In this blog we’ve been looking at the charts of killers, which of course involves the issue of death. Recently a colleague told me about one of his clients who feels she has been stalked by death all of her life. She was raised by an unwed mother who neglected her and left her to fend for herself much of the time. The father was completely absent. In her early 20s she married, but her husband was tragically killed and she was left quite traumatized by the loss. Since the death of her husband, she says that every time she gets close to someone she ends up losing them through death. Although her husband died many years ago, his death is still vivid in her mind and her grief remains almost completely unresolved. Here is her sunrise chart (time unknown):
What immediately stands out is the Sun opposite Neptune with a tight orb. Neptune is a planet of dissolution and fading away. This aspect often indicates a separation from the father or other important men in the life of the native. In the sunrise chart, Neptune happens to rule her Pisces 12th house of grief and sorrow. The traditional ruler of her sunrise 12th house is Jupiter, which is opposed by Saturn, a natural signifier of death.
Saturn is also quincunx Mars in Aries, which disposes her Aries Sun. Again a stressful aspect from a signifier of death afflicts an important personal planet. Mars happens to rule her sunrise 8th house of death, so the issue of death becomes part of her 1st house sense of identity in the sunrise chart.
Pluto is another natural signifier of death, and in this chart Pluto squares her Moon and Venus. Thus, the issues symbolized by Pluto afflict her emotional and love life (Moon & Venus). In the sunrise chart, Venus rules the 7th house of intimate partners and also the 2nd house, which is the 8th of the 7th, or the partner’s death. Venus also conjoins the 2nd house cusp (8th of the 7th), suggesting that she attracts partners who are notable for their deaths.
Another personal planet, Mercury, is very closely conjunct the ecliptic position of the fixed star Hamal, whose influence is described as follows: “According to Ptolemy it is of the nature of Mars and Saturn … ”
“The Mars-Saturn combination appear to be fighting each other for domination, and this influence could be a dangerous one in the material sphere. If connected closely otherwise, life may be repeatedly in danger, for example, if the native undertakes climbing – up or down; or by leap or dive into an abyss. If connected with beneficial stellar bodies, the influence of this star will be lessened. If Mars or Venus are linked and if other factors are equally present, suffering connected with the love life or ill treatment by sadism is indicated. [Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.19, under the name El Nath.]”