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Whitney Houston’s sad passing w an astro-note about fights while married

It’s been a couple of hours since I noticed tweets of today’s sad passing of singer Whitney Houston and knowing that my files contained a copy of her birth horoscope, I peeked at a few pertinent charts along with her natal chart. My local TV channel just reported that she was found today in her Beverly Hilton hotel room by music mogul Clive Davis and pronounced dead at 3:55 pm PST; no signs of anything unsual have been reported.

(Update Feb 15: apparently it was her aunt who found her so ‘my local news channel’ got it wrong but you know that by now as more details come out.)

A career comeback was being planned but now naturally her too-soon demise has placed a hush of melancholy upon the February 12, 2012 Grammy Award ceremonies in L. A. and her passing definitely changes things.

Whitney Houston born August 9, 1963 @ 8:55 pm Newark, N.J. (Rodden Rating AA from birth certificate.) As you see, the lady was only 48 years old.

With 8Pis25 rising at the time of her birth, Jupiter is chart-ruler and creative Neptune, ruler of drugs and illusions, acts as chart co-ruler. As you know, Jupiter increases whatever ‘he’ contacts in a horoscope and too much of a good thing can be mighty dangerous for one susceptible to overindulgence in all manner of things (Moon/Jupiter conjunction) which may be pleasant enough in moderation–but moderation is more of a Saturnian function. Both Jupiter and Saturn are needed in order to create balance in our lives but perhaps her Jupiter/Saturn sextile (60 degr = promise) made the easy availability of ‘questionable practices’ one of her greatest weak spots.

Yes, with her natal Moon 17Ari05 conjunct n Jupiter 19:29 (the Exaltation of the Sun degree which adds to the need for ego recognition) in 1st house of Self and Physical Body, Ms. Houston’s emotional needs may have been boundless, similar to a negatively aspected Moon in its own sign of Cancer. Over use of pharmaceuticals and alcohol often cause skewed perceptions as well such as when things are ‘blown out of proportion’ during conflicts, and a deep sense of inferiority exists within a natal Sun/Saturn opposition (Leo Sun/AQ Saturn across the health-influencing 6/12 axis.)

So I looked at her last Jupiter Return since chart-ruling Mr. Abundant affects her physical body so health is sure to be involved in important transits of Jupiter which last conjoined natal position on April 18, 2011. Her Jupiter Return 2011 horoscope is ruled by Jupiter as well: Ascendant 18Sag49, with Jupiter in Return 4th house (Endings), surrounded by the Sun 28Ari45 and by the then-traveling conjunction of nervous Mercury (Rx) and upsetting Mars–13Ari39 and 13:08, respectively.

The ’14Aries’ degree seems particularly telling to me with its Sabian Symbol: “A Serpent Coiling Near a Man and a Woman” because of her and Bobby Brown’s history of fighting, violence, and separations. In fact, in all the charts I consulted, there are indications of just those three factors as potentials in her life and relationships.

That testy Mars has crossed and recrossed the natal Descendant (7th cusp of Partnerships) and her natal planets clustered there–Uranus 3Vir27 in 6th H, Mercury 10:15 sitting atop the Angle, and Pluto 11Vir01, conjunct a difficult star of victimization, describes a recent and difficult period for Whitney Houston and brought on by a partner or partners.

Yet her Midheaven (Career) has been going fairly well while the Domestic Scene may not have been so fabulous of late. Other transits and progression support a difficult period for the lady yet as in life, Astrology shows the good and the bad in effect simultaneously. Ex: Career good, Home not so good.

Also, certain planets being Angular (ASC/DESC and/or MC/IC) in certain charts tell a tale of important times, big changes, and possibly death, if other factors concur. Ex: Mars and Saturn in her Jupiter Return 2011 horoscope oppose one another while conjoining their respective ‘corners’–MC (Saturn 12Lib43 Rx–sign of Partnerships) and IC (Mars, conjunct Mercury Rx, as previously noted.)

This post’s title was lifted from a quote by one who shares natally the Sun Aries-Moon Scorpio blend found in her Jupiter Return 2011 horoscope, author Thornton Wilder who famously and applicably informed us of his opinion that,

“The best part of married life is the fights. The rest is merely so-so.”

Now if you’ve read any of my astro-babbles before you know I use midpoint pictures so I’ll give you one from Ms. Houston’s Jupiter Return 2011 chart which resonates all too well with its Moon (a woman; physical body; health) opposing natal Moon across the 2/8 Death and Transformation axis, and blending with the energies of liquidy, undermining Neptune as the powerful planet of coping ability and transformation, Pluto, intensifies and harshens their combined energies at midpoint.

Let’s close this sad post with their picture as given by Reinhold Ebertin…

Moon/Neptune = Pluto: emotional shock or upheaval; high sensitivity and being easily influenced by others.

Michael Munkasey adds:

‘Increased needs for revenge against those who injure or hurt you in any way; ferment and seething added to emotions which you create within your dreams for escape from reality.’


Whitney Houton R. I. P.

Your conflicts have ended and your amazing voice will be missed.


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Written by Jude Cowell

February 12, 2012 at 4:34 am

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  1. Why, thank you, Grand Trines, appreciate it. This was a difficult post to write on such a melancoly event.

    Wonder if you’re blogging these days? jc


    Jude Cowell

    February 13, 2012 at 5:40 am

  2. As usual, a very good analysis. Still a fan of your blog. GT.



    February 13, 2012 at 4:57 am

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