I originally wrote this article
in August of 2003. Clay was touring with American Idol and his career was
just beginning. Since that time, we have seen the phenomenal movement of
his life and we have watched him transform from a wide eyed contestant
into a genuine pop star. But he is more than that and he always has been.
I have heard people call him an enigma, a magical being, and some even
seem to worship him almost as if he were a god. When I was asked to update
this article for Measure of a Fan’s web site, I hesitated at first. I decided
after writing the original article that I did not want to invade Clay’s
privacy any more than it has already been invaded by his fame. After some
thought, I reconsidered and decided that perhaps I could shed some light
on the importance of this period in Clay’s life’s journey and how we, as
a devoted fan base, could truly help him to continue to grow his career
and give him some of what he needs to do that. With that in mind, I will
share more of my knowledge of Astrology and how that relates to Clay’s
I do want to emphasize
that I in no way consider Astrology to be a belief system. I believe that
there is a Source that is the all powerful force in our universe and Astrology,
like many other tools we use, provides information rather than anything
"set in stone". It is a language, much like psychology and can be interpreted
in many ways on many levels. It also provides us with a "cosmic weather
report" rather than with specific predictions about what will happen. Life
is in a constant state of motion because life is energy and energy is not
stagnant. The cycles of the planets in our solar system represent some
of that motion.
When I first saw Clay on American Idol,
during the Atlanta auditions, I intuitively knew he would be a star. I
heard a small voice in my mind say, "CLAY AIKEN, he is going to be famous".
As I continued to watch the show, week after week, I became more and more
engrossed in the transformation that was Clay. It was after the "Solitaire"
performance that I decided to find his date of birth and do what is known
as a birth chart. An accurate chart would also have the time of birth,
but when that is unknown, astrologers can still explore many different
aspects of the chart. I mention this in case anyone ever does come across
Clay’s time of birth as I would love to have it.
Clay was born on November 30, 1978 in Raleigh,
North Carolina. That means that Clay’s Sun sign is Sagittarius. In addition
to the Sun sign, Astrology also looks at the positions of the Moon and
the planets in our solar system. Actually, Astrology is the study of the
cycles of the planets in the solar system and how they form angular relationships
to one another as they transit around the Sun. When Clay was born, there
were 4 planets in the sign of Sagittarius along with the Sun. He has the
Moon, Mercury, Mars, and Neptune also in Sagittarius. He truly is a man
of fire. This is called a stellium and of the ten factors I consider, 5
of them are in one sign. I would say that this is not the norm and as we
all know, Clay is not the norm. The fire element bestows a strong and intense
energy to be used in inspirational and creative ways. Sagittarius, the
third fire sign, expresses this inspiration through expansion and openness
to higher understanding, philosophy, and ultimately true wisdom. No matter
what Clay does, he does it with great enthusiasm. He truly is a magnanimous
and open human being with a gift to inspire others. The planet that is
most closely associated with Sagittarius (known as its ruler) is Jupiter.
Clay was born with Jupiter in the sign of Leo, another fire sign. So, we
have this man with 6 out of 10 factors in the element of fire. If anyone
wonders "what" it is about him, Astrology can point the way to understanding
that "what". This man is on fire and it pours forth through every aspect
of his nature as his voice touches hearts and souls, and his spirit truly
dances in the flames of his open and wise heart.
Since I first wrote the above words, Clay
has shown us all how gifted and generous he truly is. His foundation and
his commitment to children are all testaments to his open heart. As we
marvel at what Clay has accomplished in such a short time, it is obvious
that he does not plan on slowing down any time soon. His abundant energy
will continue to allow him to expand for expansion is a key word for Sagittarius
and Jupiter. Clay seems to be able to do this with relative ease although
what lies beneath that ease is a determination and a strength that has
become apparent to most of us as Clay continues to develop his career.
He is also a person who is able to integrate his experiences as integration
is another characteristic of Sagittarius. . This is particularly true for
Clay as Jupiter trines his Sun. It becomes an instinctual process for him
as trines represent that which is natural, flowing and easily accomplished.
Although optimistic, Clay can also block
himself from the abundant energy he possesses. I say this because he has
the planet Saturn in the sign of Virgo, making a 90 degree angle or square
to his planets in Sagittarius. This square would also account for his sincere
humility as humility and patience are the lessons we glean from Saturn
and anyone who works with autistic children knows how important patience
is. In our solar system Saturn is the last planet that is visible with
the naked eye. It represents the boundaries and limitations that we experience
in our lives. Clearly Clay has limitations as we all do. Thus, beyond the
humility that Clay so endearingly displays, I would think that he has some
internal struggles which have limited the _expression of his fullest potential.
We are only beginning to experience what Clay Aiken has to share with the
world. After reading his disclosures about his biological father in Rolling
Stone, I believe this is at the root of his inhibitions. I am sure we will
learn more from his soon to be published book.
Saturn in Virgo would indicate a need to
analyze and integrate information and experiences as well as provide a
service to the world. The square would also give Clay a strong and persistent
need to work extremely hard at whatever he does for the world. He will
not ever get a free ride and he frankly, would not want one. Because of
his intense stellium in fire, he has taken his life experiences, thus far
and turned them into opportunities for growth.. Not everyone is capable
of doing this so it is all another indication of how truly gifted and blessed
this man is. The Saturn square is Clay’s most challenging aspect and from
what he has shared, it appears as though he is using his innate energies
in a most constructive and positive manner. I would add that this square
will always present Clay with the need to be cautious, focused and committed
to causes that impact the world at large. Clay is a man of substance and
true compassion. He learns his lessons, integrates them and applies them
to his life. He is very serious and intentional rather than flighty and
frivolous although he knows how to laugh at himself and the world around
him. Underlying the fun loving nature he exhibits, there is a strong and
willful man who adapts as he grows. There is also an innate integrity that
is quite rare. This distinct combination of Clay’s energy is what endears
him to so many and is also what inflames those who don’t quite understand
how anyone could be so young and yet so integrated. He would elicit extreme
jealousy by merely being who he is.
With Saturn squaring Clay’s Sun, Moon,
Neptune, Mercury and Mars, he will always need time and space to work out
his conflicts and challenges. Clay needs his privacy to stay balanced in
a world that can be extremely chaotic and unpredictable. He now lives in
that world of entertainment and illusion. This need will continue to help
him maintain his integrity and his humility. Saturn can be a great mentor
as well as the task master. This aspect of his nature will always force
him to remain humble. If he strays from this, a self regulating force will
help him return to his grounding.
As far as Clay’s romantic interests go,
Venus would be a major indicator. In a man’s chart, Venus generally describes
the type of woman a man is attracted to. Clay was born with Venus in the
sign of Scorpio. He would be most attracted to women who are sensitive,
not superficial and who can go pretty deeply into issues of importance.
Scorpio is a water sign and the energy is magnetic and very sensual. As
far as sexuality goes, Clay would be interested in finding a true soul
mate. With Venus in Scorpio, the need for union is very much at a soul
level. He would tend to be pretty serious about relating and feels deeply
connected to women. Of course, he also has that magnetism within himself.
Since fire and water are not always an easy combination, he might find
himself conflicted by his desire to be expansive and outgoing, and his
need to be serious and deep. There will always be the need to find a balance
with this and a serious relationship will help him to fulfill this need.
Now comes the big question. What is it
about this period in his life that allows for such amazing self _expression
and success? Astrology tells us a great deal about timing. It helps us
to understand the current life situation by exploring the positions of
the planets in our solar system and their cycles throughout time. Astrology
is a dynamic tool which supports the psychological and spiritual growth
occurring in our lives. So, rather than predicting events, Astrology validates
experiences and helps us to process and move through life’s challenges.
With that in mind, let’s look at what has been happening in relation to
the cycles of the planets and Clay’s birth chart.
The planet Jupiter, ruler of Sagittarius,
has a cycle of approximately 12 years as it revolves around our Sun. Thus,
at the age of 12, we experience our first Jupiter return. In other words,
Jupiter is at the. same place that it was when we were born. The same is
true around age 24. When Clay was born, Jupiter was at 9 degrees of Leo.
In September of 2002, Jupiter returned to the same position and continued
to move through Leo which set off a flowing energy for Clay for the next
year. Clay began to experience a major cycle of expansion at this time.
Jupiter is generally an energy associated with success and momentum toward
future endeavors. It represents that which helps us take risks and walk
new paths. Jupiter is an energy of benefits. It is important to remember
that Clay was born with Jupiter trining his Sun and therefore the promise
of his birth chart manifested during this particular Jupiter cycle as it
returned to its natal position and set off the trine. What that suggests
to me is that this was the time for Clay’s life to open up and he took
advantage of this opportunity. As 2003 progressed, Jupiter moved into Virgo
and began to square his natal planets in Sagittarius. This can often bring
too much too fast and I would suggest that Clay had to make many adjustments
in the past year and is still making them.
As I write this update in October of 2004,
Jupiter has entered Libra. Libra is in a 60 degree angle, called a sextile,
to Sagittarius. This sextile should help Clay to continue to open up his
life and expand his accomplishments. Jupiter will remain in Libra until
October of 2005.
The planet Saturn is currently moving through
the sign of Cancer. In July of 2005, Saturn will enter Leo, the fire sign
where Clay’s natal Jupiter is positioned. In September of 2005 it will
trine Clay’s Sun and in October of 2005 it will go over his Jupiter thus
beginning a 2 year period of trines to all of his Sagittarian planets.
This should help him to stay focused and grounded as the planet Uranus
"kicks up the dust".
Uranus is currently in Pisces. In March
of 2005, Uranus will square Clay’s Sun and begin a 5 year period of challenge
and growth as Clay’s life continues to change. I believe he will be challenged
to let go of the conditioning that no longer works for him. Uranus is the
awakener and it has an 84 year cycle around the Sun. It is a time that
opens one to new ideas and ways of seeing life from a totally different
perspective. During the time when Uranus squares one’s planets, there is
a strong desire to break free from old patterns of behavior which no longer
work. It is also a time for more risk taking. As much as Clay’s life has
changed in the past 2 years, I do believe he is coming into a period of
accelerated growth and development which will skyrocket him into a new
way of viewing his reality. It may also skyrocket him into a new level
The planet Pluto, with an approximately
250 year cycle as it revolves around the Sun, is moving through the sign
of Sagittarius. Clay has those five planets, including his Sun in Sagittarius.
Pluto is known for its transformative energy. It always represents death
and rebirth and since it moves so slowly, it is often a once in a lifetime
kind of experience. It does however, change our lives forever. Pluto conjunctions,
which is what Clay has been experiencing for several years now, are the
most transformative. People often have to struggle with power plays and
intense experiences in order to eventually claim one’s own authentic power.
Clay began to experience this energy in 1998 and has been dealing with
it since then. At first it may have been very difficult, but as time passes
we adjust and deepen with this energy and eventually we emerge renewed.
When Jupiter entered the sign of Leo,in the fall of 2002, the energy became
more and more empowering. We know, for example, that Clay’s step father
passed away in July of 2002 and that certainly brought about a major transition
in his and his family’s lives. And then the doors opened and along came
Pluto has continued to move through Sagittarius
going back and forth over Clay’s natal Mars. Mars represents one’s masculinity
and assertive/aggressive energy. Pluto transiting Mars can manifest in
many ways. It appears to have made Clay more magnetic and intense in his
_expression of his masculinity. This transit is powerfully transforming
on a personal level and since Pluto represents death and regeneration,
there is no going back to what was. Clay’s life has been transformed and
what follows will probably amaze us all, including him.
As this period unfolds, Clay will also
have his 1st Saturn return. Saturn takes about 29 years to transit around
the Sun and each of us experiences a Saturn return every 29 years or so.
The first Saturn return is a time of recognizing the need to firmly establish
one’s place in the world. It is often a time of soul searching. It will
come during the above mentioned cycles for Clay. I do believe he will find
himself in an entirely different reality having transitioned from the young
man we met on American Idol to the great superstar he is becoming. I don’t
know what the specifics will be but I do believe that Clay is in for an
exciting and magnificent journey as he moves forward on his life path.
From all of this, I think we can state
that Clay Aiken’s time has arrived and he will find himself becoming more
and more empowered by his fame and position in the world. He will truly
be able to fulfill his stated purpose which is to use his fame to make
a difference in our world. Think of the difference he has made in our lives
already. Clay is a true phenomenon who will reach out and touch our hearts,
minds and souls for many years to come. As long as he stays true to himself,
maintains his humility and uses his increasing influence lovingly, he will
continue to bless us all with his amazing presence. It is not only his
voice, though that is amazing in and of itself. Clay has the X-factor.
I could say it is written in the stars, but I don’t believe in that statement.
I believe it is all within Clay’s soul and I believe that Clay is a gift
from the Source and his entrance on the world’s stage now is timed precisely
because the world needs this bright and shining man of fire desperately.
As we declare our love and admiration for
Clay and his phenomenal talent, let us all remember that he is human and
he has many life lessons to learn. Like all of us, he has challenges and
struggles ahead and the best that we can do is to honor him, respect him
and give him his space if any of us are fortunate enough to encounter him
in public. Clay is, as we all are, complex and his charm, charisma and
talent will carry him forward for as long as he chooses to stay in the
public eye. Hopefully we will make that easier for him by not invading
his privacy for he needs that to sustain a career in entertainment and
we all want that to continue.
Rosalie has more than
30 years of experience as a psychotherapist and astrologer. Please visit
her website at www.starrystarrysky.com or contact her for more information