In the Key of Gemini: Charles Aznavour
In his long, long musical career, the great French balladeer Charles Aznavour has written hundreds of songs and recorded thousands. His Sun is at 0° Gemini, the sign of the songsmith.
“I can write on any subject. Just give me the first line, which is the most important.”
Aznavour will turn 92 on May 22. His last tour was in 2014, and his first American musical is being staged this spring; he started work at the age of nine. That is quite the career! Yes, he has hard-working Capricorn Rising, and its ruler Saturn is the most elevated planet. He also has his Moon in Capricorn — work nourishes him.
“Working is my pleasure.”
And that Moon is a key to his appeal. It’s in the 12th house of the collective. Aznavour can connect emotionally to all of us, yet his songs speak to us individually. Then the Moon sends a lovely trine to his well-placed Mercury in Taurus. Aznavour has a beautiful voice, of course, as you might expect with that placement in the third house of communications. (Taurus rules the throat.) But the voice connects with the Lunar emotions connects with the killer punch: a Venus-Pluto conjunction in Cancer, the Moon’s own sign right opposite the Moon.
Venus-Pluto: love-intensity. Venus-Pluto: right on target like a laser. Venus-Pluto: passion. And in Cancer? Grand passion.
He has the astrological signature you see in many music-maker’s charts: a tight aspect between Mars (action) and Neptune (music). It’s an opposition eased into action by Jupiter in Sagittarius.
See if you can feel the Venus-Pluto in this film from 1963.
But Aznavour’s recent album is great too. His old man voice is as full of emotion — of a different kind — as it ever was. And the words are — as ever — brilliant, polished, universal, personal, straight on target. Can anyone do regret like the French?
I think we’ll find quite a few more Gemini songsmiths in the next few weeks.