As long as I can remember, whenever I think of the taste in music my oldest brother Jim had, Little Richard has come to mind–specifically, his Lucille and Good Golly Miss Molly. I think Little Richard was Jim’s favorite singer, and now he–like Jim–is gone too.
A brief take on his chart (December 5, 1932; 2:50 PM EST; Macon, Georgia) as I simultaneously reminisce about Jim too. I confess Jim’s taste in music was not mine. I couldn’t handle the raucous sounds, but I might shock some of you when I add here if you gave me a choice between Jimi Hendrix who played in Little Richard’s band for a time and Little Richard himself, Little Richard edged Hendrix out. [A phenomenal musician and friend of mine, Bruno Brogio in Brazil, spotted a serious error in the last sentence and took time to correct me as well as giving me the source of his info: Sharon Lawrence’s biography of Jimi Hendrix. Thanks so much, Bruno!] sigh Forgive me. Truly! It’s just that their styles were an affront to my ears that began life with the sweet sounds of my mother’s fingers dancing lightly across the ivories, encouraging the keys to rejoice with the most dulcet sounds.
And for the life of me, I just cannot grasp how Little Richard’s 12th house Pisces Moon even could have produced what he did, more so when one factors in his uncles who were preachers. He clearly had a Southern (Macon-style) upbringing and his church and not surprisingly, he too became a minister. But between the single undecaquartisextile (165°) of his Pisces Moon and his creative 5th house Mars-Neptune conjunction, the latter of which fell in square to his 8th house Sun-Mercury Rx conjunction, his music appeared to be his motivation for leaving home, and the outcome of what he had decided to do even at such a young age. I can only say, “Whew!” To be sure, Jim’s ears and mine were definitely not hearing the same sounds; but one must respect that kind of motivation and inner drive.
The undecaquartisextile pattern even singly helps me to get the point. While it pains me to say I struggle to hear the music, I can’t ignore both motivation and outcome of what Little Richard was doing. I adored Jim and still feel that saudade, as the Portuguese say, nostalgia, longing, as I write.
Little Richard’s 10th house Saturn in Aquarius was in the midst of its third return when he left on May 9, the result of bone cancer. He clearly was ready. Saturn was still in 49-minute partile of its first perfected touch which took place on April 13. From that alone, it seems likely to suspect that he–thankfully–was not in pain and simply went to sleep after a life well-lived. Saturn sat in out-of-sign opposition to Pluto Rx in his 4th house, indicative of family problems. Life wasn’t easy for him; but then, he was one of 12 kids.
Apparently, his father was a conservative sort despite his hawking bootleg whiskey. He clearly didn’t appreciate his son’s music or style of performing, and Little Richard adjusted by leaving home just barely in his teens–13, to be exact–when transiting Chiron was likely in the midst of a transiting quincunx (150°) to natal Chiron. How he got along in the white family where he moved, I can’t find any references. It would seem he had adjusted better there, and I’d think much of that had to do with perhaps an easier adjustment in the natal chart itself through his 1°54′ orb of a tight quincunx between 6th house Jupiter and 12th house Uranus. Take note of Uranus at 19 Aries 40 Rx. Uranus is not at the antiscion to Jupiter. In order to have the antiscion reflecting conjunction energies, Uranus would have to be at 8 Aries 26–clearly not even close!
With that Aries rising, he had his own style to be sure, and he performed with broad strokes of boogie, gospel and that music his fans knew was just that–his own. At times, he was seen as a person who was in performance readiness and nothing more; at other times he claimed he “was the founder of gay.” And very slowly, he began to make mention that he was gay. While he denounced homosexuality in his later years, he finally came to the point where he said he was “omnisexual” to explain his attraction to both men and women.
Little Richard was passionate about his music (note Venus in the 7th), but he realized his need for people. He had a Western 2nd quadrant dominance with an evenly split focus on the North and South Hemispheres. He was both introspective and aware of the pulse of the world around him. While his musical gifts weren’t from a place of my own ability to appreciate beyond my love for my brother who did, I was aware of Little Richard because of Jim. For that I thank him and bid him a sweet journey forward. RIP, Little Richard, and thank you for this slice of my brother’s life–and yours.
Until next time…
Namaste, I love you,
©2020 Michelle Young