Clint Black or Alice Cooper, I asked myself. Both were born on 4 February, though in different years. Clint Black, likeable, clean-cut country singer; Alice Cooper master of horror-infused hard rock, records banned in the UK. They could hardly be more different. Toss of a coin indicated Alice Cooper for the blog.
Born Vincent Damon Furnier on 4 February 1948 in Detroit Michigan at 10:33 PM (Astrodatabank). Alice Cooper was originally his band's name, its origin the subject of a variety of show-biz legends. Fans started calling the lead singer "Alice", and as a consequence Furnier decided to take the name.
The band and its lead vocalist
"pioneered a grandly theatrical and violent brand of heavy metal that was designed to shock. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, heavy metal, and garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood, and huge boa constrictors, all coordinated by the heavily made-up Furnier. By that time, Furnier had adopted the name for his androgynous on-stage personality. While the visuals were extremely important to the group's impact, the band's music was nearly as distinctive. Driven by raw, simple riffs and melodies that derived from '60s guitar pop as well as show tunes, it was rock & roll at its most basic and catchy, even when the band ventured into psychedelia and art rock. After the original group broke up and Furnier began a solo career as Alice Cooper, his actual music lost most of its theatrical flourishes, becoming straightforward heavy metal, yet his stage show retained all of the trademark props that made him the king of shock rock." (Biography)
Does Furnier's natal chart give away the secret of his success? Away from his stage persona he comes over as a pretty nice guy with a ready sense of humour. There's an interview with British TV presenter Clive James below. It quite won me over.
Libra rising, ably assisted by a quick-witted Aquarius Sun accounts for his personable charm off-stage. But I'm looking mainly for a clue as to why this son of a church minister was drawn to the type of stage show he chose to perform. His Sun is opposite Pluto, planet of all things dark and "nasty" - but so is my own and I'm not drawn to such excesses. There's more in Furnier's case. Pluto, the Arabic Part of Fortune and Saturn are conjoined.
Part of Fortune is explained at Cafe Astrology HERE. It is calculated mathematically using the degrees of the ascendant, Sun, and Moon.
Part of Fortune points to innate talents that set us on a path to worldly success.
First look to any planets or points that are tightly conjunct or opposite the Part of Fortune as significators of vocation, career, and natural talents--keys to success.
Second, determine the ruling planet of the sign of the Part of Fortune, and consider that planet as another significator.
Consider the sign and house placement of the Part of Fortune as qualities and areas of life where we possess natural and innate talents or abilities, and that can be considered keys to worldly success and prosperity.
Look to any planets or points posited in the same sign as the Part of Fortune, whether or not they are conjunct the point. These will also play a role in our profession.
Putting all that together, we have Pluto (darkness), Part of Fortune, and Saturn (business) in Leo, sign of show-biz, two of those in 10th house of career. It fits!
Moon is conjunct Jupiter planet of excess, and exactly opposite Uranus (planet of shock - the unexpected) this closely aligned combination has obviously played a part in Alice Cooper's stage persona, as has Neptune planet of creativity and imagination sitting right on his ascendant - the ascendant reflects the image of a person the world sees first.
I noticed, during my searches, that Alice Cooper has an astrological twin - a former US Republican senator, and TV news anchor, Rod Grams. He was born same day, same year as Alice Cooper, but in Princeton, Minnesota. The only obvious similarity is that they both came into the public spotlight, though for different reasons. I know exactly nothing about Rod Grams, but gather that both he and Alice Cooper lean politically rightward (Alice Cooper supported G.W. Bush and has been quoted as saying that Sarah Palin is "a breath of fresh air". It's best that I say no more on that score !
Interviewed by Clive James below, followed by School's Out -