We don't have an exact birth time for Brian Jones. However, author
Stephen Davis in his book, Old Gods Almost Dead - The 40 Year Odyssey
of the Rolling Stones, says that Brian was born on a winter's Saturday
night. Assuming this information to be true, we can assume that Brian
was born some time between sunset and midnight - giving three possible
ascendants (Virgo, Libra or Scorpio).
Astrologer, Nick Dagan-Best has assumed a 7pm birth which would give
Brian a Virgo ascendant. However, everything I have read and perceive
about Brian makes me feel that he did not have Virgo rising (I also
interpret "night" as later than 7pm).
I am therefore inclined to believe that Brian had Libra rising, with
Neptune conjunct the ascendant, and I have rectified his chart accordingly.
It makes perfect sense that Venus, as ruler of Libra, was Brian's ruling
planet. This puts the focus on his dandified and flamboyant image, and
his androgynous good looks (Brian was the best-looking member of the
Another reason that a Libra Ascendant is more fitting is that Brian
is said to have had an extremely charming and well-mannered side to
his nature. Most of his girlfriends and later his elderly housekeeper,
were agreed on this. Brian was also very sensitive, which suggests that
Neptune was close to the ascendant. In my adopted chart, Venus is on
the fifth house cusp (in trine to Neptune). Hence prominence is given
to the two planets most associated with musical ability (Venus and Neptune).
Brian's natal Venus, making a trine to Jupiter in Gemini, suggests the
wide range of instruments that Brian played, such as the sitar that
can be heard on the song, Paint it Black. It is interesting to
note that the sabian symbol for one degree of Libra is a butterfly
pierced by a dart (which, as we shall see, is a very appropriate
symbol for Brian).
Brian Jones' natal Sun in Pisces makes only one major aspect - a square
to Jupiter, which is in detriment in Gemini. Thus, Brian did everything
to excess, but was not strong enough to maintain such a lifestyle. It
should also be noted that Brian's natal Sun makes a tight quincunx to
natal Chiron, and that he also has a Moon-Pluto-Chiron conjunction.
We may associate these aspects with the rejection that he experienced
from his parents, and the emotional wounding which followed. Brian's
mother was said to be manipulative, and in later life favoured his sister,
Barbara. At the age of four, Brian's first baby sister had died of leukaemia.
However, it is said that Brian's parents kept their son out of their
grief, and that the frightened child feared that he might disappear
in the same way as his sister. After this, Brain suffered from asthma,
and became an outsider. He was given a typical middle-class upbringing
in Cheltenham, but showed rebellious tendencies early in life (he once
led an uprising against the prefects at school, for which he was suspended).
Brian's rebellious behaviour is shown by his close Mars-Uranus conjunction,
which is also conjunct natal Saturn. Despite his rebellious behaviour,
Brian was intelligent, acquired nine O-levels and two A levels (Mercury
in Aquarius trine Jupiter in Gemini, perhaps?). His parents wanted him
to become a classical musician, and were thus disappointed with the
lifestyle that he adopted. His primary interests were girls plus jazz
and blues music - interests which he supplemented by taking menial jobs.
One night, he returned home to find that his parents had gone away,
locked up the house, and left his things outside in a suitcase.
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