Athena's Web Weekly Column

  Week of December 7th - December 13th,  2001

The Silver Beatle

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   It was a cold morning in December a long time ago.
George Harrison

The radio broke the silence in the middle of a news story: John Lennon had died the night before. That week, the Music of the Spheres segment of Athena's Web was born. In the WMUA studios we produced an hour long astrology radio show tribute to the chart, soul and music of John. Additional shows on Paul, George and Ringo quickly followed in the weeks and months to come, as well as others on Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Steven Stills, Paul Simon, Bob Marley, Eric Burdon and Billie Holiday, to name a few. In 1983, the Web shifted gears to spend more time on writing a column for the paper.

   George was the quiet Beatle. Born on the 24th of February, 1943 in Liverpool, England, his Sun and Venus are both in Pisces, with his Moon in Scorpio on the Ascendant. This is internal, sensitive, and contemplative energy. They turn their sights and focus within. It is reflected both in his early use of drugs and later interest in meditation and spirituality. Pisces' imagination is rich and fertile. They often don't like people talking to them, ruffling their inner waters. George's first lead on 'Meet the Beatles' was 'Don't Bother Me', together with the refrain, '...leave me alone...' Here we are seeing his sensitivity early on.

USAEagle and Athena Owl

The Beatles on
The Ed Sullivan Show

   The more one looks into the music penned by artists, the more their character and personality emerges. Because Pisces is a water sign, and therefore emotional in nature, their 'logic' is less definitive. Uncertainty and confusion can cloud their consciousness. But this same opaque vision can also guide them intuitively. From Abbey Road's second cut, 'Something,' we see this at work:

"Something in the way she moves,
attracts me like no other lover...
You ask me if my love will grow,
Well, I don't know, I just don't know."

George and his Rickenbacker

   While his love is strong, the future remains uncertain. This same sensitivity is expressed in 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps,' looking out on all the sadness that exists in the world. As archetype for the Age of Pisces, the Buddha was also witness to the grief he found everywhere around him, and so changed his life's path. After the breakup of the Beatles, it was this same sensitivity that urged George to do something about the deplorable conditions in Bangla Desh, organizing the first of a series of superstar benefit concerts. These recently culminated in the New York City Concert for the firefighters and police killed on September 11th, hosted by Paul McCartney.
George and John

George and John

Both concerts were held in Madison Square Garden.

   But George, while loving his role as musician, never did well with the fame and popularity that being one of the Fab Four brought. His Sun in Pisces tightly inconjuncts Pluto on the Midheaven. The withering power of the intense pressure (Pluto) of his early career (MC) cut to the core of his need for privacy and down time (Sun in Pisces).

   On Friday morning, November 30, 2001, the Web had arranged with Glenn Seigel to come back into the WMUA studios to digitize some of the old shows, to supply the radio library with archival copies. We had set up and reserved studio time during the previous week. Not since 1983 had I been back to do any radio work at the station.

   I awoke that morning to the news on the radio. George Harrison had died the night before.


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