Anthony Bourdain life and death Astrology

Anthony Bourdain Astrology of Life and Death Tara Greene

Anthony_bourdain_peabody_2014bPeabody Awards, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Anthony Bourdain’s shocking death has stunned the world and not just for Foodies. I am so sad to hear of chef, writer, author, martial artist, Anthony Bourdain’s death by apparent suicide June 8th in Strasbourg France where he was filming his award-winning CNN series. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.  
I was late coming as a fan of his as I am not an especial foodie, but by watching his CNN travel show his charisma won me over.  His most popular CNN series followed him as he traveled the world meeting ordinary people sampling all kinds of food. He was a very charismatic and powerfully charming person.
Bourdain will be remembered by his family, friends, colleagues, and he sadly leaves behind his daughter Arianne 11 and his ex-wife Ottavia Busia. He was dating Italian filmmaker Asia Argento at the time of his death. May he RIP. Millions of TV fans hearts are also broken today by this tragic loss. This news also comes days after the shocking news of Kate Spade’s suicide. 
Let’s investigate who Anthony Bourdain was through his  Natal chart and the transits at the time of his death.

Read about his biographical details

Bourdain was born June 25, 1956, in New York City. I have no exact birth time so using Noon for a celebrity.

For a foodie, being born under a CANCER SUN is the most natural thing as Cancer rules the stomach, nourishment, nurturingemotions, home, and family. Anthony was a very moody and emotionally sensitive man. Cancer Suns’ can be very private people. He nurtured others but probably found it hard to receive.

The SUN is conjunct to Venus RETROGRADE @ 28 degrees GEMINI.

28 degrees Gemini is the place of the North Star and all people with planets conjunct the Pole Star are extremely charismatic. They are the central axis around which all else revolves. Venus rules love and romance, the feminine, the artsvalues, money, luxury, how we want to be loved, and what we love.

Anthony was born with VENUS RETROGRADE, a rather rare aspect which occurs only every 18 months. Only 10 percentage of humans are born with this aspect. It indicates a very karmic past life influence or burden of love. In a man’s chart, Venus Retrograde indicates unfinished business and lessons with past lovers and with money, creativityvalues, and resources. This placement brings very powerful sudden attractions-his second wife and Anthony married months after they met. All the women he was with were past life connections. This aspect also made Anthony’s heart restless. He was constantly flirting and very spontaneous. This aspect also made it difficult for him to settle down in one relationship at a time, or one job.  He was authentically childlike and immature for most of his life. Here’s his quote. “I guess my whole life as much as I might have wanted a child for the reason that everybody wants one I always recognized that at no point until I was 50 was I old enough or up to the job.”  The age at which he became a father for the only time. 

Without an accurate birth time I cannot find out an exact Ascendant or Moon degrees. At noon the MOON had just entered AQUARIUS which seems like a natural fit as Anthony was certainly a rebellious individual and a strongly independent man who championed others rights. The Moon governs the sign of CANCER which is all about food. The Moon is always your mother. His mother may have been a detached cool woman.

Moon in Aquarius is an electric, emotionally triggered higher consciousness person-who sees the big picture. He was highly wired and tense. An Aquarius Moon can be cool and detached and never feels like they fit in. Aquarius Moons are always outsiders. Emotionally the entire world and the universe were Anthony’s home. Aquarius is part of a tribe, which was demonstrated in his love of all kinds of cuisine and bringing the rights of immigrants to the fore. 

MERCURY @ 12 degrees GEMINI

Mercury is our communications planet, it rules thinking and how we analyze and express our minds. Mercury in its’ home placement gave Anthony the gift of the gab. He was a natural storytellercharmingcommunicative, youthful and curious about life. Anthony loved to speak his mind. He may have been a bit of a trickster. Mercury in Gemini men are usually unfaithful or have more than one relationship at a time or more than one of anything going on at the same time.


Anthony was already a Gemini in his past life and carried Gemini traits. A gift of charm galore and an insatiably curious restless mind. He could have been diagnosed as ADD or ADHS. He was an eternal child with a glint in his eye.


Anthony was meant to evolve into being a Sage Sagittarius. A truth-telling, justice upholding, world traveling philosopher; a pontificator on religion, justice, freedom, immigrants, and philosophy. He was a natural teacher, storyteller, gypsy, and collector of exotica. He was practicing at being an optimist and showing people higher truths in life. Sagittarius is the sign of religion – He didn’t believe in God. Archangel Uriel was his spirit guide. The Name means Fire of God and “one who is to help light our way.” That he certainly did.


Mars @ 11 degrees PISCES  an emotional feminine water sign indicates an addicted, self-destructive, martyred, rageaholic, but also a spiritual warrior in emotional Pisces. Mars in Pisces indicates hidden anger and self sabotage with addictions delusions and mental health issues. As he said himself “I was an unhappy soul with a huge heroin and then crack problem. I hurt disappointed and offended many many people and I regret a lot. It’s a shame I have to live with.”   Shame and regret are Pisces issues. Mars in Pisces helped Anthony to stand up and fight for the underdog. He was innately a spiritual, creative, romantic and an ultra-sensitive dreamer. He was naturally very intuitive even though this may have been unconscious.

Mars is square to the Lunar Nodes and to his MERCURY

indicating a fateful choice that Anthony would have to face in his life to evolve into Sagittarius higher-minded wisdom.

JUPITER conjunct PLUTO in LEO @ 26-27 degrees

This is a generational aspect with Pluto in Leo ruling the Baby Boomers but Jupiter only conjuncts Pluto in Leo once every 12 years. This is referred to as the Billionaire’s aspect. The two planets in LEO brings success wealth, stardom, leadership, charisma, power and courage, great heart willpowerand strength.  Anthony was also a martial artist.

SATURN Retrograde @ 27 degrees SCORPIO

All planets moving Retrograde have a karmic influence. Saturn always represents the father. Saturn in Scorpio indicated heavy emotional demons related to his father and his own psyche. Scorpio is the most soulful and powerful of all the signs. This aspect can bring depression and suicidal obsessions. It’s all about needing to be in control and power struggles with authority figures.  Saturn is in a 90-degree hard angle square to JUPITER and PLUTO. This indicates a desire to dominate his father and to prove himself through success, money, powerand worldly fame to get his father’s approval. Anthony may have felt very insecure underneath all his great charisma and charm.

URANUS at 0 Leo

This indicates where Bourdain’s great sense of individuality, being a nonconformist, FU kinda guy. This is where his originality and personal power came from. He was a renegade rebel, a fighter for sharing power with others. He also could have had heart problems a murmur. Anthony’s tastes were very unusual. He loved devouring the most obscure things. His heart needed to always be free.  


Neptune is the higher octave of Venus. Neptune in Libra is extremely romantic, idealistic and creative. Anthony had refined taste.

Neptune squared his natal Uranus in LEO and his MOON in Aquarius.

It is an out of sign T-square.  Bourdain revealed that he had been a heroin addict, an alcoholic, and in debt throughout his 20’s and into his 40’s. The Moon involved with these transpersonal slower moving generational planets indicates that Bourdain was playing an archetypal role. Caught between being a rebel and being liked was a tension in his life.

PLUTO in LEO @ 26

Pluto in LEO is a generational placement concerned with finding harmony peace balance and justice. Pluto is where you feel powerless, and what your urges to power and control is. Pluto is the secrets of the soul, our deepest darkest shadows, obsessions, and control issues. This is a Baby Boomer it’s all about me energy.

Pluto in LEO squares Saturn in Scorpio

 This indicates the heavy demons or daemons that Anthony had to deal with. Saturn in Scorpio can be soul torture. A constant battle with being overwhelmed by his demons and carrying heavy depressing karmic weight.

CHIRON @ 10 degrees AQUARIUS

The wounded healer in Aquarius is about being an individual,an outsider and never being able to fit in. This symbolizes a wounded mind which is detached and alienated. The wounded vulnerable parts of ourselves is also where the healing is. Bourdain’s wound and healing would be from giving oneself altruistically to the collective needs.

CHIRON sextile to the North Node in Sagittarius

Anthony may have been wounded and vulnerable by being unable to be freehonest, and living up to his own high expectations. There is much more I could talk about and much written about him. See the links:

At his death June 8, 2018

 Is there an Astrology significance to why his tragic death now in the stars? Bourdain said he had fought depression and addictions most of his life.


Saturn in Capricorn opposite to his Cancer Sun. Saturn is the Old Devil Temptation, limitation, depression, testing,hardships, and feeling old. Saturn is a heavy,heavy exhausting transit. Saturn the Grim Reaper is Death-Scorpio in the Tarot.


Saturn is depressing, and those old demons split Tony’s mental state in two.


This wound has been unconsciously manifesting for a while. Chiron is now in Fiery spontaneous ARIES where it quickly triggers deep wounds and ignites angry defenses which respond with reckless actions to quell the pain. There must have been a split in his heart and mind which quickly overtook him. Bourdain may have felt cut off from love.

Transiting URANUS has been opposing his Neptune in LIBRA since 2017

As this is a generational influence it brings out a desire for radical change, freedom, liberation from relationships, and can shift a precarious balance.

URANUS square URANUS square his MOON from Taurus to Leo to the Moon

URANUS is erratic, chaotic energy. Anything can happen under Uranian lightning striking energy. Uranus squaring Anthony’s Moon brings a totally unexpected element into his emotions. Uranus is spontaneous and likes danger. This makes me think his death was accidental.

Transiting JUPITER Retrograde @14 SCORPIO squares CHIRON in AQUARIUS

Jupiter magnifies and expands for better or worse whatever it touches. This Retrograde Jupiter could bring up old unhealed vulnerabilities and wounds.

Transiting PLUTO conjunct Bourdain’s Natal Lilith in CAPRICORN

LILITH in a man’s chart is introjected as the unconscious split in sexuality projected onto the dark Feminine. His girlfriend Asia Argento had just bravely spoken out against sexual abuse from Harvey Weinstein. Bourdain was a feminist and vehemently backed all the #MeToo women. My intuition says that there was something fishy about his death. People in power may have wanted him removed for speaking out against Harvey Weinstein.

ECLIPSES as causes

The Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017

This has impacted Bourdain by affecting his PLUTO/JUPITER conjunction in LEO. Eclipses open 9-month portals which bring to light unconscious and conscious changes. This Solar eclipse was completing a cycle he had begun 18+ years previously in 2000 when his first book became a big hit launching into fame. Bourdain’s New York Times bestselling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (2000).


Transiting NORTH NODE @ 7 degrees LEO/SOUTH NODE at 7 degrees AQUARIUS. SOUTH Node conjunct Bourdain’s Asteroid EROS #433 @ 9 degrees AQUARIUS.

These Nodes are karmic. Uranus in Taurus is sensuous and erotic. I’m speculating that perhaps his death could have been an autoerotic asphyxiation that men do to get off which went wrong. There has been no mention of a suicide note so far. I don’t think there will be one.

Depression and mental health issues are skyrocketing.

Anthony Bourdain was a huge person who brought so much joy and opened new ways of viewing food family and nourishment. His legacy will remain.

All writing is copyright of Tara Greene. Please share widely.

Tara is available as a media and horoscope writer. contact her  or email 

Robin Williams, daemons the gift and the tragedy

I stayed up very late last night as I felt I needed to look at Robin William’s astrology chart and get that out. I realized I missed a few things so I will continue and refer back to that.

Yes the entire world is in shock and still mourning. Earlier today graphic details about Robin’s suicide by hanging were broadcast leaving many responding with indignation and anger. I am continuing to send prayers to Robin’s wife and three children. We seem to be united in our loss and deeply grateful to Robin for his amazing gifts and talents which brought so much joy to millions of lives.

Film director Chris Colombus said this of Robin “His performances were unlike anything any of us had ever seen, they came from some spiritual and otherworldly place. He truly was one of the few people who deserved the title of ‘genius.’

Everyone is rewatching Robin’s films. His career ran the gamut from side-splitting never out of date comedy to serious drama. In Robin’s career and life we see the twin sides of Comedy and Tragedy mirroring each other.

Comedy Tragedy Greek masks


a entire list of Robins film and Tv credits totals 102 – see link below

Robin was a legendary comedian, serious actor, humanitarian and father. Yes as tragic as his suicide is, it is also a wake up call of the amount of grief those struggling with major depression and  addictions deal with every day until they cannot fight back and sink into the black depths and are driven to end their own lives.  I just realized perhaps Robin was also taking some sort of awful type of anti-depressant like Zoloft or Paxil which actually makes people feel more suicidal as it only masks the root cause.

Serious capable help for those feeling the least bit suicidal and withdrawn should be free, accessible and easy to get. Williams was very open about having life time depressions, his addictions to cocaine and alcohol which he had conquered and for which he sought help in rehab just a few months ago.

It doesnt matter how successful, wealthy, talented or applauded one is if one has depression, addictions and mood disorders one will always be battling their own demons.

The demons are daemon’s, yes like Matt Daemon’s name, I love the name destiny and synchronicity. In ancient Greece the daemon, according to James Hillman was also a Guardian Angel. The deamon bestows the gift but also contains a dark side.   Someone of Robin Williams’s dazzling talents, especially performing comedy, needing to be ON, with a seeming multiple personality those highs also come with equal lows.

Why are people surprised at this?  We all have our own individual dark sides, it counterbalances the light. But when the dark overshadows then we are in trouble. For every star that rises one falls.

Those who live large public lives- stars, musicians, artists, comedians  also counterbalance that OUT THERE personality with deep insecurity. It is the rare person who leads a healthy psychologically balanced stable life in this position what with the archetypal nature of the larger than life fame, wealth, power and status which come from receiving such gifts they have bestowed upon them.

Actors and comedians hide behind their roles. Apparently Robin had been a shell of himself recently. He didnt even sleep in the same bed with his wife apparently on the night before he ended his life. Robin was such a great actor that he apparently hid the level of his depressions even from those closest to him. Not to blame anyone.

We all wish Robin were still alive. He gave us so much, we are addicted to his energy, to how he made us laugh, to  that beautiful soulful very real and humble smile. Stories about his selfless gifts are coming out as he never publicized them. He was  a real mensch.

He had just finished a number of films as recently as the end of July. Another Night at the Museum with Ben Stiller will be out before this years end.

Hindsight is 20 20.

As mentioned in my delineation of Robin’s natal chart that he was under tremendous pressure this year from the GRAND CARDINAL CROSS and if I was his astrology consultant I would have made him go to rehab and stay there knowing the devastating effects these planets would be having on him, plus Saturn in his 12th plus Neptune.

I have plenty of clients who are ordinary people who are also experiencing devastating losses financially and emotionally from being under similar GCC energies in their own lives who are feeling like they want to end it, that they see no positive future anymore. I check on them,pray for them and make sure they get the proper help.

Out of this great tragedy and loss is a WaKE  up  call. Many people struggle with depression, it is an epidemic. We need to look at our entire culture which fosters this split in our psyches, in our lives, from all directions, the impossibly high standards which one is supposed to achieve and maintain. The narcissistic ego dominance. The superficiality, the need to hide ones true self and feelings of insecurity and vulnerability which are simply part of being human.

James Hillman wrote about this in a marvellous book which is really a lengthy interview called  “We’ve had 100 years of Psychotherapy and the world’s getting worse.”  Hillman blames society on every level for creating this split in the human psyche. He applauds AA and champions local community support to enhance individuals sense of wellness and belonging. And for people to point that finger at the society we live on and not blame the victim.

Robins astrology transits

Robin had his Moon and North Node conjunct in PISCES in the 4th house. The 4th house represents the roots of ones childhood and ones  life at it’s end. Neptune the  planet which rules Pisces spirituality, delusions, illusion. addictions escapism, Bliss, is sitting very close to Robin’s Moon and North Node. Indicating that Robin wanted to go HOME, to Heaven where he began.


I do medium work. I have been tracking him and I see that Robin is watching his heart is beaming with joy. He is free of his pain now. He asks us to forgive him for the grief and suffering he has caused  his wife and children and everyone in the world who he knows completely feels genuine love and grief for him and how he suffered in desperation. Suicide hotlines have been broadcasting themselves more because of this.  “Please forgive me and take strength from the joy and laughter I brought you. I love you.”

But there for the Grace of God go I. I know some of us would have been willing to take the bullet in exchange for Robin’s life. We are all part of Robin Williams. We all experience the joys and suffering behind the masks we where. Robin Williams was one of the greatest Fool;s ever. In the Tarot the Fool is the enlightened one, the eternal child.  I keep crying about this great loss of one human who lived an archetypal life which  we are all partaking in.

Robin Williams Film List on IMDb Robin Williams Films on IMDb

LISTEN TO TARA GREEN Interview on the XZONE Radio & Tv network recorded Aug 11


There but for Fortune – Joan Baez