Lou Reed was born with Mercury in Aquarius. This alone is an astrological talisman that gives you word-wizardly powers and iconoclastic wit. You can’t say a thing without questioning the concept or wanting to reinvent the vocabulary and sentence structure.
Additionally, his Mercury was conjunct Venus and trine Jupiter in eloquent Gemini. A Jupiter trine amplifies everything. Reed was a genius muso, artist, and – for years – an 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.