Chase Merritt – the trial

At the age of 61, Charles Ray Merritt stands; or mostly sits depending on your point of view, before a jury of his peers in San Bernadino, California. Chase is on trial for the murder of the McStay family in February 2010.

Joey McStay; his wife Summer, together with their two little boys, Gianni and Joey Jnr died as a result of a series of hammer blows and who knows what other abuse. There are those who consider that the accused could not have carried out the crime alone, however there is no co-accused on trial today. Chase Merritt stands alone in the dock.

Having the gift of hindsight; evidence presented to date at the January 2019 trial, we can now include the asteroid #85585; Mjolnir – ie from Norse mythology; the Hammer of Thor.

At the time of the murders, Mjolnir was transiting in the asteroid belt at the zodiac position of 13°Sagittarius; very caught up in the symbology of ‘respect’. The asteroid for the hammer was keeping company with Narcissus, asteroid #37117. At 15°Sagittarius; Narcissus, a character from Greek mythology (a young lad who fell in love with his own reflection) is keeping company with Mjolnir; conjunct. Just one degree away at 16°Sagittarius, is the asteroid which is symbolic of murder, Ixion #28978. Together, this unholy threesome’s only interpretation from classic astrology texts, is that ‘a totally self-absorbed individual has taken up a hammer and committed murder over a matter of respect.’

With the presentation of evidence at the trial of a misappropriation of funds in the days following the murder, a financial motive becomes our focus, and so we include the asteroids – #5536 Honeycutt = desire for a bigger cut of the honeypot (eg money); Borasissi #66652 = lies we tell ourselves in order to maintain ‘happiness’. Outright bald-faced lies = Lie #26955 etc etc.

Charles Ray Merritt

The natal horoscope; the nature of the accused. This is a snapshot of the heavens on the date of of his birth. Note: birth time is unknown and so mid-range Moon placement applies. The Moon range is 12-13 degrees over any 24 hour period. I elect to use the mid-range; it’s a personal preference.

The first point to note in this birth chart, is that there are no Cardinal planets; self motivation is lacking. By nature, Chase is more likely to be reactive to circumstances around him, rather than proactive. 0°Scorpio Neptune and accompanying symbolism is the only planet in the element of Water, generating a natural and raw emotive reaction due to the opening degree of Scorpio.

Scorpio is also known as the sign of the zodiac that motivates by ‘stirring’ in order to avoid being stagnant. Neptune in this natal chart, is under tension by asteroid Lie at 0°Gemini = a disregard for consequences of lies told in relation to the shadow of Neptune; likely resulting in subversive and addictive behaviour.

The natural next step of our enquiry, once a potential gambling addiction is brought to our attention, we check the money asteroids on the date of his birth.

Asteroid Mony 19°Libra reveals the quincunx (disregard) to 20-21-22°Taurus – outcome (South Node); abuse of trust (Nessus) and personal appetite (Ceres). All of which would result in a lack of money coming into the home and family (North Node). The trio of South Node-Nessus and Ceres also mirror Ixion (murderous rage). The realm of Taurus is the natural realm of personal assets, and wealth/$. This would be Chase Merritt’s motivation, were he to commit murder. It is innate in his horoscope pattern.

12°Taurus Sun, his personal desire of what he ‘wants’ out of life, has disregard; by quincunx, with the ‘flag for lack of self-control’ – Saturn Rx, which in turn mirrors his natal mid-range 15°Gemini; Moon – his personal needs.

Asteroid Mjolnir (hammer) is conjunct Chiron 15-17°Aquarius directly mirroring by opposition to asteroid Honeycutt 16°Leo. This potential violent behaviour (use of a hammer) is driven by a fear of isolation; of being cast out of a peer group. And as it turns out, this natural drama is played out in Sagittarius; ‘respect’ for his position in the herd.

Solar Arc Progression for Chase Merritt’s horoscope.

By the time of the trial, the natal position of Chase Merritt’s Saturn Rx has progressed to 12°Aquarius, square his natal Sun at 12°Taurus plus quindecile to the North Node for the trial. The accused’s obsessive egotistical behaviour will likely be evident if he is given the opportunity.

The astrology chart for the commencement of the trial:

The trial of Charles Ray Merritt in the murder of the McStay family came up on the court list in San Bernadino, California on 7th January 2019. We generate a chart for the time and date when the recording begins and the opening statements are made from the floor of the court.

The opening statements at 9:30am is where we begin our astrology enquiry. We take a snapshot of the heavens over San Bernadino on 7th January 2019. Don’t be intimidated by my lines and curves; I’ll interpret the tension aspects – ie the likely thrust and parry as the jury (Venus) hear the evidence and rebuttals from the floor of the court.

The natural ruler of the 9th house is Jupiter and the house of higher learning. We begin our interpretation at this point in time and place.

  • In a tight orb, 0:16°Sagittarius; Venus (a peer group; eg the jury) sits free of tension from other planets. Right where we would want a jury to be in a trial chart; free of preconceived opinion.
    13:35°Sagittarius; Jupiter exact the midheaven; cusp of the 10th house. Court live coverage begins.
  • Entering the 10th house and the public realm, 20°Sagittarius; Honeycutt (a desire for a bigger slice of the pie – whatever the pie is; usually money when it comes to crime and motivation) is quincunx (disregard for consequences as a result of behaviour) to Juno-Narcissus at 21-22°Taurus (in the 3rd house of communication). Self-indulgence meets the shadow of Juno (jealousy and possessiveness).
    • Honeycutt is also square (cannot see eye to eye) with 21°Pisces AP Fortuna (destiny in relation to the trial) reveals the public may well want more of the ‘pie of evidence’ than the court is willing to provide. Time constraints…
    • 27°Sagittarius Ixion (murder flag) is quincunx 28°Aries Uranus (in the 2nd house of personal assets)  = disregard for rebellious behaviour. This tension reveals a lack of guilt by Chase Merritt in relation to the misappropriation of Joey’s assets.
      • Uranus is also under intense tension with asteroid Mony (money) 29°Libra as well as square (off-sided) with the North Node in the 5th house. Note that the 5th house is where a gambling casino would be located. This is where the denial of guilt feeds an addiction.
  • The 11th house is where a criminal behaviour would likely ‘take’, rather than give;. At 12°Capricorn Saturn (self-control/lack of) is quindecile (by obsession) the symbolism for a casino in the 5th house of entertainment; the North Node 27°Cancer.
    • 27 Capricorn Lunar South Node (the outcome for the addiction) is revealed in the mirror for all to see.
  • The 12th house; the unknown, and/or the mind. 13°Aquarius asteroid Lie is also quindecile the North Node in the 5th house. Therefore the midpoint of Saturn/Lie= the North Node.
    • This repeated focus on a gambling habit, leads me to question as to whether the accused remains in total denial of this character weakness within himself.  We shall see as the trial unfolds.
    • 17°Aquarius BML (weakest link in a chart) is exact Vesta. Vesta holds dual symbolism in this case – that which is secreted away (burial of the evidence), and also underlying illegal activity of perpetrator, or victims. There will likely be areas of the case that are not explored thoroughly.
  • Crossing the ascendant, into the 1st house; the face to the world, at 7°Pisces asteroid Martir (martyrdom) is exact Nessus (abuse of trust) – evidence revealed that will be claim to be private; exposed.
    • 21°Pisces AP Fortuna (destiny of the trial) – the jury will reach a conclusion
  • In the 2nd house; money, money money; what is mine is mine, and what is yours is mine.
    • 22-23°Aries, Alekto (intense anger/rage) is conjunct Eris (trouble and strife) – so we can expect fiery reaction,and denial. This tension is quincunx 23°Scorpio; Ceres in the 9th house – fantastical notions of personal appetite; delusion…
  • The 3rd house is the realm of communication. 21-22°Taurus Juno-Narcissus is not only under tension from Honeycutt (see above), but also quincunx Pallas (a business relationship) in the 8th house of potential endings and transformation – the jealousy within the business relationship between Chase and Joey is revealed for the public’s scrutiny.

Basically, from the astrology tension present, I would suggest that this trial exposes an individual who is deluded about the reality of his character, and likely the seriousness of the situation he is in.

Looking back across time….. Murder of the McStay family:

As with all crimes, the pattern in the heavens at the time of the crime; the Missing Persons Report in this case, when compared with the resolution of the crime; the trial, will reveal the connection between the two events; a synastry chart. There is always a cause and effect. That is the natural order, whether when a butterfly in the Amazon beats its wings, a tsunami is unleased in Japan etc..

9:39 am 15th February 2010, San Diego, California – the time when the Missing Person Report was filed.

It is the Moon at 14°Pisces opens our eyes to the personal driver/emotive desire behind the crime. Moon square the stellium of Mjolnir-Narcissus-Pholus-Ixion at 13-16°Sagittarius (the realm of opinion/respect).   We can now note the common thread between the two times; February 2010 and January 2019…. murder by hammer in the hands of a self-indulgent individual.

Note that asteroids are not in fixed positions in the heavens, they continue to orbit, just as do the planets in our solar system.

When the Moon is quincunx the Vertex of a chart, whether natal or an incident; snapshot in time and place, this is evidence of the potential for disregard of life-changing tension .  There is always a choice to act upon this tension, or not.  We are all responsible for our actions.

IIn this chart for the crime, it is when we note that both 3°Libra; Saturn and 3°Leo, Mars; both of which are retrograde, we realise that the lack of self control and actions taken are caught up in the pattern with the third malefic planet at 4°Capricorn, Pluto (God of the Underworld) together with Venus at 5°Pisces….. the need to feed an addiction is revealed (note pink lines of quincunx on the chart).  Ah the gift of hindsight….

The timing (midheaven) reveals another quincunx focus at 21°Cancer/Capricorn between 22°Aquarius, Mony (money) and 21°Sagittarius, Ceres (personal appetite). As we now know, Chase Merritt is a gambling addict, so this tension then reveals the likely motive for the murders; the primary victim; Joey’s refusal to finance the perpetrator’s addiction. Taking the ‘intent to murder’ to the extreme of killing the entire family unit will be Chase Merritt’s downfall in the eyes of the jury.

Now that we have to two charts interpreted from a similar standpoint, we combine the two charts and seek out the synastry, for a potential outcome of the trial.

The synastry of time across space…..

I’ll keep it simple and leave others to interpet the detail at will….

From the perspective of the trial, looking back to the crime, we can note that AP Fortuna (destiny) of the Missing Person Report at 21°Taurus in the heavens, mirrors by the black line with Pallas (a business partnership) at 20°Scorpio. This aspect is now exact, both conjunct and by opposition, with transiting 21°Taurus Narcissus-Juno at the time of the trial.

This reveals the predetermined ‘destiny of the crime’ aligning in the heavens with the timing of the trial.  Cause meets effect.

Back to the butterflies in the Amazon jungle…..  Is this trial evidence enough for a jury to support a death penalty result and a relocation of Charles Ray Merritt to San Quentin, we may well ask.

The court in its wisdom, will decide and Thor’s hammer will drop in the name of justice.

Links to our previous astrology enquiry of the crime:

Just one pill

… that’s all it took.

The side effects of taking Adderall or Vyvanse can be horrific for someone who has a history of ADD, ADHD and juvenile anger issues.  I suggest that such a case is our focus today.

Whether the medication was taken on prescription or not, Bryce Laspisa is not likely to be coming down from the after-effects according to his astrology chart.  The Lunar nodal axis indicating traumatic activity will no doubt be present.

We can suggest that there has been a loss of contact with reality according to his reported movements over a two-day period; his central nervous system was likely under stress after taking meds, his mental state severely impaired.

A candle light vigil is in progress as I write, a month later; no-one gives up hope while a loved one is missing.

It was midweek, about 10pm when a young man admitted to college friends that he had taken some ADHD medication after they had commented on his odd behaviour.  He’d just taken one pill, he said.

Drowsy-Driver_mediumBeing good friends, they took his car keys from him, but after a discussion with his mother on the phone, the keys were returned. Bryce even broke-up with his girlfriend before leaving town.

The teen was prepared to skip classes and head off home to Southern California early; there was no going to stop a family reunion for the Labor Day weekend, or so everyone thought.

Rumour and innuendo aside, around 11:30pm Bryce Laspisa left his apartment in Northern California to travel to his parents home south of Los Angeles; some 525 miles (845 kms) south via the I-5 highway; 7 hours plus, if you’re driving an SUV.

There was a Labor Day weekend ahead, however this was Wednesday night and we would expect him to be tucking into a home-cooked breakfast the following morning with his parents, however the nineteen year-old didn’t make it.  More than half way home, he ran out of gas.

The roadside assistance company sent an acknowledgement of the service call to the vehicle’s owner; his parents, by mid morning. Mother and son made contact by phone, however it would appear that son and brain did not return to regular contact.

By 7:15pm Bryce wasn’t picking up his calls. His parents filed a missing person’s report with police.  These days, a missing person report gets an accurate response as police can check a phone and ping the location straight away.

Where was Bryce? At a truck stop, police report.  He was still around the same area where he’d run out of petrol in the morning.  Time had melted into the ether.  In all likelihood he’d been in the area all day with debit card purchases for drinks and food showed local venues, he wasn’t in the truck stop the whole time.

Once located, the police spent some time with him and stayed until he contacted his parents to reassure them that he was ok.  The police report reads, ‘No further assistance needed and he reports nothing wrong with him’.

The missing person report is lifted and life supposedly returns to normal.  Bryce had told the police he was going to hang out with some friends for a while; probably needing some space.

By now it was 9:30pm and Bryce headed out onto the highway once more.  His parents had several brief contacts with him over the next few hours as he was on and off the highway.  It was now 24 hours since he had left his college apartment.

The last contact was at 2:08am; the GPS reading was that he’d be home by 3:25am if he kept going.  Bryce told his mother that he had left the I-5 and was going to take a nap in the car.

Castaic LakeAccording to his phone records, this call was made from the area where his abandoned vehicle was eventually found, however that’s not how things went down.  CCTV was watching.

2 hours 13 minutes later, Bryce cruised through the same corner and the same camera caught him again heading in the same direction as before, towards Castaic Lake.  It was now Friday 4:20am.

Timewise, after that we don’t know exactly what followed, although we do know that Bryce had to swerve around the gate in order to reach a public rest area and boat ramp; the access was closed at night.  It is possible that he may have lost control with this manouvre in the dark.  In Castaic, California it was a third quarter Moon; in the dying minutes of Gemini at 29°54”.  The Moon was about to enter her own soothing zodiac of Cancer, a water sign; go with the flow, she whispers.

At 5:30am and still before daylight, the Toyota Highlander was found, wrecked; having rolled into a ravine; no-one was in the vehicle. Bryce Laspisa’s personal effects were found intact, however the nineteen year-old has not been seen since.

article-2425453-1BEA5727000005DC-368_306x423We know that Bryce is astrology friendly; a Taurean tattoo with the date of his birth in roman numerals on his left shoulder.  He will be easy to identify when found and I’m sure a forensic astrology enquiry would be of interest to him.

What we have to add to his story is not accepted in a court of law, is pseudo scientific in origin and offered as suggestion only.  We use classic interpretation and symbolism.

As we are not privy to the time of Bryce’s birth, we shall rely on the event times for our enquiry.  We can generate bi-wheels (method); firstly for the last CCTV sighting and again when the wrecked vehicle is found and base our enquiry on these events.

We choose not to address a character analysis based on astrology for this 19 year-old; his family and friends would know his weaknesses, we do not need to highlight them.


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Note that the inner wheel is the timed event at Castaic Lake and the outer wheel is the natal chart for Bryce Laspisa on each occasion. Immediately we are aware of the tension in these charts.  There are no fewer than five conjunctions creating pressure; a silent hysteria.

The first bi-wheel:

  • Transiting Neptune (turquoise) is at the cusp of the 8th house, the traditional point indicating a manner of exiting the earth plane – he is invisible/missing.
  • Transiting Neptune (hidden) is also square natal Venus (police) – SARs haven’t found him yet.
  • Transiting Uranus (sudden changes) conjunct Mars (personal action) – he is in control of his movements, if not his mental processes.
  • Transiting Saturn (grim reaper) conjunct Lunar nodal axis (a public place) intersects natal Jupiter (green) and Sun-Mercury (yellow) in the outer wheel.  We can only interpret this as a departure from life due to his actions, not by anyone else’s hand.

The second bi-wheel reveals a grand trine, sharing the internal state of confusion within Bryce Laspisa’s mind.  For those familiar with this blog and interested in astrology – there is considerable pent up energy, which has been trapped in corners of the trine.  The manner in which it is released is indicated by the green lines.  The answer is pretty obvious; there is only one solution.

The third bi-wheel is similar to the first, we’ve moved in time an hour and ten minutes.  This brings the transiting Moon into the Zodiac of Cancer and the houses have all progressed, unfolding the story.

SARS-LALunar nodal axis is at the angles now and it will not be long before Bryce’s natal Saturn will be at the Descendant; at sunrise.

Whether this is the point of departure or not, we are not at liberty to say.

Also with respect to the family, as I cannot provide hope for a positive outcome, we will not produce a map with locator angles, which might indicate a direction to follow.

We can say however, that he made for the dam wall, on foot.  Come home Bryce Laspisa; your family needs you.