Comedian and actor Robin Williams died today (Monday, 11 August 2014) of an apparent suicide. He was found unconscious at his home in Tiburon, California at about Noon. A glance at his chart and today’s transits as well as his solar return for this year is revealing.
Note in his transits that Saturn occupies his 1st house where it applies to square natal Pluto in Leo in the 9th. Pluto is the modern ruler of his Ascendant which rules his body and life force. Saturn is the traditional planet of death. Transiting Mercury, ruler of his natal 8th house of death, is almost exactly conjunct the Midheaven. Transiting Pluto in Capricorn opposes his natal Mars in Cancer. Natal Mars rules the Ascendant and occupies the 8th house of death.
His solar return for this year emphasizes Saturn. Here is his solar return for his birth place:
Note that Saturn rules the ASC and conjoins the MC in this solar return, making this a very Saturnian year. Saturn generally suggests setbacks, frustration and depression. At its extreme it is a traditional symbol of death. Note also the retrograde Pluto in the 12th of suicide and undoing opposing Mercury, ruler of his natal 8th house of death.
Relocating the solar return to his current residence in California, we have the following chart:
Williams current solar return for his home in California.
The solar return for his California residence has the Sun conjunct the cusp of the 8th house of death. The SR Sun is conjunct Jupiter which rules the return Ascendant at this location. Retrograde Pluto in the 1st house (his body and vitality) opposes Mercury, ruler of the 6th of illness of the return chart and of the 8th of death of the natal chart.
This series of charts suggests a difficult year in which the native is struggling with frustration and depression, ill health, and thoughts of death and suicide. It is striking how closely the events fit the astrological symbolism.
ADDENDUM (13 Aug 2014) – Some additional comments posted at my Facebook entry regarding this page:
Claudia Dikinis also posted comments about this chart at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204062925311084&set=a.1071340301401.2011333.1162931809&type=1&theater
Saturn is Lord of the year(4th house profection in Aquarius)and ruler of the Asc of the SR and was in the SR conjunct the natal Asc and square natal Pluto and also natal Mercury ruler of the 8th in both natal and SR chart (Placidus). – U.P.
His Ascendant is currently besieged by Mars & Saturn. May he find peace. – A.M.
On a 90 degree dial his current progressed Moon and Saturn, and his progressed Pluto and Vertex, are right on the cardinal points – very tight. – B.S.
This Full Moon square Saturn square Mars must have been so tough as Alanna says.
RIP Robin Williams – M.V.G.
Using primary directions, Mars (ruler of the Ascendant) as promissor is also currently square natal Pluto. – P.E.
PRIMARY DIRECTIONS: Regarding this last point, I checked his primary directions using the method of Placidus semi-arc (my preferred method) and the Morinus freeware program.
With Ptolemy’s time key (one degree = one year), primary directed Mars square natal Pluto becomes exact on 11 July 2014.
With the dynamic key of true solar equatorial arc of his birthday, primary directed Mars square natal Pluto becomes exact on 19 August 2014.
Both these dates of perfect of the primary Mars square Pluto can be considered almost exact hits for the date of his demise, 11 August 2014. This aspect is significant because his Ascendant (life force, physical body) is in Scorpio ruled by Mars and Pluto. Mars is the god of war, and Pluto is the god of the underworld and the afterlife. The square of these two planets is often a symbol of a violent incident.