I suspect that most people had never heard of Ariana Grande before yesterday’s bombing in Manchester, where 22 people died. Apparently she is a popular singer, who has many teenage fans. I set up her horoscope, to see if it could shed any light on who she is and what happened to her in Manchester. She was born on June 26 1993, at 9.16 pm, in Boca Raton, Florida.
Now, I have to be careful. Astrologers love setting up the charts of disasters, and analyzing anything that might conceivably relate to explosive events. So whatever signature one looks for, it has to be unambiguous.
As far as Ariana Grande is concerned, I feel sorry for her. She just wanted to go on a concert tour. An uncomplicated activity, where she can meet her fans and then go home safely, to continue her nice life. Instead she is present at a tragedy, which will inevitably help define her brand. For the next decade, I think she’ll be remembered as much for the bombing as for her music.
In terms of her horoscope, this is clear. In astrology the Ascendant is what you present to the outside world, and she has a Uranus-Neptune conjunction exactly on the Ascendant. Her ascendant is at 20 57 Capricorn, Uranus at 20 49 Capricorn, Neptune at 20 10 Capricorn. Uranus is the planet of explosions and liberation, so she presents something explosive and liberating to the outside world. Neptune is the planet of bright lights and glitter, but also of subterfuge – the man who comes to her concert with a hidden bomb. Uranus-Neptune is what Ariana projects, and the bomb’s memory is now a part of how she is perceived.
It should be said that she also has her Venus in Taurus, at 20 29 of the sign. Venus makes exact 120 degree aspects to Uranus and Neptune. Uranus and Neptune are collective planets, so I suppose she is in tune with the collective, and this helps explain her popularity.
Another aspect she has is a Mars-Saturn opposition – her Mars is at 2 9 Virgo, her Saturn at 0 6 Pisces. Traditionally Mars and Saturn are the malefics, and the pair is connected with death. Furthermore, Mars is in her Eighth House of death, and it is also ruler of her Scorpio Midheaven – I take Mars as the ruler of Scorpio, not Pluto.
So what I am suggesting is that the concert released and actualized the malefic potential of her horoscope.
What is perhaps really staggering is Ariana Grande’s chart when it is relocated to Manchester. This means setting up a chart for the exact time she was born, but moving the location from Boca Raton in Florida to Manchester in England. The Uranus-Neptune conjunction moves from being exactly conjunct the Ascendant to being exactly conjunction the Midheaven.
In astrology the Midheaven represents the career, and the way one moves forward in the world. So when Ariana Grande moved to the longitude of Manchester the Uranus-Neptune conjunction was no longer just personal – it was manifested in her public persona. Furthermore, in Manchester Venus is conjunct the Ascendant – Venus is the star on stage, the Uranus-Neptune conjunction the events that manifest.
As for timing, Mars and Saturn are approaching an opposition, so this might have resonated with Ariana Grande’s natal opposition. Also, transiting Sun was at 1 58 Gemini, passably close to her Mars-Saturn midpoint.
Additionally, she was in the run up to her 24th birthday. Using the astrological system of profections, there is a 12 year repeated pattern. So the Uranus-Nepune conjunction was being profected onto her ascendant. Incidentally, her previous lunar return had Neptune rising.
Intriguingly, the hypothetical planet Hades, associated with death, was at 5 30 Cancer, only 5 minutes away from Ariana Grande’s natal Sun, at 5 25 Cancer.
Overall, would I have told her to cancel the concert? I don’t know, but the dangers were clear.