With forensic astrology without knowing the time of birth or being able to construct a rectified chart, I prefer to view a natal chart through the eyes of a particular event. Once I know what the event is, I have the playing-field and then I can view how the natal chart (the character) behaves in such a situation. This enquiry is undertaken following these guidelines.
The basic events used in our enquiry (commenced in April 2013) have been:
- 7:47pm 4 February 2010 – Isuzu Trooper vehicle recorded on neighbours security camera leaving the driveway (occupants unknown)
- 8:28pm 4 February 2010 – Joey McStay’s cellphone was used to dial Chase Merritt; the call was not answered and no message was left
The crime scene:
- Paul Merritt – Chase Merritt’s younger brother
- Michael McStay – Joey’s brother
- McStay wives – Heather and Erin
- Michael McFadden – Heather’s husband/step-father of Jonah
- McStay parents – Patrick McStay and Susan Blake
- Chase Merritt – Joey’s employee at EIP
- Dan Kavanaugh – website manager EIP
- Vick Johansen – Summer’s ex bf
- Albert Vergara – Summer’s ex husband
- McGyver McCargar – close friend to both Summer and Joey
- Diane Cirignani – Summer’s friend
- John Cirignani – realtor husband of Diane
- Jesi Silveria – Summer’s friend
- Guy Joseph – Joey’s friend
- Kristian Peter – mortgage bubble
- Alan Geller – bubble and squeak
- Melissa Grahn-Geller – bubble and squeak
- Vicki Geller – bubble and squeak
- Summer’s family – Aranda connection
- Jonah McStay – Joey’s eldest son
Persons of interest:
Outside the box/thinking laterally:
- The Muskrat – Chase’s bit of fluff
- The Shadow – a mystery connection
- Augustin P – water connector
- HP, JDP, JEP – water dragons
- Rosie’s Diner – anonymous
- Merritt trial… under the stars
The case has been written up as per above links, however for those interested in the astrology research, read on…
A timeline of enquiry in this case, together with media coverage and good sleuthing by others has exposed that there are very few characters in this case whom are squeaky-clean. Lies have been told to cover private agendas; items have been stolen and assets sold without authority. Truth is far more bizarre than any fiction and it continues to keep the public on the hunt. Many, including LE were convinced that the family had fled to Mexico; the why, never revealed.
- 11th November 2012, advertisements were placed in Craigslist which turned out to be apt as the bodies of the family were found in shallow graves twelve months later in the area referred to in the ads.
- 9th April 2013 to case was passed to the FBI.
- 11th November 2013 – 9:58am the long awaited 911 call was logged.
- 13th November 2013 – San Bernadino County Sheriff took over the case
Questions we asked:
13 November 2013
Bodies have been recovered from the desert. What grabbed me straight up from the media coverage is the trouble the killer has gone to in order to throw anyone off the scent. An old school, eye for detail personality I would think. I need to check some natal charts.
The positioning of the graves grabs my attention. Is this a car-width between them? Were there two people digging these graves and they needed to keep their distance from each other in order to maintain a ‘sense of distance from involvement with each other’? What depths are these graves? Are they of a similar depth or shape; indicating just one digger, or are there two persons involved in the disposal of the bodies?
When I checked the natal charts with the time that the graves were found, Summer McStay again has the strongest chart.
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- Ascendant conjunct Sun – can you feel her presence? I know I can.
- Transiting Venus (pink) intersects Summer’s Sun-Moon opposition.
- Natal Saturn at the 3rd house cusp – diabolical 22nd degree of Pisces communicating.
- Transiting Saturn intersects natal Lunar nodal axis.
Flipping the bi-wheel and centering it over the location of where the bodies were found (cartography method) we have an angle of interest – note the red line onto the map SW direction. That is the transiting Saturn-nodal axis line.
Note: This is an indication of a karmic connection – yet to be determined what this might be.
Meanwhile to the south, Flag A is the McStay home address. Summer’s natal Saturn at the cusp of the 3rd house connects the two locations – look again at the house, she’s saying.
8th January, 2014 – 911 call: 9:58am.
Bi-wheel is generated with the inner wheel at the 911 call and the outer chart is the natal chart of Summer McStay. As we don’t have her time of birth, the Moon is midrange and cannot be used for a locator angle. Either way, Summer was born on a full Moon with Sun opposite Moon.
- Natal Sun (orange) is exact at the Ascendant; on the horizon line. You can’t tell me ’tis mere coincidence.
- Transit Venus (pink) conjunct natal Sun and opposite natal Moon all on the horizon line. Is Venus identifying Summer in her female role, or is there a money clue here?
- Transit Mercury (yellow) square natal Jupiter (green) – a communication from the other side. Summer is pressing the point/inflating the information. She is insistent that her babies rest in hallowed ground.
- Transiting Saturn (grim reaper) conjunct natal Lunar nodal axis – identifying the public arena as being where the remains lie.
There are several quindecile aspects, which tell a story themselves, however we are listening for Summer’s direction
The angle still travels the same direction as above, plus as it is hand drawn we can only suggest that it is within a close proximity of the address that Summer wants us to know about.
Only time will tell as to what the significance of this angle is for…
31st May 2014 onwards – A fresh look at this case
Following a year’s more experience in this realm of forensic astrology, we generate fresh charts. I’ll not review previous interpretations before I write this section. As is our traditional approach, we stick to classic textbook interpretation together with ‘considered astrological interpretation comment’ as a result of this knowledge.
Now that the bodies have been recovered, we need not tread so gently ‘in reverence’, however the children will be left out of the picture, unless I feel it’s relevant to the story. General interpretations may need to be tweaked once we review the story. The basics of what follows will stay the same though, I should imagine. No offense is intended to anyone, however I’ll call the interpretations straight without due consideration of anyone’s feelings, so if you’re a tad sensitive about this case, I suggest that you read no further.
Using Summer and Joey’s bi-wheels either side of an event chart, the first triptych is from the perspective of when the Trooper left the driveway of the Avocado Lane house at 7:47pm 4th February, 2010. The vehicle was caught on a neighbour’s CCTV; occupants of the vehicle are unknown. The central chart is the atmosphere at the time. Interpretation is relative to this case only.
- Saturn is square Pluto – this tension has been in the background and not case-specific per se, however the houses that the planets are in, are when we look at the overall picture. Authority figure (also Grim Reaper) in the 1st house. Pluto in the 4th represents the gate to the Underworld – he’s in the realm of home. Putting aside the obvious forensic indicators, there will likely be a power shift, if anyone leaves home..
- Tr Mars in 11th is driving the hard aspects – quindecile Venus (pink) – obsession with money/peer group.
- Tr Mars quindecile 5th house Mercury (yellow) – obsessive communication; frothing at the mouth between ‘friends’
- Tr Mars square Moon (blue) in 2nd house – disruption; emotive reaction in relation to financial matters/assets.
Note – the 11th house is the realm of friends and enemies. In hindsight, we can suggest that contact has come from a friend or enemy to get the hell outa there, or else get your a** here, NOW. Either way it is an dominant summons.
As it appears that there are no phone records to support any contact from either Summer or Joey’s phones or their landline with anyone else, we suggest that there are likely alternative means of communication being used (wild-card cellphones held by participants). I would therefore suggest that whomever drove out the driveway, it was as a result of this communication.
Bi-wheel on the left; the first, is Joseph McStay interacting with 7:47pm. The interpretation is his personal experience with the general atmosphere behind his emotive reactions. We do not know if he was in the Trooper, or even at the Avocado Lane house. I am curious as to whether he wasn’t already somewhere else, due to the spread of planets in this bi-wheel. The driving force in this chart is transiting Saturn (Grim Reaper) in the 1st house.
- Tr Saturn quindecile natal mid-range Moon (blue) in outer wheel’s 8th house (death and transformation/other peoples assets) – I’d suggest this aspect relates to the obsessive, driving need/ attempt to stay alive.
- Tr Saturn quindecile Descendant/Lunar nodal axis – already experiencing a traumatic event/struggle with the Grim Reaper and this is not at home (4th house is empty) Note: Nodal axis also represents a public place. There is an obsessive/compulsive element to this reaction.
- Tr Jupiter (green) is also quindecile the Ascendant/ Lunar South node (karmic element). Initially this would indicate to me that the murders are related to a connection with Joey rather than Summer, however we will have to wait and see. Hold that thought.
- Tr Moon (blue) 2nd house in the inner wheel is indicative of shining things in this position (all that glitters is not necessarily gold, folks) opposite natal 8th house Saturn – Joey’s ‘going down’ over this (suggested) need for money.
- Tr Neptune (turquoise) square natal Sun (orange) – deception of ego; Joey was deceived.
- Natal lunar nodal axis is at the horizon line – Joey is likely already experiencing trauma at 7:47pm. I suggest that he is not with Summer, or she would be reacting to his ‘H-factor’ more strongly than her chart reveals.
Bi-wheel on the right is that of Summer McStay’s emotive reaction to the clock time 7:47pm. Natal Sun (Summer) is driving this bi-wheel from the 4th house (the home). She is still in control at this stage. It is Summer whom is at the Avocado Lane house. Why did she leave?
- Natal Sun (orange) quindecile Lunar South Node in the 11th house – I would suggest the karmic connection of their murders is connected to the actions of both Joey and Summer together as a couple plus as individuals; a joint enterprise and either enemies they have made, or a deceitful friend is behind the current threat. There is an obsession element to the connection. A friend kept as a friend, whom should have been let go perhaps (suggestion only).
- Natal mid-range Moon is in the 10th house (opposite her natal Sun) – career-wise needs PLUS is also opposite transiting Pluto while the Sun is conjunct Pluto – powerless to stop what she is about to befall. There is also a tug between working from home and in the public arena in the background.
- Tr Saturn square natal Sun – Grim Reaper awaits.
- Tr Uranus in 7th house square natal Mercury in 4th – communication came from a person in a public relationship with Summer; highly likely from Joey. Could this have been an indirect come get me; lure.
- Tr Uranus is conjunct natal Saturn and opposite natal Uranus – this is also the locator angle as to where Summer went when she drove out the driveway to meet with the Grim Reaper. I suggest that it is highly possible that Summer left believing to meet with/collect her husband, Joey.
- Tr Sun (date on the calendar) square natal Lunar nodal axis – another forensic indicator of trauma on this date; Summer would die before the calendar turned the page.
When we follow the same method of approach to 8:28pm when Joey’s phone was used to call Chase Merritt, we have to ask ourselves whether this is cellphone call was possibly a redial error and Joey was already dead, or something else. We do not know. What we do know is that Chase Merritt did not pick up the phone. I can remember making this call (that Chase was busy with his female companion) from looking at his chart a year ago. Funny what sticks in your memory isn’t it. Nothing will have changed in this regard, although we can revisit if necessary.
What will have changed between 7:47pm and 8:28pm will be the house placements of the event. Some planets will have moved into different houses during this forty minutes giving us an update on what’s going-down. We will only address changes.
First chart is the middle event – the clock face in the heavens at 8:28pm. The main changes are that the event brings the main focus to the cusp of the 4th house – the home and/or real estate. We suggest this because the primary midpoint in any chart is the Sun/Moon. This midpoint is exact the IC/4th house cusp.
At this Sun/Moon focus point – 25°Sagittarius, we have the point in the heavens where the fixed star, Aculeus in the constellation of Scorpius resides. This star has a notorious reputation in astrology as a ‘blind star’ associated with eyesight problems and the constellation of the Scorpion presides over arms (mercenaries).
An interpretation from this fixed star at the IC, would indicate the possibility that blindfolds were used by mercenaries. This is indicated in Summer’s chart, as a precursor her and her babies’ demise (conjunct natal Mercury; highlighted in yellow in Summer’s bi-wheel)
- Sun/Moon= IC – the end of a family relationship; marriage and children.
- Mercury (yellow) was by now in the 4th house – besides communication, Mercury can also be symbolic of children.
- Venus (pink) has moved to the 5th house and onto the agenda – likely now clarifies that the symbolism is likely money rather than any suggestion of peer groups.
- Is Neptune (turquoise) now in the 5th house of recreation, suggestive of drugs or general subterfuge by the players?
- Uranus is now moved from the 7th house where it drew Summer out of the house and into the 6th house – she is likely now at the scene.
- Uranus is also now square the MC, top of the agenda plus opposite that main focus/midpoint. We can suggest that is likely the time when Summer’s life became a bargaining tool.
We now turn to the first bi-wheel, Joey and 8:28pm. Natal Mercury is not in the action any more than it was at 7:47pm, which doesn’t mean to say that he wasn’t in communication at all, as the planet is in the 3rd house of communication.
If Joey were making an attempt to call CM, I’d expect to see Neptune and Mercury connection in some way. Even when I call up trines and sextiles, there is no interaction by any planets with Joey’s natal Mercury, nor his natal Uranus (modern technology). At the moment, I am at a loss to explain the call.
- Joey’s natal Moon has now entered the 7th house – focus changes to his partner, Summer.
- Natal Lunar nodal axis enters the 12th house – mental turmoil/trauma.
- Tr Pluto is at the Ascendant – use of personal power of persuasion being used.
As for Summer, 8:28pm is likely close to when she faced her demise. With natal Mercury now at the IC, we could suggest that she may have had Joey’s phone, however it is more likely that her focus is on the other Mercury symbol, her children.
- Natal Uranus is now conjunct the Ascendant opposite transiting Uranus – sudden changes
- Natal Saturn is at the Descendant – likely exit
- Tr Pluto is in the 12th house – power withdraws into the unconscious
- Lunar Nodal axis is now in 2nd/ 8th house axis – paying with her life
I do not mean to suggest that Joey sacrificed Summer and the children. I doubt that he had any choice in the matter and all their deaths were inevitable. As to whether the murders went down in this order, or not, is irrelevant in the overall scheme of things. I’ve called it as I see it, without prejudice; in an effort to comprehend the motivation for this family’s murder. Those whom need to know what this all means, will understand. I’m just the astrologer.
Note: There is a further POI I have yet to track down. We don’t have a name yet for this person, however they would be born mid October 1968. That makes them about 45 years old as I write now in Nov, 2013. This is not necessarily the perpetrator – more a case of explaining the tension between the brothers that led to the severing of trust.
Question: Was this person Jesus Duran – the person nominated in the court case when Mikey fraudulently claimed to own Joey’s business in a loan application or is Jesus Duran not personally related to Mike McStay’s fraud. This has never been determined and we have never been able to find the birth date for this particular Jesus Duran.
4th July 2014
By request from the curious cat: the underwear drawer
22nd July 2014
As a result of all our charting to date, many of which are not reproduced here, there are several avenues that have been followed. We know that the Fallbrook house purchase had been a foreclosed mortgage; that both Joey and Summer had held realtors licenses. Their mortgage payments were not kept up following the disappearance and the house was again lost in a foreclosure. Assets and money went walkabout, very quickly.
- The burst of the GFC house bubble/realtors and mortgage kerfuffles and contacts have led to much research in this area by sleuths.
- Joey’s phone records and his company’s financial records were released – many have followed these leads.
- Suspicion seems to swing from the inner circle, to business associates and back again.
Of the charts that we have generated; Michael McStay, Dan Kavanaugh and one other person whom we are not aware has any connection to the case, reveal the most FA activity. There may be others, we have to check.
What we do know is that Michael McStay’s activity since the disappearance has been unsatisfactory and that he is now facing bankruptcy. We know that Dan Kavanaugh appears to have taken opportunity to fill his coffers illegally with what was left on the plate in the absence of Joey, Summer and the boys. I’ve reviewed MM’s chart on his own page. DK has his own future to face, his chart does not reveal a killer.
When we turn to the transiting asteroids on the evening of 4 February 2010, there are asteroids of particular of interest, when we consider Joey’s business; water fountains.
- Tr Fountain #11670 (22°Capricorn) is conjunct Mercury in the heavens that night – conjunct Mike McStay’s natal Jupiter
- Tr Water-field #1645 (14°Gemini) is exact conjunct MM’s natal Saturn
- Tr Ixion #28978 (16°Sagittarius) identifies murder
5th November 2014 – Charles Ray (Chase) Merritt was arrested on 4 counts of murder of the McStay family. He has been arraigned to appear in court on 12th November.
Phone calls between Chase and Joey:
We can explore the phone conversations between Joey and Chase that fateful afternoon. I’ve selected the last two conversations each of 3min duration when Joey phoned Chase from his cellphone.
The first chart is from the perspective of the time of 4:18pm with the first chart – with Chase Merritt and the second chart with Joey – showing their emotive reactions as a result of planetary transits.
Chase: The bi-wheel for Chase does not reveal a personal defensive posture apart from natal Uranus at the ascendant. As we know angles reveal points which we need to sit up and take note of.
- Natal Uranus conjunct ascendant – a high probability of geographic relocation. We have to ask, “Is this about relocating to Saudi, or is he preparing to relocate to Fallbrook right now?” It would be mighty useful to know what tower this call is pinging off.
- tr Moon is also square natal Uranus – ditto plus emotional and driving needs enter the mix.
- tr Sun is in 7th house of relationships square natal Mercury-Venus – highlighting his idealism in relation to his career.
Joey: This is a highly emotive conversation. The conversation is at 4:18pm and so Joey is still enroute to fill up the Trooper with gas at 4:30pm. We can suggest that he is in a highly agitated state just by observing the quindeciles (obsessiveness) present in the bi-wheel.
- Natal Saturn is in the 10th house opposed by transiting Moon (blue) – ambition and career are under tension. PLUS
- tr Moon is also quindecile natal Moon – obsessively over-emotional about personal needs. PLUS
- tr Lunar nodal axis square natal mid-range Moon – highly emotive. traumatised and likely in a public place. PLUS
- tr Saturn quindecile natal Moon – blood pressure is likely rising…
- tr Saturn quindecile natal Lunar north node – certainly a serious attitude in relation to others; a sense of being left in the lurch likely – alone.
- tr Jupiter (green) quindecile natal Lunar South node – obsessed with making profitable liaisons.
This conversation is based on that ambitious natal Aries Moon that Joey has; his need to be the best at what he does – his entrepreneurial nature. Chase is threatening Joey’s very nature by his actions, or is it the other side of the coin – Chase’s inaction?
If we consider the theory (and our untested theory) that Chase was not going to be able to get a visa for Saudi then this would explain Joey’s highly emotive state.
Joey is in all likelihood giving Chase an earful during that three minute call. So we can now interpret the last conversation they had on the phone – another three minutes at 5:47pm an hour and a half later. IF Chase was on his way to Fallbrook (as the previous chart possibly suggests), then he would not be too far away from arriving at the Avocado Lane premises. We’ll see what the chart has to add.
I’ve made a point of highlighting the changes rather than all the tension in these charts. We have the perspective of 5:47pm as our basis when Joey rang Chase with the conversation lasting three minutes.
The wheel turns anti-clockwise to bring the changes over time. The Sun/Moon midpoint is still in the 5th/11th axis; friendship.
Chase: We immediately note the tension has changed to reveal an emotive reaction in Chase. With natal Venus at the mid-heaven we can be sure that the conversation is about money; his money; his assets.
- Midpoint tr Mars/Neptune = natal Venus and mid-heaven – Mars (12th house – mind) and Neptune (7th house – relationships) working together is fantasyland/imagination run-riot and so putting this with Venus at the cusp of the career house, we can interpret this as his expectation of finances and career prospects are unrealistic.
- Midpoint tr Moon/Mercury = natal Saturn Rx – depression and self-control take over if the tide has turned; unable to solve their differences. PLUS
- tr Moon conjunct natal Neptune – befuddled and bewildered communication PLUS
- tr Moon quindecile natal Lunar South node – this is a karmic indicator. Did Chase consider Joey and he a ‘brotherhood’? PLUS
- tr Moon square natal Uranus – sudden change of mind; impulse to fulfill personal needs as a priority; emotional individuation.
- tr Sun square natal Venus and midheaven – date on the calendar is highlighting personal assets/money.
When natal Pluto crosses the ascendant (6:16pm) the break will come.
Joey: We can see that Joey has calmed down somewhat with natal planets easing off the angles, however the obsession continues with quindeciles still in the mix. Transiting Venus is at the descendant and therefore opposite the ascendant identifying the tone of the conversation between the two men as being money/assets more than Joey’s driving needs (Moon). With transiting Venus being in the 7th house this is not a business financial discussion – it’s inter-personal.
Joey instigated this phone call at 5:47pm and so we can suggest that either he is not separating his business finances from personal assets, or there is a personal debt in the relationship between these two men. With the slight changes in houses, we can interpret the intensity of the conversation; the obsession is now personal. Joey has lost the need to separate work and home finances.
12th November 2014 – Merritt’s plea at arraignment – not guilty
- Arrest: 21201 Bahama Street, Chatsworth, LA – 2pm 5th November 2014 (per LE)
- Arraignment: Victorville – 1:53pm 12th November 2014
- Pre-preliminary hearing 8:30am 20th November – counsel discussion
- Preliminary hearing 25th November – subject to change
We can generate charts for the first two events at this stage. The first chart being at 2pm, we cannot take as being precise timing however it will suffice for our exercise; leaving out the angle degrees as being exact. The inner wheel is the event and the outer wheel Chase Merritt’s natal chart.
With a natal Moon opposite natal Saturn his primary driving need is to control-himself in any given situation. That along with his ambitions (self-employment) – they’re tied up together plus that Saturn retrograde doesn’t help matters with the mentoring missing in his childhood development.
- Midpoint tr Venus/Mars = natal Saturn – sense of being controlled by losing freedom (arrest)
- Midpoint tr Sun/Pluto = natal Saturn – loss of self-control through separation (arrest)
- tr Sun-Venus opposite Sun-Venus-Mercury – Venus often represents LE (a peer group) when in transiting position – situation ‘less than ideal’ (opposite) for Merritt (arrest)
- Midpoint tr Sun/Lunar north node = Neptune – in the public eye – feeling let down by others; likely someone has provided information that has let to his arrest.
- natal mid-range Moon in range of IC – ego consciousness loses out; lowest point of the day.
The arraignment: When we consider the court hearing, we have the added advantage of video revealing the clock on the wall in the courtroom and so we can consider cusps and angles with a bi-wheel. We have that natal Neptune at the cusp of the 8th house of death/transformation.
- Natal mid-range Moon/Mars = IC – getting things off the ground; commencement of court proceedings agreeable to the accused. This appears bizarre so may need to explore this aspect further. Note the excess of Gemini present.
- tr Sun-Mercury is opposed to natal Sun – common-sense approach by counsel; abiding by court decisions; again highlighting loss of ego.
- tr Sun conjunct natal Lunar nodal access – appearance in public in relation to 8th house matters.
- tr Moon conjunct natal Uranus – impulse to fulfill needs PLUS
- tr Moon square Neptune – emotional conviction is likely fanciful as to the outcome of proceedings.
I can see why Marcy (see comments) is focussed on the 16th November for Merritt – the tension appears to be building to an epiphany of some sort.
14th November update
We had a little flutter of anticipation with an incorrect birthdate for Cathy Jarvis, however we’re back on track. Born 8 December 1970, Cathy Jarvis was Chase Merritt’s partner in February 2010 when the McStay family were murdered in their home.
This woman has that entrepeneurial Aries Moon; wanting to be top of the tree. That combination together with a Sagittarius Sun gives us someone whom is a take-over merchant. She’s also far too sure of herself. If anyone slips up, it would be this woman, because moderation is not her middle name. She’s bound to leave a trail of evidence for us to find.
With this mix of Sun-Moon, Cathy Jarvis would work for a common good/partnership as long as it advances her own ambitions and satisfies her desire to be in the forefront of the action. She would be defiant and extremely self-confident in any partnership, loving to assume responsibility. She would move-in and take-over wherever she could.
This placement also blends the directness of manner, expressiveness and versatility of Sagittarius with the assertiveness, personal ambition and enthusiastic spirit of Aries. Excitement, adventure, advancement are what she wants. Her aggressive temperament could get in her way and with a restless, impulsive action, she can get caught out. Carelessness and over confidence are her weak points.
When the trooper went out the driveway her natal Sun was at the IC; cusp of the 4th house (home). Is she heading home, or is this more related to a low point in the day for her ego; patience is not a virtue held highly by this woman.
- tr Sun (orange) square natal Saturn – awareness of responsibility
- tr Mercury (yellow) square natal mid-range Moon (blue) in 8th house – mental stimulation about personal needs and how to fulfill them; plans.
- tr Lunar nodal axis square natal Moon – emotional likely traumatic experience in relation to 5/11th house axis of friends and enemies.
- Midpoint tr Mercury/Mars = natal Mars – this is where the Sun-Moon character takes-over; transforming the situation – ?alibis. PLUS
- tr Moon is the focal point (midpoint) in the 2nd house (personal assets) for natal Venus/Mars = highly excited; again a character trait of the Sun-Moon mix. We could suggest rubbing her hands together in glee.
- tr Neptune (turquoise) conjunct natal Lunar nodal axis – subterfuge is second nature to this person (6th house) What she did over this time period of the hard aspect by Neptune to her nodal axis creates a life-significant relationship. This is where she will become careless; her Achilles heel…
The second chart has all the same tension with a change of houses for the action. Cathy Jarvis is supposedly with Chase Merritt ensconced in their home watching a movie. Well we know that Chase’s phone was anyway.
I’ll leave the details of this second chart for others to interpret and just add the cusp news.
- Natal mid-range Moon (blue) is ominously at the 8th house cusp of 22°Aries – need to transform other people’s assets, a priority
- natal Jupiter (green) (green) also ominously at 22°Scorpio is ominously at the cusp of the 2nd house – inflating personal assets.
We can suggest that this woman was the recipient of a windfall of personal assets/other people’s money on the night of 4 February 2010. Was this at the cost of the lives of the McStay family? Was her part of the motive, financial gain?
Reaction to the arrest of Chase Merritt by Dan Kavanaugh:
The Merritt arrest:
- With natal mid-range Moon at the cusp of the 11th house, we have a raw energy focusing on personal needs. The arrest has likely come as a shock.
- Natal Pluto is at the cusp of the 8th house – other people’s assets. If he has any reason to be nervous about his role in the aftermath of the disappearance of his employer, that is certainly showing with Pluto at this ominous 22°Libra cusp.
- tr Saturn quindecile natal Mars in the 3rd house of communication creates indecision; endeavouring to put a damper on things; playing down the risks. As this is the first quindecile we have seen with this man, we must sit up and take notice. He is out-of-control; obsessive. That’s a red flag. The obsession is in the house of communication with the cusp Taurus (money); scheming likely. His chains are certainly being rattled as a result of this arrest of Chase Merritt.
- tr Moon square Lunar nodal axis in the 5th/11th axis of friendship – an emotional reaction likely; traumatised.
- Midpoint tr Mars/Pluto = natal Moon – insecure; aware of the risk of taking a chance by seeking publicity.
The Merritt arraignment:
- Natal Neptune conjunct mid-heaven identifies emotional defensiveness; losing it. Has he turned to alcohol or drugs at this point? It’s certainly not a positive indication of his psychological condition.
- tr Moon conjunct Lunar nodal axis in the 5th/11th axis – needing emotional support from peers.
- Midpoint tr Mars/Pluto = natal Moon has Mars taking the lead of Pluto by this date – excessive effort required to support self-belief.
Cathy Jarvis and the Merritt arrest/arraignment:
I am led to understand that this couple has already separated prior to Chase Merritt’s arrest, however she is still the mother of his children so we can expect some reaction. As to how personal a reaction, let the heavens be the judge.
Note: This little image has come to us from the social media account of Cathy Jarvis in 2014…
Merritt arrest and Cathy Jarvis: We note Mars and Venus in the 8th house – assets and money are in the 8th house. With natal Venus in the 8th house, is this child support payments that she is concerned about, and/or something more?
- tr Sun (date on the calendar) conjunct natal Venus (pink) – illuminating her financial position as a result of this arrest.
- tr Sun opposite mid-range natal Moon (blue) in 2nd house – personal financial needs are highlighted; possibly even a quindecile. Does this emotive reaction possibly highlight an obsessional fear of an audit of her finances during 2010 as a result of this arrest?
- tr Venus opposite natal Saturn – I would suggest that this likely confirms the above question, plus the hurt of ‘love lost’ resurrected.
- tr Mars conjunct natal Mercury – making career plans and how she will handle the inevitable public exposure; not wasting her time is she…
- tr Uranus opposite natal Uranus in 7th house – this exposure will create sudden changes in her public relationships
- tr Moon opposite natal Mars in 8th house – emotional conviction to move on/transform
Merritt arraignment and Cathy Jarvis:
There is still considerable action in the 8th house of death/transformation; endings with midpoints of interest to us as well as the continued tension as an emotive reaction to the event.
- tr Mercury = natal Venus/Mars – considering writing (heaven help us)
- tr Sun/Saturn = natal Jupiter – break-up of a relationship for eventual gain; a cloud with a silver lining
- tr Uranus opposite natal Uranus in 7th house – this exposure will create sudden changes in her public relationships PLUS
- tr Mars is by now square to natal Uranus – accelerating those sudden changes
- tr Moon square natal Mars at 8th house cusp – disruption; strong need to fulfill needs; likely to ‘let it fly’ regarding her situation as a result of the arraignment publicity.
- tr Sun opposite natal Saturn in 2nd house – illumination of ambition under the spotlight. She’s already planning ahead how she can turn this event to her financial advantage.
A genealogy snippet of interest… does it run in the family?
James Wesley Merritt, Chase Merritt’s great grand-pappy was convicted of killing his wife’s cousin, Joel F. Brown. He was received at the prison in Huntsville, TX, on 12 Apr 1899 to serve a four-year sentence. His prisoner number was #17719.
1 December 2014
- Judge Runston Maino will hear the San Diego motion to unseal the warrants on January 23.
- Judge Michael Smith will hear arguments on the San Bernardino motion on January 30.
30th January 2015 – **new page/thread started for Chase Merritt trial… under the stars.
This enquiry will explore the subtlety of the asteroids in this case.