The failure of the United States to enact any reasonable gun laws has led to the free access to guns by virtually everyone in America who has the slightest desire for gun ownership, regardless of their mental health or criminal background. As a result of the unrestricted availability of guns, the USA has seen a rash of apparently senseless mass shootings. Such incidents will continue unabated because they are directly related to the free access to guns in our society.
The most recent incident occurred on Friday evening, 23 May 2014. According to one news report from California: “A man stabbed three people to death at his apartment before plowing through the streets in a black BMW and spraying bullets into Friday night crowds, leaving seven people dead and several more injured in the Southern California seaside town of Isla Vista near UC Santa Barbara. The gunman, identified as 22-year-old Elliot Oliver Robertson Rodger of Isla Vista, was later involved in a shootout with sheriff’s deputies and died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.”
News sources give the birth data of Elliot Rodger as 24 July 1991 in London, time unknown. Here is his chart set for Noon with Sun Sign Houses.
Notable stressful features of this chart are:
- Sun/Chiron conjunction in Leo opposed by Saturn in Aquarius.
- Jupiter in Leo squared by Pluto in Scorpio.
- A close Venus/Mars conjunction in early Virgo.
- Moon conjunct Uranus/Neptune in Capricorn.
The Sun/Chiron conjunction takes place in the first decan of Leo, which is associated with the tarot’s Strength trump, King of Wands and 5 of Wands. Crowley renamed the Strength card “Lust” because it is so closely linked to human passions. The 5 of Wands is a card of energetic competition, which is being frustrated by the opposition from Saturn in Aquarius.
Chiron is often interpreted as a wound that will not heal. Here the wound has to do with a desire to be the charismatic, sexy, dynamic King of Wands (Sun in early Leo) who wins competitions and effortlessly attracts the opposite sex. This desire is thwarted by an opposition from a strong Saturn in his home sign Aquarius.
The union of Venus and Mars joins the libidinal and aggressive instincts. This occurs in the 1st decan of Virgo, which is linked to the tarot’s Hermit trump, Knight of Pentacles, and 8 of Pentacles. Mr. Rodger’s published statements have to do with his hermit-like existence in beautiful California and his inability to connect meaningfully with the opposite sex, which left him feeling quite angry and vengeful (Mars traits). Of all the court cards, the Knight of Pentacles is best known for his difficulty with human emotions.
This was a sad and tragic event. Unfortunately, given the gun lobby’s power over Congress, such incidents will continue to happen with regularity in the United States. For now, perhaps the best reasonable people can do in this political climate is to try to learn something from each senseless episode of gun violence as it occurs. The position of the all-powerful gun lobby, as articulated by “Joe the Plumber” (Samuel Wurzelbacher) is: “Your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights” to have guns.
PS: A handy site for looking up tarot’s astrological associations is http://supertarot.co.uk/astrology/timing.htm
Addendum: A possible birth time has surfaced. As noted on AstroDataBank, astrologer Isaac Starkman has gone through Mr. Rodger’s “manifesto” and found a part where he says he was born in the morning in London. Mr. Starkman experimented with an 8 AM chart and rectified that time to 8:10 AM. Here is the 8 AM chart with Placidus houses:
This speculative 8 AM chart is striking for the angular Pluto, which is often found in charts of individuals whose lives are touched by violence. The Sun rules the ASC and is closely opposed by Saturn. The Sun/Chiron conjunction at the cusp of the 12th house can be an indication of self-pity and self-injurious behavior. The angular Pluto squares Jupiter in the 12th, and Jupiter rules the 5th house of love and romance — the area in which he felt most frustrated. Jupiter also rules his 8th house of death and occupies his 12th house of self-undoing where it is square by an angular Pluto in Scorpio on the cusp of his 4th house of endings.