The astrological star signs of the Beatles members reveal a lot about this iconic group.
The Beatles were an English rock band who met as four young lads in the 1960’s in their home town of Liverpool. They became one of the most successful music groups of all time not only making an impact on popular culture but on the beliefs and the lifestyle of their generation. Their songs and music resonated with the message of the Sixties when many young people were chasing love, peace and freedom.
The Astrological Signs of the Beatles
The Star signs (also called Sun Signs) of the individual members of any group reveal a great deal about their likes, their dislikes, their motivations and the combination of the Sun signs creates a strong group dynamic. Here’s what astrology says about the Beatles:
Paul McCartney was the Gemini of the group, the conversationalist, the cheeky chappy. Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication, and Paul McCartney wrote more songs for the Beatles than any other member of the band. He was the lead vocalist, a singer-songwriter and, typical of the multi-faceted sign of Gemini, he was a multi-instrumentalist. With Neptune conjunct the Ascendant of his natal chart, the cameras loved him and he was the pretty boy of the ‘Fab Four’.
Gemini is the youthful sign of the zodiac and even though Paul McCartney is now in his 70’s he continues to perform and is still reminiscent of his younger self, the lead singer of the Beatles.
John Lennon is one of the most archetypal Librans, the sign that represents the couple ruled by Venus, Goddess of love. Librans are known for their peace-making skills and work best as half of a team. The Lennon-McCartney duo was responsible for some of the most memorable Beatle songs and any recollection of John Lennon must include his relationship with Yoko Ono who was a Sun Aquarius, the humanitarian and eccentric sign of the zodiac
Three days after John Lennon married Yoko Ono, they staged a ‘bed-in’ with a banner that declared, ‘Give Peace A Chance’. The best-selling single of John Lennon’s solo career was ‘Imagine’, a song that talked about a life with no divisions between countries and people. The famous chorus is one of the most memorable ever and taps into his Libran love of unity and harmony:
“You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one”
A quintessential Pisces, George Harrison had an enormous influence on the Beatles music and most of their albums contain at least one track written by him, including ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, the perfect title for a sensitive water sign. Pisceans often find their muse through music and George Harrison’s particular interest in folk rock and Indian classical music widened the Beatles musical influence. You can hear him playing the sitar on the song ‘Norwegian Wood (The Bird Has Flown)’.
Pisces is ruled by Neptune, the planet of spirituality, and George was the one who was most interested in the Hare Krishna movement and in Indian culture and mysticism in general. In 1968 all four of the Beatles joined the Maharishi in India to study a spiritual discipline.
The drummer of the Beatles, Ringo Starr has his Sun in Cancer and he was the last member of the band to join the Fab Four. He had replaced Pete Best as drummer in the group and, a typically anxious Cancerian, he worried whether the same fate would befall him early on in his Beatles career.
He knew that the key to his success with the group was to join them as people as well as a drummer. This is so typical of a Sun Cancer who likes to create a family atmosphere even in their place of work. Ringo Starr knew that a large amount of their appeal was down to the fact that they were ordinary lads and as the group’s celebrity status grew into Beatlemania, Ringo seemed more nervous about the negative aspects of fame. As it turned out he was right when a decade after the break-up of the Beatles, John Lennon was murdered in 1980.
The blend of the four Beatles’ Star signs tells you a lot about the Fab Four as two of them were air signs (Gemini, Libra) and two of them were water signs (Cancer, Pisces). Air signs carry the message, in this case through their lyrics, and water signs add the emotion. There are no dynamic fire signs or organised earth signs in the group and the Beatles are most remembered for their films, their message and ultimately their music and their songs. (Check out The 4 Elements to find out more about air and water signs)
Two of the Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, have their Moon in Leo, the sign of the performer, but otherwise Leo is a sign that’s distinctly lacking from their charts. The Beatles were known early on for their stage performances, most famously at the Cavern in Liverpool, but as a band they came to dislike performing especially as their popularity increased.
Brian Epstein was the man who’s credited with seeing the potential in the group in the early days. A Sun Virgo, he put his earth sign skills to good use as their business manager and often helped to sort out their personal disputes too. He was the one who organised the contracts and the recording deals although it was to the group’s detriment that they didn’t always read the small print. Brian Epstein died in 1967 and it wasn’t long afterwards that the group went their separate ways and pursued solo careers.
Many people admired the Beatles and one person in particular was Steve Jobs (1955-2011), the co-founder and CEO of the immensely successful company Apple Inc. The following quote by Steve Jobs shows how important the blend of individual characteristics can be within a group.
Steve Jobs said: “My model for business is The Beatles: They were four guys that kept each other's negative tendencies in check; they balanced each other. And the total was greater than the sum of the parts. Great things in business are never done by one person, they are done by a team of people.”
The Beatles embodied four individual Star signs that together created the Fab Four. In addition, it’s significant that each Beatle’s Ascendant sign represents the four elements of fire (John Lennon - Aries), earth (Paul McCartney - Virgo), air (George Harrison - Libra) and water (Ringo Starr - Pisces). The Beatles would have been acutely aware of this fact as they had their own in-house astrologer at their Apple shop on Savile Row in 1968 and George Harrison in particular had a life-long fascination with astrology. Four Sun signs, four elements and one iconic band.
Paul McCartney, b. June 18 1942, 2:00 pm, Liverpool, UK
John Lennon, b. October 9 1940, 6:30 pm, Liverpool, UK
George Harrison, b. February 24 1943, 11:42 pm, Liverpool, UK
Ringo Starr, b. July 7 1940, 0:05 am, Liverpool, UK
Brian Epstein, b. September 19, 1934, 4:30 am, Liverpool, UK