Jack – out of the box

… a continuation to complete our canonical five: victims pt.1 & pt.2, suspects pt.1 & pt.2

Come out, come out, wherever you are and meet the young lady, who fell from a star.

Seweryn Antonowicz Klosowski was just twenty-two when he arrived in London from Poland; in all likelihood in 1888.  At the time of the murders there was no cloud of suspicion hanging over his head so he was not included in the roundup by police.

suspects#2It wasn’t until he was convicted of poisoning his third victim years later, that his knowledge of anatomy and a violent history brought him to the attention of the authorities and suspicion of having committed the Jack the Ripper murders.

Of the three deaths that hang over Klosowski’s head, his first common-law-wife was murdered in 1897 and the third, 1902; all poisoned.

There is no evidence that Klosowski alias George Chapman was in London at the time of the Whitechapel murders, however we share his bi-wheels due to the fact that there are forensic indicators present in his charts.

The suggestion that Klosowski could be Jack the Ripper has been challenged on the public record. Among other points, we note a different modus operandi for his crimes.

Why would Jack change his method from being a violent mutilator and trophy-taker of women’s body parts; women that he was not in a relationship with, to that of a poisoner of women; his wives?

When we interpret Klosowski’s natal chart, it’s the midpoints that indicate his struggles with the women in his life.

  • Mercury/Neptune=23°Aquarius – subterfuge in communication
  • ­Venus/Pluto=23°Aquarius – women and power; volatility.
  • Jupiter/Neptune=22°Aquarius –the poisoner indicator


As for the bi-wheels, we again refer to the murder of Lizzie Stride first; the forensic indicators are close but not close enough. Transiting Mars is conjunct Mars (red) and the calendar date (orange) is opposite natal Neptune (turquoise) and square Jupiter (green) and Mercury (yellow).

The biggest crime that could possibly be happening here is perhaps, a fraud.

The second bi-wheel reveals a more sinister tension.  Transiting Uranus (red) in the inner wheel intersects the natal Lunar nodal axis (red) indicating sudden changes creating a traumatic event in a public place, however it is Klosowski who is experiencing the traumatic event rather than the perpetrator of the trauma.

When we look further transiting Pluto (red) is opposite natal Venus (pink).  Venus can represent money as well as women in a chart. We suggest that these two tension aspects with forensic indications, combined could suggest that George Chapman was possibly evicted out onto the street due to inability to pay his way.  Jupiter (green) is also transiting natal Mars – inflating Klosowski/George Chapman’s reaction.

I cannot see this as a motive to murder and mutilate a prostitute on the night that Mary Kelly was killed, let alone the previous murders.

Dr Thomas Neill Cream is another poisoner in our little group; an abortionist.  Born in Scotland, his crimes for which he was convicted were in North America.  Being a medico he had access to pharmaceutical drugs and the poison cabinet.

This is man who wanted to be caught.  Following incarceration for the poisoning murder of the husband of his lover, he was released in 1891 only to kill again. Apparently there were a string of women killed earlier to which he had bragged about killing to anyone who would listen; women he had poisoned.

It took another poisoning murder after his release, that brought him face to face with the hangman.  As the noose was pulled tight in 1892, Thomas Cream is supposed to have confessed to being our Jack. He wasn’t going out without a shout.

We don’t even need to check, natal Mercury in Gemini – liar liar pants on fire; mirroring his driving need, a Moon in Sagittarius.

The media circus took over once again, despite the supposed evidence on the record that he had been incarcerated in the USA from 1881-91 and could not have been in London in 1888.

Allowing for this information to be incorrect, we must include this person of interest especially considering that forensic indicators are present in his charts. Again we use the two murders of Lizzie Stride and Mary Kelly as our perspective.


Chart #1 Those all-important angles are in the mix; in this case the Midheaven, the career sector.  Highlighted in red are the natal planet group – Uranus-Pluto conjunction ‘the Rasputin factor’ together with the grim reaper, Saturn. They straddle the MC vying to be top of the Christmas tree.

If Dr Cream was indeed in London at the time of the murder of Lizzie Stride, he would be top of the list for interrogation; of that, I am sure.

The second highly significant forensic indicator, transiting Saturn intersects the natal Lunar nodal axis. The grim reaper is in a traumatic situation with Dr Cream.

The third aspect in tension is transiting Pluto conjunct natal Sun; power and ego.

Chart #2 As for the murder of Mary Kelly, things are pretty quiet in Dr Cream’s head.  Pluto continues to transit his Sun; an ongoing pressure that year.

Note that Pluto is the slowest moving body orbiting in our solar system and therefore any tension aspect remains ; waxing and waning over many months.

We can eliminate Dr Cream from the murder of our Mary.  Given access to the whereabouts of Dr Cream during September 1888, I have no doubt we would find that he was up to no good, even if incarcerated at the time.

James Kelly is third out of the box and a Broadmoor escapee.  If we have forensic indicators present in his chart, we know that he’d be up to no good, whether he’s in Sir Percy Blakeney’s territory across the channel, or in Whitechapel.

On this occasion we have chosen the three strongest bi-wheels to share; those of the murder of Mary Ann Nichols, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Kelly; the three murders with the 22°Ascendant/Descendant.

#1+4+5-KellyJames Kelly’s first bi-wheel reveals considerable obsessive behaviour – there are three quindeciles in the action relating to money or the lack of it, changes in moods and masculine power.

#1 The forensic indicators are close to the action, however not quite close enough.  He would not have made good company on the night of 31st August, 1888, that’s for sure.

#2 We identify transiting Saturn nearing conjunction with natal Saturn.  This is known as a Saturn return and those familiar with astrology often fear this aspect.  It always forecasts a major growth period within oneself and an internal struggle with controlling oneself and environment.

Note that the results of this aspect are often projected outwards by those not emotionally mature enough to grow with it.

Transiting Pluto continues to pressure Kelly’s personal version of madness Uranus transit inflating natal Jupiter (green).  This is crazy stuff and I mean crazy.

#3  Saturn is full on by the time of the murder of Mary Kelly, however we can see that all this forensic indication is internalised.  James Kelly is murdering his own demons, not the prostitutes of Whitechapel.  He is not our Jack.

This leaves us with fewer contenders for the joker label.  Dr Gull together with his his cab driver John Netley and the artist, Walter Sickert.  All three have forensic indicators very much in the mix.

Dr William Withey Gull was 71 years of age at the time of the Whitechapel murders.  In Victorian times I would consider him a man of advanced years; a man who also had not previously aroused any suspicion of murderous deeds.  This one is a conspiracy theory, perhaps.

#2+4+5-GullBy now, I should imagine those following this enquiry will be interpreting the forensic indicators themselves and come to the same conclusions as us, that there isn’t enough action in the charts to implicate Dr William Withey Gull in such violence as those we are making an enquiry of.

I do wish to point out that the good doctor has natal Neptune at 22°Sagittarius; he holds many secrets that have a whiff of sulphur about them.   However today, Dr Gull is not our Jack.

As for the cab driver John Netley, despite the fact that his birth date is very close to Walter Sickert and therefore has forensic indicators in common, we cannot consider him a suspect in his own right. I would suggest a clever researcher has possibly implicated this man in the nefarious deeds for his own reasons.

RIP John Netley, we’ll not rattle your bones today.  Thanks Wedgetailegal.

Sickert-toffThat brings us down to the last cab off the rank; the jobbing actor who wasn’t good enough to play the lead at the Lyceum in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. As a vengeful act against Henry Irving and his production, we suggest that he gave us his interpretation of  ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’.

There was not going to be a mention on the entertainment pages; our Jack wanted top billing, the front page and he got it.

  • We know that his first career as an actor bombed; that Henry Irving had let him go from the company of actors.
  • We know that his specialty within the company had been disguise and makeup.
  • We know that in his second career choice, his art teacher and mentor, Whistler had recently released him as a student; moving abroad.
  • We know that he was familiar with the Whitechapel area, renting rooms as studios.
  • We know that he used prostitutes as art models.
  • It is highly likely that he learned anatomy; observed dissection of corpses, as part of his art studies.

Don’t ever slight a ‘cusp Ascendant Scorpio Moon’ individual.  You do so at your own peril.  The driving need of their personality is to seek revenge; a meal best served cold, as we know.

WS-natalMoon (blue) conjunct ascendant also tells us that we have an accomplished writer before us and with (yellow) Mercury in Gemini, fiction is his realm.  We need to challenge the ‘facts’ of anything that this man writes or communicates; he’s a natural ‘actor’.

Also of note is a peregrine Saturn 20° Leo at the top of the Christmas tree in the 10th house, the career; self-centred, the lion king.

Our Jack still stalks the London Lyceum, it seems.

phrenologyThere are no surprises really.  This man’s phrenology development reveals, through a study of a series of photos from youth to old-age; that the life-focus on imitation, fantasy, even wonder has created what is commonly referred to as a ‘swollen head’.

Walter Richard Sickert is the only person of interest in our enquiry who has consistent tension across all six bi-wheels; forensic indicators abound. One perpetrator for all the crimes; a natural progression of honing his skills, mastering his craft.

sickert-sepiaHis master plan might have got a bit out of control, but then that’s just the peregrine Saturn at work.  This man’s ego and intellect would have had a denial ready for any challenge.

What I can add from experience of interpreting charts over the years, is that someone with the following tension in their charts could not possibly have been calmly painting landscapes with his brother in the countryside; playing happy families with his mother in France.

With the angles in the action, we interpret determination and purpose; a man in turmoil.

1-2-3-Sickert-smallMartha Tabram #1

  • Transit Mercury (yellow) opposite natal Mars – identifies the perpetrator of this murderous deed; the motive – a message.
  • Transiting Uranus (red) quindecile natal Neptune (turquoise) – obsessively secretive.
  • Transiting Mars opposite natal Pluto – this man’s driving need for power is behind the action; natal Moon.
  • Transit Neptune conjunct natal Mercury – fantasy element in the delivery of the message (artistic expression).
  • Transiting lunar nodal axis square by exact 5th house cusp Natal Moon (blue) – driving need, entertainment in the public arena.

Mary Ann Nichols #2

  • Angle – Ascendant conjunct natal Saturn – the grim reaper drives the action from the 12th house/mind of the assailant, pressing for action.
  • Angle – Midheaven conjunct natal Pluto  – death indicator; power uppermost, the aim.
  • Transiting Neptune conjunct natal Mercury – fantasy element in the delivery of the message (artistic expression).

Annie Chapman #3

  • Angle – Midheaven conjunct natal Sun – he’ll making the headline by now, to be sure.
  • Transiting Neptune (turquoise) conjunct natal Mercury (yellow) – fantasy element in the delivery of the message (artistic expression).
  • Transiting Pluto=Mercury/Uranus – this is where it starts to get out of control. Uranus brings manic action to the mix.

456-Sickert-smallElizabeth Stride #4

  • Transiting Moon (blue) conjunct Lunar nodal axis intersects natal Mars and Jupiter.  Unconscious childhood issues related to relationship with mother surfacing; emotional needs, drives the action.
  • Transiting Jupiter (green) opposite Neptune conjunct natal Mercury (yellow)  inflated urgency in the kill with fantasy element in the career house.

Catherine Eddowes #5

This is basically a repeat performance of the murder of Lizzie Stride with the difference that one-hour later, the angles have now aligned.

  • Angle – Ascendant conjunct natal Saturn – the grim reaper is still in the 12th house/mind of the assailant, pressing for action. The scythe is doing its work; the timer sand runs out as the lifeforce leaves the body of Catherine Eddowes.
  • Angle – Midheaven conjunct natal Pluto  – death indicator; power uppermost.

Mary Kelly #6

We have the Christmas tree… Note on this bi-wheel that the Saturn return challenge has now aligned – the internal struggle with self-purpose; inner authority.

  • Transiting Mercury (yellow) conjunct natal Moon-Ascendant – this is the Scorpio revenge as discussed previously.
  • Transiting Jupiter opposite natal Sun – inflated sense of self.
  • Transiting Moon (blue) in the inner wheel conjunct natal Mars – emotional needs driving the action.
  • Lunar nodal axis in the heavens conjunct natal Venus-Jupiter conjunction in the 10th house – highly inflated, lofty ideas about a career on the public stage.

jack-in-the-boxThe Whitechapel murders were conscious murderous acts, which allowed the madness within the mind of the perpetrator to express itself.  Mind you, the madness got out of control somewhat, judging by the acceleration of frenzied attack and I would expect there were in all likelihood, further murders elsewhere until the perpetrator regained control of his compulsion.

If there were more murders by the same hand, perhaps we can open that box another day…

PS:  a new blog is just in the process of being developed, devoted to Jack & Co, Whitechapel. we’ve called it ripperastrology.wordpress.com  Contributing authors are welcome.

Jack the Ripper – the victims Pt.2

…  continued from Part 1

MAP-whitechapelAs I was writing this post, Wedgetailegal informed me that it was the anniversary of a funeral for one of Jack’s victims.   Long Lizzie sings softly for us across 125 years.

Frere Jacques, Frere Jacques, Dormez vous? Dormez vous?

Elizabeth Stride:

Swedish born Eizabeth Stride, Gustaf’s daughter was far from home; buried in a paupers grave in 1888. The drink had led Lizzie to the workhouse and prostitution, although on the night she was killed, Long Liz had been out spending her charwoman’s earnings in the pub, rather than any ill-gotten gains.

JTR-30Sept#1click on charts for full size

The killer was most likely disturbed by a man with a cart and pony; the animal had shied on entry to the yard.  Dismounting, the driver discovered the still warm body in Dutfield’s Yard, Berners Street; the blood not yet crusted on Long Liz’s neck.

The victim had escaped mutilation of her torso, but not murder; her throat had been slit from ear to ear.

His blood lust not yet sated, Jack the Ripper was to kill again that night, but first we have an event chart to interpret from the heavens above Berners Street.

  • Midpoint Pluto/Uranus=Ascendant 11°Leo – intensification of ego awareness; I am the Lion King.  Note the grim reaper, Saturn is standing close by with just 6 degrees of separation between them.
  • Sun (orange) in 3rd house quindecile Midheaven, square Moon (blue) – a driving need to be the top of the tree; an obsession. 

Jack’s message to us is more of a statement really:  He needs to be acknowledged as the best performer, the star at the top of the Christmas tree; top billing.  I would consider that this is likely related to sibling rivalry locked in the perpetrator’s memory.  In his arrogance, it would be considered his birthright.

  • Venus (pink) in the 4th house – patriarchal statement; women belong in the home.
  • Jupiter (green) opposite Neptune (turquoise) – an inflated level of secrecy.

There were several descriptions of men in Long Liz’s company after midnight in the police records. With Jupiter opposite Neptune in the heavens on this night, perhaps Jack did not have the opportunity to reveal himself; or choose not to.

Catherine Eddowes:

Less than hour after Elizabeth Stride was murdered, Jack unsheathed his knife again.  Kate Eddowes was still exhuberant; having returned from summertime hop picking in Kent only days before.  We note that she’d been into the ‘liquid hops’ during the day on Saturday.

By nightfall Kate Eddowes was well in her cups.  Put into the cells at Bishopsgate Station in a drunken state in the early evening of 29th September, Kate was released at 1:00am, Sunday morning; considered ‘sobered up’.

“Goodnight, old cock,” she said, stepping out onto the street.  It was only a ten minute walk to where Catherine Eddowes would meet with the grim reaper.  She was in no rush to go home to face the music, lingering in Mitre Square.

The last sighting of Kate was of her talking to a man wearing a loosely fitted, salt and pepper colored jacket, a grey cloth cap with a peak to match.  Oh and he had a reddish coloured handkerchief knotted around his neck; giving the appearance of being a sailor.

If it’s our Jack, then he’s putting on quite a performance for his audience this time.

JTR-30Sept#2Apart from killing Kate by cutting her throat in his usual manner, she was mutilated horribly.  Jack would have been angry that he had been disturbed earlier; the pent-up rage no doubt erupted in a frenzy.

The victims eyes were stabbed, her ears, nose and face slashed; her body had been opened from breast-bone to pubis; her liver stabbed repeatedly. Intestines had been removed and left at her shoulder, a similar manner to when he slaughtered Annie Chapman.

Not content with that, the killer then opened the body further with a horizontal incision, removing Kate’s kidney and uterus; his trophies.

mitre squareWe know that the uterus is the source of the feminine and it isn’t too long a stretch to understand why this might be a trophy.  The kidney however has a deeper meaning.

Reference to the kidneys in the Bible, particularly in the Book of Job, cites the kidneys as the site of divine punishment for misdemeanors, committed or perceived.

There are five instances in the same good book, where kidneys are mentioned as the organs examined by God to judge an individual. We must take note also, that kidneys are always mentioned in conjunction with the heart; mirrors of the psyche.

We can expect a heart to be taken as a trophy, should there be future victims.

We can also suggest without any hesitation that this killer has deep-seated anger with his natal female-nurturer; had read the Bible at some stage and/or had a Christian upbringing.

Note: part of a kidney was later mailed to the Chairman of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee.  The accompanying letter was addressed ‘from hell’ (image of the letter).  There was no DNA testing facility in those days to identify a match, but it is highly likely Catherine Eddowes’ organ.

  • Uranus/MC=Moon-North node conjunction – climbing over others to fulfill one’s own need for recognition. This madness, most certainly, is related to his early relationship with his mother.

Lunar madness is prevalent in this particular chart more so than the others – Moon conjunct the Lunar north node in the 12th house/the mind.  Given the opportunity, we would likely find that the emotional connection to his mother was not severed cleanly when he was around 2-3 years-old.  Was a younger sibling needing his mother’s attention?

Jack had made his point.  Following the publicity of the mutilation and murder of Catherine Eddowes and all the uproar in the community, Dr Jekyll and Hyde closed its London season early and left to tour elsewhere.   However the madness had not left Jack yet.  There was one more in the canon still to come; he didn’t have all his trophies for the cabinet.

Mary Jane Kelly:

In the early hours of Friday 9th November, 1888 the following planetary alignment was in the heavens.  This was not a night to be out-of-doors alone, with the Serbian astrology 22° revealed again.

The grim reaper, Saturn is on the streets, swinging his egg-timer; scythe over his shoulder.  Neptune (ruler of Pisces)  is at the angle and we know what that means – someone is likely to ‘get away with murder’.  Prophets of doom.

  • 22° Virgo ascendant – the answer is in the detail (note the trophy taken)
  • 22° Pisces descendant – catch me if you can (never caught)
  • 22° Sagittarius midpoint = Sun/Moon – look for a foreign home (4th house midpoint)
  • 22° Sagittarius midpoint = Asc/Desc – coming and going, foreign homes (ditto)
  • 22° Pisces midpoint = Mars/Neptune – he leaves the scene, cloaked in secrecy
  • Saturn in tension, square the Sun – grim reaper is in the mix; forensic indicator.

JTR-9NovIrish born, raised in Wales, Mary Jane was a sight for sore eyes in London – in her mid twenties, vibrant and liked by all; only noisy when she was in her cups.  This was one of those nights; her neighbours heard renditions of her favourite songs into the early hours.

Not outdoors this time; no gutters or back alleys for our colleen. Mary Jane was to die in a rented room, allowing  Jack the privacy to do his worst and at his leisure.

Last seen in the company of a shabbily dressed, stout man in a long overcoat and wearing a billycock hat, Mary Jane and Jack set off indoors.  With a blotchy face, small side-whiskers and a carroty moustache, it sounds like Jack has been into his prop-box again and applied fresh makeup.

The rent collector found what was left of Mary Jane in the morning.  When police entered the room, they found Mary Jane Kelly’s clothes neatly folded on a chair and she was wearing just a chemise. Her boots were in front of the fireplace.

Mary Jane had undressed for her killer and yet there was no evidence of sexual intent.  Why then did she remove her clothes? 

Jack stripped the flesh from her bones:

  • The whole of the surface of the abdomen and thighs was removed and the abdominal cavity emptied.
  • Her breasts were cut off, the arms mutilated by several jagged wounds and the face hacked beyond recognition.
  • The tissues of the neck were severed down to the bone.
  • The uterus and kidneys with one breast were found under her head, the other breast by the right foot, the liver between the feet.
  • The intestines lay by the right side of the body and the spleen by the left-hand side.
  • Her thighs were on a table.
  • She had died by the usual manner, her throat cut ear to ear; down to the bone.
  • The chest cavity was open and the heart absent.  Jack had his ultimate trophy.  He had stolen Mary Jane’s life force; her heart.

I drove the bus

It had all started with the leader; the dux.  The Ascendant of Mary Tabram’s event chart revealed the 22° constellation of Cancer rising at the horizon. This particular performance ends with the Pisces Descendant and Mary Jane Kelly’s demise,  dropping below the horizon at 22° Pisces – evil, from beginning to end.

Neptune’s cloak of invisibility came down over the entire performance and Jack escaped capture.

Did Jack disappear to America? To the Continent?  Did he kill again?  Can the heavens tell us?   Can we coax Jack out of the box?

Frere Jacques, Frere Jacques, Dormez vous? Dormez vous?

…continued – the suspects