January 31 is John Lydon’s birthday.
I didn’t know what to think of John Lydon until a few minutes ago when I read his bio on Wikipedia. He’s a complicated guy with a lot of contrarian Aquarius tendencies and a very, very independent streak. I figured that I would find some profound Sagittarius influences in his natal chart, and I was right.
But I’m not really sure just how right I am about the legendary performer. Astrotheme has his time of birth listed as 3:00 AM exactly, which puts his rising sign at 29°10″ Scorpio. Just a few minutes difference and he could have a Sagittarius rising with both Mars and Saturn in Sagittarius in the first house. I could buy that scenario a little more easily than I could buy the one presented on Astrotheme.
I don’t believe that his fierce individuality would present itself in such an overt fashion with a Scorpio rising sign. I’m sure that there are plenty of people who would beg to differ, but I get hippie, punk and grunge vibes from Sagittarius. Scorpio is so pent up compared to Sagittarius. Sagittarius is the sign of individual freedom.
I’m also sure that some people would see that individual freedom thwarted by Saturn in Sagittarius, but I don’t demonize the planet, especially when I’m considering its placement in the charts of people with Capricorn or Aquarius sun signs. It can be a powerful force, always driving one forward, slowly but surely.
So, I think I’m right about this one. Now that I know a little more about the guy who made my teenage rebellion that much more extreme, I’m pretty confident in my assessment.