Three months of robberies, shootings — and then, the inevitable happens.
Following Dillinger’s rescue from prison by his gang members on Oct. 12, 1933, and the killing of the sheriff, Dillinger and his gang were involved in several bank robberies. In addition, the entered police arsenals and stole machine guns, rifles, revolvers, ammunition and bullet-proof vests. On Dec. 14th, the gang killed a Chicago police detective, then another police officer during another bank robbery. They travelled to Florida and Arizona. While staying in an Tucson, Arizona hotel, that hotel caught fire. Firemen recognized several gang members from photos and the local police arrested the entire gang as well as reovering weapons and cash. That date was January 23, 1934. Dillinger’s Progressed Daily Angles chart for that date is above.
- Natal Mars (fire) is at the MC; Mars offers a range of symbolism such as fire, anger and confrontation, danger. Its square to Neptune can relate to danger (Mars) from photographs (Neptune), which is not an obvious link that an astrologer might make at first glance of this chart. Transiting Mars conjuncts Venus and square natal Moon. It is quite a stretch to suggest how these groupings play into this chart.
- Natal Mercury at the Desc.; This suggests communication, travel and news (typically). Again, we look to its counterpoint, transiting Mercury which conjuncts transiting Sun at the natal Descendant. What we have here is a “similarity pattern”—“natal Mercury at Desc.” and “tr. Sun-Mercury at the natal Desc.”. This is the key pattern in this chart. Sun = authorities, Desc. = others, Mercury = communication, recognition. Working within the context of Dillinger’s current life situation 1) Mars @ MC is danger, 2) Mars square Neptune is a lack of precaution, 3) Mercury at Desc. is contact and travel, 3) Mercury conj. Sun is movement and recognition by authorities. Without the inclusion of Dillinger’s life context at the period of time, it is more difficult to appropriately understand the planet symbolism!
- Interesting is the role of Pluto in this chart. Natal Pluto is 10 degrees above the Desc. angle, transiting Pluto is 8 degrees above the CD point. Let’s see what we can pull out of this. Natal Pluto is in a grand trine with natal Node and transiting Node. Pluto is associated with many things including the going underground and out of sight alternating with bringing things back into view, while the Nodal axis is linked to “association with others.” We might say that this was a time when he would lose his gang or associates. Transiting Pluto is above the CD-Point, representing force from external situations intruding into his life—highly appropriate to this event. This transiting Pluto squares the natal MC and transiting Uranus, surprise relating to his career brings upheaval. We can “hopscotch” over to natal Uranus in the 1st house (personal sense of identity and surprise) which is square natal Jupiter (seeking opportunity) and the daily chart’s MC angle (his current status in life).
Comment: This is not a chart that one would easily identify from a year’s worth of charts for predictive purposes. Yet, there are clues. For those clues, we go back to the natal chart. For a criminal, the presence of Mars at an angle is one signal. Mercury (at the midpoint between natal Asc. and MC) is another signal as is the T-Square between Sun-Pluto and Uranus and Jupiter. So, we look for those planets to be angular in any solar return or daily chart. We find them all angular in this daily chart! So, we stop and look. If were we a consulting astrologer to Dillinger, would we have seen the danger in this chart for him? So much in astrology depends upon our skills, the tools we use, how well we understand the relationship between the subject and his chart. Dave