This week’s news reported the death of Andrew Embiricos who was found dead in his Manhattan apartment around 8:30 PM on Sunday, December 4, 2011. According to news reports, he was discovered lying face-up with a plastic bag over his head. The autopsy report was inconclusive. Initially the press speculated that it might have been suicide, but others wondered whether it was a freak accident like the one suspected in the death of actor David Carradine. The use of asphyxiation to provoke sexual excitement was suggested as a possible cause.
Andrew Embiricos has a striking stellium in fiery Sagittarius, a sign known in astrology for its love of freedom and desire for experimentation and novel adventures. Mars is the planet of male energy and sexuality, and in Embiricos’ chart Mars lies in its detriment in Libra. Interestingly, Carradine also has the Sun in Sagittarius and Mars in Libra. President Bill Clinton has his Sun in Leo, a fire sign like Sagittarius, and his Mars also in Libra. A debilitated Mars in Libra seems to correlate with problems resulting from activities in the sexual arena, at least in these three nativities.
I was unable to find a time or a place for this young man’s birth, so I cast a chart for New York, where he lived, for the late afternoon (because the progressed Uranus, the planet of accidents, would have conjoined his natal Sun this December and his death appears to have been a tragic accident) and I set the Sun on the Ascendant.
Michael Musto of the Village Voice is quoted in various news stories as saying that Andrew was in recovery from drug addition and was also suffering from HIV. He had apparently made suicidal attempts in the past. Andrew apparently led a double life, which included making pornographic videos which he posted on the internet.
Musto, who described Embiricos as “a strikingly handsome, personable guy who radiated charm no matter what crisis he was weathering,” told the press: “I know Andrew from the clubs and have found him to be utterly personable and dignified on the one hand and a teensy bit reckless on the other, knowing fewer sexual boundaries than Anna Nicole [Smith] and enjoying that lifestyle so aggressively, it’s almost like he was dying to get caught.”
Natal Mars applying to conjoin Pluto in Scorpio generally indicates an extremely energetic and passionate person who feels driven to push the envelope and explore sexual taboos. The tremendous Sagittarian Fire sign energy, together with the Sun and Moon alligned with Uranus, suggest an adventurous person who prizes his freedom and independenc and who is not afraid to express his uniqueness even in a provocative manner. Quarterback Tim Tebow is another notable person with even more “Fire” energy in his chart.
Andrew Embiricos was a Fordham University graduate with a degree in psychology (note 10th ruler Mercury in Scorpio in the 12th house of the sunrise chart). Also consistent with the 12th house emphasis is the fact that he founded a charity group on Facebook to provide clothing to the homeless and he worked with HIV/AIDS advocacy groups and the Alzheimer’s Association. Strongly Sagittarian, he worked in the travel industry as a sales executive at Virgin Atlantic and had previously worked in travel sales at Fairmont Raffles-Swissotel.
Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, the globetrotting king of the gods of Mount Olympus. By analogy Sagittarius has a connection with the astrological 9th house of philosophy, religion, foreign lands, and long-distance travel. One of Andrew’s friends posted a comment here and on his blog he writes: “Passionate about flying and aircraft, Andrew’s Facebook page always provided witty updates about his globetrotting ways.”
It is very sad to lose such a young and talented person.