Man in the mirror

Looking back, in time, we reflect:

It started as a whine, like a puppy hungry for food, for love, for any attention from the nurturing parent, usually the mother.  When the puppy finds that this whining gets the attention he craves, he continues to pester his nurturer in a similar manner into adulthood – unless the nurturer accepts responsibility for their role and stops the cycle.  Is anyone listening?

He whimpers in self-pity until marriage provides a wife, someone to take over the nurturing role for this immature man. The whining continues, accelerating as children are born of the union. His children take priority with his nurturer, just as his younger siblings did when they were tiny. How dare their demands be greater than his? Me, me, me.  The rage continues.

Eventually he looks elsewhere for a more sympathetic nurturer, another woman who, in time, unwittingly believes she deserves to replace the wife.

This is a mistake a mistress should avoid making, for should she supplant the wife then she, herself, becomes the object of the whinging and the cycle continues.

This story is typical of a male child born with Mars conjunct South Node. A cycle spinning out of control.

Gerard Baden-Clay has Mars conjunct South Node and in the first house of his horoscope wheel – his ego.  Even to me as observer, this alignment shouts loud and clear – me! Me! ME!  Not only was no-one listening they must have been in another room in the house not to hear him.

The sign plastered across his windscreen in the used car lot would read, “Patience of a martyr required”.

Dare I also point out that Mars is in the zodiac sign of Virgo – the neat freak. Oh dear, I would not want to be responsible for doing his ironing.  HE wouldn’t want to be responsible for his ironing either, as Gerard Baden-Clay is his own worst critic.

And the lists! Oh boy, the lists!  He would’ve made lists in his sleep of things to be done. Not to forget schemes – the more hare/hair brained the better and not to forget Dr Google for self-diagnosis of all ills.  Mars in Virgo – whew! Makes me exhausted just writing the list.  But to more serious things:

The dark side of Gerard Baden-Clay is revealed by Mars (anger) in conjunction to the South Node (past issues). This is a difficult combination – often seen in disaster charts. This individual has been a walking disaster waiting to happen. The conjunction in earthy Virgo correlates with an angry overcritical perfectionist, who has been angry with his primary nurturers all his life.  This anger has been an internal volcano waiting to erupt.

If I were to put my psychotherapist hat on here, in this case, I do believe that Jungian therapies would assist in the emotional healing of the inner child and in my opinion, a form of ‘anima anxiety’ resides just beneath the surface.

The South Node can also represent the public persona of a character and this is the bright side, the ‘not in shadow’ personality of Gerard Baden-Clay – the Mars (action man) conjunct the South Node (his public face) in Virgo (good with detail, the mind of an accountant).  The two versions live together in the one person, no conflict here.

A career as an accountant would not be high profile enough for this young man.  He had his head tilted towards the sun – movement in the skies and aeroplanes would have held much more appeal. How he got to change his career to real estate is another story.  Maybe it was as simple as that the gold-coloured jacket appealed to his Leonine personality, although I am sure there are rumblings not too far off in my research in this regard.  Apart from possible air disasters, we have another disaster waiting to happen closer to home.

The ‘perceived wrong doing’ on the evening of 19 April, 2012, created the disaster waiting to happen.  We have to await a possible future trial in order to learn the facts of the evening in question and how the volcano came to erupt, however we can ask an astrological question.  Why this date?  Why Gerard Baden-Clay?

As far as Mars is concerned, on 19 April, 2012 transiting Mars in the heavens arrived, on that fateful eve, very innocently at 03degrees Virgo 51”.  This is the karmic event, when everything slotted into place.

If you refer to the birth chart of Gerard Baden-Clay you will see that at the time he was born Mars was at that very same point, 03degrees Virgo 46”. We have transiting Mars in exact conjunction with a natal Mars.  A natal Mars, which is already conjunct South Node. Now that’s a very volatile mix. The whine would have been reaching a scream, a crescendo in his head.

I could leave it at that and leave you agape, however in my fair-mindedness, I am obliged to tell you that Mars orbits around the Sun every couple of years (every 687 days in fact) so this is not the first time that Mars would have transited to this conjunction. Why did the accused lose it this time round, this conjunction in particular?

Well we know that he was under a lot of stress with financial woes, he had promised his mistress that he would leave his wife and be a free man in the immediate future. Their connection (man and mistress) would more than likely have been highly charged as an earthy and sometimes nervous sexuality, especially considering his positioning of Mars.

In a sense, his performance in bed would be similar to his work.

These people want to be good at what they do. Was there a hint of a problem in this area perhaps? He was already a failure in his work, financially. Was his love-life slipping as well?  This hints of a Venusian input to me.

Note: I do not have the birth details of his mistress and so until I do, I cannot confirm the above.  I would not be surprised to learn that her Venus was in a fire sign. Time will tell.

Note: Toni McHugh has Venus in Sagittarius (ruled by Jupiter) – that means more, more, more…

That aside, we are looking to the stars for our answers not listening to an argument that his defense team might put up, nor a pup’s whinging.

There is more in the sky than meets the eye.  On 19 April, 2012 far off Neptune is lined up in the heavens in opposition to natal Mars (mirroring in a way that only Neptune can); Venus is in opposition to Gerard Baden-Clay’s natal Neptune and the Sun is at the mid-heaven, opposing his natal Venus.

Venus will conjunct with Justice and her scales will hold the balance – a heart on one side and a feather on the other.

Allison, Sun/Moon combo

How does this read for the perfect wife and mother scenario?

Allison June Baden-Clay, wife and victim has a Sun/Moon combo of Sun in Cancer and Moon in Virgo.

The common traits between these two signs of the zodiac, when in harmony, are conventionality, caution, and unpretentiousness. This particular blend focuses the emotional sensitivity of Cancer with the discrimination and practicality of Virgo. Having this combination, Allison would appeal to any young man who had not experienced these qualities in their life. She would have seemed to have such solid control on matters; expressing the ability to reason with particular emotional concern and caring.

She would have learned in her young life to show a smiling positive face to the world, to appear sure of herself. She would have managed her day-to day affairs with a cool, calm and practical head. Given the opportunity Allison would not have made decisions until she had a chance to reflect on any given situation and be certain that she made the right choice.

 Early on in her gentle upbringing, she may have been especially shy and prudent; seemingly unsure of herself. Her confidence would have increased as she matured because of an innate desire to absorb knowledge and master the details of all she turned her hand to.

The Moon in Virgo creates an individual who can rationalise and analyse things very well. This talent not withstanding, snap judgments and hunches could often miss the mark if they were taken without consideration of the consequences. Given time to put her thoughts and ideas into practice, Allison would have been especially skilled at sensing the needs of other people.

Having a natural inclination to serving the needs of the public, she would have handled any position of authority well. Her ease with authority meant that she also liaised well with those senior to her.  She no doubt had great respect for principles, codes, laws and traditions of the land.

She will, without a doubt, trust that the law will not to be an ass on this occasion.

Mercury, heady stuff

How do you tell an accused murderer how to blend his head with his heart?

His emotions (Moon in Sagittarius) are telling him, “It’s all cool, man” and his mind (Mercury in Virgo) is telling him, “Get the details right, don’t miss the detail, man.” It’s all hard left, right, then front and centre.

The heart and the head are at odds (90degrees off in fact – they are in square aspect) irrational at one moment, and logical the next. How to blend the head and the heart is a constant struggle for such an individual.  Makes me wonder if perhaps he might be a tad dyslexic.

The hard aspect of a square of the Moon and Mercury generates irrational and rational thoughts and feelings. This may not be obvious to anyone who doesn’t have an intimate knowledge of the person as it’s pretty much something that takes place “upstairs” in the mind.

Fantasy and reality would tend to blur, when under stress.

Oh what a tangled web he weaves.

Mercury, fleetness of mind

Mercury is the planet closest to the Sun. In astrological terms, Mercury represents how we communicate, our thoughts, ideas and words.

Gerard Baden-Clay has Mercury in the zodiac sign of Virgo (it’s all in the details, man) and resides in the second house of his chart (the money/values house). It is not surprising that, as a young man, he should choose to study accountancy.

In relation to Mercury aspects in his birth chart Baden-Clay has a quindecile aspect (see the navigation menu) between Mercury (in Virgo) and a minor planet, Chiron (in Aries).  I would not normally bring a minor planet into a profile unless it were in such a position as this.  Chiron is recognised as ‘the wounded healer’ and in astrological terms has strong karmic meaning (the place where we can heal our wounded selves.)

Chiron shakes us according to our character, as revealed through the symbols of the natal chart. A person with strong Mars will more than likely turn to violent action, or aggressive behaviour in order to avoid the truth; someone with strong Venus will smother in pleasure; one who has a powerful Moon may become drug or alcohol affected; Jupiter will turn to gambling; Saturn to overwork and so on for all the planetary types.

Mercury in Virgo would indicate a neurotic obsession with the details of his thoughts, words or ideas. The Chiron in Aries is fiery and associated with Mars, the planetary ruler of Aries. Baden-Clay has Mars in a strong position in relation to his ego, however Mars discussion is for another day.