Having a nervous breakdown

Neptune’s energy is my current focus as I prepare to write in detail in relation to the accused, Gerard Baden-Clay however when I heard, off the record, that he has had a ‘nervous breakdown’ while in Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre awaiting his next committal hearing on 3 September, 2012, I wonder why.

I do note that documentation handover was due yesterday, 20 August between the prosecution and defense legal teams; that Nigelaine (accused’s mummy and daddy) are believed to be out of town. This is not enough, I think; this would not have been enough ‘attention deficit’ to trigger this reaction.  It may have triggered an A.D.D. tantrum, but not as rumoured a full-blown nervous breakdown.  I turn to the heavens for possible answers, for that is what I do.

A screen capture of the planets in the sky on last Saturday, 18 August, 2012 reveals the following in relation to Gerard Baden-Clay.  It is a New Moon!

My antenna is immediately up, as astrologically the primary significators are present.  The Sun represents our ‘wants’ and the Moon our ‘needs’.  At just a whisker past the accused’s Ascendant – his ego, his point of self-projection – I have a mathematical question, a quandry.

Transiting Sun and Moon are together at 25degrees Leo.

  • We are very close to his ascendant. This is a once in ~34 year phenomenon in the life of the accused, that a New Moon falls at this exact same degree. Very early issues relating to wants and needs are repeating.

Math is not my strong point so please correct me if I’m wrong, but here’s how I get to my answer of the approximate ‘once every 34 years.’

The Sun visits a certain degree every 365days  (once a year) and the Moon visits this same degree every 28days so in order for the two to be together at a specific point, the very same degree – I’ve multiplied them together.  This gives me 10,220 days, which is about 34years.

I must write a mental note to follow that bread-crumb trail of the New Moon return to exact his ascendant, but we won’t address that today.

The magic of the New Moon is that, for one day each month, the Sun and the Moon are on the same page. This is not the normal state of affairs astrologically and it isn’t the normal state of affairs in human life.

Balancing the relationship between our wants (Sun) and needs (Moon), conscious and subconscious minds, our drive to act and our craving to reflect and find meaning is an ongoing process and always in a state of flux. It is normal for every person to experience a continuing range of compromises and adjustments in dealing with both needs and wants. It is, in fact, so normal, that many of us take it for granted and don’t give it a second thought.

For one day each month however, both the Sun and the Moon are willing to get together; to compromise; to have a brief conversation about how wants and needs can be merged; how the subconscious and conscious minds can work together. It is a strong point in the astrological wheel, however the subject that they are discussing is determined by external influences.  What could they be discussing?

Both Uranus and Pluto are in retrograde motion, Rx; a red flag to get our attention. As we have already discussed, retrograde motion creates anxiety in an individual.  ‘Scary stuff for the emotionally immature – the planet is going backwards, that’s not normal; pay attention to what it is trying to say.’  For those who abrogate responsibility for their security to others, we have an anxiety situation.

Transiting Uranus Rx is at 8degrees Aries – in exact opposition to natal Uranus in Libra. 

  • This would certainly be a sudden whack around the head and knock the accused off his balance, his Libran fence.  Aries is the same as saying ‘Mars’ in energy terms. When we put Mars energy together with Uranus we get a sudden push in the back, propulsion out into the unknown.  Not good for a man whose safety-net is not available while he is incarcerated.

Transiting Pluto Rx at 7degrees Capricorn is square to natal Uranus in Libra.

  • Pluto has the sobering effect of putting everything into perspective for us.  In mythology Roman Pluto is the Greek Hades.  We in western society mostly know that the term ‘Hades’ means Hell and so we can safely say that Pluto reminds us of  ‘hell on earth.’

I haven’t addressed Pluto and the accused in any detail as yet, however we do know about the enrichment of plutonium and its role in the nuclear bomb, so when I get to listen to what Pluto has to say, it should be an enriching process, but I digress.

Transiting Uranus Rx at 8degrees Aries is quindecile to natal Mercury 23 degrees Virgo.

  • Aha, the wonderful obsessive, compulsive quindecile! The accused won’t be able to ignore this one. We know that with a natal Mercury in Virgo we are operating with ideas, thoughts and detail, detail, detail.
  • We have this surge of Mars energy obsessively pushing this erratic, electrically charged Uranus chaotic energy. It must be driving Gerard Baden-Clay to absolute distraction – nuts. He’ll be writing list after list, probably on the toilet paper by now – having run out of all other supplies of paper.  The pencil is probably down to a stub as well.

Transiting Neptune is 1degree Pisces conjunction to the natal Moon’s North Node and opposite the South Node and natal Mars (conjunct) in Virgo.

  • Neptune opposite Mars is the equivalent of putting the dampener on his Mars fire-energy and Neptune being Neptune in the horoscope of Gerard Baden-Clay, it would be perceived as an entire bucket full of water on his fire, the flames of which are usually fanned by his nurturer.
  • Neptune is peregrine in the natal chart of the accused.  I intend writing an entire blog in this regard, but for now, just accept that this means that Neptune runs rampant in his behaviour, totally unharnessed.
  • The Moon’s nodes represent two things for us – his relationship with his mother/nurturer and his public profile/public persona.  In my opinion, he is desperately in need of mummy.  Thumb in mouth, curled up in foetal position on his cold hard bed.  To any observer this would appear to be a complete nervous breakdown.

Is he faking this breakdown in an effort to feed his need for his public persona to shine?  Probably not.

Is this breakdown permanent? Probably not, for as we know the planets continue in their orbit and the tension will ease-off in time.

If his nurturers, Nigelaine were to visit him in Arthur Gorrie this week, I would be interested to listen to the tapes of their conversation.




Chaos theory

Uranus, father of Saturn was born of Chaos and inherited his father’s traits it seems  At least in the realm of astrology, he did. Chaos rules, however out of chaos comes order. Uranus (Father Sky) is the indicator of a change in the weather in our lives, be it for good or for bad.  Uranus opens doors when we least expect it; he portends change.

In heaven he must have been more than a bit of a grump for his son Saturn to want to emasculate him.  There may have been something going on behind the scenes. We know that, even though his marriage was made in heaven and produced a multitude of weird and interesting offspring, things weren’t all running smoothly. I guess it’s a bit difficult trying to make order out of chaos.

Maybe it was a midlife crisis; we don’t know what his age was, however there came an occasion when Uranus was inspired to consult an oracle, a psychic, as you do.

This is one of those Uranus moments – hold onto your hat folks.  Now as it’s Uranus, we know it’s not going to be all smooth sailing, but there is no way he would have expected the foresight he was about to be given.  That’s typical Uranian energy. Out of the blue – Father Sky at work.

When Uranus was told of the up-coming ‘knife job’; that he was to meet his fate at the hands of one of his progeny, it doesn’t take too much imagination to consider what course of action a son of Chaos might take.  Uranus packed all his kids off to boarding school…

Huh, no he didn’t! He sent them down to Tartarus; locked them all up in the entrance cave to Hades. He could have had them all burn in hell I suppose, but that wouldn’t do. The wife would not be pleased.

Tartarus might be in his wife’s territory for Gaia is after all, Mother Earth. However she did not have the power to release her children from this living hell. Hubby held those reins.   She did however, manage to negotiate visiting rights.

In order to comfort her children, Gaia shared the prediction which had been forecast of her husband, their father’s destiny.  She assured them that one day they would obtain their release from Tartarus. Together, they brooded until her youngest son, Cronus (Saturn) stepped up to the mark to defend his mother. He conspired with her to overthrow Uranus. Gaia managed to smuggled a sickle (a harvesting tool) to Saturn; he made good his escape and together, Saturn and sickle fulfilled destiny, the castration of Uranus.  This event led to the spilled seed being the catalyst of the creation of the Earth.  The rest is history.

If we stand free, on the surface of planet Earth, put the Sun at our backs and turn our faces towards the outer reaches of the solar system, we can see the first of the ice giants, the planet Uranus.

First discovered in the 18th century with the new-fangled telescope, we know that Uranus’ orbit of the Sun takes 84 years. This then determines that the astrological Uranus aspects of the square in a horoscope occur at 21years and 63 years of age and the opposition (the mirror), at age 42 or thereabouts.  Again I rely on computer software for all calculations, as I am ‘elliptically’ challenged; the thought of the math just makes my eyes roll.

We can’t expect Uranus to be particularly strong in the birth wheel of Gerard Baden-Clay as the planet represents rebelliousness and freedom, traits that we have not seen in the information available to us.  He has Uranus in Libra.  Don’t ask him to make a choice about change. He might think about it, plan it, scheme it, however he needs someone else to make the decisions – someone else to pull the rug out from under him, to abrogate responsibility for his errors. This might be one of the reasons he has had trouble leaving the nest – likes his comfort zone.

A mistress would have a hard job of dislocating him from a marriage for the same reason.  She’d be more likely to succeed by exposing the affair and hopefully the wife would oust him, but this didn’t work, well not initially, as we know.

Getting down to the nitty-gritty of Gerard Baden-Clay’s birth wheel, there are no obvious hard aspects; the planet is situated in the house of communication. ‘A Libran Uranus within a communication house ruled by Mercury.’  This would indicate that any sudden changes are operating within what appears to be the perfect placement for communication (Mercury is all about communication) however we have the Libran scales hidden inside this house – a potential fence sitter.

The boy might have got away with this sitting on the fence up until the end of his college studies, however Uranus progressing by solar arc to his I.C. together with his natal M.C. progressing to meet up with Saturn, would sure have created a sudden upheaval, thereby getting his ‘sorry ass’ out of home quick time. The circumstances of which, we are not privy to here. With a ‘fence sitter’ as our subject, we can probably take a leap into the ether and predict that this move was more than likely not of his choosing.

In fact if we look at his Uranian midpoints as a stand-alone comment, we see:

  • the conjunction, Uranus=Sun/Venus, predictably – “individualistic expression= I’m a social climber, so as long as it makes me look cool…”
  • the conjunction, Uranus=Neptune/Ascendant, – “individualistic expression= I am self delusional, although I’ll deny it.”
  • the square, Uranus=Sun/MC  “individualistic expression= I’ll change my career as long as the spotlight stays on me, the golden boy.”

It’s the period 1991-93, Gerard Baden-Clay is out in the workforce – accountancy as his first choice. He has the means to earn a living. Why didn’t he stay away from the nest and make a go of it himself? Did this self-delusion (as per the midpoint) manifest as a champagne taste with a beer budget? What else did Uranus have in store for him, which sent him scurrying back to his safety net?

If we look at a random progression to say, getting close to his birthday in 1993 (just following my nose here), we find that Uranus has progressed to change signs from Libra to Scorpio.  That sends him tumbling off the fence and into the mouth of the cave of Tartarus – the ‘temptations of the flesh.’

Perhaps it may not be wise for us to follow him in there too far, it may get too hot to touch. We can leave that for ‘the mother’ to discuss after her visit.

What else is going on?

In the sky during Aug. 1993, the planets Uranus and Neptune are in conjunction 18-19degrees Capricorn (both Rx).  Classical delusion of control – Capricorn, the desired home-base of Saturn, is all about control.

  • Natal Mars has progressed to conjunct natal Pluto – an impetus of power (weighty stuff, plutonium).
  • Natal Sun has progressed to conjunct natal Uranus (illuminating change).
  • Natal Neptune has progressed to conjunct natal Moon (secret women’s sex business is revealed).
  • Natal Saturn has progressed to opposite natal Moon (Yipes, Saturn and the Moon! Panic – seek security)

If Gerard Baden-Clay had consulted an oracle at this time or read his stars in the local paper, he would likely have been given the following advice:

“This Saturn transit is meant to help you mature, but lessons come in tough packages sometimes. Perhaps circumstances will put more responsibility on your shoulders than you feel ready to bear, or a difficult situation at home weighs you down. Regardless of outer happenings, Saturn forces you to look at what’s going on inside. If you feel lonely, abandoned, separated from your peers, don’t keep this to yourself. Who represents your support team? Your safety net? Talk to them. You might even need a counselor to teach you how to process and heal these feelings.”

Possible scenario in the mind of the accused:

“Daddy is a counselor. He should be able to fix this one for me, after all it is a Saturn issue, but hang on the Moon is the mother principle. Maybe I should just go see Nigelaine.”

  • The accused’s parents Nigel Baden-Clay and Elaine Baden-Clay like to refer to themselves as the one unit – Nigelaine.

His parents got their golden boy back, but Gerard Baden-Clay was distracted elsewhere and was not mature enough to recognize the significance of his actions.  He had discovered the power of sex – don’t confuse this with the age when he discovered ‘what to do with his doodle’ – this is when he discovered the power of sex.

Unfortunately for the accused, with the midpoint of Uranus=Neptune/Ascendant he was (it’s his life journey, so he still is) under the delusion – in fact he actually believes – that the sexual power lies with him, that he is in control.

This delusion will eventually lead to his downfall.

Time lords over us

Gerard Baden-Clay may be putting up the argument that caterpillars caused the scratches on his torso and upper body.  Obtaining two medical reports from general practitioners (did one disagree perhaps) to support his argument, is not going to cut it in relation to the deep scratches on his face; the very same scratches, which the local constabulary found suspicious enough to call in homicide detectives on the morning of 20 April, 2012.

The fact that he reported his wife Allison as a missing person didn’t cut it with the Queensland Police Service. They could smell a freshly opened ‘can of worms’. This is Saturn at his best.  Saturn can be relied on to open every can of worms in our lives and put it right under our noses. Everyone around us, who has their olfactory sense working, will get a whiff of it as well.

I refer to Saturn as a male, because yet again, in the realm of mythology, we know that the Roman Saturn (in his Greek form Cronus) castrated his father Uranus and caused his progenitor to fall from grace, spilling his seed – thereby impregnating Gaia.  That is the story of the creation of our planet Earth, according to the ancients.  With that as our ancient history, what hope is there for us mere mortals to live a peaceful existence?  Death gets us all in the end.

What happened to Saturn once Daddy was off the scene?  Well he divvied up the spoils of heaven with his own offspring.  The boys: Jupiter (Zeus) got the heavens; Pluto (Hades) got the underworld; Neptune (Poseidon) got the oceans. The girls: Juno (Hera), Vesta (Hestia) and Ceres (Demeter) all got minor roles (so what’s new, eh girls).  Meanwhile, Saturn (Cronus) kept the time-lord, the Dr Who position for himself.

Cronus and Saturn are both referred to as Father Time and are depicted as having a sickle in their hands.  Have you not ever wondered why the figure of Death – a hooded skeleton with a sickle is depicted that way? He even has the ancient time-piece hanging from his wrist.

That’s Saturn, my friends. That very same sickle, which cut dad out of the scene, is used to harvest the wheat – bring in the harvest. This is why, when there is mention of Saturn, some people murmur under their breath ‘karma’ for we reap what we sow.

If you didn’t already notice, the psychological atmosphere is getting cooler now that we are discussing the planet Saturn.  We’ve left the swirling gas of Jupiter and are now on a planet, which takes some 10,759 Earth days (~29 and a half years) to orbit the Sun; more aloof, yet calculated and methodical, absolutely in control and secure in its position in the solar system.

Now don’t get to thinking we only get to face this hoary old goat every 30-odd years. We’re hardly going to get off that easily and nor is Gerard Baden-Clay. Those worms get pretty smelly every quarter (approx every 7 years), that is on the square aspect and super ‘on the nose’ with a quindecile aspect.

Due to the elliptical orbit of Saturn, we have to allow a bit of give and take with the consistency of exact dates and years when Saturn is at a specific point in the heavens.  Thank heavens for computer software is all I can say.

Let’s walk through Saturn and the accused’s natal chart for a start.  Hmmm it’s looking good: There’s no opposition, no squares, no quindeciles and looks like he’s escaped any massive midpoints as well, at least in his birth wheel.  Lucky boy you might think, but ‘no way Jose’.

There is one rather nasty little critter there – the Rx symbol after the planet = Saturn Rx.  Seems like such a small thing but for those who are born when Saturn was in retrograde (Rx) this is a big deal.  Allow me to explain.

Retrograde (going backwards) refers to an optical illusion when a planet appears to be going backwards. Planets don’t have reverse gear. When the spin of the Earth gets our vantage point out of line with a planet as it is making a turn in its own elliptical orbit, we see the planet projected against the sky as if the planet were moving backwards.

Well you might say that we as adults mostly can’t even make out the planet Saturn in the sky with the naked eye, let alone a child, how can anyone be influenced by such a far off occurence? In my opinion, as tiny instinctive beings our senses are more heightened before we get bombarded by life’s challenges; we can feel atmospheric pressure not only of our environment, but we also pick up on the reactions of the emotional beings around us.  Call it ‘animal instinct’ if you will. We inherit this knowing.

Psychologically, the use of the term ‘going backwards’ alone tells us that something is going against the norm; ‘this can’t be good’ Anxiety is never far from the surface, whether we are little children or under the stress of our day-to-day lives, although as adults we are hopefully more skilled at rationalising our fears.  When we are fearful we instinctively turn to our authoritative model to provide us with security and in the case of a Saturn Rx we turn to the father principle (father time).

This is the rule of thumb in astrology. Not necessarily your thumb or mine, so if you have a problem here re authoritative figures being male or female, I suggest that you suspend your belief system for the sake of the exercise.

The authoritative person in our lives is required to give us reassurance that we are safe. For a child this role is accepted, in most societies, as being the father. If the father is absent for some reason (divorced with no regular access, or works for long periods away from home); is withdrawn emotionally (has a dominant female partner); projects onto the child their own painful shortcomings from their childhood regimen – then things can go awfully pear-shaped in that individual’s life.

Gerard Baden-Clay was born with Saturn Rx, as was his younger brother Adam.  Their sister does not have a Saturn Rx in her birth wheel, which would indicate to me that according to the above, ‘daddy wasn’t there for his sons’ when they needed him.  Every time that Saturn went retrograde during these boys lives this anxiety would be reinforced.

Perhaps in some societies, if you are a man, it is okay to tell your daughter you love her, but not show your emotional vulnerability to your sons. Why is this accepted as okay behaviour?

Do you smell the fear of castration here?  I sure do.  I hope this is not going to turn into a castration complex of bwana’s.  Saturn is trying to do his job.  Someone is not listening…  Maybe the old lion was not prepared to give ground and the young lions were not strong enough to challenge him.

I’ll tell you what you do if that’s the case young man.  Get that scythe out and cut the ties – leave home; move away; start your own ‘pride’ in fresh territory.

Thunderbolts out of the blue

We leave the planet Mars and travel to the next space station; the fifth rock out from the Sun – Jupiter. This planet is a gas giant with the size, its mass, one-thousandth that of the Sun.  He’s a big boy our Jupiter. Is ‘he’ a gentle giant or a bully?

In mythology, Jupiter is a Roman god; Thor, another form; his Greek equivalent is known as Zeus.  Now Zeus, my friends, was a philanderer of the first magnitude!  Not only was he the boss of the Olympiad; married to his sister (small gene pool in those days); but he also had his ‘pick of the bunch’.  A hedonist to the max, he grabbed every cherry he could lay his hands on.

How could we forget the guises Zeus put on to seduce the beauties. One day he morphed as a swan, seducing Leda, wife of the king of Sparta; another as a bull raping the drop-dead gorgeous, Princess Europa; and then he even had the audacity to come down as a shower of golden rain to impregnate Danae, mother of Perseus. We have to give Zeus some points for creativity, but hey man, not in our face!  Please, enough is enough.

The planet Jupiter is a ‘less in your face’ sort of planet in comparison with the personal planets. Placed in the nest of our solar system a little farther from the Sun than the personal planets of Mercury, Venus and Mars, psychologically Jupiter is more about our place in the world, our social and cultural domain.

This planet’s orbit takes 11.86 years to go around the Sun, so about every twelve years of our lifespan Jupiter repeats his performance.  I tend to think of Jupiter in benign terms – the jovial, jolly green giant, lucky and optimistic, but there’s always another side of course. Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system with an equally ‘ginormous’ swell of hot air swirling around.  Jupiter determines whether our life journey will be smooth or rocky, whether we’ll be stingy or generous, how the dice will fall. We are indeed in the lap of the gods.

A surprising number of ‘bad’ boys (and girls) are born under the planetary placement of Jupiter in Scorpio. We only have to look to the stars of celebrity and the Jupiter in Scorpio cycle to confirm this.  Elvis had Jupiter in Scorpio.  Now he was a man with animal magnetism, however Gerard Baden-Clay is no Elvis Presley.  Wash my mouth out with soap putting those two in the same sentence, but you get my drift.

The accused has more than just Jupiter in Scorpio. He has an afflicted Jupiter in the sense that it is conjunct to Venus with both in the Scorpio zodiac.  The two (Venus and Jupiter) swing back and forth unable to disengage completely.  The philanderer always has that animal magnetism and temptation on the carousel, however Venus is on the show ride with him. She’s there for the ride, to the very end.

Apart from these two sharing the same space there are no other hard aspects to Jupiter in the natal chart for the accused apart from the opposition to his MC and his house of career prospects.  He’d have been far better off working in an environment without the temptation of sexual philandering, but then again where there’s a will there’s a way.

If we look at the Solar Arc progression for the accused at the age of 41 (add 41degrees to all planets and compare to the natal wheel), we have Mercury progressed to conjunct with his natal Jupiter; Moon progressed to square Jupiter from the right and the midpoint of Sun/Moon is ever present (he’s never out of the focus of these two) – all of which would aggravate the underlying issue.

Hera (Zeus’ wife) is on to him; his parents know all; Mercury has been caught running messages between the lovers and the Sun has turned up the wick on the lantern.  I can almost hear the hiss of the fuse, can’t you?

Just one more step before we hurl some thunderbolts. On the fateful night of 19 April, 2012 the Sun is in the heavens above us at 29degrees Aries. This is directly opposite to these pair (Venus and Jupiter) in the natal wheel. The Sun is at the zenith of the accused’s natal chart; high noon; mirroring the whole entangled mess straight back in his face. The timing could not have been more precise.

Now for a little karmic input by Jupiter – the nature element at play; the paper trail which Zeus has left for us.

Mother of the accused, Elaine Baden-Clay has her natal Jupiter at 17degrees Leo exactly conjunct to her son, the accused Gerard Baden-Clay’s ascendant (rise) at 17degrees Leo.  (The ascendant is the constellation at the horizon at the time of an individual’s birth.)

Father of the accused, Nigel Baden-Clay has his natal Sun at 20degrees Aquarius, in direct opposition to his wife’s Jupiter (her mirror) and conjunction to the descendant (fall) of the accused. (The descendant is the constellation setting at the time of an individual’s birth.)

However that mix is another story for another day.