Have you ever heard of Forensic Astrology?
It's just as it sounds: using the venerable art of Astrology as a lens through which to consider a crime. After hearing of the guilty verdicts in the Amanda Knox trialÂ late Friday evening I decided to set up the charts for the event of November 1, 2007 and see what was going on using Astrology's As Above, So Below principle.
Ms. Knox's former boyfriend, Rafaelle Solliceto was convicted as well and received a 25 year sentence; Ms. Knox received 26 years for the murder of her roommate, Meredith Kercher in their Perugia, Italy apartment where they resided as foreign exhange students.
Police reports have given the murder as occurring between 8:30 pm and 11:00 pm so these are the times I used to set up the horoscopes. One of the more useful features of my Solar Fire software is the ability to Animate Charts so that in real time one canÂ watch the planets and house cusps proceed in their courses - in this case, from 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm on Nov 1, 2007 - in Perugia.
Significators of violence are typically easy to spot in an Astrology chart: testosterone-laden Mars, mythically the god of war, instigator of quarrels, and ruler of sharp instruments; powerful subversive and often assasin, Pluto, the death-dealer, and in myth, the god of the Underworld; lady Venus who canÂ turn vengeful when jealous or scorned, Moon signfies 'a woman'Â and on another level, the physical body, and so on.
Aspects, the angular relationships between planets (whichÂ areÂ the 'actors' in a chart) tell of obstacles (squares = 90 degrees), stand-offs (oppositions = 180 degrees); plus, the concentrated energy of conjunctions (0 degrees) are majorÂ facets ofÂ any picture. Timing isÂ a key ingredientÂ and may be gleaned in part from whether an aspect is waning (separating) or waxing (applying.)
In fact, that is the element which Astrology brings to the table which no other system brings: timing. That's why knowing the time frame window was important for narrowing things down.
With a violent event chart, a good example of aÂ planetary actor is Mars, that November 2007Â night in Cancer (which is a contentious placement for Mars since Cancer is ruled by the emotional Moon - Moon/Mars contacts and signatures can be very moody with a hair-trigger temper.) Mars usually represents a male between the ages of 25 to 35, give or take a year or two either way.
Yet generally speaking, astrologicalÂ Mars represents the action principle and the desire nature in any chart,Â so the gender/age caveat may be relaxed is some cases especially since females have Mars functions, too. Otherwise we ladies wouldÂ be unable to physically move!
So as you see, if you didn't already know, there are many factors involved in studying an event using Forensic Astrology, and I admit to being only a mere novice at it. The branch is a very time consuming practice so it isn't often IÂ find time to study crime charts given my Political Astrology pursuits. (Unless, like me, you consider Politics to be primarily a crime as it's currently perpetrated.)
Yet I confess that discovering the time frameÂ for this tragic murder, the 8:30 - 11:00 pm window, was intriguingÂ and compelled me toÂ study the chart/s so I cordially invite you toÂ read the result of my conclusions, if you wish.
Now I realize that you may not give credence to Astrology, that's up to you - I'm notÂ here to debate its merits. Either you're open-minded or you're not. Actually, I shunned it for years before trying it and finding it a useful tool and language. I earned that yes, the universe is based on As Above, So Below: but planetary energies compel, theyÂ doÂ not override free will.
Therefore, all your pertinent yet civil comments on the Amanda Knox case would be most appreciated on my WordPress blog, at Two Hours, or here on Gather, if you have something to say about my conclusions which are translated for you from astrologese into fairly decent English:
My primary Political Astrology blog: