Monday, 25 July 2011

Amy Winehouse, the 27 Club & the Secondary Progressed Moon Cycle

The astrological blog-o-sphere is awash with opinion about the astrological measurements that symbolise the tragic early death of singer Amy Winehouse.  Her death at 27 puts her in the infamous ‘27 Club’ a well documented group of wild creative geniuses who left this planet at the same age. The group includes Jim Morrison, Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain.

Astrologically, age 27 is associated with the first progressed lunar return – the time when the secondary progressed Moon returns to its natal position. Amy had a progressed lunar return just six months ago.

Earlier this year I wrote a detailed article about the progressed lunar cycle - a cycle of emotional maturity. The article also explores the relationship between the progressed lunar return and the Saturn return which closely follows it:

“The transition from the Child phase to the Adult phase occurs around the age of 27-28, when the secondary progress (SP) Moon returns to its natal position and conjuncts the natal Moon. It is not until we have experienced our first full SP Moon cycle, closely followed by our first Saturn return, that we can truly understand our own emotional needs and get to grips with our place in the world in relation to others. While the Saturn return brings hard work, crisis and the need to let go of the material safety net of our childhood, the first SP Lunar Return, which precedes it, represents a major emotional initiation. We must work to remove the emotional crutches of childhood in order to move into our future. Along the way, we must lose our innocence, but in so doing we become emotionally mature in order to allow ourselves to experience emotional fulfilment and stability in the future”. Read the full article here

To leave around the time of the first progressed lunar return and before the first Saturn return suggests a subconscious reluctance to grow up, an inability to come into full maturity. On the other hand, when we consider the early fame and talent of those in the ‘27 Club’, we could hypothesise that they had simply done all they needed to do, on a spiritual level. They had created their legacy and it was time to move on.

On a karmic level, we could say that having completed one full cycle, these souls had reached a ‘break clause’ in their soul contract which they opted to exercise. I think this hypothesis is supported by the fact that 27 is also marked by the nodal half return, another karmic time point on our journey through incarnation.

One final observation…Amy has an Out of Bounds Moon, a measurement she shares with Kurt Cobain. Steven Forrest has done some fine work on the Out of Bounds Moon. Some of the characteristics he associates with the OOB Moon are: bold, groundbreaking genius; criminal (or alleged criminal) behaviour; zany characters; ‘nice’ outlaws and finally, choosing to leave early, which Forrest describes as a “tendency to walk away from situations which more conventional individuals might consider prestigious or desirable. Voluntarily, they exile themselves from success as it would be defined at the tribal level”. In the case of Winehouse and Cobain, the early exit was at its most extreme and irreversible.

You can read Forrest’s fascinating article on the Out of Bounds Moon here. The article also explains what the Out of Bounds Moon is and how to calculate it.

I could go into a detailed analysis of Winehouse’s chart and the transits for her day of death, but I am not in the habit of doing ‘death predictions’, even after the fact. If you want to look at her chart for yourself, astrologer Frank C Clifford has recently published data, as follows:

Amy Jade Winehouse, R.I.P. Born 14 September 1983, 22:25 GDT, Enfield, London, England. Source: From Winehouse's mother to a mutual friend of astrologer Margaret Zelinski. RR: A.

Alternatively you will find a wealth of articles on other astrology blogs.  publishes most of the best.

There is also a whole website dedicated to the astrology of the Club of 27

Comic actor Russell Brand, a friend of Amy's, has written an honest, sincere and moving article about Amy and the nature of addiction. He also relates how at 27 he went into recovery from his own addictions and turned his life around:

See also: The 27's, the Greatest Myth of Rock & Roll, by Eric Segalstad and Josh Hunter. Astrologer Rob Tillett contributed some of the astrological observations to the book.

Rest in Peace Amy, you will be missed.

With love,

A note: If you are about to experience your first SP lunar return or you have an Out of Bounds Moon, this does not mean that you may die. The people discussed above are rare souls indeed and do not reflect tangible possibilities for the rest of us. I would also like to add that this article is not intended to romantise the lifestyle choices that this group of people made. If you are having problems with drugs, alcholol or have other addictions, Astroair urges you to please seek help.

Here again is the link to my article about the Secondary Progressed Moon cycle:

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  1. Mandi, thank you for your grounded take in this provocative post on Amy's short life and how she fits into the 27 club. She was often called a radical Virgo--the name of my blog and '92 article after which it was named. I felt an affinity to her for that and now for realizing she was a sister out-of-bounds Moon. Thank you for all the references, and especially for urging those with addictions to get help. You do such service to our astrological community!

  2. Thanks for stopping by Joyce and thanks for calling out the radical Virgo connection.
    Readers you can read Joyce's article here:

    I don't normally like to write about people who have just deceased and as I said, didn't want pick over the details of her chart, but wanted to acknowledge it. As a fellow North Londoner it feels close if you know what I mean. My husband used to work almost next door to her old home and said that everyday the paps would be outside, sometimes even going through her bins. Then he would bump into her in the local grocery store, just like any normal person. I've always felt fame must be such a confusing and often lonely phenomena.

    Oh and I too have an Out of Bounds Moon and so do lots of my close friends. Perhaps we attract each other?

  3. Wow, the OOB Moon sure adds another reason why I've always felt an affinity to you, Mandi. I sure appreciate hearing your husband's everyday experiences of Amy. It's both heartwarming and sobering to know she was a regular person under the persona.I agree about fame, and it's no wonder the famous seem more prone to addictions in order to handle it. Just call me Chiron, but it would be great if there were a system to mentor young stars on the both the pitfalls of fame and how to gain the most positive experience out of their time in the limelight.


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