Married for only a few years; what do you do when you hate the man you loved?
You get rid of him, of course, causing as much discomfort and hurt as possible. Meet Shannon Roger Richardson, small-time actress, now living in New Boston, Texas. Not being able to make an acting breakthrough beyond bit parts, Shannon married, had several children and is currently expecting another. That didn’t stop her from mailing ricin-tainted letters to President Obama and Mayor Blumberg of New York City, and then calling the FBI to cast blame upon her husband.
Richardson was born on August 31, 1977, time unknown. The chart below has been located to New Boston, Texas where she made her home. For this person/event, I will be using the now-familiar Moon-to-Sun charts. Since the Moon moves about twelve time faster than the Sun, we know two things; first, the t/Moon is within 6 degrees of its correct place, and the Sun is within half a degree of its correct position. From the perspective of a transit chart, this chart is useful. The questions to be asked are “how useful are the angles of the chart, how is the house orientation to be used?”
Simple testing by moving the noon “birth” time back six hours or twelve hours shows that the MC is repositioned “earlier” by some 7 degrees in the first case, 14 degrees in the second case. The answers are that the angles are relatively accurate, the house structure is highly useful. These charts are highly useful when an accurate birth time is unknown!
This is a t/Moon-conjunct-n/Sun in the 9th house Return chart. Using the “book” description for the Moon-Sun pattern we find “1) Contacting or visiting distant places as . . . for business that involves shipping or supply (mailing) in some form. 2) The exchange of material or ideas, . . . 3) Leaving or avoiding a place or situation that one detests.” Let’s put this into the context of the situation. Shannon Richardson, married and the mother of four with another child on the way, had come to hate her husband and wanted him out of her life. This must have been an extreme hatred that she felt, the reasons being yet unknown to the public. Shannon chose a most bizarre plan; she would frame her husband for the crime of sending ricin-laden letters to public officials, President Obama and New York City Mayor Blumberg, specifically. Using her husband’s computer to look up information on the making of ricin, gathering the ingredients and storing them in the kitchen, spreading castor beans about the trunk of his car. On May 30th, 2013, she reported her husband’s alleged activities to the FBI.
We can see how the generic book statement for t/Moon-n/Sun in the 9th house fits this situation. Shannon contacted distant places via the postal system. Her business involved shipping (mailing). She sent material affecting the affairs of others (her absent husband) and the intended recipients. She wanted to leave or avoid a situation that she detested.
t/Mercury at the Desc. angle represents communications and the mail, contact with partners or others. This symbolism is expressing itself as letters, as her call to the FBI, as her contact/view of her husband/partner/adversary. Playing astrological hopscotch, we note n/Mercury close to the MC and opposing t/Part of Fortune. We might view this as communication that affects her status and goals being affected or constrained by the nature of the “change and chance” (PoF) that was involved. Indeed, t/PoF at the IC angle clearly points to a dramatic play or plot that will change her life (the IC angle represents the start and end of things).
Since this is is a Moon-to-Sun chart, we can again play astrological hopscotch and note the n/Moon conjoining t/Uranus. This points to an emotional use of one’s sense of individuality to manage change. Looking at n/Uranus, it conjoins t/Saturn, indicating a desire to manage change. t/Sun squares n/Saturn; Shannon’s self interests (Sun) are in conflict with the need to be more cautious in her plans.
May 30th, 2013 was the day her letters were received and detected by screening, and also the day she made her call to the FBI to report her husband’s alleged conspiracy. This chart for May 30th is “advanced” from the former Moon-to-Sun chart by merely changing the date, leaving the Return chart’s “time” unchanged. This has the effect of advancing the MC and presenting the day’s transits within the chart’s house structure. n/PoF is at the Desc. angle; her long-standing choice to bring change into her relationship was at hand. Note the transiting version of the PoF, t/PoF conjoins the n/Sun and opposes t/Neptune and t/Moon: The way that “chance and change” works out (t/PoF) affects her long-standing self interests (n/Sun) and is countered (the opposition) by emotional confusion and uncertainty. Near the vertical axis, t/Uranus conjoins n/Moon, opposes n/Pluto suggesting great emotional tensions as she seeks to control her fate.
This is one of those charts that reflects the context of the day but which is a bit outside of normal life and would therefore be difficult to “predict.” Sometimes people surprise us and we must accept what we find, or think we find. This is one of those charts that we will find interesting and from which we hope to learn something.
In my next posting we will examine the day when everything went wrong for Shannon. Dave.