With forty-eight million twitter followers to his name and a host of awards, Justin Bieber has taken the world by storm at a relatively young age. Yet, he is reportedly being told by his management team to attend rehab and get help, after his January arrest in Miami for driving and drag-racing under the influence of alcohol and narcotics. Allegedly, the teen idol is also using prescription drugs, suggesting that his squeaky clean image is slowly becoming unglued. The question is why? What aspect of his birth chart accounts for this kind of incident?
A closer look reveals that energies associated with his creativity, popularity, charisma and love of music, are the same ones that can present psychological challenges. With Pluto in Scorpio, conjunct the Ascendant and the Sun, Saturn and Venus in Pisces, there’s a desire to stand out from the crowd in a big way, and a conflicting urge to melt into it and disappear from view.
Along with this, he has a Uranus Neptune conjunction in Capricorn, suggesting that a potential anti-authoritarian stance can make conforming to the rules and regulations of society, something to rebel against. A Mercury Mars conjunction in Aquarius squared by Pluto, brings intense energies into the mix, with a desire for excitement, danger and a willingness to push the boundaries and experiment with cultural taboos.
Pluto conjunct the Ascendant, can be a particularly difficult energy to live with. Subjects with this set-up often benefit from some kind of therapy, especially as hidden drives can surface, along with compulsive actions that can be hard for the person themselves, let alone others, to understand. The potential for self-destructive tendencies is very real and may be exacerbated by other areas of his chart.
At the time of his arrest, transiting Neptune conjuncted his natal Saturn, plus transiting Saturn aspected his natal Neptune, in a kind of double whammy which can lead to a “dark night of the soul” situation. In fact, since Neptune entered Pisces back in 2011, the conflict between wanting to be super-powerful and to escape and merge into the greater collective, seems even more enhanced. In this instance, the one seems to fuel the other!
Yet, a glimpse into the future hints that as Saturn conjuncts Pluto and the Ascendant later this year, Justin may be under certain constraints, whether self-imposed or otherwise. Structures may be built into his life that will encourage his future evolution and growth. And though he may resist this kind of treatment, it could well be the making of him!