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Christopher Warnock, Esq.
Astrological Charts of the Week
For the Week of October 28-November 4, 2002

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10/21-27, 2002: Analyses of
Washington Area Sniper Charts
Horary Astrology
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Further Washington, D.C. Area Sniper Attack Astrological Event Chart Analyses

This week we take a break from Electional Astrology, Astrological Magic and Astrological Talismans and turn to traditional Horary Astrology. Horary astrology typically begins with the time of the birth of a question, rather than the birth of a person and judges the answer to the question from a chart of the time of its asking. It is also possible to judge the outcome of events from the chart of their occurence. You can take a look at another example of the analyses of death charts at Chandra Levy Death Prediction.
In the 10/21/02 Charts of the Week I analyzed the October 2-11, 2002 Washington area sniper attacks.
Chart produced by Solar Fire 5
Chart produced by Solar Fire 5
Chart produced by Solar Fire 5
Chart produced by Solar Fire 5

What was readily obvious about the previous charts analyzed was the prominence of Venus, either as ruler of the Ascendant or conjunct the Ascendant.
As we look at the latests chart, for 10/19/02 and 10/22/02 we notice again that Taurus and then Libra rise respectively and thus, Venus is the ruler of the Ascendant.
Similarly, if we examine the very first chart, which I omitted from the previous week' because no one was injured, once again, we see that Venus is the ruler of the Ascendant, being almuten of the fourth degree of Pisces by day.
The 10/14/02 shooting does not fit the Venus pattern, except that Venus is the ruler of the 12th of secret enemies. We note that the 10/3/02 9:20 pm shooting, the only other chart not to have significant Venus involvement also had Gemini rising.
We have already noted that Venus is in Scorpio, which William Lilly the 17th century English astrologer when discussing astrological indications of death says is a violent sign. Christian Astrology, page 644.
Venus is also severely afflicted by being in detriment in Scorpio and conjunct the violent fixed star, Zuben Elgenubi, the South Scale or Southern Claws of the Scorpion. Lilly lists it (under chelae "claws") as a star indicating violent death. Christian Astrology, page 644.
Ptolemy, the 2nd century astrologer, says that the South Scale is of the nature of Saturn and Mars, both malefic planets. Tetrabiblos Book I, Chapter 9 (Loeb) page 51. Vivian Robson says that when conjunct Venus, the South Scale indicates, "...sudden and secret death..." The Fixed Stars & Constellations in Astrology, page 205.
So given the prominence of Venus in so many charts, what does this tell us? First, it is doubtful that the sniper is consciously timing by astrology, particular since even the use of an Ascendant takes some knowledge of astrology beyond a pop level and almutens are a technique known only to traditional (i.e. pre-1700) astrologers. Very few astrologers are even aware of this technique.
Venus as a feminine planet often indicates the involvement of women and I mentioned the possibility of a female accomplice in the previous set of analyses. Still Venus can, of course, signify a man. With regard to death Ptolemy gives us some additional indications for Venus noting deaths because of women or murderers of women as well as poisoning and feminine plots. Tetrabiblos Bk. IV, Chapter 9. We also mentioned the sexual or rather lustful implications of Venus in Scorpio.
Having another week to ponder these issues I really wonder how much Venus is saying about the sniper as opposed to his victims. They all died (or were injured) violently, suddenly and in a secretive, cunning and elusive manner. The charts very clearly express this. Beyond this we are forced to speculate regarding the sniper.
We can, however, set forth the times at which the sniper will strike.
  • Libra Rising (October 22, 2002) 5:05 am - 7:29 am
  • Venus conjunct Ascendant (October 22, 2002) exact at 8:39 am, within 5 degrees from 8:09 am to 9:00 am
  • 0-7 degrees of Pisces [Venus almuten or co-ruler for these degrees] (October 22, 2002) 3:50 pm to 4:08 pm
  • Taurus Rising (October 22, 2002) 6:17 pm to 7:42 pm

These times shift about 4 minutes earlier each day.
I also wanted to comment about the Tarot Death card, apparently left by the sniper at the scene of one of the shootings. The "Tarot" community has been widely quoted as saying that this card doesn't mean death, instead it only indicates "transition" or "change". While I do think that the Death card does indicate change, it can hardly be denied that Death is indeed a transition or change. This fear of death and death prediction appears to be a feature of New Age/modern divination in general, shared by both modern Tarot readers and astrologers.
James Revak has thoughtfully assembled three pre-New Age texts on Tarot: Etteilla and his school of disciples (late eighteenth century); Mathers’ The Tarot (1888); and Waite’s The Pictorial Key to the Tarot (1911). At Death Revak provides their listed meanings for the Death card. Waite includes, "End, mortality, destruction..." and Etteilla, "Mortality, Annihilation, Destruction.End, Deterioration, Rottenness, Corruption, Putrefaction..."
As is very clear from the charts of the sniper shootings, death can be seen in a chart; the victims did not merely experience "change" and "transition". Similarly, the Death card can mean death, though certainly not invariably.
If you wish to delve even deeper into traditional astrology I offer a Mansions of the Moon Mini-Course and a Astrological Magic Full Course as well as traditional astrology and astrological magic discussion group Spiritus Mundi.


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