The Acid Queen and Rock 'n Roll Lady Tina Turner turned 75 this year. Unusual raspy voice, vocal range and electric stage performance have been the hallmark of her musical career for over 50 years. Back in 90s she published her biography where she courageously and frankly reveals the "behind the scene" in her life. Abandoned by parents at a young age, she rose to fame in 60s, working with her business and intimate partner at the time, Ike Turner.
Not less interesting than this fascinating personality and life path is the astrology behind it.
Vitality, energy and enthusiasm, suggested by Sagittarius Sun, are supported by intelligent and social, "be in charge" Gemini Moon in the 10th house. This is a very resourceful Sun-Moon combination, where adaptability and versatility become survival tools. With Mars in Pisces, that forms a T-Square with the Sun-Moon blend, she needs the support of constructive believes, inspiration, phantasy in order to take action and develop the potentials suggested in this horoscope.
Due to the accentuated mutable quality of the chart, the fiery Sun with its capacity for self-assertion is reactive and will wait for the right impulse from the environment to seize the opportunity to express itself. Since her Moon is in the curious and pragmatic sign of Gemini, we can be sure that she will be able to recognize opportunities when they arise.
Tina Turner, 26. Nov 1939 um 10:02 PM in Nutbush, TN; (Sources: Astrodatabank; Time rectified by me)
We see also the grand trine that includes the Sagittarius Sun, Pluto and Jupiter, which corroborates strong abilities for self-presentation, and also connotes the fear of being ignored, a reaction to the experiences from her formative years. The Grand Trine involves the 4th, the 12th and the 8th house, and through the rulership network relates to the Leo Ascendant and the 5th house. This underscores the influence of past experiences and fears on her need for emotional security and belonging. Her creative personality, capacity for self-expression, and profession play an important role in fulfilling these needs.
The Venus is another accentuated point here. It rules MC in the 5th house, and is a finger of a T-Square . This T -square with Jupiter and Neptune involves 2nd, 8th and 3rd house by placement and rulership. The picture suggests strongly show business and the "make believe" within a profession. On the other hand, the constellation suggests the developmental challenge of overcoming the confusion about (social most of all) identity. The ultra romantic and idealistic expectations are part of this astrological picture, and are the offset for a poor self-esteem. This idealism is needed, it is motivational.
Above the Horizon, the Uranus squares the Asc from the 10th house and suggests a strong need for changing own circumstances and building an identity that differs from the "abandoned child" of her childhood. Uranus urges her to liberate herself through profession, but it also seeks freedom through another route. Since Uranus rules the 7th house and forms a quindecile to the Sun, this constellation implies a strong (mostly unconscious) focus on relationships as a refuge to liberation. In Tina's life, this will correspond to a partnership that was both professional and intimate, which brought her first professional recognition. Tina Turner found her professional success initially with Ike. Unfortunately, Ike was emotionally and physically violent.
In 1958 and 1959, transiting Uranus formed aspects with the Midheaven and Ascendant, which corresponded to the possibility of development and attaining a freedom appropriate to her age and circumstances. During these years, her musical potential was discovered by Ike Turner, a former talent scout, and she began singing for his Kings of Rhythm. On stage, Pisces-Mars, which is connected by square to the energy of the Sun and Moon, found an outlet, and the constellation was able to express and develop itself constructively. The Venus-Neptune connection to the profession, to the "make-believe world" of stage performance, certainly helped her to discover new inner realms and powers.
The combination of ultra-romantic enthusiasm, the need for self-affirmation, and the need for a role model in this regard, accompanied by vulnerable self-esteem and weak personal boundaries - all of which are evident in this chart - will keep Tina Turner locked in an abusive intimate relationship for years.
Next time when Uranus made his "call for freedom" while transiting the Midheaven and the Ascendant in 1976 and 1977, Tina left Ike, taking their four children with her. Out of 14 years of business and marriage, she claimed only her stage name - her capital for the future. Astrologically, we have here the corroboration of the constellations mentioned earlier in this article.
Tina Turner says that Buddhism gave her the strength to make the final step and leave - Mars in Pisces needs a belief and inspiration to pull oneself together. Stage name as an investment for profession is the part of the Venus T-Square network within the chart. Courage and the vision of future are again suggested by the Sun-Moon blend invigorated by Mars.
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