Monday, June 20, 2011

Music Monday ~ Happy Birthday Lionel Richie!

Today is the birthday of singer/songwriter Lionel Richie, born 20 June 1949 in Tuskegee, Alabama.

He was born right on the cusp of Gemini and Cancer, less than a full degree from the sign of the crab.

Astrologers generally don't like the thought that "cuspy" people carry the marks of both signs. Those born on the join of two signs often do though. In some cases the reason is that Mercury and/or Venus are to be found in the neighbouring sign where the Sun isn't - if you know what I mean. That can also happen when Sun is in mid or early sign, of course, but more likely to be so with Sun in the last/first degrees.

In Lionel Richie's case : Sun/Mercury/Mars are in Gemini, with Venus and Uranus in Cancer. Sun and Uranus are conjoined within a degree, so a bridge between Gemini and Cancer, for Mr Richie, is very well defined. Without a time of birth his ascendant remains a mystery, the chart is set for 12 noon. Moon would have been in mid to late Aries whatever his time of birth.

Gemini-types and Cancer-types are very different: one sociable, flexible in attitude, mentally oriented, cool, quite often drawn to writing; the other strongly emotion- driven, ultra sensitive, rather withdrawn, home-loving, sometimes shy. The blend of these characteristics is hard to imagine, but a look elsewhere in the chart can indicate where to place more weight.

Aries Moon would be more compatible with Gemini attributes, as would Neptune in Libra and Jupiter in Aquarius. In fact there's a Grand Trine circuit linking the Air signs Gemini/Libra/Aquarius, lending extra weight to the Airy Gemini side of Richie's nature, wellspring of his song-writing talent.

Saturn in Virgo helpfully sextiles the Uranus/Sun conjunction, strengthening perhaps, a shaky bridge of understanding across the Gemini-Cancer chasm.

Whether you are into the kind of emotion-driven songs Lionel Richie is famous for probably relies a lot on your own ratio of Water/Earth to Air/Fire. I tend to swing from loving 'em to feeling that "enough's enough". I wouldn't say I actually dislike his songs, and would never scoff at their (Cancerian) sentimentality as some critics delight in own natal Cancer rising sees to that!

Richie was featured in an episode of a recent TV series Who Do You Think You Are? In the series genealogy experts assisted several "celebrity" figures to trace their ancestry.

His maternal grandmother taught music at Tuskegee University. The programme's focus was on her ancestry and a surrounding mystery of her father's identity. The trail led to Nashville where Richie discovered that his great-grandfather had helped sow the seeds of the Civil Rights movement. Very sadly though, he was buried in a pauper's grave, which, not surprisingly, brought Mr Richie to tears. More here.....and here.

Lady was written for Kenny Rogers by Lionel Richie. Richie sings his own composition in the video below.

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