the Pearl: Janis Joplin

Janis Lyn Joplin was born on January 19, 1943 at 9:50 am in St. Mary’s Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas. Her father, Seth Joplin, worked at Texaco, and she had two younger siblings, Michael and Laura. When she had acclaim she admitted that the Empress of the blues singer, contraltoBessie Smith (1894-1937) and the voice of the Civil Rights movement, Odetta¹ ( 1930-2008) were her vocal  inspiration.

She has a wonderful voice and unfortuantely died too young from a heroin overdose. We have rectified this chart to 28 Aquarius that highlights her eccentric and unique bluesy-rock style. She has little earth in her chart that highlights her overweight and visceral appeal.

She could be a bucket with a Neptune handle in the seventh house but on the eighth house cusp telling us how fragile she was despite her public demeanor or  a see-saw united by her Neptunian singing in the seventh house, and then there is a possiblity of   a wheelbarrow as the Mars and Neptune are far enough apart for handles.  Instead of Venus like film actors in the tenth, she has Mars in Sagittarius — showing how much musicians travel for their supper while actors rely on subterfuge and charm.


Maybe, we have try a little bit harder.

But all those ideas are wrong as one can clearly see by the diagram above because of her Grand Fixed Trine and two open spaces that are less than 120 degrees  so she becomes a Locomotive and it makes sense.  No one pushed herself to succeed like Ms. Joplin, she was a tireless worker, traversing the country East to West and then North to South for every venue she could book.  Her career was meteroritic — from joining Big Brother in 1966 to her death in April 1970 when she was the Full Tilt Boogie Band was a short four years during which time  her output was prolific.  She has no problem getting songwriters to pen songs for her like her famous Me and Bobby McGee, written by former lover, Kris Kristofferson., one of the many who were convinced that , she did not commit suicide, but was just an adventure junkie that unfortunately was rather self-destructive.

janis midpoints
The 90 dial for Janis

The seventh house opportunistic partnership is  obviously her partnership with Big Brother and The Holding Company in Haight Asbury, San Francisco that really propelled her career while Mars in Sagittarius and is one of her trines from Neptune in the seventh to Uranus conjunct its co-Lord Saturn in Taurus in the third of friends, and peers that picks up on so many of very fortuitious friendships.  She was good friends with Grace Slick and the Jefferson Airplane, knew Bob Dylan & Jimi Hendrix on good terms, as well as Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones and Jim Morrison of the Doors.  That the last three of these famous musicians all died of heroin overdose has always been a speculation of who shot up with whom.


We have then,  her public adoration in the Southern hemisphere with her Sun in the eleventh showing a strong liberated female — the icon of the Sixties vs.  her private fears and unhappiness in the northern hemisphere below that is scattered about through her desire to be part of a “family,” her jubliant creativity and her cooperative work ethos.  But the sextile between Neptune and the Moon right on the fourth house cusp tells us that her Southern Comfort drinking was a problem.  Indeed, whle on stage it was often remarked that Ms. Joplin smoked and drank throughout, in attempt to fortify her courage.

It was a lethal habit.



  1. The voice recording is Janis at Woodstock, New York, August 14 1969.
  2. Odetta Holmes, always called Odetta, was the “Queen of American Folk Blues” according to the Reverend Martin Luther King, jr.
  3. Janis Joplin claimed to have learned “everything she sang.”
  4. Bob Dylan said about her that 800px-Odetta_(Burg_Waldeck-Festival_1968,_Germany).jpg

    “The first thing that turned me on to folk singing was Odetta. I heard a record of hers Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues in a record store, back when you could listen to records right there in the store. Right then and there, I went out and traded my electric guitar and amplifier for an acoustical guitar, a flat-top Gibson. . . . [That album was] just something vital and personal. I learned all the songs on that record.”



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