Tania Ebert Pt.1

What began as a romance; a young European backpacker travels to the Australian outback; meets and marries the quintessential Aussie male, ends in tragedy.  In her early 20’s, on an adventure on the other side of the world, a romantic notion would cloud any perception of what remoteness can reveal of a character once they are stripped bare, over time.

Tania Ebert and Michael Burdon lived on a remote sheep station in the red dirt and saltbush expanse within the state of South Australia; a life that is perceived to be the ultimate dream of so many, however station life in the outback has its challenges for the unwary; particularly the trials and tribulations of a psychological nature.

In her early 20’s, on an adventure on the other side of the world, a romantic notion would cloud any perception of what remoteness can reveal of a character once they are stripped bare, over time.

Michael Burdon shot and killed himself on Oulnina Station, South Australia while police were preparing to search for what they expected to be, the body of his wife Tania.  To date she has not been located; alive, or dead.  Did the police and public opinion consider the case to be a murder-suicide?

We can undertake an astrology enquiry to attempt to answer this question as to whether it was a murder-suicide, as our resulting interpretation of events is not accepted in a court of law.  By exploring the weaknesses in a natal chart, we can interpret the behaviour of criminals and victims.  Note: the weaknesses, rather than the strengths of characters.  It is when we connect these patterns with a particular time in space, that we can reveal tension that can trigger behaviours outside of a person’s ‘norm’.

Tania Ebert was born in Germany. As a result, we can generate a horoscope for the mid-range of the date; noon.  There is no house placement in this chart as we are not aware of the location of birth, nor the time of her delivery into the world.

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As we are not aware of the time of birth, Tania’s Moon could be up to 6° either side of the position in this chart.  In fact, if born in the early evening, her natal Moon would tightly mirror Neptune in her chart,  creating a desire to protect her privacy; even subversively so.

  • The Sun identifies her ego’s ‘wants’ and the Moon, her driving force; her needs in life.  Both are in the water element = emotive more-so than practical, or mental.
  • The blue triangle; a Water Grand Trine identifies how her emotions are a self-perpetuating force with her emotional security needs as primary above all else in her life.
    • This triangle also identifies the point where triggers can change this triangle pattern into a ‘kite’ if/when there are transits in the heavens during her life that orbit through the ancient pattern of the zodiac in the lead up to conjunct natal Neptune at 22°Capricorn.  The personal planets make it personal; Jupiter and Saturn social and the outer planets more life-challenging.  Being the kite pattern, it is symbolically exactly that – flying a kite in the wind; potentially illusory.
  • Natal Sun is conjunct Saturn, blending the energies of ego and self-control (or not) = physical projection could be overindulged when we note that asteroid Pholus (shooting oneself in the foot) is holding up the mirror by opposition at 1°Virgo.  Taking care of the details would appear to take the back seat to her actions.
  • Pluto-Lunar North Node identifies the link to her mother as being power-based and likely intense during the early nurturing period.  We have to question as to whether this mother-daughter relationship interfered with her independence.  Then when we also note that asteroid Ixion is also in this mix –  there is bound to be unfinished business in the mother-daughter relationship carried into adulthood.   The cauldron simmers.
    • This stellium is also connected with natal Mercury as a sextile; i.e. working to some degree, however the closeness to Sun-Saturn with Mercury reveals the weakness in communication is bound up with a fragile ego — stemming from early childhood maternal nurturing.

In hindsight, knowing that Tania Ebert remains a missing person, I may be appearing to state the obvious, however the Cardinal Qualities of her horoscope, together with the Fire Element, reveal a very challenging lifetime aspect – Aries: BML-Vesta-Eris.  This perceived  toxicity (by Tania) within her marriage/family, is her norm.   In order to create trouble and strife, the toxicity tends to be externalised/projected away from personal responsibility for her actions.   This reaction is learned-behaviour by a child and unless addressed, remains an immature behaviour into adulthood.

A dominant natal Moon can appear to be a vibrant personality by others, however if afflicted, the driver is more likely to be personal/internal needs, as in this chart.

Michael Burdon is a different kettle-of-fish.  Where his wife is driven by emotional need for security, he has Sun and Moon in Aquarius; clinical mental activity.  So what’s new, we have to ask – these roles are typical of female-male roles in a relationship.  She’s emotional and he’s not.

Michael Burdon’s Sun and Moon’s quality is Fixed; rigid. Once his mind is made up, i.e. a decision becomes fixed, that’s it for him, unless a legitimate (in his mind) proposal can override his fixed attitude. What this male does have to his credit; plus in a mutable sign (flexible), is his natal Mars at 15°Gemini, however this planet is stymied by having Neptune in the mirror; in opposition at 13°Sagittarius.  The Gemini communicator could be evasive under direct tension.

This potential weakness requires us to check the zodiac sign of Taurus – the bull likes to chew his cud in the paddock by choice and can remain stubborn; resisting change.  Michael Burdon does not have any major planets in Taurus, however the Lunar South Node is at 18°Taurus.  This is indicative of the outcome of any aberrant behaviour and a quick check of the natal chart for Tania reveals that she has natal 17:54°Scorpio Nessus (abuse of trust) holding up the mirror opposite his South Node and therefore (at the other end of the axis) also conjunct her husband’s natal North Node.

Note: Nodal conjunctions in a synastry chart (a relationship) reveal the major issues – positive, or negative in that relationship.  Trust is this couple’s major challenge.

Not knowing Michael Burdon’s time of birth creates an issue for us as his mid-range Moon at 7:57°Aquarius could be, as it is with the natal chart for Tania Ebert, up to 6degrees either side of the position in this noon-time chart.  Either way, he was born on a New Moon, certainly.  However a late evening birth would give us significant conjunction with asteroid Mors; a death wish – the need to self-sabotage.

  • Natal Pluto opposite Vesta-BML-Eris – a potentially toxic family life in a natal chart can be perpetuated by choice of relationships when it is seen in the natal horoscope.  Eris = trouble and strife.
    • This aspect is also in tension by square to Hylonome (suicide flag)
    • Hylonome is then noted to be quincunx back to the Sun-Mors (ego-death wish).  This is likely to be a self perpetuating mythology.
  • Natal Saturn is in retrograde – indication of a lack of male mentoring in early life.  This can be for any number of reasons; a reticent father and dominant mother, an absent father for those early years etc etc.  A Saturn Rx does not have to be symbolic of a tyrannical father.

This interpretation of Michael Burdon’s natal chart likely indicates a serious affliction in his natal 2nd house; self-worth – low self-esteem, behind the Aquarian facade.

On 8th August, the couple travelled to Adelaide on a family outing, plus I suspect an opportunity to talk through their relationship.  The travel time for a round trip is some ten hours.

We can follow the couple to Adelaide and interpret the transiting tension in the heavens at a particular time/space as they were caught on cctv in the city.  Triggered behaviour becomes apparent to us as astrologers……

Continued in Part 2.


Sleuthing with social media

a social media perspective continues…

We are still in Adelaide, South Australia.  The social media page  Missing Person, Rachael Moritz has been removed from public view without comment from the administrator and the 14,000+ public who supported the page remain at a loss as to what is happening in relation to the missing person.

facebook-profile-RMIs Rachael Ann Moritz still missing?  Police have no reason to believe that she has been harmed or is being held against her will, however her status remains a missing person.

Conjecture has been rife across the international community online.  The SAPOL wall as well as an online sleuthing site continue to provide a place for the public to communicate; filling the public’s need due to the lack of contact with the family; the family who first raised the alarm.

We, the public have been led to believe that Rachel was not missing until after 23rd December after she made a phone call or sms to her mother, saying that she was staying with friends at Greenacres for a few days.

I find it curious that Rachel was believed to be living at home and yet her family had not seen her since the evening of 21st December.  There is a contradiction here.  Why the focus on a disappearance on 23rd December and not the 21st?

Conflicting stories came out on the social media pages early and so we shall base our enquiry on her last sighting; late night shopping with her sister on the 21st December.  I believe this date is the date we need to work from.  Allow me to take you on a journey.

  • Midday on 21st December, 2012 a mainstream news story from the previous month was bumped into the public domain once again.  On 21st November, 2012 (one month previously), Rachael Moritz’ car (reported stolen that day) had been used to transport the alleged killers of a man in the Adelaide suburb of Pooraka.  The victim was shot and killed in front of witnesses and Rachael’s car was found burnt out later the same day.
  • The reason that the story had been bumped again was that there were ongoing enquiries in relation to the suspects in the murder case. The murder has been reported as being related to a battle between two bikie gangs, the Hells Angels and the Finks. Rachael’s car was one of two cars used as a vehicle by the gang.

There was no suggestion that Rachael was involved in any way in this crime and we are not suggesting that here either.

burnt carLet’s follow the Mazda story and see what unfolds with the aid of a forensic astrologer’s toolkit.

Stepping back in time to 21st November, we know from mainstream media that Rachael’s car was stolen from the Westfield Shopping Centre carpark, Marion; was driven to a tattoo parlour in Salisbury North, then on to an address in Pooraka where a man was shot and killed.  The Mazda was later found burnt out at another location in Kangarilla.

  • Rachael’s car had a 1 in 5,500 chance of being stolen. That’s how many car spaces there are at Westfield, Marion. The Mazda was driven across town some 38kms to a tattoo parlour in Salisbury North before continuing on a further 13kms to Pooraka where a man was murdered.  Following from there the Mazda was driven across town again for another 50kms to a remote area in Kangarilla where it was torched.

So from when it was stolen until it was burned, the Mazda was driven for 100kms within the boundary of a capital city; was in the public eye, as well as CCTV camera surveillance for more than two hours without being challenged.

As to our enquiry, we have a location of where a car was stolen from in Marion; we have the times when the white Mazda was at a tattoo parlour followed by a murder at another location; all three events on 21st November, 2012.  The first time when the vehicle was stolen is not known (although it is still an event) and we have two clock-timed events.  What we need is a birth chart to progress further with a forensic astrology profile.

We could use the birth chart of Rachel Moritz, however this will only give us information in relation to the vehicle at the first point, from where it was stolen.  We need further information in relation to the vehicle and it has been forthcoming with the assistance of my fellow sleuths online.

Social media has a wealth of information available to the public, given the time to follow up.  This is where the teamwork of sleuths is of greatest value.  You know who you are… MM says, “ tku”.

By following the bread-crumb trail from comments on photos to other pages and other photos, we know that there is a male person who has a possible connection to a Hells Angels North Chapter and also to the owner of a particular vehicle.  We say possible connection at this stage, because it has not been confirmed.  All will be revealed in time as to whether we are correct or not; Saturn is the great leveller.

Please note that this is a subjective enquiry.  Astrology is a pseudo science and does not lay claim to being factual or scientific.  Continuing…

We also have birth data for this male; our person of interest.  Let’s call him Kirk for the sake of our enquiry. We won’t be travelling outside our galaxy nor needing the services of the Starship Enterprise, just yet.  We have no need of science fiction; pseudo science will do.  Our earthbound Kirk can be tracked quite easily within our solar system; planetary movements abound and astrology provides the interpretation of the symbolism of the events.

Using Kirk’s birth data we can create bi-wheels with all three events; the latter two will give us a potentially reliable time of the first event (theft of a motor vehicle).  We can then superimpose each of these bi-wheels over the relevant maps of the terrain and see what astrological symbolism is revealed.

This enquiry is different from journeys we have been on together before with astrology and cartography.   We are now enquiring from already known location points and angles of interest rather than looking for a location. 

We are enquiring as to the possible involvement or elimination of a POI by astrology indicators.  What will the heavens reveal?

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Our first map reveals the four locations of the events: A= Marion, B=Salisbury North, C=Pooraka and D=Kangarilla.

Connecting the four dots, we have our locator angles to work with.  (Note out of interest that the angle of B to C is virtually identical to C to D.)  So we end up with two locator angles, three events.

Our person of interest was born on a Full Moon; Sun and Moon in opposition.  Lots of crazy stuff happens on full moons, ask any member of law enforcement or an emergency room nurse.

Before we start, I need to share that in astrology, north is at the bottom of a wheel rather than the top as in our maps and so in order to put a bi-wheel over a map of the land, we need to flip the astrology bi-wheel vertically.

MAP-KirkHere is one example – take the third event, the shooting; flip the bi-wheel and superimpose it over the map centred over the final resting place of the Mazda and extend the locator angle from C to D and it intersects the wheel as indicated.

Note that when a bi-wheel is superimposed over the map it is upside down and the angle changes accordingly (if you compare it with the third bi-wheel in the group of three images that follows).

That’s a fact of life folks, when we bring the planets down from the heavens and onto a cartographer’s map.  North must align to north.

However we leave the cartographers at this point and return to astrology.

3xbi-wheelsThree bi-wheels side by side give us the interaction between the three events and our POI, Kirk.  For each bi-wheel, the inner wheel is the clock-time of the event and the outer wheel is the birth data of our POI; the position of the planets in the heavens at the time of Kirk’s birth.

The following is a brief astrology interpretation of events in relation to our person of interest.

  • The car theft #1 and first of the three bi-wheels, Jupiter (the inflater) in the outer wheel, Kirk’s natal chart, is highlighted red and is positioned at the Ascendant point inflating what it touches =  a rush of energy for Kirk’s ego.

Using the locator angle for A to B (as per the map above) we transpose the angle over the first bi-wheel in order to interpret ‘the action’ and see what planetary involvement there might be.

We see, highlighted in turquoise – in the inner wheel at the time of the car theft – the planet Jupiter as representative of the law (as well as inflating the event) on the line.  This time Jupiter is holding up the mirror by being on the opposite side of the wheel, to Kirk’s natal Saturn/Uranus midpoint (also highlighted in turquoise).

The planet Saturn represents the rule-book (authority) and Uranus, sudden changes.

Astrology interpretation = Kirk is present at this event and has a total disregard for the law.

  • The tattoo parlour #2, the second bi-wheel – Kirk’s Mars is at the Midheaven (highlighted yellow) conjunct North Node (a public venue).  This interprets as male action/violence at a public place – the tattoo parlour.

The locator angle B-C reveals Mercury (communication) in the inner wheel highlighted in red, as directly on the line; the locator.

Astrology interpretation = coercion is being undertaken(Mars) in order for someone to reveal certain information (Mercury).

  • The murder scene #3 the third bi-wheel has Saturn in the outer wheel (highlighted in yellow) at the Midheaven; Father Time, the Grim Reaper is present in Kirk’s natal chart. A man dies and Kirk is at the event.

The locator angle C to D indicates Kirk’s Sun (he, himself) is on the locator line.

Astrology indicators are that Kirk is, in all probability, included in the transporting of the vehicle to location D.

Other planetary indications on bi-wheel #3 are highlighted in turquoise:

…. Kirk’s natal Neptune= Mars/Pluto midpoint (of the shooting event).  Astrologically this could be interpreted as a fantasy (Neptune=fantasy – this is Kirk’s fantasy) of his ‘masculine power’ being tested (Mars-Pluto). 

…. Saturn again is present (the death of a man) at the time of the shooting and is situated between the Nodal axis of Kirk’s natal wheel. 

Interpretation with classic astrology: this is a public place where a person is killed/has died and Kirk is present.

Could we question further as to whether Kirk’s inclusion in this whole scenario, was an initiation or a test of some sort?

Returning to 21st December, we know that at midday, the mainstream media released a follow up to the previous month’s crime as referred above. Following on in that day…

  • In the early evening of 21st December, 2012 Rachael and her sister went shopping together according to her sister.
  • Later that evening, Rachael connected a Nokia phone to her personal page on a social media site.
  • Less than an hour later, a person of interest connected a Nokia phone to his social media page.

Is all this a coincidence or is there some common denominator?

Postscript:   Rachael Moritz returned home of her own accord a week after this post was written.  

Update:  18th October, 2013:  

“Rachael Anne Moritz, 20 and Ross William Montgomery, 28 – who police say is a member of the Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle gang – were charged with trafficking in a controlled drug and unlawful possession following a police seizure of 50 grams of a substance believed to be methamphetamine and more than AU$41,000 cash.”