A New Mass Shooting at Washington Navy Yard
Dateline: Monday Sept. 16, 2013 and Updated with Aaron Alexis Sunrise Chart for his birth on May 9, 1979...At least one gunman, heavily armed, shot and killed at least 12 people at the Navy Sea Systems Command Headquarters at the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard this morning -- apparently very close to 8:20AM EDT. It happened in the building that houses their cafeteria. Details are still coming in and much of the nation's capital is on a lock-down with police out in full force. Fifteen or more individuals may have been wounded -- some critically. It is possible -- although not likely -- that two other gunmen or people involved with the shooter (who was killed himself) are being sought.The chart below reveals Mercury almost precisely rising in Libra, and almost exactly opposite shock-producing Uranus. Uranus is also -- when totally negative -- a symbol of the lone, eccentric, rebel or alienated individual, who -- from a distance -- could be inclined to murder fellow human beings with a weapon, often a rifle or gun.
You will also see a somewhat wide and yet still significant Grand Cross in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) -- composed of Uranus setting, Jupiter above, Mercury rising, and Pluto below. This is obviously a major, geometric pattern that reflects the angry and highly-disturbed mood of the assailant as well as the horrible carnage he has perpetrated.
This day began with a Moon-Mars opposition in the sky (starting a long void lunar cycle in Aquarius that lasts until tomorrow morning) -- with this Moon-Mars opposition itself a potential symbol of human interactive violence and bloodshed (when this polarity is expressed negatively). Mars is also currently making its first union with President Obama's Sun placement in Leo in the last two years, and he has already given a statement about today's tragedy. With transiting Mars on President Obama's Sun, he is likely to be "attacked" by members of the Conservative wing of the Republican Party for not protecting key, national locations that should be safe and secure.
You will also see Venus approaching Saturn in Scorpio -- with the fateful Lunar North Node (horseshoe-symbol) close by. In two days, Venus will make its annual merger with Saturn in the sky, and one of the keynotes of Venus with Saturn -- particularly in the 8th sign of Scorpio -- is mourning over lost loved ones.
One extra note for the moment: This chart does have a connection to the awful tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001 when the first plane hit the World Trade Center in NYC at 8:47AM EDT that morning. In the WTC Disaster chart, Mercury again is exactly rising, and in Libra (like this morning's shootings) and -- since it is 12 years since 2001 -- giant Jupiter is back in Cancer, and elevated, where it was a dozen years ago, representing the large-scale significance of what is happening.
When more is known about the assailant -- first reports indicate Aaron Alexis*, a 34-year old civilian contractor and originally from Fort Worth, Texas and possibly a new employee at the Navy Yard. At least 3,000 people work in and around the Navy Yard...
Update: Aaron Alexis, according to an FBI poster issued online this morning, was born on May 9, 1979 in Queens, NY. A chart for Noon (but using a symbolic Sun Rising chart) on his month-day-year of birth is included below. Even without an accurate birth time, the chart stuns due to the Sun in Taurus as a part of a rare Yod (Finger of God, Yod-Triangle, formation, including outer planets Neptune in Sagittarius and Pluto in Libra) -- along with Uranus in Scorpio, exactly opposite the Sun.
Earlier in this report -- before knowing the horoscope of the assailant -- I mentioned what a negative Uranus influence could mean, and now we see that this individual had Uranus in a precise polarity to his solar life-force, core power and heart center. In addition, today the Moon in Aquarius -- representing the masses in Mundane Astrology and signifying mood-swings, the subconscious and emotional issues in the personality realm -- exactly triggered his natal Sun-Uranus opposition via a sharp square pattern of 90-degrees.
You will also see several celestial bodies in the last 11 degrees of Aries -- including Venus, Mars, Juno and Mercury. Venus is closely opposite his Pluto at his birth -- revealing the potential for strong and yet mysterious and secret feelings-sensitivities concerning primary partnerships. Having Mercury exactly with Juno can be favorable if a person is peace-loving, fair-minded and strives to respect others, but it can also turn very negative and a channel for rage-- if an individual feels emotionally dis-empowered and belittled in life or via put-downs by higher-ups and authority figures. [His Mercury-Juno conjunction exactly squares Pluto in Capricorn in America's birthchart for July 4, 1776.] By the way, the transiting Lunar Nodes -- especially associated with fate-destiny issues -- were exactly setting off his natal Chiron in Taurus (and Chiron signifies wounds and pains that need healing, as well as the Twilight Zone where events spiral out of chronological time and move into another realm of being and consciousness).
The above brief astro-sketch of the main gunman, so far the only one found and killed at the scene, should give you assistance in beginning to understand this individual's motivations. Apparently, he was a Navy reservist and a current civilian contractor, had stolen someone's ID to get into the facility today, had at least one brush with the law in Texas (due to use of a gun), might have been (for a while at least) into Buddhism, and worked at a waiter at a restaurant. I am sure much more will be learned in the days and weeks ahead.
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