As authorities investigate Tuesday’s sudden death of former Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr to determine the cause, we’ve decided to do some investigating of our own into Starr’s birth chart.
Many times Astrology can lend clues to key personality traits, timing and other factors that can contribute to the big picture of one’s life -- or tragic and untimely death at age 44, as in Starr’s case.
Starr, who friends and fans are remembering as sweet and sensitive, though troubled, was born April 4, 1966 in Honolulu, Hawaii. This puts his Sun sign and Mars in action-packed Aries, and his Moon in highly social Libra. Together this indicates a friendly yet impulsive personality that’s always on the go, and perhaps prone to quick bouts of anger that flare up and fade out just as quickly.
What we've seen of Starr seems to fit that profile, and some of this the public saw just recently watching him on season three of the TV reality show “Celebrity Rehab” in 2010, and the spin-off show “Sober House.” Starr clearly was putting that intense Aries energy toward fighting to overcome his addictions, but sadly two other aspects in his birth chart may have prevented him from success.
Starr’s chart shows both Mercury, the planet of communication, and Saturn, the planet of life lessons, in the dreamy (and often unrealistic) sign of Pisces.
Pisces is an emotional sign, and it’s the sign most associated with addiction because these sensitive individuals are more susceptible to fears and troubles, which they may try to combat with drugs. It’s also a highly imaginative sign suited to a career in art and music, so these clues point both to Starr’s career choice as a musician and his troubles with addiction.
With Mercury in Pisces, Starr likely was very impressionalbe and in tune with the moods and feelings around him, which could affect his own mood for better or for worse -- being around negative people would likewise have had a very negative effect on him.
And most interesting of all, Saturn in Pisces indicates a lifelong struggle to learn lessons about spirituality and faith, and to find real meaning in life. This Saturn in Pisces struggle can often lead to substance abuse, and interestingly enough this Saturn in Pisces transit also shows up in Charlie Sheen’s birth chart.
Sadly, neither of these men are #winning. Starr lost his life. Let’s hope Sheen can overcome his own troubles and addictions before it’s also too late.