Travis Alexander was killed by Jodi Arias on June 4 2008. His time of birth is now available – 0.01 am on July 28 1977, in Riverside, California. The time is given an AA rating by astrodatabank, which is as good as it gets.
Anyway, the question I want to ask, is whether Travis Alexander was doomed. Of course it’s not fashionable to predict people’s deaths, and this is not something I do in my practice as an astrologer. However the question of whether death is predictable is something that fascinates me, and I do believe, in Travis Alexander’s case, that there were grounds to believe, astrologically, that his life was in danger in 2008.
The key to understanding Travis Alexander’s death is his Moon in Capricorn in the Ninth House. Although it is in Capricorn, the sign of it fall, it is arguably very strong – as the traditionalists would say, it is in its sect, in all three ways. The Moon is a nocturnal planet and it is a nocturnal chart. The Moon, as a nocturnal planet in a nocturnal chart, is above the horizon. Finally, the Moon is in Capricorn, a nocturnal sign.
Furthermore, the Moon, being in the 9th House in a nocturnal chart, is the chart’s hyleg, or the giver of life. So when the hyleg is afflicted, generally by primary direction, life is in danger.
Although I use primary directions, I am not one of those astrologers who believes that that they should be used to predict precisely-timed events. Rather, they mark a zone, where particular events can happen. So what I am going to do is look at primary directions affecting Travis Alexander’s Moon. These directions can be either zodiacal or mundane, direct or converse. For those obsessed about terminological accuracy, I use the direct/converse distinction in the modern sense of the words.
I’m afraid I can’t go into detail about the mechanics of primary directions, but essentially they focus on the rotation of the earth. For example, if the Earth rotates 30 degrees, from birth, to put a planet on the horizon, one would expect a corresponding event to happen at the age of about thirty.
When I first looked at Travis Alexander’s chart, without doing any calculating, I noticed Mars might have been making a converse opposition to his Moon at the time of his death – it was about 30 degrees mundane converse from the opposition. I then did the calculations, using a degree of rotation for a year, and found the following:
17th February 2008: Mars opposition Moon, mundane converse
3rd July 2008: Moon opposition Sun, zodiacal converse
4th December 2008: Moon opposition Mars, mundane direct
28th March 2009: Sun opposition Moon, mundane direct
The first and fourth directions indicate that the Moon is being attacked by Mars and the Sun, at at time when the directed Moon is moving towards an opposition of Mars. Four big oppositions, and as William Lilly wrote, oppositions signify ‘perfect hatred’.
So where is Jodi in all this? Normally one takes the Moon as being the general significator of women, but in this case the Moon is simply Travis’ life force. Mars, by contrast, is the aggressor, and it is ruler of Scorpio, the sign on the cusp of Travis’ Seventh House of relationships. We can therefore conclude that Jodi is Mars.
OK, that’s fine, but what else? What was the trigger? One important trigger for primaries can be profections, which is the system by which you move the points in the chart one sign for every year of life.
On June 4 2008, the day of Travis’ death, his profected Mars was at 3 degrees Capricorn, which contrasts to his Moon at 5 degrees 24 minutes Capricorn. The profection would have been exact a month later, but this applying orb is good enough. Given the Moon-Mars primaries, the Moon-Mars profection was a dangerous trigger, and any astrologer working with primaries and profections would or should have picked up on this, and given the appropriate warnings. Of course Travis was a Mormon, and he wasn’t into superstitious nonsense like astrology.