Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, born 4 September 1981 in Houston, Texas, realized her vocation early. When she was five years old, she attended a Michel Jackson concert – she says that made her decide her purpose. She won a school talent show when she was seven, then moved to another school which offered special singing and dancing classes. She sang in various choirs as well. As a teenage girl she, two childhood friends and another girl came together as Destiny’s Child, then a girls’ group with a growing reputation. Beyoncé’s father quit his job to manage the group, which became world famous. With the money came internal strife, the two friends quarreled with the father and were replaced. The acrimony and negative media attention resulted in depression for Beyoncé, then eighteen years old. She seems to have channeled her feelings into creativity: she contributed most of the material to Destiny’s Child’s third album, aptly named Survivor. In 2003 she came out with her first solo album; on her 25th birthday, September 4 2006, just after the break-up of the group, she released her second, ‘B’Day’.
In 2010 she took a nine-month break from music. Her mother had advised her to ‘live life, to be inspired by things again’. Beginning 2011 she ended the management relationship with her father. Later that year she announced she was pregnant, in 2012 she gave birth to a son. In June 2017 twins, a boy and a girl, joined the family. Since 2008 she is married to rapper Jay-Z Carter, together the couple have a net worth of well over one billion U$.
Beyoncé is the leading voice in American music nowadays and a main cultural influence. All her albums have become number one hits, she currently has 22 Grammies and numerous other awards, she sang at Barack Obama’s inauguration ball, and one of her choreographies initiated a dance craze. She is Queen Bey and her fans are the BeyHive.
Here is her take on dance:
‘I’m a huge fan of dance and I always try to think of a new way to move the body. And I try treat choreography like I do a hit song and I try to think of things that are going to make people wanna dance and move around and dance in the clubs or dance at their school plays or whatever.’
These words gives a first hint of the person behind the celebrity. In the language of Human Design, Beyoncé has the Life Theme of Consciousness, which aims to develop one’s own consciousness and then spread it to inspire people to explore new parts of themselves. Beyoncé does this through her art and through sharing carefully selected parts of her lifestyle. With her Sun in Gate 64, Various Possibilities, she will have researched the history of the culture she comes from – she is of Afro-American and Creole heritage – seeking a relevant way to place this in today’s environment. The Earth in Gate 63, Doubt, indicates that Beyoncé doubts her achievements on an ongoing basis. She uses this element of her Chart to improve her work. It’s a smart move: doubting oneself can be paralyzing, while questioning something in the outer world is a way to advancements. Amy Wallace, in an article in GQ Magazine writes that ‘when she’s on tour, every night she heads back to her hotel room with a DVD of the show she’s just performed. Before going to sleep, she watches that show, critiquing herself, her dancers, her cameramen. The next morning, everyone receives pages of notes’.
In Beyoncé’s own words,
“I watch my performances, and I wish I could just enjoy them, but I see the light that was late. I see, ’Oh God, that hair did not work.’ Or ’I should never do that again.’ I try to perfect myself. I want to grow, and I’m always eager for new information.”
It is a typical statement for someone with a 1/3 Profile and this Life Theme. New information is vital nourishment, and it is mostly found through exploring one’s own experiences. Things need to be felt to be integrated and embodied. Her mother gave her wise advice. Also, conscious Mercury, as well as unconscious Jupiter and Saturn, all in Gate 46, Serendipity, support treating your body as the home of your soul. Loving yourself in the place you are in right now lets life present you with favorable circumstances. You just find yourself in the right place at the right time. Though from outside this may look like good fortune, you yourself know you prepared for it.
People with this Life Theme face the question how to transmit the new insights they discover to a skeptical world, whose first reaction to something new usually is ‘hmm’. One of Beyoncé’s strategies is to be so good that her work becomes undeniable. The delivery is almost intimidating, so the audience swallows the message which it contains without questioning. That message is mainly to women, it is about empowering them to go beyond the limits of their conditioning, love their bodies as they are and live joyfully. She also speaks up against white privilege and discrimination. Her unconscious Venus in Gate 15, Humanity, makes her feel deeply that humanity is one.
Beyoncé has her Saturn in Gate 18, Line 6 ‘Being the Buddha’, which is about leaving behind all conditioning. In her 29th year, when she had her Saturn return, she severed business ties with her father. Her unconscious Saturn and Jupiter in Gate 46 say ‘share the joy’ and Mercury in the same Gate allows her to express it in the way she wants. She actually transmits inner virtue when she performs.
Her way of sharing can provoke – Beyoncé’s Chart indicates that she walks a delicate line between being extreme to attract attention and have influence; and sincerely expressing what happens in her own life in a manner which gives it universal significance. Her open Emotional Center makes her receptive to any emotional stimulus, while it also allows her to convey emotions in such a way that everyone recognizes themselves. She does not need to press an individual emotional point, and so she has a universal appeal.
Here is Beyoncé again, about the relation between her inner life and being on stage:
“I always battle with: How much do I reveal about myself? How do I keep my humility? How do I keep my spirit and the reality? And how do I continue to be generous to — to my fans and to my craft? And how do I stay current? But how do I stay soulful? And it is the battle of my life. When I walk into a stage I’m able to come out of my shell and be as fabulous and over the top and strong and powerful as I want to be.”
“I love my job, but it’s more than that: I need it. Because before I gave birth, it was the only time in my life, all throughout my life, that I was lost. It’s like a blackout. When I’m onstage, I don’t know what the crap happens. I am gone.”
Beyoncé keeps her personal life out of the spotlight, so just a few words on it here.
Her 1/3 Profile looks for a base to stand on in life. One pillar of that surely is her profession. I guess her family life and marriage to Jay-Z, who has the same Life Theme, are another support. Her unconscious Uranus in Gate 14, Line 4 tells her to find out what makes her feel secure and then to have it. She needs this to put herself out into the world and share her creativity. That sharing is, in a sense, a sacrifice she makes to live her Life Theme, for the benefit of all (herself included).
A last quote:
“I worked so hard during my childhood to meet this goal: By the time I was 30 years old, I could do what I want. I’ve reached that. I feel very fortunate to be in that position. But I’ve sacrificed a lot of things, and I’ve worked harder than probably anyone I know, at least in the music industry. So I just have to remind myself that I deserve it.”
All Beyoncé words from an interview with her in GQ Magazine, 2013, by Amy Wallace