Joe Rogan – the master of reinvention


Joe Rogan, the podcast king, whose chats are downloaded nearly 200 million times per month on Youtube has been persuaded to shift over to Spotify in a deal worth more than $100 million. His guests have included Elon Musk, Bernie Sanders, Jack Dorsey, Robert Downey, Jr. and alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. He claims to be widely libertarian but has been criticised for making transphobic and racist remarks and for his choice of guests.

Born 11 August 1967 in Newark, New Jersey, his parents divorced when he was young and he has had no contact with his abusive father since. He started in martial arts, gravitated towards being a stand-up comedian, an actor and a sports commentator. Since 2009 his podcasts have grown in popularity, bringing in a reputed $30 million last year.

He’s an entertaining and confident Sun Jupiter in Leo square a showbizzy Mars Neptune in ultra-determined in Scorpio. He’s also got a tricky Yod of Venus in Virgo sextile Mars inconjunct Saturn in forced-to-be-self-reliant Aries. And the boundary-pushing, changeable Uranus Pluto in Virgo.

When he started his podcast in late 2009, tr Jupiter Neptune were square his Solar Arc focal point Saturn giving it a boost; with his Solar Arc Pluto opposition his Taurus North Node exactly; and he was in the midst of his (tr Uranus opposition Uranus) mid-life crisis, keen to try a new project.

What lies ahead won’t be entirely straightforward or successful with his Solar Arc Pluto conjunct his Mars in late 2021/early 2022 for a dead-halt; but he’ll then zip up again with Solar Arc Uranus square his Jupiter in 2022/23. He’s clearly good at reinventing himself and has the lucky touch so he’ll no doubt shapeshift in another direction.

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