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The Faces of Success
Michael Jackson’s life and death created big splashes in the media for over four decades. He was an acclaimed phenomenon and sadly a public freak. Quite a combination.
The wonder of his life - magical and morbid - certainly couldn’t have been predicted. But, it is quite clear from Jackson’s chart that he was destined to be a talented, different and challenged human being.
Jackson’s chart is filled with heavenly signatures which pointed toward the life and path he would take.
His angles alone tell much of his story. Chiron conjunct his Midheaven. If the reader will take a moment to set his/her imagination free, Jackson will be revealed immediately. So many images come to mind. See if you can add to them.
X - Here is depicted the Aquarian healer and deeply wounded human. Chiron is retrograde adding to the picture of one bouncing, dancing, parading back and forth across the public stage (Midheaven). The orb at the base of Chiron glyph (particularly as it is in Aquarius) suggests an energized bunny. That the glyph is asymmetrical also hints of the imbalance within Jackson’s life and expression. Let the reader ponder more deeply for further connections to Michael’s psyche.
X - Jackson has Saturn sitting on his Descendant in Sagittarius. This seems a perfect symbol for a man whose sexuality (read the Sag glyph as a phallic emblem) was stressed and tortured as were his relationships with men and women and the public. (“A pop star has problems when his fans can’t bear to look at him.” Richard Corliss, June 26, 2009)
X - The Nadir of his chart may have even more information to share. Fundamental to the talent and trauma in his life are Uranus and Venus conjunct in Leo in the 3rd. Put the two glyphs together for a hint - one superimposed on the other. Uranus lifted Jackson’s view of the world and music and dance to great heights, but also put a unique and painful twist on his personality expression. One of a kind in many ways.
Uranus is the key here with its otherworldly, wizard-like, techie energy. There was genius in Michael Jackson, to be sure. But also, obvious misanthropic forces.
King or Prince of Pop
X - Mercury, the ruler of his chart, is on the other side of the Nadir still in Leo in the 4th. A communicator - through word and movement - he was meant to be. Mercury is exactly conjunct the asteroid Pallas giving him a big dose of androgynous god-dess energy and creative potential. (More about the 4th house later.)
X - Jackson has a Gemini Ascendant helping to produce his versatility as well as cause him to be drawn in two (if not many) directions. Here is a man of Twin natures which he seems to have battled rather than befriended in his lifetime. The Gemini Ascendant (with Mercury ruling his chart) holds the key to Michael's talent, life and fate.
X - Michael Jackson’s most powerful (notice Pluto) and popular house is his 4th, the natural home of Cancer and ruled by the Moon. It holds three planets and three asteroids. Reminiscent of the Jackson Five (sometimes Six). This is Jackson’s powerhouse in part because of the presence of Pluto and because Pluto stands conjunct (4 degrees) from Michael’s Sun.
Further, Jackson’s Sun is tightly conjunct (within minutes) the asteroid Juno. This is another potent, bordering on explosive aspect in MJ’s chart. Consider closely the glyph for Juno. On the one hand, it seems to have tentacles like an octopus. On the other, it is radiant and expansive like a fireworks display.
Sun-Juno conjunction - as well as the 4th house stellium - suggests the importance of family and intimacy to Michael. Albeit the kind that Jackson seemed to have to pay for to make happen in his life. Juno reached out to entangle those around him in his dreams and desires. But, Neverland never fulfilled his deepest needs.
X - Much of Jackson’s torment likely came from having Mars in Taurus in his 12th. Firstly, Mars is the focal point of a T-Square from Chiron and Uranus-Venus. For a sensitive soul, this combination added to his discomfort with sex and problems expressing his emotions in the “real” world.
Furthermore, Mars is within a few degrees of the fixed star Algol. Its placement is quite similar to that of Osama bin Laden. In bin Laden’s case, he used this energy to “decapitate” the World Trade Center. Jackson directed the energy toward defacing himself.
Jackson’s creative force is well described by the conjunction of his North Node (Dragon’s Head) and Jupiter in Libra and Neptune in Scorpio in his 5th house. Vibrant, raw talent with otherworldly flare.
The Black Moon conjunct his South Node in his 11th in Aries added to his natural fiery talent as well as its associated burden.
Michael Jackson’s Death
The circumstances of Jackson’s death seem less important on chart review than the players. The players were Michael and his new personal physician, Conrad Murray.
Comparing charts suggests that Dr. Murray was his angel of death, however things had been planned by Jackson and his handlers in the outer world.
Murray has his Sun at ZERO - 0 - degrees of Pisces near Jackson’s Midheaven. At the same time, Pluto - lord of the underworld and apparent ruler of life and death - is exactly conjunct Michael’s Nadir at 21 degrees of Leo. Dr. Murray’s Black Moon is 6 MINUTES from Jackson’s Sun. They also have a Sun-Sun opposition.
This combination of placements made Murray the perfect escort for Jackson’s exit from the world stage and passage to the other side. Outwardly, he may be held criminally responsible for MJ’s passing. Inwardly, Conrad Murray acted as gatekeeper. It was assuredly time for the soul of Michael Jackson to give up the ghost and move on to other realms. Murray fulfilled his role in the drama.