Rhoden family

A family tree has been cut down in cold blood…

I cannot pluck a perpetrator out of thin air.  So without persons of interest, the most an astrologer can initially do, is make an enquiry as to the weaknesses of tension in the horoscopes of the victims.

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We can create the basic charts initially, before approaching the midpoints and asteroids, which will fill out the story.

All astrology charts are maps of reality; snapshots of the heavens on dates as selected from the public record.  We consider the weaknesses in these charts due to the tension and patterns formed therein.  As we are not aware of the birth times of any of the victims, it is my practice to view the horoscopes through the perspective of the authoritative times from the media.

  • 911 call – 7:49am, 22nd April 2016 from 4077 Union Hill Road.
  • 911 call – 1:26pm, 22nd April 2016 from 799 Left Fork Road.

7:49am 911 call to Pike County law enforcement.

Rhoden familyThis case reminds me so very much of the Greek myth Danae. What is so troubling in the heavens, is that at the time of the first 911 call, transiting asteroid Danae is just inside the cusp of the 1st house/ascendant and we all know 27ºTaurus is where the star Algol is in the sky – i.e. the gorgon Medusa and a pile of corpses.

astro-749#2When we visualize ourselves in the center of the chart; from the Earth’s view in time and space, we face the Ascendant where Danae is about to rise above the horizon (LHS of an astrology chart).  Being aware of our senses, we have the pressure of asteroid Niobe poking us in the back (opposite Danae). Niobe represents a family’s arrogance and pride.

A timely reminder; watch your back, or if you prefer; cover your butt.

The pink triangle in this chart represents an Earth Grand Trine – locked into practical considerations and therefore unable to see a way out if there is a predicament.  This is what is being set-up in the heavens (viewed from the perspective of a possible crime), before we even consider the persons involved.

  • Mercury 21ºTaurus/Ascendant (weapons/money) – Lunar North Node 21ºVirgo (5th house – realm of ‘the pride’) – Pluto 17ºCapricorn (9th house power in the realm of ‘potential exporting’).  We note that Pluto is not quite in the right position in the zodiac and so if something like this is being mooted, then it has not been finalised yet.  What is transiting at 21ºCapricorn is the asteroid Niobe#71.  Arrogance and pride clouds the power.  A false sense of power is in play.

We then turn to possible outlets for this blockage in the heavens.

  1. Mercury at the ascendant can release this blockage through the descendant – we note that this is the route taken as the Arabian Part for Fortuna/Destiny is at that point 25ºScorpio.  Mercury then represents the act of shooting (a means of communication).
  2. Lunar North Node will have the release at the other end of the axis; South Node – i.e.what you put out comes back to haunt you.
  3. 3rd house; 21ºCancer.  Cancer is the natural house of the mother and the 3rd house is symbolic of Communication (Mercury), however it is currently empty and will require further searching for an answer (if there is one).  21ºCancer is the Sabian symbol degree of the ‘Prima Donna’ (yet another nod to the matriarch and victim, Dana). We have to consider that possibly Dana could have averted this crime spree, and did not rise to the occasion.

Note this outlet for the Grand Trine at 21ºCancer, is also the mid-range natal Moon position for Dana Rhoden (on the date that she was born).

4077 Union Hill Road:  victims Christopher Rhoden Snr and Gary Rhoden

We know that Christopher Rhoden Snr was likely killed in the main room of his house and dragged into his bedroom (body put to bed), before his cousin Gary Rhoden was given the same treatment.  We know this due to the positions of the bodies as found.  That tells a story on its own, however we can put that aside and work with the astrology.

In astrology terms this is a case of kill, or be killed with the Serbian 22degrees and 18degrees in so much of the story.

911-CS1Christopher Rhoden Snr (aged 40)

  • Natal LN Axis at the horizon lime – time and place – family matters.
  • Mercury is at the ascendant square to natal mid-range Moon – at odds.
  • An Aquarian Moon reveals the group leader with the need to be significant/purposeful.
  • He has Venus Rx in opposition to his Moon – likely tries to keep the family in line. Weaknesses when we note a strong emphasis on Aquarius, is that things can be overly black and white – no grey areas for negotiation.
  • Transiting Venus-Uranus (money earned by rebellious means) is creating tension with his natal Mercury. He would be out-voted I would expect in any family negotiation.
  • Transiting Mars is quindecile this natal LN Axis.  His Moon is also square to his natal Lunar Nodal Axis – that does not make for a good family spokesperson.
  • Last but by no means least is Saturn at the IC and therefore opposed to the MC.  This male really should have zipped his lip.  Too late now of course.

This chart has the angles in play, suggestive that this male was the primary target by as yet unknown killer/s.  This first murder likely unleashed the slaughter of the other family members.

Gary Rhoden (aged 38)

911-GRAn Aries Moon in his natal chart is our first port of call.  This is someone who puts their self above all others; Number Uno.  Me, me, me.  He would not be a team player.

The midpoint of transiting Saturn/Pluto is the best indication for murder in a crime chart. This is conjunct Gary’s natal Mercury – he has made trouble and told lies that’s for sure when we check the asteroids. That would be what he’s been ‘put to bed’ for.

There is no direct tension in this basic chart to indicate that he was originally targeted.  Asteroids may provide further information if he is found to be more involved than ‘a family member’.

4199 Union Hill Road: victims Clarence Rhoden and Hannah Gilley

Next door in a trailer, the bodies of Christopher Rhoden Snr’s elder son, known to the family as Frankie, was discovered along with his partner Hannah Gilley  and her 6 month-old baby.  The adults were shot in the head; the child spared.

Clarence ‘Frankie’ Rhoden (aged 20)

Frankie’s basic chart reveals a natal Aquarian Moon similar to his father, however it lacks the aggressive tension that his father was born with and the tension of the transiting planets. Possibly, he was killed due to the close proximity to the crime scene – insurance by the killer/s perhaps. There’s more when we come to the asteroids, however we can put his chart aside, initially.  His 3 year-old son from a previous relationship was spared from the slaughter.

Hannah Hazel Gilley (aged 20)

911-HGilleyThere’s plenty here to interpret.  When we note the 10th house Sun-Mars (her natal ego thrust – what she wants, she gets) is closely connected to transiting Neptune and asteroids worthy of note – she likes the money/drug connection; not an innocent babe in the woods, I would expect.

  • Transiting Moon square natal mid-range Moon
  • Natal Uranus is exact the mid-heaven


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3122 Union Hill Road: victims Dana Rhoden, Hanna Rhoden and Christopher Rhoden Jnr (we’ll leave the charts out for Hanna and Christopher Jnr)

This was the next address checked by relatives, with the discovery of three more victims –  Dana Rhoden (ex-wife of Christopher Snr); daughter Hanna, and son Christopher Jnr.  Hanna’s 4-day-old baby was spared the slaughter.

Dana Rhoden (aged 37)

911-DanaRThere is a karmic element to this murder, or if you prefer the cause and effect of her life choices has led to her murder.  There is an element of obsession in the quindecile between transiting Lunar South Node and her natal Sun.

Note: This hints at some regret by the perpetrator and suggests knowledge/friendship (5-11th house axis) between killer and victim.

Again we have this transiting Venus-Uranus creating tension.  This time by mirroring/opposition Dana’s natal Venus as well as square to her Moon 22ºCancer. She would be hawkish in securing her chicks.

  • transiting Pluto opposite natal mid-range Moon.  She ‘needed to die’ would be the decision made by the killer.
  • transiting Saturn exact natal Neptune – ambition in relation to subversive activities, and yet depressed at the same time in relation to her personal relationships.

1084 Left Fork Road:  victim Kenneth Rhoden

911 call was placed by a member of the extended family at 1:26pm, 22nd April 2016.  The last body to be discovered was Kenneth Rhoden the elder brother of Christopher Snr.

Kenneth Rhoden (aged 44)






June 2016 – update – we have persons of interest and requests for astrology charts.

Isaiah Jones (age 21)

749am-Rhodencase-Isaiah JonesThere certainly is an element of involvement with this POI.  Way more tension than an ex school buddy.




JJenkins-kiteJoel Jenkins (age 31)








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If Joel Jenkins and Kenny Rhoden are connected, it will be in relation to money, rather than drugs, according to the astrology. The fact that some money was found on Kenny’s body suggests a repayment of a loan perhaps…

What was the loan and conditions of repayment – is the question to be asked here…

Note that the tail of his kite (from the natal chart) is at the midheaven at 1:26pm and the top of his kite is at the IC. Asteroid Kenny in Jenkins natal chart is at the Ascendant and transiting Kenny is now at the midheaven at 1:26pm. That is one big coincidence – IF HE IS NOT on the scene.