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!

Star Master


Under The Hood: Correlations

In explaining how Star Mate figures stuff out, one of the things I’ve mentioned is pattern matching – looking through a bunch of data and finding commonalities that may be surprising or, hopefully predictive.

First, let’s make sure we all understand this: Correlation does not equal Causation!
For example, Germans, French, Italians and Greeks eat more fatty foods, drink more alcohol and smoke more cigarettes than the British or Americans. Yet, they have significantly lower rate of heart disease in these countries. If you drop a map of languages on top of this data, you will see that heart disease is more prevalent in countries where English is the first language. That’s correlation. It doesn’t (despite some humorous memes to the contrary), mean that speaking English causes heart disease. And if it did, I would think it’s probably those who hear it spoken that would get the heart disease rather than the other way around. But it isn’t. So just to stress again, Correlation does not equal Causation!

Dionysus. Drank a lot. Didn't get heart disease, instead became immortal. Didn't speak English. Coincidence?

Dionysus. Drank a lot. Didn’t get heart disease, instead became immortal, didn’t speak English. Coincidence?


That being said, it can be very interesting. Since it is election season (when isn’t it?) in the U.S., the Star Mate team has been looking at possible insights into how this particular presidential race is going to pan out. Now, we’re not ready to make any predictions yet, but one particularly interesting factoid has emerged, relating to the planet Mercury.

Mercury is the planet of communication, and thought processes, astrologically speaking. It describes how we relate to the world, how we speak to it, and what we think about it. Whichever sign that Mercury is in, will color that process accordingly.

Now, the twelve western zodiac signs are divided into 4 elements, as follows:


We’ll talk about the Modes at some point in the future, but for now, let’s look at the elements. Each sign has an underlying energy based on the element it inhabits. There are many words that can be used to describe each element, but we’ll just use a couple to give you an idea of the overall theme of each one.

Fire – Dreams and Creativity
Water – Emotion, Compassion
Air – Ideas and Intellect
Earth – Structure, and the real world.

Since there are four elements, then random chance would say that any given president has a one in four chance of having Mercury in each of those elements. That isn’t however, what we find. Here is how the last ten presidents have played out:


See it? Every US President, since Kennedy, has had Mercury in either a Fire or Earth sign. To get an idea of what that means, think of it as coming up heads ten times in a row. The chance of that happening, by the way, is about 0.0975%

So, what does this mean? Excellent question, glad you asked. Perhaps nothing! Or perhaps there is something at work here. Remember we show a correlation, not causation. But for those interested, here are the Natal Mercury positions for each of the major candidates in the presidential race:


We’re not ready to make any predictions yet, although we may do as the primaries draw closer, but for now we hope you find this little example of some of the stuff we do behind the scenes interesting!


Star Master