The Dark Night of James Holmes and the Rebirth of America

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In looking at the planetary positions when James Eagen Holmes was born, what really stands out is that the man accused of going on a mass shooting spree during the July 20 midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora Colorado, was born with his natal Sun and Saturn in Sagittarius impacting the USA’s natal Mars and Neptune.

Mars is the planetary energy of aggression, war, and weapons. Neptune describes beliefs and illusions. Movies and addictions are a couple of outlets people employ as a temporary escape from the reality of their current existence.

The USA’s Idealization of Guns and War
In order to understand this horrific event in the context of its impact on our nation requires a brief examination of a key planetary alignment in the birth chart of the United States.

The USA was born with Mars in Gemini in the sector of its birth chart representing relationships and open enemies in a challenging alignment to Neptune in Virgo in the sector of foreign affairs, philosophical and religious ideologies. America idealizes violence and war. Believing in the right to possess numerous firearms (including assault-style weapons) has reached a religious fervor. Mars out-of-bounds in Gemini describes the USA’s cowboy mentality.(1)

Neptune’s energy is difficult to define as it lacks boundaries. Since World War II, America has engaged in wars that cannot be won because they lack a definitive objective, strategy, and end date.(2) The United States has waged war on communism, drugs, and the illusion of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. In waging war on those responsible for attacking its shores on September 11, 2001, the U.S. has gone way beyond the boundaries of retaliation. War has become caught in the fog of Neptune’s idealistically appealing yet completely nebulous notion of “nation building.”

More than $2.5 trillion has already been spent on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars alone with the meter  still rapidly running. Yet deficits don’t matter when it comes to military spending. The U.S. military has been fighting in Afghanistan for nearly 11 years with no definitive end date for the complete removal of all U.S. forces. Hundreds of billions of dollars have spent in Afghanistan to provide education and infrastructure which are destroyed by the Afghan people who do not want us occupying their country and supporting their corrupt leadership.(3) Gemini rules the neighborhood and local environment. Imagine if all the money the U.S. has spent in Iraq and Afghanistan was used to rebuild America’s infrastructure!

Instead of expending so much energy and precious resources waging war, America would do better addressing the aggression and violence raging within its own borders. But before returning to what this tragedy symbolizes for the USA, let’s look at the planetary energies of the man accused of committing this horrendous crime.

The positions of the planets at the moment of an individual’s or entity’s birth describe potentials. How these planetary energies are or are not expressed is determined by the individual. A nation’s planetary energies are driven by the will of the collective (its people). Or more accurately, it is the will of the people to allow the country to be led by the desires of its leaders and those holding the greatest power and influence over them. From ancient mythology to the movies, heroes and villains possess both positive and negative characteristics to illustrate that we live in a world of duality: love/anger, peace/war, light/dark. Bats are creatures of the dark, and Batman has his own dark demons to wrestle with. Just as Bruce Wayne chose to use his skills and talents in a positive way, James Holmes had a choice to be a hero or a villain.

James Holmes: The Dark Side of Pluto Rises
James Eagen Holmes was born less than two months after the stock market crash on December 13, 1987. With natal Mercury, the Sun, Saturn, and Uranus out-of-bounds in Sagittarius, Holmes has skyrocketed to sudden fame around the globe.(1) His reputation will be known in the history books as the man who committed several media outlets have dubbed the “movie massacre.”

Sagittarius rules higher education; the Sun and Saturn represent one’s profession and reputation, and describe the father. Holmes’ father has three degrees including a doctorate in statistics, and is a senior lead scientist at Fair Isaac managing a team building credit card fraud models. Holmes graduated with top honors, earning a Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from the University of California Riverside in 2010. Frustrated by his inability to obtain a professional position, Holmes worked at McDonald’s before enrolling at the University of Colorado Medical School last year. His poor academic performance appears to be the reason why he left school in June.

Jupiter is the planetary ruler of Sagittarius and exerts a powerful influence since Jupiter appeared to be motionless in the sky as it was about to station direct after Holmes’ birth.(4) Holmes’ planets in Sagittarius form a harmonious alignment to Jupiter in Aries. Aries and its planetary ruler Mars rule the brain, and these energies describe Holmes’ studies and interest in brain research.

The energies of Jupiter/Sagittarius/Aries tend to be optimistic, self-confident, and describe a person with the ability to excel academically. However, these energies are dampened by Saturn in Sagittarius. Saturn conjoining the Sun and Mercury can describe a person who is more introverted and reserved, especially as Holmes was born on the day of the Last Quarter Moon in Mercury-ruled Virgo. There is a tendency to have a pessimistic outlook which could potentially lead to depressive mood swings and being critical of himself and others who fail to meet his expectations. Jupiter and Sagittarius can describe dogmatic ideological beliefs. With Uranus widely conjoining his Mercury, there is the potential for defiance. Holmes’ mental outlook could be prone to suddenly shift from extreme optimism to pessimism.

With most of his planets in the fire element, Holmes could become easily angered and defiant. Although Saturn could help him keep his temper under control, Uranus can be prone to sudden and explosive outbursts. Holmes’ Jupiter in Aries is ruled by Mars, and his natal Mars and Pluto are strong as they are conjoined in their home sign Scorpio. Mars conjoining Pluto in Scorpio describes secret activities and obsessions. There is an intense and obsessive focus along with the potential for deep-seated anger, jealousy, and resentment which can lead to vengeful acts. Mars and Aries rule weapons and the physical body, describing Holmes wearing a helmet and body armor dressed completely in black; Pluto and Scorpio rule darkness and the color black.

Jupiter and Sagittarius energies do things on a large scale. Jupiter in Aries with Mars conjunct Pluto in Scorpio describes firing weapons on a crowd, with several people being shot to death.
All of these planetary energies describe Holmes’ meticulous planning, the paramilitary gear, weapons, and tear gas, to the sophisticated wiring of explosives to booby trap his apartment to pull off his shooting spree.

Holmes’ natal Neptune in Capricorn is unaspected. (There were no relationships between Neptune and any of the other planets when Holmes was born.) People who have unaspected planets tend to over or under express the energies of the unaspected planet.(5)

Neptune rules tear gas, the world of dreams, imagination, and mental health. In its negative manifestation, an unaspected Neptune could indicate a desire to escape from the challenges and responsibilities of living in the “real world” which has become too painful to deal with. This can lead to addictive behavioral patterns and substance abuse. If such behavior exists, there tends to be complete denial that there is a problem.

Since Neptune in Capricorn represents an entire generation of people born between 1984 and 1998, I must emphasize that it is in its negative manifestation that Neptune in Capricorn can make it difficult to separate fantasy from reality.

Neptune is the world of myth, metaphor, and movies. Holmes’ Mars/Pluto conjunction in Scorpio aptly describes his shooting spree during “The Dark Knight Rises.” Pluto (Hades in Greek mythology) is the powerful and wealthy lord of the underworld. Pluto and Scorpio represent decay, death, and rebirth.
Bruce Wayne as portrayed in the comics and the more recent darker themed Batman movies is a Pluto/Scorpio character. He seeks revenge on the criminals who murdered his parents by going after the criminals that plague Gotham City. He disguises himself as Batman (“the dark knight”). Bruce Wayne/Batman is a detective and an expert marksman. He uses his vast wealth to acquire the tools and technology he needs to combat crime.

Brue Wayne/Batman fell into the darkness of the underworld where he faced death. Unlike mythological gods and other superheroes, Batman does not possess any special powers. It is only through his intense will and determination that the dark knight rises reborn like the mythological phoenix that symbolizes Pluto and Scorpio operating at its highest level.

Pluto and Scorpio represent the shadow side. Batman’s nemesis, the gas-mask wearing villain Bane, is Pluto/Scorpio operating at its lowest level.

Reflecting the fire element emphasis, Holmes had dyed his hair a bright reddish orange color prior to the shootings and it has been widely reported that he told police he is the Joker. The word “jovial” comes from Jupiter as people with strong Jupiter/Sagittarius energy in their chart tend to be humorous and fun-loving; Uranus is the wild card. Holmes’ Sun/Saturn/Uranus conjunction in Sagittarius would describe fulfilling his ego’s desire to take center stage to shock and create chaos by going on a wild shooting spree in the movie theatre.

Ethics and morals are ruled by Jupiter and Sagittarius as these energies rule the courts that pass judgment. Holmes’ Mercury/Sun/Saturn/Uranus in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Aries describe sudden legal troubles and being under the control of authority figures. A court of law will decide how he will be held accountable for his actions.

Neptune rules places of confinement such as hospitals, mental institutions, and prisons.

But what if James Holmes had chosen to express the very highest potentials of his birth chart?(6) Jupiter/Sagittarius is a seeker of wisdom and truth; the higher mind. The combination of Holmes’ Mercury/Sun/Saturn/Uranus in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Aries, Virgo Moon, and Mars/Pluto in Scorpio could describe a career in science, medicine, or technology. Once he found an area within one of these fields that he was passionate about, he would have had the patience to analyze complex data and become engrossed in highly detailed and technical work which might have helped others and even saved lives.

Holmes could have been the first to make a major discovery after years of painstaking research, bestowing professional achievement and the potential of prestigious awards/positions later in life. Virgo is health matters, Aries rules the brain, and Mars/Pluto in Scorpio represent regeneration.(7) He might have become a highly skilled surgeon or psychologist/psychiatrist. Holmes’ unaspected Neptune could describe working in a laboratory. Neptune in Capricorn describes using one’s imagination and vision to help put the pieces of the puzzle together which might have led to a career at the CIA.

An unaspected planet’s energies become activated when impacted by transiting planets and progressions which move the birth positions forward in time as the individual or entity ages. Pluto in Capricorn has been conjoining Holmes’ natal Neptune since May 2011. This corresponded to when Jupiter returned to its birth position. Holmes relocated from San Diego to Aurora Colorado to return to school at the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s neuroscience graduate program. One year later as Uranus in Aries began to square Pluto in Capricorn and his natal Neptune, Holmes began acquiring ammunition, explosives, and paramilitary gear online and legally purchased the weapons he used in the shooting at multiple gun shops.

Uranus and Pluto impacting his natal Neptune indicate Holmes was undergoing a profound transformation of his beliefs and an abrupt behavioral reversal. Something caused him to mentally snap and rebel from his past academic achievement. This could be connected in some way to his relationship with his parents (particularly his father). The atrocity he is accused of committing shows he had embraced his dark side and he might have believed that what he was doing would fulfill some type of revenge fantasy.

Mercury, the planet of communication, movement, and commerce, stationed retrograde in Leo July 14, squaring Holmes’ Mars and Pluto in Scorpio.(8) Mercury retrograde indicates that Holmes had been making preparations to execute his killing spree for some time. Mercury retrograde in Leo describes that Holmes would carry out his plan at a local entertainment venue. It also describes that the entertainment centered on the return of a recurring leading male character (Batman/Bruce Wayne).

I had warned that the combination of Mars/Uranus/Pluto could increase the potential for outbreaks of violence in mid-July as Mars in Libra impacted the Uranus/Pluto square.(8) With the trio of planets impacting his natal Neptune, Holmes was preparing his apartment and his weapons that would be used to randomly harm others who were out to enjoy themselves at the Batman movie premiere.

The Stark Duality Of July 20
After describing how the negative side of how Neptune’s energies have manifested in the birth charts of the USA and James Holmes, it is imperative to understand that Neptune dissolves boundaries and barriers because Neptune is oneness and believing in something greater than ourselves.

Unfortunately it seems that it has only been during the times of our greatest tragedies and triumphs that the USA has temporarily come together united as one nation.

Jupiter is conjoining the USA’s natal Uranus in Gemini now. These energies can describe large scale technological innovations and reforms, as well as big shocks. Ruled by Mercury and symbolized by the twins, Gemini’s dualistic nature describes the stark contrasts between good/evil and darkness/light. Mercury retrograde is a reminder that when Jupiter conjoined Uranus in Libra on July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the Moon.

The Jupiter/Uranus energy describes two big events at both ends of the extreme. In 1969 it described a long distance journey made possible through the latest technological breakthroughs and discoveries. It is the expansive optimism and adventurous spirit that brings diverse groups of people together united for a common purpose.

I still get excited whenever I think back on that evening 43 years ago when I was a little girl, eyes transfixed on the TV screen watching  the Apollo 11 landing, jumping up and down with joy the moment Neil Armstrong stepped onto the Moon.

My eyes filled with tears Friday not only for the senseless tragedy in Aurora, but that for millions of people living in America today, what I witnessed is now only an entry in a history book. Human space exploration united the nation and resulted in scientific breakthroughs and technological innovations that improved life on Earth. There always seems to be money for war and what divides us, but not for the things that advance and unite us.

Jupiter conjoined Uranus in Neptune-ruled Pisces on January 4, 2011, the start of a new 13 year cycle. On July 22 Jupiter in Gemini and Uranus in Aries entered a new phase of this cycle. The frictional alignment between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn is a wakeup call that the increase in such shocking and deadly attacks by individuals or groups is unlikely to abate unless the nation seizes this opportunity to transform something good out of something evil by utilizing our technological capabilities to help prevent such atrocities from occurring in the future. And it can be accomplished without infringing upon Second Amendment rights.

How To Prevent Another Dark Night
Modeling gun registration based upon how automobiles are registered, titled, and transferred could eliminate the type of situation that occurred in Aurora. Just as an automobile has a VIN number, all firearms have serial numbers which could be tracked from manufacturer through all owners until the firearm is retired or destroyed. The key difference is that firearms would need to be tracked on a single national database rather than state registrations for automobiles. Similarly, ammunition sales would also have to be registered on a national database and the owner or purchaser would be held responsible for any use of ammunition they purchased unless they could prove it was stolen and registered as stolen on a national database. If possible, ammunition should also contain serial numbers to be tracked so the ownership trail is traceable.

Similar to the way the IRS looks for patterns through computerized scanning or auditing, the Justice Department and state and local law enforcement could look for patterns of weapon and ammunition accumulation to be investigated by federal authorities. Such a structure would eliminate the need for any other form of gun control, leaving the populists free to pursue their rights under the Second Amendment. Of course the current degree of presale background checking as it currently exists should be continued.

This year, Mars in Virgo, Mercury in Pisces, and Venus in Gemini have changed direction on the USA’s Mars/Neptune square, a reminder that the U.S. needs to rethink its defense strategies and how the nation’s energies can be redirected from war and aggression to fulfilling the American Dream.

The Moon in Leo occulted Mercury retrograde last Friday, reminding the public that Friday’s massacre was the second deadly mass shooting in Colorado since the massacre at Columbine High School which occurred only a few miles away from Aurora. The Cancer New Moon on July 19 conjoined the USA’s natal Mercury (which is retrograde) and opposed natal Pluto in Capricorn. It’s time to re-evaluate who we are as a nation and reassess our fiscal priorities when it comes to spending so much money on waging wars. Even a few plutocrats supporting the gun lobby are beginning to worry that such policies could backfire and might adversely impact their bottom line.

The symbolism of Aurora as it is always darkest before the dawn. Like the phoenix (or the dark knight) rising from the darkest depths, the USA can rise above its addiction to war and violent behavior.

It’s all up to us.

(1) A planet is “out-of-bounds” when it has traveled beyond the maximum boundaries of its normal degree of declination (23 degrees and 27 minutes) north or south of the celestial equator. (The celestial equator is Earth’s equator projected into space.) An out-of-bounds planet’s energies possess Uranus-like characteristics. The out-of-bounds planet brings shocks and surprises, defiantly demanding to express its energies free of limitation.

(2)See my post, “Guerrilla Warfare Is The Key To Win Afghanistan” for more information.

(3)See my post, “Operation Neptune Spear Ends the Mythology of Osama bin Laden.”

(4)Planets do not really change direction, but appear to from Earth’s vantage point. Jupiter stationed direct December 15, 1987 after being retrograde since August 19.

(5)As an example, the Moon rules emotional needs and feelings. President Clinton has an unaspected Moon and is famous for saying, “I feel your pain” and easily becoming teary-eyed.

(6) As of this writing, Holmes’ birth time and birth place (he grew up in San Diego) are unknown.  This information would provide a complete chart (map) of the planetary positions at the moment of his birth.

(7)The Moon describes women and specifically one’s mother; Holmes’ Moon in Virgo aptly describes that his mother is a nurse.

(8)See the subsections on Mercury retrograde and Mars in Libra within my post on the July 3 Capricorn Full Moon Forecast

According to this CNN timetable, the shooting began at 12:37 AM MDT on Friday, July 20, 2012.

USA: July 4, 1776 5:10 PM LMT Philadelphia, PA

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