The Astrology of “The Working day the Music Died”10 min read
On the early morning of 3 February 1959, America woke up to the dreadful information that three of its most beloved performers, Buddy Holly, J.P. “The Significant Bopper” Richardson and Ritchie Valens, together with the pilot, Roger Peterson, had perished in a aircraft crash.
Two of these musicians, J. P. “The Huge Bopper” Richardson and Ritchie Valens “won” their seats and were under no circumstances intended to be on that airplane. The musicians who gave up their seats, Tommy Allsup and Waylon Jennings (Buddy Holly’s “Crickets”), experienced quite blessed escapes. With Venus reverse Pluto in the chart of the crash, the victims of the crash notably remaining powering cherished kinds: Peterson was recently married, Valens, the youngest target, experienced a sweetheart named Donna and The Major Bopper still left behind his expecting spouse and young child. Holly also remaining powering a pregnant wife who subsequently miscarried owing to the shock of listening to of his demise through a radio announcement. And but, out of this awful tragedy, a younger newspaper supply boy, Don McLean, would immortalize “The Working day the Tunes Died” in his basic tune, “American Pie.”
As we all know “fate” performed a cruel hand that evening: the professions of 3 beloved musicians and a pilot came to a tragic conclude. Was it all intended to be? We’re all left throwing our hands up and inquiring “what if?” You may possibly think “if only the pilot was more expert” or “if only it wasn’t snowing that night time” or “if only the coin landed tails-aspect up” then we might however have Buddy Holly, The Major Bopper and Ritchie Valens all-around. The problem with destiny is that seeking to fully grasp how it operates is like seeking to catch a small fish with your bare arms. You stalk it for hrs, think you capture it unawares and then just as you go for the kill, it swims absent so swiftly that you are still left in no doubt that it realized you have been there all together. Astrology features a a great deal superior resolution.
What can you say when the airplane crash has Mars conjunct the malevolent third eye of Medusa’s severed head? It is good to say that this conjunction happens each individual couple of several years but this function, this aircraft crash that has embedded by itself deeply into the American psyche, is not just any random occasion. Add to it that the coroner experienced said that the result in of all 4 deaths was “gross trauma to the mind” and there is a tale. With his Solar at 1 diploma Sagittarius, Allsup had a shut-but-no-cigar opposition. Jennings also experienced a in the vicinity of opposition with his Mercury at 2 levels Sagittarius. Just one of the singers who would change the types killed in the crash, Bobby Vee, also had a close to skip with his Mercury at degrees Gemini. On the other hand, Valens experienced Uranus conjunct Algol in one particular diploma and the pilot, Roger Peterson, had Mars in opposition which deepens the importance. Neither Holly nor The Huge Bopper experienced Algol contacts but perhaps just currently being in the aircraft flown by Peterson and in attendance with Valens had been enough! DiMucci had no Algol contacts but his role in the tragedy is considerably unclear.
When “American Pie” was recorded byMcLeanon 26 Might 1971, Saturn was also conjunct the Mars/Algol of the plane crash, most likely signifying the permanent memory of the tragedy via the music.
However it is disputed, Dion DiMucci insists he was provided a seat on that plane. His variation of the function is that Holly booked aircraft tickets for the headliners of the tour. Or, in other phrases, for himself and Buddy.
Even so, when he discovered out the plane tickets price tag $36, DiMucci turned down the offer you because he had developed up listening to his parents squabbling over their rent which arrived to just $36-he felt it was an indulgence he could not afford. Natally, DiMucci had Moon conjunct Saturn so concerns of wealth (or absence of it) may well nicely have saved his existence. The Large Bopper experienced “gained” DiMucci’s seat in a coin toss.
In the days primary up to the plane crash, the musicians experienced been touring on a “Winter Dance Celebration” tour which had begun on 23 January and was scheduled to conclusion on 15 February 1959. The concept was that the assembled musicians would perform a concert every single evening in a different city. While it may possibly sound interesting on paper, the musicians swiftly comprehended the realities encompassing this kind of a tour had been incredibly different: The tour was grueling. For starters, they would travel in between venues on an outdated bus that criss-crossed the mid-West in a entirely haphazard fashion. It was only soon after the tour was booked that the musicians realized that the sheer distance in between venues intended they would be shelling out a good deal of time on that bus. With the temperature achieving -32 degrees centigrade, the musicians also recognized that their bus was extremely unwell-equipped for its goal-it experienced damaged down many occasions leaving them with nothing at all to do in the center of nowhere, often in the middle of the night time, in deep snow. Then the bus heater wholly broke down. It was so chilly on that bus that by the next 7 days of the tour, Carl Bunch, the drummer of the tour, experienced to be hospitalized for severe frost chunk to his toes. (In his absence, Holly, Valens and DiMucci took turns drumming.) Various of the tour users experienced also formulated raging colds, such as The Big Bopper and Valens. Who can blame anybody who is ill for buying and selling their freezing seats on a dilapidated bus for a 380 mile (610 km) journey for a a great deal shorter journey on a heat airplane with the extra advantage of a night time in a hotel?
With different accounts and the included dilemma of record playing methods on the human head, it is hard to verify who flipped cash. Possessing looked at all the conflicting model of activities, the writer is heading on the idea that there have been two coin tosses: just one amongst The Major Bopper and Waylon Jennings and the other involving Tommy Allsup and Ritchie Valens.
With his descendant in Pisces, Jennings may have been a soft touch for the struggling. With or with no a coin toss, he took pity on The Massive Bopper and dropped his seat on the aircraft. The Significant Bopper, with his Moon/Venus conjunction trine Mars and his Jupiter-Pluto conjunction as the apex of a T-Square involving his Sunlight and Uranus was a significant temperament. We might even surmise that he tended to act compulsively and preferred to take risks.
Apparently, the MC of the airplane crash opposes The Massive Bopper’s MC, some how linking the “existence way” of the two functions. It will not indicate considerably until finally 1 considers that The Major Bopper’s unborn son grew up to be a male who became curious about rumours surrounding his father’s loss of life. The Massive Bopper’s system had been recovered some length away from the crash site. As Holly’s gun had also been observed in the vicinity of the crash site, could it be possible The Large Bopper was shot very first and then staggered out of the crash only to freeze to death in the snow?
To reply the query, The Big Bopper’s body was exhumed in 2007 just as a Neptune-Mercury conjunction handed about the Chiron of the crash chart and The Massive Bopper’s MC and transit Chiron was also passing more than the Solar of the crash chart. It was a time for the “greatest” issue to be answered: was this a mundane aircraft crash or a murder secret fairly? The tiny Significant Bopper was disappointed to master his father died of accidents dependable with a significant speed airplane crash. Even so, there are unable to be much too several men and women who meet up with their fathers for the initial time just about fifty yrs following they have died.
Holly experienced been irritated that Jennings experienced specified up his seat on the aircraft right after he went as a result of so a lot hassle to e book it. A toss-away remark by Jennings to Holly was the last they reported to every other.
“Well, I hope your previous bus freezes up,” Holly reported to Jennings.
“I hope your old airplane crashes,” he retorted.
On the night of the crash, Jennings’ Mercury experienced been opposed to transit Jupiter. He under no circumstances forgave himself for his flippant and irresponsible remark.
By contrast, Valens was terrified of flying. On 31 January 1957, although Valens attended his grandfather’s funeral, two jet planes collided more than his faculty, killing 3 of his classmates and injuring in excess of seventy.
That fateful evening on 2 February 1959, at the encouragement of his administration (who feared Valens would be as well unwell to perform if he endured another night time on the bus), he reluctantly asked Allsup if he would flip a coin. Allsup’s Chiron was conjunct Valens’ Saturn. Although he also experienced a slender escape, like Jennings, Allsup could hardly ever get around profitable the coin toss.
Sad to say for Roger Peterson, his job as the pilot of the plane that killed The Music usually means that his future is enfolded with the future of the United states of america. An investigation revealed that the airplane crashed due to pilot error. Even so, at 21 yrs of age, Peterson was inexperienced and not certified to fly a airplane by instrument alone. He was also known to panic when his visible perceptions had been disturbed, making him an extremely bad alternative for traveling in a blizzard. In addition to aforementioned Algol contacts, his Jupiter was conjunct the Pluto of the Sibley chart.
Of course we can not blame Don McLean for the tragedy itself but we can blame him for immortalizing it by a track. McLeanwas a 14 yr aged newspaper supply boy who had the dubious process of providing the news of the airplane crash. The MC of the plane crash is conjunct McLean’s Moon with Chiron in opposition. “American Pie” was recorded on 26 Might 1971 with Uranus transiting McLean’s Sunshine and Chiron conjunction. So here we have a younger person re-living a childhood tragedy by way of music. It truly is a catchy little number heralded as an American vintage, no doubt aided by McLean’s Mars getting highlighted by the Solar of the Sibley chart.
McLean’s Solar is opposed the Jupiter-Neptune conjunction of the song’s recording. “American Pie” is loaded with cryptic cultural references which have been a supply of conjecture at any time since the music was unveiled.
“But what do the lyrics indicate?” McLeanwas requested.
“It indicates I in no way have to get the job done once more,” McLean answered.
Whilst he has normally been evasive of the which means of the lyrics, he did ensure he exorcised his prolonged operating grief around the death of his idol Buddy Holly throughout commemorations of the fiftieth anniversary of the incident which occurred as Neptune and Chiron opposed his natal Moon. So who would dare tamper with a man’s masterpiece that so encapsulates the grief of the nation?
We can not blame Madonna for the tragedy of the aircraft crash-but with the manner in which she was vilified by the public for tampering with a traditional, one particular could be forgiven for pondering so. Although some persons blame her for the ensuing tragedy of her address variation of “American Pie,” the include variation was launched just small of the original’s Saturn return.
Madonna’s model was notably shorter than McLean’s as shown by the Saturn of the next recording conjunct the Mercury of the first. Her rendition was dismissed as “sub-karaoke fluff” by critics who extra they were being grateful she failed to trouble recording the full point.
Even worse than the tune (in accordance to critics) was the subsequent video clip which highlighted a varied array of Us residents, like a lesbian few kissing. “My God, what is this girl performing to our music?” was the collective cry as transit Mars passed over the Chiron of the first music. It was a bit way too a lot for any one who was not knowledgeable that Venus was conjunct Uranus on the working day the track was introduced which in switch was conjunct the North Node of the initial. On the other hand, McLean called Madonna’s edition “a reward from a goddess”. With their Sunshine and Moon in conjunction, possibly they had been enthralled with each individual other. Or it could be that Madonna’s ascendant conjunct his Venus made him significantly pleased.
By star signal, Buddy Holly was a Virgo, a indication regarded for its enjoy of cleanliness. On the past day of his daily life, he was upset due to the fact the launderette in Distinct Lake Iowa was closed and he experienced no remaining clean socks. If he hadn’t been bothered by his filthy garments, there by no means would have been a plane crash and we may possibly however have a geriatric trio burning up the airwaves. Or, perhaps not. Potentially their legacy was improved by their tragic ends. Holly also had his Sun conjunct Neptune so perhaps his death was a required sacrifice in the planet of rock-n-roll.
Both way, a person are unable to enable but marvel what may well have been if Buddy Holly had just approved that he had to put on filthy socks.