Aretha Franklin brought everyone who listened to her glorious voice closer to heaven while she was here on earth. She seemed to her audience like a living vessel for the divine. Her voice seemed to effortlessly catalyse emotions.
Just a quick look at her chart is instructive.
• There is her label “Queen” of Soul. Look what she has rising: Juno, the Queen, in Scorpio, the deepest sign of all.
• Moon (soul) is in Cancer, it’s own sign, so super-powerful, and making an exact trine to her Mercury in musical Pisces. Mercury tells us how we communicate — and Aretha’s is right on her South Node (exactly). That Node connects us to the past, to the spirit — and here in Pisces to the infinite world soul. But the other end of that axis is in precise, crafted Virgo in the 10th house of career.
• Sun in Aries, acting as the perfect channel for spirit. One of the reason, Franklin was magnificent was because of her attacking style. She grabbed a song by the neck and shook it up. Listen to what she does to Bridge Over Trouble Water, for example. The Sun is empowered by a trine from Pluto in dazzling Leo.
• Franklin’s musicality, her perfect timing and her perfect diction are there in every recording. She delivers a song, making every word count. She never sang a song she couldn’t feel. Her deep understanding of the lyrics shines through and illuminates the words. And there is that understanding in that Jupiter in the songsmith’s sign Gemini, expanding her repertoire. Jupiter is sharpened by Mars, and what is more, it’s in mutual reception with that Mercury in Pisces. This mutual reception strengthens both Jupiter and Mercury. Both planets are supposedly in “bad” signs — well, you can hear how inaccurate that is. That Gemini side of her also showed in her willingness to experiment with styles from gospel to hip hop to opera.
She had a wonderful life and leaves a lasting legacy (Vesta in Capricorn).
Jupiter, in his guise as the angle of death, is on her Ascendant, while Neptune, directing that choir of angels, makes a perfect trine aspect from Pisces. A great soul has joined the chorus in the sky today.