Recently I’ve been intrigued by the charts of serial killers, probably because such individuals are quite notorious and one has the impression that there should be much to learn about astrology from their charts. Astrologer Bob Marks has published a series of articles about his research on serial killers at astrologyresearchjournal.org. Marks went through AstroDataBank files and culled out the outstanding serial killers for a statistical analysis. Though his sample size is not huge and his findings are preliminary, as an exercise we can use them to construct the hypothetical chart of an ideal serial killer. Based on Marks’ compilations, the ideal serial murderer should have:
Ascendant in Virgo, Libra, or Sagittarius (so that they can come across as humble, charming, or charismatic to their victims).
Sun in Gemini, Sagittarius, or Capricorn and in the 9th or 5th house (or possibly houses 3, 8, or 10). For some reason Gemini comes out on top, maybe because Gemini loves diversity and multiplicity and is always on the go, like the serial killer truckers who kill a series of victims along their truck routes and are hard to pin down.
Moon in Capricorn, Pisces, or Sagittarius and in the 3rd, 8th, 9th, or 12th house. Moon in Capricorn can be cold and calculating.
Mercury in Scorpio, Sagittarius, or Gemini and in the 3rd, 8th, 9th, or 12th houses. Mercury in Scorpio has death and domination on his mind.
Venus in Scorpio, Gemini, or Sagittarius and in the 6th house (or possibly houses 2, 11, 8, or 12). Venus in Scorpio gets her jollies from death-related matters.
Mars in Aries, Sagittarius, Leo, Virgo, or Pisces and in the 12th house (or possibly the 7th or 8th houses). Mars in the Fire signs is fairly self-centered and tends to ride roughshod over the rights and feelings of others. Mars in Virgo or Pisces probably harbors a lot of resentment about his second-class role as a servant or victim.
Jupiter in Scorpio (or possibly Cancer or Libra) and in the 2nd, 7th, 10th, or 8th houses. Jupiter in Scorpio expands the possibilities of death and dying.
Saturn (the Grim Reaper) in Leo, Cancer, or Capricorn and in the 1st, 12th, or 6th houses. Saturn in Leo or Cancer is made quite nasty by being in its detriment. In Capricorn, Saturn is quite powerful to do what it does best.
Uranus in the 11th, 10th, or 1st house.
Neptune in the 12th, 7th, or 2nd house.
Pluto in the 10th, 11th, 12th, or 8th house.
The Moon’s NN in Gemini, Virgo or Aries and in the 3rd, 9th, 5th, 2nd, or 6th houses.
The Equatorial ASC in Aries, Virgo, or Capricorn.
The Vertex in Libra (or possibly Cancer, Scorpio, or Aquarius).
Let’s use these statistics to “elect” a potiential birth date for a hypothetical serial killer in the decade of the late 70s, so he will be in his early to mid-30s at the time of this post and will be making the news over the next decade (if such a person exists). Starting with the two traditional malefics, we would want Saturn in Leo (its detriment) and Mars in Aries where it is strongest. We’ll put the malefics close to the angles of the chart to give them lots of power for evil. Next we will put the Moon in Capricorn where it can be calculating and cold-blooded. The Sun in Gemini seems to produce a lot of killers, so we’ll add a Gemini Sun for good measure. Venus seems to like the 6th house of master/slave relationships in these charts, so we’ll put Venus there. We’ll also put Pluto in the 12th, Uranus in the 1st, and Neptune in the 2nd because of the relationship among these three outer planets at that time in history. As a final touch, we’ll arrange an Ascendant in Libra to give him a modicum of charm and good looks with which to ensnare his victims.
Our hypothetical serial killer chart can be narrowed down to June 3rd or 4th, 1977 around 4:30 pm in NYC. Please bear in mind that this is simply an astrological exercise based on a statistical sample. Of all the cities in the world, I arbitrarily chose NYC because I live close to it. If you were actually born on June 3 or 4, 1977, in or near to NYC about 4:30 pm, it does not mean you are or will become a serial killer! You are probably a fine person and an upstanding citizen. What we are doing is purely hypothetical. Here is a possible electional chart that meets many, but not all, of the criteria set out by Bob Marks’ compiled statistics:
And for completeness, here is the Placidus Mundoscope based on diurnal arcs for our hypothetical serial killer: