John Denver

Born Henry John Deutschendorf, I had the pleasure to see him perform a 1973 concert with my mother and my sisters.  It was my 1st concert, and I wasn’t even a teen.  The funny thing… I remember where I sat in reference to the stage.  I can also remember seeing his presence on the stage, but no other details are held in my memory… only that my mother was stopped for speeding on the way home, and she lied to the officer about her awareness of her lead-foot.

It was the time of 8-track tapes and long cigarette-smoke filled rides across Kansas, as my father used his lead-foot to get us to our vacation destination… the rocky mountains.  John Denver’s voice filled our station wagon for hours, and the grand finale would be the cresting of  Pikes Peak over the flat horizon and John Denver singing about his 27th year.

He was actually born on December 31st, 1943 at 3:55pm MWT, in Roswell, New Mexico, which aways made me think that he was truly from another planet.  After all, how can one be so talented and be just a simple earth man?

His birth was at the time of year, just beyond the Winter Solstice when the Sun was beginning to give the light back to the northern hemisphere.  The Sun was in the sign of Capricorn, which gave this man his business sense.  The sign of the goat is just that, a relentless animal that spends its time mountain climbing… to the top of his domain.  Capricorn is the foundation builder of the zodiac and it doesn’t mind taking its time to verify that each detail is placed perfectly in alignment for its final goal.   Hence, we see a well choreographed performer.  Even as a young musician in the Chad Mitchell Trio, you can see his seriousness with his craft.  Cappy’s don’t mind studying the competition and yet, if they sense a competitor is gaining on their heels, the goat will jump miraculous strides to the next level of success.

There is an awkwardness, well let’s say nerdiness with the person who carries this sign.  When I look to John Denver, I don’t see a nerd, but a well-defined artist.  However, with this sign, he may have lived this discomfort inside himself.

Now Capricorns have an incredible ability to focus.  (Sidebar… This is a good sign to team up with if you really want to accomplish a goal.)  John’s ability to set his sights and go for the gold was a natural part of his personality.  He showed this through his musical success.  His desire to move above the earth plane and travel into space was successful as he also lived the life of a pilot.  This goat could not stop making incredible goals.

But the business sense is not what spoke to our hearts.  No, it was his Moon in Pisces that taught us to feel the natural world which channeled through his soul.  A Pisces Moon is so sensitive to the world.  It is the one water sign which does not have a shell to cover its delicate body.  He could truly feel the eagles fly, he could truly feel the children’s laughter, he could truly feel the pain of nature’s destruction.  Pisces Moon is music and the ability to channel it from spirit realm.  The Moon herself is quite sensitive, but when she is held by the sign that is most connected to spirit and knows no boundaries, she becomes ultra-sensitive.  John would have carried this high sensitivity, and chances are, even though he learned to craft this into his music, he probably needed much time alone and in nature to recharge his batteries.  Nature was his church.  A Pisces Moon would also be quite sensitive to the critiques of others, and many times in life people with a strong sensitive Pisces placement may choose to numb the intense feelings.  Fortunately, John’s Capricorn Sun gave him enough discipline that we have much music of his to listen to today.

Finally, we’ll touch on John’s Gemini Ascendant.  Gemini is the sign of the storyteller.  It is the communicator which loves to read, loves to write and loves a good story.  Most of his songs read like a novel.  One can see the movie playing on the screen as he so gracefully describes the scene with his words.  He was a muse with his language, and could hardly wait to talk to his followers.  I have several cd’s of “live” John Denver concerts, and it is so pleasurable to hear him verbally play with the audience.  He is quick to respond to silly audience cat-calls and like a businessman his Capricorn Sun quickly gets the show back on track.  Gemini is also the teacher.  His music is known for its activism.  Even his early songs tell stories which he wants to teach the audience to be conscious of the planet, conscious of each other, and conscious of love.  I have found that when I’m feeling heavy in my world, I can put some John Denver music into my car player, and take a drive through the mountains.  I always come out smiling and remembering what is important in life.

 

John Denver’s birth information from Lois Rodden via Zip Dobbins

New Year’s Day… From Lion to Virgin

At  2:45am EST on 12-30-12, the Moon moved into the sign of Leo the Lion.  I only mention this because it seems to me that the New Year celebration started about a day early this year.  This makes sense as an Irish Music Circle I attended was so full of the big loving lion heart.  Everyone smiling and so willing to share their musical knowledge with those sitting outside the circle dreaming of holding one of the inner chairs.  Laughter and music creativity filled the room all night long.

The New Year rang in with a continuation of this joyful cat energy.  Leo is one of the best signs to have a party.  Everyone is welcomed, everyone is forgiven, everyone is an actor on the stage of silliness.  And no matter what you did at the party… light-hearted Leo knows we are just here for fun, and all is well.

Now, energy shifts… 12:35pm EST on 1-1-13, New Year’s Day, the Moon enters the sign of Virgo.  Not bad timing.  We have had a blast over the last couple of days, letting go of responsibility and giving ourselves permission to enjoy the season.  Yet now, the Virgo Moon quickly brings us back into shape, just in time for the last half of the work week.  So there is time to get some laundry accomplished.  There is time to clean the house.  There is time to walk 5 miles through the mountains.  There is time to get everything back in order.  Virgo Moon has that passion, Virgo Moon has that energy.  Virgo is excited to clean and to renew and re-establish.

So, as we enter this New Year, we can really have a light-heart knowing that we started it with the permission to enjoy ourselves the Leo Moon way.  We can look at this year as being ruled by a Leo heart of loving compassion and we can know that there is really no-thing too serious that we can’t fall to the ground with an out of control belly laugh.  So, consider 2013, the year of the belly laugh.