“The pain in my soul is unbearable …” — Mikhail Kalashnikov


Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle, died recently at the age of 94 on Monday December 23, 2013.  Several months before his death Kalashnikov apparently wrote to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill:

The pain in my soul is unbearable. I keep asking myself the same unsolvable question: If my assault rifle took people’s lives that means that I, Mikhail Kalashnikov, … am responsible for people’s deaths. … The longer I live, the more often that question gets into my brain, the deeper I go in my thoughts and guesses about why the Almighty allowed humans to have devilish desires of envy, greed and aggression.”  (Mikhail Kalashniknov, April, 2013)

As might be expected, the spiritual leader of the nation responded: “If the weapon is used to defend the Motherland, the Church supports both its creators and the servicemen using it.”  (This reminds me of a U.S. bumper sticker during the Viet Nam War: “Kill a Commie for Christ.”)

In any case, I wondered what the chart of the AK-47 inventor looked like and found his birth data online (time unknown), so here is a Noon chart with sun sign houses:

Mikhail Kalashnikov, designer of AK-47, Noon chart (time unknown), sun sign houses.

Mikhail Kalashnikov, designer of AK-47, Noon chart (time unknown), sun sign houses.

This natal Sun in Scorpio is ruled by Mars (weapons) with Sun closely sextile Mars in meticulous Virgo.  The Sun closely squares Jupiter in Leo, suggesting an urge to do something dramatic on a grand scale.  Mars in Virgo is squared by the Moon in Gemini in the 8th house (destruction) of the solar sign chart.  Both Mars and the Moon are ruled by Mercury, perhaps indicating the intellectual wherewithal and manual dexterity to pursue the emotional investment of arms (Moon square Mars).

During the period when Kalashnikov allegedly wrote his letter to the Patriarch, transiting Jupiter was conjoining his natal Gemini Moon in the solar sign 8th and squaring his natal Virgo Mars in the solar sign 11th.  On April 27th of 2013 transiting Jupiter perfected a quincunx to his natal Scorpio Sun, perhaps prompting him to re-evaluate his life’s purpose from a spiritual perspective.

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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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