This week a deranged man murdered two young journalists on live TV. News stories reveal that the killer, Vester Flanagan, had a long history of paranoid and narcissistic behavior. In his 20s he apparently worked as a ‘high-paid companion‘ who posted online photos of himself posing and flexing for the camera. His bosses recommended that he seek medical treatment for his frequent threatening and aggressive behavior. He felt that co-workers were constantly harassing him without any evidence to substantiate his claims.
News sources give his birth data as October 8, 1973 in Oakland, California, time unknown. Here is a chart set for Noon with Solar Sign Houses.
An outstanding feature of this chart in Mercury in Scorpio opposite Mars Rx in Taurus. Mercury is without essential dignity in Scorpio, and Mars is in detriment in Taurus. Scorpio at its worst is a vengeful sign. Mars opposing Mercury indicates an aggressive style of communication and a tendency both to offend and to take offence easily.
The Moon, which represents one’s emotions, lies in square to Neptune. This aspect can indicate moodiness, emotional confusion and extreme sensitivity. Saturn in Cancer can also indicate emotional difficulties, especially with Saturn closely square Pluto and also quincunx Neptune. This configuration suggests someone who has difficulty accepting his own faults with a tendency to blame others for his problems.
Recently I’ve been looking at dodecatemoria or twelfth-parts. The idea is that each sign is divided into twelve 2.5-degree segments with each segment assigned to a zodiac sign. For example, his Sun lies at 15 Libra 21 (Noon position). Thus, the Sun lies in the 7th 2.5-degree segment. Counting the first segment in Libra as Libra itself, the 7th segment belongs to Aries. Proportionally 15 Libra 21′ has its dodecatemorion at 4 Aries 12′ [(21/150) x 30 deg. per sign] . This means that the difficult and very close Saturn (4 Cancer 41) square Pluto (4 Libra 42) is intimately connected with the twelfth-part of his Sun (4 Aries 12).
Robert Pelletier says of the natal Saturn/Pluto square:
“With this aspect, it is likely that you will feel quite restricted by social and environmental constraints, and that the influence of the society in which you live will have considerable impact upon your life, often appearing to be a negative one. Frustration appears to be inevitable … There is a form of linking between your personal unfoldment and growth and the struggles of mass humanity, one which you may experience or interpret in a peculiarly masochistic manner, or use as an excuse for personal failings. …This can lead to a pattern of personal disappointments and lack of essential trust in life and the world, leaving you emotionally marked and feeling insecure in your own abilities and talents. You tend to be searching for status, power and the opportunity to influence people’s lives, much in the same way that you feel your own life has been affected by nameless unknown others who make socially influential decisions.”
With Saturn square Pluto so closely tied to his natal Sun whose twelfth-part in Aries completes a very close T-square involving Pluto in Libra and Saturn in Cancer, it is not surprising that he blames his difficulties and his decision to kill on being a member of oppressed minorities: “Flanagan says he was a gay man and appears to claim he was a victim of homophobia from his co-workers, including “black men and white females.”
The twelfth-part of the natal Sun in Aries opposing natal Pluto can be interpreted as (to again quote Pelletier): “Your temperament can be assertive, aggressive and extremist, tending to use your powerful will like a sledgehammer to achieve objectives. You prefer to force situations so that you are ready to take the advantage before anyone else can, or will act through impulse without fully considering the consequences of following your desires and aims.”
If we look at his Solar Return for the year and superimpose it on his natal chart, we see the following.
In the Solar Return, a return Moon/Uranus in aggressive Aries conjunction opposes his natal Sun/Uranus conjunction. Return Neptune conjoins his natal Moon, indicating unrealistic thinking and emotional confusion during the year. Return Pluto forms a T-square with the natal Sun/Uranus and the return Moon/Uranus conjunctions.