I've decided to write a series of astrological articles on serial killers for my next book, an updated version of "Growing Pains". Why? Because serial killers are the worst examples of human beings. So far I've taken on John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, David Long and Aileen Wuornos. And although I'm not even halfway through my "hit list" I've come to the conclusion that not only do the astrology stories of these people ring true but that had they been given the appropriate intervention at the crucial times, many lives could have been saved. I am finding this stage of my work quite difficult not because of the gruesomeness of it but because of the frustration I feel when I see failures in pastoral care. And I am not blaming the teachers because I know what a hard job it is. I know that many teachers take their jobs very seriously and I know that many teachers would do so much more if the educational system wasn't geared towards exploiting good hearted people who want to make the world a better place.
How can society continue to mistreat teachers and social workers before someone important gets it that investing in paying more people to do these important jobs is the only way to stop a child growing up to be a criminal? And while I'm at. . .when will someone important realise that astrology can be far more useful than just star sign columns?
So today I'm taking on Jeffrey Dahmer, quite possibly the most notorious cannibalistic serial killer in history. Could astrology have saved him?
Capricorn, ruled by Saturn is concerned with structure so perhaps it is unsurprising he would come to have a fascination with bones (which are Saturn ruled). The stellium of planets in the sign of Gemini in the 8th house is also suitable for a serial killer who was obsessed with consuming his victims so they could become a part of him and keeping their acid-stripped bones as trophies.
Jeffrey's Moon is also significant as it is angular and in Aries, ruled by Mars. Mars is in its dignity in Aries and whilst this alone cannot account for Jeffrey's actions, it does help shed some light on how he could carry out such gruesome murders without too much thought on the lack of morality or the agony he inflicted on his victims and their families.
Although he was doted upon as an infant, Jeffrey's mother was known to be "tense, greedy for attention and argumentative, " according to Wikipedia. It is telling that Jeffrey first became interested in bones around the time of Jupiter's transits to the natal planets in Gemini. His father was an academic and was working on his degree in Chemistry in Jeffrey's early childhood. It is not difficult to imagine that his father would have encouraged Jeffrey's interest in how living things function and how their bones fit together. And it makes perfect astrological sense that this early curiosity would grow to be an all consuming (as it were) obsession.
Jeffrey would have just entered first grade in September 1966 and the family moved to Ohio that October. By this time his mother, who had been confined to bed owing to a prescription addiction, was pregnant with her second child. Jeffrey remembers this stage of his childhood as being very tense and a teacher noted on his first grade report card that she thought he was reserved and was concerned he was neglected (who was in charge of following this up??). Quite possibly the only attention he received, with so much going on in the family, is when he showed an interested in a very elementary form of taxidermy.
In 1968, as transit Saturn hovered around his natal Moon and descendant, he asked his father how to bleach animal bones. The father was said to be delighted that his lethargic son was taking an interest in what he saw as scientific curiosity and taught him how to preserve bones and how to be safe round chemicals. Father apparently didn't think it was odd for a child to be so interested in dead animals. With three planets in the house of death, an astrologer might not think it would be such a great idea to encourage such a curiosity--or if it was to be encouraged, it would have needed a very clear direction.
Who on earth was in charge of pastoral care at that school??
From early adolescence, Jeffrey knew he was homosexual. By the time transit Saturn was conjunct his natal Uranus in 1976, he was a well established class clown and was known for playing pranks that involved pretending to have seizures and knocking things around. and his parents were having severe arguments. At 16, he made plans to attack an attractive man, knock him unconscious with a baseball bat and sexually assault him. By this time, his grades plummeted owing to his alcohol problem.
His father moved out of the house in 1977 and shortly after graduation, Jeffrey committed his first murder as transiting Saturn made contact to his natal Pluto. He dissected his victim's body, buried it and then unearthed it to pare the flesh from the bones.
After a few very unproductive few years, a stint in the army and a move to his grandmother's house (she was the only person to whom he showed any affection), he found employment at a chocolate factory and worked the nightshift. By this time transiting Saturn was opposing his natal planets in Gemini and Neptune was transiting his natal Jupiter. Jeffrey was picking up men for sexual encounters but didn't like it that they moved. So around this time he came up with the idea of drugging his sexual companions so he could have sex with their motionless bodies.
Two years later, as Jupiter was transiting his descendant and natal Moon, Jeffrey committed his second murder and dismember the corpse as before--at his grandmother's house.
By April 1988, he was actively seeking victims as Saturn transited his natal Jupiter. For his Saturn return, he killed another man but this time preserved the victim's head and genitals. He continued with his killing spree, following a similar pattern of killing until his arrest on 22 July 1991 as Jupiter transited his natal Uranus.
Despite his horrific crimes, Jeffrey was declared to be sane and was described in very kind terms by a clinical psychologist as "Amiable, pleasant to be with, courteous, with a sense of humor, conventionally handsome, and charming in manner. He was, and still is, a bright young man." Gotta love a man with a stellium in Gemini I guess.
As Saturn transited his natal Chiron and Chiron transited his natal North Node, he was attacked and killed in prison.
About the Astrologer
Alex Trenoweth is an MA graduate of the Cultural Astronomy and Astrology course at Bath Spa University (2007) and has gained recognition as an outstanding schoolteacher for her tireless and innovative education of adolescents. Her unique expertise in both astrology and teaching, coupled with ground-breaking research, led her to her write Growing Pains, a book aimed at helping parents and teachers support and guide young people into maturity. Alex’s articles have appeared in astrological magazines across the globe and in addition to her many writing accomplishments, she was voted “Best International Astrologer, 2015” by the Krishnamuti Institute of Astrology in India for the energetic presentation of her original and thought-provoking investigation into astrology and education. As of October 2015, Alex is on a world tour, lecturing on a variety of astrological topics and is enjoying meeting other astrologers from different cultures. The articles on serial killers are a part of the case studies that will be presented in her next book due for release later this year.