Send More Chuck Berry!

Posted by Len Wallick

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Len Wallick offers a heartfelt tribute to seminal rock-and-roll musician Chuck Berry, who died Saturday in his Missouri home at age 90. Appropriately, his passing took place just as the era-defining Uranus-Eris conjunction in Aries was still exact to the degree, and closely opposed to his natal Libra Sun.

By Len Wallick

Seminal rock-and-roll musician Chuck Berry died on Saturday (March 18, 2017) in his Missouri home at age 90. Appropriately, his passing took place just as the era-defining Uranus-Eris conjunction in Aries was still exact to the degree, and closely opposed to his natal Libra Sun.

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The great Chuck Berry strutting his stuff at Virgin Fest in 2008. Photo by Joe Cereghino.

Born in St Louis on Oct. 18, 1926, Charles Edward Anderson Berry can fairly be said to have defined an unprecedented era. To paraphrase John Lennon, another name for rock-and-roll might well have been “Chuck Berry.” Few are those who would argue with Lennon’s wry observation.

It could also be said that Chuck Berry’s life was reflective of both Uranus and Eris. Further to just a few interpretations of Uranus, he was a revolutionary presence who who reached (and galvanized) billions of people through the medium of radio broadcast.

Consistent with the personality of mythical Eris (the putative “goddess of discord”), both his lifestyle and music provided ample discomfort for those who feared that rock-and-roll constituted a threat to the racially segregated and plutocratic social order he was born into. Thankfully, the alarmed critics perceived Chuck Berry quite accurately.

Chuck Berry was born a black male in an area (and era) rife with institutionalized racial oppression. His parents were not wealthy. His formal education was interrupted (and perhaps defined) by incarceration. For a long time, and in an interesting parallel to another revolutionary and influential historical figure, he made his living as a carpenter. All told, it was not an auspicious beginning for somebody who would eventually be known and honored worldwide.

Only after his first Saturn return was Chuck Berry finally able to combine his cultural legacy with his personal experience and express it far and wide through the universal medium of music. After that, the rest was (and continues to be) history.

Indeed, Chuck Berry’s legacy has for some time been assured beyond any earthly eventuality. Riding aboard both of the Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977 is a gold-plated and playable copper phonographic record. Included on that disc is one of Berry’s best songs: “Johnny B. Goode.” If you are not already familiar with the lyrics, you could plausibly offer a fitting tribute by becoming¬†acquainted with them — they say a lot about both America and one of its most distinguished sons.

If comedian Steve Martin proves prescient, the greatest tribute may be yet to come. In a 1978 televised skit, Martin played a silly psychic who predicted that we would soon receive our first message from extraterrestrial beings who had intercepted one of the Voyagers. The anticipated content of that still-awaited missive was (of course): “Send more Chuck Berry!”

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Besides endeavoring to be of service to all of you here at Planet Waves, Len strives to live in Seattle while working as a professional astrologer. To contact him for an astrology reading you can send an e-mail to: lenwallick@gmail.com. His telephone number is 206-356-5467. In addition to his profession, Len contributes to the Seattle community without monetary compensation by serving as a Reiki practitioner and teacher through classes and outreach offered by the Seattle Reiki Mastery Series modality.

2 thoughts on “Send More Chuck Berry!

  1. Bette

    Lovely tribute, Len. I’m old enough to remember Chuck Berry’s music, & how radical it was at the time. The only music I heard until I left home was via the radio, as we had no TV, so I had no idea of the race or colour of the performers I listened to. Only much later did I learn what a struggle they had in those harshly segregated times.

    CTV national news, in reporting his passing yesterday, mentioned that he had recently completed an album. If true, bravo – at ninety!

    Love the thought “Send more Chuck Berry”.

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