The Life and Times of Michael Jackson, and his Horoscope
We take a look at the life of Michael Jackson in a short biography, and examine his birth chart.
- Michael's early life
- The King of Pop
- Oprah, pale skin, molestation charges and marriage
- Declining popularity and financial woes
- The end
- His horoscope
Michael's early life
Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1958, the eighth of ten children. Janet Jackson, the other superstar in the family, was the last born. The family crowded into a small, three-bedroom house in Gary, Indiana, where his father, Joseph Walter "Joe" Jackson, was a crane operator in Gary's steel mills. His mother, Katherine Esther Jackson, nee Scruse, was a devout Jehovah's Witness. His five brothers were Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Randy. His two other sisters, beside Janet, were Rebbie, and LaToya.
Jackson's father perpetrated serious child abuse upon all of his children, but the worst of it seemed to fall on Michael. He and his brother Marlon, the two youngest boys, joined their older brothers to form The Jackson Five in 1964. Michael recalled, in a 2003 interview, that his father would sit in a chair with a belt in his hand, waving it menacingly, as he and his brothers rehearsed, and that "if you didn't do it the right way, he would tear you up, really get you."
With its first four singles, "I Want You Back," "ABC," "The Love You Save" and "I'll
Be There," the Jackson Five set a chart record when they all peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The Jackson Five began to tour internationally, and Michael released a number of solo albums with Motown Records. Motown, however, refused to allow them creative control, and the group left the record company in 1975. By 1980, Michael had secured the highest royalty rate in music industry history, 37 percent of wholesale album profit. In 1979 Michael broke his nose during a rehearsal and had to undergo a rhinoplasty, which was not successful, and complained of breathing difficulties which he feared would damage his career. He had to endure several additional operations over the next few years.
In 1982 the Thriller album was released, and it became the best selling album of all time in the United States, as well as the best selling album of all time world-wide. He had by now achieved the highest royalty rate in the music industry: two dollars for every album sold. The documentary, The Making of Michael Jackson's Thriller, in 1985, sold over 350,000 copies when it was released as a video cassette. Michael Jackson dolls were now appearing in stores and selling like hotcakes for twelve dollars each. In December, 2009, the music video for Thriller became the first music video to be inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
The King of Pop
In January of 1984, Michael and some of the other Jacksons were recording a commercial for Pepsi Cola, in front of a full house of fans in a simulated concert at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, when pyrotechnics set his hair on fire. Suffering from second degree burns on his scalp, Michael underwent treatment to hide the scars. Pepsi settled the subsequent lawsuit out of court for 1.5 million dollars, and he donated the entire sum to the Brotman Medical Center in Culver City, California, which now, in his honor, has a Michael Jackson Burn Center on its grounds.
Michael was by now the "King of Pop," and he was invited by President Ronald Reagan to come to the White House to receive an award for his support of programs to help alcoholics and drug abusers.
In 1984 Jackson won eight Grammys, and that year he and Lionel Richie co-wrote We Are the World, which was released world-wide to aid the poor of Africa. It sold 30 million copies world-wide, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time . He also donated all the profits from his Victory Tour of the following year, eight million dollars, to African relief.
Oprah, pale skin, molestation charges and marriage
In 1993 Michael Jackson sat down with Oprah Winfrey on her talk show and for the first time talked openly about his father's physical and psychological abuse. He also explained that his lighter skin tone was the result of a rare disease from which he suffered, called vitiligo
Later that year Michael faced accusations of child molestation. He had been known to have young boys sleep over at his ranch, Neverland, in Santa Ynez, California, but police investigators found no evidence to support the claims. In 1994, he settled the one case that was to come before the court for an undisclosed amount, and he vehemently denied all the accusations against him.
In 1994 he married Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis Presley, in what some said was a publicity stunt to gain newspaper ink to prop up his sliding popularity. They divorced within two years and he married Debbie Rowe, a nurse, with whom he was to have two children, a boy, Prince Michael Jackson and a girl, Paris Michael Jackson. They divorced in 1999 and Jackson received custody of the children. He would father a third child, Prince Michael Jackson II, with an unknown surrogate mother.
Declining popularity and financial woes
According to biography.com, by 2001 "...Jackson was better known as an eccentric whose quirks were reported in the tabloids than as a performer... Stories of his odd behavior started to overshadow his talent. He often appeared in public wearing a surgical mask, and he hid his children's faces under veils."
In 2002, he received extreme criticism when he dangled his son, Prince Michael II, over a hotel balcony, and some even called for Child Protective Services to take his child from him. And in 2003, in an interview with Martin Bashir, a British journalist, Jackson admitted that children were still sleeping over at his ranch, and then added "Why can't you share your bed? That's the most loving thing to do, to share your bed with someone." He was later charged again with child molestation, but was acquitted.
His reputation was now in shambles, he became flat broke, unable to meet even his most basic expenses. Fortunately his friend, the prince of Bahrain, Prince Salman Bin Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, wired him the money to pay Neverland's utility bills and invited Michael to come stay with him in Bahrain. The prince gave Michael seven million dollars, built him a recording studio, and hired a 'motivational guru' to counsel him. Jackson in return promised Al Khalifa he would collaborate with him making a new album on a new record label the prince would create, write an autobiography in which the prince would share in the profits, as well as create a stage play together. The projects never came to fruition and the prince sued Jackson for breach of contract.
Now Michael was more broke than ever. His Neverland ranch went into foreclosure in 2008, and many of his personal items used in performances, such as his crystal gloves, were put up for auction. Jackson sued to prevent the sale of his prized possessions, but was unable to stop the auction.
Michael would soon move to Las Vegas, where he lived in seclusion and hired a doctor, Conrad Murray, to be his personal physician. It turned out that Murray was perhaps more drug pusher than doctor, and he now faces charges connected to his possible role in Jackson's death.
Again quoting biography.com, "...the largely reclusive Jackson announced that he would be performing a series of concerts in London as his 'final curtain call.' There had been some speculation whether the fragile singer would be able to handle the rigors of 50 concerts. Despite all of the allegations and stories of odd behavior, Jackson remained a figure of great interest, as demonstrated by the strong response to his concert plans....all the tickets to his This Is It tour (would) sell out in only four hours."
The tour never materialized, of course, because Michael Jackson suffered cardiac arrest on June 25th, 2009, and died the next morning. He was fifty years old.
The first thing that pops out when looking at Michael Jackson's horoscope is the close Sun-Pluto conjunction in the eleventh house, the house of love received. All individuals with an eleventh house Sun are very popular people. They all 'have a following', if you will. In Jackson's case, Pluto takes his popularity to a kind of ultimate extreme and suggests very strongly that his world renown was a matter of fate. There is a strange paradox associated with an eleventh house Sun placement, however, which is that the native is very much in front of or in the crowd, but he is not of the crowd. He enjoys being in it, but at the same time stands very much apart from it. The world fame shown by the eleventh house Sun-Pluto conjunction is reinforced by the fact that five of the ten planets, including the ruling planet of his horoscope, Venus, are in houses ten and eleven, the two most public of the twelve houses.
Jackson was thrust upon the world stage at a very early age and complained that he didn't have a childhood. Capricorn on the cusp of the fourth house of family background reveals that he grew up in a very controlled home environment which in many ways must have seemed like a prison. Because the fourth house and the planet Saturn refer specifically to one's relationship with the father, not only is Capricorn on the house cusp revealing in regard to his father's controlling nature, but Saturn's placement in Capricorn on the hidden side of the fourth house, in the third and squaring (90 degrees from) his Moon, is suggestive of his father's abuse of young Michael. The third house placement of his Saturn also suggests that his siblings (third house) were as tightly controlled and imprisoned within the family as he was. It was also inevitable, with a third house Saturn, that Michael would split away and separate from the Jackson Five - from his brothers - and go it alone professionally.
There can be no doubt that the abuse heaped upon him by his father took a great psychological toll on Michael, given his highly sensitive Pisces moon, which both squares his Saturn and opposes his Sun-Pluto conjunction. One can only wonder, with this particular stellar configuration involving Saturn and Pluto so closely with the Sun and Moon, how much his father must have projected and acted out his dark side (Pluto) upon Michael's vulnerable emotional nature.
Jackson's ability to create and immerse himself within a world of fantasy and make-believe is shown by a rising first house Neptune, conjunct expansive Jupiter, trining (120 degrees) the Moon and sextiling (60 degrees) Sun-Pluto. The personality he projected (first house) is at once mysterious and to say the least a bit strange (Neptune). Since Neptune forms no challenging aspects it manifests its energy in a totally free-flowing and unencumbered manner. This unfettered first house Neptune, coupled with a stressfully aspected Pisces Moon, also speaks to his penchant for over-consuming prescription drugs (Neptune) to the detriment to his physical (first house) well-being.
His ruling planet, Venus, resides in the tenth house of career in the creative and showman-like sign Leo. Conjunct Uranus, it reveals a unique (Uranus), highly individualized expression of his art upon the public stage. When the ruler of the first house of self is in the tenth house of profession, the individual is what he does. His sense of himself as an individual is completely wrapped up in what he does in the world. Of course, with Libra rising and Venus planted squarely in the house of public image, Michael's personal appearance became inordinately important to him. but in the end all the repeated cosmetic surgeries succeeded only in making his appearance more and more shocking (Venus conjunct Uranus).
Jackson's Moon rules his tenth house and resides in the fifth house of creativity. It is always the case that when the ruler of the tenth house is in the fifth, the individual will make what he does in the world (tenth house) a function of his creative self (fifth house). The Moon represents an individual's reigning psychological need. It is where one goes for comfort and a sense of belonging. For Jackson, that safety and security was found through performing - expressing his creative self. In fact, his constant time upon one stage or another when he was young may have been what allowed him to survive the suffering of his childhood.
With Mercury square Mars, Michael was not always careful with his speech, as when he told Martin Bashir that to bring a child to bed was an act of love. And with Mars squaring Uranus, he was not always careful with his actions, as when he dangled his son out a second story window.
This supremely talented man-child, with a besieged fifth house Moon in Pisces, may have yearned constantly to recapture the child experience he never had growing up. In the end, while his Sun-Pluto conjunction in the eleventh house seemed to have fated him toward fame, fortune and adulation, it also loosened the cords - ultimately - toward his choice of self-destruction.
Click on the video below to watch Michael Jackson at work.
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Young Michael, courtesy of people.com
Moon Walk, courtesy of tresbigdog.deviantart.com
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