Things aren’t so “breezy” for Chris Brown these days.
The controversial musician dropped his tenth studio album, “Breezy,” on June 24, 2022, and outrage followed closely. Many fans are not only judging Brown, which is the most natural thing in the world, but Normani for collaborating with and getting annoyed by the troubled star in the video for their song “WE (Warm Embrace).”
Brown is no stranger to chilly receptions, courtrooms and the court of public opinion. He pleaded guilty in 2009 to assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna and has since been charged with assault and intimidation by multiple persons, as well as rape, hit and run, assault with a deadly weapon, falsifying working hours, driving without a license, violating the terms of his probation and illegal trade in a monkey named Fiji. The father of three has also famously had a falling out with the likes of Kanye West, Drake, Tyler the Creator, Frank Ocean and Offset.
In an effort to understand, but never apologize for, Brown’s defiant nature and alleged violent behavior in the past, we watch the stars align and fail in his birth chart.
Born on May 5, 1989, Christopher Maurice “Chris” Brown is a Taurus sun with a Taurus moon and a regally titled Leo rising, meaning all three of his “big three” fall into fixed signs, the most inflexible. of the bunch. On the rise, fixed plates are steadfast, types of sharpening stone that do not shy away from hard work. In times of recession, these people have no choice but to hold on to beliefs and behavior patterns, even and sometimes especially when they are dangerous to or for them.
In terms of the physical body, Taurus rules the throat and natives typically have remarkable necks and pleasant voices. Brown’s sound is indeed almost dripping with honey, although the sweetness of his harmonies belies some of the darker expressions of Taurus energy.
Taurus is associated with the second home of values and possessions, and at best, bulls seek quiet pastures, financial security, and the regular indulgence of their animal natures. They want the finer things in life and roll around in the sun eating cake and having orgasms. Everything is good. At worst, bulls are incorrigible and greedy, suffering from a lack of self-esteem and a nasty habit of treating the people in their lives like possessions. Bulls like Brown are notoriously stubborn and most would rather eat shoe leather than apologize or take responsibility for their actions.
Mars in the fall, rage in action
Brown has Mars, planet of action and aggression in Cancer, which happens to be a placement shared by Taurus Teresa Giudice and Tommy Lee who has also been accused of intimate partner violence by his ex-wife Pamela Anderson. Mars is said to be in this sign in the fall, meaning its ability to express itself is severely stunted. This impediment can manifest as passive aggressive energy, increased defenses, and an inability to process pain or anger in a direct or appropriate way.
Cancer rules the fourth house of home and ancestors and this placement on Mars suggests that natives grew up in violent environments, as Brown admits, and/or that capitulate aggression in their own lives, as Brown has continued to do. In a bit of a blessing/curse, Brown’s Mars in Cancer opposes his Uranus in Capricorn. Uranus is the unruly planet of provocation and dissent and this aspect lends itself to an unpredictable energy that can be dynamic or dangerous depending on how it is handled.
This opposition brings a defiant, brash, attention-seeking, damn, man, to the system vibe. When someone with this opposition feels that their freedom or personality is being compromised, they go out, often anticipating or instigating conflict when no conflict is needed. The lesson for Brown is to constructively channel this provocateur energy and challenge, rather than amplify, systems of oppression.
Mars conjunct Chiron; the wounded healer at war with himself.
Brown’s Mars is further affected by the conjunction it forms with Chiron, an asteroid associated with injuries. This aspect imbues Brown with a shaky self-esteem and a desire to overcompensate for his feelings of powerlessness through excessive aggression. Quick to anger, his guttural response to any light, regardless… how small, is to intervene and explode. Not a fun time for anyone and an escalation that harms not only bystanders in Brown’s orbit, but Brown himself.
As Mars relates to sexuality, Mars conjunct Chiron often denotes childhood trauma related to sexual abuse or physical assault and Brown admits that he lost his virginity when he was eight years old and recalls in his documentary “Welcome To My Life”, witness of how his mother was abused by his stepfather almost daily.
Mars represents masculine energy and in aspect of Chiron, denotes a wounded relationship with masculinity and the idea of what it is like to be a man. While this condition is acute for Brown, it is not exclusive to him, it is symbolic of the ongoing crisis facing men and severely affecting women. An issue that Eva McKend addresses in her op-ed “Can You Forgive Chris Brown?”
To reconcile this inner wound, Brown must honor and integrate more fully the feminine. This is a rough, lifelong lesson to learn and pain to overcome, but the beauty of Chiron is that if and when we heal what is unresolved in ourselves, we are able to give that same medicine to others. This suggests that if Brown chooses to dig deep, expose, fully atone and revolutionize his own concept of masculinity, he will serve as a beacon of what is possible when change is welcomed.
As the Gemini poet and philosopher Criss Jami puts it, “It is not true that everyone is special. It is true that everyone was once special and still has the ability to restore it.” In that sense, we hope Brown will find redemption through and find purpose in his journey to save himself.
Astrology 101: Your Guide to the Stars
Astrologer Reda Wigle researches and irreverently reports on planetary configurations and their effect on each constellation. Her horoscopes integrate history, poetry, pop culture and personal experience. She is also an accomplished writer who has profiled various artists and performers and extensively documented her experiences while traveling. Among the many intriguing topics she has tackled are cemetery etiquette, her love of dive bars, Cuban Airbnbs, a “girl’s guide” to strip clubs, and the “weirdest” foods available abroad.