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Denver's Dark Night



by Marjorie Orr July 21, 2012 01:54 PM EST

This week’s explosive and high risk Mars square Pluto opposition Uranus has certainly brought more than its fair share of mayhem and loss of life.

 

In Syria a suicide bomber killed several of President Assad’s inner circle as fighting intensified in Damascus. In Bulgaria another terrorist bomber blew up Israel tourists. Now in Denver a crazed gunmen has killed 14 injuring 50 at a premiere for the new Batman movie.

 

The Denver shooting occurred at around 12.30 am Friday 20th putting Uranus in the unstable 12th opposition a 6th house Mars square a 9th house Pluto. There’s also an attention-seeking Fire Grand Trine of Uranus trine North Node in Sagittarius trine Leo Moon Mercury, formed into a Kite by North Node opposition Jupiter in Gemini – making Jupiter the leading planet. Jupiter oddly though supposedly a lucky planet does occur in disaster charts because of its expansive qualities – it magnifies for good or for ill.

 

 

The alleged shooter, James Holmes, was born 13 December 1987. This makes him just four days older than Bradley Manning. He has the same high-wire, changeable Sun Saturn Uranus conjunction in Sagittarius and a deeply angry, frustrated, vengeful, victim/perpetrator Mars Pluto conjunction in Scorpio. In Holmes’ case his Mars Pluto is 45 degrees (half a square) from Uranus making for a potent and explosive combination of black energy.

 

His confident Jupiter in Aries trines his Sun, Mercury, Saturn, Uranus and squares his Venus in socially ambitious Capricorn.

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At the moment transiting Pluto is conjunct his Neptune making for a highly strung, confused, rather fanatical mood, especially backed up by tr Uranus and tr Mars both just passed the hard aspects to Neptune. Pluto Neptune is archetypically the signature for megalomania. His Mars Pluto has moved by Solar Arc Direction to pick up the tr Uranus trine now and in coming weeks, which again is highly insecure and disruptive. Plus he has tr Neptune square his Sun/Mars midpoint and just passed the square to Mars/Saturn in recent weeks – all of which look panicky and ego-denting so there may have been a setback which acted as a trigger leading to a macho/destructive gesture of revenge.

 

Although the Batman shootings took place in Aurora, it is part of metropolitan Denver. Denver was founded 22 November 1858 making it a Sun Sagittarius opposition Uranus.

 

That Denver Sun Uranus opposition not only caught the full brunt of the November 2011 Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius which casts its shadow well ahead, it is also sagging under tr Neptune squares at the moment. So shocks were to be expected. The Denver chart also has a tough, stubborn Mars in Aquarius opposition Saturn square Pluto in Taurus. So James Holmes’ Mars Pluto in Scorpio met that T square in bulldozer fashion with his Mars Pluto exactly square the Denver Saturn. Not a good mix.

 

Usually locations which can expect significant events have the Eclipse positions on the angles of the chart – Ascendant, Descendant, Midheaven or IC. The Solar Eclipse Nov 2011 chart located to Denver had New Moon on the IC square Neptune Descendant opposition Mars Ascendant. Tr Neptune has now moved to make the square to the New Moon exact. Mars Neptune is the ultimate showbizzy signature. The other recent Lunar Eclipses located to Denver are also marked on the angles. June 2012 Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius falls 1st/7th with North Node less than a degree exact conjunct the Descendant – and all squaring Mars. The Dec 2011 Lunar Eclipse in Gemini was closer still with Sun conjunct Asc and Moon conjunct Desc – again square Mars, so stirring up anger.

 

Interestingly and tragically this incident could be one manifestation of Hollywood’s dark moment of destiny this year with tr Neptune hitting the Hollywood chart, 1 Feb 1887, Pluto square Mars all year. Tr Neptune is square its Pluto exactly at the moment and retrograding to soon conjunct Mars mid Aug/mid Sept – both of these are panic-inducing and can be risky. Holmes’ ruthless and clearly dangerous Mars Pluto in Scorpio is square the Hollywood Sun so at some level he harbours fairly hostile attitudes towards it. The relationship chart between himself and Hollywood has an angry, resentful, unfairly-treated composite Mars square Saturn which tr Pluto is exactly conjunct that Mars at the moment. So there may be destructive envy wrapped up in his choice of killing field.

 

Dark Knight Rises principal photography started in Jodphur, India on 6 May 2011 with the difficult Saturn opposition Uranus square Pluto in place as well as an exuberant Mars Jupiter in Aries. Tr Saturn is at present opposing that Jupiter dampening enthusiasm understandably with another setback to come in late August with tr Saturn opposition Mars. It will hit cinema bookings with the Paris Premiere already cancelled.

 
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