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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.

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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.

See also: The Astrology Of Mars: George Zimmerman Has A Temper

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