They stirred the imaginations of millions of Americans during the Great Depression and were consider public enemy number one alongside John Dillinger and Pretty Boy Floyd. They had a cult following. Mere hours after their fateful deaths in the town of Arcadia, Louisiana, where they were shot; visitors started to pour in to catch one last glimpse of their grisly remains. The town’s population swelled from 2,000 to 12,000 on that day; visitors from all over the States came to pay their last respects to Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow.
There has been many accounts written about their relationship. Was their relationship based on love or convenience? They were together for 2 years and towards the end of her life Bonnie could barely walk due to injuries she had sustained during a car accident. Clyde faithfully carried her everywhere. Yet, they stuck together and made a pledge to “go down together,” as they knew was their inevitable fate.
Clyde Chestnut Barrow was born on March 24th, 1909 in Telico Texas at 1:50 p.m. He was born into an impoverished farming family who had lost their farm. While still young, his family moved to the slums of West Dallas and led a very meager existence in abject poverty. They lived in a tent. At a very early age, the young Clyde resorted to stealing food to survive. By 1930 he was already in prison for his petty crimes. The Texas prison system embittered the young Clyde and by the time he left prison in 1932, he had already killed a man for sexually assaulting him.
Clyde had a bold, straight-forward, adventurous Sun in Aries conjunct his Saturn. This was not an easy aspect. It was also the most elevated aspect in his natal chart where it was magnified. There was the implication that there was an insecurity that stemmed from early childhood and now as an adult there was a strong need to be recognized. Sun in Aries refuses to be dismissed or overlooked. This Sun was in its exaltation, meaning that the egoic characteristics of the Sun were exaggerated. Saturn in Aries is in it’s fall which is does not work optimally. It definitely wants to be a leader but it lacks patience and discilpline. It is trigger-happy. This Saturn will impose his will on others. He was a survivor.
Unfortunately this configuration was the apex of a T-square in Clyde’s chart. His Saturn was squaring his Mars/Uranus conjunction in Capricorn. The Mars/Uranus conjunction is about not following rules and not following orders. It is about being an independent free spirit and again it is a very impulsive aspect.
This configuration was opposing Neptune and at times this is defined as the signature of the spiritual warrior. He chases the impossible dream and fights for the under dog. This is also a generational aspect and it is interesting that during this period in history we did see the resurgence of maverick-type hoodlums such as John Dilenger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd who viewed their criminals activities and bank robbing in a Robin Hood-like light.
What is compelling about this T-square in Clyde’s chart is that when he was first was released from prison, he had a vision of freeing all the prisoners from the Eastham Prison; this was his motivation behind his robberies. He was trying to raise money and arms for his vigilante mission. Somewhere along the way his mission of righting the wrongs of the Texan penal system turned into the cold-blooded slaughter of innocent civilians. This T-square was the underlying motivator of his mission.
Clyde has an earthy, practical, stable Moon in Taurus which could have offset his other challenging aspects. This Moon, more than any other Moon in the zodiac needs to feel secure. It needs a stable environment and have its basic needs met which is exactly what Clyde Barrow did not have in his childhood. As an adult he did everything he could to offset the insecurity and instability he experienced as a child. He took what he felt was owed to him.
His fiery dramatic Leo Ascendant only added fuel to the fire. A Leo Ascendant needs to feel like it is the centre of attention and king of the castle. There cannot be any doubt as to who the leader and the mastermind behind the robberies and the killings was. It was undoubtedly Clyde Barrow.
Bonnie Elizabeth Parker was born on October 1, 1910 in Rowena, Texas. Her time of birth is unknown. Although Bonnie’s family also lived in poverty, there was never any indication of her future life of crime in her early years. She was a bright student and did very well in school. She excelled in poetry and literature.
While still a teenager, Bonnie married her high school sweetheart Roy Thorton. The marriage proved to be stormy and ended in separation. It seems Bonnie had developed a penchant for bank robbers early on because Roy Thorton was sentenced to prison for robbing a bank. Bonnie never saw him again but she never divorced him either. She died while still wearing her wedding band.
Bonnie had her Sun in charming, artistic and partnership-oriented Libra alongside her Mars and Jupiter. With so many planets in Libra it is safe to say that this was someone who thrived in partnerships. She also more likely to acquiesced to her partners wishes to maintain the harmony and peace in the relationship.
Bonnie had her Moon, Venus and Mercury in modest, shy and analytical Virgo. Hardly the signature of a cold-blooded killer. It has been asserted on many occasions by different biographers, that Bonnie never did pull the trigger or kill anyone. She was an accessory to murder and may have assisted in loading the weapons in perfect cooperative Libra spirit.
Her chart lacks the fire element. She did have a Sun/Mars conjunction which may have given her drive but both were in Libra which is a weak placement for both Sun and Mars. She complied to her partner’s wishes and was more than likely a follower.
If she was not a murderer then what in her chart would account for her freewheeling, reckless spirit? The answer lies in Bonnie’s T-square. Like her boyfriend Clyde, Bonnie had a troublesome T-square. The handle of her bucket pattern is Uranus which is also part of her T-square. When a planet is the handle of a bucket pattern it means it acts on overdrive with disregard to the rest of the chart. Bonnie was a restless freedom-loving soul. Her Uranus squares her Jupiter making her restless nature even more erratic and pronounced. Remember Jupiter expands whatever it touches. It is not surprising that she married young and left home. She probably wanted her freedom and thought marriage was her escape route. That same Jupiter squares Neptune. This is the signature of the eternal seeker who is never satisfied and is always looking for the next best thing. This is not a grounding aspect and the individual may always be chasing an elusive dream. On a positive note, this is a very creative aspect with artistic inclinations; with discipline the native can achieve much. Bonnie was an amateur photographer and poet.
The final aspect of that T-square is the opposition of Uranus and Neptune. There is a tendency to distort what already is erratic. Note that this is a generational aspect and Clyde also had this in his T-Square. This is the same aspect that made Clyde a champion for the under dog and the motivation behind his robberies. The idea that they were willing to die for their ideals as oppose to being captured and locked up comes from this aspect.
By all accounts, it was love at first sight when these two renegades met in the kitchen of a mutual friend in West Dallas in 1932. Clyde was freshly out of prison and Bonnie was unemployed which is why she was staying with a friend.
Bonnie and Clyde were close in age. They were less than a year apart which means that they had their outer planets in similar degrees and signs. Both Clyde’s and Bonnie’s Venus’ were opposite each other and square to their Pluto’s. There was an instant deep sexual attraction when they first met. It was lust a first sight. They both have Venus square Pluto which means they both had a high sex drive, natally in their charts. Although this is a very sexy aspect, it is also one to bring out power struggles within a couple. The Pluto person wants to dominate the Venus person. Clyde’s Venus opposes Bonnie’s Moon. There is a sweet caring understanding but at times they got on each others nerves.
In keeping with the sexual theme, Bonnie’s Uranus is conjunct Clyde’s Mars/Uranus aspect. This means that the unruly tendencies were further exacerbate by this rebellious aspect. The problem with this configuration is that, it is exciting at first but after awhile it becomes frustrating and volatile. Bonnie’s Venus trines this aspect, again, emphasizing the sexual chemistry of the relationship.
Bonnie and Clyde also have a lot of polarity oppositions, which in astrology is a typical indication of attraction. Her Sun/Mars conjunction opposes Clyde’s Sun/Saturn conjunction. It is an attractor with parental overtones on Clyde’s part. He probably dominated her.
So did they have any harmonious aspects? Yes, their earthy Moons, his in Taurus, hers in Virgo, made a lovely trine. This is a very comforting aspect for domestic bliss; if they had ever settle down. Both of their Moons made beautiful aspects to their Neptunes in dreamy, watery Cancer. They had an intuitive understanding of each other that was caring and gentle. They had a psychic bond. Unfortunately, they may not have always been rooted in reality. Bonnie’s Neptune trined Clyde’s dreamy Piscean Venus. There was a magical and romantic tone to their relationship.
Their destinies were certainly linked. His Moon conjuncted her North Node. Both his Pluto and her Pluto conjuncted his North Node which is a very karmic aspect which accounts for their violent end.
The real question is, if they had lived to a ripe old age, would they have stayed together? They had quite a few volatile aspects and it seemed that the relationship was meant to run it course. Sadly, by the time of their deaths they had killed and abducted too many innocents to seek any form of clemency. Their downhill trajectory was on a one way course and there was no turning back or redemption. The public perception had turned against them. Maybe they had a sense of that, which is why they chose to die together in a most brutal swan song. On May 23, 1934 as they were driving down a rural highway in Louisiana; Texas Ranger Frank Hamer and his entourage gunned them down. According to the coroner’s report both Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow suffered over 25 bullet wounds each.
Their dying wish was to be buried side by side. Alas, it was not meant to be. Bonnie’s family refused to have their daughter’s remains buried next to Clyde’s. So on that fateful day in Louisiana, they were parted for good at the age of 24 and 25.
When Bonnie and Clyde came walking in the sunshine
A half a dozen carbines opened up on them.
Bonnie and Clyde, they lived a lot together
And finally together they died,
The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde
Georgie Fame, 1968