Tuesday, 26 March 2013

A Murder Case Re-Opened

Back in October 2011 I looked at the transits for Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito upon their acquittal of the murder of Meredith Kercher (you can see relevant highlights from that article below and the full article here).
 
It was announced today that their acquittal has been overturned and a retrial will take place.
 
Perhaps we should not be surprised. That sleeping dogs shall not be allowed to lie, seems to have become a trademark of Saturn in Scorpio in mutual reception and sextile with Pluto in Capricorn. That, along with the game-changing shocking twists and turns we have come to associate with the on-going Uranus-Pluto Squares, has facilitated the uncovering of dark and long kept secrets and forced us to face unpalatable truths.
 
These planetary alignments suggest that the truth will now finally be dragged out one way or another in this tragic case. For the sake of Kercher’s family most of all, but also for Knox and Sollecito. If they are innocent, as they insist they are, they can finally prove it and move on. If they are guilty, then the re-opening of this case provides the now or never moment to convict them once and for all.
 
Knox has a powerful Cardinal Grand Cross in her chart: Venus at 4 Cancer, Mercury at 7 Cancer, Neptune at 6 Capricorn and the Moon's Nodes at 6 Aries and Libra (scroll down to see the chart).
 
Tomorrow’s Libra Full Moon at 7 Libra hits Knox’s Grand Cross exactly. This is a further suggestion that the truth will finally out, for the Moon at its fullest is the Moon in full light. There’s nowhere to hide, everything is seen. This is not a lunation for running, hiding or ‘getting away with it.’
 
Libra Full Moon March 27, 2013. Chart set for Perugia, Italy where the original crime was perpetrated.
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We would also expect to see at least two of transiting Saturn in Scorpio, Pluto in Capricorn or Uranus in Aries making contact with Knox’s chart, if we are looking for further indication that the truth of this case is ready to be revealed. Indeed, transiting Saturn in Scorpio is currently making a series of conjunctions with her natal Pluto. Its second hit to her Pluto, the retrograde hit (a transit VERY appropriate for a re-look at this criminal case) is due to occur in early May this year. Saturn to Pluto is a hard, hard transit. Loss on any level can be felt at this time. Transiting Uranus is at 8 Aries, making tight contact to her Grand Cross, most exactly to communication planet Mercury, which opposes Neptune, an aspect suggesting deception, fantasy and idealism at play on some level.
 
Other current transits that hit her Grand Cross include Venus at 6 Aries. Picking up the Full Moon a little wide, but still part of the picture is Mars at 11 Aries and Pluto at 11 Capricorn. Pluto hasn’t quite finished with Knox yet, it will retrograde back just far enough to clip her natal Mercury later this year.
 
So, it doesn’t look great for Knox. I don’t know enough about the case to conjecture on her innocence or guilt, but either way she should brace herself for a rough ride because the truth will out.
 
You can also see Sollecito’s chart below. It’s his birthday today! He too has a strong pick up with the current transits. His Sun at 5 Aries picks up the Full Moon and all the other current Aries planets you can see in the Full Moon chart above. Uranus in Aries has finished its transit to his Sun, but transiting Pluto in Capricorn is currently exact on his natal Jupiter, a transit that lasts until January next year. He can also look forward to his Saturn return in Scorpio later this year, a time to face reality and take responsibility. If he's done something wrong he's not going to get away with it. If hasn't then he will be justly absolved.
 
It's also worth noting that the Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn relationship is associated with the uncovering of crimes of a sexual nature, most notably in the Jimmy Savile case. Sex plays a part in the Kercher murder, with evidence the victim was sexually assaulted. It has been suggested that her death was caused by some kind of brutal sex game gone wrong.  
 
Knox’s transits are perhaps more dramatic, but that is as you would expect, with her Cardinal Grand Cross comprising Mercury, Venus and Neptune and the Nodes. She has always been the ‘face’ of this case and its main focus in the media.
 
Naturally, the family of Ms Kercher has welcomed today’s development.
 
Read today's news story in full here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21936308

 
Edited highlights from my October 2011 post:

The reversal of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito’s conviction for the murder of Meredith Kercher was a story which gripped and polarised the public and the media. Whether the pair really had anything to do with the murder we may perhaps never know and that’s not a subject I’m going to speculate about here. When fascinated me about their story is how the timing for the original conviction, the appeal and their eventual release key in to the timing of major outer planet alignments, namely Saturn Square Pluto, Saturn opposite Uranus and the incoming Uranus Square Pluto.  Both Sollecito and Knox have had these alignments touching their charts by transit, with Knox in particular experiencing them very strongly.

On 4th December 2009, Knox and Sollecito were convicted of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher. This conviction occurred very close to Saturn’s first exact square to Pluto at 2 degrees Libra and Capricorn in November 2009. Saturn and Pluto’s next exact alignment was at the end of January 2010 at 4 degrees of Libra and Capricorn. For both of them, Saturn and Pluto were transiting personal planets in their charts.

Saturn-Pluto transits can seem, at least on the psychological level, to take away our freedom and our free will. In the case of Knox and Sollecito, the loss of freedom was literal. In fact, losses on any level can occur under this transit. It tends to be a time of forced change, fear, pressure, negativity, crisis, restriction and a psychological journey to the underworld.  We may feel that invisible forces are working against us, that we are fighting for survival on some level. Even as our personal power is taken away, we need to find the strength to carry on, to work hard and then even harder to face and banish our demons. For this we need courage, strength and staying power. We need to tap into inner and outer resources to help us through.

The charts below show how the Saturn and Pluto square picked up on personal planets in Knox and Sollecito's birth charts. Knox has Venus at 4 degrees of Cancer, so just after the conviction transiting Pluto was exactly opposing her Venus, with Saturn squaring her Venus. She also has Mercury conjunct Venus, with Neptune in early Capricorn opposing from the public seventh house. The Moon’s Nodes, in early Aries and Libra, complete a dynamic, but no doubt stressful cardinal grand cross.  With Pluto and Saturn transiting this grand cross it’s not surprising that she has been called a liar, a manipulator, a seductress, violent, perverted and a she-devil, but imagine having to face your demons when the world is naming you as the demon!
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Sollecito has his Sun at 5 degrees Aries squaring Neptune at 1 Capricorn, within orb of the Saturn-Pluto squares of late 2009 and spring/summer 2010.  While he has attracted less attention than Knox, the Saturn-Pluto transit to his Sun and Neptune is telling. Was he a victim in all this or was he deceiving everyone when he proclaimed his innocence? It’s hard to tell with that Sun-Neptune square, except to mention that it is reasonable to expect martyrdom on some level, or at least the sacrifice of the ego, with this aspect, especially so because both the Sun and Neptune are angular in his chart.
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We all know that in life nothing is forever and like life, transits are temporal. With Saturn-Pluto transits, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, with the eventual promise of empowerment and emancipation, but not before a lot of hard work and a lot of seemingly endless patience.

Sollecito and Knox‘s legal teams filed appeals against their convictions in April 2010 and the appeal process began in December 2010. It was during the time between the filing of the appeal and the actual appeal that the Saturn-Pluto squares and the ongoing, status-quo upsetting Saturn-Uranus oppositions formed what has been widely dubbed by astrologers as the cardinal climax – a t-square in the early cardinal planets that had been building since 2008 and has come to symbolise shocks, changes, intense challenges, restriction, losses and hard, hard work.

They won their appeal against their murder conviction and were freed on October 3rd 2011. By now, Saturn has moved out of the picture, with the much anticipated Uranus-Pluto square forming. On the day of their release, Uranus was at 2 Aries and Pluto at 5 Capricorn, connecting with the cardinal planets in their charts very closely. Under Uranus-Pluto moving aspects we demand freedom, we question authority, we don’t accept the letter of the law and we won’t tolerate being controlled. We want to feel free to do what we want to do and we want to make a difference.

Knox’s father summed up Saturn-Pluto followed by Uranus-Pluto perfectly, "she's almost kind of reborn in a way. I mean, living for four years inside a concrete and steel, you know, prison, and now being able to kind of just look around, smell the air and - and just do what she wants to do, hopefully when she wants to do it, it makes a huge difference." (quote from cbsnews.com)

With love,
Mandi
www.mandilockley.com

Chart data from Astrodatabank.

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