Lana Del Rey was born on June 21, 1985 at 2:46 am in New York City, with Venus rising in Taurus, the Moon in Leo, and the Sun in Gemini (chart is A rated for accuracy). In this quick look at her chart relative to traditional career indications and personality I will not be providing a biography or deep analysis of her life. You can find a bio on Wikipedia.
Lana Del Rey’s natal chart is picture below with the twelfth-part positions around the outside of the wheel.
One of the more striking features of her chart, Venus is conjunct the Ascendant in Taurus within a degree. You may recall from a past article series on the career significators (see here for the method from the first post in that series) that Mercury, Venus, and Mars are the most significant planets for career. In this case, only Venus is in one of the places noted in that technique, while Mercury and Mars are both in the 3rd place, Cancer, the house of the Moon. Venus is the most prominent planet in the chart, being in the 1st house and strongly advancing. Venus also is the domicile and triplicity ruler of the 1st house, so there is a strong identification with matters that she symbolizes (the arts, aesthetics). Therefore, Venus is very strikingly the most significant planet for career matters, signifying an artistic pursuit.
Mercury is in phasis (i.e. Mercury departed from the beams of the Sun within 7 days of her birth), so Mercury is also very prominent. Additionally, Mercury rules the bound of the Ascendant (the Asc is at 13TAU which I realize is a bit unclear from the chart), Mercury is a triplicity ruler of the 10th house, Mercury is in its own bound, and Mercury is in the house of the sect light (the Moon). Mecury is also the domicile ruler of the Sun. All of this indicates that Mercury is prominent, and there is a strong identification with Mercury as well.
Mercury is in a tight aspect (under 3 degrees) with Venus, so these two planets have a strong relationship with each other in the chart and in relation to career. Mercury-Venus combinations with Venus dominant can signify musical careers (Venus is more prominent and is behind Mercury in the aspect so is more dominant in the relationship).
The Promise of Jupiter
Jupiter, Saturn, and the Moon are all in stakes of the chart, so can also be significant in relation to the career. Jupiter is particularly significant as it is in the 10th place, which is the one most pertinent to career-matters and it closely dominate Venus with its tight right-hand square, and rules Venus by bound.
In relation to Venus and the career, Jupiter promises a fortunate event to be timed to when it culminates at the MC by primary directions (click here for a summary of how to use primary directions).
Jupiter culminated at the MC by primary directions in 2007.
It was in 2007 that Lana Del Rey signed her first record contract.
The ruler of the 1st and Mercury are typically the most important planets to examine in relation to the personality. Someone who is famous may use a “stage persona” that is more linked with planets pertaining to the career and the lights (the Sun and Moon signifying things put more prominently on display). In Lana Del Rey’s case, Venus and Mercury are the most important career indicator planets, and the most significant planets in relation to personality, so there is a lot of overlap between herself and her stage persona. While she has described her persona as a sort of “gangster Nancy Sinatra”, which certainly implies plenty of theatrics, she has also discussed how autobiographical her music has been.
There is a notable dark side to most of her music, especially in the lyrics. Her Mercury is with Mars in the 3rd house, Cancer. Mercury with Mars puts that “gangster” edge of violence and crassness to her lyrics, set amidst the lunar Cancerian backdrop of subjectivity and old school dreamy sentimentality. Additionally, her Venus is opposite Saturn, signifying the strong association of her image with coldness, control, darkness, sorrow, and even depravity. Saturn is in the 7th, the place of partnership and marriage, so we see that weight expressed in terms of the burden of relationships, through both Saturn’s place (the 7th) and Saturn’s opposition to Venus.
Feel free to explore her chart further in the comments section.
Cover image attribution: By Jaguar MENA (Jaguar F-TYPE) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons