Astrodatabank recently posted the birth time of Bernie Madoff from his birth certificate. Here is the chart:
Madoff, of course, was the mastermind of a 50-billion dollar Ponzi scheme and has the dubious distinction of committing the largest financial fraud in US history. He is now serving 150 years in prison for his dishonest money-making scheme. Can we see evidence of his story in the birth chart? Here are some thoughts off the top of my head about the chart.
Prison is shown by the 12th house. Pluto in the 12th and conjunct the 12th cusp would relate to confinement and self-undoing. Pluto is the modern ruler of Scorpio on the 4th cusp of endings and conditions at the end of life. He will undoubtedly end his life in prison. The Moon, which rules his 12th house cusp, forms a stressful sequisquare with Neptune in the 1st house. His own “Neptunian” behaviors will result in his undoing. The Moon, ruler of the 12th, also happens to square Pluto in the 12th, a negative influence on 12th house matters.
Neptune is the modern ruler of Pisces and is debilitated in Virgo, the opposite sign. In Madoff’s chart the debilitated Neptune in Virgo is also retrograde in the 1st house. Neptune is a planet associated with illusion, deception, and underhanded schemes. In the 1st house, it has a marked influence on his character.
With Leo rising, he is prone to grandiose schemes. This tendency is heightened by Jupiter (peregrine) closely opposing the Ascendant. Jupiter is also afflicted by a semi-square from Saturn in the 8th of other people’s money. Jupiter rules his 5th house of financial speculation and squares his Midheaven and Venus in the 10th. Venus, in turn, disposes all his Taurus planets, including his Sun/Moon conjunction in Taurus. Venus essentially acts as a secondary Ascendant-ruler (as described by Morin), and its square to Jupiter (which opposes the ASC) is a correlate of his get-rich-quick schemes going awry. Jupiter (ruler of the 5th of speculation) also forms a very close quincunx to Pluto on the cusp of his 12th of undoing, suggesting that his financial schemes will result in his incarceration.