The recent fiftieth anniversary of the tragic assasination of JFK of course brought to mind the oh-so-sad ending of his only son, JFK Jr., known by many
as "John John."
You likely don't need me to remind you that he died fourteen years ago with his wife, Carolyn Bessette, and her sister, Lauren, while he was piloting a small plane that crashed into the ocean, on its way to a family wedding in Martha's Vineyard.
When I was growing up, a famous question in the cultural lexicon was, "Where were you when Kennedy was shot?" meaning, of course, John's late father, president John F. Kennedy...
...rightly implying that his assassination was such a searingly memorable moment that anyone alive at that time would forever remember just that - where they were when they heard the news.
For many of us, the question changed to, "Where were you when Kennedy crashed?" being about John and Carolyn - I'll never forget where I was and who I was with when I heard of their tragic accident.
It was especially bittersweet to us - my husband is also a pilot (something I get nervous about), we were close in age to both of them, and learned their
plane was missing while out to dinner with good friends to celebrate our first wedding anniversary.
It was yet another reminder of how lucky we were, and how quickly life can change... or end.
There was the golden couple - beautiful, wealthy, wildly popular, young and in love, with everything to live for... gone in a flash.
Sadder still were the swirling rumors that followed, claiming that things were not what they seemed - that at the time of their deaths John and Carolyn's marriage was coming apart at the seams, that John had recently moved into a hotel to get away from her, that he'd told a friend just days before that she'd become a stranger...
And who could forget the tell-all book by her former TV star boyfriend claiming their love affair continued well into her marriage with John, and that she'd turned America's most eligible bachelor into it's most desperate and betrayed husband?
Friends paint a much different picture - saying John and Carolyn were very much in love and had enjoyed a wonderful weekend away just the week before, that they had imminent plans to have children, and that Carolyn was one of the warmest, kindest, most generous people they had ever known.
Which is it?
Let's go to the astrological vault, shall we?
As an astrologer who specializes in the topic of relationships, I'm always fascinated to see what's going on between two people's charts that would compel them to be together in the first place.
When John and Carolyn first got together, many wondered what this woman who wasn't rich, wasn't from an unusually priviledged background, and wasn't famous had done to capture the heart of the world's most desirable man.