An incorrect Scorpio birthdate for Andy Warhol is in circulation. Its erroneous origin is discussed at AstroDataBank. The coyly secretive artist offered several different dates for his birth. The accepted birthdate of August 6, 1928, is therefore dubious. The birth certificate, not registered till 1945, was concocted, probably by Warhol himself, to satisfy a college registration requirement and is derived from a lost affidavit. As evidence it has been supplemented by a so-called baptismal certificate which on examination is equally derivative and indirect. Warhol was just the sort of person to shave some time off his age at the first possible opportunity. (“Oh God! Eighteen years old and still not famous!”). I find it hard to believe that this dark Leo had seven planets in fire, including an Aries moon, and few serious afflictions, as was the case on August 6, 1928.
One year earlier, however, we find a precise and powerful conjunction at the Venus/Pluto midpoint, of Jupiter and Uranus at 3 Aries, a degree whose Sabian symbol reveals “an utterly naïve assimilation of self into its world and a complete flow of all effort toward some proper end,” which is consonant with both his gee whiz manner and his remarkable productivity and accomplishment. A late Scorpio moon, conjunct Saturn and square Neptune, also seems appropriate to his mysterious, dead-pan persona, not to mention his frequently morbid subject matter: dead movie stars, electric chairs, auto crashes, disasters, criminals, skulls, shadows, Jackies, etc. That configuration was under the direct pressure of transiting Neptune when Warhol was shot by Valerie Solanas in 1968.
I also expected to see some Virgo in this Leo’s chart, since he employed the grid device continuously throughout his career, virtually his trademark mode of presentation. As Virgo is adjacent to Leo the absence of Virgo planets in the 1928 chart is conspicuous, but in the 1927 both Venus and Mars are in Virgo.