A normal birth was recorded at 10:35pm on 24th November,1946 in Burlington, Vermont; the given name, Theodore Robert Cowell. To you and I, Theodore Cowell is the serial killer Ted Bundy. His violent and sadistic killing sprees in the 1970’s led to his facing the full weight of the law and execution in Florida; 1989.
While reading his biography, and with my particular ‘bent’ being criminal behaviour, what caught my attention was a claim that he may have seduced and murdered an 8 year-old girl; stealing her from her home when he was just 14 years of age.
The following is an astrological enquiry of this possibility. The interpretation of two snapshots of the heavens according to time and place; plus the tension therein.
As the teen and child were known to each other, a synastry of their interaction can be made, however firstly we need to get a basic idea of the potential behaviour from the natal horoscope for Ted Bundy; a snapshot of the heavens in time and place, when he was born.
As the first 4 years of his life were an upheaval in the Cowell family’s behaviour with abundant lies about his birth and parentage, we can expect the lower hemisphere of his horoscope to be dominant; plus surely born during a Saturn retrograde.
Even a basic chart reveals a stellium in the 4th house (house of the mother, family, home etc).
As a result, we can expect an immature rage to be directed at his mother; developed in early life and carried into the future as his behavioural ‘norm’.
Note mother Eleanor Louise Cowell Bundy natal 25°Aquarius Mars Rx is exact her son’s Descendant/cusp of the 7th house. Her natal 13°Sagittarius Jupiter is exact his Mars.
With previous astrology interpretation of crimes of a similar nature, we have a fair idea of which asteroids to select for potential tension in his horoscope.
The natal pattern is not all that complicated, more-so overloaded with the mental fugue in the 4th house. The 4th house cusp is Scorpio with the natural ruler; Pluto (power/control). Scorpio is a water sign and signified by a pond. Scorpio tension is to agitate the water in order to avoid stagnation. ie continually stirring emotions.
- Venus – 20°Scorpio
- Mercury – 24°Scorpio
- Juno – 26°Scorpio (possessiveness/jealaousy)
- Sun – 2°Sagittarius
- Borasissi – 7°Sag #66652 (lies we tell ourselves in order to believe we are happy)
- Madhatter – 9°Sag #6735 (mental fugue)
- South Node – 12°Sag
- Mars – 13°Sag
- Ragazza – 15°Sag #1839 (young girl)
- Moon – 17°Sag
- Theodora – 20°Sag #440 (namesake)
- BML/Mean Apogee – 22°Sag (weakest link in a chart)
- Casanova – 22°Sag #7328 (a man who is passionate about women and has many lovers eg a Don Juan)
The 4th house detail:
- Venus/Juno=Mercury is a midpoint with the focus being communication (Mercury) with the combination of Venus (female) and Juno (possession/jealousy). Note: This is the aspect that Bundy spoke of in later years – he desired to possess his victims; to incorporate them into his being in order to ‘make sense of’ the idealisation (Venus-Mercury) of inter-sexual relationships (Juno).
- Juno is also quindecile North Node. This interprets as the jealousy/possessiveness as obsessive in relation to the relationship with his mother.
- Note: at age 5, mother Louise Cowell married and began a family with Ted Bundy’s step-father. Thereafter Ted Bundy remained aloof from his extended family.
- With a Saturn Rx, Ted Bundy would have lacked male mentoring from the Cowell grandfather and his jealousy/possessive obsession with his mother meant that he would not have taken any mentoring approach from his step-father who came into his life at the age of 5 until he left home.
- This social isolation becomes sociopathic behaviour over time and manifests in a lack of understanding of accepted norms in behaviour, between the sexes.
- Natal Mars(where action is taken/played out) 10-12-14°Gemini – Narcissus Rx/Lie Rx=North Node – lies and self-interest behaviour internalised by family experience. Note this aspect is also mirrors his mother’s natal 13°Sagittarius; Jupiter (i.e. inflated by her behaviour).
There are several midpoint features in the 4th house. Of interest is the Sun/Casanova-BML = South Node-Mars at 12-13°Sagittarius. Ego fulfillment by performing his Casanova role.
- Bringing Borasissi at 7°Sagittarius into the pattern, we have a male who chooses to believe that he is Mr Charming – Borasissi invariably reminds us of the lies we tell ourselves in order maintain happiness and the BML is the weakest link in any chart.
- Basically Ted Bundy likely believed his own self-generated mythology in order to fulfill his desires for himself.
6th house (where we cooperate with others) Ceres (personal appetite) 9:57°Aquarius mirrors AP Fortuna (destiny) 9:36°Leo in the 12th house (the mind).
10th house (career – public face): 10-12-14°Gemini Lie-Narcissus-North Node. This self-interest likely explains the personal desire to study Psychology and also start Law. All of which mirror his stellium of madness in the 4th house.
- 20:29°Gemini; Uranus mirrors 20°Sagittarius – asteroid Theodora (namesake)
- Uranus is also quincunx Venus Rx at 20°Scorpio.
12th house (hidden from sight – eg the mind) Saturn Rx is conjunct at 8:52°Leo and Pluto Rx 13:31°Leo make up the trinity with his destiny (AP Fortuna) of mental control/power being a sense of pride. Mind- power is his private commune.
31 August 1961
- Note: Ted Bundy was still 14 years old and living at home. His mother was pregnant.
Ted Bundy Solar Arc progression to 31 August 1961:
When we check the Solar Arc progression for this time, we have all the malefic indications that he was active. Saturn and Pluto now straddle his ascendant – power and control at peak performance.
- Natal Sun is now exact natal Moon – desires of ego and needs are united
- Mercury is now exact asteroid Madhatter
- Narcissus Rx/Lie Rx=North Node -self-interest and lying behaviour are now conjunct the cusp of the 11th house mirroring and therefore in need of the 5th house agenda (entertainment)
Transits for 31August 1961 (5:30am) from the perspective of Bundy’s natal chart.
First thing to jump through the screen is that the angles are identical to the birth time of Ted Bundy; both axes. ie – the heavens have aligned, despite the relocation from Pennsylvania to Washington State. Time, place, motive and opportunity, are everything.
- Transiting Uranus is exact the North Node and conjunct the ascendant – sudden changes in behaviour at the location. The classic interpretation is ‘showtime’ when Uranus is at the ascendant for an incident, while the North Node indicates the trauma that the incident became.
- The star Regulus is at the horizon – the lion king on his throne
- The Sun is exact Pluto at 7°Virgo in the heavens – illuminating egoic power and control.
- Transiting Mars at 9°Libra is conjunct natal Neptune – subversive act undertaken by Bundy
- SaturnRx at 23°Capricorn is quindecile natal Saturn-AP Fortuna – obsession with ambition and destiny
- Transiting Jupiter at 29°Capricorn is quindecile natal Pluto inflated obsession with power.
- Transiting Moon at 20°Taurus mirrors natal Venus Rx – personal needs highlighted in relation to ‘the feminine mystique’
- Transiting Sado exact natal Saturn-AP Fortuna – sadism drives the ambition
- Transiting AP Fortuna for 5:30am is exact natal Theodora – belief in destiny
As if that is not enough to convince us that Ted Bundy was responsibile for the demise of Ann Marie Burr, we can interpret the synastry between the two birth charts; again from the perspective of Ted Bundy as we have his time of birth.
Synastry/relationship between the two birth charts of Ted Bundy and Ann Marie Burr
- His 13°Leo Pluto is exact her Lunar Nodal South Node and also square his Jupiter.
- Note that the child’s Pluto = Bundy’s mother’s LNA (for followers of karma the cycle has continued)
- His 4th house is conjunct her mid-range Moon – signifies the emotive connection between the two children.
- His Venus-Mercury idealism problem is exact her asteroid Theodor-Narcissus she likely identified his self-interest as being part of the idealism challenge.
- His Juno is exact her asteroid Madhatter. Note: It is crazy to attempt to interpret this aspect in an 8year-old’s psyche.
- His Sun exact her Mercury – his ego and her communication are ‘as one’.
- His 13°Leo Pluto is exact her Lunar Nodal South Node and also square his Jupiter.
- His Casanova-BML exact her natal Sun. The 8 year-old likely ‘adored’ him; the innocence in the company of a sadistic killer.
I have no doubt in interpreting the astology as suggesting that Ted Bundy did indeed murder at the age of 14 years. He murdered Ann Marie Burr.