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:
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.
- 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: