In October 2002 Kanye West had a car accident that broke his jaw and obliged him to have his mouth wired shut for a few weeks. But after this year’s Grammy Awards, many people are thinking it should be wired shut again.
At the last moment, Kanye seemed to pretend it was all a joke, and left the stage without tearing the Grammy out of Beck’s hands. But later that evening he went on a rant, saying Beck should have shown some respect for true artistry and given his album-of-the-year award to Beyoncé.
Respect artistry? How about respecting the democratic process wherein a multitude of industry people vote for who should win these awards?
(The man must need very baggy pants to conceal the love he has for Beyoncé. Why doesn’t he leave other artists alone and kill Jay-Z to get what he wants?)
Kanye West was born 8 June 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. According to Astrotheme.com, whose record for birth time accuracy is admittedly spotty, it was 8:45 AM. For the moment let’s see if that makes sense.
Gemini rising. A mouth that won’t quit? Check. But let’s confirm a few other details…
Lagnesh Mercury, which is also lord of the 4th, is in the 12th. Although Kanye won a scholarship to Chicago’s American Academy of Art, he dropped out of college to pursue his musical career. Lord of the 4th gone to a dusthana is a common signature for incomplete formal education.
Kanye first made his reputation as a producer, a behind-the-scenes (12th house) role that requires great attention to detail. With Mercury and Jupiter in association, this made him a perfectionist, and earned him huge respect in the industry. Sun and Jupiter are closely conjunct. Sun is karaka for ego, and Jupiter causes inflation, so inevitably an attitude crept in.
Rahu and Ketu are the only angular planets. As such, they are instigators of innovation, technological mastery and a talent for controversy. Genius? Maybe.
Kanye’s father was a Black Panther whom his mother divorced when Kanye was three. It’s a challenge to find a militant father in the Moon/Saturn exchange that exists between the 9th lord and occupant, but as we’ll see later, that combination does provoke aggressive competition. Father-karaka Sun is in the 12th, suggesting an absent father.
His mother was a university professor who took custody of him post-divorce and later took him to China for a year. Lord of the 4th is Mercury in the 12th (foreign residency), associated with Jupiter, karaka of higher education.
They went to China in 1987. Kanye was running JU-RA. Jupiter gives results both for its star-lord the Moon in the 9th (Mom in academia) and itself in the 12th (foreign residency). Rahu gives results for the planets aspecting it (Jupiter & Saturn) and its dispositor (Mercury). Jupiter is thus a multiple driver of foreign travel since it rules the 7th (the other place, not here) and occupies the 12th (foreign locales).
Based on his work for Jay-Z, Kanye was highly-respected as a producer but, frustratingly, not regarded by record labels as being a street-credible rapper because he lacked the gangsta image typical of the role.
After his car accident in October 2002, while his mouth was wired shut, Kanye began work on the album that would catapult him into the winner’s circle. The accident came in SA-MA. Saturn is 8th lord in the 2nd house, reflecting an injury to the mouth area. Mars and Saturn mutually aspect each other. Saturn also gives results for lagnesh Mercury (name, acclaim) while Mars gives results for Ketu in the 10th (career).
After The College Dropout was released in February 2004, Kanye’s name became household in the hip hop universe. The album went triple platinum in the USA, garnered 10 Grammy nominations and won Best Rap Album.
Around this time, Kanye’s penchant for outspoken remarks came to the fore. He stormed out of the 2004 American Music Awards when he failed to win Best New Artist. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he criticized the White House, saying George Bush didn’t care about black people, a remark Bush later said was one of the most disgusting moments of his presidency. And at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, he snatched the microphone from Taylor Swift to declare that Beyoncé should have won her award instead.
Saturn in the 2nd reflects “bad language”, whether that comes in the form of swearing, fabricating or dissing. The aspect of 6th lord Mars just takes it to a whole new level of aggression, seeming to reflect little social awareness of the ramifications of such outbursts.
Kanye’s mother, who gave up her academic career to be his personal manager (1st and 4th lord Mercury one and the same), died November 10, 2007, of heart failure in post-surgery complications. Kanye was running SA-JU. Saturn is karaka for death and, as occupant of the 2nd, is also a maraka planet. Jupiter is in the 12th of loss and gives results for its star-lord Moon who, as lord of the 2nd, is another maraka planet.
Kanye fathered a child with Kim Kardashian on June 15, 2013 and married Kardashian on May 24, 2014. Both events occurred during ME-VE. The dasa of lagnesh typically spells a watershed era for the individual. The Venus bhukti gives results for its star-lord Ketu, which gains dig bala in the 10th (social status, among other things), while Ketu is turn gives results for its sign dispositor Jupiter, lord of the 7th (marriage).
Speaking of Venus, it’s in a state of planetary war with Mars, and it remains to be seen how this will play out. With graha yuddha, one or both of the planets (and typically, the people they represent) will suffer. In fact, Venus is hammered from many points of view – the planetary war with swa Mars, hemmed between malefics Sun and Ketu, and aspected by Saturn.
In Kanye’s chart, Venus rules the 5th while Mars rules the 11th. Since he has no older siblings, the Mars portion is thus dispensed with. That leaves his daughter North. Somewhere down the road, we might expect problems, either some issue of her own, or his relationship with her.
But if we think of Venus only as karaka for relationships, the problem becomes more general. Although Kanye espouses Christian values in much of his music, the guy carries a great load of hubris on his shoulders. Could this eventually challenge personal relationships to the same degree it has his social role?
Since the 0845 birth time is unsubstantiated, it’s useful now to consider the Chandralagna, always an option anyway, even if only for corroboration.
Note the exchange between Moon and Saturn, now occurring between the 1st and the 6th. This reflects a competitive disposition, one that could almost be characterized as combative. This would seem to explain his insistence on being acknowledged as master of his domain and, by extension, the arbiter of taste in related domains, eg, why Beyoncé should have won awards instead of Beck and Taylor Swift.
Once we shift to Chandralagna, the Mars/Venus planetary war moves to the 3rd house. Here’s a classic case of bhavo karako nashto, eliciting “no joy from siblings”, which in this case is reflected in their absence. Now that Venus is 4th lord gone 12 away, massively hammered as noted above, it’s also an obvious indicator for loss of mother.
The 4th house also indicates one’s supporters, constituency or fan base. Given graha yuddha involving the 4th lord from the Chandralagna, Kanye should consider the consequences of his behavior. He was withdrawn from the balance of the MTV Music Awards after the Taylor Swift incident. In response to the controversy, a tour with Lady Gaga was cancelled, and nominations for his fourth album in the subsequent Grammy Awards were notably tepid.
The next nine months will be interesting. Sun bhukti runs March 2015 to January 2016. The Sun will give results for its star-lord Mars which, as lord of the 6th and 11th, provokes further competition in the social arena. But Mars is in a mixed state, both swaha and in graha yuddha, and there lies the rub. These two hot planets can provoke further controversy. But as time goes by, his fans could become less forgiving.
Let the hubris fall where it may.
Alan Annand is a Canadian astrologer and palmist whose education spans 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.
For a compilation of his writings (essays on astrological technique, in-depth celebrity profiles, and analysis of mundane events) see his book Stellar Astrology.
He is also a writer of crime fiction, including his NEW AGE NOIR series (Scorpio Rising, Felonious Monk, Soma County) featuring astrologer and palmist Axel Crowe, whom one reviewer has dubbed “Sherlock Holmes with a horoscope.”
Websites: www.navamsa.com, www.sextile.com