Singer and dancer Britney Spears is 39 years old, and, until recently, and has has a busy work schedule as super pop diva.
But she is enslaved by a so-called legal conservatorship that was set up when she was having a nervous breakdown 13 years ago. Spears had the kind of melt-down that ex-child stars often have — fame is a curse after all. And she had it at the traditional time of the progressed lunar return. But all the other child stars who freaked out (and survived) — Macaulay Culkin, Lindsay Lohan, Judy Garland to name a few — were allowed to keep a hold of their own affairs. Only Britney has been singled out for this treatment.
This means she has no control over her money — and according to her testimony in court yesterday, no control over all kinds of extremely personal matters. For example, her conservators won’t let her have another baby, refusing to allow her to have an IUD removed, and she said they forced her to take the drug lithium against her wishes. Furthermore, according to Spears, her management has forced her to continue working in Las Vegas for the last few years, threatening to sue her if she did not continue.
Spears 68-year-old father is in charge of the conservatorship.
“My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father,” Britney Spears’s court-appointed lawyer told a judge in November. “She will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career.” — from the New York Times.
Yesterday, she asked a court to put an end to the conservatorship, and gave passionate and shocking testimony.
Looking at her astrological chart is instructive.
A tight conjunction of Pluto and Ceres makes a hard square to her Venus.
Venus stands for the very three things belonging to Spears that have been kidnapped, stolen, entrapped: money, sexuality, art. Apparently, she is not even allowed to stain her kitchen cabinets without permission — another aesthetic choice thwarted.
When Ceres and Pluto join forces, you can have trouble with parents or parenting. Spears has had both. Ceres, the goddess of agriculture, and Pluto, the Lord of the Underworld, are, of course, two of the main actors in the story of the abduction of Persephone/Proserpine, stolen down to the underworld where she becomes queen. Rescued by her mother Ceres, Persephone eventually spends half her time below and half her time above ground. Her arrival in the upper world is the arrival of spring and her departure brings on winter.
Perhaps, Las Vegas, where Spears has been continually forced to perform is a kind of underworld. She certainly became a queen there. I note that her father’s Ceres is also at 25°, of Taurus, squaring his Pluto in Leo.
Pluto is certainly associated with coercion, entrapment and enslavement, so this square is a tough one to deal with. Venus-Pluto may mean a person has to wrestle with issues around prostitution in a broad sense — of talent for example — and of worth. It’s a little ironic that Spears breakthrough single was “…baby one more time”. The ellipsis being the words “hit me”.
Note also that Sun-Lilith conjunction, which may account for some of Spears tremendous charisma, but also for her situation as a semi-outcast.
However, the current transits may release Britney from the control of her parents.
Pluto has reached her Venus, so finally the dark lord has arrived, and she may be able to break free of his contract.
Juno, the asteroid of contracts is back in Sagittarius, where she was in the year the conservatorship was first granted, February 2008 (21°), and then extended indefinitely, October 2008 (25°). That indefinite extension smacks of Sagittarius excess. That contract has, of course, dominated Spears existence since then, harnessing her Neptunian glamour to the service of Pluto.
One of the remarkable features of Spears custodianship has been the superstars’ silence on the subject — until now. The eclipse on 26 May uncorked that. It was directly on her Mercury in Sagittarius.
Saturn is currently stationing on Spears’ popular Aquarian Moon. You might think this would signal depression, but it can also signal a time of getting stronger emotionally, or of maturing, especially since Spears has a natal trine from Saturn to the Moon.