Today, Sunday February 2, 2014, Academy Award winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead of an apparent drug overdose in his NYC apartment. According the the NY Times:
“Investigators found a syringe in his left forearm, at least two plastic envelopes with what appeared to be heroin nearby, and five empty plastic envelopes in a trash bin. … Mr. Hoffman was long known to struggle with addiction.”
His birth data are as follows: July 23, 1967, Fairport, NY, time unknown.
Could his death have been foreseen in his chart? For unknown birth times, I like to use the sunrise chart and its solar return for clues to the year ahead. Below is Hoffman’s sunrise chart with his current solar return surrounding it.
The most striking feature of this chart is solar return Uranus almost exactly on the natal MC where it conjoins natal Saturn. With Aquarius ruling the sunrise 8th house of death, the conjunction of SR Uranus (modern ruler of Aquarius) with Saturn (traditional ruler of Aquarius) on the powerful MC is a strong signal of the possibility of a sudden death during this solar return year.
Another significant feature is the cluster of SR planets (Jupiter, Mars Mercury) in the 12th of self-undoing conjunct natal Mercury, ruler of the natal 12th of self-destructive tendencies. SR Jupiter rules the natal 6th of illness and bodily afflictions. This cluster of SR planets in the 12th all lie in Cancer where they are disposed by the Moon. Natally the Moon lies on the cusp of the 8th of death. The SR Moon lies at the end of the unfortunate 6th house where it opposes his natal and SR Sun.
If we swap the charts, we get a more complete picture of the year. Here is the sunrise solar return with the natal sunrise chart superimposed.
In the solar return chart Virgo rises, making Mercury the ruler of the return. Natally, Mercury rules the 12th house of self-undoing. The SR Uranus – natal Saturn conjunction now occurs in the 8th house of death of the solar return. The Solar Return Sun lies on the cusp of the unfortunate 12th house. Jupiter rules the return 8th house of death, and natal Jupiter occupies the SR 12th of self-harm. A SR Venus/Neptune opposition lies across the horizontal axis of the solar return. Natal Neptune is angular on the cusp of the 4th house. The prominence of Neptune suggests problems with drugs and addiction.