Natalie Wood: Saturn Returns

Saturday November 19th 2011
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood

Hollywood legend Natalie Wood – beautiful, talented, passionate – died in mysterious circumstances 30 years ago. She was 43 years old and had spent the previous 39 years working, loving and living smack in the public eye.

She drowned after a drunken row with her husband, the star Robert Wagner. That much is part of the public record. The then rising star Christopher Walken was also on their yacht at the time of her death – as was the skipper Dennis Davern.

Natalie Wood could not swim and she was terrified of water, according to her sister.

Her body, clad in a nightie and covered in bruises, was found on November 28, 1981.

Thirty years later, the case has been re-opened. Davern is finally publishing his version of events and admits that he did not tell the whole truth at the the time.

Yes, the number 30 should have you sitting up an taking notice. Saturn is currently back in Libra, where it was when Wood died. Libra is the sign of justice, Saturn is the planet of just deserts. With Saturn, you reap what you sow – even if it was 30 years ago. There’s unfinished business here… and Saturn has come back for a bit of closure.

Of course, when Saturn transits Libra all partnerships are tested – either they become stronger or they break.

In fact the transits for Wood’s death are fascinating – and how they link in with the transits of today is even more fascinating.

Transits on the fatal night

I’ve mentioned before that Jupiter, the greater benefic, is often involved in death charts (click here to read what I said). I like to believe this is because he comes to take our souls to a better place. Jupiter was opposing Wood’s natal Moon.

Transiting Chiron (wounds) conjuncted natal Uranus in the 8th house of death. Uranus in the 8th is said to denote the potential for death by accident. It’s opposite North Node in Scorpio, which could also denote death by submergence, but probably says more about Natalie Wood’s sex appeal.

Transiting Saturn exactly opposed Wood’s natal Saturn in the house of partners.

In fact Saturn, Pluto and Jupiter were all transiting her first house of the body. So she’d been dealing with some pretty harsh energy. She’d just been through her Uranus half-return and was facing a Saturn half-return.

Pluto (death) was opposing her Moon-Saturn midpoint in fiery Aries.

The most striking thing about Wood’s natal chart is the tight stellium in Cancer – Sun, Mars and Pluto all within 2 degrees. This is rather violent. She must have had quite a temper and with Mars ruling her house of partners, she must have been attracted to dangerous men.

Why would a Cancer Sun be frightened of water, usually it’s quite the contrary? Because Pluto (death) and Mars (violence) were there too. I wonder, was she also frightened of herself. 

But what about the transits now – and do they tell us anything about then?

Current Transits to Wood’s natal chart
Saturn, back in Libra, is opposite Saturn within 5 degrees. Justice is being served.

Current transits

Pluto is exactly opposite her Chiron – old wounds are being reopened, reexamined and analysed. The truth is going to come out.

Jupiter is transiting her Moon. She’s in the news again. And maybe resolving the case will help her rest in peace.
Two days ago the Sun was exactly on her North Node – shining a light on her fame, but also on her ending.
Neptune, the god of the sea who claimed her, is currently quincunxing (is that a verb) her natal stellium in Cancer and conjuncting her natal Jupiter. A quincunx indicates disruption. I’ll leave it to you to conjecture about the meeting between the god of the sea and the god of the sky.
Suffice to say that transiting Chiron, healer of wounds, is conjunct Neptune right now and so conjuncting Jupiter also.
In short, her chart is very active right now. The truth, however unpleasantly Plutonian, is coming out. But this could bring healing and redemption (Neptune-Chiron) to everyone who was involved.

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  1. jess says:

    I’m interested that Chiron is so prominent. I hope it’s in the guise of healer, but I think the jury is still out as to the real meaning of the centaur.

  2. diastella says:

    I was am early teenager then, but now that I read this I remember feeling unsettled about this story – that something wasn’t right. So interesting unearthing discomforts from a Saturn cycle ago and to once again, hear the inner voice out loud.

  3. Isy Aweigh says:

    Didn’t think I could be interested in that nasty, sordid drama again, but you’ve made me interested 🙂

    Love your perspective on Jupiter in death. It is intriguing, and rather comforting.

    I also read the piece on Cameron. Another subject you’ve interested me in despite myself.

  4. Christina says:

    One of my subscribers sent this very good question.

    I really like your newsletters. I was wondering in case of Natalie Wood, transiting Jupiter exactly trines her natal Jupiter. This is a good aspect? But the black moon exactly squares her natal Venus, trouble in love? But still, what was the trigger?

    Good question. It was a combination of all the transits of course, but when you look for a “trigger” you want the fastest one, the Moon, and it was opposite Chiron (damage) that night and then square Saturn (the end). That happened every month of her life of course, but in this case all the heavy planets were busy too.

    As you know, I find Jupiter is often involved in death charts – and often in a good aspect. Have a look at my piece – – and my other —

    The comments are interesting too.

    I don’t really use the black moon. As you know from the blog, I like to test ideas and I haven’t gotten around to a thorough investigation of lilith. However, she is on my list!

  5. Christina says:

    Sorry that should be “start with the fastest one”. In this case it was the Moon clicking into place.

    As another example, if you look at the removal of OWS chart, you’ll see that the Moon was opposite Pluto in Capricorn on that night too.

  6. Wanita Sears says:

    The Full Moon was at 18 Taurus. Natalie’s 8th house Uranus is 17 Taurus.

  7. Christina says:

    Uranus = accidents and surprises

  8. Sophia Dawn says:

    Hiya Christina,

    interesting piece. Re: Jupiter: I have always (virtually) found it in death charts, I see that as literal: Saturn contracts, cuts choices to the bone and only thus does form eventuate, so Saturn is the determiner of physical life; Jupiter comes to allow us to expand again. A note re: Chiron: at Princess Diana’s funeral, a bell tolled for the procession. The chart for the first toll had Chiron conjunct Moon ON the ascendant. Diana – Moon goddess and ‘people’s princess’ (how lunar, also remember her Aquarian moon, giving the gift of engaging the public), and ‘wounded healer’ in the eyes of the grieving nation – ascendant. At the last toll, the conjunction was on the 12th cusp.
    Apologies for going off the fascinating main theme here, which I will look at a bit more, but I think it helps with Chiron as well as being beautiful.

  9. Christina says:

    @Sophia Dawn – every scrap of info about Chiron gratefully receive here!

  10. Isy Aweigh says:

    CBS Juggles Robert Wagner as Suspect on ‘NCIS’ … and Himself on ’48 Hours’

    I couldn’t make this stuff up!