Many great minds have been fascinated by the mysterious depth and magical accuracy of astrology. Sir Isaac Newton (perhaps one the of the greatest intellects to have graced our planet) once had the following exchange with Edmund Halley:
Edmund Halley: “Why do you believe in Astrology?”
Sir Isaac Newton: “I have studied the subject, Mr. Halley. You have not!”
Benjamin Franklin, Carl Jung, and Galileo also believed in astrology. It is the world’s oldest science as reflected by this quote from Joanne Martine Woolfolk: “The Study of the Sun, the Moon, stars, eclipses, day and night, began well before recorded history. There are reindeer bones and tusks of mammoths from the Ice Age that have notches carved on them picturing the phases of the Moon. These bones and tusks are dated between 25,000 and 10,000 B.C., and some scientists place them as long ago as 32,000 B.C.!”
I have found astrology to be an extremely comprehensive tool for understanding the human psyche as well as the manner in which our universe operates. I believe that our universe is one great organism and that we are each part of the whole. At the time of birth, when we inspire (drawing the spiritual being into the physical vessel), the solar system perfectly depicts the uniqueness of our paths and opportunities in life.
When Whitney Houston sadly passed to spirit on the 11th February, I was intrigued to explore her astrology to understand how the planets and asteroids were aligned in her chart at that tragic moment. There is actually an asteroid named Whitney – at 3 degrees Aries, it was conjoined Venus which is the planet ruling song. It was also conjunct (unconsciously merged with) the planet Uranus at 2 degrees. Uranus is often symbolic of sudden disruptions, accidents or shocks. Asteroid Whitney was squared Pluto (modern ruler of death amongst other things) in her chart at 8 degrees Capricorn also forming a sesquiquadrate (a smaller square) with her sun (her essence) in Leo. Squares are challenging aspects.
Whitney’s natal Mars (drive, activity, energy) in Libra was also squared by Pluto. The transiting asteroid Bacchus conjoined Pluto at 2 degrees Capricorn. Bacchus often indicates the use of alcohol or drugs (probably pharmaceutical). Bacchus was also conjunct transit asteroid Ophelia, named after a character from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” who accidentally drowns herself in a stream. At 14 degrees Aquarius, asteroid Houston conjoined her natal Atropos (named after the Greek Fate who severs the thread of life at death) in Aquarius and transit Panacea (ruling pharmaceuticals) at 9 degrees Aquarius creating an ominous T-Square with her natal Neptune (drugs, alcohol, addiction) in Scorpio and natal Venus/Sun conjunct in Leo.
Whitney’s Houston’s astrology actually reveals far more detail about the alignments at her time of death, but my point here is to highlight the level of insight that we can glean from astrology rather than to report on Whitney’s tragic passing. Why is this important? Because so many of us live life unaware of the incredible information provided by the Universe for our self-actualization, not to mention guidance towards good choices and the avoidance of tragedy.
If you haven’t yet explored the vast amount of information provided by your natal chart and astrological transits, I highly recommend it. Living without this knowledge is like living on a ship without a rudder.
Whitney Houston is a wonderful reminder that we are born into this world with wonderful talents and opportunities to make the world a better place. Nobody will forget Whitney Houston’s great talent, but are you clear about yours?
If you would like to learn more about Astrology, I recommend the You Tube video and books below: