Lou Reed Was Archetypal Mercury In Aquarius

Seventies Lou Reed in Sunglasses and wearing nail varnish. It is to illustrate his iconclastic Mercury in Aquarius

Lou Reed was Mercury in Aquarius. It was conjunct Venus and trine Jupiter in eloquent Gemini. A Jupiter trine amplifies everything. He was a genius muso, artist and unabashed party animal. But he was problematic in his personal life and hell to interview.

You can see how such a strong and self-directed Mercury would balk at the artificial deep but-not-really circus of a press interview. Or the demands of publicity and the desire for quotable bon mots. 

Reed epitomized Seventies cool and its subcultural scene. People called him the Godfather Of Punk. It was the Neptune in Sagittarius era that also gave us disco, Debbie Harry,  Patti Smith, the Ramones and more.

He was mercurial at heart, studying journalism, writing poetry, lyrics, and screeds of rants. Before multi-media was fashionable, he created niche offerings: meditation music, collaborations with people he’d just met and homages to people like Edgar Allen Poe. Nobody confines or defines Mercury trine Jupiter.

Life is like Sanskrit read to a pony,” he said, sounding super Mercury in Aquarius.


Image: Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns/Getty.

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That pic does encapsulate him pretty well.


I was home alone at age 15, the only time in my entire childhood, I’m sure, and going through my dad’s record collection, when I found the the banana. Rocked my world! The margins of my notebooks were obsessively filled with Venus in Furs lyrics for the next year. Lou was my first muso crush. My first LTR was his neurotic Sag doppelgänger, looks and personality and weirdo flamboyance and tortured sunglasses and all. Man. I’m super sad.


Transformer was also a big album for me in my 20s. Satellite of Love was my favourite song from it. I still sing it to myself from time to time – divine.
Loved his diverse sexuality expression – that was so exotic to a girl from the working class suburbs.

Lux Interior is My Co-Pilot

RIP Lou.


“Vicious! He hit me with a flower!”

What a great line.

RIP Lou, we had such great times together.


I was listening to that song this morning. LOVE it! 🙂

Aishah Macgill

It totally rocks! Has anyone every used it for a movie soundtrack? Vicious!


My favourite Lou Reed song…wanna play football for the coach. Listening to this today.




Blue Moon

Scuse the typos.
Dyslexia & tears not great combo
Hope the gist of that got through
Sad songs
My own little pity party
Right here
Right now
That’s what’s happening


Hi there BM. I’m sorry you have gone thru this heart ache. I actually think you are doing the right thing. Mourn the loss and cry for broken dreams…but when it’s done and you’re through, get up, and get cracking again like you know you can. All the best chook

Blue Moon

Ta darling. Woke up feeling totally awesome. I needed to mourn the loss. One hasn’t ever really “done grief” before. For me the victory was just letting myself feel it and admitting what I feel and riding thru it rather than trying to fix a la “doing something, or someone else” And ease up me pls Zip it. If you don’t like my posts, don’t read them. Lol it’s fairly simple. I feel safe sharing here so quit being a bully. I have a diary. But you do have a point. I am aware this is not the most riveting… Read more »

Blue Moon

Listening to the most depressing love zombie anthems of all time. Actually managed to have a little cry too. Yep. Wallowing is the partying. I will feel this. It will not kill me. I will emerge stronger and wiser, do more yoga and make healthier choices in emotionally. I will not deny my feelings and will not act out on them. Tonight. Lets just get thru tonight astro homies. Losing Lou is kind of symbolic of the feeling of having to let go of that sexy lower Neptunian addiction stuff. I’m not trying to diss Lou at all I fuqin… Read more »


One of my ancient karmic loves got married on my birthday… he also took his ring of his finger and slid it across the table to me at a dinner catch up after he found me when I’d moved away on our first catch up and immediately after the revealing of the date.. yeah, there is something bizarre and shocking about that and I refused, of course, to handle it as it slid right next to my plate. Without the whole story (and you can be sure there’s one right) he attempted to stay in my life for around a… Read more »

Blue Moon

Thanks Centauraus. It’s my all time favourite book.
I really appreciate you sharing your experience with me. Yep. It’s an old story. I’m good tonight.
In a really peaceful and happy space. Thanks

Zip it

Oh FFS put it in a diary. How many long love zombie posts do you have to write ahoy that guy. It’s so boring!

Zip it

That was meant for Blue Moon not you Centaurus. I don’t mind reading love zombie stories but not the same ones over and over from attention seeking blog hog peeps.

Blue Moon

Yo Zip it.
I hear you.

Blue Moon

Easy tiger

cosmic fleece

Lou Reed’s Transformer was played by the Piscean husband, the first night i stayed over…always remember that, i had just screenprinted the tshirt at worj taht week…


Lou teaching Tai Chi at the Sydney Opera House – 2010.

cosmic fleece

Apologies for Aries typos.


No apologies, necessary.
You always have some of the best video recommendations, CF!

cosmic fleece

Why thank you Whoopdeedoo !
My Gemini Stellium is smiling ear to ear !
xx (2 of course)


Lou was a Pisces Water Horse. How watery is that??? I find it significant he passed between two eclipses and with the Moon in Leo – only a really significant performer would go then 🙂 AND so close to Halloween.
I love Lou so much.


This is a great example of what planet placements can do to alter the dark v. light versions of a star sign or chart. Tauruses are always seem to be listed as being boring, quiet, staid …the type to become stay-at home family man stockbrokers or footballer numbskulls. At best, their hedonism is portrayed as being more like either a lazy boy with a beer or at best Frasier Crane in his comfy albeit expensive lounge chair listening to opera instead of ‘the game’. This description and portrayal of Lou Reed reminds me of Scorpio cliche or possibly Sagittarius or… Read more »


ALL the best party kids I know and rock n roll noteventrying are toro pisces combo


lou reed is one of my favorite musicians, I think this is the first musicians death I have lived through that actually bums me out, I would even see to what he listened to on spotify and try it out sometimes, his sun was the same degree in pisces as my sun apparently, i dont want to be melodramatic but he might be my favorite musician, I get tired of things really quickly and listened to him a lot more the last two years, but I never got tired of it, basically I have trouble expressing how much I like… Read more »

Blue Moon

🙁 miss him so much too

Aishah Macgill

David5379 so many fond memories shared listening to Lou Reed on vinyl. A genius. Still now there is something that moves me about his lyrics and music. After 30 years I can still enjoy him.

Coney Island Baby

I adore Lou Reed, then, now, always will. the glacial cool, the snide remarks, the sunglasses, the leather, the darkly poetic lyrics that plummed my gutter soul, exposed that jagged edge that I keep covert and covered, made me feel it was alright.

To me, Lou was Rock n’ Roll on all its many facets… garish, glittering, guttering, brave, false and true.


Oh well said Coney Island Baby!!!

The Crazy Crone

My generation and right up my alley (except not the drug use). But Walk on the Wild Side was an inspirational phrase, one I think modestly I might have reached in my ‘sixties!) and the shivers still run up my spine when I listen to this song. BTW, Reg Livermore did a brilliant version of this song on this album Betty Blokkbuster Follies, sadly couldn’t find on YouTube (and mentioning this album is really giving my age away!).

Blue Moon

I love your avatar and name x

The Crazy Crone

Thanks, Blue Moon!

Blue Moon

RIP. LR. Am in the midst of the worst LZ relapse ever. Literally feel I’m dying from broken heart. WTF? Have no idea where the Scorp thing (apart from my two lililth’s and progressed sun ) is happening at 12 degrees in my chart. I guess waking up listening to “jar of hearts” is never a good sign. Not a song I’d normally listen to but fuck it. Compiling love zombie playlist and just gonna drink loads of water, vitamin C – yeah caught a cold at Nick Cave concert last night. Am just so low on every level, physically,… Read more »


It’s a killer dark pre eclispe. Moon it out into a pillow. Tomorrow is another day. x

Blue Moon

Thank you Ms


Hon wouldn’t it be better for you to fight the feelings go outside, exercise and stay the fuq away from the “longing/ melancholy playlist”
Someone here once said ” if they are not in your bed they are not in your head”

Blue Moon

If that wasn’t how I normally dealt with thing, yes. In my case, feeling the sadness is a huge victory. Been traveling since age of 15. Have always been “strong” Finding the opening of my heart via letting myself feel sadness much harder than stuff I’ve done before. Appreciate your input tho. Thanks


still, got to love him, his music and the idealism that fed that exploration


Aww feeling sad. Sadder than I thought I would… Maybe it’s my Sun/Neptune conjunction mourning. RIP Lou.


One would think English my second language.


i wish you could’ve heard the belly laugh you just gave me

Blue Moon

I’d laugh if I could Peg.
I did crack a tearful but wry grin.
Thanks for that injection of humour


Coincidently i mentioned Lou Reed’s phrase about Rhianna not being a coloured girl that goes ‘do de do’.
The 70’s was surely a walk on the wild side. He gave many peoples ‘permission’ to be, if they needed it that is.


you did!


some people just have that ability. we lost a good one yesterday x

was really looking forward to reading his astro but sadly no real birth deets.


You were in synch Pegs…


sync…but was a synch, yeah? 🙂 x

Love ya Lou…

Hathors Horns

Nice manicure in this pic! The iconic Warhol cover Velvet underground record provided many hours of excellent BGM to my Uni studies back in the day. A pioneer and a poet of passion. That’s a lot of Taurus there!


Transformer was the sound track to my early adult years, and for my late brother too. I read online this morning that LR had a failed liver transplant which makes me think Hep C, same as what caused my brother’s early demise a few years ago, such a lower neptune-y kinda 70s vibe. “I was sleeping, gently napping, when I heard the phone….” R.I.P Lou.


Was one of mine as well.. and a few that have left for a perfect day elsewhere.

Sorry to read that about your brother.


Thanks for this comment, I also have friends who are Pisces and had Lou Reed as one of their growing up influences. Pisces people who also had hep c and non-conformist lives.


hands up – that’s me! (pisces moon and pisces rising) I remember once calling a radio station (JJ) and asking them to play “Heroin” as we waited to score, no phones in them days, you sat at home listening to the radio and waiting – funnily enough, they didn’t put our request on…


That song is TORTURE when kicking. So masochistic to even play it at all… and yet you do, over and over and over…

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