Last Week: Farrah, Ed and Michael
The Solstice this Summer preceded the New Moon by a day. This happened in first degrees of Cancer which means that Pluto was involved. The Sun-Moon conjunction was opposing Pluto this past week. This was considered a momentous week in U.S. Entertainment History because 3 major celebrities passed away. How amazing that the Planet of Fame (Pluto) on the Aries Point (Before the public) activated these deaths at this time.
I've also noticed that all 3 celebrities had major Sun-Pluto aspects in their charts. 2 of these charts included the Moon in the aspect as well. The current sky was mirroring major aspects in their natal charts.
Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett both passed away on June 25, 2009 within a few hours of each other in the morning. (Interesting that the genius who made famous a dance called the Moon Walk passed away perhaps as the result of a New Moon in Cancer).
Ed McMahon passed away on June 23, 2009 shortly after midnight. All 3 died in Los Angeles, CA and McMahon and Jackson died at the same hospital.
Michael Jackson had a Sun-Pluto conjunction in Virgo at 6 degrees which opposed his Moon.
Farrah Fawcett had natal Sun at 14 Aquarius opposing Pluto that also involved an opposition of Mars and Saturn. Her 8th House Sun was also involved in a huge Kite Pattern with Pluto, Uranus and Neptune. Pretty amazing chart.
Ed McMahon had a Water Grand Trine of Sun at 16 Pisces and Pluto with his Moon.
One can see that transiting Saturn was also involved in two of the charts as it was in conjunction with Jackson's Sun and opposing McMahon's Sun.
So, here we had Sun-Pluto people passing away during an opposition of Sun and Pluto.
Pluto, of course, rules the House of Death. This is generally not interpreted as literal death, although it can obviously. All three of these people died while their lives were in great distress, a very Plutonian hallmark. Both McMahon and Jackson had major financial debt (Pluto's realm). Fawcett's son is currently in jail for problems related to his drug addiction. She did pass from a cancer which is ruled by Pluto (Anal Cancer).
Along with great problems, Pluto rules many great attributes. Pluto also rules great Fame. In conjunction with the Sun which rules the Limelight its powers are heightened. One can see an interesting conflict here, though, in how these two powers work. In many lives this won't make a difference, but these people were celebrities, the thing which both rulers crave the most in life probably.
One can also see the struggle between the Sun and Pluto described in their lives. Both Sun and Pluto want to be prominent but they want it completely opposite ways. The Sun wants to be out shining under the spotlight and Pluto wants to be in the background in the shadows. Michael Jackson seemed to have shown this struggle most prominently as he encouraged his fans into almost psychotic fevers with his eccentric behaviors and yet had been unable to manage his reaction to all that attention and the power struggles with the parasitism. Ed McMahon played Johnny Carson's sidekick. He was probably most comfortable in that job. That works with his Grand Trine. The Grand Trine might also show that he let his finances get out of control, he was just so used to sitting back and letting things happen for him.
Farrah Fawcett showed great Plutonian depth and grit. She took herself off the bimbo poster girl circuit by leaving the series Charlies' Angels in order to portray more intense dramatic roles, often related to crime (very Plutonian). Younger people won't have a clue how popular she was. In college my roommate and I dutifully woke up early and wrapped our hair in curling irons in imitation of Fawcett's famous blown away locks.
Pluto also rules anything that is deep under the ground and it also rules Research. The United States broke ground last week on a new Science lab which is hailed at the deepest underground laboratory in the World. Very Plutonian. The Lab is being built out of an old Gold Mine (Sun) in or near Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Groundbreaking was on June 22, 2009. Once again, one can see that Death isn't the only interpretation for Pluto. In interpretations, though, one can't mention this as Death is a taboo topic in our culture. Taboo = Pluto, weirdo planet, for sure, no wonder the astronomers want to demote it.
I suppose the extra Saturn transit added an extra stress. The idea that when it's your time, it's your time (Saturn keyword) along with Saturn's usual restriction and exhaustion tendencies. And there are probably a bunch of other transits, progressions, etc. I know there are probably multiple brilliant interpretations out there right now. I just wanted to add this one in case no one else has.