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2012: The Year of the Mars/Pluto Monster Part Twomarsplutoimage

In my last article I wrote about the aspects between Mars and Pluto in the natal horoscopes of people who committed monstrous act in 2012, in particular James Eagan Holmes and Adam Lanza. I pointed out that we frequently see these aspects in the horoscopes of people who commit acts of violence. Now, I want to explore the question of why those natal aspects became so devastatingly active in 2012.


Considering how many times I’ve written about it, it should come as no surprise that I feel the real impetus for these events is the ongoing square between Uranus and Pluto. The horoscope of James Eagan Holmes (for whom we have a time of birth) gives a particularly salient demonstration of this. Uranus and Pluto have been flirting with a 90 degree aspect for some time but the aspect came exact of the first time in June, 2012, just a few weeks before Holmes staged in midnight attack on people watching the new Batman movie is a theater in Aurora, Colorado.

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At the time of the Aurora shooting, Pluto was almost directly on the degree of Holmes’ natal Neptune and Uranus was square to that degree. To give this aspect a more personal edge, transiting Mars had formed a T-square with Uranus and Pluto. (Click here to see an illustration.) There were other important things going on in Holmes’ horoscope on that day, but I want to focus on just this aspect, which is loaded with violent potential.


It is interesting that, in Holmes horoscope, Neptune is in the 5th House, the sector that would be associated with theaters. Neptune itself symbolizes motion pictures. Neptune is a slow-moving, generational planet but, on a personal level, it shows how we identify with elements of popular culture. Holmes characterization of himself as “The Joker” shows the degree to which his personal angst had been infiltrated by images from the popular culture around him.


Uranus and Pluto are planets that drive us to extremes. They challenge us to break the rules and destroy anything that seems to confine or oppress us. Add Mars into the mix and you get violence. Bring all this energy crashing down on the center of fantasy and escape (Neptune) and things get weird and wildly deluded.


The way in which James Holmes expressed all this energy was by no means typical or inevitable. It was the product of a lot of bad decisions, probably going back a number of years. The aspects don’t excuse his actions; they just give us the context from which they sprang.


Of course, we’ve all been feeling the tension of this long running square between Uranus and Pluto in one way or another. Some are feeling it a more general way, perhaps as concern over the political situation or the economy. Others are feeling it ways that are personal and immediate but, for the most part, we deal with it.


In my next installment, I will look at how the Uranus to Pluto square helped trigger the violent actons of Adam Lanza and Sgt. Robert Bales.

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