When a tragedy occurs like the one in Tucson, Arizona last Saturday, the media has a field day, to use a well-worn expression. Everybody has an opinion. Why did this happen? Who do we blame for pushing this guy over the edge? Tea Party rhetoric? The parents? Drugs? The gun control laws? How did this nutcase slip through the cracks? How can we keep this from happening again? I ask, isn’t it too late to wonder why? We are evolving as a race but we still have a long way to go.
Even though I’m criticizing the critics, I’m taking the liberty of putting in my two cents’ worth. This astrologer might as well give it a shot. The astrology of violence is a real hot potato and a fascinating study. It doesn’t change what happened but it helps us to have compassion for these tortured souls.
Jared Lee Loughner was born on September 10, 1988, Tucson AZ, time unknown. Here are his planetary positions:
Sun 17º Virgo
Moon 4º Virgo
Mercury 13º Libra
Venus 2º Leo
Mars 10º Aries R
Jupiter 5º Gemini
Saturn 26º Sagittarius
Uranus 27º Sagittarius
Neptune 7º Capricorn R
Pluto 10º Leo
Moon’s node 14º Pisces
The ascendant is unknown but there is a wealth of information to be found with the aspects. His Virgo Sun is square to the Saturn/Uranus conjunction in Sagittarius. He may have a rebellious, violent attitude, difficulty with parents and authority figures, material limitations and obstruction of goals. He is an only child and may have been very lonely. Neighbors say his parents have kept to themselves. Venus squares Pluto, which indicates great intensity and a manipulative approach to things. Because of the square this energy is not well expressed. He is given to grandiose schemes. Mars opposes Mercury and squares Neptune, which is a quarrelsome T-square, indicating a bad temper, difficulty communicating, delusion and secretiveness. This aspect points to his reported drug use and reputation as a loner. If he was troubled he kept it well hidden. Jupiter in Gemini, the sign of fall possibly squares the Moon, depending on his actual birth time. This indicates delusions of self-importance and confused emotional states.
While this native does have some helpful trines, the negative aspects clearly point to his deranged behavior. Episodes of mental illness are likely. Relationships of all kinds must be difficult for him. He may be friendless and live in a dream world. The Virgo qualities of the Sun and Moon may be perverted into a desire to serve mankind in the only logical ways he can conceive which are violence and assassination. He was by some accounts critical of Gabrielle Giffords. Mars in Aries and the Saturn/Uranus conjunction in Sagittarius are in fire signs and extremely volatile. Now that the Jupiter/Uranus transit in Pisces aspects his natal Sun, Saturn and Uranus, the long-simmering pot on the stove has come to a boil and the lid blew off. Pluto contacting his natal Neptune in the coming year corresponds to the next chapter of his life in prison or a mental institution.
Many people have aspects like these and manage to live normal lives. They develop coping skills, get professional treatment and have supportive families. If they are lucky they eventually understand they are working out their karma. The human mental state is a delicate thing and can so easily be thrown off balance. For more insights about the case of Jared Loughner, read the interesting article by Jeff Jawer, The Danger of Absolute Truth, on the StarIQ site. To learn more about astrology, head up to Peaceful Paths in Butler, NJ. They have a great selection of gift items, crystals, books and framed artwork, as well as psychic readings and workshops. Check it out!