Was Travis Alexander doomed?

by Archie Dunlop on June 17, 2013

Horoscope of Travis Alexander

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.


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Doblio June 24, 2013 at 5:38 pm

“Destiny CAN be changed, you have to have the WILL to change it” … September [emphasis mine]

It seems that the Jodi Arias craze has run its course in this forum … for now. She did look rather happy to be back in court last week … laughing, smiling … in her glory after the recent lack of attention. Poor Travis … in life he held the attention of others much to the chagrin of Jodi Arias … by taking his life, she also took the spotlight … lucky byproduct on her part? From the response to Travis’ accurate birth info he is doomed to be second in line to Jodi Arias here too. How sad … let’s all focus on the DARK SIDE OF HUMANITY instead? Kind of perverted, isn’t it?

Quite a few years ago I befriended an older Scottish woman who claimed she had astrologically calculated the date of her own death; in recalling conversations, she was well versed in Vedic astrology, used midpoints and “parts.” Although I plied her for information, she refused to tell me how she’d made the prediction. Some time later she abruptly gave up her computer and with one last touching email to all her contacts, signed off, said goodbye and moved away … I have no idea whether or not she’s still alive or made an accurate prediction. In her view, predicting death was something that should not be taught or delved into, for obvious reasons. It’s one thing to help someone navigate a difficult transit or progression, quite another to predict a death. Archie … while you may be well versed in ancient astrological terminology and procedures, could not your GENERALIZED narrative have some individuals checking out their charts to figure out their hyleg and perhaps see it as being afflicted? Exactly what purpose would that serve? From what I’ve read, it’s a complicated and very CONTROVERSIAL astrological subject, and “modern” astrologers think this is unethical, even rubbish? Their words, not mine. Unlike a lot of us, you’ve “studied abroad” … and for some not formally educated in astrology, perhaps that holds some special appeal? Personally I see your explanation as grandstanding … even irresponsible … to detail such methods.

In taking a look at Travis’ newly found birth time, we can see several similarities between his chart and that of Jodi Arias … both have Taurus Ascendant (let’s rule out killer Taurus Ascendant theory since he was on the receiving end) and Uranus in Scorpio in the 7th House (let’s rule out death my a mob since Jodi Arias worked alone). Both have Chiron in Taurus conjunct the Ascendant and both have Pluto in the 6th House. Their composite chart (which is actually based on MIDPOINTS between the two charts) also has a Taurus Ascendant, Chiron in Taurus conjunct the Ascendant, Uranus in Scorpio in the 7th House and Pluto in the 6th House; naturally North and South Nodes are different, as are the Node’s planetary rulers. Mars in Leo is conjunct their composite North Node Ruler, Mercury in the 4th House. Although Venus is considered “feminine” and Mars “masculine” these astrological roles can and will be played out by either individual in a composite chart. For a moment let’s just look at this on a very basic level … Mars rules the head, Leo the heart and 4th House is the home … now consider the murder? Two mythologies or outlooks, but we both agree Jodi was Mars the aggressor here.

So what’s different about the two of them … aside from the fact that one is a murderer and one is a victim of murder? We’ve delved into the psyche of Jodi Arias enough already.

Travis’ North Node in Libra is conjunct Pluto in Libra … this points DIRECTLY to the fact that in past lives he was working on lessons revolving around self improvement, of service to others, and of giving to others what they needed. From stories of family and friends, he did so in this life, and THAT was the direction his Soul intended to take. Ruler of the South Node is Mars in Gemini, in the 2nd House; ruler of the North Node is Venus in Gemini at home in the 2nd House … past AND present values revolving around communication, of imparting his hard earned knowledge to others. Yes he did communicate rather well didn’t he? OK so things got off track with Jodi Arias … she glommed on to him and had her own agenda, which had nothing to do with reality. He went along for the ride (whoopee ride’m Jodi) but at some point he knew the relationship wasn’t right for him … he felt unable to break it off because she threatened suicide (one of her countless lies). His Soul was pre programmed (so to speak) to be of service, to help others … it wasn’t something he could just turn off or back away from, and that was his ultimate mistake in dealing with Jodi Arias.

Travis’ past life “traits” are what Jodi Arias IS supposed to be working on in this life … obviously she’s not doing as well as Travis did. He was more experienced at providing the APPROPRIATE assistance to those who really needed help … the service she seemed most adept at providing was between the sheets … and I think they both knew the difference. While she may have thought she could learn something from him initially, her jealousy, anger, perhaps even hatred in the end, may NOT have been about another woman?

Due to a seeming lack of interest I won’t go into a lot of detail but I will speak for Travis. Travis’ Moon in Capricorn in the 9th House square Pluto in Libra in the 6th House … his mother would have been a bit control oriented, not there when he needed her. His early childhood and mother’s influence would have had a great impact on his personal philosophies and how he integrated those into finding his own balance while providing a service to society. Crisis in action … fall back and make excuses for negative mothering or move forward? Certainly stressful periods … moving forward alternating with starting and stalling. I can see Travis acquiescing to Jodi Arias, just as he would have responded to a dominant, controlling, manipulative mother in early childhood … the difference was that while his mother was unlikely to have been openly affectionate with him, Jodi on the other hand lavished him with attention … even if it was a lie perpetuated for her own benefit.

Saturn in Leo in the 4th House quintile Mars in Gemini in the 2nd House … his father would have been able to outwardly show more affection than the mother, but would likely have placed his own needs above others. Probably some negative or abusive behaviour on at least a verbal level … his home life would have impacted Travis’ self esteem and self worth. The aspect implies the relationship with his father would have brought about new ways of being … seeded thoughts of how to change, and grow beyond the example his father set.

Karmically we choose our parents for a reason … those reasons are born out in our natal chart. Travis’ Moon is square Pluto (Soul) and Saturn is Quintile Mars (Ruler of his Aries South Node) which indicates his parents were particularly significant in his Soul’s intentions and lessons for this lifetime. Facts prove he chose not to be a victim of his parentage in many areas.

Pluto in Libra in the 6th House trine Mars in Gemini in the 2nd House … this aspect would have given Travis the impetus to actively pursue a method of communicating in a fashion that would serve others in society, to integrate his Soul lessons and create a purposeful place within society. The aspect suggests that to Travis, it would seem that doors would magically appear in this respect.

As far as predicting someone’s death by whatever means … that’s just not Kosher … for Travis or anyone else. In retrospect, we can see that Jupiter and Pluto were doing a little dance … Jupiter in its own sign of Sagittarius back and forth between his 9th (natural House of Sagittarius) and 10th Houses … Pluto back and forth between Sagittarius in the 8th House (natural House of Scorpio) and Capricorn in the 9th House. Saturn moved into his 5th House back in August 2007. Any time the outer planets … the movers and shakers … transit from one House to another, something’s going to happen, something’s going to shift. Jupiter/Sagittarius/9th House all relate to our personal philosophies, our personal truths and Travis’ were going through a major shift; they were being spotlighted … going into the 10th House … brought to public attention? Pluto doesn’t suggest change … it demands it. Again, 8th House (natural House of Pluto) and Sagittarius moving into Capricorn in the 9th … Pluto relates to transformation, necessary elimination of what does not work … Saturn/Capricorn/10th House relate to maturation, growing up and changing those things in our life that no longer suit us, things we’ve outgrown. Saturn going into the 5th House … focus on himself, where he was heading, what he was doing … questioning how he can creatively actualize an appropriate change. We’ve heard that he wanted to make a break from Jodi Arias; we’ve heard that he wanted to find an appropriate partner to marry … and presumably have children with. Indications that on some level he truly wanted to break away from the downward spiral … the vortex Jodi Arias sucked him into.

And let’s not forget that we all have FREE WILL! Ultimately, we either choose to go along with the lessons we’re here to learn, or balk at them. The latter creates stressful events … fight hard and long enough and God, Goddess, the Universe will create events to get you moving, and it can be far from pleasant.

Of course Travis Alexander would NOT have consulted an astrologer … he was a devote Mormon and as such, would not have considered astrology valid. Especially since the masses believe astrology is what you read about your Sun sign in the local newspaper … shall I say it again … generalized cookbook descriptions! Even if he had, he would have been informed of upcoming major changes … certainly no LEGITIMATE astrologer would have EVER predicted his death, much less told him about it! If he’d shared anything about his relationship with Jodi Arias with an astrologer they may have told him emphatically to end the relationship and never have contact with her again … an astrological reading is about the person AND their chart, not the chart alone … observation and correlation to THEIR life. Any professional counselor would have said the same … in fact, Travis’ best friends warned him, begged him, time and time again but HE couldn’t believe, couldn’t see what THEY saw in Jodi Arias … he wanted to believe he had the power to help her, just like he helped so many others.

Was Travis Alexander doomed … why yes, just like the rest of us; we are born, we live, we die … and at some point we decide to do it again, and again, and again.

Doblio August 7, 2015 at 10:53 pm

Archie … I am somewhat concerned about the lengthy abandonment of your website. We had some disagreements over interpretation of the Jodie/Travis charts but I think the obliteration of all comments made on the website is counterproductive to astrological advancement to the discerning public … all view are important. I will say that as a parent I was rather concerned about your son being exposed to the Internet … and I sincerely hope that all is well in your family.

Wishing you and your family all the best … Doblio

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