Singer and former star of “The Voice” Christina Grimmie was murdered after a performance on June 10th by a fan, Kevin James Loibl.
Two things are worth noting before we get into the astrology: first, there have been a bumper crop of famous deaths and infamous slaughters to write about lately, so forgive me if it took a while to get around to this one. Second, keep in mind that “fan” is short for “fanatic.” Fans of someone or something are rarely driven to violence over their enthusiasms, but we’ve all seen this story before.
Christina Grimmie was born March 12 1994, 10:14 AM, in Marlton New Jersey. There are some interesting factors in her birth chart that any decent astrologer could have told her about, and a couple that should definitely not have been brought up in casual conversation… even though it was those factors that led to her death.
Her Sun and Moon were conjunct in Pisces in the Tenth House, which rules career. Since her Sun ruled her Third House (voice and communication) and her Moon ruled her Second House, it’s fairly obvious that “making a living from communicating” in one form or another was a strong possibility. Mercury (her Ascendant ruler) on the Midheaven is another indicator of that career path. The general emphasis in the chart on planets above the horizon are yet another indicator of public performance and/or fame.
Although astrology has been around for thousands of years, it has seen a resurgence in popularity in the last century or so. It should come as no surprise that much of how astrology is now practiced reflects changes in our society that have occurred in that time: specifically, the rise of psychology. There is much more of an emphasis on personality and motivation and self-empowerment and self-actualization and suchlike with astrology now than there was back in the day when a typical client’s concerns were more along the lines of “can I get my daughter married into a respectable family?” and “is this latest plague going to kill me?” and so on.
Overall, this is a good and positive thing. I don’t know about you, but I much prefer to live in a world where I have time to fret over whether or not my life is fulfilling rather than one where I need to focus on things like “how can I work on my farm with this injured leg… and will that infection kill me?” If you read many of the older, classic works of astrology, it won’t take long for you to notice that a distinct tonal shift has occurred. Frankly, a lot of astrologers are put off by the apparent doom and gloom of a lot of older reference works.
Consider Christina Grimmie’s chart from this perspective. Note that Mars is conjunct Saturn in the 10th House, with Saturn ruling the 8th House, and (furthermore) the ruler of the 10th House is in the 8th House. A modern astrologer with any basic decency and understanding of how one should communicate the chart will understand that this should be communicated to the client in a manner somewhat like this:
“You work hard at your job (Mars-Saturn), and bring a lot of creativity and even glamor to it (10th House ruled by Neptune). You’re good at it, but you may often feel frustrated that you aren’t doing more or better with it (Mars-Saturn again). You might even bring an unusual sort of attractiveness/sexiness to your job (Neptune conjunct Uranus in the 8th House). Furthermore, one could almost say you have a karmic destiny to bring about some sort of powerful drama to life because of your career path (Uranus as ruler of the Midheaven sextile the North Node-Pluto conjunction).”
That’s all fine and well, and is useful information, and makes everyone involved feel good about themselves… and there’s nothing wrong with that, is there? If all your readings as an astrologer went just like that, you’d probably qualify for some sort of Meritorious Conduct Medal Astrology Award For The Propagation Of Love And Light (or something). However, if one were to take a more fated, old-school approach to astrology, you might look at those same features in this chart and say something like:
“There’s a good chance you’re going to die violently on the job as the result of some lunatic’s sexual attraction to you.”
If you are an astrologer, you’ve got no business scaring people by laying something like that flat out in front of them. Astrology is supposed to be empowering, not fatalistic, right? Focusing on something like that place a terrible dark cloud over the client and over astrology itself. That’s not how the job is done any more. If you enjoy feeding people’s anxiety that much, perhaps you should consider a career writing phony-baloney “news” for those web sites who insist that you’ll be living under Sharia law next week because Politician X is a reptilian invader from space or something who put fluoride in your toothpaste.
Of course, none of that changes the fact that Kevin James Loibl… a man Grimmie had never even met but who bragged to co-workers about how he would make her his wife some day, a man who had hair transplants, laser eye surgery, and tried to lose weight to be more attractive to Christina… walked into her concert with two guns, extra ammo, and a hunting knife, and then shot her in the head and stomach during the post-concert autograph session.
So, yeah. There you have it. Astrology works, regardless of which news the astrologer in question chooses to deliver.
Could an astrologer have warned Christina Grimmie that this was coming? Maybe not that specifically, but armed with a firm knowledge of astrology (and if Christina, upon further questioning, had revealed that she had recently blocked an obsessed fan on social media) some caution could have been delivered.
As for the fatal connections between Christina Grimmie and her killer? Those are present too. At first, that’s what I was going to write about. Unfortunately, there has been a bumper crop of tragic events to write about lately, and one can only stare into the Abyss of humanity’s dark side for so long before one starts to smell a bit like it… and recent news stories I’ve written about make me feel like a need a shower, so I’ll leave it at that.
(SPOILER ALERT: One day, you will die. Me too.)
Actor Anton Yelchin, best known as Chekov in the Star Trek movies from 2009 onward, died some time late Saturday evening/early Sunday morning at his home in Los Angeles California. He was 27 years old.
It always gets our attention when someone who’s young and healthy dies suddenly, and although I don’t think famous people die any more readily than any others, it always stands out. But both in terms of the observable details and the astrology — the death of Anton Yelchin is a strange one.
Anton was found by friends dead in the driveway of his home, on his steeply-inclined driveway. His body was wedged between his car and a brick mailbox pillar which was attached to the home’s security gate. When he was found, the car was still running and was in neutral. If there were such a thing as “the textbook definition of a freak accident,” this would be it.
The astrology, as one might expect with an incident like this, is unusual. Not long ago I asked rhetorically if an astrologer could have saved Prince, and the answer was “more than likely, yes.” In this case though? The astrology is as weird as you might expect.
Anton Yelchin was born March 11 1989, time unknown, St. Petersburg Russia. It’s always risky to try to extract too much information from a birth chart without a time of birth (which determines the House placements and rulerships), and I’ve often seen things in a case like this that didn’t make immediate sense… but I’ve never seen transits that made no sense at all (except on a couple of occasions when it turned out I had the wrong data in the first place). In this case? The transits do make sense… but they aren’t at all what one would normally expect.
Yes, Anton had a Saturn-Neptune conjunction in Capricorn in his birth chart, and yes transiting Pluto was conjunct that. But, like all outer planet transits, a Pluto conjunction is slow, taking years to complete… and even if it’s a factor in a death, it’s not like that transit made someone died every day over the course of the three or four years a Pluto transit can take. It’s worth keeping in mind, but it’s not going to be the only contributing factor to a major life event.
What may strike many of you as unusual is that in this case, the primary target being hit in Anton’s birth chart was his natal Venus at 14 degrees Pisces.
“What?” you might think. “Transits to your Venus might mess with your love life or your finances or your kidneys or blood sugar… but kill you?” Nonetheless, that appears to be exactly what happened here. At the time of his death, Anton Yelchin’s Venus was under a surprising amount of stress from transiting planets. Transiting Saturn was square it, transiting Jupiter and the North Node were within a degree of the exact opposition to it, Neptune was conjunct it, and even the transiting Moon was square it. And, for bonus points… the March Solar Eclipse in Pisces (which still has an effect now) was conjunct that Venus of his.
So, yeah… what, as an astrologer, can I say about this? It’s obvious in hindsight that something major was likely to happen, but who could have foreseen this? Even with a time of birth on hand, this is simply one of those things that by its nature would be hard to predict. What kind of excuse can I present for the less-than-obvious astrological cause of Anton Yelchin’s death? I’m afraid the best I can do is pass the buck and quote physicist Richard Feynman: “I think nature’s imagination is so much greater than man’s. She’s never going to let us relax”
In the meantime… SPOILER ALERT: One day, you will die. Me too. Hopefully not too soon though.
Saturn square Neptune is making it difficult for many of us to make realistic long-term plans for ourselves, or for us to figure out where we fit in the Universe.
This week the ongoing Saturn-Neptune Square reaches another exact peak, and we’re all likely to feel the effects on some level or another. As difficult transits go, this one is inherently a bit weird to explain (although I’ve done so before) because of the nature of the planets and the aspect involved. Let me give you the simplest possible description:
Saturn wants order and stability — the kind of order and stability that a well-crafted Swiss watch embodies, or that you encounter when your flight takes off and lands exactly on time with no hitches or surprise body-cavity searches. Neptune has its own sense of order, but it’s much harder to describe. Remember that time you took that stuff in college that totally expanded your mind and made you realize that all consciousness is One (but damned if you could remember the details the next morning)? These may seem totally opposite from each other (and they mostly are), but both are completely necessary for a well-rounded existence.
These two very different energies are currently interacting with each other via the “square” aspect. By “interacting,” I mean the same way a person struggling to pull a towel from the jaws of a large dog is “interacting” with that dog. Nothing much is likely to be resolved, and odds are good something will get torn or someone will be injured.
We all have larger plans for our lives, but we express those in different ways. Some people have a Vision Board and a ready answer to the classic interview question “where do you see yourself in five years?” Other people have a larger plan for their lives that involves regular trips to the liquor store. In either case, coming up with a grand strategy by which to run your life has probably been more difficult than usual for you lately. As a Sagittarius (the Sign that Saturn is in and Neptune is squaring) I have been acutely aware of this lately. The usual questions a Sagittarius asks him/herself (“What is the meaning of life? Am I fulfilling my purpose on Earth? Do I have time to get to the liquor store before it closes?”) are just getting harder and harder to answer… and yet struggle with Life’s Great Questions, I must.
…Which brings me to the story about how my new neighbors have completely ruined what is left of my fragile mind.
Look. Just look at this, will you?
This is a doormat, made out of four separate squares of material. It forms a cowhide pattern… or does it?
You see, I’ve been starting at this thing for a couple of weeks now, and the patterns on the four individual squares will not form a contiguous pattern no matter how you arrange them. I know, because I have spent hours staring at this abomination, trying to work it out in my head…
Meanwhile: What is the meaning of life? I don’t know, but it’s hard to image life has any real Higher Purpose at all when things like this mismatched, threadbare hobgoblin can be allowed to exist.
Am I fulfilling my purpose on Earth? No, because I haven’t figured out how to make the pattern on that verdammt doormat work yet.
Do I have time to get to the liquor store before it closes? No, because I spent all day with that rubber-backed Demon of Insanity taunting me.
Saturn square Neptune is making it difficult for many of us to make realistic long-term plans for ourselves, or for us to figure out where we fit in the Universe. That, and the neighbor’s doormat isn’t helping any.
Okay, straight up people: if you want to blame last night’s mass shooting on religion or intolerance or guns or terrorism or the decline of Western Civilization or whatever, there are two important points you should consider.
1) You may have a point
2) This is not the place to discuss it.
We’re here to talk about astrology, specifically the transits which were happening when Omar Mir Seddique Mateen walked into Pulse Nightclub in Orlando at 2:02 AM on Sunday and took it upon himself to slaughter 50 people and injure another 53.
Omar Mateen was born on November 16th, 1986 in New York City… time of birth unknown. Was he prone to violence? He was born on the day of a Full Moon, with the Moon opposite the Sun at 24 degrees Scorpio. Both placements… the most important points in a birth chart… were squared by natal Mars at almost 24 degrees Aquarius. Furthermore, that Mars was amplified by a sextile to Uranus at 20 degrees Sagittarius. None of these things guarantee a violent nature, but they are strong indicators. At the very least, we do know that he was a security guard who held a gun permit, which is one manifestation of that awkward Mars energy.
The potential for violence is one thing, but it’s the transits that set something things off. Not surprisingly, there was plenty agitating Omar Mateen’s problematic Mars. Transiting Mars retrograde at 25 Scorpio was closely conjunct Omar’s Sun and square his Mars. Transiting Jupiter is square Saturn, adding energy and enthusiasm to the slaughter. Transiting Sun and Venus were opposite his Uranus and trine his Mars, and he was having his Jupiter Opposition (“adding enthusiasm to his expression of his Mars,” I say to myself with disdain). Transiting Pluto was square his Nodes, lending a hint of “deadly destiny” to the mass shooting.
And oh yeah… Omar Mateen was having his Saturn Return.
Two days ago singer Christina Grimmie was shot in the head and killed by Kevin James Loibl, born March 10 1989, time unknown, somewhere in Florida (probably Saint Petersburg). His Mars in Taurus was unaspected other than a close conjunction to Jupiter — which makes everything it aspects bigger and louder. Transiting Mars was opposite that point at the time of the shooting, and —
Well, here’s his chart and his transits. Do you want to hear more about this? I’ll gladly write about it if you think I should. So go ahead and leave a comment if you do or don’t want to hear more. As for right now? I’m a little too sick of that small percentage of the raging, violent primates I share a species with. I need to rest, and to remind myself that the vast majority of humans are not irredeemably terrible… and maybe by this point you should do that too.