There have been two celebrity deaths in the last few days that I have been aware of. First was Clarence Clemons, The Big Man, best known as Bruce Springsteen’s sax player. I thought I would be more upset about his passing. What I actually felt was an awareness of the respect I have for his music and gratitude for the impact it had on me. The second was Ryan Dunn, an early reality television star, made famous by his association with Bam Margera and the Jackass franchise. This one hit me hard.
Ryan Dunn is best known for being part of a crew of young men who who were indie-cool, reckless pranksters. Many of their pranks were elaborately planned and resulted in amazingly few major injuries considering their outlandishness. Dunn had a reputation, though, as a reckless driver even among his compatriots. It’s not the sort of television I watch, but my son does. When I was subjected to it, however, I decided I really liked Dunn. He had a sweetness and a depth I couldn’t quite understand or put my finger on.
I didn’t look at Clarence Clemons’ chart. I did look at Ryan Dunn’s. I can tell you I have no interest in figuring out astrological death signatures. Even if it is possible to tell, I don’t really want to know. Ryan Dunn died in a fiery one-car wreck. What made me curious about Ryan Dunn’s chart was the question of “why so reckless?” It’s simple to see in his chart right off. He has Mars-Chiron-Venus opposing Uranus. Mars Uranus can be erratic, impulsive action, shocking action. With Venus involved, he liked that, and with Chiron there as well it may have held a karmic satisfaction.
At the time of the accident, transiting Jupiter was exact on the degree of his Mars. Jupiter’s supposed to be a benevolent transit, right? Well, it makes everything bigger, jollier, sportier, so what it also does is exacerbate tendencies that aren’t necessarily in our best interest as often as it brings fortune.
If you could figure out a death signature in astrology, would you look for it in your own chart? Would you want to know or not?