Astrological Anatomy of a Rock Band


Rock bands are particularly fascinating because of the challenges they may face in linking band members to each other (and preserving the link) while concurrently touring, maintaining a business, and being able to express themselves creatively.
The key elements of Sun Sign and Mercury Signs of each of the band members’ horoscope (astrological chart) show how inspiration, role assignment, creativity, and communication interact to create compatibility, focus, and goal attainment.



Sun Sign is the most important feature of anyone’s chart. This sign tells what the person’s drive in life is and their core identity. For example:




Sun in Ariesis energetic, confident and direct.
Elton John, Eric Clapton, Chester Bennington (Linkin Park), Steve Tyler (Aerosmith)





Sun in Taurus needs to evaluate things and make them their own.

Trent Reznor ( Nine Inch Nails), Stevie Wonder, Bono (U2), Roy Orbison, Pete Townsend (The Who)





Sun in Geminisorts out information to create something of note to say.
Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney (The Beatles), Brian Wilson(Beach Boys), Boy George, Prince, Rivers Cuomo(Weezer)





Sun in Cancer  – is protective, sensitive, expressive, and imaginative.
Cyndi Lauper, Kris Kristofferson, Carlos Santana, Debbie Harry (Blondie), Beck, Jeff Beck, Ringo Starr(The Beatles), Jack White (White Stripes)





Sun in Leo  – is a showy, charismatic leader with lots of stamina.
Madonna, Mick Jagger(Rolling Stones), Mark Knopfler(Dire Straits), James Hetfield(Metallica), the Edge(U2), Jerry Garcia (The Grateful Dead), Gus Unger-Hamilton(alt-j)





Sun in Virgo  – is always looking to better the performance with dedication, precision and discipline.
Elvis Costello, Freddy Mercury(Queen), Michael Jackson, Moby, Joe Perry(Aerosmith), Julian Casablancas (The Strokes), Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)





Sun in Libra  – strives to relate to as many people as possible; enjoys creating harmony.
Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon(The Beatles), Paul Simon(Simon and Garfunkel), Tom Petty, Bob Geldof (Live Aid – etc.), Joe Newman (alt-j)





Sun in Scorpio  – evokes intrigue and mystery,  intensity and passion.
Bjork, Grace Slick(Jefferson Airplane), Jeff Buckley, Kirk Hammett(Metallica), Anthony Kiedis(Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Neil Young, Thom Green (alt-j), Matt Shultz (Cage the Elephant)





Sun in Sagittarius  – is enthusiastic and blunt, exuding confidence and independence.
Frank Zappa, Keith Richards(Rolling Stones), Billy Idol,Jim Morrison(The Doors), Tina Turner, Ozzy Osborne(Black Sabbath), Brian Molko(Placebo)





Sun in Capricorn  – is authoritative and driven to success.
David Bowie, Dave Grohl(Nirvana, Foo Fighters), Elvis Presley, Lars Ulrich(Metallica), Eddie Vedder(Pearl Jam), Donald Fagan(Steely Dan), Dave Matthews, Michael Stipe(REM), Jared Leto(30 Seconds to Mars), Alex Turner(Arctic Monkeys), Conor Mason (Nothing But Thieves)





Sun in Aquarius –  detached original and independent  friend.
Conor Oberst(The Beatles), Bob Marley, Alice Cooper, Mike Shinoda(Linkin Park), Billie Joe Armstrong(Green Day), Justin Timberlake(NSYNC)





Sun in Pisces  – is sacrificing, sensitive, intuitive, artistic, and dreamy.
Johnny Cash, Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), Roger Daltry( The Who), George Harrison (The Beatles), John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Walter Becker( Steely Dan), Brad Nowell( Sublime), John Bon Jovi, Billy Corgin( Smashing Pumpkins), Jerry Cantrell ( Alice in Chains), Chris Martin ( Coldplay), David Gilmour ( Pink Floyd)



Using Sun Signs as examples of how some of the above people work(ed) together:



Rolling Stones:  Mick Jagger/Keith Richards

Mick’s Leo showmanship brings stardom with the aid of Keith’s Sagittarius optimism, enthusiasm and confidence.




Beatles:  John Lennon/Paul McCartney
Expressed multiple thoughts (Paul’s Sun in Gemini) that would relate (John’s Sun in Libra) to many people.




U2:  Bono/The Edge
Bono’s conviction of the band’s worth (Taurus) through Edge’s natural charisma and backbone strength (Leo).




Pisces /Taurus
The Who:  Roger Daltry /Pete Townsend
Roger’s dreams and imagination (Pisces) brought to life through Pete’s enjoyment of playing music (Taurus).




Nirvana:  Kurt Cobain/ Dave Grohl
Dave laid a solid Capricorn foundation for success through Kurt’s outstanding ability to access the higher mind – a Pisces trait.




Linkin Park:  Mike Shinoda/Chester Bennington
Chester’s direct, confident, exertive Aries manner supported Mike’s unique musical talents and Aquarius quest to connect humanity.





Mercury is the planet of thoughts and expression.   Communication  is a necessity for a band (and any other type of good relationship) and the sign that Mercury is in shows how a person thinks and how they communicate.  Mercury is never more than two signs away from the Sun.  (Many people have Mercury in the same sign as the Sun.)


Mick Jagger has Mercury in Leo.  He speaks  with confidence and drama. Keith Richards has Mercury in Capricorn.  So, even though he has Sun in Sagittarius and is blunt and spontaneous, he is controlled and speaks in the realistic terms that set the band on an ordered path.





John Lennon had Mercury in Scorpio.  His thoughts were deep and could easily have gotten buried in oblivion had Paul McCartney’s Mercury in Gemini not come along and lifted them to light.


Bono’s Mercury is in Taurus, so he thinks about how he can best create comfort for all and the Edge’s Mercury in Leo thinks about how he can best demonstrate the platform.


Roger Daltry’s Mercury is in Aquarius, meaning that he’s an original thinker.  Pete Townsend’s Mercury in Taurus likes the idea that money can be made and security established by creating a niche.




Kurt Cobain’s Mercury in Pisces created inspiration and gave the band widespread appeal, while Dave Grohl’s Mercury in Aquarius brought out the band’s unique, rebellious identity.





As with Nirvana,  Chester Bennington’s  Mercury was in Pisces and Mike Shinoda’s  is in Aquarius.  (It might be noted here that Mercury in Pisces tends to make a person think about creating the ideal life.  Sometimes day-to-day existence is not enough for people who have this aspect in their chart.  They want to make it even better, and sometimes fall prey to drug addiction if they can’t find another way to create their utopia.  Both Chester Bennington and Kurt Cobain struggled with this. (It might be noted here that Shooting Star Astrology published these observations years before Chester’s death.)  Chester’s intuitive sensitivity propelled Mike’s innovative intelligence to success.





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