A Star is Born to Die?
If it hadn’t been for a special on the Manson Family murders last night, I would probably have not thought of doing this birth chart. But I’m glad I did.
What really intrigued me was the thought that someone could be at the wrong place at the wrong time and lose their life. But what if Sharon’s life had intended just such an event? They say, “Only the good die young.”
Chiron Conjunct North Node in Leo in 2nd House (Opposite Venus)
Sharon didn’t trust her good fortune. I’m sure she was glad of it: getting to be in movies, marrying Roman Polanski, getting pregnant and moving into the ‘safe’ house at 10050 Cielo Drive, Los Angeles. What she didn’t realize was that a former tenant, Terry Melcher (Doris Day’s son), had pissed off Charles Manson by ‘reneging’ on a recording contract.
The North Node in Leo is an individual who must become herself. The fact that this node is conjunct Chiron, the Wounded Healer, means that whatever befalls her will ‘heal’ something important in her life. The opposition to Venus implies a conflict with “Beauty”. And the 2nd House shows a basic insecurity about self-worth.
A lot of good-looking women feel that the attention that comes from their natural beauty is unwarranted and unreliable. They want to be seen in their own right, for their humour, their brains, and mostly their uniqueness. Sharon was unique, in spades.
Cancer Rising with Jupiter in the 12th House
You appear gentle and soft, and you act rather reserved with others until you know them well and feel it is safe to be open with them. You have a strong need for emotional security and a sense of belonging, and are deeply attached to your past: your heritage, roots, family, cherished friends, familiar places, etc. Making radical changes or moves away from what is known and safe can be very painful and difficult for you. You tend to cling and hold on to people, memories, possessions of personal or sentimental significance. Having a home, a safe haven, in very important to you. (Cancer Rising)
You make others feel accepted and comfortable. You have a knack for breaking down feelings of alienation and you make others feel included and a part of group activities. You have a loving, protective side that wants to take care of everyone. Creating a supportive atmosphere that is nourishing both to yourself and to others is one of your strengths. Also, your home and heritage are important to you, and you maintain close connections to your past. (Jupiter in Cancer)
You are drawn to social work, the ministry, giving your time and energy to charitable organizations, or to serving and helping the disadvantaged in some way. Your generosity and unselfishness will bring you and others much good. (Jupiter in 12th house)
The time is approximate, but intended to show how Sharon’s birth and death events could be synchronized. Note, for instance, that the Midheaven of her murder is on her natal 8th house cusp (death). Also that the Ascendant of her murder is in the middle of her natal Saturn and Uranus conjunction.
A Yod (Finger of God) is formed by combining these charts. The Finger is pointing at Sharon’s natal Sun and Mercury conjunction, and the murder chart planets doing the pointing are a Moon/Venus conjunction on one side and Mercury on the other. This feels fated.
Manson had hoped to start a race war between Blacks and Whites. He hoped the Whites would be wiped out. That’s why “PIG” was written in blood on the Polanski front door.
A Battle of Good versus Evil
There were two quotes in a documentary about these events that stood out for me. (I may be paraphrasing them slightly here.) The first one was something that Roman Polanski said about his wife:
“Sharon was good.”
The second one explained why we even still think about Charles Manson (who died last November):
“We will never forget Sharon Tate’s beauty.”
I think that says it all.