Many of my readers will know Jeff Jawer from his writings which have appeared all over the Internet for the past fifteen years and more. When I started this blog and was trying to shop my articles, Jeff’s site with Rick Levine, StarIQ, was the first one I contacted since their site had the kind of articles I myself wanted to write – newsy pieces that connected astrology to the world in a way that everyone could understand. Later when my blog was picked up by BeliefNet I received a warm welcome from Jeff and Rick who were at that time writing for Tarot.com which was a sister site. I loved Jeff’s writing style and often turned to his posts when I wanted another astrologer’s take on a particular planetary cycle.
Jeff was diagnosed with lung cancer in January this year and died just a month later, on February 10, 2015.
Jeff’s birth data is available at Astro.com, and Rick has posted the time and place of death on their website in a moving tribute to his longtime colleague and business partner. Jeff had the Sun in Taurus opposing the Moon in Scorpio – just past the Full Moon suggesting the culmination of an incarnation cycle with the need to begin to disseminate and share the wisdom gleaned from that cycle. His chart is filled with the element of air, the element of communication – Venus and Uranus in Gemini and in the third house of communication in a trine to Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune in Libra, the sign of harmony and relationships, in the house of relationships.
With hardworking Capricorn on the Midheaven denoting his vocation, it is not surprising that he was able to produce such a vast body of work during his lifetime. His last article on Astro.com was written just days before he died. Aries was rising in his chart, providing him with abundant energy despite his Taurus Sun which likely often resisted his busy schedule of lectures and writing when it became too hectic. With Mars as the ruler of the Aries ascendant in a conjunction to Pluto, and the Scorpio Moon in the eighth house – all symbols of an intense approach to life that takes us more deeply into the unknown – he likely had an intense side that drove him to seek greater understanding and knowledge of the inner frontier.
At the time of his death Jeff’s progressed Moon had just entered the sign of Gemini which is mercurial and allows us to slip in and out of experiences easily. I would think that this would have facilitated his final transition from the body as well. His progressed ascendant (his evolving identity) was within a degree from the midheaven angle, both of which are significant events that typically indicates a major turning point.
Jeff was a wonderful teacher of astrology in so many ways, and he will be missed by countless fans, readers and colleagues.