Oh My Stars

beliefnet astrology matthew currie arian grande concert explosion On Monday evening at about 10:34 PM local time, an unidentified man set off an explosive device at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. As of this writing, 22 people are dead and about 60 are injured.

(Reports vary as to the time of the explosion, from “about 10:30 PM” or shortly afterwards. Since the initial Manchester Police press release says “just before 10:35 PM,” I’m going with 10:34.)

Regardless of the circumstances, the person involved, or his motives for blowing himself up in the foyer of a crowded concert venue, the chart for the explosion seems to almost insist that something bad, sudden, and violent would happen at that place and time. There was a Venus-Uranus conjunction, triggered by transiting Moon in Aries. Normally I would be hesitant to call that Venus-Uranus combination particularly strong: the two planets are about ten degrees apart. But the Moon was right in the middle of the two, both within conjunction range and right on the midpoint between the two planets — and that Moon was closely square Pluto.

Normally you’d expect that combination to make for generally lively emotions, whether you were at an Ariana Grande concert or not. But these transits take on special significance when view from that particular place and moment in time. Venus was the ruler of the local Midheaven, which you could say represents “the public purpose” of the events there, and with the Moon and Uranus opposite that local Midheaven, it seems destined that “the public purpose” of that event was to be startling. Finally, in a chart, the Ascendant tends to represent “me” and the Descendant “you” (or perhaps better, “others). And in the chart of the incident, there’s Mars, the God of War… freshly set in the West and close to the Descendant.

As we’ve seen in other cases of sudden and unexpected violence, even the local transiting Ascendant and Midheaven are players when it comes to the moment something terrible is unleashed.


beliefnet astrology matthew currie ariana grandeSo how does this affect Ariana Grande personally? It’s natural that we should ask this, because odds are very good you and I don’t personally know any of the victims — and I certainly don’t have birth charts for any of them. Undoubtedly if I did, there would be much more to say. But it’s hard to imagine that, despite not being injured, Ariana Grande won’t be affected by this. And I’m afraid that her transits indicate that this is not something she’ll get past easily.

Ariana was born June 26 1993, 9:16 PM, in Boca Raton Florida. She’s a member of the Uranus-Neptune generation (a combination that seems to always result in strange talents and/or sensitivities, somehow), and that conjunction is sitting right on her Ascendant. This give her the charm and presence and general “star quality” that she has. But, as with all the Children of 1993, transiting Pluto is now right on top of that conjunction.

A conjunction from transiting Pluto to a natal placement often brings the terrifying, the unknown, and (in this case, literally) the explosive. But this is a slow transit, and for predictive purposes it’s not like one could look at that alone and say “this is going to be a bad night for you.” However, given that Aries pile-up at the time of the incident (squaring that Uranus-Neptune-Ascendant complex of hers, and given hat transiting Mars was nearly-perfectly quincunx that part of her birth chart), everything cosmically lined up the way they did.

Of course, we must never forget those who were killed and injured. But they were all there at that place at that time because of Ariana Grande. In no way can she be held the least bit responsible… but imagine how you might feel if you were in her place. Sure, logically, you could tell yourself it was “nothing personal” and you’d be exactly right. Personally, though? I’m afraid she’s not going to be able to talk herself out of feeling some sort of guilt or remorse very easily. After all, she is a Cancer with Moon in Libra, and in my experience that combination takes things pretty seriously when it comes to not wanting to cause harm to others. I hope she’s able to put this all in perspective soon.

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