Can Astrology Save Lives?
The news that Chris Cornell had killed himself (in my hometown of Detroit) on May 18, 2017 came as a shock.¹ The news saddened me but – maybe because I’ve talked to so many people who have been going through bouts of deep despair – it didn’t feel totally surprising.
If Chris Cornell had known a little bit about his natal chart and about astrology in general, would he still be alive today?
As Christine C. points out in this week’s podcast, not only was Mars ‘out of bounds’ in Gemini at the time of Cornell’s death — his natal Mars was also out of bounds in Gemini.
Natal Mars out of bounds seems to be a signature for people who embody the drive for freedom. But ‘out of bounds’ also carries the ideas of “out of control” or “beyond the pale”. It’s a wild card energy.
So transiting Mars out of bounds from May 15 – June 30 would ramp up Mars’ aggression and anger throughout the entire collective consciousness. Judging from my own experiences and my conversations with other highly evolved humans, this period has been rather challenging for the empaths among us.
Mars in Gemini is naturally going to bring an increased potential for anxiety, because it stimulates the dualistic or egoic mind (Mars – high energy; Gemini – thoughts). Chris Cornell suffered from anxiety through much of his life and with Mars in the 12th House of his solar chart, those thoughts would have tended toward the self-destructive.
For someone as gifted as Cornell was — he was a prolific, thoughtful lyricist and possessed a nearly four octave vocal range — he seemed disarmingly genuine and down to earth. With his Sun at 28 Cancer he was undoubtedly an empath. In fact, he was often described by those who knew him as “kind” and a “gentle soul”.
As we can see when we superimpose the chart for his death onto his birth chart, Mars, Saturn, the Moon and Black Moon Lilith – would all have been potential triggers for high anxiety in the days leading up to his suicide. Transiting Neptune conjunct natal Chiron in Pisces was also activating a Grand Cross with the aforementioned planets in the month of May, prior to his death .
This Too Shall Pass – If We Let it
One of the things I love most about astrology, after all these years, is its ability to remind me that “this too shall pass.” I’ve been feeling the waves of grief and despair over the last few weeks, too. I remember times when I felt — in my pre-astrology days — that suicide was the only logical solution.
I still go through times of intense darkness, but what a relief to be able to look at what’s being triggered in my chart by the current transits and realize: “Oh, the Sun and Saturn are in opposition and both of them are squaring my natal Pluto. That aspect will complete on Friday. I can make it three more days.”
I don’t know if that understanding would have saved Chris Cornell’s life. But I wish it would have.
1 – When Lupo (my guitar player and co-writer in Stand & Deliver) texted me Thursday morning to let me know about Chris’s death, he mentioned that Cornell’s last song at the Soundgarden show on Wednesday night was a rendition of the old folk blues classic “In My Time of Dying”.
2 – We don’t know Cornell’s birth time so his natal Moon could be anywhere in the middle ten degrees of Sagittarius.