Vedic Astrology – David Bowie Case Study

Vedic Astrology – David Bowie Case Study

Vedic Astrology – David Bowie Case StudyVedic Astrology - David Bowie Case Study

David Bowie was an amazing artist. He seemed to fall straight from another dimension. With his unusual outfits and androgynous persona, he was way ahead of his time.

David Bowie was a Capricorn in Vedic astrology. We don’t usually associate conservative Capricorn with such extravagance and metamorphosis. Yet, the consistency and stark realism that exists beneath much of his work owes itself to Capricorn virtues.
More on that later.

Eccentric Genius

Three planets in his 12 house gave Bowie an incredibly rich imagination and a connection to things not of this Earth. In fact, we can hear it in his music. “Ground control to Major Tom”,  a song about an astronaut lost in space. “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”, another reinvention and incarnation about a life on earth that crashes and burns. Bowie even played a spaceman in the film “the Man who fell to Earth”. Bowie was also an actor, and played “the elephant Man” on Broadway.

Here is review of his acting debut:
“The acting debut on the American stage of rock singer David Bowie was greeted by a standing ovation in Denver when the singer, noted for his flamboyant musical style, took on the role of physically misshapen John Merrick, the human monster with a liking for culture. Drawing on an early mime background and the resourceful staging of his rock shows, Bowie displays the ability to project a complex character.

Playing a man too ugly to draw a freak audience, and too human to survive within a distorted body, Bowie shows a mastery of movement and of vocal projection. Bowie takes the stage with authority to create a stirring performance.

Rahu in Bowie’s fifth house compels a unique creative life, and the voracious appetite for expressing his unique, hearts desire. Exalted Rahu, in Taurus,  shows the consistency of his work. In fact, even though his music was avant-garde, it still managed to exist within the mainstream most of the time. This is a remarkable feat. For someone so provocative in appearance and presentation, he still managed to appeal to all audiences in one way or another.
The same cannot be said for his contemporaries, such as those in the punk movement, the New Wave movement. In addition, those more “mainstream” could never maintain the same level of “artistic credibility” as Bowie. For example, we do not speak of the Vedic Astrology - David Bowie Case StudyWho, The Eagles, The Temptations, Elton John or the Rolling Stones with the artistic reverence as David Bowie.
Although they were great artists, there is a touch of “selling out” for popularity, or “beating a dead horse” / running their musical style into the ground, with each of those artists. Not the case with Bowie. He was always fresh, always reinventing himself, always on the fringes and always accessible at the same time.
Ketu And Venus in Bowie’s 11th house, the sign of Scorpio, also shows a deeply transformative approach to life and art – on the public stage. His changeable, chameleonlike nature is also shown. In addition, his androgynous, shape shifting identity was both arresting, beautiful and even a little frightening at times. At the very least it was unusual. I is one thing to get attention for a provocative appearance, it’s another to build a career as an avant-garde artist, dancing in and out of the mainstream. That takes enormous talent and authenticity.

The Man Behind the Legend

In order to contain and command such eccentricity, rather than have it send you off a cliff, a person must be extremely grounded in their true identity. Many rock and rollers do not contain the fame and attention, to say nothing of the talent level and accompanying isolation that Bowie must’ve dealt with.
But as we see,  Saturn, the ruler of his Capricorn ascendant is forming a powerful Raja yoga in his seventh house, with the seventh house ruler, the moon. This makes him extremely grounded and in possession of a consistent value system and identity. And yet, retrograde Saturn shows a constantly evolving relationship with this identity. In addition, the seventh house ruler forming such a powerful yoga with his first house ruler, shows great benefit through others. The public, his musical collaborators and intimate partners all support him –  reciprocating the gifts he showers upon them so freely.
In addition, we see a prominent Jupiter in the 10th house, guiding him from above and inspiring him to inspire others.
I also see him as a beacon of integrity in a world of crass commercialism. Indeed, much of his “social commentary” was a mockery of such shallowness. Songs like “Fame”,”Young Americans” and his “Ziggy Stardust” phase were subtle, sardonic exposés on the dangers of identifying with the façade and losing our soul in the process.
The world lost a remarkable talent. But we will always have his unique music and persona to remind us that life is a divine celebration, but underneath it all is an enduring truth that transcends all appearances.

Here is an article about David Bowie, Music – and The Art of Time

Music is a funny thing.. It is an expression of art through time, not through space. It is not framed / contained by Space, like a painting, it is framed by time. Songs happen for a moment, then they are gone. If we like the song and want to “re-live” the moment with that song, we can play it over and over again.

I think that is why music also connects US to time, unlike any other art form. Music takes us back to the moments we heard it for the first time, or at a particular moment when we were affected by it – childhood, breakups.

Musical moments of genius are rare.. and even great songs are a collection of great moments within the song. A perfect marriage of THAT moment in that song, after what had come before and what will come later.

Bowie had so many, but a pinnacle for me is from “Young Americans”. Of course I love the song itself. But one of the purest sections of musical genius from any piece of recorded music (to me) starts at 3:38 with “Aalll right,..” then moves to the ad-lib – “You ain’t a pimp and you ain’t a hustler – A pimp’s got a Cadi and a lady got a Chrysler”,.. After the gorgeousness that preceded it and built to that moment,.. His voice conveys sensitivity, confidence, confusion, joy, celebration, irony, and so many other things. In perfect meter, pitch, dynamic with the music. It has always left me in awe and usually brought me to tears .. Like today.

Listen to the whole thing – then notice what I am talking about at that part, and tell me if you don’t get chills.

YOUNG AMERICANS
They pulled in just behind the bridge
He lays her down, he frowns
Gee my life’s a funny thing, am I still too young?
He kissed her then and there
She took his ring, took his babies
It took him minutes, took her nowhere
Heaven knows, she’d have taken anything, but

All night
She wants the young American
Young American, young American, she wants the young American
All right
She wants the young American

Scanning life through the picture window
She finds the slinky vagabond
He coughs as he passes her Ford Mustang, but
Heaven forbid, she’ll take anything
But the freak, and his type, all for nothing
Misses a step and cuts his hand, but
Showing nothing, he swoops like a song
She cries where have all Papa’s heroes gone?

All night
She wants a young American
Young American, young American, she wants the young American
All right
She wants the young American

All the way from Washington
Her bread-winner begs off the bathroom floor
“We live for just these twenty years
Do we have to die for the fifty more?”

All night
He wants the young American
Young American, young American, he wants the young American
All right
He wants the young American

Do you remember, your President Nixon?
Do you remember, the bills you have to pay
For even yesterday?

Have you have been an un-American?
Just you and your idol singing falsetto ’bout
Leather, leather everywhere, and
Not a myth left from the ghetto
Well, well, well, would you carry a razor
In case, just in case of depression?
Sit on your hands on a bus of survivors
Blushing at all the afro-Sheilas
Ain’t that close to love?
Well, ain’t that poster love?
Well, it ain’t that Barbie doll
Her heart’s been broken just like you have

All night
All night was a young American
Young American, young American, you want the young American
All right
All right you want the young American

You ain’t a pimp and you ain’t a hustler
A pimp’s got a Cadi and a lady got a Chrysler
Black’s got respect, and white’s got his Soul Train
Mama’s got cramps, and look at your hands ache
(I heard the news today, oh boy)
I got a suite and you got defeat
Ain’t there a man you can say no more?
And, ain’t there a woman I can sock on the jaw?
And, ain’t there a child I can hold without judging?
Ain’t there a pen that will write before they die?
Ain’t you proud that you’ve still got faces?
Ain’t there one damn song that can make me
Break down and cry?

All night
I want the young American
Young American, young American, I want the young American
All right
I want the young American, young American whoa whoa

Young American, young American
I want what you want
I want what you want
You want more
I want you
You want I
I want you
I want what you want
But you want what you want
You want I
I want you
And all I want is a young American
Young American