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Celebrity Chart: Joan Rivers–how she did it!

posted 2014/12/16

Here is a brief look at a celebrity’s Human Design chart using just a few of many aspects and layers of a chart. Our purpose here is to give you just a partial glimpse, through Human Design, into this person’s energy dynamics.

Joan Rivers – powerhouse of a Projector!

Birth: June 8, 1933 at 2:00am in Brooklyn, New York

Death: September 4, 2014 in Manhattan, New York, at age 81

I love looking at Human Design charts of famous people and making sense of their personalities and behaviors from their chart.  And in some cases, clearing up mysteries about them.  This is one of those “mystery” cases.  Here’s why.  I personally wasn’t a big fan of Joan Rivers’ style of humor but I always respected her and her long and successful career.  When she made her transition to nonphysical in Sept., I ran her chart just for fun.  I had assumed she was a Generator or Manifesting Generator because of her seemingly inexhaustible energy and long-sustaining career.

I was WRONG.

She was a Projector.  So then I got really interested in using her chart to understand HOW she had been so sustainable through nearly six decades of performing and being a very public figure.

Joan Rivers photo

Joan Rivers in 2010


Joan Rivers was a multi-talented comedienne, actress and much more who performed for well over five decades.

She was in 27 films, wrote 12 books, and was in over 40 TV shows during 1968-2014 (some that ran for many years).

She also did theater work, including Broadway, and received many awards and nominations including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1989.

Below are more details about Joan, her Human Design chart, and my review of what her chart tells us about her extraordinarily productive life and career.

Joan’s Biography*

Joan Alexandra Molinsky, better known by her stage name Joan Rivers, was an American actress, comedienne, writer, producer, and television host. She was best known for her stand-up comedy and red carpet interviews, and for co-hosting the E! celebrity fashion show Fashion Police from 2010 to 2014, as well as starring in the reality series Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? alongside her daughter Melissa Rivers from 2011 to 2014. She often appeared on QVC shopping channel, selling jewelry and fashion items that she had created.

Rivers first came to prominence in 1965 as a guest on The Tonight Show, a late-night program with interviews and comedy, hosted by Johnny Carson, whom she acknowledged as her mentor. The show established her particular comic style; using self-deprecation and poking fun at celebrities, she would often joke about her extensive use of plastic surgery. When she launched a rival program in 1986, The Late Show with Joan Rivers, Carson never spoke to her again. She was the first woman to host her own late night talk show on network television. She later went on to host a successful daytime show, The Joan Rivers Show from 1989 to 1993, which won her a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host. Her outspoken commentary on celebrities and politics has often been criticized and stirred controversy.

She also authored 12 best-selling memoir and humor books and many comedy albums. She was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1984 for her album What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most? As an actress, Rivers was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play in 1994 for her performance of the title role in Sally Marr…and her escorts. In 2010, a documentary about her life, focusing on her work ethic, premiered titled Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.

Style of humor

During her 55-year career as a comedian, her tough-talking style of satirical humor was both praised and criticized as being truthful, yet too personal, too gossipy, and very often abrasive. Nonetheless, with her ability to “tell it like it is,” she became a pioneer of contemporary stand-up comedy. Commenting about her style, she told biographer Gerald Nachman, “Maybe I started it. We’re a very gossipy culture. All we want to know now is private lives.”

Rivers accepted such criticism as part of her using social satire as a form of humor: “I’ve learned to have absolutely no regrets about any jokes I’ve ever done … You can tune me out, you can click me off, it’s OK. I am not going to bow to political correctness. But you do have to learn, if you want to be a satirist, you can’t be part of the party.”

In her personal life, however, fewer of those neurotic or intense character traits which viewers see on screen were displayed. Ralph Schoenstein, who dated her and worked with her on her humor books, states, “She has no airs. She doesn’t stand on ceremony. The woman has absolutely no pretense. She’ll tell you everything immediately. Joan isn’t cool—she’s completely open. It’s all grist. It’s her old thing–‘Can we talk?’”

In her book Bouncing Back (1997) Rivers described how she developed bulimia nervosa and contemplated suicide. Eventually she recovered with counseling and the support of her family.

Her Death

On August 28, 2014, Rivers experienced serious complications and stopped breathing during a surgical procedure on her vocal cords at a clinic in Manhattan. She died on September 4th.

Her funeral took place on September 7, 2014 at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan. The private ceremony was attended by numerous public figures, including Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Griffin, Donald Trump, Rosie O’Donnell, Barbara Walters, Kelly Osbourne, Diane Sawyer. During the ceremony, actor Hugh Jackman sang, Broadway actress Audra McDonald performed, and talk show host Howard Stern delivered the eulogy. Stern described Rivers as “brassy in public, classy in private. . . a troublemaker, trail blazer, pioneer for comics everywhere, . . . fought the stereotypes that women can’t be funny.”

[*excerpted from:  http://www.astrotheme.com/astrology/Joan_Rivers]

[Photo: By David Shankbone [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons]


Joan’s chart gives us many clues about how she managed such a busy and dynamic career.  Understanding her chart also gave me a new appreciation for her style of comedy….once I saw how much it was an expression of the energies she carried!

Joan Rivers chart

I’ve recorded my review of key aspects of her chart. Simply click the arrow to listen, or download to listen later.

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I welcome your comments!


4 comments… add one
  • Amanda Hatfield December 17, 2014, 7:07 pm

    I literally laughed out loud when I saw the Gate 17 in Mercury!
    I found it interesting that she passed of the surgery to the vocal cords, especially since she is a Projector with a defined throat. Made me wonder if the need for the surgery had a projected connection…maybe it was more related to sharing of her opinions without being recognized or invited to share?
    Thank you for sharing and it made me appreciate her now, more than, unfortunately, what I did when she was living.

    • Evelyn December 18, 2014, 12:08 am

      Projectors often have a hard time feeling heard…and literally being heard, sometimes. As a life-long entertainer Joan undoubtedly pushed with her Throat energy more than was correct for her chart, so it’s not surprising that she had vocal chord issues. I laughed at your wondering about the connection to her sharing opinions without being asked. Very likely! Though her Throat was Defined it was (of course) not motorized. Even Generators can have vocal issues when they have an Open Throat. Bill Clinton is a great example…that raspy quality of his voice is likely from a lifetime of pushing incorrectly with his Throat energy…trying to be heard in the “noisy” political arena. Thanks for your comment, Amanda!

  • Sayuri February 10, 2015, 11:42 am

    Joan Rivers was a fearless woman,as we can see. I notice she has an undefined spleen with zero gates which could explain why she wasn’t afraid of anything.
    I sort of envy her . I have an undefined spleen sitting there all alone,no gates,like her. But I’m not bold and fearless which probably means I have been taking in and amplifing the fears of those around me. How did she manage not to do that? Her defined will center,perhaps?

    • Evelyn February 10, 2015, 10:57 pm

      Sayuri, a completely Open Spleen Center (no gate activations) can go either way–completely fearless or having lots of fears. It depends on so many things, but mostly on conditioning of the Spleen and other Open Centers. Joan Rivers definitely benefited from her Defined Will Center–and yes, that could help a lot in being fearless!!! But it’s possible to de-condition the Open Spleen and better manage the fear gates on the Spleen. Best approaches: follow Strategy, master “being a screen, not a sponge”, and push through the Splenic Fears so they dissipate and you build confidence in yourself. Hope that helps!

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