‘A Beautiful Mind’ mathematician John Nash dies in car crash

Around 4:30 pm on Saturday, 23 May 2015, a taxi crashed into a guard rail on the New Jersey Turnpike near Interchange 8A in Monroe Township (coordinates 40°20’59″N   74°28’34″W).  Inside the car were John Forbes Nash Jr., the brilliant Princeton University mathematician whose life story was the subject of the film “A Beautiful Mind,” and his wife.  They did not survive the accident.  It is always instructive to look as the astrological symbolism of such dramatic events. Here is John Nash’s birth chart with Placidus Houses:

Natal Chart of John Nash

Natal Chart of John Nash

According to news reports, the crash was reported at 4:30 pm so that the deaths most likely occurred very shortly before that time.  Here is the chart for 4:30 pm for Exit 8A of the New Jersey Turnpike:

NJ Turnpkike, Exit 8A, 4:30 pm, 23 May 2015

NJ Turnpkike, Exit 8A, 4:30 pm, 23 May 2015

This is a striking chart.  The Libra ASC is almost exactly opposite Uranus, which is setting  on the western horizon.  ASC-ruler Venus lies in the 9th house of long-distance travel and closely applies to square Uranus, a planet long associated with sudden unexpected events such as accidents.

If we compare Nash’s solar return to his natal chart, we see indications of a potential travel accident.  His return calculated for either his birthplace or his current residence in NJ gives an Aries ASC, making Mars the ruler of his solar return for the year.  Symbolically Mars is associated with speed, violence and bloodshed and also with mechanical devices such as automobiles.  Here is his Solar Return for his birthplace around his natal chart:

John Nash solar return at time of accident around his natal chart.

John Nash solar return at time of accident around his natal chart.

SR Mars rules the ASC of his Solar Return and occupies the 4th house of endings of his natal chart. SR Mars in Libra opposes his SR ASC and SR Uranus and squares the natal Mercury/Pluto conjunction in Cancer in the 12th house of undoing. The square between SR Mars in Libra and natal Mercury in Cancer is almost exact, with Mercury ruling his Virgo 3rd house of local travel.  It is also noteworthy that the Solar Return ASC/Uranus conjunction in Aries is very closely square his natal ASC/Pluto conjunction in Cancer.

Finally, Nash’s primary directions for this period are quite telling. Using the Morinus program to calculate primaries, I typically use Placidus semi-arc with the static rate at the midpoint of the Ptolemaic and Naibod rates for timing.  Here are his primaries as calculated with these parameters:

Placidus Semi-arc Primary Directions for 2015, rate = average of Ptolemy & Naibod.

Placidus Semi-arc Primary Directions for 2015, rate = average of Ptolemy & Naibod.

What stands out in this list are the connections between his ASC and Mars as well as the square between Mercury, ruling his natal 3rd house, and Pluto.  Mars, of course, rules his Solar Return for the year as it afflicts his natal ASC in the primary directions for the year.

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Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, suspected of mass murder

The crash this week of the Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf is increasingly being attributed to a deliberate act by the co-pilot who apparently concealed his psychiatric and medical conditions from his employer.  Comments by his ex-girlfriend, who apparently ended the relationship because she was afraid of him, suggested that Lubitz had planned to do something dramatic because he wanted to be remembered.  His birth date has been given in the media at 18 December 1987, time unknown.  I have been unable to find official confirmation of this birth date, so the following chart, cast for Noon with Solar Sign houses is rated XX in the Rodden system.

Andreas Lubitz, time unknown, solar sign houses.  Date from news media.

Andreas Lubitz, time unknown, solar sign houses. Date from news media.

There are several striking features of this chart.

He has a stellium of four planets in Sagittarius, consistent with his life-long ambition to become an airline pilot.  The Sun/Saturn conjunction suggests someone with very high standards who is relentless in his pursuit of his goals.  Sun/Saturn is a marker of a serious individual with lofty ambitions, but such driven behavior can lead to depression when one does not live up to one’s ideals.  The Sun/Uranus conjunction is often a marker of a highly unusual individual who can be quite willful in insisting that things be done his way.

The other stellium occurs in secretive Scorpio with Mars conjunction Pluto, a powerfully intense and potentially explosive combination, followed by the Moon whose position is not known exactly but which lies in Scorpio.  This Mars/Pluto conjunction in Scorpio suggests someone who may act vengefully and violently when things don’t go his way. The combination of Moon, Mars and Pluto in Scorpio is consistent with the intense emotion and secrecy suggested by news report which quotes his ex-girlfriend as saying:

“He would suddenly freak out in conversations and yell at me,” she recalled. “At night he would wake up screaming ‘we are crashing’ because he had nightmares. He could be good at hiding what was really going on inside him.”

The two stellia are connected by a very close semi-square between Pluto in Scorpio and the Sun in Sagittarius, in addition to the close Uranus semi-square Pluto aspect between these outer planets. The involvement of the Sun makes this connection quite personal.  Here are his closest aspects in the Noon chart (with the exception of the Moon whose position may vary up to 6 degrees before or after the one that appears in the chart):

Andreas Lubitz – Natal Chart – Aspects Sorted by Orb – Maximum Orb 2°00′

  • Ura SSq Plu 0°14′ S
  • Mer Cnj Sat 0°37′ A
  • Sun SSx Ven 0°41′ A
  • Sun SSq Plu 0°38′ A 
  • Sun Cnj Ura 0°52′ A

His natal Uranus semi-square Pluto (separating) is repeated in the transiting Uranus square Pluto (also separating) at the time of the crash.  His natal Sun semi-square Pluto connects his Sun to the transiting nearly exact Uranus square Pluto through this repetition. Morinus regarded the repetition of natal aspects in one’s directions or transits as highly significant because they re-activated those natal tendencies in the current life of the native.

Interestingly, I saw mention in Facebook that Lubitz was born just a few days after the psychotic mass murder James Holmes who gunned down movie goers in Oklahoma in 2012. It will not be surprising to astrologers that these two individual will have much in their charts in common. For a discussion of James Holmes chart, see https://tonylouis.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/another-look-at-james-eagan-holmes-chart/ 

The main difference is that Holmes has his Moon in Virgo whereas Lubitz has his Moon in Scorpio.

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Germanwings A320 plane crashes in French Alps

The major event in yesterday’s news was the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 which took off from Barcelona at 10:01 AM local time with a destination of Dusseldorf.  The plane reached cruising altitude over southern France at 10:45 AM and about a minute later began a rapid descent without any warnings being sent to air traffic controllers.  According to news reports, at 10.47 air traffic controllers implemented an aircraft distress alert, based on the plane’s rapid loss of altitude. At 9.53 AM, all contact was lost. The plane had crashed in the Alps close to the small town of Digne-les-Bains, France. Here is the chart for the takeoff with Placidus houses:

Germanwings flight takes off from Barcelona

Germanwings flight takes off from Barcelona

At first sight this chart does not look particularly troublesome, though there are some negative indications. Gemini rises, making Mercury the ruler of the ASC.  Mercury is debilitated in Pisces, the sign of its detriment and fall. Saturn rules the 9th house of long-distance travel. Saturn is peregrine (without essential dignity) and is traveling retrograde in the unfortunate 6th house. In addition, Saturn opposes the ASC and is involved in an approaching opposition from the Moon at the end of Taurus. The Moon, one of the general signifiers of travel, is exalted in Taurus but lies in the unfortunate 12th house (undoing) where she conjoins the problematic fixed star Caput Algol, the Head of the Medussa. According to astrologer Kenneth Johnson, “This star has the dubious distinction of being called ‘the most evil star in the sky.’ … As the decapitated head of a demoness, Caput Algol became known in medieval times as a star of evil omen, and was often interpreted quite literally in terms of losing one’s head  …” I was curious whether other techniques might be descriptive of the horrific accident and loss of life, so I checked the list of Arabic Parts, using Solar Fire.  The following contacts appeared (this is the complete list):

  • Jupiter opposite Emerson’s Point of Death* (Mars + Saturn – MC)
  • Jupiter opposite the Part of Fatality (ASC + Saturn – Sun)
  • Sun opposite the Part of Children
  • Saturn conjunct the Part of Inheritance
  • Pluto conjunct the Part of Marriage
  • ASC conjunct the Part of Danger or Peril
  • Saturn conjunct the Part of Profession
  • Mars and Saturn conjunct the Part of Work
  • Pluto conjunct the Part of Sexual Union

I highlighted the ASC contact because the ASC symbolizes the start of a matter, in this case, the actual flight. Furthermore, recasting the chart for the town of Digne-les-Bains, France, I calculated that the ASC changed from Gemini to Cancer at 10:49:29 AM in that location. This means that at approximately 10:50 AM, the ASC shifted from Gemini to Cancer, changing the rulership from Mercury to the Moon, which was in the 12th house (self-undoing) and conjunct the malefic fixed star Caput Algol (losing one’s head). Three minutes later all contact with the plane was lost.

—————– * The Death Point of Charles Emerson: I learned about this many years ago from Barbara Watters, who in turn had learned it from Charles Emerson. In her horary book on p. 173 she writes that the “death point” which she learned from Charles Emerson “is arrived at by adding the longitudes of Mars and Saturn and subtracting the longitude of the MC.” I have found Emerson’s Death Point very informative in these kinds of charts. Formula:   Death Point = Mars + Saturn – MC. 26 March 2015

Addendum: In today’s news it was reported that “the co-pilot of the Airbus A320 that crashed on Tuesday, killing 150 people, appears to have deliberately flown the plane into a mountain after locking the flight commander out of the cockpit.” In hindsight the aspects of Jupiter to Emerson’s Death Point and the Part of Fatality now make sense. The 10th house rules the pilot in charge of the flight. His ruler, Saturn, is debilitate and Rx in the 6th house.  Jupiter rules Pisces on the 11th house, which is the house of the assistant to the 10th house pilot, that is, Jupiter rules the co-pilot who is in close contact the the Death Point and the Part of Fatality in this chart. The Sun, which rules the end-of-the-matter 4th lies in the 11th of the co-pilot. PS: For more about the Part of Fatality, see this post https://tonylouis.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/the-arabic-part-of-fatality-in-a-plane-crash/

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Llewellyn reissues Spanish edition of Tarot Plain and Simple

Llewellyn just reissued the Spanish edition of Tarot Plain and Simple. It had been out of print in Spanish for several years. I don’t know yet if there will also be a Kindle edition of the Spanish text. This was pleasing and unexpected news. Reviews of the out-of-print edition were generally favorable.  Here is the new cover:

Tarot Plain and Simple, Spanish edition, 2015 re-issue.

Tarot Plain and Simple, Spanish edition, 2015 re-issue.

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Science uses astrological symbolism

A headline in the news read:


NASA Spacecraft ‘Wakes Up’ Near Pluto, 2.9 Billion Miles From Earth

The article went on to quote NASA’s 6 December 2014 statement: “After a voyage of nearly nine years and three billion miles —the farthest any space mission has ever traveled to reach its primary target – NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft came out of hibernation today for its long-awaited 2015 encounter with the Pluto system” (italics mine).

Mission control received full confirmation at 9:53 p.m EST.  NASA launched New Horizons on 19 January 2006. It has traveled 2.9 billion miles from Earth and is now (on 6 December 2014) within 162 million miles of Pluto. “After spending 1,873 days in hibernation mode, operators at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., confirmed at 9:53 p.m. (EST) on Saturday that New Horizons switched to ‘active’ mode and the radio signal took 4 hours and 26 minutes to reach NASA’s Deep Space Network station in Canberra, Australia.”

In astrology Pluto is a symbol of rebirth, transformation, resurrection, crossing new horizons and exploring unknown realms. As god of the underworld, Pluto represents that which is hidden from view and can be discovered only with great effort to penetrate its mysteries. In the tarot, Pluto has become associated with the 20th trump card, Judgment, depicting souls rising from the grave to face the Lord on Judgment Day. Below is the Judgment trump from Llewellyn’s Classic Tarot with its Pluto-related image.


Note the Plutonian themes of “waking up” and “coming out of hibernation” in this card. NASA and the news media use the same images to write about the emergence of the New Horizons spacecraft from its long slumber to explore the hidden world of Pluto.  Perfect symbolism!



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The Brian Williams Debacle

This week news anchor Brian Williams has become the news.  On Wednesday 4 Feb 2015 he apologized on the evening news for misstating the extent of his involvement in an incident during the Iraq war in which a helicopter was hit by enemy fire. Williams’ supporters say that he mis-remembered an event that happened many years ago as all of us are wont to do.  His detractors say that he deliberately lied.

Williams time of birth is unknown, so I cast a chart with Noon positions and solar sign houses.  Around the natal chart I placed the transits for the 6:30 pm evening news on the day of his apology.

Brian Williams natal chart, Noon positions, time unknown, with transits for the day of his apology superimposed.

Brian Williams natal chart, Noon positions, time unknown, with transits for the day of his apology superimposed.

What immediately stands out the the prominence of the transiting Uranus/Pluto square exactly aspecting his natal Mars.  If Williams were born during the morning, transiting Pluto would be precisely opposite his natal Mars on the day of the apology. This is a typical interpretation of transiting Pluto opposite Mars quoted from thefutureminders.com:

Pluto Opposition Mars
“Any conflicts that arise now likely are intense. Whatever opponents you encounter at this time usually are formidable, although you also can demonstrate considerable strength in asserting your wishes. Important issues, especially with others, may require much effort. Sometimes they reach a critical point during this cycle because you are unlikely to let important things pass without reacting. You typically find it easier to stand up for what is right, which you may do on your own volition, or people or circumstances may compel you. It is possible that controlling influences in your life become too overbearing, requiring you to defend your position, even to sever ties.”

Natal Mars here is significant because Mars occupies his 3rd solar house of communications and is opposed by transiting Pluto in his 9th solar house of broadcasting. Furthermore, Mars rules his Capricorn solar 10th house of career by exaltation and his solar 12th house of scandal, seclusion and self-undoing.  Transiting Uranus occupies the 12th house of exile and undoing, squares transiting Pluto in the 9th of broadcasting, and also squares natal Mars in the 3rd of communications.  As I write this, Brian Williams has gone into voluntary seclusion (a 12th house matter) for a several days and will not be broadcasting the evening news.

The transiting Uranus/Pluto square has been prominent in the charts of many news stories in recent times.

These are his major transit to natal aspects, using solar sign houses and a birth time of Noon, for the first three months of 2015:

Sat (8) Sqr Plu (5) Tr-Na Jan 9 2015   01°Sg41′ D 01°Vi41′ R

Jup (4) Tri Mer (12) Tr-Na Jan 24 2015   19°Le18′ R 19°Ar18′ D

Plu (9) Tri Sun (1) Tr-Na Feb 6 2015   14°Cp24′ D 14°Ta24′ D

Plu (9) Opp Mar (3)  Tr-Na Feb 7 2015   14°Cp25′ D 14°Cn25′ D

Nep (11) Sxt Sat (9)  Tr-Na Feb 13 2015   06°Pi46′ D 06°Cp46′ R

Ura (12) Sqr Mar (3) Tr-Na Feb 28 2015   14°Ar25′ D 14°Cn25′ D

Jup (4) Sqr Sun (1) Tr-Na Mar 5 2015   14°Le24′ R 14°Ta24′ D

On the up side, transiting Pluto forms a trine to his natal Sun suggesting that these difficult times will bring about a deeply personal transformation in all matters symbolically ruled by the Sun.

Addendum: On 10 February 2015 NBC announced that it was suspending Brian Williams for six months without pay. This action is consistent with the emphasis on Mars ruling the 12th house of exile in the solar sign chart.  At the same time natal Mars is opposed by transiting Pluto in the 9th of broadcasting and squared by transiting Uranus in the 12th of undoing.

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Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight arrested on suspicion of murder

Having just reviewed the astrology of an incident involving ex Power Ranger actor Ricardo Medina who fatally stabbed his roommate with a sword, I was struck by its similarity to another item which appeared around the same time in the news.  This other story got me wondering even more about the role of Mars and Pluto in signifying impulsive violent actions.

Authorities in California have charged rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight with murder following in a fatal hit-and-run in Compton, CA.  According to the NY Daily News, “the deadly hit-and-run occurred around 3 p.m., after Knight drove onto the set of ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ a biopic about N.W.A, and got into a confrontation with two unidentified men.” Astrologically this sounds like a Mars afflicting Pluto event.  Let’s look at the relevant charts.

Mr. Knight was born on 19 April 1965 in Compton, CA, time unknown.  Here is a sunrise chart for the rap mogul.

Suge Knight, sunrise chart, time unknown.

Suge Knight, sunrise chart, time unknown.

Mr. Knight is born with a Mars/Uranus/Pluto conjunction in Virgo opposed by Saturn in Pisces, a difficult configuration in which an intense desire for personal freedom is pitted against the structures and laws of society.

His almost exact Saturn/Pluto opposition is squared by the Moon in Sagittarius, forming a powerful T-square which in this case suggests a person of deep feelings who gets caught up in emotional dramas.

In addition, his Sun forms a stressful  sesquisquare to Pluto, which is an aspect similar to the Sun square Pluto which we saw in the chart of Ricardo Medina in the previous post in which I noted that stressful Mars/Pluto aspects are associated with a somewhat explosive temperament and a need to control one’s emotional reactions. One website calls the Sun square Pluto aspect “transformation through loss of control.”

The hit-and-run incident apparently occurred around 3 pm on Thursday 29 Jan 2015 in Compton, CA.  Let’s superimpose the chart of the incident on Mr. Knight’s natal chart.

Chart for incident superimposed on natal chart.

Chart for incident superimposed on natal chart.

As expected, transiting Mars at the time of the alleged hit-and-run killings is sitting on top of natal Saturn and almost exactly opposing natal Pluto. Thus, our initial hypothesis is confirmed.  Furthermore, the transiting Uranus/Pluto square is activating his natal Mercury in Aries, suggestive of aggressive impulsive thought patterns. Transiting Moon at 3 pm opposes his natal Moon, thus activating the natal T-square. In other words, transiting Moon almost exactly squares the natal Saturn/Pluto opposition and square transiting Mars at the time of the hit and run.  The astrological symbolism describes very accurately the hit-and-run event.




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