Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) (November 26, 1939 – May 23, 2013)
Tina Turner was a titan of rock ‘n’ roll. She was also a survivor of domestic abuse. That probably made her a better person in so many ways. Her most famous song is in today’s title. She said the word, “Everything” in answer to the question in an interview years ago. That somehow makes it all right.
Her birth chart has two inconjuncts. Maybe their descriptions will help us to understand her better.
Mars Inconjunct Pluto
You have a strong will and always want to have your own way. But very often it seems as if tremendous forces are working to prevent you from getting what you want. If you have this problem, it is because of the way you go about trying to achieve your ends. If you put too much force into your desire to get something, you may unknowingly alienate people because your aggressive manner shows that you will let nothing stop you from getting what you want. Even if that isn’t the way you really feel about it, you should recognize that your forcefulness creates this impression.
On the other hand, this aspect sometimes means that you are the victim of such energies in someone else, that you always seem to attract forceful persons who give you a hard time. Either they never let you have your own way, or they may be rather brutal, physically and psychologically. Learn tp recognize such persons in advance and avoid them. Also think about why you are attracted to them, since in fact you may be quite fascinated by their forcefulness.
At certain times in your life, when there are great changes taking place within you and in your environment, you will have to work very hard to make your affairs turn out right. There is nothing to be done at those times except do the work that must be done. Fortunately you have plenty of energy and enough endurance to pull through anything that you will encounter in life. You are basically tough and persistent. These changes are an integral part of your growth, and even if everything seems to go wrong they are necessary for your full development.
Saturn Inconjunct Neptune
This aspect can have a variety of effects, one of which may be difficulty in relating fantasy and imagination, on one hand, to reality, duty, obligation and work, on the other. Usually the reality, duty and work aspect of the combination is dominant, at least at first. Your imaginative side tends to be transformed into nervousness, fear and irrational anxieties. The most negative manifestation of this aspect is a feeling that you have to keep a tight lid on yourself and that if you look inside yourself too closely, you will find only emptiness and disintegration. It is difficult for you to realize that this is not the truth about your inner self.
See what I mean? She had to go through the trials and tribulations of her younger years in order to succeed. Growth is the reward for perseverance.
I set the clock for 10 am local time, to demonstrate how she faced her demons straight on (Mars Opposition Pluto) and overcame her fears. By the end, I suspect that she had no fear of death.
Turner sometimes referred to herself as a “Buddhist–Baptist”, alluding to her upbringing in the Baptist church where her father was a deacon and her later conversion to Buddhism as an adult. In a 2016 interview with Lion’s Roar magazine, she declared, “I consider myself a Buddhist.” The February 15, 1979, issue of Jet magazine featured Turner with her Buddhist altar on the cover. Turner has credited the Liturgy of Nichiren Daishonin and Soka Gakkai International for her introduction to spiritual knowledge.
Turner stated in her 1986 autobiography I, Tina that she was introduced to Nichiren Buddhism by Ike Turner’s friend Valerie Bishop, who taught her the chant nam-myōhō-renge-kyō in 1973. Turner later stated in her 2020 spiritual memoir Happiness Becomes You that her son, Ronnie Turner, first suggested she might benefit from chanting. Turner practiced Buddhism with her neighborhood Soka Gakkai International chanting group. After chanting, Turner noticed positive changes in her life which she attributed to her newfound spiritual practice. “I realized that I had within me everyone I needed to change my life for the better,” she said. During the hardest times of her life, Turner chanted four hours per day, and although in later life she no longer chanted as much, she still maintained a daily practice. Turner likened Buddhist chanting to singing: “…Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is like a song. In the Soka Gakkai tradition, we are taught how to sing it. It is a sound and a rhythm and it touches a place inside you. That place we try to reach is the subconscious mind. I believe that is the highest place…”. Dramatizations of Turner chanting were included both in the 1993 film What’s Love Got to Do with It and in the 2021 documentary film Tina.
Turner met with the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso in Einsiedeln, Switzerland, on August 2, 2005. She also met with Swiss-Tibetan Buddhist singer Dechen Shak-Dagsay and in 2009 co-created a spiritual music project with Shak-Dagsay and Swiss singer Regula Curti called Beyond.Religion (from Wikipedia)
There are several remarkable links between Tina’s birth and death charts: for one thing, her North and South Nodes have flipped; her Neptune moved to the opposite side (conjunct her natal Jupiter); her ‘fatal’ Mars is conjunct her natal Pluto (and opposite her ‘fatal’ Pluto); while her natal Mars is conjunct her ‘fatal’ Saturn; and her natal Uranus returned to its original position. This is proof that she met her personal challenges head-on and conquered them all. This is a successful life well lived.
It’s only love, and that’s all!