Why did Farrokh Bulsara choose the name Freddie Mercury?
Freddie Mercury, the lead British singer-songwriter, record producer and lead vocalist of the rock band Queen is widely regarded as one of the greatest lead singers in the history of rock music with his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range.
Mercury was born as Farrokh Bulsara in Stone Town, Zanzibar (now Tanzania). His family had moved there so that his dad could continue his career at the British Colonial Office, and so Farrokh grew up between Zanzibar and India, attending English-style boarding schools in India from the age of eight, returning to Zanzibar after secondary school.
In 1964, when Farrokh was 17 years old, his family fled the Zanzibar Revolution, moving to Middlesex, England.
Recently, I watched the blockbuster movie Bohemian Rhapsody, which caused renewed interest in Freddie Mercury’s music and life worldwide, and it prompted me to look at his astrological birth chart.
I was curious to see whether astrology could have consciously or subconsciously influenced Farrokh’s decision to change his name to Freddie Mercury, particularly his choice of surname.
Farrokh Bulsara started going by Freddie when he was at St. Peter’s, a boarding school for boys near Mumbai. He legally changed his name to Freddie Mercury around 1970, when Queen was formed.
A quick look at his birth chart reveals that not only is Mercury the ruler of his Sun and Ascendant (both Virgo), but also the planet Mercury is situated at 2 degrees Virgo, the exact degree of his Ascendant.
Since the Ascendant changes so quickly (it moves through the full 360 degrees of the zodiac every 24 hours!), any planet close to it in a birth chart has an extremely pronounced effect on a person’s character and life.
Mercury is the Messenger of the Gods in Roman mythology. He is the storyteller, the one who is here to communicate the message of the heavens down to earth. Mercury types always have something to say to the world and usually have a gift with words.
I always find it interesting how astrological symbolism shows up in the world, and this is a prime example of that.
Freddie probably knew he was a Virgo but I wonder if he knew that Mercury was by far the most significant and prominent planet in his birth chart?
Like how scientists gave Pluto (Lord of the Underworld in mythology) and Neptune (God of the sea) their names, and the nature of the planets’ symbolism in astrology fits perfectly with the mythology.
Freddie Mercury died in 1991 at age 45 due to complications from AIDS. He confirmed the day before his death that he had contracted the disease.
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