The 27 Club & Its Double Sagittarian Poster Couple:
Jim Morrison & Pamela Courson
The Second Installment of Brad’s “A Series of Unfortunate Sagittarian Events”
With Jupiter’s forthcoming transit through its own sign during the calendar year of 2019, much focus is being centered on strictly just the positive themes which normally accompany this particular segment of the largest planet’s journey as it orbits around the Sun, namely Blessings and Abundance. As a way of trying to maintain some semblance of cosmic balance, your author thought it prudent and holistically well rounded to present Jupiterian blessings and abundance from a perspective that is seldom if ever done – from the negative spectrum. In Brad’s series entitled “A Series of Unfortunate Sagittarian Events” astrological analysis is given to the stories of a few Sagittarian celebrities who experienced tragic endings which unto themselves resulted from the cause and effect repercussions of their own actions. In reviewing how these children of Jupiter came to such unfortunate ends, the Great Benefic’s “good stuff” is given juxtaposition by showing that even among Jupiter’s own there are those who brought about their own ruin by either taking their good fortunes for granted or because they were unwilling to face the realization that Life is not made up solely of just pleasure and pleasantries.
It is by appreciating the goodness in our lives along with realizing it is the combination of said goodness mixed with Life’s hardships and difficulties that our souls are given the best opportunities to optimally experience both spiritual and evolutionary growth.
In many ways, the planets of Jupiter and Saturn can be viewed as astrological foils of each other.
Where Jupiter is the planet of Luck and Abundance, Saturn is the planet of Hardship and Restriction. Where Jupiter is brightly addressed as “The Great Benefic”, Saturn has the dour distinction of also being called “The Great Malefic”. If Jupiter is akin to the Pleasure Principle, Saturn can be likened to the Principle of Pain, plain and simple.
Where Jupiter is 27, Saturn is 28.
Astrologically, the ages of 28-31 is a crucial period of time in our developmental path as human beings. It’s during those critical years when each of us technically become astrological adults where anything that’s no longer integral to our evolutionary growth is removed during that time.
This process of evolutionary “pruning” during the ages of 28-31 is never a period of smooth transition, nor can it be called in any way “easy”. But the pain that’s experienced during those 2 ½ years is a most necessary thing, considering whatever persons/places/things being removed during this challenging period are deemed by the Universe to be associated with our “child” selves and are no longer needed as we transition into adulthood upon turning 28.
Not coincidentally, the planet Saturn takes 28-31 years to fully orbit the Sun and return to the same place in the sky as it was at the time of our birth. Thus, the age of 28 which ushers in our astrological adulthood is also known as the beginning of one’s “Saturn Return”.
With that in mind, what do Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, and Jean-Michel Basquiat all have in common?
They were all artists who died by their own demise just prior to their Saturn Return at the age of 27.
The last picture taken of the guitarist like no other and 27 Club member, Jimi Hendrix in his back yard on the day before his death on September 17th, 1970. Like Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson, Hendrix was also a Mutable born Fire sign, aka a Sagittarius.
Two more names round off this most unfortunate roster of young talent abruptly cut short while in their prime, which many eerily refer to as “The 27 Club”. As with the aforementioned names of snuffed potential, both Jim Morrison and his long-time partner, Pamela Courson are bonafide members of The 27 Club and are the only two who belonged to this highly elite club with the grimmest of names that were bonded together romantically with both leaving this plane of existence in their 27th year.
And both were born beneath the last of the Fire signs ruled by the planet Jupiter, Sagittarius.
The sign of Sagittarius is known for its inherent sense of good luck and uncanny knack for being in the right place and the right time. This is astrologically due to the blessed influence of the sign of the Centaur’s planetary ruler, Jupiter, otherwise known as “The Great Benefic”.
By far, the Great Benefic is a planet that’s consistently perceived as having “the astrological long end of the stick” due to Jupiter overseeing such positive things as Blessings, Good Fortune, and of course, Luck. However in the astrological Universe, nothing is all good, nor all bad. Also beneath the King of Planet’s domain are such non-positive things as: Exaggeration, Gluttony, Amplification, Excess, Greed, Obesity, Hedonism, Overdoing things in a major way along with the two Jupiterian traits which reside solely within the negative spectrum, Recklessness and Irresponsibility.
Sagittarius is the last representative of Fire whose elemental essence is action based along with the sign of the Centaur’s quality is “Mutable”. The Mutable signs of Gemini, Virgo, Pisces, and Sagittarius take place at the end of each of the Four Seasons, just before a new Season begins, hence the Mutable signs function best in environments where there is some perceived amount of Change and/or Variety and the greatest form of mental stimulation for the Mutables is the joining of polar opposites, otherwise known as “duality”.
With the exception of Janis Joplin who was born a Capricorn, every other member of The 27 Club was born beneath a Mutable sign:
The Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones and Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain were both born beneath the Mutable Water sign of Pisces. Amy Winehouse was born beneath the Mutable Earth sign of Virgo.
Not surprisingly the Mutable sign most prone to physical “burn out” by virtue of its element of Fire, Sagittarius, has the most 27 Club members with Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Pamela Courson and Jean-Michel Basquiat all being born beneath the sign of the Centaur. Both Courson and Basquiat being born on the last day or the 29th degree of Sagittarius on December 22nd.
Like Pamela Courson, Expressionist painter Jean-Michel Basquiat was born on the last day or 29th degree of Sagittarius on December 22nd. Also like Pam, Basquiat succumbed to the same cause of death of a heroine overdose at the same age of 27. Basquiat would often portray himself in self portraits with either a superimposed or partial skull exposure, such as in the painting above entitled, “Jean-Michel Basquiat, Super Hero” which many believe was an indication of the artist’s self awareness about his extremely short life span.
The lyrics and incomparable voice of Jim Morrison and his band, The Doors, are staples of Rock culture which emerged during an age when rebellion and social unrest were the norm – the turbulent 1960’s.
Born beneath the last of the Fire signs on December 8th, 1943, nearly all of Jim Morrison’s actions bear the influence of his Sagittarian Sun. The sign of the Centaur even played a major role of influence behind the naming of the band which catapulted Morrison to the heights of international fame by virtue of it referencing a work written by a fellow son of Jupiter:
“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.”
– excerpt from “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” by Sagittarius, William Blake
As already mentioned, Sagittarius is a Mutable Fire Sign, with the Fire signs being action oriented and the Centaur’s astrological quality of Mutability craving both Variety and Change as often as possible.
Jim Morrison embodied both of these Sagittarian traits whenever performing on stage with his band, The Doors.
Those who witnessed The Doors play in person resolutely state that a studio recording could never compare to the electrified atmosphere the charismatic front man created with his band whenever they performed before a live audience. Jim Morrison not only was a physical force unto himself as a vocalist and stage performer, the Sag would also regularly exercise his Mutable signed capabilities by improvising poetry and newly made lyrics to back up beats and rhythms while on stage.
Not surprisingly, the title of The Doors’ first released single which would turn out to be one of the band’s biggest hits reflected the elemental foundation of their lead singer’s Sun sign, “Light My Fire”.
“Pamela was Jim’s other half. The two of them were a perfect combination; I never knew another person who could so complement his bizarreness.”
– Ray Manzarek, Keyboardist, The Doors
Double Sagittarian Couple & Mutually Mutable Members of “The 27 Club” –
Jim Morrison & Pam Courson
Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson met in 1965 while still UCLA art students and were a romantic couple until Death parted them with Jim’s untimely demise in 1971. Over the course of their six year relationship, the two Centaurs embodied every potential pitfall that could potentially affect the double Sagittarian relationship. The two Fire Signs did this by making each pitfall an actual reality in front of each other and in the presence of every unlucky soul who had the displeasure of being in their company whenever these unfortunate events would take place.
Born at the 29th degree, or last day of Sagittarius on December 22, 1946 Pam Courson was the quintessential happy-go-lucky Fire sign girl, complete with flowing and flaming red hair. Because their sign naturally rules over the 9th House of Foreign Culture and Exotic Travel, the typical Sagittarian loves nothing more than traveling to the most exotic locations around the globe. Pam was no exception to this Sagittarian rule. Her friend Diane Gardner described Courson’s freedom loving Centaur like approach to traveling long distances:
“She loved travel because she said you never had to think about it. When you were traveling and you were a tourist, you got up and life happened to you.”
Pam’s friends would say her optimistic energy was infectious. This infectious optimism was immediately felt by a fellow Sagittarian 3 years her senior when they first initially met. So much so, Jim Morrison composed a poem dedicated to his Fire signed Muse of positive inspiration soon after meeting Pam with the very apropos title: “She Dances in a Ring of Fire“.
Listed below are three romantic sources of potential pitfall referenced from my book, “Love in the Stars Sagittarius Edition” which a double Sagittarian couple should always be mindful of if they wish their same signed union to survive. Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson made themselves fully aware of these pitfalls by enacting each of them in total excess and in front of as many unfortunate bystanders as possible:
Double Sag Potential Pitfall # 1: Physical Exhaustion
The essence of the element of Fire is action and to be sure every member of the Family of Flame (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) prefers to be as actively busy as often as possible. Despite their natural need to be in as constant a state of action, many a Fire sign will tend not to hear their bodies’ SOS call of alarm whenever approaching the brink of physical exhaustion. Hence, every Fire sign, but especially the Mutable version of the action oriented element of flame (this means you, Sag) is prone to running their bodies physically down to less than zero.
Regardless of whether physical collapse should occur in private or as in Mr. Morrison’s case for all eyes to clearly see and witness:
Jim Morrison’s performances were always unpredictable, especially those where he would pass out in utter physical exhaustion while in the midst of singing, leaving many a confused crowd left wondering if his collapse was a part of the band’s act.
“Few have pushed themselves so far and so frequently as Jim Morrison did. It seems part of his DNA. His girlfriend Pam asked him why he exhausted himself at an early show when he knew he had another one to give in an hour. His response was genuine surprise, “Why not? I might not live to the next one.”
– Wilber Webb, Producer of the film, “When You’re Strange: A Film about The Doors”
Double Sag Potential Pitfall # 2: Anger Issues
The human emotion which all members of the Fire Sign Family have at their immediate disposal that of itself can get rather punchy is Anger.
Despite their natural luckiness and good timing, the children of Jupiter tend to naturally have bad tempers and anger issues. One punchy Sag with anger issues is bad enough, throw another enraged Centaur into the mix and the backdrop becomes the Ultimate Fighter Octagon in the blink of a black eye if left unmonitored.
“I think they (Jim & Pam) were made for each other….They liked things to get upsetting and dramatic; they had huge brawls.”
– Marandi Babitz, Friend of Pam Courson, Rolling Stone Magazine, 1974
Case in punching point, the 1991 film “The Doors” skillfully depicted the high level of active violence which Jim and Pam, played by Val Kilmer and Meg Ryan regularly displayed towards one another. Friends and family are at first pleased then horrified to have been invited to the double Sag home for Thanksgiving in 1968 with the film’s Fire signed leads breaking into blows not just in front of their guests, but with the holiday turkey becoming involved in the melee.
Double Sag Potential Pitfall # 3: Cheating
“Biographer Danny Sugerman surmised that part of Jim & Pam’s difficulties may have stemmed from a conflict between their respective commitments to an open relationship and the consequences of living in such a relationship.” – Wikipedia.org
The Doors emerged on the music scene in 1965 and their wild ride ended with the death of the band’s Sagittarian leading man at the age of 27 a mere six years later.
Throughout the course of their rocky relationship, Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson sought a pleasure principle which the rest of the non-Jupiterian populace couldn’t even fathom as being humanly possible. While together, the two Sagittarians partook in every narcotic and hallucinogenic drug known to human consumption at that time with both Fire Signs influentially stoking each other’s hedonistic passions into a blazing bonfire of reckless irresponsibility,
…resulting in both children of Jupiter being reduced to ashes just prior to their Saturn Return before reaching the age of 28.
As stated earlier, The 27 Club is a group of well known artists who perished by their own demise with each member leaving this world at the age of 27. Numerologically, 27 results in a final number of 9, since 2+7 = 9. Here, it must be pointed out that the sign of Sagittarius is the 9th sign of the Zodiac.
Let Jim and Pam’s combustible relationship remind each of us to make the most of every action-filled minute with our significant others but to do so in romantic moderation. The hedonistic love union between the only two members of The 27 Club that were a romantic team emphasizes to both Jupiterian and non-Jupiterian person alike the following Life Lesson:
There really is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
*Brad Kronen has written an astrological dating guide series for each sign of the Zodiac entitled “Love in the Stars”. The guide written for Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson’s shared sign of Sagittarius can be purchased at the link below: