Spencer Elden suing Nirvana is a particularly dramatic Saturn Return move. When it comes to tangents, Aquarians are totally dependable. You can always rely on them to step up and throw a “sorry…what?” diversion into the cultural melee.
He’s lawyered up and seeking damages from the surviving band members, Courtney Love (as executor of Kurt Cobain’s estate) and a host of others associated with the album. It’s been 30 years since the image was shot at the Pasadena Aquatic Center, by a photographer friend of Spencer’s father, Rick Elden. It sounds like a suitably 90s scene:
“[He] calls us up and was like, ‘Hey Rick, wanna make 200 bucks and throw your kid in the drink?'” Rick recounts. “I was like, ‘What’s up?’ And he’s like, ‘Well, I’m shooting kids all this week, why don’t you meet me at the Rose Bowl, throw your kid in the drink?’ And we just had a big party at the pool, and no one had any idea what was going on!”
Saturn Return Always Compels A Radical Reframing Of Your Life To Date
Shortly afterward, Nevermind became an unexpected crazy success, and Nirvana became one of the biggest bands in history. Between 1991 and 1994, the last years of Pluto in Scorpio, they were grunge. Kurt Cobain, the band’s charismatic lead singer, was a multiple conjunct Piscean with Uranus exact on his Virgo Ascendant and the zeitgeist channeling genius that goes with Uranian vibe like that.
All his picks, from font and logo to changing the band’s name from Fecal Matter to Nirvana, scored instant culty street cred. Anyway, the Nevermind album cover is considered iconic enough to be exhibited in MOMA.
Spencer apparently received a teddy bear and one of the platinum record editions of the album. Over the years he’s popped up in quirky little news stories, recreating his Nirvana baby pose and sounding – at most – bemused by it. That’s led some to suggest this is just a cynical money grab but I completely disagree.
Nirvana Epitomized The Last Years Of Pluto In Scorpio
During Saturn Return, people often snap to and gaze at their life terrain through a totally different lens. Who hasn’t put on the Saturn goggles, looked back, and thought something along the lines of ‘what the fuq was I doing?’ Or reframed an experience that you’ve always dealt with by minimizing or glamorizing? I thought the child pornography aspect of the lawsuit seemed a bit much and that it would probably have been easier to go with ‘no photo rights’ signed by the parents.
But Saturn Return consciousness can be poignant – maybe he saw or held a young baby and felt super-conscious of the baby’s vulnerability and psyche? He has Saturn conjunct his Mercury so his Saturn Return has also been a year-long Saturn-Mercury transit. Additionally, the Saturn-Uranus square involves his Aquarius Sun at 17 degrees.
Maybe he’s traumatized, maybe he’s broke and doing Saturn-dad issues as well so decided to ask his father why the hell he didn’t negotiate a decent deal for the album rights? It could be tied up in broader disgruntlement about his childhood or even a Gen Y guy – born with the late 80s/early 90s signature of Uranus conjunct Neptune in Capricorn – scorning his Boomer or Gen X dad’s lack of media hustle.
If he’d lived, I think Kurt Cobain would have wanted him to be paid something, right? Or do you think he is smearing the legacy, Saturn Return or not? If he is not equipped to handle the demands of high-profile litigation, going after well-resourced and influential people who will now be defensive, as well as inflaming avid fans, this will be a memorable Saturn Return schooling.
Oh and god, who doesn’t miss 90s pool parties? No phones, no photos and no idea who was going to be there when you turned up.