Ian Curtis – talent blighted by health woes



Ian Curtis, lead singer of the post-punk band Joy Division, who committed suicide in 1980, aged 23, was born three weeks after Anthony Bourdain. Despite suffering from severe epilepsy, he smoked and drank, and had attempted to kill himself once before.

Born 15 July 1956 at Stratford, England, he was intelligent and well-educated but graduated towards music early on. His Cancer Sun and Mercury were in a creative though escapist square to Neptune (maybe Moon in Libra/Scorpio) and in a heavy-duty trine to Mars in Pisces trine Saturn in Scorpio. His confident Pluto in late Leo conjunct Jupiter in Virgo was on the focal point of a mini-Grand Trine of musical Neptune trine Venus; and in a bleak, see-saw square to Saturn.

His Uranus was square Neptune and perhaps his Moon, so he would be excitable and changeable.  His Sun was conjunct the Fixed star Pollux,  which can sometimes indicates cruel twists of fate.

A complicated individual with a dark streak.

When he died he was on a Jupiter Return oddly enough; though with tr Saturn conjunct his Solar Arc Pluto and tr Uranus perhaps conjunct his Solar Arc Moon. Tr Pluto had been squaring his Mercury increasing his mental strain and was heading to square his Sun, so the pressure would be mounting. His epilepsy appeared to be getting worse with two seizures a week where he’d lose consciousness and have convulsions.


3 thoughts on “Ian Curtis – talent blighted by health woes”

  1. ‘Closer’ was the soundtrack to my late teens. Would assume Ian’s moon was in Scorpio – it’s an intense and painful moon placement.

  2. Thank you for doing this Marjorie,

    Ian was indeed a complex individual with any number of “perfect storm” issues going on in his life at the time of his death, not least the extreme guilt he felt over the marital affair he had been conducting. He was also a very gifted lyricist and singer. His band mates similarly were a cut above the herd and went on to great things after Ian left us.

    Are you in favour of chart rectification as an astrological tool when a birth time is unknown ? Is it effective generally speaking? Thx Alex

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