Peaches and green Pt.3

The Griff carpark

On 27th October 1980, a group of men gathered at a suburban home in Belconnen, ACT for a private function. It was by invitation only, an intimate gathering with the potential to change dramatically the lives of at least one, if not all of them.

They had been invited to the home of a Plati-born Calabrian; a man linked to one of Italy’s most powerful Mafia dynasties; invited to witness a secret ceremony in which a young man, a picciotto was to be formally inducted into the ranks of the Australian Mafia, a commitment from which death is the only escape.

stmichaelInside ’Ndrangheta the initiation ceremony is known as a baptism, and for those involved, it is no less sacred than their affiliation with the Catholic Church of Rome.

Following a house blessing; once all the guests had arrived, the men stood in a circle and the aspiring picciotto was invited to stand in the middle while his sponsor formally introduced him and presented his credentials.

The sponsor next approached the young man, cut the tip of his finger in the shape of a cross and watched as three drops of blood fell onto a small holy picture of St Michael the Archangel.

The newcomer then swore his allegiance to the ‘Ndrangheta and its notorious omerte; the legendary code of silence, before taking the holy picture and his now purified blood and setting it alight. The burning picture was then passed from one hand to another around the circle, and the picciotto was warned if he ever wanted to leave the organisation he would have to piece the picture back together again.

The message was clear: once you join la famiglia, it is for life.

The ritual ended with another significant gesture; the new initiate kissed the cell leader, not on the cheek, as is common in Italy, but on the forehead, as a sign of both respect and submission.

St Michael the Archangel, patron saint of the Calabrian mafia is portrayed as holding the scales of justice, however the ’Ndrangheta interpretation of justice is, that their law is omnipotent; above all others.

donald-mackay-i4Three years prior to this initiation, two supposed upholders of the law, Detective Constable Brian Borthwick and Detective Sergeant Arthur O’Sullivan flew into Griffith, NSW.

It was the morning of 15th July; the date that Donald Mackay was to meet with his fate; murdered.  These two police officers were in town to provide alibis for ’Ndrangheta cell members, not to uphold the law of the land.

Do the family members think having an alibi excludes them from blame?  I would suggest the contrary; that they knew they needed alibis and had prior knowledge of a murder of an anti-drugs campaigner – implausible deniability.

Andragathia is the quality of a man that is brave, noble, and worthy of respect.   Hiding behind alibis, none of the ‘Ndrangheta members on the night that Donald Mackay was murdered, could be called brave, noble or worthy of respect. The only noble beasts around that night were in the newly opened zoo at Dubbo, 400kms away and they were all tucked up in their cages by nightfall.

Apart from those members of the family with watertight alibis and in public places at the time of the murder, there was a light plane that flew in and out of Griffith airport; a flight-plan that remains unaccounted for and so for anyone with an alibi out of town that is not publicly corroborated, as far as I’m concerned – their alibi flies out the window.

Of the names provided to us from the Woodward Royal Commission of Inquiry into Drug Trafficking, we have reduced the number of suspects with the aid of our forensic astrology toolkit. Our tools might be old and not accepted in today’s courtroom, however they do have their place in the conversation.

In our last post Pt.2, the heavens revealed the senior members of the Griffith cell of N’drangheta under the leadership of Pietro Callipari;  ‘ndrina who were involved in the conspiracy to murder an anti-drugs campaigner who had cost them plenty.

Narrowing down even further, we know that the little shoemaker would not be getting sap on his hands.  We can also exclude Franco Barbaro and Bruno Robert Trimbole from those five, as each has an alibi at a public venue.

DM-A.VelardiGambacorta’s chart is not lit up like a Christmas tree anything like Antonio Velardi’s and so we can let him off with a mention and proceed to the next step in our enquiry.  The heavens guide our hand.

Note: Antonio Velardi’s bi-wheel is interpreted in the previous post.

We know that Donald Mackay’s attendance at The Griff hotel was not pre arranged. This indicates that several people would need to be involved in the murderous plot to cover for unexpected contingencies.

We know that Trimbole and Velardi would have had their heads together on their trips back and forth between Sydney and Griffith, discussing who had firearm experience and who didn’t; who would be driver or lookout; disposal of the body etc etc.

After considering all the astrology charts and bi-wheels to hand, I suggest that Velardi was included in the final plan in order to keep a steady hand on the young guns; this was not to look like a mafia hit.  It would have been a risk, but someone needed to be at the helm and who better than a ‘ndrina captain.

How many of the Australian mafia were on the ground; in their cars, that night?  Who was in that darkened carpark waiting for Donald Mackay to return to his vehicle?

The local anti-drug campaigner was not a small man.  He was well over six feet tall; 195cm and weighing-in at fifteen stone.  A middle-aged Calabrian with a leaning towards the soft life would be needing a bit of muscle; Camorrista, to do the heavy work.

From the data we have to hand, we have a trio of contenders for this murder. We don’t know if Velardi had any firearm experience, let alone the nerve to murder an innocent man in cold blood, however one on the team did. What is of interest, is that the other two on the team according to the heavens share the same name; Antonio Sergi – born six years apart, 1944 and 1950.

So, which Tony has the perm?  Let’s check the bi-wheels (method).

DM-A.Sergi#3Antonio Sergi ’44 is part of the Velardi-Trimbole team and was living in Diprose St, Fairfield in Sydney at the time of the murder according to the Royal Commission.

We interpret the tension between planets at two given points in time – the day that this person was born and the time of the murder of Donald Mackay.

As to why this chart and bi-wheel is indicating an involvement in the murder of Donald Mackay, only the heavens can say.  The inner wheel is the perspective of a suggested time of the murder, 6:40pm and the outer wheel is a natal chart.

The same perspective was taken in Pt.2 with highlighted yellow, planet Mercury in the inner wheel as the indication/interpretation of an excellent murder – a mafia term.

Note: Mercury is the planet of communication and firing a weapon is a form of communication.

Firstly the primary forensic indicators:

  • Transiting Moon conjunct Saturn – el padrino has given his blessing for the grim reaper to accompany this person.
  • Transiting Sun (the calendar date) intersect the Lunar nodal axis of this person indicating their involvement in a traumatic event and in a public place.
  • Transiting Mercury conjunct natal Pluto – the power of life and death is in the hands of this person.
  • Descendant exact conjunct natal Pluto – the symbol of Tartarus, the underworld stands at the end of a man’s life.

Highlighted turquoise in the inner wheel, Neptune represents drugs; the production and distribution of drugs in this case; la famiglia’s business.

  • Transiting Neptune square natal Mercury-Jupiter.  Traditionally Mercury conjunct Jupiter is someone with ‘a big mouth’.  We can therefore interpret this aspect as his touting himself to be part of the team.

There is one last but not least aspect of note and that is the Lunar nodal axis of the time of the murder, the actual traumatic event is conjunct natal Mars.  According to the heavens, this person could be the shooter.

DM-A.Sergi#2Antonio Sergi ’50 claims to have been in Surfers Paradise, but I have to ask,

 “If Antonio Sergi of Farm 1774, 1775 and born in 1950 was on the Gold Coast then why is his chart so involved with the precise timing of the Donald Mackay murder in Griffith?”

The heavens indicate that he was in that carpark and who am I to argue. We know that this farm had a couple of harvested crops of marijuana in previous years, so he was off to a good start – financially.  Can we suggest that Antonio Sergi had a debt to pay back?

  • Highlighted in pink is la famiglia at the ascendant, the family comes first.
  • Transiting Mercury (the murder) is opposite natal Venus.  Is this the payback to the family, a financial motivation?
  • The lunar nodal axis in the heavens is square natal Mercury (communication) as well as natal Neptune (subterfuge).  Is this the heavens exposure of the alibi; an alibi  provided by family members?
  • Transiting Sun in the inner wheel opposite natal Mercury – the date of the murder and also the date in Jerilderie were both on this person’s job sheet.
  • Transiting Saturn, the grim reaper – death (the excellent murder) intersects natal Pluto and Sun.  We can suggest that the murder of Donald Mackay was tied up with this person’s position in the power heirarchy of the family.
  • Transiting Moon (el padrino) creates tension by square aspect with natal Mars.  Is this particular Tony, el padrino’s choice to be the shooter?
  • Transiting Pluto (guardian of the underworld) is also conjunct natal Mars.  The heavens indicate that this person holds the knowledge of where the remains of Donald Mackay lie.

For those who need to ask why James Bazley wasn’t chosen as the hit-man?  I suggest that it simply boils down to the fact that the murder of Donald Mackay was personal; personal for both Peter Callipari and la famiglia.

There is one more issue we must address while we have our toolkit to hand and that is the possible location of the remains of this murdered man, Donald Mackay. Antonio Sergi and Antonio Velardi are hardly going to tell us where his body lies, however we can turn to the heavens for assistance.

When we generate a bi-wheel of the victim himself and the suggested time of his murder we follow our cartography method – flip the bi-wheel and centre it over the location of his murder and let the heavens show us the way.

MAP-DM-GriffithDonald Mackay’s natal chart provides us with two paths, which we could follow:

Firstly the traditional forensic indicator for a location of a body, natal Saturn, which in our case lacks the tension with an event planet unfortunately, apart from being almost on the east-west axis. This would not be our first choice.

Secondly we have the transiting Sun conjunct natal Pluto, the indicator for Tartarus where the body went underground, across the River Styx. (Greco-Roman mythology)  This is the path I would follow.

We have drawn two red lines, locators onto the map of the area, however from experience I would suggest that the more south-westerly of the two would be more likely the indication we are being given.  Unfortunately neither of these lines intersect with Maude Street, Hay; the location of the current forensic search.

I suggest that the remains of Donald Mackay could be located somewhere along this South West direction locator angle.

RIP Donald Mackay


Thicker than water

… the next generation.

If he’d stuck to la famiglia, none of this would have happened.  That boy never listened, no matter how often I told him.  And what does he do – he goes into business with that jamook, Higgs. That would never have happened in the old country. Mama, mia!

I know that blood is thicker than water, Francesco, but this is taking things too far, mate. I mean, really…  Let me explain.

It wasn’t a good idea for your son to choose Signorina Barbaro as his wife and potential mother of your grandchildren. What were you thinking?  Did you give them your blessing?

I mean you are his father and also her uncle so the couple are first cousins to start with; her father is your brother is he not?  Plus we know that your wife, Pasquale’s mother is also her daughter-in-law’s aunt; the children’s mothers are sisters. Whoa!

Their mothers are sisters and their fathers are brothers and they are going to have children together… hello???

You are really muddying the waters; mucking up the gene pool, Francesco.  Anyone who keeps a stud-book will tell you this a no-no.  Did the church give special dispensation or did you slip them a fat wad of notes?

Heaven help those who live in grass castles.

grasscastleHalf an hour before dawn on a cold winter’s morning in Tharbogang, outside Griffith, New South Wales, Francesco protested against four Australian Federal Police officers’ entry, “I don’t know anything about drugs. Leave me alone.”

What a joke!  This is the man named in the Woodward Royal Commission as one of the players in the Australian Mafia; a major grower and harvester of marijuana and part of the Calabrian plot to murder anti-drugs campaigner, Donald Mackay some thirty years ago.

Francesco Barbaro was top of the family tree; el padrino, some would say and he claims not to know anything about drugs?

I plan to share that forensic astrology enquiry another day, but for now we have to admit, no, Francesco “Little Trees” Barbaro is not involved in what went down today, as it happens.

His son Pasquale is the villain in the piece this time.  Like father, like son.  You know, the one whose mother and father were a bit thicker than first cousins. How do I know that Pasquale’s old man is telling the truth?  The heavens told me so…

This drug-bust and aftermath is an astrologer’s dream.  Taking a snapshot of the planets orbiting in the heavens at those moments in time, puts a smile on my dial.

Because we use the astrologer’s zodiac as a backdrop in order to measure the tension between these planets, I have to tell you that this is a forensic astrology enquiry, is a pseudo science and not accepted in a court of law.  The interpretation is from classic astrology and the toolkit is readily available to all.

tinned tomatoesHowever let me begin at the beguine.  We need to travel south from the Riverina to Melbourne and join Customs officers as a shipping container lands on the docks; a shipping container of tinned tomatoes from Italy; the basis for every good spaghetti sauce.

Out with the can opener and lo and behold we have 4.4 tonnes of MDMA, Ecstacy tabs.  The outlay was $10 million for the drug syndicate and the street value; a squillion at a guess.  In 2007 it was the world’s largest haul of illegal MDMA.

AFP did a brilliant sting and replaced the E-tabs with harmless tabs and released the shipment.  It didn’t take long before phone-taps caught the frantic syndicate arguing among themselves both in Australia and overseas.

E-tomatoesBrother against brother; Barbaro against Barbaro.  Pasquale even came close to killing Fedele D’Amico, blaming him for the deal going sour.  Don’t worry Pasquale copped that charge as well, once the whole lot fell over.

If we put aside the other members of the syndicate and stick with a couple of Riverina players for our enquiry, we have:

  • the date of the Customs discovery of the first shipment
  • the birth dates of Pasquale Barbaro and also his cousin Saverio Zirilli.

Not knowing the exact time of the discovery by Customs, we must ignore the angles of the bi-wheels, however the planets will tell us whether these two were involved with the importation of these drugs – method.

tomatoesThe inner wheel is the can-opening event and the outer wheel the birth data of our two heavy-weights.  It’s a great day for Customs, Sun conjunct Mercury (orange).  Firstly P. Barbaro in the mix.

  • Lunar nodal axis – the public exposure is exact conjunct Pasquale Barbaro’s planet Pluto, his power base (red).  If that isn’t pulling the rug out from under his feet, nothing is.
  • Sun-Mercury has transited to square natal Venus.

Venus represents the family and the Sun-Mercury conjunction is the day that the date and communication planets got together.  I’d suggest there had to be a tip-off as to why this particular consignment was inspected on this particular day and that it came from within the family – the heavens say so.

As to Saverio Zirilli, his chart is jumping up and down considerably more.

  • Transiting Pluto (red) is square natal Jupiter (green) this fellow’s very cocky about this shipment; the anticipation factor is high.
  • Transiting Jupiter (green in the inner wheel) inflates natal Mercury – that’s more of the same – he’s verbalising/mouthing-off his anticipation, big time.
  • The Moon (blue) is conjunct natal Saturn – his authority needs are fulfilled.
  • Transiting Mars (action) opposite turquoise highlighted Neptune (drugs) and Venus (‘the family’).  We can suggest that Zirilli believed that this shipment would take him up the family heirarchy

Snakes and ladders more likely, Zirilli…

The information of the first shipment was never released to the media as the undercover operation continued.  The AFP waited and listened until another shipment by the same syndicate landed the following year, this time coffee beans and cocaine; 150 kgs of cocaine.

coffeeThis time we have a clock-timed event, a bust across borders and time-zones.  So how did our cousins handle this event?

  • This time Pasquale Barbaro has Mercury (yellow on the inner wheel), the planet of communication intersecting his Lunar nodal axis.  This is your 15 minutes of fame on the stage Pasquale.
  • Turquoise coloured Neptune (drugs) in the inner wheel is also exact in this conjunction.  A perfect day for a drug bust – Mercury opposite Neptune.

I couldn’t have lined the planets up better myself.  Every planet in the inner wheel has an interaction with another and a story to tell of their own…  the heavens are on the side of the good guys, it seems.

Zirilli is not as cocky as he was, however the bust has still come as a surprise.

  • The time of the bust (the ascendant) conjuncts his natal planet Uranus (red) creating sudden changes. Did he think he was going to get away with it?
  • The Moon is also square natal Uranus.  Needs change Zirilli – change of diet to porridge, mate.
  • Pluto transits to create tension with natal Jupiter (green) – if that’s not a deflation of his balloon then nothing is.

These Riverina boys were off their patch. Pasquale Barbaro had made a very big mistake.  Wanting to be the next el padrino, he had gone into business with the bikie gang founder, John Higgs and not kept the deal within la famiglia.  For that he got 30 years without parole; Zirilli, a slightly lesser charge. One year down, 29 to go Pasquale…

Bust-Barbaro,FAs for Francesco – he spoke the truth on this occasion. The heavens would have us believe that Francesco Barbaro was not involved with the coffee importation and we know he would never do business with a bikie.

It’s just not the way it was done in the old days.

Francesco might be keeping tight-lipped, but this bi-wheel tells us all we need to know…

  • The date of the bust, the Sun (orange) is square to Francesco’s natal Uranus.  There sure are sudden changes within your family today, Francesco.  Your son Pasquale is off to jail.
  • Transiting Mars (action) is exact the midpoint of natal Neptune (drugs) Mercury (communication). You can bet your bottom dollar el padrino had forewarning of the AFP’s visit.
  • The ascendant is also showing us the exact midpoint of Pluto and Venus in Francesco’s natal wheel.  Half an hour before sunrise when four AFP officers interviewed Francesco Barbaro, the family ties were broken; power evaporated in the pre-dawn mist. 

The heavens invariably have the last word – the power of la famiglia has been broken.