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Death And Astrology


Ha! EXACTLY as I predicted!

If a rapid accumulation of Facebook Shares is any indication, I seem to have hit a nerve with today’s entry of mine on Beliefnet about the death of “Fast And Furious” star Paul Walker. It’s a controversial matter for astrologers to approach, but one I’ve discussed before. For those of you who’d like to know more, here are some of my previous entries on the subject:

Michael Jackson

Isaac Hayes

Gary Coleman

Natasha Richardson

…have a look and think it over.

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Gary Coleman Is Dead, Gary Oldman Is Alive, And Uranus Is In Aries

Gary Coleman (Born, February 8, 1968, time unknown, Zion, IL) died of a cerebral hemorrhage Friday. Most astrologers (and rightly so) shy away from playing “prophet of doom,” but in hindsight, Coleman’s transits are classic for this sort of thing: Uranus, newly entered Aries, is conjunct Coleman’s Mars/Saturn midpoint (associated with blood pressure issues). Saturn is conjunct his natal Uranus, and Neptune is conjunct his natal Mercury… all of which are bad signs for neurological issues, and circulation in the brain. 

Given his medical history, this may not be the biggest shock to those who knew Mr. Coleman. But Uranus always brings surprises. Consider the startling case of actor Gary Oldman, who (despite a current wave of Internet reports) is clinging tenaciously to life today. Thanks to the modern miracle of Internet communications (and the ancient miracle of miscommunication), there weekend was flooded with rumors of Mr. Oldman’s death.

You see, Mr Oldman (March 21, 1958, 10:56 AM, London UK) has his Sun at 0 Degrees Aries…. right where Uranus is now.  His Sun is in his Tenth House, which rules public reputation. And his natal Saturn (in his Sixth House… daily work routines and such) is being squared by transiting Saturn. Translation: the rumors of Gary Oldman’s death are highly exaggerated.

What does all this mean to you and me? Simple. Uranus is going to liven things up, unpredictably, for a lot of people in a lot of ways. And isn’t that exactly what a good romance… or an exciting new career, or any of the other things people consult astrologers about… is supposed to do? 
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Michael Jackson And The Astrology Of Death

Most astrologers will tell you that it’s a bad idea to look at such notions as death in a birth chart. And those astrologers make some excellent points. Then again, that’s never stopped me from looking at the issue, such as with my blog entries about Natasha Richardson and Isaac Hayes, especially when their transits show such classic signs.
(This of course is also my chance to gently cajole you, if you are a professional astrologer yourself and not afraid of hard technicalities, to buy and absorb “The Astrology Of Death,” written by the late great Richard “I died when I said I would” Houck.)
Word has just arrived about the death of pop hypermegastar/possible child molester/uber-weirdo Michael Jackson of a heart attack today in Los Angeles. And even at a cursory glance, there are some very distinct signs that, if MJ had consulted a knowledgeable astrologer, a warning could have been delivered. How much good that warning would have done, however, is another question…
Before we get into the details, a warning: the time of birth I’m using is from a generally-accepted rectification. One always needs to be cautious with these things, but from what I can see (and what I know about Michael Jackson) it looks accurate.
The big warning signs I’m seeing:
-Saturn opposing the natal Moon and squaring natal Saturn: never a good time. I know Jackson had recently announced a tour to help pay some bills, and I personally always thought he hated the idea. That’s the sort of thing that is hard on a heart… both the situation, and the Saturn transit.
-The two pre-natal eclipse points (PNEs) in MJ’s birth chart are at 3’26” Libra and 17’30” Aries. PNE’s in a birth chart are easy to forget to look at, even for a thorough astrologer, but they have their place, especially in matters of death. Were there any aspects by transit to those points at time of death?
  • The last lunar eclipse (and Pluto) both closely squared the Libra point.
  • As of the eclipse, transiting Saturn quincunxed the Aries PNE, and Venus and Mars semi-sextiled it. Either one of these (relatively minor) aspects might not have grabbed my attention individually, but together they seem to demand attention.

Finally, the most telling aspects are complex and difficult to explain here (actually they aren’t but it would take a book. And that book would be “The Astrology Of Death” by Richard Houck. Have I mentioned that book yet?) but if you like you can work out this Astrology Of Death technique for yourself.

1) Convert the chart to Vedic (Sidereal, whole-sign houses.)
2) Note the rulers of the 2nd and 7th Houses… in MJ’s case, Venus and Mars (again: rectification warning here!)
3) Check the transits to those planets by both transiting planets and planets transiting those points by Tertiary Progression (not secondary progression).
Let me tell you… in Michael Jackson’s case, the results are pretty spooky. Don’t take my word for it: work it out for yourself.
Also, if you love someone… maybe now would be a good idea to let them know.
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Could An Astrologer Have Warned Liam Neeson?

Unfortunately, probably not. But that’s probably because of a lack of data rather than any inherent limitation to astrology.

In my previous article on the death of Natasha Richardson, I only really scraped the surface of the various astrological warning signs that an attentive astrologer might have seen. There were, in fact, more… and the comments on that entry pointed out more techniques yet that indicated the possibility of physical hazard.

One lesson I learned from practicing the techniques outlined in The Astrology Of Death is that if you are going to die, and you are of great importance to someone… your death is going to register as an important event in their birth chart. Unfortunately, we don’t have a time of birth for Natasha’s husband, Liam Neeson. And without it, his transits at the time of his wife’s tragic accident are surprisingly… bland.

Liam Neeson was born June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Without a time of birth, his transits are hard to read. Of course, the ongoing Saturn-Uranus opposition has been squaring Liam’s natal Sun-Mercury-Venus conjunction off and on for over a year now, which undoubtedly has made trouble for him in one department of his life or another. But in all my tabloid gossip reading (a professional hazard for astrology bloggers) I don’t recall ever hearing of any marital trouble with Liam and Natasha Richardson. Certainly, given the connection between Venus and one’s love life, it would be a natural area of inquiry for any astrologer doing a reading for Mr. Neeson.

What this all raises with me is not so much an astrological observation, but two philosophical questions:

1) Have you ever noticed how many times, when someone loses a loved one suddenly, the story goes like this:

“We had been arguing, and he/she (ran out, had to go, got a call on the other line)… and the next thing I knew, the police were at me door telling my he/she was gone…” ?

2) Is there someone you should be talking to today?

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Isaac Hayes And The Astrology Of Death

A man returns home from a weekend trip to hear his phone ringing. He answers it. It’s his doctor calling.

“I hope you’re sitting down,” the doctor says, “because I have bad news, and worse news.”

“Okay,” the man says, “what’s the bad news?”

“I have your test results here. They say you only have 24 hours to live.”

“Oh my God!” The man says. “What news could be worse than that?”

The doctor answers: “I’ve been trying to get a hold of you since yesterday.”


Academy-award winning singer and composer Isaac Hayes (August 20, 1942 at 4:00 AM in Covington, KY) died Sunday at the age of 65. I’d like to take this opportunity to touch on a particularly taboo subject among many astrologers and their clients: death.

A lot of astrologers won’t discuss the timing of a death, or will only do so hesitantly. I can certainly understand that: it’s not a pleasant subject, and tends to clash with the “love and light” glamour that many of us (myself included) want to cast all over a consultation. And no one wants to be accused of encouraging morbid thoughts, or of putting those thoughts into some one’s head. But still… if astrology really can predict major life events, shouldn’t we be able to predict this one? Isn’t death a major life event?

Well… it is.

I’ve been waiting a while for a famous death with a confirmed time of birth to show how predicting death works, but the truth is that the techniques are far too complex to fit into a blog entry. I’d have to write a book. If I wrote a book, I’d have to call it “The Astrology Of Death.” And then I’d have to change my name to Richard Houck. And then it would look totally self-serving when I tell you that “The Astrology Of Death” by Richard Houck (although not designed for those who are afraid of hard work and a lot of calculations) is the best damned astrology book you’ve never read and you should buy it right away.

For those of you familiar with the techniques Houck described, the death of Isaac Hayes is a classic. All the tertiary progressions and Vedic dasas are right where you would expect them to be. As a matter of fact, I’m going to go out on a bit of a limb and predict that the cause of death will be listed as pulmonary failure. But I have my fingers crossed when I say that.

Had Mr. Hayes been in contact with an astrologer keeping an eye out for these things, maybe… maybe… he would still be alive. After all, what’s the point in knowing bad news is on the way if you can’t do anything about it?

And how good was Richard Houck, and his techniques for predicting death? I know from personal experience and years or reading, re-reading, and then applying his techniques. Or finally: consider this from the very last page of the Second Edition of The Astrology Of Death: “Around 2002-2003 Richard Houck plans to relocate to Pensacola, FL. As necessary, call information there for his personal listed phone number. April Fool.”

Richard Houck died on April Fools Day, 2001.




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