Astrology, primary directions, and the death of Steve Jobs

In my previous post I looked at a tarot reading about the passing of Steve Jobs.  In this post I would like to consider a bit of the astrology involved.  Here is his birth chart, calculated from the data in his birth certificate, so it is fairly accurate as to the time of birth:

Steve Jobs Birth Chart

Can his demise be predicted from this birth chart?   In astrology the 8th house signifies one’s death.  Mr. Job’s has the sign Aries (ruled by Mars) on the cusp of his 8th house.  In addition, Mars lies inside his 8th house, making the planet Mars the signifier of death in his chart.

Using the ancient and powerful method of primary directions, we could surmise that his death might occur in his 50s.  The principle behind this conjecture is that each year of life corresponds symbolically to the passage of one degree across the Midheaven (vertical axis of the chart) following the moment of birth.  Roughly 52 degrees of the zodiac belt lie between Mars in the 8th house and the Midheaven, suggesting a life-span of 50-something years.  The exact measure is taken not along the zodiac but in “right ascension,” which is a measure along the celestial equator, which is angled about 23 degrees from the zodiac circle.

The method of primary directions is a way to calculate when such relationships become exact.  For the technically minded, Mr. Job’s Midheaven meets up with his natal Mars on October 4, 2011 — almost the exact date of his death.  (This calculation was made using zodiacal Placidus semi-arc directions, with latitude, and the Kepler key of measurement, aka the key of Brahe or “true day” key.  It is a measure of how far the sun travels in right ascension on the day of birth.  Without latitude correction the date would be Aug 22, 2011.)

If we use the key of Ptolemy (1 day = 1 degree), the the Ascendant ruler Mercury opposes his Midheaven on June 6, 2011 (without latitude) and on January 28, 2012 (with latitude).  This is another potential indicator of death since Mercury rules the Ascendant (his body and life force) and the 4th cusp (opposite the Midheaven) signifies the end of life.  Hence, the period from June 2011 through January 2012 is highlighted as a likely time of death.  Early October is at the midpoint of this period.  Specifically, October 2, 2011, is at the midpoint of the two dates given by the Ptolomy key, with and without latitude.

The Kepler key appears more compelling but the Ptolemy key is very close to the actual date of death and confirms the message of the Kepler key.  The fact that both these methods of primary direction point to October of 2011 as a likely time of death is a testament to the power of this technique.

Here is a link to more about Steve Job’s birth chart:,_Steve

[Note: The calculations for this article were done using the Janus 4 Astrology Program, which appears to use the same mathematical routines as the old DOS CCRS 92 program which I always relied on for the calculation of primary directions.  Other programs, such as Solar Fire, seem to produce different calculations.] ebook

About Anthony Louis

Author of books about astrology and tarot, including TAROT PLAIN AND SIMPLE, HORARY ASTROLOGY, and THE ART OF FORECASTING WITH SOLAR RETURNS.
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19 Responses to Astrology, primary directions, and the death of Steve Jobs

  1. Carolyn says:

    Well done, Tony

  2. Thanks, Carolyn. Nice to hear from you. I always enjoy your posts on the ASC list.


  3. Very curious with Jobs having resigned Apple as CEO on August 22nd.

    • Thanks Demetrius for that observation. Perhaps natal Mars moving to the Midheaven by primary direction (without latitude) on Aug 22, 2011, symbolically reflected his awareness of his impending death and its effect on his career.

  4. Monty Renov says:

    Quite fascinating, Anthony… thanks for posting it!

    Monty Renov

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  7. Tobias says:

    I found the info on this post handy.

  8. karthik says:

    Please calculate my death too with time.if possible.indicate morning or afternoon with time please. My birth data _ 16/5/1994. ,time.: 6:30 p.m. country: karnataka, bangalore.latitude:12.58N ,longitude: 77.38E.please calculate and reply to my mail..i.wil be very thankfful to you sir.please

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      • skardshirtless88 says:

        Hey Anthony,

        so I know a family member with her 8th house in Libra/Scorpio. She has Venus and Pluto in the 8th. Venus is 6 degrees Scorpio and Pluto 13 degrees Scorpio. Her Ascendant is 15 degrees Pisces. Her Mid-heaven is 18 degrees Sagittarius. She’s 24/25. I’m scared that she might pass away once she turns 35. This is based on the system (the writing above) you used for Steve Jobs.

        I haven’t told her about astrology or death yet because I don’t think it’s fair for me to scare her or inform her this. But I’m concerned.



      • I wrote about Steve Jobs after the fact. In practice I do not predict death for several reasons. First, we can never be certain from a chart when someone will die and, second, it creates unneeded anxiety. It is always easier to see in hindsight. Stessful aspects can manifest on a psychological rather than a physical level. I have noticed in my own chart over the years that stressful aspects involving the 8th house do seem to bring up issues of death and mortality but have not yet correlated with my own death. By no means should you scare your family member with a prediction of her death. My intent was not to predict death in this way but to demonstrate how we could see death in the chart after it occurred. I’m sorry if my post caused undo anxiety.

      • skardshirtless88 says:

        Actually, it’s my fault. If I didn’t want to let the cat out of the bag? I should have kept the bag closed, ha ha.

        I’m sure there were people born the same day with the same ascendant sign as Steve Jobs, that DIDN’T die.


  10. Athina Vega says:

    Well…according to your logic, I should already be rather dead. Because I have Uranus in the 8th House (aka Mars in Steve Job’s 8 house) – Uranus reaches my MC at 14 – 15 Degrees Sagittarius, so I should have died when I was 34. Glad I didn’t know it then too, bs it might have worried me to death – LOL. I also have Neptune straight on the MC so the imaginary death should have happened from a disease (like cancer, since Saggi rules over “growths”) when the Neptune and Uranus have finally “met” at the MC. However, let me assure you, absolutely nothing happened to me when I was 34 (and I am not 34 anymore). And I am sure glad nothing did happen. Now I am going to take a look at my ruler (Uranus) and also ruler of my 4th Cusp of Endings(Mercury). So Uranus will reach Mercury in 58 degrees. (Possible death?) And now looking at Mercury – actually he will reach my Ascendant in 47 degrees. (At 26 Aquarius). Because Mercury and Uranus will not oppose angular cusps, this is my only 2 guess-timations for the time of my death. Oh and I am also going to look at the significator of 8th, Venus, while we are at it. She will reach the 4th House of endings in 97 healthy degrees! Well what do you know! Here’s what I am talking about. I am going to stick with Venus prediction LOL!!!! This is simple math to predict “one’s demise”. Enjoy it, but don’t believe it too easily – death is not easily predicted.

    • I don’t predict death in advance. As you note, it can cause a great deal of anxiety to do so and your prediction will probably be inaccurate. I do, however, like to look at charts after a person has died to see how the symbolism plays out with a well-timed and significant event. This is an exercise in learning about astrological symbolism rather than in how to predict one’s own death.

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