up with the Joneses.”
Comparing oneself to others can be productive. If you are an up and coming person in whatever you do„like a jazz composer in music, it is a good thing to compare what you do to someone who has been successful at it. But things are not productive when comparison to others is debilitating, making a person feel badly about themselves because their self worth doesn’t measure up to what they think the worth of someone else’s is.