Carlos Santana and that Old Black Magic
|It’s not many people who have their own typeface,|
but then Carlos Santana has Sun in the third house. This is his latest album.
Here’s a fun one.
Carlos Santana, the shimmeringly brilliant guitarist who periodically gets rediscovered by new generations, has a fascinating natal chart.
See – everything is below the horizon. You might think he’d hate performing in public. In fact, he’s blistering. So what makes the difference? How does he translate this private world into stadium rock?
Well, there is one important point above the horizon: Lilith, the Black Moon in the 9th house, the only thing near the midheavean, the point of fame in our charts. If you watch the performance that made Carlos Santana famous in 1969, it’s wild. He says himself that he was so high that all he was thinking was “please let me stay in tune and on time and I will never do drugs again.” To us it looks like the band is possessed by the wild spirit of Dionysus. They are taken by the music. Michael Shrieve, the drummer, was just barely 20 years old.
Santana himself says that two of his songs are probably the most indelible for his fans: Black Magic Woman (1969) and Smooth (1999), which is about a, well, black magic woman that Spanish Harlem Mona Lisa. They are both about a Lilith character, mysterious, wild and free.
Of course, one of the things about Carlos Santana is that he pulls together great bands. He turns them into family. This is the gift of Cancer at its finest, the ability to create families. Santana often refers to his fellow musicians as brothers and sisters, and to all musicians as one big family.
So his Sun (self), Venus (art and beauty) and Mercury (communications) are in the sign of pure emotion, Cancer. Mercury is the musician, the hands, and he is in his own territory, the third house. Mercury provides a direct channel from Lilith (in exact opposition at 18°) to those sensitive, personal planets in Cancer.
But there’s more, Lilith in Capricorn is ruled by Saturn on the IC. Capricorn is the sign that makes things real. It’s a shamanic sign, connected to earth magic. The fish goat has his head in the clouds and his tail in the sea. Saturn conjuncts Pluto, which brings depth and intensity and more black magic. Both these planets are in Leo, the sign of the perfomer. Being right on the IC again connects them directly to Mother Earth. They are plugged right in to her magic.
He also has his Moon in Leo, so he is at home on stage, and for Cancer there is no place like home. What is more the Moon conjuncts Regulus, the star of the king.
But I wanted to keep this post short so I’ll just point to exactly how Lilith has helped Santana reach his audience. On that day at Woodstock in 1969, Lilith conjuncted Santana’s magical Mercury and opposed natal Lilith. When his career was relaunched in 1999 with the album Supernatural, released in June that year, Lilith exactly opposed his North Node. She gave him a push on the right path. She was transiting his seventh house of collaboration – and Supernatural’s success was partly down to the numerous guest artists who took part – family again.
PS. Santana’s natal North Node is rising and ruled by that clever Mercury.