The power of the YOD: Kai “the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker” sought for murder

In this morning’s news I read that Caleb Lawrence McGillvary (aka “the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker”) was being sought for murder:


For Immediate Release – May 16, 2013

Contact: John Holl, Union County Prosecutor’s Office, 908-527-4621,

Authorities Searching For Suspect in Clark, N.J. Homicide

 ELIZABETH, N.J. — The Union County Homicide Task Force and the Clark Police Department have issued an arrest warrant in the homicide of Joseph Galfy, Jr., which occurred in Clark, N.J. on May 12, 2013.

Currently, the whereabouts of the suspect, Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, DOB: 9/3/1988, are unknown. McGillvary is homeless but considers himself “homefree”, said Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.  McGillvary is also known as Kai Lawrence, Caleb Kai Lawrence and Kai Nicodemus.  The suspect is an Internet celebrity and is well know on Facebook and YouTube as “Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker.”  Authorities believe that McGillvary relies on the generosity of strangers for food, lodging and transportation.

Galfy was found inside his home on Starlite Drive on May 13, 2013 after offecers were called to the residence for a welfare check. An autopsy performed the following day determined that Galfy died as a result of blunt force trauma, said Romankow.


A twitter comment by John Ellis states:  For the record: #Kai is Caleb Lawrence McGillivary, 24, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

I became interested in his birth chart when I realized that Mr. McGillivary and I share the same birthday (different year, of course, which saves me from becoming an ax-murderer!).  Here is Kai’s sunrise chart based on the above data:

Sunrise birth chart of Kai Kai "the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker" (time unknown).

Sunrise birth chart of Kai “the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker” (time unknown).

The two planets which I associate most with violence are Mars, god of war, and Pluto, the god of the underworld.  In Kai’s chart Mars lies in Aries, which it rules, and Pluto likes in Scorpio, which it rules according to modern astrology.  Hence, both planets are quite powerfully placed.  Mars is retrograde, however, which can spell difficulty with the expression of its energy.  One meaning of a retrograde Mars would be pent-up aggression.

Mars and Pluto form a quincunx, being almost exactly 150 degrees apart.  In addition, his natal Sun in Virgo lies almost exactly quincunx Mars in Aries.  This three-planet configuration is know in astrology as a yod, which is sometimes called the ‘finger of God’ or the ‘finger of fate.’  Some astrologers give the yod a karmic significance and believe it reveals a karmic debt that must be repaid in this lifetime, in other words, a special mission or destiny that the individual must undergo to resolve his or her karma.

Basically, the yod is formed by two planets in sextile, which both quincunx a third planet.  The midpoint of the sextile lies opposite the third planet and is an extremely sensitive point in the chart.  Conjuntions or oppositions to the midpoint of the sextile are likely to trigger “fated” events in the life of the individual related to the symbolism of the planets.  When activated, yods often indicate abrupt interruptions in the flow of one’s life.

A comment in wikepedia explains that the “raised or multi-aspected planets within the yod can produce unusual situations and personalities, and should therefore be carefully examined. One possible approach is for an individual to view the yod as an exchange of positive forces around a mediating middle (though oppositional) planet. The quincunxed planet will either act as a conduit of energy, or as a profound and deeply felt block. This aspect can produce a heightened direction of energy in the chart which may also oscillate between bifurcated states or situated personalities.”

On the date of the murder (12 May 2013) transiting Uranus was activating the midpoint of Kai’s yod by opposition.  Uranus is a planet of sudden and sometimes violent upheaval and disruption.  Here is the sunrise chart with the chart (noon) for the date of the murder around it:

Noon chart for 12 May 2013 murder around sunrise chart for Kai

Noon chart for 12 May 2013 murder around sunrise chart for Kai

Note how transiting Uranus at noon on the day of the murder almost exactly conjoins natal Mars and thus forms a close quincunx to natal Sun and natal Pluto.  Transiting Uranus, of course, opposes the midpoint of the yod.  What is further striking is that transiting Uranus very closely squares transiting Pluto so that transiting Pluto becomes part of a T-square with natal Mars and the midpoint of the yod.  Clearly this natal yod is highly activated at the time of the murder.  I don’t know what time the murder occurred but on the afternoon of 12 May 2013 the transiting Moon was opposing Kai’s natal Saturn/Uranus conjunction.

This is clearly a stressful time in Kai’s life.  He is dealing with transiting Saturn near his natal Pluto and transiting Pluto near his natal Neptune, while transiting Uranus is conjoining his natal Mars and activating his natal “finger of fate” which includes Mars, Pluto and the Sun.  A karmic astrologer might argue that Kai’s notoriety and his possible conviction and sentencing for murder, if found guilty, are his special destiny which he must undergo to repay a karmic debt from a prior lifetime.

According to People Magazine, Kai was arrested at 6:30 p.m. Thursday May 16th at the Philadelphia Greyhound Bus Terminal and charged in the murder last Sunday of Joseph Galfy, Jr.

About Anthony Louis

Author of books about astrology and tarot, including TAROT PLAIN AND SIMPLE, HORARY ASTROLOGY, and THE ART OF FORECASTING WITH SOLAR RETURNS.
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4 Responses to The power of the YOD: Kai “the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker” sought for murder

  1. Patrick J. Ross says:

    Anthony, I really appreciate your blog, excellent analysis, very clear and concise. Patrick Ross

    • Thanks, Patrick. It’s nice to get feedback, especially the positive kind.


    • Virginia says:

      Hey I was wanting to do his birthchart. I wanted to send it to him in jail. I was wondering if you would help me figure out his birthchart. His birthday is coming up. So I wanted to have him one. I am not sure if that is a good idea or not.

      • Personally, I would not get involved with a complete stranger who is in jail for murder. Real life is different than Hollywood. You would not be viewing the 1993 movie “So I Married an Axe Murderer,” so there might not be a happy ending.

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