Frequent mass shootings have become a staple of life in the United States. The most recent gun massacre occurred on 21 January 2023 at 10:22 PM near a Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey, California. It is a tragic event which has deeply affected the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in this country. I wondered if we could learn something astrologically by studying the chart of this tragedy. Unfortunately, if we wait a week or so, we will have yet another similar chart to look at.
According the CNN: “The shooting happened at 10:22 p.m. local time. … Huu Can Tran, 72, was identified as the suspect by Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna. Tran was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Sunday afternoon inside a cargo van after a standoff with police in Torrance, California. He had once been a regular presence at the dance studio, even meeting his ex-wife there, three people who knew him told CNN. It is unclear how frequently Tran visited the dance hall, if at all, in recent years.”
The gunman’s motive for the attack is still unknown. The astrological chart for the start of the event, cast on a 90-degree dial, looks like this:
Mars rules guns and shootings. With the Pointer placed on Mars, we see its prominent connections to other factors in the chart, especially to the personal points: 0 Aries (connections to the world at large), the Moon’s Nodes (associations and connections to others), the Moon, the Ascendant (environment) and the MC. The connections among the planets in the chart seem to reflect the nature of the incident. As the the motive of the shooter, one might speculate that Venus/Neptune = Mars could indicate unusual desires and frustrated erotic imaginings (Saturn-Venus-Neptune) leading to a sense of disillusion and dissatisfaction and provoking a sudden violent outburst (Mars-Uranus).
The next chart super imposes the chart of the shooting on the USA Gemini rising chart. Note that transiting Mars conjoined natal Uranus on the day of the massacre. There were also several other mass shootings very close to the perfection of the transiting Mars/natal Uranus conjunction.