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Steve Irwin - Oct 8 06
22 February 1962, Essendon, VIC, Australia. Birth time 1 am (questionable).
Steve Irwin, the intrepid croc hunter, killed by a stingray when filming a television documentary on 4th September had a Pisces Sun, close to Venus in opposition to Pluto. Pisces isn’t often credited with courage or persistence but contrary to its reputation is often found as the explorers’ sign. It brings vision, a yearning to expand horizons, to go where no man has gone before. Pluto added determination, a need to be in control and endurance.
More obviously he had Mars in conjunction with Jupiter bring huge confidence; in Aquarius it emphasised his need to be seen as standing out from the crowd. Mars iun Aquarius especially is the one who dislikes interference, rarely takes advice and can be scientific in its aim. This upbeat, rebellious conjunction was in opposition to Uranus so he had a love for adventurous travel (Jup Ur) and high risk (Mars Ur). He thrived on danger, living on the edge, liked a high adrenalin flow. Saturn and Mercury in early Aquarius conjunct Mars gave him a serious turn of mind, again with a scientific bent, great discipline, the abuility to put up with difficult situations, endurance and a tendency to be sharply outspoken. Though his directness would be tempered by that utterly charming Sun Venus Pluto aspect.
Mars square Neptune gave him a love for publicity, the pzazz of showbusiness, and tied into his Moon’s North Node in Leo hooked him into the public consciousness. This node gave him great leadership potential and the abaility to make a rags to riches leap in his life into a prominent position and money. His unaspected Virgo Moon made him a worrier, often out of touch with his feelings or too deeply into them.
If the birth time of 1 am is about right and it looks reasonably in tune with events then he gained a good deal of his emotional nurturing from his career and his appreciative audience. Though possibly a few minutes earlier, giving him a Sagittarius ascendant might be more in keeping with his adventurous image. When he was killed the Sun was just starting to cross his 10th house bringing an upsurge in public attention to his name, which often happens when high profile people die and there is subsequent publicity. Almost as if the chart continues to function in some odd way, resonating to transits that come after death.
There is no reliable signature for death in astrology, though the older texts do give Pluto squaring the 8th house ruler as one possibility. Often it does not bring the end of life, but in Steve Irwin’s case on this birth time, Pluto was indeed square his Moon, his 8th house ruler. Also the Pluto Midheaven line on his astrocartography for a 1 am or thereabouts birth time runs very close to Cairns, Queensland, Australia, where he died. J. F. Kennedy was assassinated on his Pluto Midheaven line. Not everyone obviously dies when they cross their Pluto MC line, since world travellers cross theirs frequently. But it is high risk and tends to bring at least stressful experiences, so for death to occur it has to operate in conjunction with other astrological pointers as well.
The Lunar Eclipse in Pisces three days later was triggering Steve Irwin’s Sun Pluto opposition, and the following Solar Eclipse on September 22nd was within a few degres of his Virgo Moon. Also the anxiety-prone Saturn Neptune opposition, exact at the end of August, was closely aspecting his Mars, Jupiter opposition North Node Neptune T square, with Saturn exactly conjunct his North Node on September 4th.
Saturn Neptune is a disorienting transit, undermining stability and security. It was aspecting the Australia National chart’s Moon at 20 degrees Taurus, so it brought public grief and sadness as well as confusion with a national icon, seen as a symbol of the country’s pioneering and devil-may-care outlook, being cut down. The two Eclipses in September also aspected the key T square in the Australia chart. The earlier Lunar Eclipse of 7th September at 15 degrees Pisces rocked the Pluto ( 16 Gemini) opposition Uranus and Venus ( 14 & 10 Sag) square Mars ( 11 Virgo) T square – a significator for the charmingly outrageous, rebellious, danger-seeking strand in the national character. The Solar eclipse picked up the late degree Neptune in Gemini (27) in opposition to Jupiter (25 Sag) rattling the Australian sunny-side up mentality. Since these kinds of national events usually presage a more fundamental change in a country’s destiny, Australia’s morale may well be shaken further as Uranus opposes Mars until early November 06, and into 2007 with the confusing Pluto square Neptune and disruptive Uranus square Pluto.
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