Robyn Gardner in Aruba Pt.2

Was Gary Giordano responsible for the demise of Robyn Gardner? Local authorities seemed to think so, although they were unable to take the case to trial due to lack of evidence.

babybeachlagoonJumping off from our earlier post, Pt.1 where we explored the transiting planets and the nature of the POI in this case, we generate further charts and interpret astrology…  Our forensic astrology enquiry continues.

Gary Vincent Giordano walks free on US soil while we transport ourselves back in time to the Southern Caribbean; sparkling blue waters and white sands.  To the spread of planets orbiting against the backdrop of the zodiac.

  • Missing person: Robyn Lynn-Faith Colson Gardner, aged 35
  • The event: Reported to be snorkeling in the ocean and taken out to sea by the currents.
  • When: 2nd August 2011
  • Where: Nanki Country Club beach/Baby Beach area, Aruba, Netherlands Antilles.
  • Investigation by LE: suspicions aroused due to variation in statements plus actions by Robyn Gardner’s travel companion, Gary Giordano, aged 50.

Our limited research has uncovered that there have been many visitors to Aruba whom have drowned under similar circumstances; taking their sense of adventure beyond the safe lagoon of Baby Beach. Robyn Gardner and Gary Giordano were two such tourists and in their case, alcohol would also appear to have played a part in the loss of life that followed.

According to statements by Giordano, he and Robyn were snorkeling off Nanki Country Club in the open sea, when she drifted away from him and apparently was swept out to sea. He returned to report her missing just before sunset.

We generate a bi-wheel (method) and interpret the likely consequences of the planetary transits according to classic astrology. The inner wheel is the same perspective that we interpreted earlier as our ‘horary chart’ while the outer chart is the ‘natal chart’ for Gary Vincent Giordano

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We put the story of the two individual charts together in order to generate an astrology view of the event. Interpreting this from the perspective of reporting the missing person, please note that this chart is not indicative of a crime having taken place at this time, but the time that Giordano was endeavouring to find someone to tell; that Robyn was missing.

I make note of this, because natal Saturn is at the ascendant, which could be construed as a forensic indicator of ‘committing a crime’; however Saturn on the horizon line does indicate that the body is likely local and not transported to another place (eg kidnapped/trafficked).

The crime this man is committing at 6:16pm is more likely a fanciful story he has concocted as to Robyn’s disappearance. As to why he has done this, we can only suggest that if he didn’t follow the buddy system when snorkelling; i.e. keeping in close contact for safety reasons (if they did indeed go in the water together), he did not want to admit any liability for her demise.

A guilty conscience, under a Leo Sun in the sky on that date, could create enough tension for a fabricated story, even without looking at Giordano’s natal chart aspects.  The man could actually have been napping, asleep on the beach; not caring, nor paying attention to what Robyn was up to, in the water.

We will never know.  They had been drinking alcohol immediately before going to the beach; that at the least, we do know.

  • Natal Saturn conjunct ascendant – being authoritative; taking control
  • Natal Mars conjunct descendant – actively –ditto-
  • Natal Neptune (turquoise) at the mid-heaven – missing at sea. Note here also when Neptune is at an ascendant this is usually an indication that the matter will remain a mystery.
  • tr Sun opposite natal Jupiter (green) in 1st house – inflated sense of self rather than victim oriented.
  • tr Venus opposite natal Jupiter – ditto
  • tr Jupiter (green) in the inner wheel opposite natal Neptune (turquoise) – PLUS
  • tr Jupiter conjunct Mercury (yellow) in 4th house – PLUS
  • tr Jupiter conjunct natal Sun (orange) – inflates that need to create subterfuge in order to avoid criticism (likely early childhood) PLUS
  • tr Sun square natal Neptune (turquoise) in 10th house PLUS
  • tr Sun square natal Mercury (yellow) in 4th house PLUS
  • tr Sun square natal Sun (orange) in 4th house – all these aspects relate to the concoction of the story as to what happened. These aspects are all very much tied up with his character development interpreted in Pt 1.
  • Midpoint of transiting Sun/Mercury = natal Uranus – highly excitable nervous system and agitated thinking process; again concocting the story, no doubt.

We can suggest that this man likely has a seriously damaged early childhood in relation to fantasising/imaginative stories, emotional damage that remained raw and unresolved at the time of Robyn’s disappearance. There is another point on the subject of fantasising that we need to address before moving on, ourselves.

Both individuals have Venus in her detriment in their natal charts; in Aries. That interprets as their both having an ‘animal thing’ going on – he with his penchant for wearing animal masks and brutish behaviour and she with her tiger print tattoo.  Maybe she even liked her men to be a little on the rough side, rather than polished.  That is another interpretation, however we do not sit in judgement.

616-GardnerIt would appear that after a few days together in their fantasy and likely role playing, Robyn has had enough, texting her boyfriend at 2am on the day of her disappearance, ‘this sucks’. She’s had enough, although there’s still two days before she and Giordano are due to return to the US.

The focus of this bi-wheel is at the time the alarm was raised as recorded on CCTV – transiting Sun/Moon (midpoint) = cusp of the 8th house in Virgo; indicating the detail (Virgo) of the death (8th house) as the focus of this chart.

  • tr Sun (orange) square Lunar nodal axis is not a tight aspect although it does indicate the public venue and mild trauma in the 4-10th house axis – likely thinking of home.
  • tr Mercury (yellow) on the 8th house cusp opposite natal mid-range Moon – the charm had likely begun to pall and communication between the pair was breaking-down.
  • tr Neptune transiting Robyn’s natal Moon, alcohol likely dulled the disillusionment; vagueness ensued. Sullenness likely.
  • tr Venus square natal Jupiter-Uranus opposition – indicative of narcissism; likely in her own thoughts and dreams.  Drifting off…

Due to the lack of forensic indicators in this chart we cannot suggest that Robyn was subjected to any violence, nor abducted.

AmphrititeandPoseidonWhat is present in the heavens to indicate Robyn Gardner’s demise, is the position of the asteroid Amphritite #29 orbiting in the heavens on the date of her disappearance exact conjunct her natal Lunar South Node in the 4th house, drawing her home (karma).

Amphritite in Greek mythology is the wife of Poseidon/Neptune; God of the Ocean and mother of Triton. Under the influence of the Olympian pantheon, Amphritite became merely the consort of Poseidon, and was further diminished by poets to a symbolic representation of the sea.

This is all rather ironic when we read that the boyfriend suggests that Robyn would never get her hair wet in a swimming pool and refused to accept that she might have drowned. Perhaps Robyn had a notion of what lay ahead.

Robyn Gardner in Aruba

In an effort to create order out of chaos, when someone’s behaviour is far removed from the norm, we declare – they’re a weirdo and then having put the person in a box; i.e. made secure, we move on.

So as astrologers, when we read of a person of interest in a missing person case being labeled thus and is around the age of fifty, we turn our eyes heavenwards seeking out Chiron on its 50-year orbit around the Sun. We could very well be witnessing ‘a Chiron return’ to a possible natal dysfunction in the individual.

snorkelingIn this case, our POI’s perceived ‘weird’ behaviour alerted authorities very quickly. That, together with his actions following a missing person event, appear to be disturbing, at the least.

We open our ephemeris, dust off the astrolabe and commence a forensic astrology enquiry, without prejudice; pseudo scientific tools at the ready.

  • Missing person: Robyn Lynn-Faith Colson Gardner, aged 35
  • The event: Reported to have been snorkeling in the ocean and taken out to sea by the currents.
  • When: 2nd August 2011
  • Where: Nanki Country Club beach/Baby Beach area, Aruba, Netherlands Antilles.
  • Investigation by LE: suspicions aroused due to variation in statements plus actions by Robyn Gardner’s travel companion, Gary Giordano, aged 50.

We have the advantage of coming to the case after three years of media coverage.  Time is on our side. Memories come flooding back for everyone of the earlier case in 2005 of missing teenager, Natalee Holloway, in Aruba.

This missing person case is far removed from stranger danger and seduction of a naïve teenager. Robyn Gardner is 35 years of age and in the company of her travelling companion; both from the US.

Robyn and Giordano had hooked up on an internet-dating website a year earlier, with their relationship remaining on a casual basis. He had proposed that they take a cruise together previously and now a week ‘at his expense’, on the Caribbean island of Aruba obviously appealed.  Robyn took up Giordano’s offer, telling her boyfriend she was off to see family in Florida and to others, that she was holidaying with a girlfriend.

Following Giordano’s report of his missing companion, local investigators immediately contacted the FBI for background checks on the couple. That feedback, together with variations of how events unfolded after the event, led the authorities to keep Giordano under lock and key in Aruba.

A successful appeal followed, due to lack of evidence, and Giordano returned home to US soil – a free man. But before the sand was washed from his feet, a claim was made on the missing woman’s travel insurance for $1.5M; the premium having been included with the travel ticketing.

‘Motive, motive, motive’ made banner headlines, but still no extradiction. A court case ensued for a sum of $3.5M compensation against Amex with a nil settlement, ending the matter. A whiff of mercenaries and Chiron settles in our olfactory system.

In 2012, Giordano made the headlines again with a charge of indecent exposure; observed having sex in his vehicle and in public view. Whatever else could happen, we may well ask.  Chiron does not move quickly through the heavens. In Pisces and given the talent, Giordano might have scored an operetta.  He cut a book deal.

So what was in the air; the general atmosphere to set all this in motion on the afternoon of 2nd August 2011?

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There was CCTV footage of the couple’s movements over lunch; their departure from the restaurant, drinks topped up in plastic cups at 4:15pm and then Giordano’s return to raise the alarm, two hours later.

Sunset was due at 6:30pm and so there was little daylight to search, nevertheless search, the authorities did, for more than a week; to no avail. Robyn Gardner was never found.

  • Sun/Moon midpoint = cusp of the 8th house (death) 01°Virgo – reporting the basic details of a death having taken place.
  • Leo Sun (orange) square Jupiter (green) – inflated sense of ego (likely padded the story)
  • 8th house Moon (blue) square Lunar nodal axis – traumatic event in a public place.
  • Mercury (yellow – communication) on the cusp of 8th house and opposite 1st house Neptune (turquoise) – subterfuge behind the missing person report.

No wonder suspicions were aroused. We have to ask why this man needed to concoct his version of reality. Is he hiding his behaviour, or was he possibly ignorant of the event and made up a cock-and-bull story?

A Leo Sun overhead on that day would not want to admit to possible negligence. Before we leave this chart, note Chiron is at 04°Pisces in the 2nd house; self worth/personal assets.

Despite not having his birth time, we need to explore what we can of this man’s character traits; his horoscope. We generate his birth chart at noon.

GVGSun exact conjunct Mercury in Taurus and a Moon in Scorpio reveal that we have an intense, temperamental and headstrong individual before us – a combination that would like being noticed, hence the pretty young blonde on his arm, plus there is nothing at all timid about him with that Mercury conjunct Sun.

This Sun-Moon mix can be appealing to the opposite sex, but the temperament they release when their reserve breaks down can make personal relationships very stormy. We have noted that Giordano made sure that he was the one to file for divorce both times, in his marriages; that he also has an officially recorded history of violence against women.

  • kowal-chironChiron at 05°Pisces is conjunct Lunar South Node. There are bound to be serious issues in this man’s early childhood upbringing that can be considered to be ‘different’. Different enough for him to develop into achieving the ‘weirdo’ tag.

Giordano appears to have retained the shadow of the wild centaurs; seeking out ecstatic unity, but unfortunately in Pisces he would very quickly be sucked into the undertow of Neptune’s murky waters. Neptune – Pisces’ ruler, also can lure such an individual into substance abuse and addictions that go with Neptune’s realm: alcohol, drugs, sex and a desire to avoid life’s harsher realities.

  • Chiron is also opposite Pluto with the power/powerlessness of his addictions taking control throughout his life, likely triggered by transits.
  • Chiron is also quindecile Uranus creating the compulsively erratic behaviour observed by others, when he is under stress.
  • Jupiter (green) quindecile Uranus only inflates the problem; hence the ‘weirdo’ tag.

We also note a Venus Rx in this chart. Born during a Venus retrograde is not all that rare, however it does reveal that we would need to be aware of an individual’s tendency towards self-sabotage, particularly in love relationships. Oh what a challenging horoscope this man lives with.

He obviously has mercenary tendencies, but is Gary Giordano a killer?

…continued Part 2

the gambler… Pt.1

casinoJoran van der Sloot was still only 21 years-old and yet he had been sitting at card tables in casinos since his mid teens.

The routine wasn’t going to change until fate dealt him a hand he couldn’t refuse the following year, but this was 2009.

He was sitting at a card table in a Macau casino. He wore a loud, multicolored jacket with the logo of L.A. Café, a seedy Manila bar and brothel and was surrounded by an entourage of young men; another casino, another country.

Van der Sloot was asked by a fellow gambler, as to why he continued to talk to the media, after all he’d been burned by a Dutch journalist.  The journalist had used hidden-camera footage, which appeared to reveal Joran van der Sloot confessing to disposing of Natalie Holloway’s body in Aruba.

There was no raise of an eyebrow or query as to how he was recognized by his fellow gambler when van der Sloot replied very matter-of-factly,

“Because they give me money.”

My ears pricked, “Here’s a young man with a possible gambling addiction, probable sociopathic tendencies and a lack of emotional connection and that’s just for a start.” What is going on here?

Four years earlier, American Natalee Ann Holloway was vacationing on the Dutch Antilles island of Aruba in the Caribbean; teenagers letting their hair down, celebrating after school.  It was an unofficial Alabama high-school graduation trip. Natalee was in the company of more than 120 fellow students and just seven chaperones staying at the Holiday Inn.  They thought they were safe in this popular holiday destination.

nataleeIt was the teenagers last night out before they were due to return to the US with the rest of their lives to unfold before them, however the fates were to step into the picture for one eighteen year-old.

She was not to go home to her family, nor was she to have a future beyond the public’s interest in her disappearance and the mystery surrounding it.

Natalee Holloway met up with the Dutch-born Joran van der Sloot at a card table in a gambling venue that night. She was a tourist out for fun on her last night in Aruba.  He was of a similar age and a local, his family having relocated from the Netherlands when he was just a toddler.

The last time that Natalee was seen that fateful night was at 1.30am on 30th May 2005 and in the company of Joran van der Sloot.  Despite years of investigation, arrests and re-arrests over the next five years, no-one was ever held to account for her disappearance and a body was never found.

By March 2010, in need of money to finance his gambling habit, van der Sloot contacted Natalee’s family offering to tell them the location of their daughter’s body, but for a price. An undercover sting was set up in Aruba; a combination of cash and an international wire transfer of $25,000 deposit went into the pocket of Joran van der Sloot.

Authorities back in the US were alerted by the undercover negotiators following the payment of the deposit, however it took three months for an arrest warrant for fraud to be issued by the FBI.  Interpol was alerted in June, but van der Sloot had already spent the money at the tables by then.

The information he had provided Natalee’s family led to nothing.  It was just another one of the lies, which fell so easily from his lips and Natalee’s remains were not found.

During those three months van der Sloot travelled to Argentina, Colombia, then on to Peru for a poker tournament where another young woman he met at the gambling table, awaited her fate.

Before we go further, we can make an astrology enquiry of the charts of Natalee Ann Holloway, victim; Joran Andreas Petrus van der Sloot, alleged murderer and his father Paulus who was suspected of being involved in the disposal of the victim’s body.

Using the perspective of the heavens at the time Natalee and Joran were last seen together in Aruba on 30th May, 2005, we generate bi-wheels for all three. Note here that we do not know the time of day/night, which any of these three individuals were born and so the Moon placement in the outer wheels is within 5-10 degrees of accuracy and so we will not rely on their input for our interpretation.

This is an astrology enquiry, not a scientific one.  We can only suggest possibilities within the framework of classic astrology.  The planetary positions are correct in so far as the dates on the public record are accurate.


The first bi-wheel is of the victim, Natalee.  The inner wheel is the time that she was last seen and the outer wheel is the planetary positions on the day of her birth.  We can share how she came to meet her fate on that night in Aruba, Dutch Antilles; a story according to the heavens.

Referring primarily to the inner wheel, having a timed event we can share the importance of the angles with the planets highlighted in turquoise immediately having their input.

  • Mars at the ascendant is an indicator of violence in forensic astrology
  • Pluto at the MC is a death indicator (loss of ultimate power).
  • Venus at the IC in exact opposition denotes the female victim.

Still in the inner wheel of the event, highlighted yellow (in the 12th house of the mind) is the planet Uranus conjunct Moon, which equates as sudden changes in mood/emotional swings.  These two planets are also in tension aspect with the Sun-Mercury highlighted dark blue.

Apart from the emotional mood swings there are swings in communication and plenty of Gemini tricks.  Sun and Mercury are both in the zodiac sign of Gemini.  For us in forensic terms, that’s lying, manipulation and trickery.

Highlighted in green is the Lunar nodal axis.  We have highlighted this as it aligns exactly with Natalee’s nodal axis in the outer wheel.  This can be interpreted as a karmic event, a large public event and also indicate a mother who didn’t let her daughter’s death waste for nothing.  We join in keeping this focus alive.

Following the highlighted yellow planets we can see by the yellow line that there is a connection to the planet Saturn in Natalee’s chart (highlighted in red).

This indicates that she was killed (for us Saturn is the grim reaper and Father Time) as a result of these ‘emotional swings’. We can also offer the interpretation that her alleged killer is, in all probability, a lunatic i.e. deeply affected by the Moon’s phases.

Natalee’s planet Pluto (also highlighted in red) is in quindecile aspect to the nodal axis.  Her death will become an obsession to the public.  We know this to be a fact by just looking at the amount of media coverage over the intervening years.

Note the red line intersecting Natalee’s Saturn and extending to intersect with the Sun on the outer wheel.  This line would indicate a probable location of her body if it were to be flipped vertically and superimposed over a map of the location where she was last seen.

The second bi-wheel is Joran van der Sloot the alleged killer.  We can see highlighted in turquoise that his natal planet Uranus (sudden changes) at the top of the bi-wheel and in the outer wheel aligns exactly with Pluto (power) in the inner wheel and in exact opposition to Venus (female) in the inner wheel.

This is the first of our forensic indicators that indicate that we can ask the question of the heavens and get an affirmative reply. This eighteen year-old male killed Natalee Holloway.

There were sudden changes in power between these two; he overpowered the female. With Pluto being the death indicator, we can even suggest that this male would have felt empowered by killing a young woman.

Joran van der Sloot’s natal chart shows tension between Pluto and Venus; he would struggle with the balance of power with women his entire life.  Not knowing his home life as a young child, we cannot attempt to interpret this issue any deeper.

The second indicator is Sun/Mars in the natal chart of Joran van der Sloot in direct opposition to the planet Neptune in the inner wheel.  This is the fantasy in his mind of his masculine power; a confused mind accentuated by intense energy and possibly even a drug influence involved.

The third bi-wheel is that of Joran van der Sloot’s father, Paulus.  He was a member of the legal profession in Aruba; was arrested at one point; he even sued the authorities for wrongful arrest (he lost on appeal).

The heavens indicate that Paulus van der Sloot was not likely to have been involved in the aftermath of disposing of the body, however both he and his son have Saturn retrograde charts, which doesn’t say much for his male mentoring of his son.  We can understand some of the power struggle the boy had, due to this lack of mentoring and guidance.

The accused’s father appears to share the emotional mood swings, as his planet Pluto (power) is in quindecile aspect to the Moon-Uranus of the event.  With his Neptune on the blue line with the nodal axis he would appear that his relationship with the public was a fantasy for him.

Did Joran van der Sloot’s father have a love-hate relationship with the public?

Paulus van der Sloot didn’t get to witness the next chapter in his son’s life.  Paulus died on the tennis court in Aruba, just a month before the extortion sting.  His eldest son didn’t hang around, nor mourn for long.

We continue the story in Lima, Peru…pt.2