The Astrological Link Between Gianni Versace and His Killer

Versace Cunananby Frank Clifford and Tony Howard

Late in 2017, Frank Clifford was visiting Miami just a stone’s throw from Gianni Versace’s former home and the scene of his infamous slaying. The area was abuzz with news of the miniseries American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, which first aired January 7, 2018.

Versace’s high-profile murder at the hands of Andrew Cunanan occurred around 8:44 a.m. on 15 July 1997 with Venus rising in Leo exactly opposite Jupiter setting in Aquarius. Strikingly, both victim and killer were born with natal Mars out of bounds and placed at 18° Sagittarius.

Cunanan was on the Ten Most Wanted list at the time, having murdered a handful of people before he reached Florida and shot Versace outside the designer’s Miami home. He then went on the run before committing suicide eight days later in a Miami house boat, surrounded by police and the world’s media.

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Astrologers, Retrograde and Why We’re Not Wrong

Man on Moonby Kelly Surtees

I’m writing this blog in response to this post, which seems to suggest astrologers are a bit stupid and maybe don’t really understand a few basic astronomical ideas.

That writer suggests the concept of a planetary retrograde comes from a “rather outdated concept, when the Earth was still the centre of the solar system.”

I’d like to refute and perhaps clarify this point.

Astrology is based on an experiential view of the solar system. For many hundreds of years, astronomers AND astrologers have known that the Earth is not at the centre of the solar system.

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Mars in the 12 Signs

by Steven Forrest

MarsMars in Aries. The evolutionary intent is to learn to apply one's sexual will with courage and directness. There is a soul-desire to reclaim unabashed Eros, and to resolve karmic anger linked either to the repression of natural sexual desires or to sexual humiliation.

Mars in Taurus. The evolutionary intent is to apply one's sexual will toward the development of connectedness to the world of nature and to one's instinctive side. There is a soul-desire to restore the natural freedom of erotic self-expression to the physical body, implying prior life experiences in which sexuality became stilted or was viewed as a shameful expression of our "animal”  natures.

Mars in Gemini. The evolutionary intent is to apply the sexual will towards the development of radical alertness,  pure perception, and above all the free exchange of ideas. Erotically, there is often a hunger for diversity in reaction to prior life dynamics of "dutiful” sexual functioning, complicated by prior life trauma related to sexual damage sustained—and silenced—at an early age. Unaddressed, that can manifest as "childish" sexual attitudes and behaviors.

Mars in Cancer. The evolutionary intent is to create a safe environment for the comforting and healing of the deepest expression of human sexuality, which is the capacity truly to bond with a partner. Prior life dynamics led to fear and mistrust:  a sense that sexuality will spin out of control and pain will be created. There is a soul-desire to find the courage to trust again.

Mars in Leo. The evolutionary intent is to learn to express Eros with creativity, unabashed self-confidence, and verve in response to prior-life experiences involving circumstances of inhibition, repression, and public shaming—a delicate process involving the restoration to the sexual nature of elements of healthy selfishness and natural pride.

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Planetary Soul Patterns

by Pamela Welch
(Originally published in The Mountain Astrologer magazine. Republished in remembrance of Pamela, who passed away in March 2012.)

You may or may not believe astrology has validity. However, if the planets do influence our lives, how do they actually create their natal chart imprint and affect us here on Earth? In this article, I will explore this issue and propose some answers to how the planets influence the human psychological and physical experience as they assist us in our process of soul growth. In order to discuss this subject, we must first look at the whole dynamic of energy and specifically the human energy system.

Science has now confirmed what mystics have known for ages in regards to the existence of the human energy system. Quantum physics has shown us that we live in a universal field of energy, a continuous medium present everywhere in space with the potential to manifest as either particle or wave, as material substance or its surrounding field. Particles of matter exist where there is a local condensation, or denser concentration, of this universal field. We are essentially enveloped in an ocean of energy that surrounds, connects, and forms all matter. Our bodies, as well as the planetary bodies and everything else, are composed of this substance and our consciousness interacts with it continually.

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Subpersonalities: The Planetary Shadow

by Pamela Welch, M.A., C.C.Ht.
(Originally published in The Mountain Astrologer magazine. Republished in remembrance of Pamela, who passed away in March 2012.)

Just as the galaxies in the heavens are spiral-shaped masses of celestial bodies and stars, so too are our own psyches a spiral of energetic patterns and psychic components. Much like the planets that orbit around the Sun, the different parts of our personality orbit around the divine core of our being – the eternal Self. Current psychological theory accepts the idea of the personality as a system of psychic patterns composed of diverse elements. These parts of us are often referred to as subpersonalities, or subselves. If you've ever felt a childlike vulnerability or experienced a critical voice inside of you, dominating your consciousness, you've been dealing with a subpersonality. At times, you might even have felt as though two inner parts of you were fighting for control over a particular life issue.

Astrologers know that the various celestial bodies represent certain essential elements of our consciousness. Correspondingly, natal planetary patterns are linked with these energies, known as subpersonalities, in the human psyche. In this article, I’ll explain subpersonality dynamics and their development in the psyche and discuss how these subconscious forces operate as an expression of natal planetary patterns. I’ll also illustrate several ways to identify subpersonality issues in the natal chart and demonstrate how to utilize these elements in an astrological counseling session to help individuals work more consciously with their planetary energies.

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