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Many people remember magician Doug Henning's "The Magic Show," which ran on Broadway for more than four years. Henning was famous for bringing a modern look and approach to the very old art of magic and illusion. His extraordinary success began in the 1970s and continued unabated until his recent death from liver cancer.

Henning became involved with meditation and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the mid-seventies. He maintained an active role in the Transcendental Meditation movement for the rest of his life.

Graced with Talent

Doug Henning was born on May 3, 1947 in Winnipeg, Canada (time unknown) with the Sun in Taurus and the Moon (likely) in Libra. These two Venus-ruled signs have a flair for style that Henning displayed with his long hair and tie-dyed shirts. Neptune, the planet of illusion, opposed the dynamic combination of gracious Venus and active Mars, both in Aries. This is a perfect combination of fire and fantasy, imagination and entertainment.

A Darker Side?

A deeper, perhaps even darker tale is told by the close square (challenging right angle) from Pluto to his Sun. Pluto is the planet of the underworld, the ruler of our inner secrets, fears and desires. This combination often reflects issues associated with power, frequently in relationship to father. A possible effect can be a lack of trust in oneself or a denial of one's power.

Growth and healing, however, are promised for those who are willing to meet their fears and transform them. Doug Henning certainly was able to succeed professionally, bringing joy to millions of people and expressing his power with a gentle smile. Meditation can be a powerful tool to deal with matters of trust. The ego is met with conscious stillness and all aspects of the self are accepted. This kind of awareness can help turn painful patterns into forces for love and creativity.

The Last Cycle of Saturn

The planet Saturn represents boundaries and the consequences of living in time. It takes almost thirty years to pass around the Sun, and thus, to pass around a birth chart. During this time it makes every possible contact with every point and planet in the chart. Saturn is now at the position of the Sun in Doug Henning's birth chart. It is also square his birth Pluto.

Any competent astrologer would recognize this as a significant time in Doug Henning's life. Death, however, is not the only possible outcome of this transit, as many people have the same transit and continue to live for many years afterward. Clearly, though, a threshold is being crossed. Superficially, we could presume that Doug Henning did something wrong or failed to do something he should have. Cancer of the liver reflects a major physical imbalance or toxicity. Perhaps if he'd dealt with certain issues the outcome would not have been the same.

Yet death, like life, is a mystery. Doug Henning completed his work on this planet. Maybe his illness was really a healing. We don't know what he faced and what he learned during the five months of his illness, so we can not judge his actions. What we do know is that Doug Henning brought joy to people, earned respect for himself and believed in a spiritual view of reality. He has done his last illusion for us, his body has disappeared, but his spirit will live forever.



Jeff Jawer is a founder of He has been a professional astrologer since 1973 and is well-known as a writer, counselor and lecturer in North and South America, Europe and Australia.

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  • The Astrology of Intimacy   6/4/2004
  • Saturn in Cancer: Security and Insecurity   4/22/2004
  • The State of Astrology   10/12/2003
  • Being and Becoming   9/29/2003
  • Jupiter Opposite Neptune   2/10/2003
  • Saturn-Pluto Revisited   9/20/2002
  • Astrology's Archaic Truths   6/27/2002
  • Astro-Ecology   6/13/2002
  • Creative Prediction   6/6/2002
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  • Scorpio: Beyond Reason   10/24/2001
  • Caring Curious Carlos   2/25/2000
  • WTO: Shaping the World's Economic Future   12/1/1999
  • The Art of (Non) Communication   10/20/1999

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