Chart of Mystery Man #1 26 January 1955 1:05 AM Amsterdam, Netherlands
What grabs your eye right away? That often ends up being something key to understanding the chart, and here it’s no exception; if you’re like me, Neptune in the 12th only one minute from the Ascendant is what caught your attention. This suggests to me a Neptunian quality to this individual’s essence, one that hooks the personality to the Collective, almost in tandem–this man was meant to express something ideal or creative through his individuality that is right in line with a statement of the Collective spirit–and this suggests a timeliness to the expression, where the individual is instrumental in bringing something ‘of the moment’ into being. Neptune is opposed Sedna, though, and that suggests that, though the individual takes to his Neptunian role like a duck to water, he’s really unaware of the true extent of his ability! Neptune rules his 5th, suggesting his role is both creative and a labor of love.
The 2nd, seat of his assets. is ruled by Pluto, which sits in the 10th of career–this suggests both the ability to be known specifically for one’s talent, and to make a lot of money at it (Pluto can be connected to serious money wherever we find it). Pluto is conjunct Zeus–in someone with fewer positive attributes, this could read as ‘naked ambition’, but in this man it manifested in career focus that took him to the top. The 2nd also holds Pallas, Venus, and Ceres–again, money, wisdom (perhaps in the guise of a smart woman at his side), and access to nature, this latter a connection that can give someone a ‘primal’ edge, and so make them very appealing.
The article also noted Chiron as indicating abilities, and his is at 29 Capricorn 51, conjunct the Sun in the 3rd, opposed the Jupiter/ Uranus conjunction of the 9th and quincunx 10th House Zeus; Chiron in Cappy suggests a practical or ‘applied’ bent to the talents, with conjunction to the Sun making it integral to identity (indeed, the 29 degree placement says Chiron expression is a must, and so lends some urgency and feeling to what might’ve otherwise been a too-cool Aquarian Sun). Tucked near the IC, though, Chiron/ Sun says he doesn’t need the spotlight–bringing the talent forward is really about communicating who he is. Jupiter/ Uranus conveys luck in a lightning-strike kind of way–Jupiter rules the 3rd, Uranus rules the 4th, reiterating the communication/ identity focus, and ruler of both these, the Moon, sits in the 4th in Aquarius, conjunct Mercury–again, deepest Self and communication as a focus, and with the 3rd/ 4th so much involved, we might expect that family, specifically the father or a sibling, has something to do with this–and they do.
The unconscious influences are creative (Neptune in 12th), influenced by the Self-worth picture and the assets/ talents (12th ruler Venus in the 2nd), with a need to communicate at a ‘higher order’ level, and/ or the need to be original, surprising, and inventive. Partnership is a big part of this (Libra on the 12th) Of all the Neptunian Arts, music might be the one we would call ‘highest level’, with its correspondence to mathematics, and if you guessed music is this man’s field, you are correct. He is capable of putting the brakes on, and of Self-discipline when need be (Saturn in the 1st, which has a lot of contacts to other energies).
What about his audience–what do they want from him? The 7th says energy, drive, ‘manly’ performance, while the 10th says that power and desire are visible to all, as is his essence, with the Sun ruling the 10th–people see him, and approve his efforts toward ambition fulfillment, fame and fortune. Nice if you can get it, right?
After a period of big and relatively long-lasting success, this man’s band went through some difficulties and some decline–and once they’d retreated somewhat from their more prominent status this man suffered cancer of the tongue–are we surprised, considering the emphasis on Merc and communication, the conjunction of Mercury with the Moon, and Pluto’s opposition to these? No, we’re not; illness in a part of the body representative of something critical to life expression is not uncommon with a sensitive individual when the road gets rough–and we can’t overlook the influence of the father here, as when this musician early on complained of extreme pre-performance nerves (a perfect expression of an anxious Aquarian Sun) the father (remember the family/ 3rd/ 4th emphasis) told him to just have a drink to calm his nerves–thus precipitating a serious substance abuse habit, again, not surprising with Neptune right there in everything he does. And there’s more family involvement, as this man formed his band with his brother.
Commenter Dunyazade got the power in his field part very right, along with the way his Art got this man into (substance abuse) trouble, and Aphelionex was right top to bottom–impressive!–kudos to both of you! And Donna Davidson didn’t waste time; she went straight to the answer, correctly naming this the chart of Eddie Van Halen.
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I’ve been thinking about this chart for days now. I haven’t even looked at the second one yet.
Here’s a few things I thought right away: Ditto what Dunazade wrote! And…huh, what famous person was born in Holland?
But that 10th house Pluto op. Sun formation really caught my eye because I am reading “the Hades Moon” by Judy Hall right now. I thought immediately of “Mommy issues”/devouring mother/weak or absent father” themes. Especially with 4th/10th involved!
Trying to apply newsletter guidelines and went back to read a couple times and found very informative). The third house energy must indicate high siblings/family involvement. Neptune on the asc–drugs/alcohol/artistic, yes, but powerful talent to project the archetype to the masses–making manifest the dream of zillions of teen boys everywhere on the planet!
Saturn in the first–lots of self controlled devotion to his craft so as to tolerate the isolation of Practice needed to hone his art. But also Daddy issues–disappointment. (also Chiron/sun). low energy levels/easily depleted/meloncholy. But, look at that Rock star Parteee Hardee Aries/5th house Mars, and Leo MC!
I looked up his first house Juno in your book, Julie. (Mr. Zeus just printed it out for me for easy reference and it really came out well–the color prints were an especially happy surprise-they look like antiqued mosaics on the hard copy!).
I had to laugh when I read Juno in 1st–he DID marry someone who looked just like him–matching mullet hairdos! They were such an adorable salt n pepper couple in their time. You’re spot on, Julie… so funny!
Gotta go before I drink some Rose….There’s a bottle with my name on it chilling in the frig. After tasting some 12 different ones, I just may have a winner here!
Though I love your analysis overall (you bring such verve to it!) I have one small quibble: Eddie doesn’t have a Sun/ Pluto opposition–did you mean Pluto/ Moon? (Love Judy Hall, btw!) I would say you’re correct, there’s a possibility of Mommy issues (or I would be more prone to say, issues with females he does not see as sexual objects, which is how I classify a man’s Moon in a more general sense), but I saw Moon/ Pluto as more of a vulnerability to or sensitivity to darkness or power–I get the sense of someone who’s very attuned to the dark things Mommy went through, and so attuned to Mommy–though I have no idea what his true relationship with his mother is. I just never got the impression that he didn’t like women or felt Mommy was overpowering–that usually shows in a man, and he always seemed so laid back. I have read remarks by Eddie that indicated the father was rather dominant, not at all an absentee, and very involved in his life and career formation–so I’m thinking Moon/ Pluto was more a ‘what he saw Mom go through’ and/ or where he got the idea that ‘the rational feminine’ (Aquarius Moon) was the way to combat Plutonian darkness issues.
And I too thought he married someone (Valerie Bertinelli) who looked just like him! I always wondered if they knew they looked alike–and I thought about that moment she described of going backstage to meet his band and their eyes meeting for the first time–it seemed to me like it would be the same as looking in the mirror! But that’s of course my external view.
Thank you for your input, Elisabeth–as always, entertaining and perceptive–and cheerful–I consistently have the impression that you’re enjoying life to the max–it makes me happy 🙂 And thank you about the Juno book–glad it looks good printed out, and that the info came in handy!
Sounds like you have a wonderful evening planned–have a glass of Rose for me!
Happy to be correct! 🙂 This was much fun lol.