A Sad Case of Suicide in Bipolar Disorder

As a psychiatrist who is interested in astrology, I find it informative to study events in the news related to psychiatric disorders. One such event occurred on 14 June 2020 when Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, committed suicide by hanging. According to various sites on the internet, the actor’s mother and sister may also have died by suicide.

Unfortunately, the incidence of suicide in bipolar disorder is rather high, being about 20% in untreated patients. This is partly due to the severity of the accompanying depression and also to the tendency of many patients with this disorder to avoid or stop their treatment. The treatment usually consists of medications to stabilize mood and regular psychotherapy to help the individual deal with various life stressors without resorting to suicide. In my experience medication alone is inadequate, and an ongoing relationship with a good psychotherapist is essential in the treatment of bipolar disorder.

A recent scientific paper by Dome, Zihmer and Gonda summarized the risk of suicide in bipolar disorder as follows:

“Bipolar disorders (BDs) are prevalent mental health illnesses that affect about 1–5% of the total population, have a chronic course and are associated with a markedly elevated premature mortality. One of the contributors for the decreased life expectancy in BD is suicide. Accordingly, the rate of suicide among BD patients is approximately 10–30 times higher than the corresponding rate in the general population. Extant research found that up to 20% of (mostly untreated) BD subjects end their life by suicide, and 20–60% of them attempt suicide at least one in their lifetime.”

Sushant Singh Rajput was born on 21 January 1986

Sushant Singh Rajput was born on 21 January 1986 at about 11:30 PM (23:30) in Patna, Bihar, India. (Some sources give Purnia rather than Patna, but they are geographically very close, so the charts for either location are very similar.) The time of birth, 11:30 PM, is taken from an interview given by the actor in which he states that he was born at 11:30 PM. Oddly, he says in the interview that he was born on a Saturday night, but in fact he was born on a Tuesday. He also says that his sun sign is Aquarius and that he was born on the cusp, indicating that he is referring to his birth chart in the tropical rather than sidereal zodiac. Here is the chart in the tropical zodiac based on the actor’s own recollection of his time of birth.

Natal chart in tropical zodiac with Whole Sign and Placidus houses, based on the native’s own account of his birth time and the New York Times report of his date and place of birth.

Libra rises in the tropical chart, and the natal Ascendant conjoins the fixed star Spica. Traditionally Spica is a star of the nature of Venus and Mars and is associated with success, wealth, a sweet disposition, and a fondness for the arts and sciences. The actor was fond of music, dance and the performing arts but also had a penchant for science, astronomy and especially astro-physics. Bernadette Brady in her book on fixed stars writes: “Spica represents a gift of brilliance, a hidden or obvious talent, skill, or ability that is out of the ordinary. The word “gifted” applies to strong Spica people, and whatever this star touches, it will illuminate in some way.”

His manic-depressive tendencies are probably reflected in Moon conjunct Chiron in Gemini in the Placidus 8th and opposite Saturn in Sagittarius in the Placidus 2nd/Whole Sign 3rd. Solar Fire interprets this Moon/Chiron conjunction as follows: “You have suffered from rejection by a parent-figure, probably your mother, when only a young child. As an adult you have become adept at looking after your loved ones, sometimes at the expense of yourself. You need to nurture yourself.” The Moon/Saturn opposition involves the parental axis with Saturn ruling the 4th cusp and the Moon, the 10th cusp. When the actor was 16 years old, his mother died unexpectedly. She called him the night before her death and asked his to come home to visit her but he was unable to. Although he was told she died of a cerebral hemorrhage, it is quite possible that she called to say goodbye because she was planning suicide the next day (on 12 Dec 2002).

Sushant Singh Rajput recounts his final conversation with his mother in December of 2002 as follows: “She would call me everyday and would try to pretend to be happy. I could sense all of it. On December 11, I got a call at 11.30 pm. I picked up and she was crying. I was like, ‘What is wrong, What happened?’ She said, ‘Nothing. Can you take out some time and come back?’ I told her, ‘No, abhi kaise hoga? I will come during Holi. Why do you want me to come now? I am okay’, etc. I asked her to stop crying. I was trying to be mature, but I could sense that I didn’t want to go back at that point of time. I knew she was missing me and wanted me around all the time, but I thought this was the right thing to do — to go home later. She just asked me to take care of myself. It felt odd. That was the last line my mom told me. Next day, she had a brain haemorrhage and she passed away. She was 40-something, fine before this suddenly happened.”

In this natal chart Chiron, the wounded healer, is exactly conjunct the fixed star Aldeberan. Vivian Robson writes: “Fixed star Aldebaran is of the nature of Mars (violent death, ultimate ruin by folly or pride.) It gives honor, intelligence, eloquence, steadfastness, integrity, popularity, courage, ferocity, a tendency to sedition, a responsible position, public honors, and gain of power and wealth through others, but its benefits seldom prove lasting and there is also the danger of violence and sickness.” Chiron, through its proximity to the Moon and opposition to Saturn, ties these significations of Aldebaran to both the native and to his mother. 

In his birthplace Solar Return for 2020, Capricorn rises with Jupiter in Capricorn, the sign of its fall, closely conjunct the SR Ascendant. Natally Jupiter rules his 6th of illness and squares natal Mars. In addition, the true lunar nodes of the SR are stationary, which almost always indicates of year of major changes and unexpected disruptions in the life trajectory.

Sushant Singh Rajput’s Solar Return for 2020 at his birth place.

Sushant Singh Rajput himself committed suicide by hanging in his Mumbai apartment on 14 June 2020. If we look at this “distributions” (primary directions of natal planets to the horizon), we see the following pattern.

His mother died in Dec of 2002 when Pluto by primary direction was on the horizon in the term/bound of Venus and the square of 4th house Venus was partnering with the bound of Venus. The actor committed suicide in June of 2020 with the term of Jupiter in Scoprio on the horizo and Mars by primary direction conjunct the horizon. Natally Jupiter rules the 6th of illness and is closely square to Mars.

If we consider the transits in effect at the time of his death, we see that he was undergoing a conjunction of transiting Saturn to his natal Sun as well as his natal Ascendant ruler, Venus. Such Saturn transits often mark periods of depression, frustration, hardship and hopelessness. In addition, transiting Venus (his natal Asc ruler) was in the 8th house opposing natal Saturn at the time of his demise. A good astrologer could have warned him that he was passing through such an intensely depressive period and encouraged him to seek psychiatric treatment to get him through the worst of it without resorting to suicide.

Saturn transiting over Venus often heralds the loss or separation from an important female figure in one’s life. The actors’ death occurred just days after his former manager Disha Salian allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the 14th floor of a building in Mumbai on June 8, 2020. It is quite likely that the death of his former manager reminded him of the death of his mother and increased his sense of depression and hopelessness.

Inner chart is the natal one. Outer chart are the transits at the approximate time of death. Note transiting Saturn passing directing over the natal Sun/Venus conjunction, and transiting Venus in the 8th opposing natal Saturn in the 2nd. In addition, transiting Mars conjoins transiting Neptune and squares natal Uranus.

 Much more could be said about this natal chart and the related life events, but this post is already getting too long, so I’ll stop here.

PS: Astrologer Athen Chimenti has a “true sidereal” chart calculator at his site. Here is what this actor’s chart looks like in the “true sidereal” zodiac which uses the actual sizes and locations of the constellations in the sky. It’s interesting to compare this chart with the tropical one as well as with the standard sidereal chart calculated with Lahiri or any of the of the multitude of sidereal ayanamsas.

Natal chart in “true sidereal” zodiac which uses the actual boundaries of the constellations.

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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4 Responses to A Sad Case of Suicide in Bipolar Disorder

  1. Jon says:

    Fascinating (psychology vs astrology). I thought Malignant Narcissism was the new epidemiological study, but this takes the cake. (Water types unable to assess the environment rationally). Probably another case of social engineering at work.

  2. Naomi Hills says:

    The case is under investigation. Their is a drug and murder angle to this and probably, it was not a suicide. I agree though that his psychological condition as per the charts were not very well.

  3. paulo mendes says:

    Its funny. His bazi chart has excessive wralth element like my cousin and he is also a depressive with sun opposite saturn.
    I wonder if wealth and women aare the source of his depression since he is too weak to handle both

  4. paulo mendes says:

    Its funny. His bazi chart has excessive wralth element like my cousin and he is also a depressive with sun opposite saturn.
    I wonder if wealth and women aare the source of his depression since he is too weak to handle both
    Also the many earth elements are stars of arts which give a lonely artist philosophical temperament. His mother is represented by water as he is wood and she died in water year which is undr attack by all earth. Most of the chart is unfavorable

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