Whitney Houston was an American recording artist, singer, actress, producer, and model. She was one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 200 million records worldwide and the most awarded female act of all time. She is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits. Her iconic “I Will Always Love You,” became the best-selling single by a woman in music history. She was the queen of pop / soul crossover and its most appropriate that she had the Sun in Leo.
Leo is a natural performer and a Sun / Venus conjunction in the sign shows her immense personal attraction and also the diva like quality that she had.
The close Moon / Jupiter conjunction pointed to her level of success. The Moon rules emotion and with Jupiter in Aries gave her the capacity to express powerful feelings through her voice that would have such an impact worldwide.
The sensitivity of Pisces rising contributed to one of the greatest ever soul singers.
This Sun / Moon / Ascendant combination created the Whitney Houston phenomena. The Moon rules the relationship with one’s family and conjunct Jupiter, her background gave her great advantages and a tremendous start to her career. Her mother, along with cousins Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick, godmother Darlene Love and honorary aunt Aretha Franklin were all notable figures in the gospel, rhythm and blues, pop, and soul genres.
When Pluto opposed the Moon / Jupiter conjunction in 1978 her career began at the age of 15, when she sang background vocals on Chaka Khan’s hit single “I’m Every Woman,” a song she would later turn into a larger hit for herself later.
Whitney Houston’s chart however has a lot of oppositions. The same Sun / Moon / Ascendant combination that brought her all the success brought trouble along with it. The Sun is opposite Saturn, the Moon to Mars and the Ascendant to Mercury and Pluto.
Mars, Mercury and Pluto are all in her 7th house of marriage and relationships showing the area of her life where the troubles would come from.
The Sun conjunct Venus in Leo opposite Saturn indicates that just as she reaches her peak, she also encounters something that will begin her downfall. Pluto created a T Square with this opposition between 1987 and 92.
Houston’s second album, ” Whitney “, was released in June 1987 and with it she became the first woman in music history to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and the first artist to enter the albums chart at number one in both the US and UK. The album’s first single, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” was also a massive hit worldwide. ” Whitney ” sold a total of 20 million copies worldwide. In 1988 she was the highest earning African-American woman.
Pluto reached the square to her Sun in 1989 when she met Bobby Brown who was six years her junior, had three children with two different women and a well-established reputation as a bad boy. They were married in July 1992.
Bobby Brown is an American R&B singer-songwriter, occasional rapper, and dancer who started his career as one of the frontmen of the pop group New Edition at the age of 9 in 1978 when Pluto was square his Ascendant.
Brown grew up around gangs. At age ten, he was shot in the knee during a fight with a rival gang while attending a block party. Brown said his life reached a turning point at eleven after seeing one of his friends dead from multiple stab wounds at another party. His brother Tommy would later say after that moment, Brown took “his career, schooling, his whole life more seriously.” This seemed most appropriate because at the time Pluto was opposite his Saturn causing all the trouble but also giving him the motivation to improve his situation.
Brown’s Sun at 16 degrees 27 is exactly opposite Houston’s at 16. 42 Leo. It is often said that opposites attract but this might be taking things a bit far. The trouble is that Brown’s Sun is conjunct Houston’s Saturn so their relationship is the thing that begins Whitney’s troubles ( Saturn opposite her Sun ).
Because their Suns are in opposition, Pluto is also square Brown’s Sun in 1989 when the met.
This Pluto / Sun transit that they both shared marked the beginning of their relationship but also the peak of both of their careers. Brown’s most successful solo album ” Don’t Be Cruel ” was released in 1988 and after topping both the pop and R&B charts, album sales eventually would reach eight million alone in the United States making it the best-selling album of 1989.
Its important to note at this stage of the story that Whitney Houston’s Sun / Saturn opposition forms part of a T Square to an apex Neptune. It has to be said that the more difficult aspects to Neptune frequently point to misuse of drugs and this is particularly true in the music business.
Houston had always had the perfect image in the 1980s and early 1990s, but by the late 1990s, her behavior changed. She was often hours late for interviews, photo shoots and rehearsals, and canceling concerts and talk-show appearances. With the missed performances and weight loss, rumors about Houston using drugs with her husband circulated. In January 2000, airport security guards discovered marijuana in both Houston’s and Brown’s luggage at a Hawaii airport, but the two boarded the plane and departed before authorities could arrive. Charges were later dropped against them, but rumours of drug usage between the couple would continue to surface.
The change of image was astrologically indicated at this point as Pluto was creating a T Square to her Uranus ( change ), Mercury ( thinking ) and Ascendant ( image ) between 1998 and 2000.
Brown’s chart certainly had its difficulties mainly created by an 8th house grouping of the Moon, Pluto, Uranus and Jupiter. These problems came into focus between 2003 and 2006 when Pluto made a square aspect to the Moon and its own natal position.
As a child, Brown was diagnosed with ADD and later with bipolar disorder. Brown said that his drug of choice was marijuana and that he had developed alcoholism at an early age. By the mid-1990s, he was rumoured to be using to cocaine and crack and heroin.
During his tours, Brown was be arrested and cited for lewd and lascivious content after simulating sex acts with random female audience members that he would bring onstage. Brown’s legal problems however grew more serious as he would be arrested for drug possession, driving under the influence and driving while intoxicated. In a now-infamous 1996 arrest while in Florida, during a high-speed police chase, he crashed his wife’s Mitsubishi, and would be later cited for resisting arrest after he yelled expletives at officers.
In summer 2003 Brown violated the conditions of his probation from the conviction in 1996 and was sentenced to two weeks in prison, but was released after one week for good behavior.
In late 2003, Brown was arrested for misdemeanor battery, allegedly for striking Houston. In February 2004, he was arrested and jailed in Georgia on a parole violation related to a previous drunk driving conviction. In June 2004, Brown was sentenced to 90 days in prison for missing three months of child support payments. That sentence was immediately suspended after Brown made back payments.
Bobby Brown’s Pluto / Moon transit culminated in 2006 when Whitney Houston filed for divorce.
The tragic end to this story came in February 2012 when Whitney Houston died at the age of 48. She was due to perform at a pre-Grammy award party in Los Angeles that evening. The autopsy report issued some weeks later stated that she drowned accidentally in the bathtub. The report revealed heart disease and her recent and chronic cocaine use were contributing factors.
Whitney’s sad ending was indicated in her chart. Her apex Neptune was in the 8th house of death. Both drowning and drug use come under Neptune’s rulership.
Whitney Houston’s chart pointed to her enormous success and stardom. She was a pop icon and real Leo queen. Unfortunately no one has it all their own way even with the Sun conjunct Venus in Leo and Moon conjunct Jupiter in Aries. But like many other famous stars, the tragedy of the apex Neptune somehow adds to their allure and legacy.