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 suspects Pt.1

… Continuation from Victims Pt.1 and Pt.2

Opus Caelum – opening the Azure Vault.

Emma Barstow came close to a real life horror story when, only married a week, the couple returned home to see the police and a crowd forming on the pavement. The shout was about. Jack the Ripper had murdered a young woman just outside their door.

For the young mind of a writer, it fascinated Emma that in this city of light and theatre and joy, horror could lie waiting, concealed beneath the fog. Inspired, she considered that she might create a fictional character who would explore that darkness.

Baroness Orczy, the creator of The Scarlett Pimpernel was just twenty-three years of age when Jack the Ripper first made it onto the front pages.  Considering that she didn’t marry until 1894, we note that London was still recoiling in horror, even six years after Jack’s rampage through Whitechapel.

The list of possible Jack the Ripper persons of interest is about as long as my arm or yours and of those who have birth data on the public record, we have more than thirty males and one female to include in an enquiry.  If Jack is to be found among them, we will likely have a good chance of outing him and if it’s Jill, I have no doubt she’ll confess to the heavens.

We follow pseudo science’s via sinistra; the left-hand path. Science is not our master; we answer to the heavens.  This enquiry is subjective; is based on classic astrology and Greco-Roman mythology.

As is our practice, we have generated bi-wheels (method) from the birth data of each and every person of interest who had birth data on the public record and compared the tension between the natal charts and each of the six murders in our enquiry; in all, six bi-wheels for each suspect.

We do not intend including all bi-wheels in our posts; students of astrology are welcome to generate their own and compare with those we do include.  All dates are available on the public record.  And so to our task at hand; our persons of interest…

chalkonwallAnti-semitism and racism was rife in 1888, as is so often the case when unemployment levels are high and there is overcrowding in poverty areas.

It seems to be human nature to project the reason for one’s misery onto others, however I consider it more of a human-nurture reason, but then, as a forensic astrologer, I tend to look at things a little differently than most.

Many immigrants from Northern Europe lived in the East End; anti-racial graffiti was chalked on walls and the authorities were sensitive to possible riots.

Were police too quick to deflect suspicion from suspects within the immigrant community?

Immigrants and transients:

With this criteria in mind, we have generated natal charts for those we have been able to obtain birth data for and made an analysis of their bi-wheels for each of the six crimes. None appear to have any connection to the murders.  As for those whom had no birth data available, we’ve eliminated them due to their having feasible alibis or their inclusion in the list appears to be unfounded.

Those immigrants and transients eliminated from further enquiry are:

  • Carl Feigenbaum
  • Hyam Hyams
  • Nathan Kaminsky aka David Cohen
  • Aaron Kosminski
  • Jacob Levy
  • Joseph Levy
  • Joseph Lis aka Joseph Silver
  • Michael Ostrog
  • Alexander Pedachenko
  • John Pizer.

red flagWe do, however have one foreign born national whose astrology chart requires further consideration in our enquiry.  He is Polish born, Seweryn Antonowicz Klosowski; aka George Chapman.

The barber’s assistant had an appointment to keep with the grim reaper in 1903 for other murders, however he goes up on the shelf for us to examine in more detail in the Jack the Ripper murders.

Note: Walter Sickert was also born in Europe to an English mother, however for our enquiry we have included him among ‘The arts’  (Suspects Pt.2).

The medicos:

As for those suspects with medical knowledge, Dr John Williams, President of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, is suggested to have worked in a local Whitechapel infirmary, was in the area at the time and could have known the victims; in particular, Mary Kelly.

It has also been put forward that Dr William’s wife, Mary Elisabeth Ann (Lizzie) may have been involved, even in her own right as Jill the Ripper.

Note that Lizzie Williams is the only female suspect with birth data available, to date. Should there be others, we can enquire further, however we will need their birth data.

Williams-duo9th November, 1888 is the event of the murder of Mary Kelly. The last and most likely highly emotive event for the perpetrator is shared here. They are both bi-wheels with the inner wheel the time of the event (the event chart) and the outer wheel is the natal chart for each of the suspects.

We interpret any tension between these two snapshots of time from the the perspective of the event rather than the suspect; through the heaven’s eyes.

Chart #1 Dr Williams indicates that there was communication by him in relation to the murders – transiting Pluto opposite natal Mercury.  As this alignment is not connected to the 10th house we would suggest that the communication is more likely in his private papers.

There are no forensic indicators to implicate Dr Williams in this murder.

Chart #2 Lizzie Williams:  With a natal Sun-Mercury conjunction this person is quite outspoken by nature and with Saturn transiting by opposition, her voice on this matter would have been severe. Her chart indicates that the public outcry also upset her mental and emotional balance; hysteria is present – Lunar nodal axis 10th/4th houses square natal Uranus plus transiting Moon (blue) square Pluto.

Lizzie may have drawn attention to herself by her reaction to current events, however the forensic indicators are not present to implicate her in the murders.  We leave the memory of Lizzie Williams to her own demons.

In the Autumn of 1878 Francis Thompson began six years of studies to be a surgeon, however drugs were to be his downfall. His career never eventuated and he was on the streets of Whitechapel, a vagrant at the time of the murders.

A bi-wheel with his natal chart reveals his innocence of any violence during the period of our enquiry.

red flagAs for the other medicos on the list of suspects, Dr Thomas Neill Cream and Dr William Withey Gull’s initial charts are pinging for our attention and need to be flagged for further enquiry.

Dr Gull’s supposed coachman, John Netley has evaded us in our search for data. We trust that the coachman would have been a minor character, if involved. We take the wait-and-see approach; revisiting if his master reveals more.

Montague Druitt meanwhile, a barrister-at-law and son of a doctor is also someone who was high on the list of police suspects during the aftermath of the murders. He was found drowned, following a diagnosis of unsound mind.

Montague Druitt’s chart reveals nothing more than his fate ahead. Saturn was close to transiting his Lunar nodal axis; indicating his future public appointment with the grim reaper in December, 1888.  His chart does not require further analysis.

Persons of note:

Prior to the discovery of penicillin and antibiotics, the sexually transmitted disease of syphilis was rife in western society.  Advanced cases of neuro-syphilis drove normally-sound minds, crazy.  Many of our suspects were sufferers of, or even died of syphilis.

Nominated as suspects from among the aristocracy are Lord Randolph Henry Spencer-Churchill, father of a future Prime Minister of England and Queen Victoria’s grandson, Eddy; Prince Albert Victor Christian Edward, Duke of Clarence.  Both are believed to have suffered as a result of syphilis.


Churchill’s health was already in decline by the summer of 1888.  I would suggest that he was particularly ‘rattled’ by the Whitechapel murders – Uranus/Sun=22°Pisces, the descendant of the Mary Kelly murder.

When we see Mercury (yellow) conjunct the Lunar South Node in the outer chart squared by transiting Jupiter (green) this inflation is evident of his ailing health.

Transiting Uranus opposite Uranus-Mars – aggravated mood swings would not make for good company. He probably had a lot of angry words to add to the conversation in relation to these murders.

As for any forensic indicators, I can’t see Lord Randolph Churchill in the action, but we shall see; what we shall see.


As for Eddy, the prince who died three steps away from the crown; he is reputed to have been at Balmoral for the family’s summer holidays at the time of the Jack the Ripper murders.

The bi-wheel for Prince Eddy has Uranus at the top of the tree with a whisker of madness  – 22°Gemini, plus transiting Uranus (red) is in tension with his Sun (orange),  but all else is very quiet.

When we look at his bi-wheels and the lack of action, I would suggest that Queen Victoria’s grandson wasn’t even reading the papers, let alone orchestrating some undercover action.

…continued pt.2