Byron Bay to Aspen Pt.2

victoria-waterlilyScorpio, as we all know, is the water element symbolized by a pond that dislikes being stagnant; stirring up the murky depths. The aquatic lotus grows in murky water quite happily and so when I read that Scorpio Sun-sign Nancy Styler was an afficionado of the Victoria water lily, I wasn’t overly surprised. Eastern philosophers would have us all rise from the muddy depths, blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

However it was not to be the case for this ‘Sun in Scorpio’ woman. She and her husband are currently under lock and key awaiting trial for the murder of Nancy Pfister. For background, see Pt.1.

Nancy Christine Styler and William Francis Styler III; Katherine Carpenter’s alleged co-conspirators in the murder of Nancy Pfister are our next persons of interest. As we are not privy to either time of birth, we use a mid-range natal Moon in each horoscope and begin with a pair of bi-wheels; viewing through the lens of the 911-call.

By 26th February when the call was made, it was four days after the Stylers had moved out of Nancy Pfister’s chalet and some 36 hours after Nancy had been killed according to LE. Katherine Carpenter was the only person whom could make that call; report the finding of Nancy Pfister’s body. In hindsight, we can comment that no doubt she did so, unwillingly.

It would take five days of investigation by detectives, before the Stylers were arrested for murder in the first-degree. Katherine Carpenter had less than a fortnight more in freedom once the Stylers were locked up. She was arrested on 15th March, 2014.

This first pair of bi-wheels are generated to share the intensity at the time of the 911-call. A stand-alone event; point in time with the natal charts of Nancy and William Styler. We can interpret the transiting planets in another chart.

styler-duoThe most significant aspect at the time of any event is the Sun/Moon midpoint. That narrows things down to a spotlight /a laser beam of energy focused on the sensitivity to fulfillment of needs. This midpoint of Sun/Moon = 22° Aquarius in the heavens and at this time on the clock, is in the 6th house.

Transiting Mercury in Aquarius is there in that 6th house – communication via modern technology; along with the Sun and Neptune (delusion) and all in the realm of ethics – ears are immediately pricked.

The fixed star, ‘Deneb Algedi’ is in the sky at 23° Aquarius so when the luminaries midpoint is present with this star, we are made aware that final disgrace and ruin will be likely for those whom stray from the path.

When we put these two persons of interest; the Stylers, under the spotlight and see where their needs are highlighted, we note that Nancy Styler has natal Pluto and her mid-range Moon (which are in conjunction), mirrored by opposition of the transiting Moon. Both cosmic bodies are in the 12th house of the mind; hidden. Perhaps even pushed down into the unconscious, unprepared to face reality. This woman would tend to shield herself from the mirrored spotlight, if she could.

  • Transiting Moon opposite mid-range Moon and Pluto are the focus of the transiting Sun/Moon midpoint – this highlights a new perspective in the relationship with those around her as well as a wake-up call illuminating her power needs, a need to control her sudden prominence into the spotlight (as a result of this crime).  However, she is trapped; powerless to act independently.
  • Natal Mars is in the 1st house. We can suggest that Nancy Styler would likely even change her identity, if she could, however she is going to have to walk in her own shoes; face reality come the trial.
  • Natal Venus-Saturn conjunction in the second house along with Neptune – holding-on to ‘blind-trust’; in denial of any involvement.

William Styler, meanwhile, has more to share as a result of this spotlight, drawing our attention to a dangerous aspect in his natal chart. Not only does he have a Grand Trine in the element of fire, he does not wait until planets transit as a release valve, he has his natal Moon in that position; a permanent release valve/outlet directed through his (Libran air-sign Moon) – his needs:  air feeds the fire; pumps the bellows.

We know that natal Mars is the focus of the Sun/Moon midpoint of this 911-call. From this alone, we can suggest that this man struck the blows that killed Nancy Pfister. Even without profiling his character, the finger from the heavens points to this man as being likely responsible for extinguishing Nancy Pfister’s flame.

kitePutting aside the house positions in a bi-wheel for a moment, we focus on the kite aspect (in the element of fire) in a natal chart.  This invariably relates to violence in a person’s life. It can be in the chart of a pacifist, or a killer depending on the overall layout of the planets.  It certainly indicates the latter, in this case.

When we draw the connecting lines in order to expose this aspect, we can see why the aspect is referred to as ‘a kite’.

  • The ‘string’ of the kite (the tail) is the natal planet Mercury (yellow) in the zodiac sign of Aries (fire) – dominance by communication.
  • Natal Jupiter (green) – inflates what is has aspect with –  PLUS
  • Natal Mars (red) in Leo – is the taking of action. This man likely sees himself in the Leonine position of ‘leader of the pride  when in the company of women.
  • His natal Jupiter and Mars positions of the kite are the wings that allow the wind to fill the kite. So an inflated tyrannical lion ruler draws in the air and roars…
  • The top of the kite is the natal (blue) Moon, the driving needs of this individual. 
    The Kite formation is more dynamic than the Grand Trine because that normally stressful opposition aspect breaks the symmetry and focuses the “energy.” The opposition should be what we focus on, when interpreting this part of the horoscope.

    When lightning strikes this flying kite and he is certainly ‘flying a kite’, it is that natal Libran Moon in the 2nd house that takes the initial blow; his emotions (note in the 2nd house – the realm of money.) and we are re-directed to the opposite position PLUS

  • Natal Mercury in the 8th house of death and transformation (the phone-call by Katherine Carpenter). We can openly suggest that William Styler likely communicated/instructed the call be made at that time.
  • His Natal Jupiter is indoors, at home at his current address (in the 4th house)
  • Natal Mars is hidden in the 12th house; mind (as is his wife’s Pluto-Moon) likely filling his kite – mentally planning ahead.
  • Natal Moon is in the 2nd house of assets/self value along with his natal Neptune ‘having himself on in fantasy-land’ deluded about his situation.  Does this man think he is going to get away with murder?

Moving on now…   The autopsy indicates that time of Nancy Pfister’s death is likely the Tuesday morning; how early, we do not know, so we generate our charts at midnight; Monday night, 24-25th February.  This will be out view-finder revealing the tensions of the transiting planets sure to flow through to the event of the murder.  In order to avoid confusion with two women with the name of Nancy, we shall refer to the individuals as husband, wife and victim if need be.

event-pfister-trioThe most emotive chart is that of Nancy Styler, our first bi-wheel. Transiting Uranus in the 5th house, that rebellious/subject to sudden changes ‘friendship’ is opposite natal Venus-Saturn conjunction; mirroring that ‘blind trust’/ in denial aspect we saw in the above chart.

  • Transiting Sun (orange) is conjunct natal Lunar nodal axis – the date on the calendar highlights a traumatic situation indoors (4th house).  Did Nancy invite the couple into her home, or did she visit them in an effort to resolve their differences?
  • Transiting Neptune is tucked up close to that transiting Sun (dangerous position as is indicative of subversion) and also conjunct the Lunar nodal axis PLUS…
  • Transiting Sun-Neptune is in quindecile aspect to natal Pluto – obsessively aiming for the power position.  This again relates to the chart above – ie. focusing her need to be the queen bee.
  • Transiting Jupiter (green) in the inner wheel is opposite Moon-Pluto in the heavens – inflating power needs generally.  However it is also conjunct this woman’s natal Uranus generating a buzz of rebellion.  We are also in the 8th house of other people’s assets.  This is an opportunity to transform this energy death and regeneration, however it’s not going to happen.
  • That transiting Jupiter opposite Moon-Pluto is also square natal Venus-Saturn – there is no way that peace can be attained by our victim, at least not with this woman and particularly not on this night.

We can suggest that for Nancy Styler, experiencing this night is very much about the hysteria/H-factor of envy and jealousy (of the victim’s assets versus her personal lack of assets),plus linked to the loss of social position this Styler couple were in (due to their current financial position).  

Nancy Styler is far too hysterical and does not reveal the forensic indicators to suggest that she actually struck the blows that killed Nancy Pfister.

The middle bi-wheel is that of William Styler.  At midnight transiting Sun (date on the calendar) is in quindecile aspect with natal Mars – obsession with taking action; tyranny.

  • Transiting Uranus indicates the insanity of ‘social position’ along with his wife. This Aries-Libra action and fanciful social position this man appears to believe that he deserves (natal Neptune is in the 11th house).
  • Transiting Jupiter (green) opposite transiting Moon-Pluto  inflates the powerlessness of their situation, however with this aspect square his natal Neptune (turquoise) – he is likely deluded into believing his own ‘fantasy’; that he retains the power.
  • Transiting Venus (pink) in the second house indicates money and is square the natal mid-range Moon – need I say more…

The third bi-wheel is that of Nancy Pfister, the victim of their meeting.  She is also experiencing a heightened sense of emotion, no doubt as the violence escalated from verbal abuse to physical trauma.

  • Transiting Sun (orange) square natal Lunar nodal axis – traumatic event in her home on this date in particular.
  • Transiting Sun-Pluto opposition with Jupiter so much the focus with the perpetrators is opposite her natal Sun – this power struggle has likely been building for 2 days (2degrees) peaking when the Moon made her conjunction with Pluto in the heavens, thereby highlighting the needs of all parties.
  • Transiting Mars is conjunct natal Neptune (in the 11th house) – deluded by the subterfuge; she did not see this action coming/believe that she was in danger.
  • Transiting Saturn (grim reaper) is already in the 1st house opposite her mid-range natal Moon at the descendant – her need for authority is about to depart.

May the trial bring peace to the Pfister family.  RIP Nancy.




Update June 2014:  Nancy Styler she has since been released by LE, with charges dropped (thanks Mary)


Byron Bay to Aspen Pt.1

Nancy Pfister was in Byron Bay on the east coast of Australia, far from wintry Aspen when she learned that her tenants were apparently not paying their rent for her mountain chalet in Colorado. As a result, Nancy cut her holiday short and returned to sort out the financial matter.

byron-bay-lighthouseIt’s not as if Nancy was on the bread-line or desperate for the rent. She was an heiress in her own right and was frequently away during the cold winters. Her friend Katherine Carpenter had managed the house-sitting on her behalf for many years. One has to wonder why the need to return when Katherine was there to manage a re-let?

Less than a week after her return to the US, Nancy was dead; murdered in her own home. There would be no return to finish her Australian adventure; no more sunshine and white sand between her toes, down-under.

On the evening of 26th February 2014, Katherine Carpenter made a 911 call reporting the find of her friend’s body. This discovery led investigators to suspect the alleged errant ex-tenants – so with their eventual arrest and charge with the first-degree murder of Nancy Merle Pfister, the Aspen community breathed a sigh of relief.  Aspen hadn’t seen a homicide inside a decade.

aspenThe ski-resort town was in shock. Nancy Pfister’s tenants were a well-respected retired anesthesiologist, Dr William Styler III and his wife Nancy Styler.  Nancy Styler apparently had an upright standing in the community as well. In the town where the Stylers had lived previously, she was renowned as a staunch conservationist of the Victoria giant waterlily plus had extensive interests in horticulture.

But that was ‘the Stylers’ then and following some bad business decisions, this is now…

There was more to come to shock the Aspen community, however. Long term local bank employee and Nancy Pfister’s friend, Katherine Carpenter was arrested some days after the Stylers and also charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. Aha… the plot thickens!

Authorities have released little other information and the defendants’ arrest affidavits, search warrants and other information remain under a court-ordered seal – so there is no information as to whom did what, when or why. All three co-conspirators remain in the Pitkin County lock-up awaiting trial for the murder.

However that court seal won’t affect any enquiry we might want to undertake.  The heavens is outside of their jurisdiction and besides, astrology is a pseudo science – not accepted in a court of law. We can ask questions and make suggestions from interpretation of planetary positions in horoscopes; there is nothing sinister in our intent.  As a result, this case study is presented for aficionados of astrology rather than a court of law.

Having the time of the 911-call, plus the birth data for all concerned is on the public record, we just need to put the two sets of information together and see what the heavens might have to share.  Note: Not having times of the births of these individuals, we calculate with a mid-range natal Moon for all parties; midday on their birth date.

Commencing our enquiry by generating bi-wheels (method) from the perspective of that 911-call at 6:08pm on 26th February, we combine this event chart with each of the natal horoscopes as need be, commencing our enquiry with the caller.  We call this method of enquiry the ‘H-factor’, as it appears to indicate emotive responses in a birth chart in relation to specific events ‘in time’. This is an interpretive method that has been around for thousands of years.

Katherine Marie Carpenter made the 911 phone-call to police. From this first bi-wheel, we can note that there are aspects in her natal chart of interest to us before we even refer to the event in question. In the outer wheel, natal Neptune (turquoise) is conjunct her Lunar Nodal axis plus the likelihood of a natal Moon (blue) conjunct natal Pluto as well.

That was the pattern of the planets in the heavens on the date of Katherine’s birth. Life’s challenges, as some would say. As a result of this natal pattern we have to comment further.

911-Carpenterclick on charts for full size

Given the opportunity, it would be useful to ask this woman to share the early history of her relationship with her nurturing female/mother. This would likely reveal considerable shortcomings in her childhood character development, especially in relation to her ability to identify the significance between positive and negative relationships.

Our socialisation skills are usually learned behaviour as a result of interaction with our siblings and childhood peers, however in Katherine’s case the challenging behaviour has likely come from interaction with her primary nurturer; probably, mother.

Katherine also lives with the planetary influence of the mutual receptors of Sun in Aquarius and Uranus in Leo; both planets in their detriment with weakness compounded. Inner rebellion would be a life-long struggle for this woman with a damaged ego and mental health instability is quite likely.

Natal lunar nodal axis is in the 8th house at the time of the 911-call, however it is very close to the 9th house cusp – the traumatic event of reporting the call has been delayed as long as possible indicating an attempt at disconnection from association with the 8th house realm; death.

We note that primarily, the action in this bi-wheel is directed from the 5th house indicating a falling-out of friendships likely and in all likelihood is bound-up with self-worth issues for this woman.

Transiting Venus (pink) likely represents Nancy Pfister on this occasion although I suggest that the other Venusian symbolism of money is bound-up with the motivation for this murder as well. The relationship between the two women likely lacked clear boundaries between servant and master.

  • Transiting Venus is quindecile natal Uranus – indicating sudden compulsive changes in their relationship.
  • Transiting Moon is opposite natal Uranus – driving needs changing/ relationship confusion.
  • Transiting Moon is conjunct natal Venus – again that mother relationship issue of this person’s self-worth is struggling.
  • Midpoint of transiting Lunar nodal axis = natal Mercury (yellow) – her method of communication follows an exchange of ideas. Is this the conspiracy exposure?

With transiting Mars conjunct this transiting Lunar nodal axis as part of this midpoint, we can certainly suggest that there has been a corroboration of ideas prior to the call being placed – a corroboration of alibis, perhaps?

  • Transiting Mercury (yellow in the inner wheel) conjunct natal Sun – this is the 911-call itself. It has fallen on Katherine to make the call, rather than anyone else as the tenants had already moved out.
  • Transiting Neptune (turquoise) opposite natal mid-range Moon – subterfuge drives the need to control the situation by making the call herself.
  • Transiting Sun (orange in the inner wheel) is also opposite natal Moon (blue) – there is further mental struggle here. When the Sun and Moon are on opposite sides of a chart it is like a full Moon- i.e. difficult to remain in the shadow, as both luminaries are in the action.

We certainly have had a ‘seriously challenged’ bi-wheel to interpret, however it lacks the input of natal Mars and Saturn in the action. This would usually indicate that Katherine Carpenter was not the wielder of the weapon that killed Nancy Pfister, however it is still too early to call. We need to enquire further and look heavenward for the inter-connections.

PfistertrinityNancy Merle Pfister – William Francis Styler III – Nancy Christine Styler

A compound chart at this point is of value for those whom need to see the aspects for themselves; for others there is no need to be overwhelmed by the challenge, we interpret for you. The purpose of this tri-wheel is to view the natural interaction between Nancy Pfister and the Styler couple plus the married couple’s inter-relationship – i.e. without any event having taken place.

We do not have birth times and so the angles and houses cannot be taken into consideration in any interpretation of this chart.

When we start with the victim’s natal chart and enquire into Nancy’s relationship with the Styler couple, we can understand why the choice of tenants was a decision from the heart rather than the head.

  • William Styler’s natal Uranus at 23° Gemini is conjunct Nancy Pfister’s Mercury-Venus – indicating an immediate connection between the two. Being in the zodiac sign of Gemini tells us that the connection is quick and witty; a mental rapport. This alone would have been enough to put the wife’s nose out of joint, for a start, but there’s more of course.
  • Nancy Pfister’s Sun is also conjunct the wife’s Uranus at 13°Cancer – likely creating an ego clash; even more animosity between the two women. Plus..
  • Nancy Pfister’s natal Saturn is also conjunct the wife’s Sun – sobering any of that Scorpio ego of Nancy Styler, however take caution Nancy Pfister – this wife will always have a vengeful sting in her Scorpio tail.

There certainly isn’t any ‘love lost’ between these two women – of that, we can be sure. If nothing else, this reveals that Nancy Pfister would have been wise to insist on a go-between in her business transactions with this couple. Katherine Carpenter was meant to fill this role. 

Did Nancy Pfister keep her distance from her tenants? With the gift of hindsight, it would seem not. This may be due to other circumstances that we are not aware of and so we must not stand in-judgement of her wisdom, or lack of it.

Note re William Styler: Uranus in Gemini people lose their sense of security when the rug has been pulled out from under them; there’s no ground for them to stand on. So when the rapport between Nancy Pfister and William Styler evaporated due to alleged arrears in rent and non-payment of utilities, this left the man insecure and likely clinging to all he had left, his wife.

As for the relationship of the married couple themselves, it is certainly complex. As husband and wife, we would expect to see some synchronicity in their charts and we do, however the intensity reveals much more than support for each other. They live in each others pockets; claustrophobic for some.

Conjunctions indicate the lack of ability to separate the individual energies:

  • Her mid-range Moon conjunct his Pluto – emotional tension is naturally present, with the need for his strength
  • Her mid-range Moon conjunct his Saturn – awareness of her partner’s ambition; a sense of aloneness.
  • Her Pluto conjunct his Mars – power of persuasion held by the male, to the point of being controlling.
  • Her Venus+Saturn conjunct his Neptune – fantasizing that the grass is greener (by the male); deception used.
  • Her Neptune conjunct his mid-range Moon – bewildered by his needs

Squares indicate not seeing eye-to eye:

  • Her mid-range Moon square his Lunar nodal axis – bringing others into the relationship to fulfill her emotional needs.
  • Her Mars square his Jupiter – he fans her fire; making things happen.

Oppositions – mirroring for each other:

  • Her Mercury opposite his Venus – idealisation mirrored in each other; a romantic aspect.

Quindeciles – obsessional behaviour indicators revealing the obsession is likely by the husband:

  • His Mars (driving the action) quindecile her Lunar north node – obsessed with the notion that combined efforts pay off.
  • His Jupiter (inflating) quindecile her Uranus – boundless optimism about the big break just around the corner.

But enough of the characters… Now that we have the background, we can step into that mountain chalet in Aspen when we next meet and reveal the tension in the air and the crime that is about to be committed. Hopefully the heavens will reveal who did what, when and why.

…to be continued Pt.2