Who Was Amy Winehouse?
An astrological obituary by Glenda Cole
News of the death of Amy Winehouse at the age of 27 has shocked, but not surprised her fans and the media. Much has been made over her drug addiction and her apparent course of self-destruction, not only following the news of her death but throughout her career. There's no doubt she was a talented and a troubled individual, but who was Amy Winehouse the person? Who was the individual behind the talent and the headlines?
With Gemini rising and Sun in Virgo, Mercury dominates her chart. Mercurial individuals are often changeable; with a lively curiosity, different things grab their attention, leading them to often be labelled unpredictable and capricious. With both Mercury and the Sun together in the 5th house of love and creativity, it was undoubtedly this curiosity that fuelled Amy’s creativity.
In common with all Mercurial people Amy was very good on building on what was already available and making it unique.(1) She started writing music in part because she felt there was no new music being played and partly to challenge herself. Greatly influenced by the music she heard through her childhood, she combined jazz with a modern slant.
Note that her chart ruler Mercury squares the nodal axis which in itself is across the Asc/Desc. It also squares that 7th house Neptune. This implies to me that Amy put others' needs before her own, and/or was greatly influenced in her behaviour by other people. With Neptune also in the 7th Amy would have idolised others, yet not had a clear view of who they really were. This would have left her open to deception. I could also speculate from this that it was through her relationships that Amy began her downward spiral into drink and drugs.
With the nodes across the Asc/Desc axis, learning from relationships would have been Amy's inspiration, yet at the same time her downfall. Many of her lyrics relate to her relationships with others. She has said: "It's all personal, you take a bad situation and make it good".(2) It was these very situations that gave Amy her powerful song-writing talent and found expression in that powerful voice.
On 20th October 2003 her first album was released to critical acclaim, with her voice being compared to the likes of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughn and other jazz greats. Those comparisons, rather than being an accolade were probably an affront, especially to someone who has Jupiter conjunct Uranus in their chart. Being individual and unique would almost certainly be a part of Amy's philosophy, yet with the release of her first album she has lost that individuality with such comparisons being made. This is such an apt description of the nodal axis both giving and taking.
On the day this album was released Pluto was conjunct Amy’s Descendant, indicating power struggles, exploitation and underhand behaviour from her relationship with others. In this case the relationship was probably the record industry and those involved in it. It’s no wonder that with fame came troubles. Amy was continually hounded by the press with headlines relating to drug and drink abuse as well as bulimia.
Amy’s constant battle with drink and drugs has been well documented, so there’s no need to repeat it here. With Moon in Capricorn in the 7th, Amy would have put the needs of others before her own. It’s unfortunate and very sad that these needs became her own. Moon in Capricorn needs respect and approval from others, Amy went about this in the wrong way without ever perhaps realising she was doing so. Note that Moon (and MC) ruler Saturn, is conjunct Pluto. Pluto often makes things invisible to us, Amy’s natural defence and barriers were obscured, leaving her wide open to self-exploitation as well as exploitation by others.
What hasn't been so well documented in her life is Amy’s self-doubt and need for perfection. Have a look again at that Sun and Mercury, both are in Virgo, the most self-critical sign there is. Amy was probably never quite satisfied with what she produced. This fact is born out in her final interview where she states, “I’m my own worst critic”. (3) Note also in that interview that Amy says she is “quite shy really” another typically Virgoan trait, here we are beginning to see the real Amy and not the press/record industry creation.
On the 23rd of July 2011 at shortly before 16:05 an ambulance was called to Amy’s London home, where we now know she was found dead. On this day her chart shows her progressed ascendant opposing progressed Moon, which is just into the 8th house of death. Also progressed Nodes have moved to exactly conjunct her natal Asc/Desc. Amy died at the age of 27. Immediate comparisons have been made regarding other musical greats who also died at this age. Even in death Amy’s individuality has been taken from her.
RIP Amy Winehouse 14 September 1983 - 23 July 2011
Amy Jade Winehouse, 14 Sep 1983; 22:25 BST; Enfield, United Kingdom, 51°N40', 000°W05'
RR: A - Frank Clifford quotes Winehouse's mother to a mutual friend of astrologer Margaret Zelinski
Picture Credit: Douglas Cason www.flickr.com/photos/douglascason/2612764638