Today I had a conversation with a young acquaintance who had recently lost his best friend. Sadness was evident in his face and posture. It was the first time in his life that he had lost someone close to him. His friend, a graduate student, was found dead in bed for no apparent reason. The autopsy did not reveal any clear-cut cause of death. The family was devastated. As I heard the story, I was reminded of the lines from A.E. Housman’s poem To an Athlete Dying Young:
To-day, the road all runners come,
Shoulder-high we bring you home,
And set you at your threshold down,
Townsman of a stiller town.
I wondered what was going on in the chart of my young friend at this time of loss and grief in his life. I will not list his birth data and have omitted the personal planets from his natal chart. Basically, I am writing this post by way of catharsis to try to come to terms with the tragic and senseless loss of someone so young with such a promising future. The significant astrological events that stood out were the following.
My young friend has Capricorn rising. Virgo on the cusp of his 8th house cusp gives his Mercury a connection with death. Sagittarius on his 11th house cusp makes Jupiter the ruler of his friends. Cancer on his 6th house cusp makes the Moon the ruler of his friend’s death (the 6th is the 8th of death of the 11th of friends).
He has currently been going through a difficult period as transiting Saturn has been passing back and forth over his natal Pluto. At the time of death of his friend, transiting Moon (ruler of his friend’s death) was conjunct his natal 11th house cusp of friends.
On the day of his friend’s death, his solar arc directed Pluto was conjunct the natal 11th house cusp and exactly square his natal sun in Pisces. Directed Pluto square natal sun perfected the same day that his friend passed on. In addition, his solar arc directed Sun was square his natal 12th house Placidus cusp and square the mid-point of his natal Mars/Saturn conjunction. At the time of his friend’s demise, the Mars/Saturn conjunction had moved to the natal ASC by solar arc direction.
In addition, his secondary progressed Saturn was exactly conjunct his natal 12th house Placidus cusp (grief, sadness) and square his progressed Sun within 23 minutes of arc. At the same time his secondary progressed Moon was square his natal Sun (within 18′ of arc).
In his current solar return for his place of residence, the Sun was conjunct the cusp of the 6th house (opposing the 12th house cusp of grieving), natal Jupiter (his friend) was conjunct the natal 8th of death, and his natal Saturn/Mars conjunction straddled the SR IC.