RIP Amy Winehouse

Despite the direction that her life was clearly headed in, I was among many people who were shocked by British singer Amy Winehouse’s death. Why did this have to happen? To get a bit of background, I calculated Amy’s Birth Cards, using the birth date of September 14th, 1983, as posted in Wikipedia. I know – Wiki is not the be all, end all of factual information, but the date was confirmed in other websites. Her Birth Cards are the Star and Strength. (I used the Birth Card Calculator on to calculate the cards.)

Birth Cards (using the system developed by Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone of the Tarot School) work in pairs, and act as a gateway into a given lifetime, defining the theme for that lifetime. With Star/Strength, I would define this lifetime as the ability to control our passions, and our connection to Spirit, which brings us hope. The Star talks about hope, and about moving away from negative influences. It brings with it freedom and inner peace, along with public recognition. As all cards have 360 degrees of interpretation, we also need to remember that the Star, which we generally think of as being positive, also carries the energy of disillusionment, self-deception and scattered energies.

Strength talks about self-control, the will to succeed, reconciling opposites, and having courage, but it also carries the energy of fearing ones emotions, and feeling overwhelmed.

The energy of Birth Cards functions in several ways: (1) it can function well, (2) it can function poorly, (3) it can be blocked, or (4) it can be latent (as in not yet recognised by the Seeker). When we look at Amy Winehouse, it is fairly clear that in this lifetime the energy of her Birth Cards was trending towards functioning poorly. She had the public recognition, but was somewhat overwhelmed by it. She may have been disillusioned, and was definitely scattered. She had enormous talent, so I would not say that she ever deceived herself. She had courage, but no self-control. In the end, she was not able to overcome these things.

I asked a couple of questions of the ISIS Tarot de Marseille:

Who was Amy Winehouse? Р Reyne de Deniers (Queen of Disks)

The lady definitely was the Queen of Disks! I see this in myself, and yes, I see this in her. There is power in this person, and a sense of being able to take on the world around them. Amy was not afraid to take on the world, even when it overwhelmed her! Was she a well aspected Queen? No, she wasn’t. She was able to create financial and material security around herself, but she does not seem to have been comfortable with it. She could not keep herself healthy, and was very moody and self-indulgent. The potential was there, but never realised.
What does her death mean for us as individuals? – Six de Baton (Six of Wands)

Through her music, Amy had the ability to transform lives. We are being asked to look at ourselves, and see how we can best use our talents and abilities.

What can we learn from her death? РAce de Coupe  (Ace of Cups)

we canlearn to love ourselves. To not be afraid of love, in all of its myriad forms.

(c) July 2011 Bonnie Cehovet