Another death involving a T-Square of Sun, Saturn, and Neptune

Having looked at Whitney Houston’s chart in the previous post, I was curious about the T-square involving Sun, Saturn, and Neptune.  It occurred to me to look at the chart of River Phoenix, whose death had a similar impact on his fans and the news media.  I had looked at his chart at the time (1993) and it must have stuck in my subconscious because, sure enough, he has a T-square involving the same three planets as Whitney Houston.  Here is his chart.

River Phoenix Natal Chart

Like Houston, Phoenix has Neptune in Scorpio (craving for intoxicants), but his Neptune lies in his 1st house rather than his 8th. Phoenix’s Neptune opposes his Moon/Saturn conjunction in Taurus in the 7th, and this opposition is square his Sun/Mars conjunction in the 10th (Sun in early Virgo, Mars in late Leo).

River Phoenix has Gemini on the cusp of his 8th house, thus Mercury rules his death.  Mercury lies in his 11th house of friends where it closely conjoins Pluto, the modern ruler of his ASC and the dispositor of Neptune in Scorpio in the 1st.  Morin teaches that the 8th ruler conjoining the 1st ruler means that the native plays an active role in his own death.  Uranus is the modern ruler of his 4th cusp (family) and occupies the 11th house (friends).  Phoenix died among family and friends.  The 4th cusp rules conditions at the end of life.  With the modern ruler of the 4th in the 11th, he will die among friends.  Saturn, the traditional ruler of the 4th, occupies the 7th house, suggesting that a close partner (in this case, his girlfriend) may be with him at the end.

His Moon conjoins the 8th house Placidus cusp, and thus with Mercury is a signifier of his death.  The Moon opposing Neptune is consistent with death by a drug overdose.  Moon in the 7th can indicate the presence of an intimate partner at the time of death.  His girlfriend was with him when he died.  The Moon conjunct Saturn, ruler of the 3rd, can mean he will be with siblings during his final moments.

On 13 November 1993 the New York Times reported: “The sudden death of the actor River Phoenix outside a Hollywood nightclub two weeks ago was caused by “acute multiple drug intoxication” involving lethal levels of cocaine and morphine, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said today … toxicological tests had found not only the deadly levels of cocaine and morphine but also traces of marijuana, the prescription sedative Valium and an over-the-counter cold medication.”  Family and friends were with him when he collapsed and died, including his younger sister Rain, his brother Joaquin, his girlfriend Samantha Mathis, and other friends.

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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4 Responses to Another death involving a T-Square of Sun, Saturn, and Neptune

  1. Jane Stern says:

    Did Elvis or Michael Jackson have this too?

  2. Hi Jane,

    No. Neither had this specific configuration. Elvis had a T-square involving Pluto in Cancer in the 8th opposite a Mercury/Venus conjunction in Capricorn in the 2nd, all of which squares Uranus in Aries in the 5th. Pluto rules his Scorpio 12th cusp, which is associated with escapism, intoxication, and self-undoing. Uranus square the 8th house Pluto suggests a sudden death related to his recreational activities (5th house), which probably involved drugs. Mercury, which opposes Pluto, disposes his debilitated Neptune in Virgo. Neptune is the modern ruler of his 4th house of conditions at the end of life (dying in a state of confusion or intoxication).

    Take care,


  3. Ana says:

    Hi Anthony,
    I know this is a very old post so I have no idea if you’ll even see this, let alone reply, but I’ll try my luck anyway. 🙂
    I’m an astrology newbie who – long story short – got into it after a friend randomly noticed there were quite a bit of similarities between my birth chart and River Phoenix’s. It’s intrigued/haunted me ever since, and even more now that I noticed I share part of his death conjunction.
    What I have in common with him is Virgo Sun, Taurus Moon, Scorpio Rising, Leo Mars, Sagittarius II, Capricorn III, Taurus VI, Gemini VIII, Cancer IX.
    Would you mind quickly telling me what impact or meaning such parallel could have in my own life? Or at least point me towards how/where I could begin to try to figure it out?
    Many thanks and take care,

    • Ana,
      Your best best would be to review your chart with a competent astrologer. In terms of your question, the fact that there are parallels between your chart and that of River Phoenix does not mean that you will experience the same events, though with similar planetary placements you might find that you have some personality traits in common. A detailed review of your chart with a good astrologer can answer your questions.

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