I see that in California Rodney Alcala has just been convicted of the murder of four women and a girl in the late 1970s.
He apparently has a high IQ and was a keen photographer. In 1978 he was a winning contestant in a TV show called The Dating Game, in which he was ‘Bachelor Number One’.
Rodney Alcala has spent much of his life in prison, and in the late 1960s was convicted of attacking a child.
According to Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Rodney Alcala was born on August 23 1943. This means that we don’t know whether he was a Leo or a Virgo – the Sun changed sign at 6.55 pm, Central Standard Time. So he would have been a Leo if he was born before 6.55 pm, a Virgo if born after. Here is his horoscope:
I’m not going to seriously speculate on whether Rodney Alcala is a Leo or a Virgo, though given the change-over time, there’s about an 80% chance of him being a Leo. If you look at courtroom pictures of him, his long, grey hair is certainly very striking, more Leonine than Virgoan.
And whichever side of 6.55 pm he was born, the Sun was close to Regulus, the Royal Star. This star puts people in the public eye, and at the very least gives them fifteen minutes of fame. Hence his appearance on a popular TV show.
Looking at the details of Rodney Alcala’s horoscope, it’s interesting that he has got no planets in Water signs – in other words in Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces.
This perhaps tells us what kind of serial killer he is. The Water signs are connected with the emotions, and people with no Water can sometimes be detached from other people’s suffering – indeed there can be a complete inability to empathise.
At the same time, Rodney Alcala has a close, 90-degree aspect between the Sun and Mars. This aspect can be very violent, and it speaks of an inner rage, that very rarely gets revealed. Yet when it does come out, there are terrible consequences.
There’s then the question of why Rodney Alcala chose to target women. Well, in his horoscope Venus, the planet of women, is in Virgo, making a stressful aspect to Saturn in Gemini. He might have been good at dating games, but his real life experience of women was probably very negative, and there must surely have been feelings of frustration and anger. Yet his lack of Water made it very difficult for him to express these feelings in a normal way.
We can go deeper if we want. All of us are emotional beings, and it’s through our emotions that we link with the various parts of our personality. Where emotion is lacking, there’s a chance of disconnection, of different parts of the personality doing their own thing. In this way the rage of Rodney Alcala’s Sun-Mars aspect could roar into life, all by itself. And it couldn’t easily be stopped, because there wasn’t much in the way of emotional control – which helps explain why he killed so many people.