Tropical versus Sidereal Zodiacs


An interesting event in the news got me thinking about the use of tropical versus sidereal zodiacs.  In the West, the tropical zodiac became dominant largely due to the influence of Ptolemy’s Tetrabiblos on the development of Western astrology.

A couple days ago I came across the following notice about a missing teen in Wadsworth, Ohio:

Teen missing.  Last seen at 4 AM on October 29, 2013, in Wadsword, Ohio.

Teen missing. Last seen at 4 AM on October 29, 2013, in Wadsword, Ohio.

It is instructive to cast charts for such events and to follow the story.  Lilly (1647) writes that when you have no personal connection to the individual, the ASC signifies the person who went missing.

According to The Post (1:00 pm, Tue Nov 5, 2013):

WADSWORTH – The Post just got word from the mother of 17-year-old Jacob Johnson that her son, who has been missing since Oct. 29, was safely found just after noon on Nov. 5.

Because no details were published about what happened, I assume the reason for the disappearance and the boys’ whereabouts represented a matter that the family would rather keep secret.

My first inclination was to follow Lilly’s method and to cast the chart with Regiomontanus houses in the tropical zodiac:

Chart for disappearance of  teen, Regiomontanus Houses, tropical zodiac.

Chart for disappearance of teen, Regiomontanus Houses, tropical zodiac.

This chart was cast before the teen was found.  With a Virgo ASC, Mercury Rx represents the teen.  Many horary astrologer interpret a retrograde significator to mean that the missing person (or item) will return.  Retrograde motion symbolizes going back toward where one came from.

Mercury in the 3rd house suggests that he might have been with a neighbor or in the neighborhood, or perhaps gone on a short trip.  The close mutual application to malefic Saturn was of concern, especially because Saturn rules the 6th house of bodily afflictions.  Could he be injured at the side of a road?  Neptune in the 6th closely opposed by the Moon raised the possibility of some type of intoxication or deception being involved in his disappearance.  The fact that Saturn rules the 5th of recreation and love affairs suggested another possibility as to what happened. Because no details have been released about the boy’s activities, we have no idea whether any of these speculations describe what actually transpired.

The boy was found seven days later, that is,  “just after Noon” on November 5, 2013, so I superimposed a chart for 12:10 PM on November 5th around the original missing person chart:

Teen found shortly after Noon on 5 Nov. 2013.  Positions of Nov. 5th for 12:10 pm are placed around the original missing person chart.

Teen found shortly after Noon on 5 Nov. 2013. Positions of Nov. 5th for 12:10 pm are placed around the original missing person chart.

Interestingly, the boy was found when transiting Mercury conjoining the radical Sun and when transiting Sun on the transiting MC conjoined the radical Mercury/Saturn conjunction.  In addition, transiting and radical Jupiter were angular on the transiting DSC.  In addition, the transiting Moon was square to transiting Mars.

There was something about the symbolism of this chart that didn’t feel right so I began to wonder how it would look in the sidereal zodiac with Whole Sign houses, the way astrologers might have looked at it 2000 years ago.  Here is the sidereal missing person chart:

Teen missing, Oct. 29, at 4 AM, Sidereal Zodiac, Whole Sign Houses.

Teen missing, Oct. 29, at 4 AM, Sidereal Zodiac, Whole Sign Houses.

In the sidereal zodiac, Leo rises, making the Sun the significator of the missing teen.  Mercury no longer rules the missing teen, so the close Mercury/Saturn conjunction becomes less prominent and a less ominous feature of the chart.  The next aspect that the Moon makes for one of the classical planets is a sextile to the Sun.  The Moon then goes on to conjoin Mars, which rules the 4th cusp of his home an family.  As mentioned above, the transiting Moon was closely square transiting Mars at the time the boy was found.

The Sun’s next aspect is a sextile to Mars in the 1st in 2 degrees from a cadent house, angular sign.  Since Mars represents the 4th (home and family), he should return home in about 2 weeks time.  The ASC-ruler Sun is traveling at 59’56” in this chart, so it is a little faster than its average mean motion.

ADDENDUM:

I was doing a google search to see if there was any new information about the finding of this missing 17 year old.  The following story came up:

http://blog.al.com/live/2013/03/mobile_family_reaches_out_to_l.html

jake johnson missing persons flier.jpg

It sure looks a lot like the 17 year old kid who recently went missing in Ohio, and they have the same name.  Is this just a weird coincidence?

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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