Teacher Slain by Student in Massachusetts


A story making the news this week is the slaying of a 24-year-old female teacher by her 14-year-old student, whom she kept after school to give extra help with his algebra.  The student apparently used a box cutter.   I was unable to find any birth data for the teacher.  All we know is that she was 24 years old, so she was born between late October 1988 and late October 1989.  Most likely she had transiting Saturn conjunct her natal Pluto at the time of the incident.  An ephemeris for this period shows the following:

Ephemeris of birth period for someone 24 years old on October 23, 2013.

Ephemeris of birth period for someone 24 years old on October 23, 2013.

The tragic incident occurred on Tuesday, October 22rd, in Danvers, Massachussetts.  News sources estimate that the murder occurred around 3:30 pm, as Neptune was about to rise and Mars was about to set at the horizon.  The incident probably occurred shortly before 3:30 pm with Aquarius rising, making Saturn the traditional ruler of the ASC and Uranus the modern ruler of the ASC.  Saturn occupies the 8th house and conjoins the teacher’s natal Pluto; and Uranus occupies the 1st house and squares transiting Pluto at the time of the event.  This symbolism is much more descriptive of what happened than an early Pisces ASC.

The incident occurred around 3:30 pm.  This chart shows the transiting planets at the time of the murder.  Note Mars opposing Neptune across the horizon.

TeacherComparing the transits in this chart to the ephemeris of the teacher’s possible dates of birth, we see the following potential aspects in effect at the time of the event:

  • Saturn at 12 Scorpio 36 conjoining her natal Pluto between 12 and 15 of Scorpio.
  • Uranus at 9 Aries 44 squaring her natal Saturn between 28 Sagittarius and 14 Capricorn.
  • Uranus at 9 Aries 44 squaring her natal Neptune between 8 and 12 Capricorn.
  • Uranus at 9 Aries 44 squaring her natal Chiron between 01 and 16 of Cancer.
  • Pluto at 9 Capricorn 16 conjoining her natal Saturn between 28 Sagittarius and 14 Capricorn.
  • Pluto at 9 Capricorn 16 conjoining her natal Neptune between 8 and 12 Capricorn.
  • Pluto at 9 Capricorn 16 opposing her natal Chiron between 01 and 16 of Cancer.

Of these, the most likely to be close to exact are transiting Saturn conjunct natal Pluto, transiting Uranus square natal Neptune, and transiting Pluto conjunct natal Neptune.  These are certainly stressful transits.  Over the past couple of years, I have followed the charts of several people of this teacher’s Pluto-in-Scorpio generation go through transiting Saturn crossing their natal Pluto and having to confront stresses, illnesses, hospitalization, and frustrating setbacks in their lives.  If the teacher’s birth data becomes known, we will be better able to see what was happening astrologically at the time of her tragic demise.

Addendum (Oct. 27, 2013):

Kelly quoted the teacher’s obituary as giving a date of birth of May 13, 1989 in Lawrence, MA.  Here is the teacher’s chart in the center, surrounded by the chart of the event on Oct. 22nd in the middle, and the upcoming solar eclipse of Nov. 3rd on the outside:

teacher eclipse2

Teacher’s Noon Birth Chart in center (time unknown), event chart in center, and upcoming solar eclipse on outside. Note how the transiting Saturn conjunct natal Pluto is stressed.  The transiting Moon at the time of the murder is quincunx her natal Pluto and the upcoming solar eclipse Saturn and acts as a “trigger” for the event.  Moon quincunx eclipse Saturn became exact at 3:26 PM, about 4 minutes before the estimated time of the event.  The transiting Moon quincunxed her natal Pluto at 2:46 PM and her natal Saturn at 2:52 PM, forming an exact “yod” formation at about 2:49 PM — an extremely stressful moment.  The transits of the Moon suggest that the murder occurred after 2:46 PM and before 3:26 PM, with peak moments at 2:49 PM and again at 3:26 PM.
Here is the chart of the young man accused of the killing.  He was allegedly born in Tennessee on Jan 21, 1999, time unknown so I cast a Noon chart with solar sign houses:
chism
This chart is striking for Mars opposite Saturn configured with his Sun/Neptune conjunction in an out-of-sign square, thus forming a powerful T-Square formation.
Birth date of Philip Chism from police report.

Birth date of Philip Chism from police report.

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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8 Responses to Teacher Slain by Student in Massachusetts

  1. Kelly says:

    Yes, it would be interesting to see what transits or arcs were being made to the angles of her chart and to her personal planets. I hope this information will come forth in the obituary. Such a sad event that we are learning from….

  2. Kelly says:

    Colleen Ritzer born May 13 1989 in Lawrence MA

  3. Kelly says:

    Also note how with a potential birth time close to noon, transiting Mars would be exactly conjunct her natal Moon in the noontime birth chart’s first house; Solar Arc Mars is square her natal Venus (ruler of the noontime chart’s career Midheaven – from the first house to the 10th) and transiting Saturn is about to move into the noontime chart’s 4th house opposing her MC and will conjunct her natal Pluto – ruling the 4th house of endings and Pluto is the natural ruler of the 8th house of death matters.

  4. dennis says:

    bonjour Anthony ,
    Au sujet du jeune homme , je trouve cette configuration soleil-Mars -Saturne très spectaculaire .
    Morin also warns about these mutual receptions between planets in detriment , especially the malefics , and by opposition aspect …(Saturn/mars) .. Zoller also notes that aries is particularly hostile to Saturn .

  5. dennis says:

    Re Bonjour Anthony ……Practising English……Saturn in fall and sun also in detriment…Saturn/mars/sun in masculine signs seem prone to make the native himself act this way and be then dangerous to others..(instead of being murdered = case of feminine signs ) , should the real dispositors of AS confirm it (with exact hour of the chart ) …But I keep considering your method of casting the charts of unknown time of great interest . (Noon-solar houses).

    • When the birth time in not known, I either cast a sunrise chart for the location, or else a Noon chart (to get average positions for the day) and place the Sun sign in the Ascendant.

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