The one and only Tina Turner has died, a powerball of dynamic and frantic energy on stage and unforgettable musicality, she channeled her anger about a neglected childhood and abusive marriage into a stunning stage and recording career.
She was born 26 November 1939 at 10.10.pm, Nutbush TN, with parents she said did not care for her since they were always fighting. She worked in the cotton fields with them, her mother leaving when she was 10, her father three years later. Her much publicized first marriage to Ike Turner was violent and controlling, and when she left she was broke and homeless. With amazing resilience she relaunched her career and hit the heights. Her second long partnership with German EMI executive Erwin Bach she met when she was 47 was a revelation. He stayed with her as she latterly suffered multiple life-threatening illnesses of cancer, strokes, and gave her a kidney when hers failed.
Despite her success and ultimate emotional stability she was under no illusions about her experiences. “It wasnʼt a good life,” she said in documentary. “The good did not balance the bad. I had an abusive life, thereʼs no other way to tell the story. Itʼs a reality.
Itʼs a truth. Thatʼs what youʼve got, so you have to accept it.”
In recent years she lost one son to suicide and another to cancer.
She had a 4th house Sagittarius Sun Mercury opposition a Gemini Moon square Mars in Pisces in her 7th. Mars in Pisces is often seen with dancers who combine energy with grace. On the focal point of a Mutable T Square it is highly strung, a whirlwind, impulsive, scattered and frenetic. In the 7th it would attract her to Martian partners, hence Ike. It also fits with two warring parents with the Sun and Moon both tied in. She also had a forced-to-be-self-reliant Saturn in Aries.
Her Venus in adventurous Sagittarius in her performing 5th house squared onto Jupiter in her financial 8th opposition Neptune which would to some extent soften down the rougher edges of her Mars.
Her 10th house Moon designed her for a public career. Her Uranus in the 10th for an unconventional path in life.
Erwin Bach, 16 years her junior, 24 January 1956, was a love-at- first-sight-meeting for her when she was 47 and although not always easy it worked. He had a Gemini Moon like hers which would help with his Aquarius Sun in trine. His super-confident Jupiter Pluto in Leo fell in her 1st house boosting her confidence. His Venus fell in her 7th house which is ideal for a love match.
Though his Uranus was conjunct her 12th house Pluto so he would shake her up at an unconscious level and bring changes to her life. His Saturn Mars in Sagittarius fell in her 4th conjunct her Sun Mercury opposition her Moon and square her Mars – which does not look to be without its irritations, but he would be able to put aside his own needs at times to bring order to her life.
Their relationship chart had a helpful Grand Trine of Moon Jupiter trine Saturn trine Neptune which would bring shared interests with Jupiter smoothing round rough edges and bringing optimism.
Ike Turner, 5 November 1931, had his Jupiter on her Ascendant so he did boost her image. Like Erwin Bach he had his Mars in Sagittarius in her 4th hitting her T Square. But Ikeʼs Sun, Mercury, Venus in Scorpio in a controlling trine to Pluto would sit uneasily with her Sagittarius/Gemini Sun/Moon.
The Tina/Ike relationship chart had a dominating, cruel composite Mars opposition Pluto (Moon) so not good news.
Another musical icon gone.