Saturn opposite Chiron

Pallas and gender issues: The astrology of Stephen Beatty

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Actor Warren Beatty recently addressed his transgender son Stephen for the first time, putting Stephen in the headlines and bringing him to my attention.  For some time now I’ve been writing that the emergence of transgendered persons such as Chaz Bono into a more mainstream presence is connected with the transition into the Aquarian age.

Stephen Ira Beatty was born Kathryn Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of Warren Beatty and Annette Benning.  Stephen Ira came out as trans at the age of 14, which astrologically is the time when transiting SSaturn opposes Saturn in the natal chart and often sets off a sort of identity crisis or challenge.  Stephen Ira has become an active spokesperson for the transgender community and apparently identifies as a man with feminine traits rather than a straight man.  News reports from 2012 suggest that he hesitated before completing the transition surgery because he didn’t want to give up his feminine side.

Beatty’s astrological chart is fascinating.  His Capricorn Sun gives him a desire to work hard and find success, but it is in a tight conjunction to Neptune (blurring the boundaries) which often confuses the identity when aligned with the Sun (Self) and to Uranus (shattering paradigms), the planetary ruler of the Aquarian age.  This Solar conjunction enjoys a harmonious trine from Jupiter (confidence) which no doubt has helped him to traverse the difficult waters of his complicated personal identity.

There is an indication of emotional pain in a stressful oppoStephen Beattysition between Saturn (tests and challenges) to Chiron (wounding and healing) that denotes an individual with a more intense level of emotional wounds that others have and the necessity to heal these wounds over a lifetime.  In addition, the Black Moon Lilith is tied into that dynamic with a conjunction to Saturn that connects the soul’s earthly work to the primal feminine intuitive power.

I have noticed that the asteroid Pallas is prominent in the charts of many transgendered persons.  In mythology, Pallas Athena was born out of the head of Zeus rather than through a mother’s womb in the normal fashion.  This emergence from the mind rather than the body is significant since in a transgendered individual the identity comes from the mind rather than the physical attributes.  In Beatty’s chart, the asteroid Pallas is tightly (within 6 minutes!!) conjunct his Venus, the planet of love and attraction.

Human behavior is not predictable, and not everyone with this chart will be transgendered.  Planets express themselves somewhat differently through different people, although the basic themes will be similar.  However, it can be helpful to see the underlying dynamics behind our personalities and how we can best utilize these planetary allies to help us grow and evolve.

By | 2016-10-11T09:47:54+00:00 October 11th, 2016|People|2 Comments

The astrology of Andreas Lubitz, suicide co-pilot

Andreas Lubitz astrologyRecent news reports reveal that the copilot in the recent crash of a Germanwings airliner had locked the pilot out of the cockpit and steered the plane into a mountain, killing himself and 149 other people, leaving the rest of humanity mystified.  Those who knew him described him as friendly, polite, quiet – something we often hear in these situations.

A look at the astrological chart of an individual can often provide an explanation for why someone behaves in a certain way.  It should never be taken as an excuse.  There are plenty of people with the same planetary configurations that this gentleman had who would never have flown a plane full of passengers into the Alps.  I present this analysis in order to educate about the workings of the planets – not to excuse the actions of the copilot.

Andreas Lubitz (born December 18, 1987, time and place unknown) has several difficult and painful combinations of planets in his chart.  Born with the Sun in Sagittarius, typically a freedom-loving expansive personality, his Sun was flanked by Saturn (restriction) and Uranus (rebellion) and opposed by Chiron (wounding and healing).  The stressful opposition (180 degree aspect) of Chiron to the Saturn/Sun/Uranus combination shows an individual who has come into this life with a predisposition towards emotional sensitivity and probably with a great deal of psychological wounding.

Strong Chiron contacts such as this often result in depression because one must go THROUGH the wounds in order to heal and ultimately become free of the emotional pain.  Some personality types are better suited to the kind of introspection and psychological work required to heal Chironic wounds.  Sagittarius does not care for that kind of emotional work and often responds by running away from it.

The Sagittarius stellium forms an exact square aspect to the North and South Node in the chart, the points that reveal our soul’s passage from past (South Node) to future (North Node), and a Grand Cross is formed when Chiron is included.  This suggests that in Lubitz’s evolutionary journey this was a pivotal lifetime to resolve major issues from the past.

However, the Scorpio stellium in the chart embraces one’s wounds with a mad passion and in an ideal situation will fearlessly dive into the psychological wasteland in order to dredge up these old wounds so that they can be revealed and ultimately healed.  His Moon was in Scorpio, revealing his passionate nature, and the Moon was aligned with both Mars and Pluto, the traditional (Mars) and modern (Pluto) rulers of Scorpio.  Mars/Pluto people often carry a great deal of anger and sometimes rage that can be difficult to express when it is hidden behind the Sagittarius veneer.  The Black Moon Lilith, a point that is associated with rage and relationship issues, is locked in a square to his Mars/Pluto and we will probably see a great deal of drama in his relationship history.

When you combine the deep grief of the Chiron alignments with the rage of Mars/Pluto, it is not hard to see where the impetus for such an act of brutal fury could arise.  Ideally someone with this kind of rage and anxious depression would seek help, and in fact we know that Lubitz did seek help. However, he disregarded the advice of psychiatrists to stay out of work despite a written excuse, and hid his illness from employers.  I suspected that this act of vengeance was planned and deliberate and news reports this morning revealed that he had told his girlfriend that he was planning “a heinous act that will be remembered forever.”

At the time of the crash the planet Saturn, which has been stationary for about a month, had been sitting right on Mars in the progressed chart.  This is a transit that can be enormously frustrating as Mars seeks action and Saturn puts the brakes on.  At the same time transiting Jupiter comes along bringing confidence and a tendency towards expansive acts, setting off the Mars/Pluto conjunction and triggering a firestorm of anger and rage.

As I said earlier, planetary configurations are NEVER an excuse for actions that destroy or harm others in any way.  Each of us always has a choice to take positive actions to improve our own lives and the lives of others.  But the astrological chart can provide insight into the inner workings of the mind that is otherwise unavailable.


By | 2015-03-28T08:19:20+00:00 March 28th, 2015|Crime|8 Comments

The astrology of Elliot Rodger, the “Virgin Killer,” Part II

elliot rodger astrologycatch up on Part I here. 


The psychological picture that we can derive from the astrological chart of Eliot Rodger shows an individual with a significant wound  (Saturn/Chiron/Sun) to his sense of Self.  The writings clearly reveal a diagnosis of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (see this article in Psychology Today,” the root of which is a wound to the Self.  The “Narcissistic Wound” usually occurs in childhood and in a weak personality the individual tends to blame others rather than to seek the healing which Chiron requires.

The narcissist personality is unable to view other people as anything other than an extension of their flawed selves.  From his writings we do not see that Elliot Rodger ever asked a woman out or was directly rejected by him.  Instead he was driven by jealousy and rage over what he perceived other people had that he did not.  The square from Jupiter to Pluto gave him a self-righteousness and tendency towards fixed beliefs.

Originally I rectified the chart to have Scorpio rising.   Rodger writes: “Finding out about sex is one of the things that truly destroyed my entire life. Sex… the very word fills me with hate. ”  This extreme reaction can really only be explained by a strong astrological Pluto or Scorpio.  He craved sex, and equated it with power – very Pluto/Scorpio.  And yet he was revulsed by it, and afraid of it.  It was his fear of sex that kept him from women.  Without a correct birth time we can only guess.

Transits and Progressions

We discussed in Part I the fact that Rodger’s life appears to have been idyllic, according to his own words and Youtube videos, until the age of seven when his father left and his parents divorced (transiting Saturn squaring the Sun/Saturn/Chiron system in his chart.

He writes that at age nine he became aware of social hierarchies and the fact that life was inherently unfair.  Rodger’s Mars was in Virgo, the sign that seeks perfection in all things.  This can be a placement that is critical of others, but especially of oneself.  Rodger writes of that time period:  “Life will become a bitter and unfair struggle for self-worth, all because girls will choose some boys over others.”  At the time transiting Pluto was squaring Mars in the progressed chart – a planetary cycle that can bring power struggles and great conflict.

At age 14 he went off to high school just as transiting Saturn was opposite the painful Saturn/Sun/Chiron system in his chart.  He talks of being bullied but it appears from his writings that this simply took the form of teasing: having failed at skateboarding (which he took up to try to be “cool”) he didn’t like being called a skateboarder, and when the kids discovered this they called him a skateboarder and were generally insulting as middle school kids are.  But an individual with Chiron so strong in their chart is extremely vulnerable to this kind of teasing because they are so sensitive and reactive and during this period transiting Chiron was also setting off the natal system which would have been extremely painful.  “The sheer cruelty of the world around me was so intense that I will never recover from the mental scars.”

At age 16 and 17 he writes of wanting to become a dictator and rule the world: at the time his progressed Sun was making a challenging square to natal Pluto, intensifying the Plutonian qualities of rage and and the compulsive fear of sexuality.  “My whole world twisted even deeper into darkness and despair as my depressing life continued on. My hatred for people who have sex festered inside me like a plague.”

In 2009 he had a break from planetary intensity and writes that he wanted to be productive and educate himself about the workings of the world (transiting Saturn was in a harmonious sextile to his Sun).  He read voraciously during this period but was unable to continue because of the rage he felt seeing couples in the library.

Ideally, as we grow and develop we seek to learn about ourselves and the world and those of us with difficult charts are driven by our emotional pain and suffering to seek healing and personal growth.  Some individuals instead seek blame and retribution for their suffering, and when we blame others for our own problems we become stuck in a cycle from which we will never emerge.  Astrology demonstrates that the problems that we have in our lives begin in our charts, and we are born with those charts before anything happens to us.

Larger implications

This horrific tale falls into a larger tale – the square from Pluto in Capricorn (power and society) to Uranus in Aries (individual liberty).  Elliot Rodger left many clues and even announcements about what he intended to do, yet no one intervened.  This brings up a larger question about the intersection between our personal liberties (Uranus in Aries) and the need for society to stop crime before it happens (Pluto in Capricorn).  At what point does this take us into a “Minority Report” kind of world, where a pre-crime unit seeks out individuals who could potentially commit a crime?

I tend to see this kind of event as a canary in the coal mine.  What is happening to our young people as families disintegrate?  When I was young I was the only kid in my class from a “broken home” – now it is the norm.  Parents remarry, have new children, leaving their older kids out in the cold.  These events serve as more than just warnings about the use of guns in our society – they are warnings about our society itself and the mental health of our young people.  While it’s true that Elliot Rodger was in some ways an isolated instance, the number of mass shootings continues to increase at an alarming rate.

While it’s true that limiting access to guns could stem the tide, the message is clear: our human culture is severely troubled and needs healing.

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By | 2014-06-10T08:53:00+00:00 June 10th, 2014|Crime|1 Comment

More Revelations and Revolutions Continue

Mercury’s direct turn and conjunction to Uranus brought more surprising revelations today! Today’s news reports that Zacarias Moussaoui suddenly reversed his story and claimed that he and Richard Reid, the famous Shoe Bomber, were supposed to hijack a fifth plane on September 11th. And in the blogosphere, Crooks and Liars had this report:

The NY Times
“During a private two-hour meeting in the Oval Office on Jan. 31, 2003, he made clear to Prime Minister
Tony Blair of Britain that he was determined to invade Iraq without the second resolution, or even if international arms inspectors failed to find unconventional weapons, said a confidential memo about the meeting written by Mr. Blair’s top foreign policy adviser and reviewed by The New York Times. Our diplomatic strategy had to be arranged around the military planning,” David Manning, Mr. Blair’s chief foreign policy adviser at the time, wrote in the memo that summarized the discussion between Mr. Bush, Mr. Blair and six of their top aides… on

In other news, tens of thousands of protesters walked out of schools in California today, continuing the protests against new legislation limiting illegal immigration. All over the world, immigrants are rising up against their host nations and demanding equality. The lack of assimilation is creating difficulties, and opening the door to the intense cultural clashes that we are likely to experience during the 2008-2013 period as Uranus and Pluto begin to square each other. The current dance of Saturn to Chiron is bringing painful issues (Chiron) to a head as it approaches an exact opposition in June, forcing us (Saturn) to deal with these issues.

By | 2006-03-28T00:05:00+00:00 March 28th, 2006|Conspiracy|Comments Off on More Revelations and Revolutions Continue