Thunderbolts out of the blue

We leave the planet Mars and travel to the next space station; the fifth rock out from the Sun – Jupiter. This planet is a gas giant with the size, its mass, one-thousandth that of the Sun.  He’s a big boy our Jupiter. Is ‘he’ a gentle giant or a bully?

In mythology, Jupiter is a Roman god; Thor, another form; his Greek equivalent is known as Zeus.  Now Zeus, my friends, was a philanderer of the first magnitude!  Not only was he the boss of the Olympiad; married to his sister (small gene pool in those days); but he also had his ‘pick of the bunch’.  A hedonist to the max, he grabbed every cherry he could lay his hands on.

How could we forget the guises Zeus put on to seduce the beauties. One day he morphed as a swan, seducing Leda, wife of the king of Sparta; another as a bull raping the drop-dead gorgeous, Princess Europa; and then he even had the audacity to come down as a shower of golden rain to impregnate Danae, mother of Perseus. We have to give Zeus some points for creativity, but hey man, not in our face!  Please, enough is enough.

The planet Jupiter is a ‘less in your face’ sort of planet in comparison with the personal planets. Placed in the nest of our solar system a little farther from the Sun than the personal planets of Mercury, Venus and Mars, psychologically Jupiter is more about our place in the world, our social and cultural domain.

This planet’s orbit takes 11.86 years to go around the Sun, so about every twelve years of our lifespan Jupiter repeats his performance.  I tend to think of Jupiter in benign terms – the jovial, jolly green giant, lucky and optimistic, but there’s always another side of course. Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system with an equally ‘ginormous’ swell of hot air swirling around.  Jupiter determines whether our life journey will be smooth or rocky, whether we’ll be stingy or generous, how the dice will fall. We are indeed in the lap of the gods.

A surprising number of ‘bad’ boys (and girls) are born under the planetary placement of Jupiter in Scorpio. We only have to look to the stars of celebrity and the Jupiter in Scorpio cycle to confirm this.  Elvis had Jupiter in Scorpio.  Now he was a man with animal magnetism, however Gerard Baden-Clay is no Elvis Presley.  Wash my mouth out with soap putting those two in the same sentence, but you get my drift.

The accused has more than just Jupiter in Scorpio. He has an afflicted Jupiter in the sense that it is conjunct to Venus with both in the Scorpio zodiac.  The two (Venus and Jupiter) swing back and forth unable to disengage completely.  The philanderer always has that animal magnetism and temptation on the carousel, however Venus is on the show ride with him. She’s there for the ride, to the very end.

Apart from these two sharing the same space there are no other hard aspects to Jupiter in the natal chart for the accused apart from the opposition to his MC and his house of career prospects.  He’d have been far better off working in an environment without the temptation of sexual philandering, but then again where there’s a will there’s a way.

If we look at the Solar Arc progression for the accused at the age of 41 (add 41degrees to all planets and compare to the natal wheel), we have Mercury progressed to conjunct with his natal Jupiter; Moon progressed to square Jupiter from the right and the midpoint of Sun/Moon is ever present (he’s never out of the focus of these two) – all of which would aggravate the underlying issue.

Hera (Zeus’ wife) is on to him; his parents know all; Mercury has been caught running messages between the lovers and the Sun has turned up the wick on the lantern.  I can almost hear the hiss of the fuse, can’t you?

Just one more step before we hurl some thunderbolts. On the fateful night of 19 April, 2012 the Sun is in the heavens above us at 29degrees Aries. This is directly opposite to these pair (Venus and Jupiter) in the natal wheel. The Sun is at the zenith of the accused’s natal chart; high noon; mirroring the whole entangled mess straight back in his face. The timing could not have been more precise.

Now for a little karmic input by Jupiter – the nature element at play; the paper trail which Zeus has left for us.

Mother of the accused, Elaine Baden-Clay has her natal Jupiter at 17degrees Leo exactly conjunct to her son, the accused Gerard Baden-Clay’s ascendant (rise) at 17degrees Leo.  (The ascendant is the constellation at the horizon at the time of an individual’s birth.)

Father of the accused, Nigel Baden-Clay has his natal Sun at 20degrees Aquarius, in direct opposition to his wife’s Jupiter (her mirror) and conjunction to the descendant (fall) of the accused. (The descendant is the constellation setting at the time of an individual’s birth.)

However that mix is another story for another day.

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…