Elon Musk is in the news again, this time for attempting a hostile takeover of Twitter. He is such a fascinating character – clearly so brilliant, but also kind of a mad genius and a bit nutty. Just the type I like to profile. 😃
The astrology of Elon Musk.
Unfortunately we don’t have a birth time for Musk (there is a birth time on Astrotheme but it comes from an unverified source in India), but even without it we can see some very interesting things (noon chart shown with Sun on the ascendant). Musk was born under a conjunction of the Sun and Mercury in Cancer, a sign of feeling and emotion, and this conjunction is tightly squared by both Chiron and Uranus. As I have noted before, Sun/Mercury conjunction individuals tend to be of great intelligence, and when Mercury is ahead of the Sun as it is here there can be a tendency, literally, of the mind getting ahead of the Self. The fact that Uranus, planet of innovation and radical change, is locked in a strong square aspect to the Sun and Mercury enhances the ability to think outside the box as well as inspire somewhat impulsive and radical behavior even when the Sun and Mercury are in Cancer which tends to seek greater security and a sense of safety.
The emotionality of the Sun and Mercury in Cancer is easily activated due to a strong square from Chiron to the Sun and Mercury. Chiron is in Aries, suggesting that the wound (Chiron) is to the evolution of the Self (Aries) and in fact Chiron is the only planet in a fire sign in this chart other than Neptune which is a generational outer planet. When a chart lacks a certain element, the personality traits of that element have no easy mode of expression. Someone without watery planets can be extremely emotional but perhaps not understand how they feel. Someone without earth may be drawn to the practical or earthy areas of life but find it difficult to manage. Someone without fire, such as Musk, may struggle with impulse control since the motivation and action inspired by fire has no easy way to express itself.
Dealing with impulse control is a theme in this chart. We have the mentalism of the Sun and Mercury squared by Uranus, the planet of impulsive and radical action. We have a lack of fire. We see that the fire planet Mars is in the air sign Aquarius adding more froth to the mentality of the chart, especially since it is inflamed by Jupiter in Scorpio. Scorpio itself is ruled by Mars, making this a “double whammy” connection between forceful Mars and expansive Jupiter, expanding Musk’s confidence and his need to be right in the fixed signs which can be quite stubborn. Yet on the other hand the Cancerian Sun and Mercury long for connection and a sense of belonging, and the Virgo Moon seeks perfection and order (Mercury and the Moon are in mutual reception which facilitate the interaction between the mind and emotions) . A harmonious sextile from Jupiter to Pluto enhances his ability to lead and create effective change.
A brief astrological life review of Elon Musk.
In 1995, under a Progressed New Moon in Cancer (sign of family), Musk started a software company with his brothers. This company was sold in 1999 with Musk netting $22M under a transit of Uranus (sudden change) to his Mars (and North Node of fate). That same year and under that same transit, Musk started online bank X.com which spun off Paypal. Musk was in and out of CEO positions during this period and eventually sold his share of Paypal for $22M. All of this occurred before Musk’s Saturn Return in 2001.
At the time of his Saturn return, Musk became interested in space and SpaceX was incorporated in 2002 as the Saturn return was waning. SpaceX is still in operation, now coordinating with NASA to “revolutionize space exploration.” In 2006-2008 under the square from transiting Pluto to natal Pluto, the first of the series of midlife crisis transits, Musk was hemorraghing money after taking over Tesla and attempting to get his rockets off the ground. He said he was “waking from nightmares, screaming and in physical pain” from the stress. He had run out of money, was facing bankruptcy from the SpaceX projects, was divorced, and then he was rescued by NASA in December 2008 with a $1.5Bn contract.
In 2012-2014 Musk introduced several new initiatives in solar power and transportation at the time of his Uranus opposition (which also set off the Sun/Mercury square to Uranus in his natal chart). This is the classic midlife-crisis period at age 40-42 when we question our life path.
In 2018, with transiting Jupiter squaring his Mars and activating his poor impulse control, Musk smoked a joint on the Joe Rogan show which resulted in the tanking of Tesla stock. He also warned of the dangers of AI, saying “AI could become ‘an immortal dictator from which we would never escape’” – something which fits in perfectly with the upcoming transit of Pluto (destruction and re-creation) moving into Aquarius in 2023.
In early 2022 Elon Musk began acquiring stock in Twitter and in early April initiated a hostile takeover. Transiting Pluto is in a harmonious aspect to Musk’s natal Pluto/Jupiter sextile, a wonderful time of personal growth and increasing personal empowerment. Transiting Jupiter will set off his natal Sun/Mercury T-square later this year which could exacerbate his natural confidence, but with this guy his very unpredictability is predictable. He does seem to be more of an instigator and easily bored (I have always imagined him to have Gemini rising which has an insatiable curiosity and great difficulty settling on one path or venture) so it’s difficult to predict how this most recent Twitter adventure will go. Rather than a left wing or right wing troll as some claim, Musk is a disrupter of the highest order and once the disruption takes place he will likely look for the next shiny thing.
The Aquarian Age connection.
Signs of the Aquarian Age are everywhere, suggesting to me that we are clearly in the doorway if not well into this new age of changing parameters and priorities. I have written a great deal about the increasing awareness about autism and the Uranus connection, and the growing prevalence of gender identification issues also falls under the Uranian banner. The merging of man with machine, sometimes called the Singularity, has begun and Elon Musk has been in the forefront of that adventure. In 2020 Musk started a company called Neuralink which I wrote about here which is focused on building “implantable man-machine interfaces.” Tesla, owned by Musk, has been called the world’s largest company run by robots.
Musk recently revealed that he has Asperger’s, a type of mild autism that has likely been around for a long time but was only recently diagnosed to the extent it is now. I know of quite a few adults who very recently discovered that they have Asperger’s (personally I think lumping highly functional Aspergers together with classic autism does everyone a disservice).
Inventive Uranian types like Elon Musk have been around for a long time, but at the doorway of the Aquarian Age this kind of pioneering mentality will be the ones who will shepherd us through that doorway into a future that we will not begin to recognize.