Louise Hay, the hugely successful American motivational writer and founder of Hay House publishing which produced her own mega-million selling books as well as those by Deepak Chopra, Doreen Virtue, Wayne Dyer amongst others, has died. She had a difficult childhood with a single mother, a violent stepfather, was raped at five by a neighbour, had a baby at 16 which was adopted, and took to positive-thinking religion which she said helped her cure her cervical cancer.
Born 8 October 1926 at 12.30am Los Angeles, she certainly had a challenging and ambitious chart. She had a quick-witted, communicative 3rd house Sun in Libra as well as Venus, with her Sun trine Jupiter in Aquarius, and her Jupiter in an enthusiastic, risk-taking square to a hard-driving 10th house Mars in Taurus. Her Mars was opposition a 4th house Saturn, pointing to her abusive and unsupportive childhood, squaring onto an idealistic (and flashy) Neptune in Leo, so channelling all her angst into visions and dreams. It forms a wide Fixed Grand Cross, which would give her considerable stamina and power to persevere, with the always-hopeful Neptune opposition Jupiter attracting her to positive thinking as a cure all.
She had three planets in each of the Water signs, so it made a wide Water Grand Trine of an insightful 12th house Pluto trine Saturn trine Uranus on the cusp of the 9th (= New Age publishing) – it would make her healing for others if not always for herself.
She was praised for her work with AIDs victims, though her metaphysical counselling attracted criticism for her view that people’s mental attitudes created their own illness; and that genocide victims had bad karma, so brought their destruction on themselves for past life misdeeds.