singer Janet Jackson has a heavy load of earth planets in her chart.
In astrology, earth represents the physical, practical and material
sides of life. Although many earth signs (notably Taurus Shirley
Maclaine) are students of metaphysical subjects, they still need to
have the unknown explained in extremely concrete terms. Earth signs
are also known to be extremely hard workers. The process of working
has special meaning for them, as it is important for them to feel like
they have something to show for their time on Earth. In Janet's case,
her music will surely live on, long after she is no longer with us to
has three personal planets in Taurus, as well as her North Node. Of
the three earth signs (the others are Virgo and Capricorn), Taurus is
considered the most sensual and "luxurious." Taurus is ruled
by Venus, the genteel planet of romance and aesthetic beauty.
years, Janet has changed her image from sitcom character kid (on Good
Times) to tough, boxy-suited "Michael's kid sister"
(during her '80s Control and “What Have You Done for
Me Lately?” phase), to ultra-sexy, soft-edged soul diva. Her 1993
self-titled album Janet ushered in a new era for Ms.
Jackson, musically and style-wise. She also showed her romantic side
in the film Poetic Justice, with the late Tupac Shakur.
In 1997, Janet released her next album The Velvet Rope,
which shocked some with it's more graphic explorations of Janet's
many folks associate the sign Taurus with the gift for music,
particularly voice. Taurus does rule the throat and neck, and there
are certainly enough Taurean crooning legends to back up this theory
(from Bing Crosby to Barbra Streisand).
Janet also has
a strong fire influence in her chart, with both Moon and Venus in
aggressive, passionate Aries. Her Venus (art, harmonious
relationships) is conjunct (at a very close degree) Eddie Murphy's
Sun. No wonder they had such terrific chemistry in this summer's big
hit The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps. She even got to
record a hit song for the soundtrack.
Venus in Aries
is not known for its staying power in relationships. It’s passionate
and enjoys the chase, but isn’t always in there for the long haul.
With that in mind, it's interesting that Janet stayed in a long-term
relationship for so many years (throughout much of her twenties and
early thirties) and only ended it recently.
1999, it was reported that Jackson and her lover of ten years, Rene
Elizondo had split up. Rumors flew about Janet "secretly"
eloping with Elizondo years ago, but she never stated publicly that he
was her husband. The day the story of the secret marriage broke was
near the day of a major eclipse in Aquarius that squared both Janet's Sun and
North Node (what she is meant to accomplish in this life). Eclipses
often signify the start of a major cycle of emotional growth. The
cycle didn't begin well, as Janet denied that they had ever married.
though, in early June 2000, Janet's fib was revealed officially, when
Rene served her with divorce papers. Both came clean and admitted
they'd gotten secretly hitched in March, 1991. Ironically, at the time
she was served with divorce papers, Jupiter (planet of luck and
expansion) and Saturn (planet of hard, but necessary lessons) were
both conjunct in Taurus, right on Janet's Sun and North Node. Though
divorce is often painful, she will surely look back on that day as a
blessing in disguise. With Venus and the Moon together in independent
Aries, it's not surprising to see that Janet felt compelled to give
the appearance of being wild and free, while her Taurus side craved
In Need of
Oxygen and Space
Janet has no
planets in air signs in her chart, which suggests that she is in need
of more lightness and objectivity. She is definitely a heavy, rich
personality, but not the kind of person who easily goes with the flow
and takes life as it comes. In love she would definitely benefit from
a partner who possesses a good deal of air in his chart. Yet, because
these airy qualities are so lacking in her chart, they may also be
threatening to her (as what's good for us often is).
season could be particularly full of change and angst for Janet.
Another eclipse (in Capricorn) opposes her Jupiter. Often, oppositions
make us realize that we are vulnerable and needy. This could be a
lonely holiday time, but as Jupiter also is associated with
international travel, Janet could make the best of it by taking her
passport and getting out of the country for awhile.
Janet goes through her Jupiter return (a lucky, expansive time where
we have to be careful what we wish for!) she will hook up permanently
with just this type of airy character. During this period she may also
finally release her Velvet Rope follow up, and it could
be a lot more thoughtful and experimental than past cds. Change could
be lucky for Janet, thanks to Jupiter's influence in 2001, but
unfortunately Taurus (more than any other sign) hates change!