Today, Nick Drake would have been 69 years old. Drake is one of the 27’s, dead before his Saturn Return, committing suicide at the age of 24. Drake was a Gemini, born at 27 degrees Gemini. The 27th and 28th degrees of a sign, any sign is the radical dispersal of the energy. The sign is fitful and dying. At the end of Gemini, this florescence translates into the shotgun broadcast of self. Cancer, waiting in the wings, wants emotional order. At 27 Gemini, schizophrenia is disguised as a short attention span. Now every 27 Gemini isn’t going to suffer his dark fate, because he also has Sun conjunct Uranus, separated by a scant 1 degree. Under strain, it’s madness. Left alone to it’s own curious devices, it’s the lightning stroke of genius. Nick Drake’s musical output begins in sparking creation, songs filled with the lyrical breezes of Northern Skies, a Celtic folk-jazz-fusion, the six-stringed bard. But the Uranus conjunction added an unpredictability with such a tight orb. The opposition of Jupiter in Sag with the Sun/Uranus conjunction must have been hell for him. It expanded and tugged on his madness while likely making him feel like a fake, a phony. The excruciating polarity was just one factor in the demise of Drake. Neptune’s square to Mercury would also add a lack of confidence in his voice and song writing ability. God Bless you Nick Drake.
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