A Suicide in Hollywood


On Monday, 19 August 2013, police were sent to the Los Angeles home of 29-year-old actor Lee Thompson Young after he did not show up for filming.  He was reportedly found dead of a gunshot wound in an apparent suicide.  From an astrological point of view, Mr. Young was passing through a period known as his Saturn return.  His acting credits included The Famous Jett Jackson(1998-2001) and most recently Detective Barry Frost on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles.  Some news reports indicated that he had been suffering from depression.

Mr. Young was born in Columbia, SC, on February 1, 1984, time unknown.  Here is his birth chart set for sunrise:

Lee Thompson Young, sunrise chart, time unknown, Placidus houes

Lee Thompson Young, sunrise chart, time unknown, Placidus houes

In the sunrise chart, Mercury rules the 8th house of death and occupies the 12th house of suicide.  Saturn rules the 12th house and is prominent by transit because he is undergoing his Saturn return.  Beth Turnage pointed out in a comment (below) that his natal Saturn squares his natal Sun and Moon, which is an indicator of depression.

The solar return for the birthplace is also revealing.  Below is his birthplace solar return with the sunrise chart positions superimposed.

Current solar return for sunrise chart with birth positions around the outside.

Current solar return for sunrise chart with birth positions around the outside.

The solar return of the sunrise chart for the birthplace is notable for:

  • a Mars/Neptune conjunction on the ASC.
  • Natal Uranus on the return MC.
  • Return Venus, Sun, Mercury and Mars in the 12th with Venus ruling the return 8th and Mercury ruling the natal 8th of death.  The 12th house is associated with self-undoing.
  • Natal Sun and Moon in the 12th.
  • Return Saturn conjoining natal Mars in the 8th of death.  Saturn rules the 12th of self-undoing.  Mars rules fire arms.
  • Return Saturn applying the natal Saturn (indicating he is undergoing his Saturn return).

All-in-all the astrological symbolism fits this sad event.

The current transit of Saturn, emphasized because it is also the time of his Saturn-return, squares his natal Sun and Moon, and thus repeats the same aspect in his birth chart.  Here is an excerpt of what one informative astrology site (cafeastrology.com) says about these aspects:

When Saturn transits square or opposition the Sun, we may experience some form of disillusionment with regards to an important person in our life, with authority figures, with personal plans and achievements, or with aspects of our own personality. We may feel “left out”, blocked from advancing in our chosen life path, and lacking in energy and confidence. Ego boosts don’t seem to be forthcoming, or if they are, we don’t see them in such a light. …”

“When Saturn transits square or opposition the Moon, we may be feeling overlooked, left out, on our own, and even uncared for. This transit sometimes occurs when changes on the domestic front leave us feeling “alone in this world”, such as when we move out on our own, are separated from family or other loved ones, and so forth. Domestic problems may be part of the picture, often connected to women and sometimes the mother. … Fears and insecurities of all kinds are magnified during this period–fear of rejection, fear of what the future might bring, fear that we won’t be able to handle our lives masterfully, and so forth. Although we may long for emotional support from others, we don’t receive it well if it is forthcoming. We may be given to sulking, feeling sorry for ourselves, dredging up the past, and focusing on what we haven’t done or can’t do….”

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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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2 Responses to A Suicide in Hollywood

  1. Beth Turnage says:

    People with a square from Saturn to the Moon or Sun are prone to depression. Transiting Pluto wedged between his Jupiter and Venus in Capricorn sextile his Pluto/Mars/Saturn combo didn’t help either. He was feeling very, very alone. Very sad.

  2. Thanks, Beth. I had missed the square of Saturn to Sun/Moon which are close natally and may even be conjunct, depending on the actual time of birth. It is a very sad story. He seemed like a gifted actor and a decent person.

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