Charlie Sheen went on The Today Show this morning and announced to the world that he has the HIV virus. This case is particularly informative from an astrological perspective: so much so that I’m going to present this blog entry as a running commentary on the interview.
Matt Lauer: You know there are a lot of rumors out there, so I’ll let you address them head on.
Charlie Sheen: I’m here to admit that in fact I am HIV positive
Health in a birth chart is primarily represented by the 6th House. In Charlie’s case, the 6th House is ruled by Scorpio, with Mars (which rules sex drive) and Neptune (ruling the immune system), we can’t be entirely surprised that sexually transmitted disease is an issue with him, and he has clearly stated he didn’t get it through needle-sharing or another means.
ML: When were you diagnosed?
CS: Roughly four years ago
Although HIV can have a long incubation period, it seems reasonable that he would have contracted the virus between 2008 and 2010 (when transiting Pluto entered Capricorn, and thus Charlie’s 8th House… sexual matters). Saturn has only recently finished passing through Charlie’s 6th House, so there were likely distinct symptoms present.
ML: For years you’ve been trying to keep this secret, and you’ve said you’ve been the victim of extortion and betrayal. People have actually demanded money to stay silent.
CS: That’s true. I have paid those people — not that many, but enough to bring it into the millions.
This would likely be during the last three years specifically, while Pluto has been square his Venus (which is both the ruler of his Fifth House — romantic partners — and is the natural ruler of “money”). Furthermore, for the last couple of years transiting Neptune has been opposite his natal Sun, which can have health effects, and it has also been square his Nodes (which can make a person unrealistic about who they are to others and about who should or shouldn’t be in their lives).
ML: Were these people you had had sexual contact with and were claiming that you had transmitted the virus to them, or were these people who had found out about your status and were threatening to tell the world?
CS: More the latter. For some reason I trusted them, they were deep in my inner circle, I thought that they could be helpful, and instead… my trust turned to their treason.
ML: Are you still paying some of these people?
CS: Not after today I’m not.
Transiting Saturn is now conjunct Charlie’s South Node, which can represent a breaking of people one has “karmic ties” with. That’s undoubtedly a large part of the reason why Charlie has gone public now.
ML: And yet you continued the behavior. You kept bringing these unsavory types to your house.
CS: Which is my part.
ML: Why would you keep making the same mistake over and over?
CS: Because I was so depressed by the condition I was in — I was doing a lot of drugs. I was drinking too much, making bad decisions. That part I own.
Charlie Sheen has Moon in Sagittarius in the 7th House opposite Jupiter in Gemini in the First House. This combination is usually outgoing, boisterous, and is often a bit of a “party animal.” It’s also not prone to making the wisest of decisions as to who is a friend and who isn’t.
So what’s the prognosis for Charlie Sheen? Both medically and astrologically — difficult but probably positive in the long run. HIV is no longer nearly the death sentence it once was, and astrologically Charlie has some surprisingly good things coming up. Although He has his Saturn Square coming up in the next few months, transiting Pluto will be trine his natal Uranus over the course of the next year or two. If there was ever a time for him to clean up his life, it will be now.
Good luck Charlie… it’s been rough but Fate may be on your side now.