D.C. Snipers Caught: One nightmare over, another one starts
On Oct. 24, 2002, late in the evening, John Allen Muhammad and his teen-aged associate were found at a rest stop and arrested.
The progressed daily angles chart for this event is shown at the right. At first glance this chart appears to not be anything special. But, should one look back a few posts to the Solar Return chart of Jan. 1, 2002 for John Allen Muhammad it would be seen that the angles of that chart are repeated here. As it turns out, Oct. 24, 2002 is 297 days after the Solar Return—9 months 3 weeks later.
The MC-Solar cycle discussed in prior posts is very much evident here. With the angles of the Solar Return repeated, the meanings of that Solar Return chart are recalled for experiencing. Readers are suggested to visit the post with the chart on the blue file card and review that chart and analysis.
Here, we are looking at a chart for the capture of one of the two demented individuals who shot at 13 individuals, killing 12 of them. The clues had finally added up, and the bravado of the killers in their messages taunting the police all combined to culminate in their capture. Let’s look at the chart’s components.
The Solar Return angles repeated in this daily chart: problems and answers are said to be found on two sides of the same coin according to a popular saying. The return of the chart angles to this chart shows that the problem and its solution are linked. Here, the transiting Sun is at the IC angle: One’s intent and willful actions are at an end. Natal Neptune at the IC: The dream is over, the illusion is at an end. Note that transiting Neptune is also angular, the dreams of another are also involved. Nearby is Pallas: symbolizing the seeking of approaval and support. It is difficult to properly asses this placement — were the messages a means of unintended surrender? This is one possible meaning for these two in a conjunction situation.
Of course, a most notable feature is transiting Jupiter at the Ascendant: This is another twist of logic for an astrologer. Jupiter is associated with luck, good fortune, expanded social opportunities as well as justice and legal situations. Another symbol that I’ve often found to be associated with legalities and the power of authorities is the Sun. Here, we have both symbols, and the law was involved. Of further interest is the presence of transiting Venus near the IC; a placement that often shows up when a balance is restored. This Venus-placement has also been found in the Progressed Daily Angles charts where a death occurs as well as when a love relationship is established!
To repeat prior observations: The angles of these cyclic charts are most important, whatever is angular will tell the story. The meanings of natal planets will carry forward into their transiting versions and blend with the angular significance of their location. We can always combine any of the angular planets in a keyword format to find basic chart meanings —- here we can bring Jupiter, Sun, Neptune together as a T-Square pattern which we could see as “a lack of self control, irresponsibility, the misfortune of being deceived” to partially quote from Ebertin’s Combination of Stellar Influences. Comments on these observations, or alternate views and open discussion is always welcome. Dave