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Star Power – The astrological markers of a great stage performer

Star Mate labs has been at it again. We asked the office team to come up with 10 performers known for their flamboyant stage and performance appearance, to see if we could find any commonalities between them – and we did!

Here is the list we came up with.

Pink (born 9/8/1979)

David Bowie (born 1/8/1947)

Cher (born 5/20/1946)

Michael Jackson (born 8/29/1958)

Liberace (born 5/16/1919)

Miley Cyrus (born 11/23/1992)

Lady Gaga (born 3/28/1986)

Elton John (born 3/25/1947)

Nikki Minaj (born 12/8/1982)

Madonna (born 8/16/1958)

Pink is a Virgo, with most of her planets in Fire and Earth signs, except for Mars, which is in Cancer. No Air signs. And this was the first marker we found:

There is a tendency to have very few air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius), in these performers astrological make-up.

Specifically, 67% less Air aspects than you would expect in a random list. Now, from an astrological point of view, the reasoning behind this may be that Air is the realm of thought and intellect, and great performances come from passion and feeling. That may be over romanticized, but nevertheless, the correlation is interesting.

As mentioned, Pink is a Virgo, and the next four people on the list are also Earth signs.

David Bowie – Capricorn

Cher – Taurus

Michael Jackson – Virgo

Liberace – Taurus

The remaining 5 are all Fire signs – Aries, Leo or Sagittarius, as follows:

Miley Cyrus – Sagittarius

Lady Gaga – Aries

Elton John – Aries

Nikki Minaj – Sagittarius

Madonna – Leo

This then, brings us to the second marker:

Great performers tend to have their Sun Sign in a Fire or Earth sign.

This is interesting, because the Sun is about what is inside of us, our hopes and dreams. When we looked at the Presidents of the United States, we found a similar correlation with Fire and Earth, except this was for Mercury – our thought process and how we communicate our ideas. Apparently success in the political forum is less about what is on the inside, and more about how we communicate – truthfully or otherwise…

On the subject of Mercury however, we did find that with these performers, there is a preponderance of Earth and Water (40% each) followed by Fire at 20% – again, no Air Signs. The only place where Air seemed to figure at all, was in Jupiter, where 40% of the performers had Air, 50% had Water, and Pink was the only one with a Fire sign – Leo. Since exception proves the rule, we’ll add this marker also:

Great Performers tend to have Jupiter in a Water (Cancer,Scorpio,Pisces) or Air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) sign.

Now music tastes change over time, and we found something interesting there too. Our oldest performer in the list was Liberace, who was born in 1919. When we sort chronologically, we found Saturn was almost always in a Fire Sign. The only exception being Cher, who showed Saturn in Cancer, suggesting a tortured home life. When Cher was born, Saturn was making its way through Cancer and was approaching Leo, a Fire Sign. Everyone else, from Liberace to Michael Jackson, has Saturn in a Fire Sign (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius). From Pink forward, Saturn was evenly split among the elements, which some cynics might suggest speaks to a more engineered music experience, rather than singers rising to the top of the pile on talent alone. That being said, you still have to have something special to make it, even in the pablum prolific world of corporate musical entertainment. So our fourth marker is this:

Older performers (pre Pink) tend to have Saturn in a Fire sign

Now none of this should be seen as limiting your own potential – and I’m sure many people will have different opinions about the use of the words ‘great’ or even ‘performer’ with the people listed here. But they do (or did) put on a complex, extravagant show, regardless of how you feel about their music, or off stage behavior. It’s those factors that we were really looking to dig into this time, and we hope you found it interesting. Just remember, your mileage may vary!

Cheers,
Star Master

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Top 5 Astrological Traits of Serial Killers

Our Marketing Director was in a Halloween-Scary mood the other day, so posted a link to Purple Clover who had done an article on the ten worst serial killers, and how their astrology affected their life choices.

John Wayne Gacy, Jr., also known as the Killer Clown, was an American serial killer and rapist who sexually assaulted and murdered at least 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978 in Chicago, Illinois. Pisces with Mars in Gemini, and Saturn in Taurus.

John Wayne Gacy, Jr., also known as the Killer Clown, was an American serial killer and rapist who sexually assaulted and murdered at least 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978 in Chicago, Illinois. Pisces with Mars in Gemini, and Saturn in Taurus.

One of the things they pointed out was that Mutable signs have a high level of occurrence in these individuals, so we decided to dig a little deeper, put Star Mate to work, and see what else we could find out. After running their dates of birth through our profiling system, this is what we came up with.

Albert Henry DeSalvo was a criminal in Boston, Massachusetts, who confessed to being the "Boston Strangler", the murderer of thirteen women in the Boston area. Sun in Virgo, Mars in Libra, Saturn in Capricorn.

Albert Henry DeSalvo was a criminal in Boston, Massachusetts, who confessed to being the “Boston Strangler”, the murderer of thirteen women in the Boston area. Sun in Virgo, Mars in Libra, Saturn in Capricorn.

  1. Mutable signs prominent. All of the top ten serial killers either had their Sun or Mercury or both in a Mutable sign (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces). Purple Clover noted this also, and it is interesting to note that the likelihood of this is very low. In a random universe, there should be a fairly even split between Cardinal, Mutable and Fixed signs. We will do an article on these in the future to provide you with more information about the difference between these three modes, so stay tuned. For now, suffice it to say that it is a quite unusual data blip.
  2. Mars in Air signs prominent. Half of the little darlings had Mars in an Air Sign (Gemini, Aquarius or Libra). Mars is the planet of expression, and tells how you ‘present’ yourself in the world. During our research we had noted that Mars in an Air sign, particularly Gemini, can lead to a surprising amount of hot headed-ness – even more so than the Fire signs, and this may be partially explained by Mars being more comfortable (and therefore stable) in Fire signs, whereas in Air, you are effectively throwing gasoline on a flame.
  3. Saturn in Earth Sign prominent.  Half of the killers had Saturn in an Earth Sign (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn), although not necessarily the same half that had Mars in an Air Sign. Saturn is the Taskmaster, and asks “What have you done for me lately?” . It makes us be more critical about ourselves, and when it is in an Earth sign, it will be focused on the Earthly plane, and how we are fitting in with it. Some consider it the planet of Karma. Saturn is often related to our relationship with our father, and so a dodgy home life growing up may have helped nurture some of the more violent tendencies these individuals expressed.
  4. Sun in Pisces. Half (and again, not necessarily the same half) have the Sun in Pisces. There is a slight irony here, because the dramatic Pisces is often seen as seeking a Utopia for all mankind. I guess in those Pisceans where the fish swims downstream instead of up, this could translate into kulling what they perceive as the less desirable members of the human race.
  5. Moon in Cardinal Sign.  6/10 had their Moon on one of the Cardinal Signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn).  The Moon is the planet of emotion, and Cardinal signs tend to initiate action, and quickly. This suggest that far from being cold blooded, at least 60% of these murderers were acting from an emotional state when they killed their victims.

It should be noted, so we don’t get sued to smithereens, that this is a very small sample, and there are undoubtedly other factors in play, such as childhood, insanity and basically just being a rotten human being. It is interesting, nevertheless, and another way that Star Mate can help you find someone who can be a great life choice, or perhaps someone you should avoid until after they’ve had their coffee…

Happy Star Mating!

Star Master

User Community Question of the Day: Cusps!

“What is a cusp? Why does my star mate chart mention cusps?”. This is a question that comes up quite a lot. Another one, which also comes up quite often, especially with the Moon, is “One of my planets is one sign off. Why is that?”

To answer the second question, we need to answer the first. From an astrological point of view, each of the planets move through each of the twelve zodiac signs in a continuous cycle. With the exception of the Sun itself and the Moon, the farther out the planets are from the Sun, the longer they take to complete a cycle. For the purposes of Astrology, the Sun and Moon are considered planets, however they are planets in an Earth-centric Universe. The Sun goes through approximately one sign every 30 days, and the Moon every 2-3 days.

The day of the change is considered the cusp. Sometimes the cusp is longer than a day, depending on how far the planets are out. For our purposes here at Star Mate, we use 1 degree within range of the next or previous planet to be considered “on the cusp”.

Now, if we used Time of birth in our calculations, that would tell us exactly which sign a cusp planet inhabits, and if we were trying to do a Natal Horoscope, we would indeed use that. However Star Mate is about the energies that are expressed, and a waxing or waning cusp sign can often have more power over a person’s emotions and thought processes than the low energy sign that it may have just entered. As a planet moves through a sign, it picks up more of that sign’s energy, before stepping off into the next sign and starting again.

With Jupiter on the Cusp of Sagittarius, Secretary Clinton is pulling energy from Scorpio as well. She already has a strong Scorpio presence in her chart (Sun, Mercury and Venus), so this enhances that somewhat, but also colors it with the passionate Sagittarius energy that Jupiter is pumping out.

With Jupiter on the Cusp of Sagittarius, Secretary Clinton is pulling energy from Scorpio as well. She already has a strong Scorpio presence in her chart (Sun, Mercury and Venus), so this enhances that somewhat, but also colors it with the passionate Sagittarius energy that Jupiter is pumping out.

Star Mate does a series of calculations to determine which sign it will display, but to let you know, it also adds a little message about the cusps – hence this article!

Stay Starry,

Star Master

The astrology and other stuff behind Star Mate

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So one of the question I get asked regularly is “How does Star Mate work?”, to which I usually reply “It works great!”

Since I’m not feeling like being a smartass this morning, I thought I would give you a bit of a look under the hood, so you can understand what it can and cannot do.

There are three components that Star Mate uses to come up with it’s information:

 

  1.  Western Astrology
  2.  Chinese Astrology
  3.  Field Research and Pattern Matching

Western Astrology

For anyone living West of the Great Wall of China, this is probably the system you are most familiar with. Most people know their ‘Sign’ – Aries, Taurus etc.  But what a lot of people don’t know is that their sign represents just the astrological position the Sun was in, in the sky when they were born. In addition to the Sun, the other planets have some influence on a person’s nature also.  In Star Mate, we focus on the following planets: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

The outer planets tend to have more of a slight generational effect, and we are interest in the individual within a given generation.

We concentrate on how the planets interact with one another (aspects), and the zodiac signs they appear within on the day of a person’s birth. We don’t use the time and place, because although this does provide more information, it is very nuanced, and tends to identify  which areas of a persons life their natal planets operate on, rather than their overall make up.  Also, many people are not sure what time they were born so the information can be misleading, however if demand is strong enough, we may include it in future releases,

Chinese Astrology

We find that the addition of Chinese Astrology (which provides a sign for each year in a 12 year cycle) helps flesh out information about the overall nature of a person and their compatibility a little bit more,  In this first release, we have kept the information pretty basic, but again, depending on the feedback we get, we may expand that in future versions.

Field Research and Pattern Matching

So for the last five years, we have had several people playing with a prototype version of Star Mate in the field. Or more precisely, in the bars and nightclubs. When our researchers came out of rehab, they gave us some interesting aggregate information that doesn’t necessarily fit into the standard models of Astrology, but nevertheless is useful because it shows some strong correlations, which we weren’t expecting to find. For example:

a) A surprisingly high number of therapists have Venus in a Fire sign (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius), and Mars in a Water sign (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces). We think this may be because a fiery Venus is always seeking something new (e.g. new patients to talk to) and a watery Mars tends to want to nurture and help people (e.g. provide counselling and encouragement).

b) Men with Mars and Jupiter in the same Earth sign, tend to be … err.. somewhat better endowed than the average bear. Or indeed, the average Elephant if you catch my drift.

c) Girls with Venus in a male sign, particularly fire signs, and very particularly Leo, tend to be somewhat top heavy, mammarically speaking. (Mammarically is a word I just invented).

d) Men with Mars in Pisces, tend to waffle a bit when they are concerned they may offend their listeners sensitivities, such as I am experience now … :>

There is a lot more that goes into it, but the above should give you a general idea.  Hope this helps!

Star Master

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Stock footage of happy couple who may or may not have gotten together via star mate. Who really knows?