When Robin Williams was on comic form, he made visions with words that tumbled out of his mouth and mind with an electrifying force and speed that was almost hallucinatory. His imagination was as wild and free-wheeling as a dolphin at play, or sometimes like a loose cable spraying sparks. Click here to watch a clip from the 1980s to see what I mean.
But the cascade of words hid a deeply sensitive and vulnerable human being. If he wasn’t laughing, maybe Williams was crying. You can see from his chart that maybe he needed to perform to keep the demons at bay. Moon in Pisces, Sun, Mars-Uranus in Cancer. Of course, vulnerability makes wonderful actors. With Venus and Saturn in Virgo he would have polished those performances.
Some of his most unforgettable performances were very dark indeed (Insomnia and One-Hour Photo, both 2002(what a year: no wonder he started drinking again)). Most recently I watched him in Hamlet (1996). He’s easily the best Osric I’ve ever seen: understated, comic, and sad.
The transits to his chart right now are very, very difficult. He’s under pressure from all quarters. Apparently, he was suffering from terrible depression, and you can see that Saturn is on his Ascendant. This transit is always a call to grow up, to mature, to take responsibility. Last time he had it, around 27 years ago, he quit doing drugs. But maybe this time he realised that he just didn’t feel like growing old. Saturn is the planet of old age.
Meanwhile, Neptune has been busy conjuncting Williams’ Moon. This could well have felt like a tidal wave of emotion, just too large for one human being to cope with. And that is not all, Pluto is exactly opposite Williams’ Mars-Uranus. That conjunction in Cancer really is funny. Somehow the joke got annihilated.
And there’s more still, transiting Uranus is hitting his Neptune-Jupiter opposition (a huge and glorious imagination, a connection to spirit). Uranus can be like an off-switch, as well as an on-switch. These are tough, tough transits – but not insurmountable.
However, in Williams’ case, the Full Moon on August 10 must have been a last straw. The Sun was on his Pluto — his dark side — and the Moon was on his IC, the foundations of his life. He looked down and maybe he didn’t like what he saw. With tr Mercury activating his natal Mercury, he took his life in his own hands. Tr Mars is approaching his Ascendant and completing a Grand Trine from the Moon to Mars-Uranus. Mars cut off the current.