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Archive for July 7th, 2010

Ringo Starr 70 and still in orbit

Well, I know that former Beatle Ringo Starr turned 70 years old today but I hadn’t remembered that a minor planet ‘Starr’ had been named after him, did you?

Born Richard Starkey on July 7, 1940 in Liverpool, England, Mr. Starr’s tremendous success should rightfully be on display within his natal horoscope, wouldn’t you expect?

Yet checking my Solar Fire files, I find his natal chart rated ‘B from memory’ (not his – a relative’s memory, no doubt) with a curious hemispheric distribution: all planets are posited in the private sector of the chart, the northern hemisphere!

Can such massive worldwide success hinge on other chart factors with this lack of public sector distribution?

Well, having a drummer for a son, I know from experience that most drummers prefer to hide behind their cymbals and seldom like to step out front so perhaps that’s why something seems wrong to me about this horoscopic picture! Ringo managed to ‘step out’ though, didn’t he? ;p

Yet if ’12:05 am BST’ is correct, Starr’s later increase in privacy must have been a great relief to him. His gracious amount of showy Leonine energy (Pluto 1:58, Mars 2:15, Moon 4:03, and Mercury 5:12 in the Entertaining 5th house of Creativity) certainly has had much to do with his musical interests and subsequent success but many people are born with lots of Leo energy in their charts and they don’t rise to the heights of famous entertainers, much as they may wish to.

And So I Experiment…

‘Flipping’ Ringo’s chart to ’12:05 pm’ yields a likely birth chart for someone of his worldy stature and the midpoint pictures that form are more descriptive of career achievements than the ’12:05 am’ chart since @ 12:05 pm, the Midheaven 28Gem47 would then be involved with Uranus/Pluto, Mars/Uranus, and Mercury/Uranus; natal Venus 29Gem24 Rx would then be placed @ Mc with a full 10th house (Public Status; Career) of Sun, Chiron, Pluto, Mars, and Mercury.

Natal Moon would have moved passed its quarreling tendencies from Luna’s 12:05 am position caught between Mercury and Mars, into the 11th house of Hopes, Wishes, and Group Associations. Natal Moon 11Leo+, which has links to publicity and fame, would then be snugged more happily between creative Venus and Neptune, plus, Neptune 23Vir01 (conjunct US natal Neptune) would then be rising, with ‘Neptune/ASC’ as an significator for acting, musical entertaining, and the silver screen effect which the public casts upon his public persona. Also, his Jupiter/Saturn conjunction would be in the 8th house of Big Money @ 12:05 pm!

’12:05 am’ places the same powerful midpoints (mentioned above) conjunct Venus, but with no other midpoints @ Mc; also, this chart gives Moon/Pluto = Mars which is highly creative, yes, but it also indicates a quarreling nature which is not at all the picture of Mr. Starr that I’ve ever had. Maybe I’m wrong here, but memories of birth times can so easily be incorrect to the point of ‘flipping’ them by 12 hours!

(Note: ‘flipping’ a chart yields the Illumination Points with much unconsicous information – if you haven’t done this with your own chart, I suggest trying it to glean details about your shadow self with its unconscious motivations! Back to Mr. Starr…)

Yet it is certainly fortunate to be born into the 14 South Series of Solar Eclipses which gives Ringo a Pre-Natal Eclipse flavor of: ‘long periods of hard work lead to success; a long-awaited breakthrough of new methodologies’; this Series manifested on April 7, 1940 for Ringo, and will occur again on May 20, 2012 @ ’00Gemini’ (not a fortunate degree, however, for it conjoins Fixed Star, Alcyone, of the Seven Weeping Sisters…keywords: something to cry about, and having an ‘exile’ vibe.)

Now John Lennon was born Oct 9, 1940, three months after Ringo, and his birth falls into the 15N Series: ‘joy through commitment’ yet naturally we know his success was tremendous and ground-breaking, too. Perhaps Lennon’s natal ASC 19Ari54 with 14 South’s degree rising makes a small case for the influence of a strong Solar Eclipse lasting beyond the usual 6-month time frame…and here it would be more a matter of overlapping eclipse influences.

(Vibes from ‘The Mother of All Eclipses’, Nostradamus’ ‘King of Alarm’ Eclipse of August 11, 1999 have certainly lasted ad nauseum.)

There are, of course, other indications of success (and distress with Facies – ‘the victim’ – @ Mc) in John Lennon’s natal chart as well (the same Jupiter/Saturn conjunction is in play but with a closer orb than in Ringo’s chart.)

Ringo’s Jupiter/Saturn conjunction has a 2 degrees 12 minutes separation and is waxing in strength. As you know, a conjunction of the two ‘societal planets’ indicates a person with enormous success potential, staying power (70 years old today and still kickin’!), a hopeful yet realistic point of view, and a love of exploration.

Plus, both Jupiter and Saturn are moving Direct in Ringo’s chart; both are Rx in John’s indicating an easier, more direct, expression in the first, but working on a more internal level for John. They can, of course, turn Direct by progression but my focus is on Ringo today.

And yes, the 20-year cycle of Jupiter/Saturn are seemingly related to America’s ‘Presidential Death Cycle’ with Mr. Lennon being assassinated in NYC. much to my continued sorrow. No, he was not a president, but was too influential for the comfort of US leaders of the time who wished no interference with their criminal prosecution of the Vietnam War. John and Yoko’s much-publicized Love-In must have galled the White House and Pentagon tremendously.

So in closing, The Beatles certainly explored the world on tour and created new forms and methodologies in music, and I for one, admit to being a Beatlemaniac, even checking them out in person in August 1965 while a lovely Mystic Rectangle of planets danced overhead to Ringo’s excellent drumming.

So Happy 70th Birthday, Mr. Starr, thanks for the marvelous musical memories. May your positive personality and musical innovations continue to bring benefits to a joy-starved world!

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