Gosh, my heart just sank when I heard a couple of days ago that Tom Petty had passed away. His music is so intricately woven throughout the tapestry of my own Fate. Learning to Fly has long been a personal anthem of mine; my 8th house Saturn conjunct South Node knows what that means. “Learning to fly . . . without wings. Coming down is the hardest thing.”
Running Down a Dream too, also anthemic for me. “There’s something good waitin’ down this road. I’m pickin’ up whatever’s mine.”
While in college, I bought a vinyl copy of Damn the Torpedoes. I had the biggest crush on Tom Petty. The inner sleeve of that album sat on my desk for my entire sophomore year.
To my eye, he was just intriguing, mysterious. But he was blond! At that time in my life, I much preferred dark-haired, intense men who looked vaguely dangerous, sort of like Daniel Day-Lewis, or a few years later, Joaquin Phoenix (ha-ha–my Moon conjunct Venus in Scorpio). But Tom Petty was different. An enigma. I detected a subtle, fey, otherworldly quality about Tom Petty, and it drew me like a magnet. Ya feel me?
Someone–and I can’t find who it was now–had quoted a 6:00 A.M. birth time for Petty, and I was intrigued. Because, you know, how boring to settle for a noon birth time just because someone is famous.
So now let’s have a look at this chart.
The 6:00 A.M. chart rings for me with a truth that has lain subtly under the surface of my mind for over three decades. So I am not going to overanalyze every square and opposition and conjunction and sextile in this chart because a nodal theme jumps out at me right away.
South Node conjunct Saturn in Virgo 12th house? Great suffering toward the goal of a perfected Spirit or perfect Love. Neptune, Mercury, and Venus on the Ascendant? That definitely explains the fey, otherworldly quality I’ve always picked up from him.
Libra Sun, Aquarius Moon, Libra Ascendant. He was a Lover, with the Soul of a Rebel, wearing the face of the Artist.
I’m keying in very strongly on the past-life image of a Paladin here, with its strong associations to chivalry and a courtly, idealized, even spiritualized view of Love. With a stellium on his Libra ascendant and in his 1st house, I believe there was also a past-life lover who was an integral part of that story. And with hindsight, I feel like I’ve heard him retelling this nodal story in so many of his songs. Like this one:
“With dirty hands and worn-out knees, I keep crawling back to you.
“Hey baby, there’s something in your eyes
Tryin’ to say to me
That I’m gonna be alright if I believe in you
It’s all I want to do.
“I keep crawling back to you.”
His evolutionary path? Virgo South Node 12th house; Pisces North Node, 6th house. Aquarius Moon. Libra Sun. This says to me: There is no need to rebel; simply walk away from the quest for perfect Love. Because it’s just the Love that matters. In the meantime, here . . . experience the beauty of a million small moments . . . devote yourself to Everyday Zen . . . live The Power of Now.
I think of the hours that he hovered between between life and death . . . waiting . . . and then he looks into the otherworldly distance and says to himself, “hey, Here Comes My Girl.”
“And then she looks me in the eye, says, ‘We gonna last forever,’
And man, you know I can’t begin to doubt it
No, because this feels so good and so free and so right,
I know we ain’t never goin’ change our minds about it.”
Hail the Traveler, Tom Petty. <3 I think that for you, The Waiting really was the hardest part.