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:

How can a family of four just disappear? Pt.2

interstate15… continued from Pt.1

If my idea was to head to Mexico from my home in Fallbrook, I’d roll on down the Interstate 15, not take the underpass and head for the Old Bonsall Bridge.  That is unless I was summoned to meet up with someone in the vicinity; someone who would like the world to believe that I’d done a runner and fled across the border.

Part One of our forensic enquiry explored a mobile phone-call made at 8:28pm on 4th February, 2010 by Joseph McStay.  As his mobile phone relayed from the cell-tower beside the Old Bonsall Bridge, Joseph was endeavouring to contact  Chase Merritt, his employee.  The call lasted one minute; no-one picked up.


We haven’t heard of the whereabouts of Joey McStay’s T-Mobile G1 Android; no calls or texts have been made or received since. Summer McStay’s mobile phone meanwhile, continued to ping under the same tower, recording missed calls and accepting text messages until 10:30am Saturday when the batteries probably ran flat; some thirty-eight hours later.  Where was her phone?

If the phones stayed in the area, then did the white 1996 Isuzu Trooper stay there as well? We know it wasn’t in the San Ysidro parking lot until Monday evening. That’s considerably longer than thirty-eight hours.

Apparently the mobile coverage of the Old Bonsall Bridge cell-tower is a radius of one to one and a half miles.  We need to ask, who might be able to stash the McStay family vehicle within range of that cell-tower; possibly for several days; over the weekend?

Did law enforcement make a door-to-door check of the residents and businesses in that area?  Or Cadaver dogs?  (Previous forensic cases have proven that a dog can work an area and come up trumps, months after a disappearance.)

We need to pick up the FA toolkit and Google Maps; there’s no heading off down the Avocado Highway for us, yet a while.  There are just too many questions unanswered.

Astrology is a pseudo science and not accepted in a court of law and forensic astrology can only make suggestion and ask questions; we proceed with that knowledge on board.

MAP-house-phoneclick on image for full size

This image is flagged ‘A’ as the home address of the McStay family in Fallbrook and flag ‘B’ is the Old Bonsall Bridge, site of the cell tower in question; a distance of less than ten miles.

Note: The yellow highlight is an approximate radius of one and a half miles from the cell-tower.  ‘Approximation’ is the keyword here; math is not my forte, let alone converting from kilometres to miles for our American friends.

It would be nice to have our initial POI’s cell-phone for analysis, however unfortunately it is not in our possession.   Let’s hope that LE did an extraction of the data on their phone, or was the POI just the mastermind of the operation and safely ensconced away with a plausible abibi?

When we ask cartography and astrology to put their heads together to see if Joseph has significant locators to share, we can see that there is an angle of familial interest. (methodology) The astrological interpretation involves  misunderstandings and mistrust.

MAP-JM-OCclick on image for full size

The bi-wheel of the 8:28pm event/Joseph McStay superimposed over the site of the Bonsall cell-tower would appear to be suggesting that we take note of persons of interest who resided (in February 2010) along the red line where the Moon transits by opposition with Joseph McStay’s forensic planet of the grim reaper, Saturn.

The locator angle points clearly towards Orange County intersecting the areas of Mission Viejo and Lake Forest.

McStay-trio#2Producing a trio of bi-wheels once more; bi-wheels taken from the perspective of the event of the phone call at 8:28pm on 4th February, 2010.  The inner wheel is the event and each of the outer wheels is the natal chart of each of three persons.  The first is Summer McStay, wife and mother; the second is a person of interest / POI and the third is Summer’s husband and father of the children, Joseph McStay.

If we remain at our post at the Old Bonsall Bridge cell-tower and bring Summer McStay into the picture, we have an even bigger cluster of planets at the Ascendant; conjunct the ‘realm of the dead’ fixed star, Alkaid.

Alkaid, or as it is sometimes called Benetnash, is more-often related to disasters as it portends multiple deaths with ‘hired mourners’. The influence is as intense as Mars-Uranus-Saturn.  When associated with the disappearance of a family it does not bode well.

On the horizon line, transiting overhead highlighted in red, the forensic planet Uranus portends sudden changes at the point of departure (the descendant).  Joseph McStay and the POI shared the tension in Pt.1, whereas Summer has just entered our enquiry.

Summer McStay:

  • Natal Uranus and Saturn conjunct the horizon line with Pluto on their tail – all forensic indicators at crisis.
  • Lunar nodal axis of the event is quindecile natal Sun, which is conjunct the IC ….   the reverse is also in tension aspect, as follows; a double whammy.
  • The Sun of the event is in tension/square her Lunar nodal axis – signifying a traumatic event, which will be of the public interest.
  • Pluto transits to conjunct Summer’s natal Sun (highlight orange).  Her light will be extinguished this night.
  • Transiting Uranus is square Summer’s Mercury (yellow) and exact conjunct the IC; the lowest point in a chart.  Mercury represents her two sons in this position.

Note: As is my want, I have no intention of sharing the children’s charts here, suffice to say they left this realm in the company of their father.  The constellation of Pegasus is at the descendant 25 degrees Pisces; Pegasus, the winged horse of mythology.  That same Pegasus who was freed by Perseus when he slayed Medusa.

Pegasus winged them home.

As the heavens suggest that there was death in the McStay family on that night; that body or bodies were secreted away, we have to consider that the event was possibly pre-planned.   As to the motive, we addressed that in Pt.1.

MAP-house>car locationWe produce a map with the Isuzu Trooper recovery point and draw a locator angle to its home garage.

The angle does not correlate with any planets in the family’s  flipped bi-wheels of that night.  There is no mutual locator angle suggested.  This leaves us with just one interpretation:

The vehicle left within walking distance of the Mexican border is, as we thought, a red herring.

Note: since these posts were written, I have been provided with a copy of “No Goodbyes”, thanks Rick – Rick Baker’s blog.

6 July 2013 Postscript:

This POI has so many forensic indicators involved, I have no hesitation in suggesting that he has knowledge of the demise of the McStay family – Joseph, Summer, Gianni and Joey Jnr.

The inner wheel is a snapshot of the planets at 8:28pm on February 4, 2010 at the Bonsall mobile phone tower, California.  The outer wheel is the birth chart for POI known as MM.

Event#2-MMclick on image for full size

Forensic planets are highlighted in red; Jupiter – green; Venus – pink; Mercury – yellow.  This is a basic interpretation of the hard aspects, which create tension.

There can be considerably more analysis done if we were to refer to those soft aspects, which are planets working together and not just creating tension.

I reiterate that astrology is a pseudo-science and not accepted in a court of law.  We can only make suggestions and ask questions plus interpret the tension between planets by following classic astrology guidelines.

Firstly the forensic indicators:

  • Transiting Saturn (1st House) traditionally represents the grim reaper, death. This planet is exact by conjunction with natal Pluto – death by overpowering an individual.
  • Transiting Pluto is square natal Pluto – power struggle
  • Transiting Lunar nodal axis is midpoint natal Lunar nodal axis-Jupiter – Jupiter inflates what it touches.  This explains the over emphasis / public profile – the  focus on finding the missing family, not their demise.
  • Transiting Uranus at the descendant.  This confirms the ending of the grim reaper’s work.
  • Transiting Mercury (communication) in 4th House (the home) is in tension with natal Uranus on the cusp of 2nd House – [edited] there is a money/assets connection to this tension
  • Transiting Mercury (communication) is also conjunct natal Jupiter inflating the conversation.

Natal Venus (MM’s relationship with money) is the midpoint of transiting Pluto-Mercury.  Money talks … powerfully.

**13 November 2013**

Bodies have been recovered from the desert.  We have more work to do on this case…  see the discussion page.