It was the 90’s and I must have been 7 or 8 when I discovered the ubermensch known as Bruce Lee. It was during one of those Saturday, kung-Fu marathons airing the all-you-can-see buffet of martial arts mayhem and vicariously violent indulgence. But among the impressive combatants on display, one man stood out. He had a presence and animal swagger that tapped into something that was often emulated but never duplicated.
He was Bruce Lee, a.k.a. “the dragon”, a.k.a. Jun Fan, a.k.a. “little phoenix”, a.k.a. Lei Siu Long and he was the coolest person I ever saw.
I was an instant fan, eager to learn so much more… and then I learned he was dead. This shocked me because his movies didn’t look that old and he didn’t look that old. In fact, he seemed so full of vitality and life that it was simply hard to believe he was gone. My reaction was like that of his character Chen, in the Chinese Connection who, in his grief over the death of his beloved teacher, bitterly demanded, “How could a healthy man die?!”
The official cause of death according to his autopsy report, was cerebral edema or swelling of the brain. Apparently he experienced a severe adverse reaction to a prescription painkiller called equagesic that was given to him by a friend after he complained of a headache. This kids, is why you should never take someone else’s prescription medicine, so take heed all you reckless pill poppers out there.
But then there’s also the traces of Hashish that coroners found in Lee’s stomach. According to this drug site “Hashish is a potent form of cannabis (marijuana) produced by collecting and compressing trichomes, the most potent material from cannabis plants…Hashish contains the same active ingredients as marijuana, like THC and other cannabinoids, but with higher concentrations.” It was known that during the last several months of his life, Bruce consumed Hashish frequently and this hashish was a potent, uncut strain obtained from Nepal. It is believed that the hashish in combination with the painkiller is what triggered the fatal reaction and what doctors term “death by misadventure”.
In spite of the official story (which Bruce’s wife has firmly supported), the unusual circumstances surrounding Lee’s death have inspired many conspiracy theories to circulate that are as absurd as they are amusing. Examples include speculation of him being murdered by the Chinese mafia, or by ninjas. Perhaps he was poisoned by his supposed mistress, Betty Ting or killed by a prostitute.
The theory I find intriguing however, is the notion of a family curse. When Bruce was born (in Chinatown, San Francisco, California), his parents referred to him in Chinese as “Little Phoenix”, which was meant as a female name. They did so to protect Bruce from the evil spirits they believed claimed the life of their previous son. In their tradition, referring to the male child as a female would confuse the demons and ward them off. So, some might say his demise was linked to these demons who’ve been after him all his life.
I guess they were chasing the dragon, right? Get it? That was a marijuana joke (no disrespect intended).
20 years later, the conspiracies would continue, when Bruce’s son Brandon suddenly died in a freak accident while filming “The Crow”. The actor who accidentally killed him talked about the incident publicly for the first in this interview.
The Lee family curse theory was once again revived, fueled by the intriguing similarities and coincidences between the father and son’s death. Interestingly, Bruce died in ’73 and Brandon in ’93 and they shared the sign of the dragon in the Chinese zodiac. Both died while filming movies that involve death.
But what about the astrological circumstances of Bruce Lee’s life? He was born November 27, 1940 under the sign of the Metal dragon in the Chinese zodiac. In western astrology however, he was a Sagittarius with a substantial stellium in Scorpio. A stellium is a concentration of 4 or more planets occupying a given house or sign, thus intensifying it’s significance in the chart. Stelliums have been found in the charts of many extraordinary individuals including Austrian composer Wolfgang Mozart and Polish physicist Marie Curie. Stelliums could indicate remarkable ability or genius in a specific area of the chart due to the stacked planetary energy coursing through it. Bruce Lee had a mercury, moon, mars, venus cluster in Scorpio within the 11th house, the house of friends and networks. This could hint at the tremendous and iconic popularity he achieved in his rather short life.
When it comes to death and destruction however, we look at Scorpio and the 8th house along with it’s rulers pluto and mars. Bruce’s Scorpio stellium is strong enough to have made him an actual Scorpio for all intensive purposes. His creative passion, emotional intensity and forceful dynamism along with his thoughtful, inspiring statements regarding life and death are consistent with what Scorpio represents; transformation, death, regeneration, violence. He even advised us all to “be like water”, which is a very water sign thing to say!
I calculated the Arabic part of death in Bruce Lee’s chart and it turned out to be in 28 degrees Cancer. Bruce Lee died on the 20th of July and guess what? The 20th of July pretty much falls on the 28th degree of Cancer! Uncanny! Coincidence? Probably. I did the same for Brandon’s chart and the result was 2 degrees in Leo which did not match up with his March 31 death date. I also tried to make a connection between his mercury and the nature of his death from brain swelling due to drug use (Neptune) but it felt like a bit of a stretch.