A year has passed since the mass killings by Adam Lanza in Newtown, CT. The state of Connecticut has issued its summary 40-page report of the event. Adam Lanza is described as a troubled young man who was obsessed with violent video games, guns, death, and mass killings, including the Columbine massacre. The report says that Lanza used the same strategies to carry out his killings within the Sandy Hook school as he did in his video games. He carefully planned the attack and tragically made his video games come to life by killing 20 children and 6 adults within the school before committing suicide at around 9:40 AM. The first shots in the school were apparently heard around 9:34 AM.
As one might expect, the Connecticut Special Report on the shootings did not include any astrological input. Let’s look at the chart of Adam Lanza. His time of birth is unknown, so here is a Noon chart with solar sign houses:
What immediately strikes me about this chart is the station of Uranus in Capricorn in close conjunction to Neptune. Stationary planets are immensely important factors in natal charts. Uranus has become an astrological symbol of modern technology, which includes automated killing, drones and videogames — all of which involve a certain lack of human empathy. The movie Terminator II comes to mind in this regard.
In Lanza’s chart Uranus assumes even more significance because it is closely square Venus, which rules his natal Taurus Sun. In the Noon chart, the Capricorn Moon applies to the Uranus/Neptune conjunction and is within traditional orb of being part of that conjunction.
None of these planets is at home in Capricorn. The Moon is in its detriment in the sign of the goat. The astrological literature often describes the Capricorn Moon as “cold and calculating.” Rebellious Uranus chafes against the structure of Capricorn, and nebulous Neptune is uncomfortable with the precise boundaries of the caprine sign. One might expect an individual with this configuration to have difficulties with emotional expression.
The Uranus/Neptune conjunction closely squares Venus, the planet of affection and relationships. Venus in Aries adds an aggressive tinge to personal ties and a strong desire for personal independence and lack of interference from others. Venus square Uranus suggests difficulties with commitment or long-term relationships. Venus square Neptune adds an element of fantasy and unreality to relationships. Solar Fire interprets the Venus/Neptune square as a native’s tendency to “blame others for their perceived lack of understanding.”
The debilitated Capricorn Moon squares the mental planet Mercury in aggressive Aries, suggesting a conflict between thoughts and feelings which is intensified by an quincunx from Jupiter in its detriment in Virgo. Jupiter in Mercury-ruled Virgo is associated with obsessive preoccupation with a set of ideas.
At the time of the shootings (December 14, 2012) transiting Pluto, Moon and Mars were activating the natal Moon/Uranus/Neptune conjunction in Capricorn. In addition, transiting Uranus was activating the natal Mercury/Jupiter quincunx from Aries to Virgo. Here is Lanza’s natal chart with the December 14th chart superimposed: