The artist formerly and presently known as Prince died yesterday in his Minneapolis studio at the age of 57. The cause of death is unknown (an autopsy is planned for today and this article may be updated after that happens). A plane that Prince was on last week made an emergency landing so that Prince could receive medical treatment for what his publicist said was the flu. Prince had been battling health problems for many years: he was epileptic and had recently been using a cane to get around. It is reported that he needed both hips replaced but his religion (Jehovah’s Witness) precluded that as an option.
The astrology chart of Prince Rogers Nelson tells an interesting story of a powerful yet troubled individual. Born under the lighthearted sign of Gemini, Prince had a strongly Plutonic thread running through his chart. Scorpio was rising (ruled by Pluto), Pluto opposed the Moon and conjoined the Midheaven, and his Sun was in the 8th house (ruled by Pluto). Where Gemini is flexible and fluid, Pluto is powerful and intense and when Pluto predominates in the chart as it does here there is a need for the individual to travel through the darkness of the underworld of the psyche in order to gain wisdom and a high level of personal power.
Saturn, the ruler of self-doubt and pressure to achieve, was retrograde which signifies a higher degree of self-criticism, and it opposed his Sun which is a potent driver towards success and a relentless critic at the same time. His softhearted Pisces Moon would have been rocked by the intensity of Pluto, and the dichotomy between his emotional softness (Moon) and this tremendous Plutonic force of continual transformation […]