One celebrity whose natal chart has especially piqued my interest is Justin Bieber. I have to admit, I'm a big fan of the Biebs. And I'll also admit I was totally disinterested in his presence in the landscape of mainstream music until the release of Purpose. I love how with this record, JB's influence spread to affect so many different types of people. Even music snobs agree that there are some undeniably amazing tracks on this album. In this way, Justin breaks down boundaries of musical taste and lifestyle differences that may have once served to divide us into our respective categories (true to his chart and incarnation's purpose).
For your reading pleasure, I'm going to share my astro insights into what JB's chart says about his person. Enjoy getting to know the Biebs a bit better!
Sun in Pisces conjunct Saturn in the 3rd house trine Jupiter in the 12th
Pisces is the last stop on the astrological wheel. It is a sign of spirituality, release, and new beginnings. In its highly evolved form, Pisces is the saviour (Christ) who serves humanity's needs and fulfills the final phase of the cycle of consciousness: enlightenment. However, Pisces can also assume the opposing force of the saviour, behaving sometimes as the ultimate victim of circumstance. This is what gives Pisceans a reputation for being moody and sulky, as when they feel controlled by the greater forces around them they lose all sense of personal power. Positively, this sign energy is known for its creative imagination, compassion and awareness of the interconnected nature of all life, and is arguably the most sensitive of all zodiac signs. There is certainly no shortage of the Piscean energy when it comes to iconic musicians- some examples being Elvis Presley (Moon in Pisces), Michael Jackson (Moon in Pisces), and Prince (Moon in Pisces).
In the third house, the house of Gemini, the Piscean Sun is coloured by Geminian qualities. Here, we have a love for interaction with the environment, learning, socializing, and communication. This, I believe, combined with Mars conjunct Mercury, Scorpio rising, and Saturn conjunct the Sun, is what makes Bieber a fast learner with a competitive edge who can quickly excel in whatever he puts his energy into. Along with providing JB a natural sense of discipline, the Sun-Saturn planetary contact is what provokes his need to take responsibility for his mistakes.
A third house Sun may also provoke a feeling of restlessness, or idealism towards the next adventure that awaits around the corner. With a Sun in Pisces trine Jupiter in the 12th house, Justin could be pursuing extremely escapist activities and end up with an inflated God complex, but the strongly felt influence of Saturn in the mix keeps him accountable to his actions and pressures him to accept humility as a way of being.
Jupiter in the twelfth house in a trine with the rational third house presents a nice flow of energy between the logical and intuitive aspects of being. Jupiter in the 12th is a beautifully positioned planet and tells us something about where Bieber finds his true joy and experiences the most growth in life. The twelfth house is the echo of the Piscean energy and represents the most abstract area of life experiences. It is the archetypal consciousness, the spiritual fabric of reality, and the ecstatic connection to the heavens found through profound sexual expression. Here we see the more withdrawn side of the Biebs, who despite his fame most certainly requires privacy (Scorpio rising, Sun in Pisces, Jupiter in the 12th house) and cherishes personal solitude and his connection to the Divine (this is obvious in any interview where Justin talks about his connection to Christ and God). The trine between the third house and the twelfth house indicates that his spirituality feeds his daily rational experience of life and that the connections he creates in daily life are funnelled back into feeding his awareness of the spiritual underbelly of material reality. What's more, a natal trine between the Sun and Jupiter allows one to easily access faith in life and keeps one jovial despite challenges and struggles (didn't JB teach us to never say never and to belie[v/b]e?). This aspect also highlights a generosity of spirit and willingness to give freely. At its worst it can manifest as major ego-inflation.
Another reflection of the Sun's major contacts to Jupiter (trine) and Saturn (conjunction) is the fact that Justin seemed to mature so quickly. This combination left him ready to grow and ripe for expansion, both in the realms of consciousness and in the grounded experience of traveling all over the world (Jupiter), and yet gave him the dedication to his work and pressure to achieve self-mastery in the face of all the success coming his way (Saturn). The interplay of these planets gives a nice dose of both joyful enthusiasm for new experiences (Jupiter) and the need to reflect and digest what one has experienced so that it can be transformed into knowledge (Saturn).
North Node in the 12th house
The lunar nodes are a karmic axis indicative of past life points of focus (south node) and lesser developed areas belonging to this lifetime that are now seeking active attention (north node). With the north node in the 12th house, Justin is being asked to develop the most spiritual of qualities in his life journey: unconditional love, endless compassion, non-attachment to material goods, mastery of the emotions and awareness of energetic archetypes. The other side to this node is the tendency to play saviour in the lives of others, feeling the pressure to save those who have a hard time dealing with the difficulties of life (this is also the shadow of the Piscean mystic/healer-type energy). This aspect will surely drive JB into exploring spiritual practice and will have him craving solitude to recharge from his draining role as the saviour/victim (twelfth house!) of the public.
Moon in Libra in the 11th house squaring Uranus and Neptune in the 2nd
A moon in Libra is suggestive of a personality nature that is diplomatic, fond of equality among beings and generally charming and sociable. Here we have a thoughtful mind, seeking to create and maintain harmony in all relationships. However, in the 11th house and squaring Uranus (the ruler of the 11th), this moon in Libra needs a lot of freedom to act independently and can be stubborn in its ways. This aspect may manifest in a way where JB's Libran preference for peace and harmony leads him to be passive and uncommunicative (in order to avoid conflict) while still stubbornly pursuing his freedom-seeking actions (Uranus), creating tension in relationships. Because the Moon represents the mother, there may have been some of this same tendency in Justin's mom. Another reflection of a Moon in the eleventh house is an inventive mind that loves connecting with people of all backgrounds (Aquarius/11th house) and intuitively understands what is needed to create strong community ties.
With the Moon's contact from Uranus in the second house, the area of life concerned with personal resources and finances, Justin's ability to earn as a reflection of his creative capital (personal resource/talent) is strongly impacted by his need to express what he feels is his unique way of being and doing things (Uranus/Moon in the 11th house). It is interesting how, having honoured his need to progress into a new style of music with the release of Purpose, Justin has risen to new heights of musical success and fame. Uranus and Neptune in the 2nd also offer clues as to how JB might access financial prosperity: Uranus indicates originality, honouring one's true identity and commitment to individuality and Neptune suggests the arts or spiritual pursuits. Both planets also indicate a sense of wavering financial practices such as impulse purchases and confusion towards the proper handling of finances. Luckily, Biebs has enough money to not worry about things like that.
The square between the Moon and Neptune (the ruler of Pisces) can indicate a tendency to slip into a rich dream world to escape reality, or can simply suggest a pronounced sensitivity to 'vibes,' which directly effects the mind and the expression of emotion. I recently read that Justin has taken a break from doing meet and greets with his fans because he feels that their 'spiritual energy is draining.' This is a perfect reflection of his combined placements of Sun in Pisces, north node in the twelfth house, and Moon square Neptune/Uranus.
Scorpio rising with Pluto conjunct the Ascendent
Scorpio is a sign commonly associated with intensity and sexuality. It is a sign that craves deep intimacy and does not stand for superficial interactions. With a Pisces Sun and Libra moon, this Scorpionic quality is given a bit of room to breathe, as both these signs are extremely sociable. Nonetheless, inside the experience of a Scorpio rising grounded in his power, the inner emotional landscape is rich and deep. The essence of Scorpio's journey is purification. It is another sign of release, most notably the release of destructive, conditioned emotional responses that are no longer serving the journey towards unconditional love of the self and others. This is obviously one of the most difficult areas of life, and this is why the sign energy is so misunderstood. Scorpio carries a distinctly transformative quality, and Scorpio rising inhabits transformation and can transform others. The meaning of this rising sign is doubly intensified for Justin by the conjunction of the sign's ruler (Pluto) with the Ascendent (in Scorpio). With this aspect, the shadow is fully explored and conquered if the hero is to progress along his journey. The most negative manifestation of this energy creates a reclusive, emotionally charged individual who, as a result of feeling powerless, resists the necessary changes he is being pushed to undergo and instead feeds destructive behaviours and toxic relationships.
Venus in Pisces conjunct the IC and positively aspected
Justin's Venus is exalted in the sign of Pisces and positively aspects 5 other planets in the chart! This is a true blessing, especially in the 4th house or IC, as this means he is grounded in self-love and his ability to find emotional fulfillment within himself first. This Venus is also indicative of many creative talents, especially those that are conceptual in nature (such as music or dance). The Biebs is a guy who likes to nurture others and is naturally aware of their deepest needs. He is also attracted to women who embody these qualities (note- Selena Gomez is a Sun in Cancer, the sign energy echoed by the 4th house, not to mention the Piscean qualities she exhibits through her Sun in the twelfth house). A positively aspected fourth house also suggests that JB's early home environment was experienced as safe and loving, and with Venus conjunct the IC, Bieber's approach to relationships has been largely influenced by his mother and his early conditioning. With this aspect, he will always value family in life.
7 water planets (including the Ascendent)
This guy is all water. The water signs are the signs connected to love, and for this reason they embody the ultimate spiritual journey through the wheel. The lessons we learn through the emotional landscape and our need to bond or fuse with others and our surroundings are ultimately the ones that carry us towards understanding how to live in the open exchange of love and connect fully to everyone and everything around us.
Sabian symbol for 29 degrees Scorpio (JB's Ascendent angle)
The Sabian symbols offer visually intuitive ways of understanding every angle in the astrological wheel. At 29 degrees Scorpio, this is what we see:
An indian squaw pleading to the chief for the lives of her children
Dane Rhudyar has interpreted this symbol as such: Love as a principle of redemption. In his words: "this symbol presents us with the value of prayer. The principle of wholeness in man (the soul) acts to offset the dictates of karma. Mary, the Mother, is seen as the [mediator] in constant acts of intercession for the sake of waylaid individuals."
Here we again see the force of unconditional love as the ultimate guiding principle of life leading the individual, and, by his example, those who surround him. With perfect love as the goal, we undergo a transformative journey that ends in the ultimate connection to the divine as the fabric that connects all that is to be found in this universe.