The name of Timothy McVeigh may not be familiar to many who are thirty years of age or younger. McVeigh was a withdrawn child from a broken family who had a career in the U.S. Army and later developed sympathies for right-wing conspirators. The Waco, Texas group and its self-massacre encouraged by the FBI’s handling of the situation stirred McVeigh to action. In 1995 he placed 5,000 pounds of explosives in a rented truck and brought down much of the Federal building in Oklahoma City. He killed 168, people, 19 of whom were children in a day care center, and wounded 684 others. This was domestic terrorism on a grand scale. This blog will cover his actions in several postings.
Chart for April 23, 1968 7h19m CDT, relocated from Lockport, NY.
McVeigh’s chart is a “see-saw” type of chart. The relocation places his planets in the 11th and 12th houses opposing other planets in the 4th-5th-6th houses. By itself this represents one who is conflicted, may see things in terms of “black and white” or be unsure of what to understand in the world about him. With all of his personal planets in the 11th and 12th house we can start our exploration of him with the view that he is private in nature (Sun in 12th) but very aware of and sensitive to what occurs in his perceived community. It is from this ‘overview’ perspective that we can begin to look at several patterns within his complex chart before trying to offer a summarization.
SUN-MERCURY in the 12th, Taurus. Steadfast in nature, McVeigh follows through on his beliefs and decisions. The strong practical side of his nature suggests that he takes things into his own hands, not leaving others to follow through on his dreams. While his words and actions may be kept private or within smaller circles, he can place himself front and center before selected audiences. With Mercury close by and following the Sun, he has a narrow view of the world seen through his personal values. He does not give credit to the thoughts of others unless they fit with his own thoughts. Consequently he moves within specific circles which tend to support his world views.
GEMINI RISING. This sign on the Ascendant lends him a communicative air, curiosity, and a mobility as he moves from group to group and among communities of common interests.
MOON SEMI-SQUARE-SUN. The Moon in its Balsamic phase to the Sun, is deeply aware of what needs to change, what society has not provided for the population-as-a-whole. The Pisces influence adds sympathy and feeling for the causes of others. Not all feelings of this nature can be easily verbalized, but they tend to color your responses to others. Organizations and groups provide a sense of belonging when they arouse your empathy, due to the 11th house placement of the Moon.
THE OPPOSITIONS IN THIS CHART. Moon-opposite-Pluto suggests intense desires and feeling once a cause or situation comes to your attention. Obsession related to feelings is one common result of contact with those around him having socially disruptive experiences. McVeigh can take on urgent, compelling projects at the drop of a hat, so to speak.
The Sun opposes Ceres and Juno. The opposition to Ceres is mirrored by his young family life. The parents divorced when he was ten, his father took him in leaving him without a mother (as indicated by the opposition to Ceres, the symbol of mother-child caring. He was often bullied in school and became reclusive. The opposition of the Sun to Juno can be associated with the seeking of approval, of wanting to be recognized as doing the right thing. It is necessary to include Mercury, with the Sun, in these oppositional patterns. Mercury, with Ceres, may bring ‘overly judgemental’ qualities into his thought processes while the opposition to Juno has a ‘keeping score’ quality to the pattern.
Finally, we need to look at McVeigh’s Mars opposition to Neptune. Mars in the 12th can be ‘repressed’ in some ways, sneaky in other ways. How does Mars express itself. With Neptune opposite Mars, the target for any Mars-expression may be difficult to see or to articulate. This pattern can conflict with the Taurus nature of the Sun, a sign-influence shared by Mars. At this point we can consider Mars-sextile-Moon; this pattern tends to confront challenges in a very direct manner. Emotions are brushed aside when expressed by others and when an action is decided upon.
McVeigh’s ‘Mars qualities’ might be highlighted by his military career in the Army where he became a good marksman with the gun aboard the Bradley fighting vehicle in Iraq and Kuwait. He applied for selection to the Rangers but washed out of that training. He became interested in bombs and explosive devices. So, we might say that the Moon-sextile-Mars patterns was expressed by relating (Moon) to anger-fighting-noise-explosions (Mars). Emotions are brushed aside when expressed by others and when an action is decided upon. I will take a deeper look at Mars at another time, using another chart.
OTHER PATTERNS. Part-of-Fortune conjoining Saturn is interesting. How does “chance and change” work with Saturn’s “caution and strategizing?” Given the inconjunct aspect to Pluto, I would say that the two don’t work well together, that one will occasionally overturn the other with unexpected results. The Pluto-Uranus conjunction is a generational pattern of short duration in which that group is seen as being impatient, highly restless and anxious to shape life to their terms. This period marks people who are explosive, don’t like to be restricted, and fight against oppression.
Finally, I can comment on Jupiter square Neptune. Everyday life, routine work, and fitting in with others in a stable community is not what this pattern suggests. Escape from the routine, finding a means of expanding ones dreams and then chasing them is what is needed.
SUMMARY: As noted at the start of this relocated natal chart exploration, this chart is complex. Overall we have a person who is reactive, involved, unstable in some ways, needs a vision to follow while often blind to the advice and examples of others. McVeigh exhibits patience and persistence, adopts causes that emotionally stir him up, and acts with finality and practicality in following his plans or dreams.
In the next posting Mars will be examined in a different way, using a charting method never used on this blog site before.