Read about his biographical details https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Bourdain
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, nurturing, emotions, 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 arts, values, 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, creativity, values, 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 storyteller, charming, communicative, 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.
SOUTH NODE in GEMINI
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.
NORTH NODE in SAGITTARIUS conjunct ANTARES Angel Uriel
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 in PISCES
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 willpower, and 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, power, and 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 @ 27 LIBRA
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 free, honest, 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.
Transiting SATURN OPPOSITE HIS SUN
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 INCONJUNCT MERCURY IN GEMINI
Saturn is depressing, and those old demons split Tony’s mental state in two.
Transiting CHIRON SQUARE VENUS Retrograde IN GEMINI and CANCER SUN
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).
AUTOEROTIC ASPHYXIATION as cause of death?
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.
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