The King of Pop purveys his kingdom of Perfection better known as that cultural phenomenon of a double album entitled “Thriller” in 1983.
There are many in my generation who right through to the present day are still quite unsettled by the death of Michael Jackson. For those of us who grew up when MTV first emerged during those long ago days when that channel actually played videos (or even music at large for that matter), Michael Jackson’s persona, image, and artistry was constant. The King of Pop was such an integral part of the early 80’s and MTV, that many of us who were around back then assumed Mr. Jackson would be just as consistently present today as he was in 1983.
Thus even in the current here and now it still takes reinforced effort to remind myself the man left this world in 2009 at the age of 50.
An aura of bittersweet melancholy surrounded Michael Jackson whenever in the eye of the public that seemed to follow him his entire life. Astrologically, this pervasive sense of distant sadness can be explained as the Virgo haunted by perfection.
Entering this world at the end of August, Michael Joseph Jackson was born beneath the astrological sign of Virgo. The sign of the Virgin, or Harvest Maiden is considered the “worry wart” of the Zodiac as well as one of the three “karmic” signs. Those born under any of the karmic signs function best when their lives are in service to others. The typical Virgo does this by producing as close to perfect work as possible. Because of their karmic need to serve, Virgos take their analytically precise minds and strive to please their superiors by performing tasks rich in challenging detail. For Jackson, this striving would result in a life long subconscious pursuit to please his superior who never seemed to be satisfied let alone approved of his ceaseless, hard work – his father, Joe Jackson.
It’s stupefying to see early Jackson-5 footage and realize the band of brothers’ lead singer with the powerfully commanding voice and naturally sleek dance moves isn’t only a 9 year old, but a Virgo.
Virgos who end up being thrust into the spotlight seem to never fully adjust to the constant attention which fame and notoriety inevitably bring nor are they ever comfortable being under the scrutiny of the public’s eye. It’s not a coincidence Jacko’s song of indignation written to the international press in the mid 80’s called “Leave Me Alone” was in essence proclaimed by another celebrity born beneath the same sign who deeply desired that same sentiment some 50 years earlier when Virgoan film legend Greta Garbo famously coined the phrase “I Want To Be Alone.”
Virgos identify their entire sense of self with their as close to perfect work and if their work is repeatedly not appreciated by their superior over time, the stress caused from never hearing those badly needed words of praise or appreciation will eventually affect their bodies and health. Ironically, the sign that’s healthiest usually by lifestyle and hygiene tends to be the same sign that’s most susceptible into tricking themselves they have the most disastrous and deadly diseases known to man. When a Virgo’s thoughts are burdened with the stress of incessantly analyzing why they aren’t getting rave reviews from their superiors, their constant self criticism ends up generating some of the greatest hypochondriacs known to Man.
Michael Jackson’s meteoric fame as a child lead vocalist was a burden of responsibility that weighed heavily enough in its own right, his father’s lack of parental praise only exacerbated this (that, along with Joe Jackson regularly whipping Michael as well as telling his son what a “fat nose” he had throughout the duration of his childhood). What I feel truly broke the Virgo’s mental bank that significantly contributed to eventually taking his life was Jackson realizing he had produced work that was as close to perfection as humanly possible with his double album, “Thriller”. Michael’s hubris was in knowing none of his labors following his 1983 opus would even remotely come close to the vicinity of perfection as that one culturally iconic phenomenon of musical artistry.
Nearly every song from “Thriller” was released as a hit single that in turn would stay at number one far longer than initially expected, that in turn would delay the release of the next subsequent hit track from said album. It’s been said that at any given moment during the duration of 1984 a track from “Thriller” was being played over the radio waves somewhere on the globe and to this day it remains the best selling album of all time. Perfection!
But Perfection, which for the Virgo is their ultimate state of existence, can also be their worst enemy. For just when every possible ounce of popularity or exposure had been squeezed out of that warhorse album of never ending Top 10 hits is when word spread of Michael Jackson’s disorders, diseases, and conditions of the skin and of his desperate attempts to eradicate them.
The night before his death, I happened to be giving an internet talk radio show about the sign of Virgo. After discussing the condensed details mentioned above, I stated on the air: “Michael Jackson doesn’t suffer from a rare disease or physical abnormality, he bears the burden of being a Virgo slighted by the absence of appreciation.”
A burden which he relinquished a mere 10 or so hours later.
As many of us still grapple with his untimely death, I truly hope the Virgo who in all likelihood had no sense of what an influential behemoth his talent would come to represent for multitudes both now and for generations to come has FINALLY attained the much needed and well praised rest he never seemed to find in his daily toils during his time here on Earth.
May Perpetual Light shine upon his soul.
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