Gordon Lightfoot

Not too long ago I had a dream involving one of my favorite musicians, singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot. Known for his songs such as "Sundown", The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," and "If you Could Read My Mind," this Canadian folk music icon has garnered 15 Juno Awards and 5 Grammy nominations.

The artistic Libra rises in his chart, and although combust, Venus, it's ruler, is also helped by its conjunction with the royal functional benefic, Sun. As ruler of the 11th house house, the Sun assures that income will be made from Venusian pursuits. This is confirmed by their placement in the 2nd house of wealth and status.

Jupiter continues the theme of fame and fortune as it is conjunct the 4th house of assets, the 8th house of other people's money, the 10th house of profession, and the 12th house of travel. These areas of Gordon's life are affected by Jupiter's rulership of the 3rd house ruling communication, writing, and initiatives. His songwriting is known throughout the world.

Rahu and Ketu's placement on the most effective points of the odd-numbered houses has given mixed blessings in Gordon's life. Rahu's effect is to fuel ambitions and bring recognition and fame while at the same time contributing to Gordon's well-known alcoholism (I've lost count of how many times the words "whiskey" and "wine" have appeared in his songs). Ketu's placement in the 7th house of partnerships resulted in a divorce during the subperiod of the Moon which is badly placed in the 12th house of losses.

Gordon's health has been problematic over the years. He contracted Bell's Palsy, a disease which paralyzes one side of the face. We look to Mars, ruling the muscles, for this and find that it is debilitated in Navamsha and badly placed in the 12th house. The affliction to the 1st house by Rahu and the 1st house ruler's combustness also play a role. In September, 2002, before a concert, Gordon was airlifted to a hospital with life-threatening abdominal bleeding. At the time, most malefic planet, Mercury, ruling the 12th house of hospitalization, had slowed in its transit over weak Mars (blood) and opposition to weak Saturn, ruler of the stomach in the 6th house of health.

The 6th house also rules litigation and in April, 1987, with Mercury and Rahu transiting through that house, Gordon filed a lawsuit against Michael Masser claiming that Masser stole 24 bars of his song "If You Could Read My Mind." The case was settled out of court with a public apology from Masser (Jupiter was also transiting the 6th house). Note that Saturn's particular significations of intellectual property and creativity from its 5th house rulership is in jeopardy in the 6th house of lawsuits and conflicts.

Today, Gordon still tours and I eagerly look forward to seeing him in concert for the third time (not counting my dream) in August of this year.

Rodden Rating: A

Posted 4/29/07