Johnny Allen Hendrix – later named James Marshall by his father, became better known to you and I, as Jimi Hendrix .
Today, Jimi would have celebrated his seventy-fourth birthday today, Happy Birthday/ Solar Returns to you Jimi!
The American guitarist, musician and singer was born on at 10.15am, on 27th November 1942 in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. He died far too young, just weeks before his twenty-eighth birthday (i.e., just as he was about to experience his first transiting Saturn return). The coroner concluded that Hendrix choked on his own vomit while intoxicated with barbiturates’(from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimi_Hendrix#Death.2C_post-mortem.2C_and_burial) .
Jimi was Sun and Ascendant sign Sagittarius with Moon in Cancer. Being born at or near sunrise, gave him an emphatic amount of Sagittarian energy with the Sun and ascendant being in the same sign, the Moon is at home in the sign of Cancer as it is the natural ruler of this sign. The natal chart also reveals that Mercury and Venus were also in the sign of Sagittarius.
As the newspapers would say ‘hold the front page’ for a moment, let’s have a look at what the energy and nature of Sagittarius and it’s ruler Jupiter, as well as the Moon in Cancer brings to Jimi’s chart and some other themes in his chart… and I promise I won’t be too long!
Jimi was an inspiring and warm person to be around; he was also friendly and general optimistic person. His appearance was colourful and vibrant, casual and individual. Interestingly, purple is a colour associated with Sagittarius and Jupiter and it is perhaps it is unsurprising that he liked to wear this colour and also as you may well know he had a hit with the single ‘Purple Haze’.
Sagittarius is exuberant, freedom-loving, and philosophical with a need to travel and make the most of opportunities. The ‘travel’ could have happened physically, as well as in the mind, certainly through his touring he got to see a lot of the world.
There is a frankness and openness with Sagittarius indicating that Jimi would have been quite honest, although with Venus in the 12th house this can indicate secret love-affairs, as Venus is the goddess of love and the 12th house associates with secrets.
Mercury in Sagittarius shows that Jimi was open-minded and that he would have loved discussing his ideas with other people. There is also a sense of expanding (Sagittarius/Jupiter) the mind ( Mercury) which could have been induced by taking drugs, which was particularly common in the ‘Flower-Power’ generation in which Jimi lived. This theme is further emphasised by Neptune square the ascendant which indicates problems with drink and drugs as these areas are associated with Neptune, it is also associated with self-deception.
Venus in Sagittarius also shows an ‘easy come easy go ‘attitude towards money and relationships. It is perhaps unsurprising that he had very little money indeed in his bank account towards the end of his life. This suggests perhaps that he may have been too free and easy with his business and personal relationships.
The Moon and Jupiter (conjunct) Cancer reveals that he had a lot of love to give and that with all his exuberance on stage and in the public eye, that he had a deep need to be loved and cared for. At times he may have been emotional and moody since the nature of the Moon is constantly fluctuating. Jimi could go with the flow and at times perhaps fostered an attitude of ‘what will be will be’ showing the easy-going, philosophical and spiritual nature of Jupiter.
The Sun is in the eleventh house and reveals that Jimi loved to experiment (The Jimi Hendrix experience!). He could thrive amongst groups of people and was original, a real one-off, there has never been anyone else quite like him. He had many friends and who could identify the aims of his peers. There is also the potential to be a campaigner and freedom-fighter . This can be seen for example when his group Band of Gypsys played at an anti-Vietnam War concert.
It should be remembered too that with Jupiter everything is in excess with little room for moderation, so once you had seen and heard Jimi you never forgot him and we we now know Jimi didn’t do anything by halves.
Oh one other thing …it has been documented that when Jimi started to live in England that he loved watching the soap-opera Coronation Street…there, I bet that has generated some Purple Haze hasn’t it!
Happy Birthday Jimi.
Bye for now!
PS you can see his chart below (it’s from: http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Hendrix,_Jimi )