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The Voyeur’s HoroscopeFoosMotelImage

The noted writer, Gay Talese, has received criticism in recent months over the publication of articles and then a book on an Aurora, Colorado innkeeper who was habitually spying on his guests. The motel owner, Gerald Foos, constructed a “viewing platform” in the attic of his motel so that he could watch his guests through a ceiling vent without their knowledge. A self-described voyeur, Foos enjoyed watching these people have sex, and sometimes masturbated while watching. However, he also kept a detailed journal and a statistical analysis of what he saw. That journal became the core of Talese’s book, The Voyeur’s Motel.


Foos first contacted Talese in 1980, when he heard about “Thy Neighbor’s Wife”, a book in which the author described some of the more extreme outcomes of the sexual revolution.  At first, Foos presented himself as a fellow researcher into human sexuality.  He invited Talese to his motel and gave him a tour of his “viewing platform”. However, Talese refused to publish the man’s story without divulging his name. Considering that what Foos was up to was illegal, that was a non-starter.


Nonetheless, Talese and Foos continued to correspond, and in 2013 the “voyeur” (as he referred to himself in his journals) decided it was time to have his story told. The first excerpts from Talese’s book were published in The New Yorker in the spring of 2016. The book came out a few months later.


I found Foos’ date of birth through online genealogical sources. I don’t have a time of birth, of course, but a horoscope charted for noon on is birth date tells us plenty. (Click on Gerald Foos to see that chart.)
The first thing I looked at in this chart was the placement of Mars and Venus. Foos has Mars in Libra and Venus in Virgo. In our Mars/Venus Playbook we call this combination "The Perfectly Reasonable Lover" and I write “you are prone to divide your sexual contacts between those that server your physical needs and those that involve your search for a perfect relationship.” While Foos enjoyed masturbating while watching other people have sex, he also had a fulfilling sex life with his wife, who was well aware of her husband’s proclivities.


However, the true story of Foos’ voyeurism, and his willingness to have it announced to the world is described in the aspects to his natal Sun in Cancer. Foos’ Sun is conjunct Pluto and square Mars. An emphasis on Mars often describes an athlete, and Foos was a standout basketball and football player in high school. A beachside photo taken of him a few years later, when he was in the navy, shows a broad chested young man with an athletic build that would be the envy of any modern day underwear model.


But enough about Mars square the Sun. It is the interplay of Mars and Pluto that makes this aspect interesting. I’ve described this aspect in previous articles as the “monster” aspect. It is an aspect that sometimes drives people to go to extremes that other people might term as monstrous. We find aspects similar to this in the horoscopes of mass murders like John Eagan Holmes and Adam Lanza, and serial killers like Ted Bundy. Rush Limbaugh, the conservative radio personality who has been known to say shocking and “monstrous” things also has a version of this aspect.


So what drove Gerald Foos to spy on his motel guests was more than just a kink in his sexual nature. It was a deep desire to go beyond the limits of decency, to transgress in the ultimate, Pluto style. The fact that the Sun and Pluto are conjunct the South Node of the Moon, added to this transgressive urge. Also with this Sun conjunct Pluto, we have the desire for power. Looking down on his unwary guests, Foos reported that he felt a surge of power and control that was totally missing from his life as a businessman.


I’m not saying that Foos’ horoscope excuses his behavior. There are many ways of manifesting Mars square Pluto that don’t require criminal activity. (Foos attempts to turn his private sexual adventure into research is a good indication of what a more positive direction would look like.) What the horoscope does is help us understand his behavior. And, through that understanding we can gain an understanding, not only of Foos’ behavior, but also of the monsters hiding in our own horoscopes.

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