Happy Birthday Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks

Born February 7, 1962, in Tulsa, Garth Brooks is celebrating his 57th birthday today. With six of seven traditional planets in Aquarius, Garth IS the Aquarius man! Guys like this are slightly wacky, often genius types, who seem to know and get along with almost everyone. Garth achieved the status of best paid and most loved musician in history. Those are some big achievements, and I’m curious about what his birth chart might indicate about his wealth and fame.

Garth Brooks

Fame and fortune are indicated by the 10th house in a chart and a Pisces Moon occupies the 10th in Garth’s chart. The Moon indicates your strongest emotional attachments, security needs, emotional expression, intuition, and how you want to be nurtured. The Moon in Pisces is sensitive, caring, and soulful.

Those who are born under a Pisces Moon are often highly creative and intuitive. Their sensitivity to others can be problematic if they are around negative people and don’t know how to protect themselves from the negativity. In traditional astrology, Jupiter rules Pisces and any planets in Jupiter’s house and under his rulership must perform according to Jupiter’s rules. It would be like you being a visitor in someone’s house. You’d still by you, but what you do and how you do things would be different than if you were staying in your own home. The Moon in this chart still indicates emotions, intuition, etc., and it performs those functions in a Jupiterian style: by being inclusive, tolerant, outgoing, and principled.

Jupiter is next door in the 9th Aquarius house. It’s a VERY BUSY house, too, because the Sun, Venus, Mercury, Mars, and Saturn are also there. Jupiter in Aquarius is tolerant and values all people equally (he gets along with most people), is an independent thinker, believes in humanitarian causes, and is a good leader (many people benefit from Garth’s leadership). The 9th house is associated with the element of fire; the spirit of the law, morals, beliefs, religion, philosophy, and ethical behaviors. There can be little question that what drives Garth Brooks are his 9th house planets. Every action he takes, every thought he thinks emanates from what he believes is right and just.

Jupiter in the 9th indicates an appreciation for learning, adventure, and adventure. People with this placement always have a clearly defined code of ethics from which they don’t waver, and they have little tolerance for those who don’t. When America’s Got Talent star Michael Ketterer was arrested for domestic violence in 2018 and charged with a felony, Garth stopped sharing the stage with him.

The intuitive, creative Pisces Moon in the 10th must provide for Garth’s emotional expression and his emotional need to achieve fame and fortune via the 9th house Aquarian Jupiter. So, once again, everything Garth does points back to the core of who, what, and why he does what he does: his beliefs, philosophy, morals, and ethics. I’m not suggesting he IS always right and just, but I doubt that he ever strays from what he believes. Whether or not others agree with him is their problem, not his.

 Wealth and Fame Triad

When I want to understand what the chart can reveal about someone’s fame and fortune, I look at the 2nd, 6th, and 10th houses. These three houses are associated with the element of earth, which we associate with wealth and resources. Specifically:

  • 2nd House – reflects the attitude toward money, spending habits, income, and personal resources
  • 6th House – governs work habits, daily routines, service to others, and health
  • 10th House – represents achievement, recognition, status, and fame (or infamy)

Garth’s 2nd house is in the sign Cancer, and Cancer is ruled by the Moon. When Cancer is in the 2nd, emotional security is directly linked to material resources—money, investments, home ownership, and possessions. He must acquire those things for himself and his family through the 10th house (where the Moon is located). Garth is well-known for his astute and focused business acumen. He’s INTUITIVELY smart, diligent, focused, and highly successful.

The 6th house in Garth’s chart is in Scorpio, which is traditionally ruled by Mars. Mars is this chart is located up in the 9th with five other planets. The sign Scorpio is associated with strong drives that can become obsessive and/or extreme, a take-charge attitude, and a preference for solo control.

In an interview with Rare Country, Garth shared some advice he got from his own parents: “Be yourself, dream big, work hard.” Based on what I see in his chart, Garth Brooks can be no one but himself: popular, successful, and driven to acquire emotional security through wealth that he created with his own hard work and high standards for living life.

Retrograde Magic

Hermes Trismegtus

That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds with that which is Below, to accomplish the miracles of the One thing.
– HERMES TRISMEGISTUS in The Emerald Tablet

It may seem as though magic is involved when planets appear to stop in the sky and then move backward, but it’s not magic. This phenomenon occurs because planets in their own orbit around the Sun are at times closer or further away from Earth, as it also travels around the Sun. A similar phenomenon occurs when cars pass each other. To passengers in the faster moving car, the other car seems to be moving backward. In reality, the planets never stop or go backward. Their apparent backward motion does seem to affect Earth’s passengers, however, as that which is below (all things here on Earth) corresponds to that which is above (retrograde planetary motion).

Mercury will be retrograde in Leo from July 27 – August 18, 2018. It joins five other planets in retrograde motion.

  • Retrograde Mars in Aquarius through August 26
  • Retrograde Saturn in Capricorn through September 5
  • Retrograde Neptune in Pisces through November 24
  • Retrograde Pluto in Capricorn through September 20, and
  • Uranus will be retrograde in Taurus (and also Aries) August 7 through January 5, 2019

Retrograde motion is considered an interference with a planet’s normal functioning; it’s actions are less predictable. Retrogrades signify reversals, delays, and cancellations. Obviously, retrogrades don’t bring everything to a screeching halt. Nor do they impact every human in the same ways. But just pause for a moment and reflect on the implications of having six of nine planets moving in retrograde motion at the same time. (The Sun, Earth, and our Moon are never retrograde.) Briefly:

  • Mars signifies “impulses toward action,” energy and passion in the pursuit of goals; competitive drive; excessive force; feeling angry or aggressive
  • Saturn signifies “responsibilities” related to work and real-world concerns; structures (buildings, time, schedules, boundaries); maturity; constricting forces; boundaries and separation; enslavement to the past
  • Uranus signifies “impulses toward freedom, breakthroughs, originality,” individuation and independence; inability to cooperate or compromise; unwillingness to work within structures; fanaticism; hubris
  • Neptune signifies “yearning for connection,” imagination; sympathy and compassion; escapism; confusion and deception; false notions of security
  • Pluto signifies “processes of destruction and renewal,” rebirth, regeneration, and transformation; purging; evolutionary forces; brutality; obsessiveness

Take a moment and reflect on what you see and hear going on in your personal environment, among your friends, and on the world stage. Do you have the sense that many people and things have been pushed way beyond what is considered “normal?” There is a lot of reevaluation going on in many different arenas. The energy to review, reconsider, redo, reevaluate, resist, reorganize, recharge, refresh, etc., is STRONG and the will continue to grow in the weeks and months ahead. The changes won’t come about easily, but they will come.

The good news is that the benefactors of the Universe, Venus and Jupiter, are not on the retrograde list. Venus is direct in Virgo and will be moving into Libra August 7/8, depending on the time zone where you live. Jupiter is direct now in Scorpio.

  • Venus signifies “impulse toward love and friendship,” harmony and pleasure; the forces of attraction; as well as vanity, social pretensions, shallowness, and self-indulgence
  • Jupiter signifies “impulses toward doing what’s right,” growth and expansion, optimism and tolerance; generosity and acceptance of others; as well as inflation and excess, arrogance and sense of entitlement

It’s not known whether Hermes Trismegistus, which means “Hermes the Thrice Greatest,”  was a real person or someone invented by the Greeks. He is given credit, however, for the Emerald Tablet and is thought to have lived long before Moses’ time.  Hermes is the guardian of astrology and alchemy, the seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination. Hermes is synonymous with Mercury.

Retrograde Mercury

Mercury signifies “impulses toward thought and communication,” perception; teaching and learning; movement and transportation; metal habits; the mind separate from emotions; nervous over-stimulation. When Mercury is in a fire sign (Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius), thoughts can turn toward “rising above” and “separating from.”

What you think matters

In every moment, you are sending and receiving thoughts. What you think brings about your present and future circumstances; your thoughts also affect the world we live in. While you’re not a magician in the traditional sense of the world, you are a co-creator of everything that happens, or doesn’t happen.

There is no way to predict what will specifically happen to you during the current season of retrogrades. I will say though that the likelihood is VERY HIGH that you are now or soon will be feeling the energy of one or more of the retrograde planets. As you reminisce, review, renegotiate, revise, reformulate, renew, recharge, restructure, rebuild (notice that there’s a theme here), please consider carefully what your thoughts and actions mean today and in the future. Live intentionally, because you are in charge of you and what you do.