On the day the Sun moves into Virgo, a blog on the talented and tragic Amy Winehouse, an incredible jazz singer-songwriter.
When Amy Winehouse, Sun Virgo (born September 14 1983) died in July 2011, there was much talk in the media about her joining the legendary 27 club. The 27 club comprises musicians who all died aged 27, the most famous being Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison in the early 70’s and Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana, in 1994.
Astrologers identify the age of 27 with the progressed lunar return when the Moon progresses forward to the place it was in your chart at birth. Progressions in astrology are a symbolic timing measure used in prediction. In astrology, the Moon rules your inner world and represents emotions and personal needs, it’s reflective and changeable. The progressed lunar return has been called the “cycle of maturity”, the end of one chapter in life and the start of a new phase.
In Amy’s birth chart, the Moon is next to Neptune, a planet that often dominates in charts of singers and musicians. Neptune represents escapism, the things in life that allow us to escape from everyday reality, so drink and drugs but also spirituality, music, poetry and, of course, romance and love. In a touching article by Russell Brand in the Guardian on 24 July 2011, he talks of Amy’s addiction being a sickness and says of her singing voice, “it was at once entirely human yet laced with the divine”. The Neptunian symbolism is obvious.
After the progressed lunar return comes the Saturn return at age 29-30. Saturn is the planet associated with the real world, with hard work, limitation and responsibility; it’s about being grown up. We shouldn’t glamorise the 27 club but recognise that for certain vulnerable individuals, the transition into the world of maturity and ultimately aging is a stage too far.
Amy’s chart data: September 14 1983, 10:25pm, London, UK
[photo courtesy of guardian.co.uk]