It has been wonderful to watch the career progress of Michelle Berting Brett. In the last year or so, she has been on tour starring in the successful show, We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered. Having worked with her before in our early theatre days, I am familiar with Michelle’s voice; she is skilled at producing a dark and rich timbre that, yes, could remind us of the contralto range of Karen Carpenter from the 1970s. But why specifically is Michelle drawn to the Carpenters? She could explore other avenues of singing, but this style, this sound, really seems to click with her. In We’ve Only Just Begun, Michelle and her band recreate the nostalgic sounds of that famous brother-sister duo. And the astrology of it is quite remarkable.
There is something intensely private shown in this chart, with a marked depth of feeling, all indicated by the many 8th-house and Pluto influences. Uranus is co-ruler of the 8th and is a rising planet. The Moon, the chart ruler, is closely conjunct Pluto and opposes those planets in the 8th. The Sun opposes Saturn, the other co-ruler of the 8th. Both Jupiter and Neptune, co-rulers of the MC, aspect Pluto. These patterns suggest there was great potential for Karen to be driven by an intense sensitivity to others in many areas of her life. The urge to bring transformation both to others and to herself was probably a strong motivating factor. Yet as we know, sadly, Karen was so determined to “improve” herself that her compulsion became self-destructive.
As ruler of the 3rd House of siblings, Karen’s Mercury conjunct Jupiter suggests that Richard is a source of optimism, inspiration, and vision. Mercury in Aquarius says that Richard is innovative and progressive; he can add elements of freshness and spontaneity into Karen’s life. Jupiter’s role in publishing says that, through Richard, Karen has a means of broadcasting her message to others.
Coming in Part 2: Find out how 1970 was an auspicious year astrologically for the Carpenters. Then later, learn how Michelle’s chart picks up many of the same zodiacal degrees.