Even from her earliest days as a performance artist and musician, Lady Gaga was deemed to be too provocative and eccentric. Which only goes to show, if you just stick with what youâre good at, you can make it work.
Lady Gaga recently revealed her birth time on her Twitter feed, so that means about 42 million people now know about it, even if only a few of us know what to make of it. So hereâs the scoop:
Lady Gaga has Gemini rising, with retrograde Mercury strong in the 9th and supported by Jupiter. Her Mercury/Jupiter combo forms a pair of raja yogas. Although she never finished university, during art school she wrote essays and analytical papers on art, religion, social issues and politics, including a thesis on pop artists.
Academia has since repaid her the favor. The University of South Carolina recently introduced a course titled âLady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame.â A new genus of ferns and two new species have been named after her.
Lady Gaga, born 28 March 1986 @ 09h53 in Manhattan, NY.
Only Sun and Mars are angular. Third lord Sun with dig bala in the 10th speaks to her songwriting and performance skills. Mars as lord of the 6th and 11th represents both her fierce competitive streak and her earning potential.
Mars is a key planet for innovators. Admittedly, thereâs a shit-disturbing aspect to its character but Mars is also known as Vakra, the crooked one. Thatâs because its orbital period appears so eccentric from a terrestrial point of view. Because of its perceived âcrookednessâ, Mars is also a signature planet for inventors, iconoclasts and outlaws.
Sun/Mars angular is representative of the Kshatriya caste, and although this doesnât speak to her artistic profession per se, it does reflect her bold public stance against bullying and homophobia, as well as her activism in numerous social causes to which sheâs lent either financial or role model support.
But the core of Gagaâs identity is a Kala Sarpa yoga that runs through her 5th and 11th houses. Some ancient texts describe Kala Sarpa as a major flaw in a birth chart, a yoga which foretells loss of everything, while others say it bestows the power of a king, assuming the child who possesses it survives. It reminds us of that old saying, Beware of fire and water and Tantriks, for all three have the power to take your life.
Lady Gagaâs Kala Sarpa is not âpureâ in the sense that a strict definition of the yoga requires the nodes to be alone in their respective houses, and all the other planets spanning one side of their axis. But it is âcleanâ in the sense that, even though the Moon and Venus share signs with Ketu and Rahu, at least theyâre on the same side of the nodal axis as all the other planets. And this alignment with the nodes gives the Moon and Venus enormous stage presence.
Moon and Venus in combination is unofficially an âartistâs yogaâ, where the Moon represents both the personality and the public, while Venus is the art. Some critics like Camille Paglia have accused Gaga of being just a little too studied in her performance shock art, while others say sheâs sacrificed the substance of songwriting on the altar of the beat.
Sell the sizzle, not the steak, marketing gurus advise. Maybe thatâs why she wears a meat dress. One of the best-selling musicians of all time, she continues to set records. Her Fame Ball tour in 2010-11 earned $227M, thus making it the highest grossing tour for a first-time headline artist. Sheâs won five Grammys and 13 MTV awards. Sheâs the first artist to gain over a billion viral views on YouTube.
One of the characteristics of Kala Sarpa yoga is that it can catapult people into sudden fame or notoriety. Gaga toiled for years in relative obscurity, honing her performance as a go-go dancer in Greenwich Village dives, as a member of avant-garde electro-pop bands and as a songwriter for Britney Spears, the New Kids on the Block, Fergie and The Pussycat Dolls.
But ever since her Saturn dasha started in 2005, sheâs been on a tear. Saturn is swa-nakshatra, meaning it occupies its own star, so when its periods run, it serves itself. As a malefic in an upachaya house, especially the 6th which is the ultimate in competitiveness, sheâs become increasingly successful. She was signed to Def Jam records in 2006 (SA-SA), but seemed to suddenly come of out nowhere in 2009 (SA-ME) with her sleeper hit âPoker Faceâ, after which came the Fame Ball tour in 2010-11 (SA-KE) that established her.
Her Moon/Venus combo forms a strong dhana yoga, since the Moon is bright and both planets are in positive houses. Furthermore, their juice is amplified by the Kala Sarpa yoga. This is a gift that keeps on giving.
Out of nine planets in her chart, three occupy Ketu nakshatras, while three occupy Rahu nakshatras. When a bhukti runs, it tends to give primary results as per its nakshatra dispositor. That means that for two-thirds of all bhukti periods, her karma is dispensing the promise of Rahu and Ketu, especially since the two occupy each otherâs nakshatras.
Rahu occupies the 11th house of income and social action, where malefics do well. It acts as a proxy for Venus with which itâs associated, Moon which aspects it, and its dispositor Mars. As mentioned, the Moon/Venus combo generates money. Mars as lord of 6th and 11th is a competitor par excellence.
Ketu occupies the creative 5th house of performance and showmanship. It acts as a proxy for the Moon with which itâs associated, Jupiter which aspects it, and Venus twice over, once as aspecting planet and again as dispositor. Moon/Venus = money. Jupiter as lord of the 7th and 10th gives her both a strong relationship with her public (her âlittle monstersâ) and substantial influence as a public figure that goes far beyond the artistic persona sheâs cultivated.
Camille Paglia may be right, but Lady Gaga is still more than just an artist, sheâs an archetype. And in that sense, sheâs every bit as big in her own time as David Bowie or Madonna, both of whom sheâs obviously studied, were in theirs.
Alan Annand is a Canadian astrologer and palmist with an education spanning both eastern and western astrology. He has diplomas from the American College of Vedic Astrology, as well as the British Faculty of Astrological Studies for whom he was their North American correspondence tutor for several years.
He is also aÂ writerÂ of crime fiction, including hisÂ NEW AGE NOIRÂ series (Scorpio Rising, Felonious Monk, Soma County) featuring astrologer and palmist Axel Crowe, whom one reviewer has dubbed âSherlock Holmes with a horoscope.â
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Very well written and a fascinating astrological perspective on an extraordinary being. Knowing that hindsight is 20/20, I wonder how much of this interpretation would have been given in foresight if she showed up as a young struggling performance artist.
The inspired talented pioneering hardworking part is easy to see, but the extreme fame would never have occurred to me from looking at her chart. I’d love to get a close look at her hands.
hi Mark –
Thanks for your feedback. Admittedly, this is a retrospective analysis, as are many on my site. Some charts are quite transparent, others opaque. Eg, Bill Gates has a chart that trumpets wealth, while Ted Turner’s requires digging far below the surface to find the money. Lots of artists’ charts reveal the same disparities.
Well explained and analysed. The role of Jupiter conjunct Mercury, in the ninth house, in trikona to Ascendant could be highlighted to give added interest.
Thank you Alan.