The apparent suicide of fashion designer L’Wren Scott has been much in the news lately, partly because she happens to be the partner of Mick Jagger. Ms. Scott was found dead by her assistant at her NYC Chelsea apartment around 10 a.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014. According to one news source, “the fashion designer was reportedly $6 million in debt and was ’embarrassed’ over her clothing empire crashing.”
Like many celebrities she apparently gave a false birth date (01 Jan 1967) to make it appear that she was younger than her chronological age. Judging from her appearance in recent published photos, I would estimate her to be close to 50 years old. Most news sources are now reporting that she was born on April 28, 1964 in Salt Lake City Utah (time unknown). If that date is correct, her death on Saint Patrick’s Day should show up in her chart.
Let’s consider her solar return in effect this week. Since the birth time is unknown, I will use sunrise for her birthplace in the natal chart and calculate its solar return. I find that the sunrise chart usually produces symbolically meaningful information when the birth time is not available. Here are the superimposed charts:
This is a sunrise chart; the actual time of birth is not available. The majority of news sources state some version of “born Luann Bambrough on April 28, 1964, L’Wren Scott was adopted by Mormon parents and raised in Utah.”
The most striking feature of this chart is the very close opposition of solar return Saturn to her natal Sun. Saturn is the planet of loss, frustration, and hardship. A year when Saturn opposes the Sun is usually quite a trying and stressful time when one is confronted by harsh reality. SR Saturn also opposes natal Mercury (ruler of the sunrise Placidus 6th house) and Jupiter (ruler of the sunrise Placidus 8th & 12th houses). Traditionally, houses 6, 8 and 12 are the most unfortunate places in the horoscope. Taken jointly, they rule sickness, death, anguish of mind, exile, confinement, and self-undoing (including suicide).
On Monday, 17 March 2014, transiting Saturn was at 23 Scorpio 07 Rx where it conjoined her natal Moon and exactly quincunxed her natal Mars in the 12th house (self-undoing) of the sunrise chart. Solar return Saturn also opposes her solar return Mars and her natal Mercury.
Solar return Mars is stressing her natal Jupiter, Sun, and Mercury. In the sunrise chart, Jupiter happens to rule the Placidus 12th house of self-undoing and the 8th of dying. Natal Mars is conjoined by solar return Mercury in the 12th, and natal Mercury is conjoined by solar return Mars. In the sunrise chart, Mercury rules her 2nd house of income and finances which were highly afflicted this year. Natal Mercury is conjoined by SR Mars (the lesser malefic) and opposed by SR Saturn (the greater malefic), suggesting significant financial problems over the past year. The prominence of transiting Saturn correlates with feeling overwhelmed and depressed by life’s obligations.
Her natal Saturn has been stressed for the past year by transiting Neptune in fairly close conjunction. Astrologer Bob Marks delineates this transit (tr. Neptune conjunct natal Saturn) as folows: “Saturn rules your sense of security and your worst fears. The stressful aspects (conjunction, square, and opposition) of transiting Neptune can make it seem as if everything you need to feel safe is being dissolved out from under you.” (italics mine)
In short, this chart is certainly consistent with death by apparent suicide. From an astrological point of view the April 28, 1964 birth date appears to be correct.