A grave concern

An obituary provides us with a timeline with which we can look a little deeper into the murder of a young woman, who had the world at her feet; a murder which raised a public outcry in the city of Melbourne.

I created a page on my blog as the crime made news; as the alleged perpetrator was arrested; the public outrage on social media grew; the peace rally was held.  We all mourned the loss of a beautiful woman.  With respect, I closed the page.   RIP Jill Meagher.

If we can take a step back from the personal, to the horror of the crime, what can we learn from this?  Rather than feeling hopeless, we each have to look inside, to reflect on our own lives.  How can we make sense of it all; make a difference as a result of this monstrous event?

For me, I made the decision to reopen the page and post an ‘astrological post-mortem’, as I now had a firm date of birth for Jill Meagher.  I could at least find where the victim’s Moon was located in her horoscope – bring her home to rest.

The Moon means much to us all.  The Moon is our emotional needs base; it is the Mother.  We need nurturing throughout our entire lives.  I wanted to contribute by giving our ‘discarded colleen’ one last hug from the heavens.

We have the tools of predictive astrology at hand, so from an astrological standpoint, what do we have to work with?

Thanks to a mainstream media obituary, we know that Jill Meagher was born on 30 October, 1982 in Drogheda, Ireland.  We don’t have a time of birth, however we do know that her parents relocated the family to Perth, Western Australia when Jill was 9; that the family returned to Ireland when she was 14.  By 2004 her parents were back in Australia, however Jill remained in Ireland to complete her education; start a career; get married and finally emigrate to Australia with her husband, Tom in 2009.

Now that is a wealth of information, for an astrologer. In fact, it is enough information to create a possible time of birth, a reasonable rectification of a horoscope for Jill Meagher.

Her Moon is in Aries – aha a feisty, driven lass; career minded and certainly a very bright spark.  No wonder she lit up a room when she walked in with that stellium (a whole heap of planets in close proximity).

I have highlighted the stellium in pink – note the planet Pluto in the middle.  Jill needed to prove her worthiness, a recurring theme it seems.  Tom was a good match for her as her Moon is at the cusp of his seventh house, the place of public relationships (such as a marriage).  Nothing in the shadows, with our Jill.

But enough of the person, let us look at the indicators in the heavens at the time of her last sighting ‘the event’, as it was only a few short minutes later that her abduction is alleged to have taken place. We now have Jill’s natal wheel (her birth horoscope) together with Google maps (giving us the cartography).  Putting this together, what sort of an ‘astrological picture’ can we come up with?

For those not familiar with my method of operation, there is detail elsewhere on this blog if you want – forensic astrology is on the navigation menu. 

I basically take the horoscope wheel of a person or an event or a combination of both then flip the wheel vertically to align the astrological ‘north’ to our accepted method of cartography – ‘north’ is always at the top of a map. We then combine the two; see what the heavens have to tell us.  Note the planet Pluto in particular, on this occasion.

Why Pluto? In mythology, Pluto is the God of the Underworld and an indicator of where we meet our maker in astrology.  Saturn and other planets can also play a role, however for us so far Pluto appears to be the director.

I reproduce here an ‘astrological picture’ used on a previous page – a wheel created of a map of the heavens at the time of the last sighting of Jill on CCTV footage.  It is 1.45am on 22 September, 2012 in Brunswick a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. This wheel is superimposed over a locality map of Brunswick with the points of Jill’s home and the site of the CCTV camera connected by a direct red line through the centre of the wheel to her home.  At this point in time Jill was still a missing person and not a known victim of murder.

The position of the planet Pluto has a direct line to Jill’s nearby home. Pluto involved indicates, in astrological terms, that Jill was probably no longer alive.

The second ‘astrological picture also used previously – this time a bi-wheel of a map of the heavens combined with the birth horoscope of Jill’s husband (20 January, 1981 in Dublin, Ireland).

Note: I reproduced the bi-wheel from the perspective of ‘the event’ (CCTV footage) not from the time of Tom Meagher’s birth as it is ‘the event’, which we are investigating, not Tom as an individual.

By now a body had been recovered.  We knew the location of a shallow grave and also the residential area of an alleged perpetrator of the crime, thanks to mainstream media. The Google map again provided the basis for this ‘astrological picture’.  This time the planet Saturn joined us by indicating the direction to the body’s location from ‘the event’ wheel.  Tom’s wheel had input as well, which surprised me at the time, however who am I to question The Fates.  Again follow the red line.

The position of the planet Pluto at the time of Tom’s birth has a direct line to where Jill’s body was recovered.

The third ‘astrological picture’ (my academic needs having input  here – employ triangulation methodology).  We know already that a bi-wheel produced from the perspective of ‘the event’ will have Saturn as a pointer and any secondary wheel will have an input. Rather than repeat this method, I wanted to hear the victim’s voice, Jill herself.  Dare I mention an insight into her karma, the lot Jill Meagher drew as she sat before The Fates; before she came into this human existence.

The position of the planet Pluto at the time of the victim’s birth has a direct line to the location of where her body was recovered.

The heavens have a lot more detail to say about this case, however the courts will deal with that if necessary.  For us this is a record of event to take heed and keep watch for Pluto in the chart of any future missing person.  To keep the light aloft and more if need be.  Thank you Gillian Edie Meagher for lighting our way.

Postscript 20th June, 2013:  Adrian Bayley plead guilty to all charges – sentence 35 years without parole.

Down and dirty

With this erotically charged Moon, her nightdress shimmers in the last vestiges of the waning cycle. It is just two nights before she is to restore herself and renew the waxing of his glory.  The New Moon awaits.  What went wrong with this scenario?

The Moon Goddess was distracted on 19 April, 2012.  She was quindecile Saturn. Obsessed by the Time Lord, she tilted her windmill and sent Pluto offside. Hell’s sulphuric odour indicates that something’s ‘on the nose’. Things were definitely askew in the heavens on this night.

Kore could feel the Mars energy propelling her towards destiny, even as she innocently frolicked in the fields of her family’s estate. Her mother Demeter and Aunt Athene were busy taking tea.

Meanwhile, Venus was feeling unloved. She sat filing her nails as Mars’ energy was focused elsewhere.  She felt her power of seduction had lost its appeal and looked around for a distraction to allay any possible fears in that regard.

The planets were in alignment for her it seems, or so she thought, as the God Pluto entered her line of sight.  This was a rare occurrence indeed, as Pluto’s realm was usually the Underworld and the flames of Hell – far removed from the celestial light of Mount Olympus.  Assuming that she was the object of his desire, Venus was extremely put-out when Pluto didn’t even give her a glance.  She must be slipping. Could Pluto be oblivious to her sexual appeal?

Our Love Goddess mused for a few moments before coming to the realisation that it wasn’t just Pluto. No one had been paying her much attention of late.  This just would not do, so she whistled up her son Cupid to gather his quiver and arrows. There was work to be done.

Venus’ intent may have been to bring desire back onto the agenda when she instructed Cupid to do her bidding, however shooting an arrow straight into the God’s heart was not the best choice Venus might have made.  She could have had a tad more consideration for the consequences, as it turned out.

Not only was it a bad choice, it was also poor timing for our Goddess Venus, as Pluto was not heading towards her when the arrow struck home.  Wounded in the heart, the son of Saturn momentarily lost control of his steeds, his chariot veered out into the fields and his sight fell upon Kore, our innocent maiden.

Love at first sight…

Smitten, Pluto (remember he is also known as Hades) swooped and stole the maiden, so swiftly that no one heard her cry. It mattered not to him that she was an innocent. Cupid’s arrow had done its job.

Hades stole Kore away to the Underworld, to Hell and there she remained in bondage until he made her his bride, renaming her Persephone, Queen of the Underworld.

Kore’s mother, foiled by the change of name, spent many long years grieving for her much loved daughter. The Earth suffered many, many seasons of drought and famine  before Demeter was to discover where her daughter was imprisoned.

Venus has a lot to answer for, in the realm of the gods.

When we refer to the astrology wheel of 11.55pm on 19 April, 2012, it is no surprise when we see the planet Venus is peregrine / un-aspected by any planets. She has wandered aimlessly in the heavens and certainly got into trouble that night.

Looking further into the unknown, we turn our attention to the astrological perspective, another realm of Pluto’s. In the heavens, the Moon square Pluto creates an environment where an evening could be truly, madly and deeply romantic, however the emotional fragility could also easily freeze-over in an instant if someone tries to dominate, manipulate or control the other. The Moon square Pluto is extremely sensitive to seething undercurrents in a domestic situation.

With a childhood history such as a Saturn retrograde, where a boy learned to bury these feelings, the environment is such that the man could explode volcano-like with an excess of childish emotions.  The tension generated by the square in this Hades Moon is fraught with danger and an individual could feel compelled to purge their long suppressed rage and emotions.

This purge could bring an individual an overwhelming jouissance, a sense of power, which would result in what only they could perceive, as a successful outcome.

How this purge is expressed is the question here.  I am certain there wasn’t a paintbrush and easel at hand for a creative therapeutic outcome. I wonder, did the bondage of the realm of Hades appeal?

Looking heavenwards, we also see that the Moon is quindecile Saturn (retrograde) in real-time, which can only reveal a compulsive, obsessive, totally out of control need to be in charge of the situation, to be Numero Uno. A mirror perhaps of a boy-child’s own Saturn retrograde experience.

The memories of that childhood frustration would be flooding into his mind and this is further compounded by the Sun backing up the Moon – both wants and needs focussed on Father Time.  This has got to be a double-edged sword, a double whammy if this childhood emotional wound has not been addressed.

The pressure cooker is building with the volcanic plug in danger of blowing.

Further afield Mars is opposite Neptune, which possibly indicates that sexual inadequacy fears also may come into the picture.  With all this rage going on, we would not be the least bit surprised if sexual tensions were being expressed as well. The frustration would be unbearable.

Mars is square the nodes and we know what that indicates on this occasion – mother is not there for the boy-child.

Not wanting to make matters worse, I am compelled to keep my eyes heavenwards and note that Jupiter is quindecile the midheaven.  Yet another obsessive, compulsive agenda is at hand.

When we see/hear Jupiter in this situation, this is nothing less than a reward being demanded – “I deserve this reward.  I must have it and it must be very, very big. Only the very best will do.”  There is a need for reward far greater than any realistic expectation (it’s a quindecile remember).  This could also be interpreted as a release of sexual energy in order to break the tension.

This is not going to eventuate given the Sun has the last word. The Sun is at the lowest point in the wheel at the Nadir and in opposition to this Jupiter quindecile.  There is no way this man is going to be rewarded, not by anyone outside of himself nor by himself.

The Sun is opposite Saturn retrograde.

He must explode or he will implode.

Saturn, as the grim reaper has entered the room. Metaphorically, Death is to be his companion, however coward that he is, he kills ‘the other’ instead of taking his own life by exiting stage left..

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…

The law of threes

Don’t you love it when something lines up!  There is much synchronicity in this case, which I look forward to posting.

Part of the reason why Gerard Baden-Clay was not released on bail was the fact (from mobile phone records) that he made a ‘face-time’ telephone call to his father’s mobile phone at 12.30am of the fateful night that Allison was murdered.

The accused very quickly scurried under the shelter of his legal team while his father Nigel Baden-Clay took to a ‘cone of silence’ well before the time of the bail application. As a result of this, I believe no statement has been made as to the detail of this phone call (as to who spoke to whom or the content of the conversation.)

I got to thinking why did the accused Gerard Baden-Clay’s father need to keep silent?

In order to explore this from my perspective, I generated a horoscope wheel of the date of the murder showing where the planets were in the heavens in real time and compared it with the birth wheel of  Nigel Baden-Clay (father of the accused).

Ignoring whether the time of night is correct or not, the planetary positions for the date will be in the same degrees of the same signs. Only the minutes of the Moon on that fateful night will differ.

A synchronicity became glaringly obvious to me, which relates to the timing of the above-mentioned phone call between father and son.

The Law of Threes (Triangulation method)

At the time of the face-time phone call, 12.30am on 20 April 2012, the Sun was at 29degrees Aries (see wheel)

Recipient of the phone call (father of the accused) Nigel Baden-Clay was born when the Moon was at 29degrees Aries (see birth wheel)

The solar progressed Sun (of Nigel Baden-Clay) at 19/20 April 2012 is 29degrees Aries. So how did I calculate this third synchronicity?

When I work with predictive astrology, I use a system called Solar Arc progressions where I add one degree for each year of an individual’s life since birth. Eg: Nigel Baden-Clay was born 10 February 1943 (69 years ago). At his birth the Sun was at 20degrees Aquarius – add 69 degrees and you get…… Allow me to do the math for you (there are 30 degrees in each sign) 20Aquarius to 20Pisces to 20Aries plus 9 = 29 degrees Aries (see more on Solar Arc progressions.)

Before you ask, “What does all this mean?”  My answer is a question in itself, “Is the probability of three cosmic bodies lining up at the same point, at one moment in time and in one individual’s life a coincidence?”

But there’s more. The accused, Gerard Baden-Clay also has a connection with 29degrees Aries, however we’ll save that for another post when we address his connection with the cosmos on the date of the crime

Note: Triangulation of data is an accepted methodology in science (see wiki).  The ‘Law of Threes’ is not scientific in origin.  Some say it is superstition.

For those who are superstitious, it may amuse you to know that my personal Sun is also at 29degrees, although not in Aries. Perhaps that is why I am on-the-case.