The Darkest Knight

url-4Astrologers knew something was going to blow. With Pluto (destruction) and Uranus (sudden shocks) facing each other off in their first exact square, the energy field felt like it was scattered with gunpowder. Mars (guns) would provide the spark.

Those who follow the US (Sibly) chart have been watching transiting Mars provoke it since 2012 began. Off and on since February Mars in Virgo had been setting off the natal Mars-Neptune square (unconscious acting-out) of the trigger-happiest country on Earth. Clearly whatever violent surprises we were going to get would be larger than life. By early July, Mars in Libra had reached the top of the national chart, the most publicly visible spot on the wheel. Whatever happened would express Uncle Sam’s notorious aggressiveness and would be broadcast globally.

On July 19th Mars followed up the Moon at the degree of the Uranus-Pluto square, which, when combined with the USA’s natal Sun-Saturn square, forms a full-on Cardinal Cross. A few hours later the energy lurched from the potential level to the event level.

The rampage in Colorado last week was drenched with the symbolism of both Mars and Neptune. In the role of the red planet we find a young perp who decided to embellish his already martial persona with flaming red hair. For his homicidal cameo, he chose a movie derived from a comic book (Neptune). In some part of his mind, and for his own unfathomable karmic reasons, he aspired to archetypal status. He wanted to be the Darkest Knight of all.

Then came the orgy of media coverage which follows these events like vultures on the battlefield. This reporting typically focuses on the level of a disaster governed by the social planets: Jupiter (judges and courts) and Saturn (rules and the punishments for breaking them). In the hands of these agencies our wretched young knight appropriately finds himself, with his handcuffs, jumpsuit and court-appointed psychiatrists.

For students of symbolism, however, the interest lies elsewhere, on the level governed by the powerful outer planets. Here we can see fatal (Pluto) eruptions (Uranus) of unconscious contents (Neptune) crashing through the veneer of national self-image. Like many unhinged individuals, Mr Holmes has picked up on the churning undercurrents of the mass mind, funneling our collective insanity into a moment of individual infamy. By means of a process more mysterious than the sociopathologists can explain, he represents us, his fellow citizens. He is our representative, far more truly than our congressmen and senators are.

Holmes is the offspring of a culture that offers unspeakably violent video games to children as entertainment. Far from being an aberration, his act was the logical extension of a national ethos which upholds the right of every citizen to own and use an AR-15 assault rifle.  It is not clear to me how this fellow’s taking out (isn’t this the phrase used by our boys in Afghanistan?) his peers in that dark theater was inconsistent with the convention by which upstanding young Americans are paid to kill their peers, equally unknown to themselves, overseas. In the latter context these murders are termed “service,” by means of which hideous euphemism the armed forces has turned the medieval concept of chivalry on its head.

Alongside the news from Colorado last week, the newspaper ran a report that Lockheed Martin, the armaments maker, had annual military contracts that exceeded the budgets of the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Labor, combined.

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jessica
jessica

Thank you for writing in, Jamie. I have read this and about the connection to Holmes Senior, the man with the code to crack the LIBOR scandal -- which makes the Wall Street shenanigans of 2008 look like parlor games. Jessica

Jamie
Jamie

Jessica, I am very surprised that you have not read that witnesses saw 2 gunmen at the theater that night. This looked like another "false flag" in order to gain approval for gun control in the US. There is now a huge outcry for just such an action. "Problem, Reaction, Solution"~ David Icke~. There is more to this story than meets the eye.

reflecta
reflecta

Thank you Jessica, makes a lot of sense.

reflecta
reflecta

A sad and terrible event. You capture and portray the underlying influences very very well, thank you. I wonder, Jessica, if you have any thoughts on the current ubiquity of the mask or veil in movements of dissent or protest - I'm thinking of the bright balaclavas of the just jailed Pussy Riot, the V for Vendetta mask adopted by the Occupy movement, but also the 'feared' veils of Muslim women some of whom choose to wear them as a badge of defiance rather than an acquiescent act of obedience; the swathed heads of revolutionaries in the Middle East. Perhaps it is always the case that dissenters or those who don't 'conform' in some way dress in semi-disguise but the cases of rampage too, as in this case and the terrible Anders Brevik tragedy in Norway, the perpetrators have 'dressed up', disguised themselves - one as the 'Joker', the other as a 'helpful' policeman. Could these have to do with some Neptunian influence on delusion/illusion/fantasy? What Jung would have alluded to as the 'trickster' archetype? The mask or disguise seems quite a recurrent icon in events at the moment and, interestingly, it seems to have a dynamic related to truth and lies, exposing something hidden or distorted by hiding in some way oneself.

jessica
jessica

Neptune, as you say, governs the realm of non-literal signs: symbolic images that translate immediately because of their universal power. The visceral recognizability attained by these costumes and wild hair-dye jobs does seem intended to raise the perp out of the realm of the individual and into the mythic. Different planets in astrology govern different particular archetypes (Mercury is The Trickster, for example, who,in classical myth, had a very dark side. I see his malevolent cunning in that mask of Guy Fawkes, that has been popularized by the movie V for Vendetta and adopted by the group Anonymous. Fawkes was the defiant lad who tried to blow up King James and his ministers); but the whole business of disguising is governed by Neptune... now the strongest it's ever been in our lifetimes, since entering Pisces.

Christine Powers
Christine Powers

I read your symbolic expos'es every month and you never disappoint! 'Succinct and deadly accurate' is right!

Sarah
Sarah

I concur, it is challenging to extract ones thinking from the emotional abyss that swirls around these events and this practiced symbolic reading is essential as a model for how it is done to keep the light on and not slide into the dark. It was easy for me to imagine that such an event would cause Americans to surrender civil liberties in exchange for "protection" from our own selves or from characters of our own imaginations ... to imagine security screening or armed "guards" at the theater, where we go to escape reality.... Or that reality itself was turning into a reality show, as the media rushed to cover the story, and the stories of the stories. But with those fears I am already stepping into the "dark night." I am grateful, as always, for Jessica's support in honing symbolic vision. Here lies the work. One thing does haunt me... Aurora = dawn, Colorado = red. A dark knight followed by a red dawn... It literally asks to be read as symbols.

david
david

Jessica Brilliant exposition. Succinct and deadly accurate. Such painful truth for all of us to hear. I have been an admirer of yours for quite some time but nothing you have shared before has left me as I am now- stunned and grieving...