Edith Piaf was born on 19 December 1915 at 5:00am in Paris France (Rodding Rating: AA; Collector: Geslain) with Jupiter in Pisces and Saturn in Cancer in trine aspect. As has been pointed out before, a trine between these two planets is not necessarily a positive aspect: the chronicle of her difficult life is legendary.
Popular mythology has it that she was born on a cold winter's night on a pavement in Paris. In actuality, she was born in a hospital. Even so, the life of the "Little Sparrow" is no less harrowing. Those born with Saturn in Cancer are susceptible to problems with the family--either perceived or in reality. In Edith's case, she was abandoned by her mother at birth and was raised by her paternal grandmother who ran a brothel. As I wrote in Growing Pains:
"Saturn in Cancer pupils have difficulty in knowing the difference between mandatory care and outrageous over-indulgence because they have issues with emotional boundaries. They know what should be done but often don’t feel like doing it because they are worried that some whale off the coast of Ethiopia is in danger of extinction and that is far more important than maths, English and science. They do seem to like history though, especially if it involves allowing them to recite every wrong ever committed by a tyrant."
Jupiter in Pisces pupils are very susceptible to their environment. Again, as I wrote in Growing Pains:
"If you can resist the urge to shake these pupils awake, you will discover that they are far more aware of the environs than you gave them credit for. Highly intuitive, Jupiter in Pisces pupils have tapped into your feelings and those of their classmates. They understand you; they want to please you and if you give them a chance, they will find a happy medium that makes everyone comfortable." Although Edith attributed her inability to say "no" to any man as a result of early observations of her earliest feminine influences ("I thought that when a boy called, a girl never said no," she would later recall), it is not difficult to see how Jupiter in Pisces played out in her life.
Around the age of 7, about the time of Saturn's first square to its natal position, her grandmother's prostitutes pooled their resources together and took the young girl on a pilgrimage to cure her of blindness: she claimed her healing was miraculous. At Saturn's opposition to its natal position, she joined her father's acrobatic street performances. These early transits, as is the case for everyone else, form the basic building blocks of life: her eagerness to please, her inability to find love and comfort in family would eventually lead her to find solace in alcohol and drugs.
But of course, it is for her singing ability that we remember her. As Jupiter transited her 12th house and later crossed her ascendant in 1935, her talents were discovered by Louis Leplee (born 6 April 1883, noon chart, assumed birth place in Paris) whose Mars was conjunct her Jupiter (in "La Vie En Rose" he was portrayed by Gerard Depardieu whose stellium in Taurus opposed Leplee's stellium in Scorpio). He heavily advertised her first gig, attracting many celebrities and securing her position as France's favourite singer. She released two records that year and blossomed under Leplee's guidance. Unfortunately, Leplee was murdered the following year and Piaf was implicated then acquitted for his murder as transiting Neptune passed over her natal MC. The subsequent negative publicity nearly finished off her burgeoning career but transiting Saturn crossing over her natal Jupiter/Chiron conjunction appeared to steady her progress. She flourished during the war years and emerged from the rubble of World War II with several prominent connections that would ensure her continued success.
Edith's signature song, "La Vie En Rose" was written the year of her first Saturn return and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 on what would have been the year of her Uranus return. The movie "La Vie En Rose" was filmed in the latter part of 2006 and released when transiting Uranus was transiting Edith's natal Jupiter/Chiron conjunction. However the most notable transit was Pluto conjunct her natal Mercury: the chanteuse was given a posthumous voice to tell her tale.
The French actress Marion Cotillard, who portrayed Edith in "La Vie En Rose", was born on 30 September 1975 at 4:40 am in Paris, France (Rodden Rating: AA; Collector Geslain). Unsurprisingly, the synastry between the actress and the character explains why "La Vie En Rose" won the oscar for Best Actress and became one of the highest grossing French language films in the US.
The ascendant of the actress very nicely picks up the MC of the character: quite simply, Marion understood and could convey the journey of Edith's life. Edith's natal Jupiter/Chiron conjunction falls on Marion's descendant so the actress was able to play out the the character's turbulent relationships with depth, passion and understanding (and might I say with a touch of over acting?). Further the pair have a Venus/Mars conjunction but most tellingly, the actress' Neptune is conjunct the character's natal Moon/Saturn conjunction. You want on screen misery? You got it!
Finally, the song "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" was recorded a Jupiter cycle after her discovery and it too became the stuff of legends. As well as being a theme song for the film "La Vie En Rose", it is often popularly assumed that it is a theme for Edith's life. Released in 1959 as Pluto transited the final degrees of Leo, the lyrics speak of starting again at zero and of not letting the past be a bother. The rather Plutonic meaning is expressed beautifully in the film. And with Marion Cottilard's natal Venus conjunct the Pluto of the song, there should be little astrological wonder why we left the cinemas singing "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" at the top of our lungs.
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. "Mirror Mirror" is a work in progress and will be published in 2016. All rights reserved.