If the U.S. ever had to have a Prince, that would be John F. Kennedy Jr. He came to this world possessing all the fortunate social indicators that can promise an enviable and privileged life, and yet his life was a modern version of a Greek tragedy.
It was during the first days of July when the documentary I AM JFK Jr got my attention. I had to do his chart and surprise! Transiting Mars was on the exact degree as his natal Mars! What a synchronicity?
JFK Jr was born on November 25, 1960 in Washington at 00:22, just 18 days after his father was elected as the president of the United States. Eventually his birth was linked with a new era for the nation, a promising period of change and hope. That happy boy was raised in the public eye right from the beginning. He was actually the only child ever born to a president elect.
Born under the Sun sign of Sagittarius, this personality is constantly seeking for a spiritual meaning in everything around him. A Sagittarian finds fulfillment in the Truth. His philosophical approach helps him transmute experiences into wisdom. There’s optimism, enthusiasm, expansion and lots of opportunities thanks to this positive nature. His friends described him as a risk lover, who liked the heightened sense of being at the edge, an adventurer, a person with great sense of humor. Sag craves for freedom! Well, the square to Pluto, ascendant and Lunar Nodes surely gives him a hard time to liberate. There’s pain, death and transformation. You have to earn your freedom and must definitely not be superficial and, as it turned out he wasn’t.
But he was a normal man trying to live a normal life. This is actually something he owed to his upbringing. Jackie was a strong woman, a Lionel mother (she was born under the sign of Leo) who did everything in her power to safeguard her kids from the press or any potential threats. At the same time, she also made sure they engaged with the outside world and with other children, including but certainly not limited to their young Kennedy cousins. Family was a big deal, but family also carried a lot of traumas and karma deals – or a curse as is often said. John’s natal Aquarian Moon was in exact conjunction to Chiron and an opposition to Uranus. In the Myth of Chiron, after his birth he was abandoned and never really knew his father Cronos. There’s a sense of rejection creating deep psychological issues. John was not abandoned by his mother; on the contrary. But it is almost certain that there was a fear of losing her or maybe he was aware of his mother emotional suffering. In any case there seems to be a “dependent” relationship, and due to the circumstances she was the leading power in his life: her Pluto in conjunction to his retrograde Mars, her Mars on his Asc – NN – Pluto stellium and Jupiter on his MC. The Aquarian trends however (by sign and by aspect to Uranus) are definitely giving the need for independence and break through. As he had said “our mother taught us not to subordinate our lives to the expectations of others. It was Jackie who tried to make everything her own way in contrast to our father who was “forced” to be in politics after his brothers’ death”. In reference to the Chiron’s influence, the concept of healing and teaching is connected to the practice of the own internal and natural charismas, as the inherited gifts of the Gods. Only then one can bridge the gap of the anima self and the refined personality.
Teach to whom? And who’s wounds to heal? The most amazing thing is that JFK Jr’s natal Moon is at the exact degree of the United States Moon; 27th of Aquarius. This states that this man was linked to the hearts of an entire nation. It also states that Chiron was there to heal and teach through this man’s life. This configuration turned out to be prominent and very active at the end of his life as we will see later.
In the natal chart of JFK Jr, Mars – the assertive energy of determination and accomplishment - was in retrograde motion in the introvert sign of Cancer (it actually retrograded 4 days earlier being therefore in very slow motion). In this case, the survival instinct forces the individual to search for the power inwardly and even better within the family shelter. The opposition to Saturn may portray the early loss – absence of the father but it also strongly links the individual with the family heritage (Saturn – authority). Does this sideline the strength of Mars? Is this an indicator of a weak person? The answer is no, at least not until one is in contact with his spirituality and consciousness. It is then that he will be able to bridle the immature instincts and impulsive reactions. It is true however that people with natal retrograde Mars lack direction for a great part of their lives. It’s like they are hindered to do what they like because they’re simply not supposed to. Inevitably, they prefer others to act on behalf of them because they feel others do it better. They need guidance and support and ask for a second opinion. We can assume that JFK Jr had to rise to the occasion of being a member of a prominent and well respected family. But retrograde Mars also indicates a “second chance”, to do differently than the family (Cancer).
Virgo rising creates the need for order and purity for oneself. Everything is filtered through the reasoning and ideas, constantly over-analyzing both incoming and outgoing messages. It can be easily trapped into an imaginary persona shaped due to the expectations of others. How did this work for JFK Jr? As he had admitted he was very young when he lost his father and he barely had any memories of him. He didn’t even remember the legendary moment when he was saluting his father coffin as it was passing him by. In reality, as he had said “this was not a subject spent analyzing it”. What he knew about him was through the opinion and testimonies of the others. In this case however the others were the entire world and not just the close environment and family. His lunar Nodes in Pisces-Virgo axis and North Node and Pluto right on his ascendant ads a karmic debt both to the world and to himself (note that his father’s Moon was at the 17th degree of Virgo, another karmic connection to him). This is a strong indicator of a leading personality, someone who has to do it on its own way and become an inspiration to the others – South Node Descendent cusp. The only prerequisite is to be authentic and true to the Self. In the Pisces – Virgo karmic axis, one has to maximize the virtues, cleanse from toxic and negative thinking, fulfill the spiritual yearning, use their sensibility to tune in to their surroundings or the needs of the people and ultimately be in the service of the humanity. One must eventually sacrifice the Ego but consciously and willingly.
“People often tell me I could be a great
man. I'd rather be a good man.”
John F. Kennedy Jr
The year of 1968 was very intense for John Kennedy Jr. On June 5th, his uncle Robert - who was a father figure to him - was assassinated shortly after winning the Californian presidential primaries. “I hate this country,” Jackie cried. “I despise America and I don’t want my children to live here anymore. If they’re killing Kennedys, my kids are number one targets.”
A lot was written about his mother’s decision to marry Aristotle Onassis, it is certain however that the Greek tycoon offered security and lots of money. The new step-father tried to win Jackie’s children by giving them a lot and expensive gifts. John was an eight year old child and Ari was a 62 year old gentleman of a totally different mentality and culture. For John he was always Mr. Onassis. He in his turn assured the boy that his intentions were not to take his father’s position but nevertheless it became apparent that there has never been a bond. In all the biographical evidence, the blame was on Onassis because of his “inability” for gentle approach but, looking at the 8th house Saturn transit in John’s chart squaring his progressed Venus in Capricorn, the kid was probably felt cold regarding this relationship. This is also an indicator of the female-mother making a well calculated marriage for the sake of security but also out of fear. Taking into account the transiting Mars on his progressed Asc, he was probably angry and in tension. This marriage was definitely a turning point for JFK Jr. His progressed Moon was right on his MC opposing his progressed Sun, squaring his progressed Nodes all at the 10th degrees of the mutable signs. The Moon-Sun (4th – 10th house) opposition describes the end of the Kennedy mother and the beginning of the Kennedy-Onassis. Besides, his mother had to split her time between Greece and New York while the kids had to start at a new school, notorious for racial mix.
The death of Aristotle Onassis gave a permanent closure to this chapter of his life. The lunar eclipse of May 1975, at the 3rd degree of Gemini-Sagittarius right on his natal Sun and progressed Mercury (ruler of both Asc and MC) but also transiting Saturn in exact conjunction to his progressed Mars, gives me the impression that he was merely relieved but also emotionally affected. This father figure collapsed after his son Alexander was killed two years earlier. Still, his family was now rich thanks to a settling of millions of dollars between his mother and the inheritors. After Onassis’ death, Jackie said
“Aristotle Onassis rescued me at a moment when my life was engulfed with shadows. He meant a lot to me. He brought me into a world where one could find both happiness and love. We lived through many beautiful experiences together which cannot be forgotten, and for which I will be eternally grateful”.
As he was growing older, JFK Jr became a sex symbol and was even voted as the sexiest man alive in 1988. His aim was to become an actor but it is said that his mother strongly disapproved it and eventually chose the legal sector. He dated with a number of Hollywood celebrities and once again we see him living his dream through female figures (Moon/Chiron and retrograde Mars in Cancer). On May 19, 1994 his beloved mother passed away. Transiting Saturn was in exact conjunction to his North Node (loss and disconnection with the past). There were two eclipses on May, a Solar in exact conjunction to his progressed Moon (19 of Taurus) and a Lunar on his natal Sun (the same pattern as in 1975 when his step-father died). John announced his mother’s death to the press in total control of his emotional and facial expression. He had learned to keep a distance between the public demonstrations and his family affairs, without offending either part.
Without the presence of his mother JFK Jr was somehow free to start over and be more of himself. On September 8th 1995 he announced the launch of “George” an innovative political magazine, in which he was editing and interviewing. During that time, his progressed Sun/Mars opposition denotes the turning point where the person realizes his position in relation to the others, understand his actual power or the influential effects of the others in his life and the personal space he has allowed them to trespass. This is the point one needs to fight back, regain the lost territories and defends his walls. As a young man he seemed to have a problem finding himself; now he’s ready to do so. In addition, on that day there was a Full Moon at 15 degrees of Virgo/Pisces axis (1st – 7th house), presenting himself to the public as through editing he wants his voice – and opinion – to be heard. “My horizon is George” said as a host in History channel, manifesting his Sagittarius Sun in the 3rd house. With this magazine he chose the role of the observer rather than the participant, in an attempt to find his own place in politics.
On September 21st he secretly got married to Carolyn Bessette, a beautiful and sweet girl born on January 7th, 1966. Their synastry shows a strong and fateful connection between the two: her MC and SN in conjunction to his natal Sun, her Moon on his Mars, her Sun on his Saturn and her Saturn on his 7th house cusp. These two souls were meant to be together, teaching and nurturing each other but also facing difficulties which will either strengthen them or alienate them. The truth is that Carolyn had a hard time with the publicity of her spouse and John had to protect her – just like his mother did with him.
Let’s take a moment and go back to his step father Onassis. Many of you may know that he was the owner of the only Greek Airline Company (Olympic Airways). His son Alexandros had the general management of the company but was also a pilot who was killed in an airplane crash in 1973. John Jr happened to share the same love for flying airplanes but Jackie who experienced the death of her step-son was forcefully opposed to the occasion that her son may receive a pilot’s license. In respect to her wish and fear, he waited until after her death and eventually fulfilled his dream to learn to fly.
The only person I’ve been able to get to go up with me, who looks forward to it as much as I do, is my wife
he had proudly said.
On February 15, 1999, a Solar Eclipse at 27o08’ degree of Aquarius was in an exact conjunction to his Moon/Chiron configuration. Something big was going to happen in his life, not to forget to the US also. It was on July the 16 when John and his wife Carolyn had scheduled to fly to Martha’s Vineyard in order to attend to the wedding of Rory Kennedy – John’s cousin. Carolyn’s sister was going to be with them too. The plan was to take off at 6 p.m. but both ladies were late due to heavy traffic on the way to the airport. By the time they arrived the Sun had already set. John decided to stick with the plan and leave, even though there was no day light. Mercury in retrograde motion was probably responsible for all the delays but was not also helpful in taking the correct decision. The plane finally left the airport at 8:39 pm and at 10:05 the traffic controller at Martha’s Vineyard reported that the plane failed to arrive. The plane was missing and two days later the debris of the plane were found in the bottom of the sea. John, Carolyn and her sister were dead. His progressed Venus was in conjunction to his Chiron/Moon and the eclipsed point of his chart. Venus represents the females of our life but also the satisfaction, joy and happiness we get. Venus is a marriage indicator and they were on their way to a marriage! Jupiter in the 8th house in inconjunction to his Sun, his optimism made him feel he could beat death. Or maybe he challenged death, as transiting Pluto was squaring his natal Pluto - not consciously of course. Transiting Saturn in the 9th house (flights) in a square to transiting Uranus describes the unexpected event which has a greater impact to the collective. But in a personal level, the ability to control ones life is in conflict with the need to let go. John was facing a lot of problems during that year which caused him a lot of stress and heavy burden. The position of the Sun was on his progressed Moon, illuminating his need to be closed to his family but may also indicate his meeting with his mother on the “other side”. Last but not least, transiting Moon was in Virgo, in a close conjunction to his father natal Moon and his mother natal Mars, but also sharing the same Moon position with his mother’s death. What are the odds…
The life of the American Prince was prematurely terminated and so were the mythical elements he carried throughout his life. He personified the vision of the American dream but now that dream was over. But he will never be forgotten…
All charts provided by the author and IAM
JFK jr.: By NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
First published in: www.infinityastrologicalmagazine.com, Sep/Oct 2017.
Angela Tikis has been a full-time astrologer for about eight years and practices in Athens but thanks to internet technology, she has clients from various parts of Greece and other countries. She approaches the natal chart from a psychological point of view. By reinforcing the positive elements and by trying to eliminate the negative patterns, we automatically become masters of our lives. Angela supports a younger generation of astrologers who shows a substantial interest in the mystical, inner and psychological side of astrology, the knowledge which she considers as essential for a correct interpretation of a chart or even for an accurate prediction.
Angela is an OPA Satellite (The Organisation for Professional Astrology) for Greece.
© 2017 - Angela Tikis - published by Infinity Astrological Magazine
26-May-2018, 20:05 UT/GMT
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