I’m swamped with business about my newly-published ebook, The Stellium Handbook, but couldn’t resist reporting on this event. I thought many of you might be fans of Sylvia Brown, the famous American medium. She worked as a medium, psychic, author, and lecturer for almost 60 years, starting very young. As noted in AstroDataBank, according to her autobiography, she was born October 19, 1936 at 2:00 PM in Kansas City, MO. She died November 20, 2013 at 7:10 AM. See her chart below.
Let me first note the signatures of mediumship in her chart. Having done the charts of many with mediumistic abilities, I generally find it related to Pluto, the planet of birth, rebirth, death, and transformation. Not only is Pluto often prominent, but the sign it rules, Scorpio, and the house it’s associated with, the 8th, are often strong as well.
(Newcomers, I must assure you that these three chart factors have many meanings including healing and transformation, so do not get freaked if you see them in your chart or that of a loved one. After all, we only die once…in this lifetime.)
Pluto, Scorpio, and the 8th house are all strong in Sylvia’s chart. She has Pluto on the angle in the 6th, the house of work. When a planet is within 10 degrees of one of the four angles (Ascendant, Descendant, IC, or Midheaven) it becomes one of the strongest planets in the chart, and hers is conjunct the Descendant, even though it is in the 6th.
Her Pluto also forms a powerful trine with her Scorpio Midheaven and Venus in Scorpio, which is conjunct the Midheaven–the angle associated with career. When a planet aspects the Midheaven, as Pluto does here, and especially when it is conjunct the Midheaven, as Venus is here, that’s a strong career indicator. With Venus conjunct the Midheaven, she was much loved by her followers.
Finally, when the Sun is in a particular house (here the 8th), the matters of that house form a strong part of the person’s identity. The Sun is also one of the indicators of the career we choose–not the key one by any means, but still an indicator. Her Sun and Mercury are both in her 8th house, again the house associated with death and transformation.
Mercury forms a very close quintile to Pluto. A quintile (72 degrees) is an aspect showing talent or even genius. Mercury is the planet of communication, and is in the 8th, the house that represents death. It forms the quintile to Pluto, the planet that represents death.
Let’s also look for indications of psychic ability, which would ordinarily include a strongly-aspected Neptune, Pisces, or the 12th house.
In Sylvia’s chart, Neptune is conjunct Mars in Virgo and in a T-square with Saturn in Pisces and the Moon and Jupiter in Sagittarius. Sagittarius and Jupiter can be associated with teaching and publishing, and many did regard her as a teacher and were devout readers of her many books on metaphysical subjects. She published 50 books, and 22 of them appeared on the New York Times Best-Seller list. Read more about her and her books on her website at http://www.sylviabrowne.com/
Many people who are psychics advertise themselves as psychic mediums, as though the two terms were interchangeable, but as you can see from this list of indicators, they are not the same. Unless both lists are strong, they probably aren’t both. From the strength of both Pluto and Neptune in Sylvia’s chart, and from watching her work on television, I do believe firmly that she was both a psychic and a medium.
I do know that she did not suffer fools gladly, and got tired of the same old questions when she did readings as a guest on television shows, so her Sagittarian Moon and Jupiter hoof in mouth disease occasionally took over. (I could relate!)
One reader wrote to ask if Uranus was also related to psychic abilities and how. Here’s what I’ve observed. A person with a strong Uranus has brilliant flashes of insight, but not of the psychic variety. Being of the Uranian type myself, I believe it has to do with reasoning that occurs at such lightning-like speed (like putting two and two together and taking it to the 10th power) that it appears to come from some unseen and supernatural force rather than the person’s reasoning power. (Uranus is bright, dazzling, and detached; Neptune is soft, fuzzy, and merging with others’ suffering.)
The Uranian type hardly knows themselves how they came up with the right answer, and so people say, “You must be psychic.” But instead, it’s observation and putting together dozens of memories or things you read and hardly remember where it came from, all at the speed of light. Uranus is cerebral rather than intuitive or psychic merging. Uranus rules astrology, and the astrologer with a strong Uranus may or may not be psychic per se, but rather synthesizes at a dizzying rate of speed what they’ve read or heard from lectures or learned from years of work with clients.
Readers, what else do you see in Sylvia’s chart? What will you remember most about her? Also, I’d love to hear from readers whose charts show these indications of mediumship. Have you had communications with those who have passed on?
Share your thoughts on these questions in the comment section below this post.