This week Joan Rivers has been much in the news. On August 28, 2014, the comedian experienced serious complications and stopped breathing during a medical procedure at a New York clinic. She was then hospitalized at Mount Sinai where she was put on life support two days later. On September 4 she died at 1:17 pm EDT. A recently released report by NY State health investigators reported that the Manhattan clinic where she suffered fatal complications had made several errors, including failing to identify her deteriorating vital signs and failing to provide timely intervention.
Could any of this have been foreseen in her birth chart? Using the data from astrodatabank, I calculated her natal chart to be the following:
The houses that have to do with health and illness are the 1st (ASC, the body & its vitality), the 6th (illness) and the 8th (surgery, major medical interventions, death). Mars is the traditional ruler of her Scorpio 8th house. Pluto is considered the modern ruler of Scorpio. The Sun rules her 6th house and is in square aspect to Mars, suggesting health problems related to surgery (6th ruler square 8th ruler). This aspect is also significant because Mars rules her ASC (her body) and the Sun is the exalted ruler of the Aries ASC. Mars also makes a stressful quincunx to Saturn, suggesting impediments due to surgery.
If we superimpose her current solar return on her natal chart, we see the following:
Uranus rises in the solar return for 2014. In fact, she is approaching a Uranus return. SR Uranus opposes SR ASC, Mars and Moon. Uranus lies in the natal 1st (her body) and opposes SR Mars (natal 8th ruler of surgery and death). SR Saturn lies in the natal 8th near its cusp. These are all indications of possible health problems and the need to be cautious about any surgical procedures in 2014.
If we look at her primary directions for the period around her death (using Placidus semi-arc and Ptolemy’s time measure), we find:
Most significant is the primary direction involving Uranus opposing Pluto in September of 2014. Natally Uranus occupies her 1st house and in the solar return Uranus is again in her natal 1st house (the body and its vitality), while in the solar return chart Uranus occupies her 6th house of health issues. Modern astrologers would regard Pluto as the ruler of her Scorpio 8th house, so that the primary direction of Uranus opposing Pluto in September of 2014 is a clear warning to be cautious about health matters (Uranus in SR 6th) involving surgery (Scorpio 8th house).