Jeff Buckley was an American musician, who emerged in the avant-garde club scene of the 1990s. He was often compared to his father, Tim Buckley. Jeff and Tim died at a young age in very different Neptunian tragedies.
Jeff Buckley had a difficult chart. He had the Sun in Scorpio, a sign that always feels the highs and lows of life more intensely than anyone else.
He also had a very tough and hazardous Mars / Uranus / Pluto conjunction which was exactly opposite an 8th house Saturn. This combination ensured that sudden loss through death would play a major role in his life.
The Sun is part of a multiple conjunction in Scorpio in the 4th house of home and family, the most significant part of this grouping is the Sun’s conjunction to Neptune.
The Sun in a child’s chart would rule the father particularly if its in the 4th house. Neptune is the planet that rules mystery and loss through vague or unexplained circumstances. This conjunction on its own would explain the fact that Jeff never knew his father, he grew up with his mother and stepfather. However given the difficulties of the Mars / Uranus / Pluto / Saturn aspect, the Sun’s conjunction to Neptune would point to Tim Buckley’s death. Neptune rules all intoxicants and the fact that he died of a drug overdose would confirm this view.
Jeff was nine years old when Tim died and Uranus was square his Moon at the time. Such a sudden, unexpected ( Uranus ) death ( Uranus opposite 8th house Saturn ) of an important family member ( Moon ) was obviously an appalling and heart rending thing to happen. It had a profound impact on Jeff’s life.
Jeff obviously inherited some of Tim’s musical talent as would be expected from the Sun’s position in the 4th house and the Moon’s aspect to Jupiter. The aspect was an opposition, however and like many performers with famous parents the shadow of his father loomed large throughout his life and this was sometimes hard to live with. His public debut occurred at a tribute performance for his father in 1991 when Pluto was square his Ascendant. The Ascendant is symbolic of the starting point in a life, so this transit at this time was very appropriate.
Jeff was a gifted songwriter, many of his fans describe his music as spiritual and moving. His lyrics often spoke of insanity, which he felt was all around him, and his fear was that he too would become insane. The Sun conjunct Neptune in Scorpio in the 4th house would aptly describe someone who could contain the sacred and delusion and alienation at the same time.
His musical peak was reached as Pluto was conjunct his Sun in 1994 -5. In 1994 he released “Grace” to rave reviews and the artist with the ethereal voice and incredible four-octave vocal range began touring. In 1995 he received France’s “Grand Prix International Du Disque” award.
Jeff Buckley’s death occurred under a transit of Uranus to the Moon, just like his father’s. Uranus was conjunct Jeff’s Moon in 1997 when he and a friend decided to go swimming, jumping into the river fully clothed. He disappeared, pulled under the water by the wake from a passing tugboat.
Drowning would be another Neptunian symbol particularly when the sea god planet was conjunct the Sun in a Water sign ( Scorpio ) at the bottom of the chart.
Jeff Buckley’s life was an expression of the Sun / Neptune in Scorpio in the 4th. His songs were passionate and brimming with emotion and his music would often create the freeform chaos that is associated with Neptune. The same symbols sadly accounted for both his and his father’s death.