Thursday, October 08, 2009

John Lennon & Jackson Browne

On skimming through Wikipedia's lists of people born during this week in previous years I noticed that John Lennon was born on 9 October. Everybody and their dog has chewed on Lennon's natal chart already, but interestingly, 9th October is also the birthday of Jackson Browne. Also interestingly, Jackson Browne is a political activist, in similar vein to Lennon, and an environmentalist (Wikipedia has details). He lives on a ranch in California, entirely off the power grid, his own wind turbine installed. I suspect Lennon would have been doing something along those lines too, had he lived.

I decided it'd be interesting to compare the charts of Lennon and Browne, they're nowhere near being astrological twins, of course. Browne was born 8 years later than Lennon, and in a different country, though both in Europe. Jackson Browne was born in Germany, son of an American serviceman stationed there. Lennon's time of birth, in Liverpool UK, is still being questioned in some circles; the chart I'm using is set for 6.30pm. We don't know Jackson Browne's time of birth, so comparison of exact Moon positions and ascendants won't be possible, but there's plenty more to compare.

Both Suns are at 16 Libra. Browne's Sun is conjunct Neptune, planet of imagination and creativity. In Lennon's chart Neptune is hooked into a Grand Trine circuit combining Neptune, Uranus and the Moon. So Neptune features strongly in both charts, though in different ways.

Both men have Mercury in intense Scorpio, Browne at 5*, Lennon at 8*.

Both men have Venus in Virgo at 3*.

I find it quite significant that Sun, Mercury and Venus are so closely similar sign and degree-wise, yet the charts are 8 years apart.

Lennon's Moon at 6.30pm was in Aquarius, which does seem to be a good fit for his quirky and socially aware nature. Browne's Moon, whatever his time of birth would be in Capricorn. That's a significant difference personality-wise. Whereas social awareness and activism feature in both men's stories, I'd say that Jackson Browne is a steadier type, and more business oriented, anchored by an Earthy Moon. Although, if Lennon's true time of birth were found to be before noon, his Moon would be in Capricorn too - late Capricorn. I'm convinced Lennon had Aquarius Moon though.

I read through some on-line lists of quotes of Jackson Browne, then some of Lennon's, and found it fascinating that several of Browne's quotes were on the topic of money, whereas Lennon's didn't touch on the subject at all. Capricorn Moon and Aquarius Moon - there's one explanation for the difference!

Jackson Browne's rebellious, socially aware nature links to Uranus (the rebel) at 0* Cancer trining his Mercury in early Scorpio.

Lennon's rebellious Uranus at 25 Taurus, is afflicted by the malefic Fixed Star Algol (a sinister placement, bearing in mind the tragedy which overtook him), and also is linked into the Grand Trine already mentioned.

Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it.
John Lennon

We have an open society. No one will come and take me away for saying what I am saying. But they don't have to, if they can control how many people hear it. And that's how they do it.
Jackson Browne

JACKSON BROWNE - "Doctor My Eyes"

JOHN LENNON - "Working Class Hero"


Shawn Carson said...

hi twilight,
I agree that moon in aquarius seems logical for lennon, esp. considering his nutty aquarius wife, yoko. Not a lot of tight aspects in this chart outside of the moon / pluto opposition in good aspect to mars. i think this configuration illustrates the hard emotional edge of many of his songs like Mother, and She's So Heavy

Wisewebwoman said...

Very interesting comparisons, T.
Brothers under the skin, indeed. Yes, I agree, interesting speculation of the Lennon what might have been.
Disagree with previous poster though, I've met Yoko and she is very far from 'nutty'.

Lana Wooster said...

The Moon placings certainly seem to fit: Lennon had a far more exuberant emotional tone, whereas Browne's is much more subdued.
Interesting post, thank you. Lana

Twilight said...

Shawn ~~~Hi again!

We Aquarians all have our nutty side! ;-O

Yes, I agree that Lennon was hard-edged (compared to the other Beatles). Actually I didn't much care for him, or the way he came across, but his talent in songwriting and his good intentions are undeniable.

Twilight said...

WWW ~~~ I think Shawn's "nutty" was meant in a good way really - Aquarius is usually thought to have at least one or two nutty tendencies, depending on the rest of the chart.

Then again - one person's nutty is another person's genius. ;-)

Twilight said...

Lana Wooster ~~~ Hi there! :-)
I agree. And all in all, I think Browne is probaby a nicer person to know, personally, than John would have been.

Anonymous said...

The exact eight year separation is of interest in terms of the Venus cycle. Venus always returns to the exact same point every eight years, as a mathematical result of the relation between the earth and Venus orbits. So any two people born exactly eight years apart are Venus twins.

Robert Tulip

Twilight said...

Anonymous (Robert Tulip) ~ Hi there!

Oh thanks so much for pointing that out - I had a feeling there was something I was missing, but couldn't quite "get" to it.

And this twinship, Venus being planet of the arts, couldn't be more appropriate. :-)

JES1214 said...

A fan site for Jackson Browne has his birth time at 10:00PM (born in heidelberg, germany).

Twilight said...

JES1214 ~ Hi - Thank you for this info. I'm not able to access my astrology software or an ephemeris at the moment, but will take look how this time of birth works out for JB asap.