Friday, 8 January 2016

Cycles of Addiction, Part 2: Danniella Westbrook

Danniella Westbrook was born on 5 November 1973 in Walthamstow, UK (no time of birth) with Jupiter in Aquarius and Saturn in Cancer. She has very recently confessed she started taking cocaine at the age of 14.

Neurological development during adolescence is very unique: the brain begins to grow just as fast as it had in infancy, the folds in the brain increase in number and deepen and new neural pathways are formed. At around the first Jupiter return, the also starts making the transition between relying on the 'reptilian' brain to the cortex or 'thinking' brain. As with anything new, this change requires practice. Anyone who has dealt with teenagers knows they can show that they can sometimes get it wrong when trying out their new brains. For children who have suffered from neglect or abuse at this time they can rapidly make up for what they missed out on during this time--if intervention is used appropriately.

After a couple of years, at around the time of the first Saturn opposition at around the age of 15 (it can vary from person to person), the brain begins its pruning process. Undeveloped neural pathways are simply shut down.

The time between the first Jupiter return and final Saturn opposition is a time when the brain is being 're-wired' and is thus very susceptible to forming habits that will last a lifetime.

As Danniella knows all too well.

Her cocaine addiction has been fodder for the tabloids--and has brought the word 'septum' to the common masses.

So let's have a little look at the astrology of her addiction. . .

Natally Danniella has Saturn in Cancer in opposite Venus/North Node (in dissociate aspect) and Mars opposite Uranus with Jupiter in Aquarius as the apex. Venus opposite Saturn can be very hard on women:  there is often a sensitivity to not being liked or worthy of love. There is also a an element of unattractiveness in this aspect and in my opinion, there is not much more unattractive than a cocaine addiction that leads to facial damage. The T square between Mars-Uranus square Jupiter shows a rebellious streak. By no means are these indications of addiction per se but let's see what was going on in the years between her first Jupiter and her final Saturn opposition.

Her single (because there can be 3) Jupiter return was in February 1985 just a few months after her 11th birthday. The whole of the T square is triggered off. Transiting Saturn had not reached its opposition point until December 1988 or around her 15th birthday. Remember Venus is implicated in the return as Saturn would have passed over it. Added to this is that both transiting Uranus and Saturn are close enough together for this time that they could be considered conjunct her Venus and North Node. This meant she began her habit of a lifetime when her brain was in its rapid development stage. Thus the addiction took hold.

I have to ask: where on earth does a child of this age get the money to buy hard drugs?? Looks like another example of a child who just left to "grow out of it" without help and support.

In May 2000, she was photographed with a missing septum--transiting Neptune had just passed over her natal Jupiter.

At one point, Danniella said she was weeks from death.

About the Astrologer

Alex Trenoweth is an MA graduate of the Cultural Astronomy and Astrology course at Bath Spa University (2007) and has gained recognition as an outstanding schoolteacher for her tireless and innovative education of adolescents. Her unique expertise in both astrology and teaching, coupled with ground-breaking research, led her to her write Growing Pains, a book aimed at helping parents and teachers support and guide young people into maturity. Alex’s articles have appeared in astrological magazines across the globe and in addition to her many writing accomplishments, she was voted “Best International Astrologer, 2015” by the Krishnamuti Institute of Astrology in India for the energetic presentation of her original and thought-provoking investigation into astrology and education. As of October 2015, Alex is on a world tour, lecturing on a variety of astrological topics and is enjoying meeting other astrologers from different cultures. The articles on cycles of addiction are a part of the case studies that will be presented in her next book due for release later this year.


  1. Wish they would teach astrology at school they would all understand then.