Genius codebreaker and computer science pioneer, Alan Turing, committed suicide by cyanide poisoning on June 7, 1954. This week marks the 60th anniversary of his death. Turing’s downhill psychological course began when Turing’s house was burglarized on January 23, 1952. The police investigation revealed that the man who committed the robbery was sexually involved with Turning. Homosexual activity was regarded as a crime in the UK at the time. Turning was mandated to take hormone injections to reduce his libido and to enter therapy with a psychiatrist.
When authors Patrick Sammon and Paul Sen interviewed the daughter of Turing’s Jungian psychoanalyst, she told the following story about Turing’s visit to a fortune teller during a visit Turing made with Dr. Greenbaum’s family to Blackpool, an English seaside resort several weeks before his suicide:
“she remembers that Turing had turned up wearing a school blazer and trousers that were far too short for him. Of their trip to the seaside, she told us, ‘There was a fortune teller’s tent on the promenade and Alan decided that he would like to go in and see the fortune teller. And he went in there and he was gone for a little while and he came out and we looked at him, and he was ashen faced, absolutely horrified expression on his face. He wouldn’t divulge what had happened, what the woman had said to him. He was desperately, desperately unhappy. And he didn’t say anything more after that.’”
The timing of the visit to the fortune teller several weeks before his suicide and Turing’s noticeable worsening of mood immediately after seeing the fortune teller suggests that something she said to him was quite upsetting. This story is a cautionary tale for anyone who practices divination and does consultations for others.
Alan Turing was born on June 23, 1912 at St. Leonard’s-on-Sea in East Sussex. According to AstroDataBank, Turing’s mother gave 2:15 AM as his birthtime, so it has a Rodden rating of A (from memory). Here is his natal chart with Placidus houses:
The most striking feature of this chart is Uranus on the MC, an indicator of his prominence in the field of computer science.
In the Whole Sign and the Regiomontanus house systems, Saturn rules his 8th house of death and occupies his 12th house of self-undoing. In the Placidus system, Jupiter rules his 8th cusp and lies on this DSC where Jupiter closely opposes his ASC, a symbol of his physical body and its vitality.
Mercury rules his ASC and is closely quincunx Jupiter, ruler of the Placidus 8th cusp. In June of 1954 (the month of his suicide), a solar eclipse occurred at 8 Cancer 10. During this solar eclipse there was a conjunction of transiting Sun, Moon and 8th-ruler Jupiter which fell exactly on his natal ASC-ruler Mercury.
In addition, in his primary directions for the summer of 1954, using the Placidus semi-arc method with the Naibod measure, his converse primary directed Mercury (ASC ruler) formed a square to his natal Jupiter (8th house ruler).