Midpoints and murder

Exploration of the subtleties of astrological aspects in the horoscope of the accused, Gerard Baden-Clay, our focus remains in the realm of nature, the perspective he brought with him into this life; the lot he has chosen to live. As much as we would like to get to pick the meat out of the bones, it’s not time yet to visit the nurturing aspect, the influence of his parents, siblings or those who were part of his early life.

We need to peel off another layer to discover what the Fates have in store.  They hinted in my last post, rather bluntly I thought, that there was much to be revealed among the midpoints, in relation to the crime and so today we return to the subtleties of these midpoints in the horoscope wheels of the accused and the crime event – that fateful night of 19 April, 2012.

A midpoint is not a physical entity like a planet.  It is a mathematical point of considerable significance in an astrological chart. The use of midpoints historically goes back to around the year 1200 AD when Guido Bonati, a famous Italian Astrologer, used ‘half-sums’ (midpoints) in his interpretations of horoscope wheels.

When an astrologer refers to the Sun/Moon midpoint for example, they are referring to the point halfway between the Sun and the Moon. For example, if the Sun is at 10 degrees Aries and the Moon is at 20 degrees Aries, the Sun/Moon midpoint is 15 degrees Aries.  A midpoint makes contact with a planet in a horoscope; the combined energies of the midpoint interact with the planetary energies.  Eg, if a midpoint makes contact with the Sun and the midpoint is Mars/Pluto.  It is written as Sun=Mars/Pluto.

  • Sun=Mars/Pluto is likely to be interpreted as – this individual takes pride in asserting power; Sun=Pluto/North Node – this individual takes pride in being a powerful public figure.  Mars=Mercury/Ascendant – action man talks about and has a lot of ideas about – himself.  Do any of those examples sound like anyone we know?  Of course, they’re the midpoints of Gerard Baden-Clay – his view of the world, which is not necessarily ours.

At five minutes to midnight, on the night of the murder the midpoint picture was different.

Sun=Moon/Jupiter  This event was emotionally highly charged;  pride was an inflated issue; opinions were a sensitive subject.  The Sun gives us the ‘pride’; the Moon tells us that there is an ‘emotional charge’; Jupiter expands what it touches, ‘inflates’ as well as bring the focus onto ‘opinions’.   Midpoints give us a story.

  • When I consider another example, which was not present on this particular night – Venus=Mars/Neptune, we could have seduction on the agenda, as the focus with lots of ‘fairy dust’ (Neptune) being thrown about excessively; ‘porky pies’ by the truckload or liquor plied – anything to ease the way for a little romance, shall we say.  However in another situation there could be a very different interpretation.

I am reminded of a sculptor who lived long, long ago on the island of Cyprus.  His name was Pygmalion. A very sensitive and moral chap who was horrified at the rough and tumble of his fellow creatures; the sinful lives and general wickedness by both men and women. He was a dreamer, an artist and steadfast in his moral high ground. We might consider him overly restrained by today’s standards; committed to retaining his innocence until wedded bliss.

Unfortunately as the years passed, he never met a kindred spirit to share his life. He dreamed his dreams of love lost and in the long evenings he chiseled away at wood and stone, making toy soldiers, flutes and things that took his fancy, to while-away the long nights. His little pieces were more of a hobby, more pleasurable than his daily chore of sculpting grand statues and the like.

One day he picked up a piece of ivory while rummaging in his sculptor’s store and put it in his pocket. Pygmalion took it home and under a crescent moon one evening, as Venus shone brightly in the sky, he picked up the smooth piece of ivory in his hands and began to imagine what it might reveal to him.

As he worked with his tiny chisels, he felt a tingling in his fingers. His senses became more alert. Pygmalion knew it was a special night. He could feel the presence of the Goddess.  His pulse quickened and his heart rate increased; his blood pressure levels probably jumped a few points and goodness knows what was going on in his hormone storage tank.

The planets had aligned, his time had come, for before he knew it a form was shaping in his hands.  As he worked, he released a beauty from the bone, more beautiful than any he had created before in wood, stone or ivory.

Not a flute as was his want to carve, but the woman of his dreams. Her shape was womanly, her legs were lean and with her face revealed, his spirits soared and love swelled in his heart. He put her down. He picked her up. Was she flesh or bone? Her skin was milky white, the color of the Moon. She remained cool ivory in his hands. Placing her gently by his pillow, he dreamed sweet dreams, that night.

Pygmalion’s days passed, his daily routine became the dream and each evening he hurried home to be in reality, with his ivory-skinned beauty.  He whispered to her. He caressed her. He bought home little gifts to her each night – shells from the beach; a flower whose perfume had attracted him; a feather dropped from heaven that day; the first rays of sunshine after rain.  Each and every night he held her in his arms, with no response. She remained cool ivory in his hands and many, many nights he prayed to Venus, that love might join him in his lonely existence.

As the annual feast day of the goddess drew near, Pygmalion made pilgrimage to Venus’ shrine. He threw himself before her; lay prostrate before her statue; pleaded for her help. In his despair he even offered his life if need be, for the cause of love. The temple maidens hid from view.  Venus was obviously busy elsewhere.

However duty calls, as it is want to. Her diary opened at our page, Venus, by her presence, heard Pygmalion’s plea. He must have struck a chord or the right note in his wailing, for Venus was stirred to action.  The temple flame flickered and rose as if in answer to his prayers. He felt his beating heart flutter even more than usual so, with hope eternal in his breast, he paid homage to the Goddess of Desire then rushed home to his delight.

Taking his ivory beauty to his chest, he felt her warm beneath his touch. She had a pulse; her body swelled to meet him; she moved her limbs, her arms, and her body; her face gained color. Ruby lips smiled up at him, returning his embrace. Pygmalion had whistled up his living doll.   Now that m’dears, is Venus in action – Venus=Mars/Neptune.

My Fair Lady (based on Pygmalion) was a huge hit in the West End, as well as on the screen and think about how many other movies are based on the story of Pygmalion.  Ruby Sparks is about to hit our screens any day now. You can bet Allison loved them all.

  • Allison had Venus=Jupiter/Neptune which equates to a ‘rose-coloured glasses’ event.  Note that Mars is not in the picture (no action) and replaced by Jupiter (inflation).  That gives us the big dream, which remains as a fantasy; not grounded in reality. Allison would have loved the fantasy element of the chick flick. The bigger the better.

Midpoints are our richness, our wealth of character.  Some are of good character and others bring tears to our eyes and much wringing of hands. The resulting meld of two planets; a subtle mix gives us another layer to explore in an effort to understand the behaviour of the accused, together with the sulphurous smell in the atmosphere at the time of the crime.  The midpoints reveal the subtleties, the unconscious desires in all of us.  That someone should peel off the layers, be it an apple, an onion, or the human psyche, what we find can be delicious or distasteful.

Let’s take the crime event (the time of 11.55pm on 19 April 2012) as an example of a planet, which will have any individual’s midpoints interacting with it; then consider the midpoints, which already exist in the horoscope of the accused and interpret astrologically.

There is one point, which leaps off the page.  I duck before the crone pokes me again. At the top of the wheel of the ‘crime event’, the mid-heaven; the Medium Coeli; the MC, we can see that the zodiac is at 02degrees Scorpio.  We note also that the transiting Sun is in opposition to this point.  The Sun is where we can expect it to be as after-all, it is five minutes before midnight.

The MC is an angle (one of the four major angles in a horoscope) as well as the cusp of the tenth house.  This is the point where the focus is on ‘who you are’ or ‘who you think you are’.  The MC represents our most visible achievements in the eyes of society, our public ‘face’ (as opposed to our more personal ‘face’ at the Ascendant), our accomplishments, and our overall sense of responsibility and standing in society.  Basically it’s our reputation.

This is the point in time where Gerard Baden-Clay’s world collided with the real world, in real time. This is where he has made his reputation. Whatever he achieved in his life before this point in time, means nothing, zilch. At precisely 11.55pm Gerard Baden-Clay interacted and changed his reputation (MC) in the following manner.

MC=Sun/Moon  His primary midpoint is the Sun/Moon. There is nothing bigger in an individual’s life than this point interacting with a planetary station. We are not talking character building here in a natal horoscope.  If someone were born with MC=Sun/Moon the individual could look forward to a stunning career and public reputation.

Gerard Baden-Clay was not born with this midpoint, however by the crime that he is accused of committing having occurred at this particular point in time, we can guarantee a public reputation of sorts.  We have peeled off a layer.

  • Astrologically speaking, found guilty, the reputation of the accused will not reach a higher point in his lifetime than this. This is ‘it’ for him, the end of the road in the reputation stakes.

There are more midpoints and I add them, as they are specifically at the same point and add to the weight under the saddle.

MC=Venus/Jupiter  His reputation as a ladies man is overinflated (Jupiter); he is in fact an opinionated (Jupiter) philanderer and with the transiting Sun at the IC (bottom of the wheel), his opinion of himself as a reputable ladies man is highlighted and open to ridicule.

MC=Venus/IC  His reputation as a high roller in the money stakes (the alternative aspect of Venus) is illuminated (by the transiting Sun at the IC). By now the magnifying glass is smoking under the heat.  There ‘aint no money, honey.  There’s no place at the high rollers table for you.

MC=Jupiter/IC   His reputation (again highlighted by the Sun at the IC) is in tatters big time. Inflated, opinionated, this nag is knackered.

MC=Uranus/Neptune  His reputation is fed by the fantasy (Neptune), ‘that things can change suddenly’ (Uranus).  Don’t meddle with Uranus, as it inevitably brings daddy into the picture and we all know who Uranus’ daddy is – Chaos.

  • Is this the point where the accused had, what he thought was an epiphany?  Was he lured by Mammon’s light?

Venus + Scorpio = Sex

Did I say the ‘S’ word?  I sure did.   We’re talking Venus today. The gorgeous sexy, feminine Venus and she’s loaded as well.

In Gerard Baden-Clay we have an individual with a very busy mind and a dreamer as revealed by his Sun/Moon combo and Mercury.  Now we know what’s on his mind – sexual fantasy. Well I guess he’s in the right place, at the right time, right now – in a correctional facility where engaging in sex is just that – a fantasy.

A lot of people think ‘sex’ whenever Scorpio is mentioned, however Scorpio is no more sexy than any other sign in the zodiac.  Scorpio is about secrets, the hidden side of things and put together with Venus we, with our naughty minds, think sex.  Well Venus in Scorpio is about sex, however it’s also about money and when we put sex, money and power together, we have what drives most of the western world, does it not.

Are we surprised that sex is a motivator for the accused? I don’t think so.  Mainstream media has reported that apart from his very own Venus at home, Gerard Baden-Clay has had a regular mistress for some four years, plus at least three other affairs in recent times.

What is of interest astrologically in his birth wheel, is that Venus is conjunct Imum Coeli – ‘bottom of the sky’ and the lowest point of the wheel. The opposition aspect also comes into play automatically as a result – Medium Coeli (top of the chart/high noon).  Apart from these auspicious angles, Venus is in conjunction aspect with Jupiter in the zodiac sign of Scorpio.

The Imum Coeli is said to refer to our roots and also to the least conscious part of ourselves, our shadow. It symbolises foundations, the need for security and relationships with the home and family life.

The ultimate natural sign for this position in a horoscope wheel is Cancer, another water sign. Thinking in terms of water signs, Cancer is represented by a river –  ‘go with the flow’ is the catch cry for this sign, whereas Scorpio is a pond which, unless it is attended to, risks becoming ‘stagnant.’

An individual with Scorpio at their I.C. has some work to do in their lives, to clean their pond regularly.  Now if ‘housework/cleaning out the pond’ is not your idea of a good time; you are lazy, or believe someone else should be doing all the work, then this is a challenge.  Having the gorgeous Venus in your pond, you’d think would keep your focus, your mind on the job.  She represents money and love – the two things someone incarcerated would lack the most.

Scorpio can be a millpond with lots of activity going on under the surface or if the water becomes polluted or toxic, look out.  This is Gerard Baden-Clay’s shadow.

With Jupiter next door to Venus, there’s a lot going on about sexual prowess, obsession with size (Jupiter is the largest planet) justification for his actions (not getting what he wants and ‘deserves’ at home) and just plain bored with ‘steak and chips’.  If you told me an individual with all this going on was ‘into bondage’ I would not be in the least bit surprised. He probably tells himself marriage is a form of bondage and staying at home cramps his style/self image.

This individual has strayed from all that Venus at I.C. represents – security, love and money.  In another person’s horoscope with this particular combination, the shadow would remain in the realm of fantasy, but not Gerard Baden-Clay.

His mirror, his opposition aspect is up there in the mid-heaven (medium coeli). It beckons. This is how he sees himself, his social status, his career. These are the natural traits of the Med.Coeli and the cusp of the tenth house – 180 degrees from the I.C.

Taurus, the natural home for Venus (shared with Libra), is at his M.C, his mid-heaven. He denies his shadow Venus at the I.C. and looks heavenwards to where he believes Venus lives – in the sunlight. He is delusional.  In a sense Venus has seduced him.  Taurus represents the materialistic side of Venus – love of beautiful things, wealth, of money, to be popular and successful.

This individual believes he IS the man in the mirror. He is in denial of his true Venus.  Image is everything, albeit a mirror image in this case.

How he came to think this way is a combination of nature and nurture – inherent traits (the planetary positions, karma etc) and his upbringing within the Baden-Clay family unit.

A little more on the Venus Jupiter conjunction reveals these two bound together in more ways than one.  With Venus representing money and Jupiter tending to be over-the-top. The credit cards would be charged ‘to the max’; this individual would live beyond his means and with Scorpio in the mix – be very secretive about his level of debt.

I haven’t even mentioned the fact, have I, that his motive for committing the crime, of which he is accused, might be money – Allison’s three life insurance policies amounting to close to one million dollars was up for grabs.

Have you ever been seduced into the fantasy of getting an easy million dollars?  Buy a lotto ticket…