In 1596 the astronomer Johannes Kepler predicted “Between Mars and Jupiter, I place a planet.”
What Kepler was aware of, is the Main Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter; a myriad of minor planets and asteroids contained between the personal planet of Mars and the social/cultural influence of Jupiter…. asteroids that identify the myriad of choices between the taking of action and social/cultural expectations…. decisions, decisions, decisions
Note: The Main Belt asteroids orbit around the Sun in the same direction as the planets, albeit on a slightly elliptical path – taking anywhere from 3-6 years to make a complete orbit.
The following case is a crime in time and place, using a smattering of asteroid knowledge of decisions that affect action within social/cultural expectations.. This case hopefully explains how asteroid tension works both for and against a victim and perpetrator in a particular crime.
…how each experience similar tension to act (Mars) within Social/Cultural expectations (Jupiter).
This astrology enquiry is a random event of particular interest as a stand-alone incident within ‘time and place’.
- A young woman uses her cell phone to access an Uber ride home. The time is 2:00am in Columbia, South Carolina. The date is 29 March 2019.
The asteroid symbolic of all vehicles; Phaeton‘s orbit is currently at 16:05°Taurus – just sixty degrees from 16°Pisces – Mercury (communication) + AP Fortuna (destiny) + Neptune (unknown/potentially subversive).
All very benign we would expect of any pattern in the heavens, apart from the suggestion of subversive (Neptune) + communication (Mercury) + (AP Fortuna) = destiny awaits.
At this particular time and place, set midway between Phaeton and Mercury-APFortuna-Neptune, we note the Immum Coeli; the IC (where the elliptic crosses the meridian – a mathematical measurement).
The IC is also the cusp of the 4th house (symbolic of home).
With the angles taking precedence in all astrology chart interpretation, this is not a matter as simple as catching a ride with an Uber driver. This is literally… going home.
In midpoint analysis, the focus is the IC and the symbolic tug-of-war is between Mercury-AP Fortuna-Neptune tug with Phaeton (vehicle).
This is the pivot point for Samantha Lee Josephson as she stands on the sidewalk at 2am in Columbia, South Carolina.
We could suggest that the desire to go home is the focus (priority), rather than waiting for the Uber ride to arrive (the tug-of-war between Phaeton (vehicle) and Mercury-APFortuna-Neptune.
This astrology/behaviour interpretation is an observation of facts as presented in the media.
The asteroid Ixion 28:51°Sagittarius is rising above the horizon as the Earth rotates; at the Ascendant – in astrology terms, the location.
Note: The asteroid Ixion is named after a Greco/Roman mythology character – interpreted as symbolic of murder.
In the 2nd astrology house in the heavens (assets), asteroid Photographica is transiting at 24:54°Aquarius conjunct BML/Mean Apogee 26:03°Aquarius.
Notes: Photographica is the asteroid we would use to symbolise the ever-present CCTV recording of the immediate environment. The mean apogee is another mathematical point, measured in relation to time and place; the farthest point from the earth; plus in astrology interpretation = the weakest point in a chart.
The Moon 20:12°Capricorn is in the 1st house of the chart, conjunct Saturn 19:42°Capricorn; together = heightened emotions in relation to self-control.
So from just a snapshot of the heavens, we are immediately aware of the potential for disaster.
Samantha continued to use her cellphone; likely distracted, as a car pulled up alongside her, she opened the door and settled into the back seat. The driver was not her ride hone. He was not her Uber driver.
This immediately reminds us of another common asteroid Pholus; again Greco/Roman mythology based character. Pholus invariably ‘shot himself in the foot with his mistakes’ and so the asteroid is symbolic of where mistakes can be made by a victim (or perpetrator).
Samantha’s natal chart reveals that on the date of her birth (which becomes her version of reality) asteroid Pholus was transiting at 17:32°Libra quincunx natal Pallas-Jupiter-Venus.
A ‘quincunx’ aspect is disregard for the consequences of one’s actions, and so together with the stellium of Pallas-Jupiter-Venus this is indicative of her ‘casual’ attitude when in the company of peers.
We also note that her natal chart has Ixion 2:44°Sagittarius quincunx Sun-Phaeton 3°Taurus. This is innate in her being, not a result of failure in nurturing.
Rather than alternating between the two charts above, we reproduce them as a bi-wheel with the inner chart as the 2am perspective and the natal chart on the outside (in red) aligned by the zodiac.
The natal Moon is mid-range (within 12-13°), however if Samantha were born in the am this would also intensify the resulting tension.
- Midheaven (timing) natal Pholus (tripped up) is exact. This is the mistake that determines what follows.
- Transiting AP Fortuna-Mercury-Neptune are both in the 3rd house conjunct Samantha’s natal stellium of Pallas-Jupiter-Venus – which we know is already quincunx natal Pholus. This then indicates that the quincunx will equally transpose between the midheaven (timing) and her already ‘weakened resolve’.
Nathaniel David Rowland was the driver of the vehicle that Samantha entered. He was not the assigned Uber driver sent to collect her. For all we know, he could have been monitoring Uber on his cell phone, however when I check his horoscope, he does not appear to be the sharpest tool in the shed, so I doubt that this abduction and murder is more sinister than an opportunistic crime. However the facts remain that this perpetrator pulled to the kerb, and Samantha entered the vehicle.
At 4pm the same day, Samantha’s body was recovered. This chart for 4pm 29 March 2019, together with the natal chart for the perpetrator Nathaniel David Rowland – as identified by cctv footage of his vehicle and later apprehension – has similar asteroid tension.
Ar 4pm… the vertical axis (timing) reveals:
- Midheaven is 18°Taurus:
- conjunct transiting Phaeton
- conjunct the perpetrator’s natal Moon
- The IC is 18°Scorpio:
- conjunct the perpetrator’s natal Ixion
At 4pm… the horizontal axis (location) reveals :
- The Descendant 23° Aquarius:
- conjunct transiting Photographica
This chart confirms the methodology that we followed where decisions were made to take action within social/cultural boundaries. Both victim and perpetrator were caught on cctv Photographica along with the perpetrator’s vehicle Phaeton.
Less than12 hours later; around 3am on 30 March 2019, Nathaniel David Rowland was apprehended – his vehicle recognised by law enforcement when he was again cruising the early morning hours of Columbia, South Carolina..