The Tulsa Hospital Shooting

On June 1, 2022, a disgruntled patient opened fire at his doctor’s office in Tulsa, Oklahoma, killing four before turning the gun on himself.  Michael Louis, 45, had received surgery the month before for back pain, but found no relief.  Enraged, when his doctor failed to ease his suffering, he bought a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson semiautomatic handgun on May 29th, then an AR-15 style assault rifle just three hours before the shooting.

 

Louis drove to the Warren Clinic Orthopedic Surgery offices of his doctor in the Natalie Medical Building on the Saint Francis Hospital campus in Tulsa, where he shot and killed his surgeon, Preston Phillips, another orthopedist, Dr Stephanie Husen, receptionist Amanda Glenn and a fellow patient, William Love.  He then fatally shot himself.  Phillips was his target; the rest were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The first 911 call to Tulsa police was received at 4:52 PM CDT on June 1st, and as always, the skies reflect the earthly reality.  Shooter Michael Louis is represented by a variety of PNAs (Personal Named Asteroids), two of which show prominently on the Angles, highlighting him in the moment of his rampage.  Asteroid Michel (masculine French name for Michael, and an especially apt stand-in for Louis, who was born as “Michelet Louis-Baptiste”) at 21 Libra is at station, and appears on the 14 Libra Ascendant.  Stationary bodies represent literal “turning points” for those with which they resonate, and often indicate momentous changes or developments.

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Shooter Michael Louis is represented by asteroid Michel, at station (putting him at a turning point in his life) and on the Ascendant (emphasizing him as the face of the moment), squared Pluto (ruler of homicide); and asteroid Lewis, conjunct Nemesis (ruin and vengeance), opposed asteroids Anubis (funerary deity) and Gunn

Michel would turn direct six days after the shooting, and is in a Grand Cross with Pluto, modern ruler of death and planetary ruler of homicide, at 28 Capricorn; a pairing of asteroids Louise (feminine form of Louis) and Rip (a death indicator in the form of the acronym “RIP”, “Rest In Peace”, a common tombstone inscription) at 22 and 27 Cancer; and asteroid Warren with TNO Eris at 18 and 24 Aries on the 14 Aries Descendant, with Warren the name of the orthopedic clinic where the murders occurred, and Eris noted for connections to disaffected, disgruntled persons who see themselves as wronged or injured and seek redress.

Louise is the other PNA which is angular, conjoined the 16 Cancer MC; this opposes asteroid Philippa (closest to Phillips, his surgeon’s surname) at 17 Capricorn on the 16 Cap IC.  Louise with Rip is also widely conjunct asteroid Oklahoma, the state where the shooting occurred, at 2 Leo.

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Saint Francis hospital was literally under the gun that day, with asteroid Francis conjunct the spotlighting Sun and squared asteroid Gunn

Asteroid Michelle, a second referent for Michael (the feminine French version) appears at 29 Taurus, in a remarkable grouping of retrograde Mercury at 26 Taurus (named for the Roman god whose staff is the caduceus, symbol of medicine), asteroids Preston (the surgeon’s first name) at 25, Wesson (for the Smith & Wesson handgun) at 22 and Natalie (the Medical Office Building) exact with Uranus (ruling shootings) at 16 Taurus.  Asteroid Lewis (a phonetic match for Louis) falls at 15 Pisces, conjoined asteroid Nemesis (vengeance, retribution, and a source of ruin or downfall) at 19 Pisces and asteroid Stefani (for Stephanie Husen, the second doctor killed) at 18 Pisces.

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Michael Louis’ target was his surgeon, Dr. Preston Phillips; everyone else was just in the way. Asteroid Preston conjoins Michelle (feminine French version of Michael), Natalie (the building where the shooting occurred) and Uranus (shootings), T-Squared asteroid Atropos (the Fate who severs the thread of life at death) and Saturn (ancient lord of death)

The Sun at 11 Gemini conjoins asteroids Francis (for Saint Francis Hospital) at 10 Gemini and Lova (for William Love, the patient killed) at 16 Gemini, spotlighting the venue and a victim.  These square a triple conjunction of asteroids Anubis (named for the Egyptian deity governing funerary rites), William (again for patient William Love) and Gunn (homophone of “gun”) at 10, 13 and 16 Virgo.  A T-square is formed with Lewis/Stefani/Nemesis, while asteroid Stephania, another marker for Stephanie Husen, appears at 28 Pisces, conjunct Neptune at 25 Pisces, ruling hospitals and victims.

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The victims of the shooting (clockwise from top left): Dr. Stephanie Husen, Dr, Preston Phillips, receptionist Amanda Glenn, and patient William Love. All had asteroids representing them interacting with death indicators on the day of the shooting – Stefani conjunct Nemesis and opposed Anubis, Preston opposed Atropos and squared Saturn, Amanda conjunct Lachesis and Saturn, and William conjunct Anubis.

Other indicators of the attack include the ongoing TNO Ixion (named for the first murderer in Greek myth) and centaur Pholus (with connections to multiple casualties) conjunction, currently at 2 and 6 Capricorn (the source of the rise in mass shootings since 2008; their conjunction continues through 2043), joined here by asteroid Smith (also for the Smith & Wesson handgun) at 5 Capricorn, T-squared with asteroid Yalefan (the hospital’s address is Yale Avenue) at 0 Libra and a Jupiter/Mars pairing at 3 and 5 Aries, with Mars ruling surgeons, guns, attacks and violent death, and Jupiter ruling doctors.  This becomes a Grand Cross with the inclusion of the Moon at 7 Cancer and asteroid Osiris at 29 Gemini, named for the Egyptian god of the dead.  Broadly incorporated in this pattern is asteroid Baptistina at 26 Sagittarius (opposing Osiris), for Michael Louis’ birth surname of Louis-Baptiste.  Its conjunction with the Galactic Center at 27 Sag promotes global attention or recognition.

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The Natalie Medical Office Building, where the shooting occurred; asteroid Natalie was exactly conjunct Uranus, ruling shootings, and squared asteroid Lachesis, named for the Fate who determines the span of life

Also significant, asteroid Lachesis, named for the mythic Greek Fate who determines the span of life, which at 15 Aquarius is stationary (turning direct a week later) and conjoined asteroids Tula (closest to Tulsa) exact with Amanda (for receptionist Amanda Glenn) at 18 Aquarius, and Saturn, ancient lord of death, also ruling the back, at 25 Aquarius.   Saturn further forms a T-Square with asteroid Atropos at 28 Scorpio, the Fate who actually severs the thread of life at death, once Lachesis gives her the order, and the latter portions of the Taurus stellium, namely Wesson, Preston, Mercury and Michelle.

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The Warren Clinic, where Michael Louis killed his surgeon, Dr. Phillips; asteroid Warren conjoins the Descendant, opposed asteroid Michel on the Ascendant and T-squared asteroid Philippa on the IC

Another stunning and tragic example of the synchronous workings of Above and Below.  And we can now add “visiting your doctor” to the myriad activities in America which are not safe from gun violence, including going to school, buying groceries, dancing in a nightclub, attending a concert, shopping at Walmart, going to church or synagogue, and taking in a movie.

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The Depp v Heard Verdict

On 1 June 2022, a Fairfax, Virginia jury found for plaintiff Johnny Depp in a defamation suit brought against his former wife Amber Heard, awarding the actor $15 million in compensatory and punitive damages.  Heard, who had countersued for defamation, was vindicated on one count, and received $2 million in compensation, though no punitive damages were awarded.

 

The cause celebre legal battle put a final period on their tumultuous ten-year relationship, which began in 2012.  Their marriage in February 2015 lasted barely 15 months, with Heard filing for divorce in May 2016 and alleging both physical and verbal abuse.  Depp denied the allegations, and accused Heard of angling for a greater payout from their split, by making the charges.  A settlement was reached in August, by which Depp paid Heard $7 million, and both signed non-disclosure agreements.  When the divorce became final in January 2017, that should have been the end of it.

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Happier days – Depp and Heard walk the red carpet together at the 2014 Met Gala; asteroid Actor conjunct the Sun for the verdict, with asteroid Johnny in decile and asteroid Amber in square, put them both in the spotlight

But in December 2018, Heard authored a Washington Post op-ed titled: “Amber Heard: I spoke up against sexual violence – and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change.”  Heard described the abuse from Depp and stated that the backlash against her at the time had cost her film roles and endorsements.  Depp sued her for defamation in February 2019, and Heard countersued after Depp’s lawyer characterized her allegations of abuse as a “hoax.”  The trial began in April 2022, with the jury verdict being read at 3:20 PM EDT on June 1, 2022.

A quick glance at their birth charts shows what drew them together.  Born 9 June 1963 at 8:44 AM CST in Owensboro, Kentucky (Rodden Rating AA), Johnny Depp’s 18 Gemini Sun conjoins his natal asteroid Heard at 11 Gemini, and is squared widely by asteroid Amber at 9 Pisces.  Solar contacts, especially conjunctions, indicate someone who is influential in the biography, for good or ill.

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Histrionics were on full display for both sides at the trial; Heard’s Sun conjoins asteroid Actor while Depp’s Actor squares a Uranus/Mars/Pluto grouping and is widely conjunct Venus

As well, Amber and Heard form a T-Square with Depp’s Uranus/Mars conjunction at 1 and 3 Virgo, which also pulls in centaur Nessus at 2 Gemini, broadly conjoined Heard.  There’s an electric (Uranus) sexual attraction (Mars) for her on his part there, but things can easily get volatile, with playtime getting rough and out of hand (also Uranus), provoking controversy (Uranus again).  Nessus is a point resonating to abuse of all kinds, which I often describe as “men behaving badly”, especially in a sexual context.  Amber is bracketed by asteroid Icarus at 7 Pisces and centaur Chiron at 14 Pisces; there is an inherent woundedness there, incurable and deep (Chiron), as well as a tendency to act rashly or recklessly as relates to Heard, without due regard for the consequences (Icarus).

With Venus isolated from this mix, there’s not much true affection there, but Amber is also trined to asteroid Aphrodite at 16 Cancer, with Heard in semisquare, again suggestive of romance and flirtation, a heady mix of infatuation and lust.  Speaking of which, asteroid Lust at 8 Libra is trine Heard and tightly inconjunct Amber, so there was no lack of sparks, at least on Depp’s side.

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Johnny Depp’s entanglement with Amber Heard seems inevitable, with asteroid Heard conjunct his Sun and asteroid Amber squared it, while these form a T-square with asteroid Juno, named for the Roman goddess of matrimony

But there are indicators of the marriage as well, with Heard exactly semisquare asteroid Hera, named for the Greek goddess of marriage (also at 16 Cancer with Aphrodite), and Amber opposed asteroid Juno, Hera’s Roman counterpart, at 15 Virgo, with Heard forming a T-Square.

From Amber Heard’s perspective (born 22 April 1986, no time available), there’s far less sizzle.  There’s no asteroid match for Depp, but two for his first name – Johnny, and the alternate spelling Johney.  Neither makes significant connections to Venus or Mars in Heard’s chart, although Johney at 25 Gemini is exactly semisextile (30 degrees, a weak aspect) Venus at 25 Taurus and inconjunct Aphrodite at 29 Scorpio.

But there is excitement, and matrimonial potential.  Johney opposes Uranus at 22 Sagittarius, which Johnny at 19 Sag conjoins, so it’s a wild ride, for sure, but Johnny’s square to Jupiter at 13 Pisces suggests it was Depp’s fame and celebrity which was the key factor in her attraction for him, while Jupiter’s exact conjunction with asteroid Karma indicates a fated connection, though one with a price to pay.

Heard saw Depp as husband material, for sure, whatever the motivation, with Johnny conjoined Juno at 15 Sagittarius, and trined Hera at 22 Leo.  But there’s a problem here.  Hera is at station, making marriage an embedded (not to say “obsessive”) factor in Heard’s psyche, and a prime feature of her bio.  But right next door is centaur Nessus at 21 Leo, also at station; having these two so powerfully joined by their stillness at Heard’s birth, naturally inclined her to expect an abusive (Nessus) partner (Hera).

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Amber Heard’s connections to Johnny Depp also run deep, with asteroid Johnny sesquiquadrate her Sun, conjunct Juno and trined asteroid Hera, named for Juno’s Greek counterpart

But is that what she got?  Because also here is asteroid Lie, exactly conjunct Hera – were her allegations about her marriage to Depp the fabrications that he claimed they were?  A Neptune/Mars pairing at 5 and 11 Capricorn also opens the door to deception (Neptune) related to violence (Mars), or at any rate, difficulty seeing the situation clearly (also Neptune).  Asteroid Lust here at 3 Capricorn, also at station, could indicate passion blurring the line between rough play and actual abuse, especially if, as Heard alleges, drugs and alcohol (both Neptune-ruled) were factors.

When the jury verdict was read out by Judge Penney Azcarate at 3:20 PM EDT on June 1, 2022 in Fairfax, VA, the skies told the tale.  The transit Sun at 11 Gemini conjoins transit asteroid Actor at 3 Gemini, placing both litigants in the spotlight, due to their common profession.  Depp was actually experiencing an “Actor Return” at the time, with the transit body exactly conjunct its natal degree.  But it’s the Sun that’s so revealing – at 11 Gemini, Sol exactly conjoins Depp’s natal asteroid Heard, and Heard’s natal centaur Chiron!  Talk about a focus (Sun) on her (Heard) woundedness (Chiron)!

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Depp and Heard made a stunning, but badly broken and wounded, couple; with asteroid Johnny conjunct asteroid Themis and Neptune for the verdict, the jury (Themis, named for the Greek goddess of justice) saw him as the victim (Neptune) – with asteroid Amber conjunct asteroid Lie, Heard didn’t seem credible

It’s Depp who has the stage, however, with transit Johney at 17 Cancer on the 11 Cancer MC, the focus of all eyes (albeit it was only Heard who was actually present in the courtroom).  As well, Johney exactly opposes transit asteroid Justitia, named for the Roman goddess of justice, at 17 Capricorn, signifying his day in court.  Johney is exactly decile (36 degrees, a minor aspect) the Sun, granting further spotlighting, but Heard’s domination of the physical space by her presence is seen as transit asteroid Amber at 8 Pisces, in square to the Sun.  But with her are transit Lie and Nessus, at 13 and 16 Pisces respectively.  Not the sort of handmaidens one wants at a trial where trustworthiness on abuse allegations is the theme.

And that’s how the jury saw it, casting Depp as the victim.  That’s made celestially crystal clear by asteroid Johnny at 24 Pisces, conjoined transit asteroid Themis, named for the Greek goddess of justice, at 22 Pisces, and Neptune, ruling victimhood, at 25 Pisces.  Transit asteroid Heard at 13 Taurus conjoins transit Uranus at 16, portraying Heard’s shock and upset at her loss.  Transit asteroid Victoria, named for the Roman goddess of victory, appears at 0 Gemini, conjunct Actor, semisquare Johney and more widely squared Amber, perhaps a factor in the “split decision” verdict, where both actors came away winning something (with the closer aspect to Johney signifying the greater victory).

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Judge Penney Azcarate presided over the trial, but asteroid Penney exactly squared Saturn for the verdict suggests she may have been harsh in her rulings; natally, Depp has Penney conjunct Pluto and opposed Amber with Chiron, granting the judge a powerfully dominant position from which to damage Heard – Heard has Penney conjunct Chiron and Justitia, opposed Johnny, suggesting a wounding legal battle with her ex

Was she given a fair shake?  Perhaps not.  Jupiter and Mars conjunct at 3 and 5 Aries suggests a hostile (Mars) jury (Jupiter); their angularity on the 10 Aries Descendant makes this a timely factor in the verdict.  As well, Judge Penney Azcarate might have been less than helpful, with transit asteroid Penney at 25 Scorpio exactly squared transit Saturn at 25 Aquarius, suggesting harsh, unfavorable rulings which may have proved restrictive or limiting to Heard’s case.

I don’t suppose we’ll ever get the full story, but for now the cosmic deck was stacked in Depp’s favor, and he can consider himself vindicated.

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Astrological news this week: Mostly mild with a hint of Saturn

 

Astrological update for the week of June 6-13, 2022.

Saturn turned retrograde on Saturday which happens to be Saturn’s own day. Saturn of course is the planet of restriction and hard work, but his gift is in the rewards that come as a result. Any planet when changing direction has a more intensely powerful impact, especially if it is affecting your chart in a more personal way and when that planet is Saturn there is more pressure to take a realistic view of our world. Saturn will tend to kick our behinds if we are living in a fantasy land so when Saturn is stationary in the sky as it is right now, barely moving, it wants our attention.

There are a number of planets at 25-26 degrees right now – Saturn is at 25 Aquarius square to Mercury at 26 Taurus, further demanding a serious mind and attention to all matters of communication. Saturn is in an awkward semi-sextile to mystical Neptune, further emphasizing the idea that too much fantasy or idealization (Neptune) will not have a good outcome. Fortunately we have two of the personal planets in earthy Taurus (Mercury and Venus) to help us to ground and center.

Otherwise the planetary activity is fairly mild, with no major outer planet alignments at all during the month of June. In fact, there are no other outer planet aspects for the rest of the year. It’s the outer planets which apply the most pressure in longer lasting cycles, and when those influences are absent we become more aware of the more subtle influences of the faster moving planets and the Moon. That doesn’t mean you won’t personally be affected if one of the bigger players is hitting your chart in a major way! But overall there is less big conflict and upheaval as we’ve seen in 2020 with the repression of the Saturn/Pluto conjunction, and in 2021 with the social upheaval of the Saturn/Uranus square.

So without further ado, here’s your update for the week! Dates and times are for the Eastern time zone, please adjust for your locality.


Monday June 6. We begin the week with the Moon in Virgo – an excellent time to get organized and create some order in our lives. Under the influence of Virgo we seek harmony through perfection, and things that are out of place obstruct that sense of harmony to create difficulty.

We may feel that a little more today with aggressive Mars in a challenging square to Ceres, the planet that governs care of the self and the body mind spirit balance. Fortunately, the Sun harmonizes with Chiron, planet of wounding and healing, to facilitate the clearing of stuck energies which may be keeping us from emerging as our best selves. (Moon enters Virgo 2:21 am, Sun sextile Chiron 4:44 am, Mars square Ceres 8:06 am, Moon sextile Ceres 8:48 pm.)

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Tuesday June 7.  Tuesday brings a series of lunar aspects which are mostly harmonious and positive for relationships as well as personal growth. New ideas may excite us, and a trine to the North Node in the evening could activate a step in the right direction although there may be a stuck point in the late morning where an adjustment is needed. (Moon trine Venus 12:05 am, trine Uranus 10:26 am, Moon square Sun 10:48 am, Moon trine North Node 8:57 pm.)

Wednesday June 8. The Moon leaves Virgo for Libra in the late morning, shifting the focus from worldly details to aesthetics and relating. Harmonious aspects from the Virgo Moon to Mercury and Pluto in the morning (EDT) facilitate personal expression and communication.

Once the Moon moves into Libra, an aspect to Jupiter could create a sense of abundance and good fortune. Alternatively, there may be some frustration if our desires don’t match up with our situation. Lunar aspects last for only a few hours, so if you’re feeling out of sorts don’t worry, it will soon pass. (Moon opposite Neptune 2:44 am, trine Mercury 5:55 am, trine Pluto 8:08 am, Moon enters Libra 11:22 am, Moon opposite Jupiter 8:25 am.)

Thursday June 9. Lunar aspects could activate feelings of irritability, unease and perhaps some emotional distress as the Libran need for harmony is upset by brief but challenging aspects. The coast will clear in the evening, though, as the Sun burns off the clouds. (Moon square Ceres 6:33 am, opposite Mars 8:15 am, opposite Chiron 3:52 pm, trine Sun 9:56 pm.)

Friday June 10. Another lunar day, with the Libra Moon creating harmony in the morning and then potential stress in the afternoon as our emotions intensify under an aspect to Pluto. That will lead into the shift of the Moon into Scorpio in the afternoon, and for a few days emotions WILL be more intense. This is especially true with Mercury harmonizing with Pluto on Thursday and Friday which sharpens our focus and deepens our desire to communicate with truth and raw emotion.

Intense emotionality can be frightening or annoying, but this intensity can also illuminate feelings that we may not even know we had. Embracing our feelings, warts and all, can be an enlightening and liberating experience. (Moon trine Saturn 8:27 am, square Pluto 1:436 pm, Moon enters Scorpio 4:41 pm, Mercury trine Pluto 5:21 pm.)

Saturday June 11. A combination of Venus and Uranus on Saturday brings sparkly new energy into our relationships. Venus is in Taurus where things can get a bit stodgy, but Saturday will be a great day to interact with friends and loved ones. There could be some surprises, so try to be flexible if something unexpected pops up. The Scorpio Moon reactivates the Venus/Uranus combination in the evening which may feel a little unsettling, but any feelings of unease will soon pass. (Moon trine Ceres 12:09 pm, Venus conjunct Uranus 6:57 pm, Moon opposite Uranus 9:05 pm, Moon opposite Venus 9:15 pm.)

Sunday June 12. Sunday is a very busy lunar day, and with the Moon still in Scorpio that means a lot of emotional stuff coming to the forefront of consciousness. Early in the morning the Moon conjoins the South Node to awaken something from the past that needs to be resolved before we can move into the future. Later in the morning and until around 6 pm we are buffeted around by some conflicting experiences: isolation and loneliness, magic and creativity, harmonious processing of life’s situations, and over-emotional thinking that prevents logical and reasoned decisions.

The Moon leaves Scorpio for Sagittarius around 6:30 pm at which point a veneer of optimism and positivity could help to resolve anything left undone from a day of emotional ups and downs. (Moon conjunct South Node 6:01 am, Moon square Saturn 10:44 am, trine Neptune 11:01 am, sextile Pluto 3:33 pm, opposite Mercury 5:39 pm, Moon enters Sagittarius 6:31 pm.)

I hope you have a wonderful week! ❤️


 

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