Friday, January 21, 2005
Recently, I received a review copy of a fascinating book, The Astrology of Film. (It’s fantastic, by the way, and a review on CafeAstrology.com is coming soon). Before that, I had stumbled upon an online article written by one of the editors of the book, Bill Streett (he also wrote some of the essays in the book). After finding more of his articles on his web site, I found myself impressed with his research and explorations of the archetypes of planets through pop culture, and his gifted writing ability.
I was initially attracted to his Sun-Uranus article (which is actually only a portion of a larger essay entitled The Astrological Sun and the Outer Planets) for personal reasons, as I have a tight conjunction of Sun and Uranus in my natal chart. When I found his articles about music and astrology, I was floored. In one essay, he explores themes of Moon-Pluto natal combinations through songs by musicians with that combination in their natal charts. I have always been strongly attracted to certain types of music, feeling a tremendous need for it in my life. It sounds melodramatic, but I remember telling more than one person growing up that I don’t just like the music I listen to, I need it—how could I survive without it? The need for the music I listen to feels very basic and primal to me. After I had had a serious accident, for example, family members were trying hard to convince me to stay in the hospital a little longer, but I was adamant that I would heal faster if I could go home and surround myself with the things I was familiar with, including plenty of music. Streett’s article reminded me that it is more than likely the Moon-Pluto aspect in my own chart that makes me feel the need for emotional release through cathartic, evocative, and emotionally powerful music.