May 27 2005, as Mercury, the messenger and planet most aligned to news
and information, rose to it's highest position in the skies directly
above Denpasar Court Bali, the judge's verdict came down on 27 year
old Australian tourist, Schapelle Corby. It wouldn't be good! Astrologically,
Mercury sat with Algol, considered the most malefic star in the skies.
The Greeks linked Algol to the severed head of Medusa. The last time
a news story broke in Australia, with Mercury and Algol together, it
was 1.30 p.m. April 28 1996. They were above Port Arthur Tasmania. Thirty-six
lives were extinguished by the crazed gunman Martin Bryant.
courtroom cameras snapped. So did Corby's relatives. Public outrage
was unleashed as Schapelle was pronounced guilty of trafficking narcotics
(4.1 kilos of marijuana), and sentenced to a twenty year gaol term.
Back home in Australia the news was being simultaneously broadcast throughout
shopping malls, pubs, clubs, homes and even schools. The trial had captured
the nation. It reminded many of the media frenzy of 1982, when Lindy
Chamberlain was sentenced to life for murdering her daughter Azaria,
who had instead been taken by a dingo, at a campsite bordering Uluru.
PARALLELS WITH AZARIA
Baby Azaria was born with her Moon on Algol. Her body was never recovered.
As the planetoid Chiron dubbed by astrologers as 'the wounded healer'
came to Algol (with four planets Saturn/Pluto and Mars/Neptune forming
a fateful yod formation with it) Azaria's mother Lindy Chamberlain was
convicted of the murder. It was the most controversial homicide case
in Australian history, and the verdict polarised public opinion. Years
later, with the discovery of the child's matinee jacket at the foot
of Uluru, Lindy was exonerated, and compensated. There was some kind
of healing! But will there be with Schapelle?
- ASTROLGICALLY SPEAKING
Corby was born July 10 1977, just before midday in Brisbane. This places
a Cancerian Sun right at the top of the chart, and eight of the planets
above her Libran Ascendant which describes an extroverted, yet caring
family person. Both her Sun (father) and Moon (mother) were difficultly
aspected, and as suggested here the parents separated. The Moon, chiefly
representative of early home life, was directly opposite Uranus (disruptive,
intermittent), inconjunct Pluto (extremist, urgency), and conjunct Chiron
(vulnerability, wound). But Cancer is a loyal sign of the home, and
as her Sun sat atop her horoscope, so too her highest aim was for family
and children of her own.
this end she married aged 20, in June 1998, as the transiting Uranus
reached it's first square to both itself and the Moon. It led to a relocation
to a different (Uranus) home (Moon), and culture in Japan. At the time
her Secondary Progressed Sun/Midheaven union had reached an exact square
to both Uranus and the Moon. It's the difference that attracts with
all that Uranian energy, but as so often happens with this planet, it
wasn't to last.
year 2000 when her progressed Descendant (meaning ally or adversary)
had reached Mars (aggression, competition) the marriage was well and
truly over after blazing rows. Schapelle's
horoscope shows 27 degrees of Libra rising, with Mercury the planet
of communication forming a difficult square with it. One of the problems
of the marriage was the culture shock and language barrier that Schapelle
experienced, despite having mastered the basics of Japanese.
- FROM PARADISE TO PERSECUTION
was an island that Corby visited four times. With Jupiter the planet
of self-expansion connected to her ninth house of distant lands and
foreign cultures, her classroom was the world. She was no stay-at-home
Cancer, although her last visit was to ground her for a possible twenty
there is confusion, a difficulty to get at the facts, or possible covert
operations, Neptune is the planet astrologers go looking for. For Schapelle,
this planet appears in her second house of movable possessions. It can
signify confusion and loss attached to assets. Neptune is also the planet
most aligned to drugs, along with escapism and travel.
Schapelle was born, at 11.55 am July 10 1977 in Brisbane Australia,
Neptune was positioned directly across Denpasar. Bali became a holiday
resort that she regularly enjoyed. She loved the sand and surf, and
the beaches of Bali are for Australians, one of South East Asia's most
popular tourist attractions. During October 2004, as her progressed
Mars reached her Midheaven in Bali and an exact opposition to progressed
Neptune, something was about to give.
clouds were brewing. At the same time Saturn, the planet of rules, regulations,
and confinements, was also squaring her Ascendant. Additionally there
were two eclipses due in October, both of which would impact on Corby's
horoscope. The solar eclipse, of 21 degrees Libra, would fall upon her
nodal axis, and form a challenging square aspect to her Sun and Midheaven
(status). The nodal axis is often designated to 'fated connections'.
The following lunar eclipse would highlight her Moon/Uranus opposition,
presaging another change within family and home. The planets story was
played out right on time. Passing through airport customs just after
the plane landed at 2.30 p.m. October 8 2004, she was arrested in possession
of 4.1 kilograms of marijuana stashed in her boogie board bag.
law comes down like a guillotine on drug culture. Corby was suddenly
facing the death penalty! And it was now that anomalies became evident.
Australians reasoned, even if found guilty, how could Corby die? Especially
when a Muslim cleric, convicted following the Bali bombings (in which
over 200 people were callously murdered), received a mere two-year prison
sentence. In the world of international diplomacy this was looking more
like the opening Pandora's box than the severed head of Medusa. The
trial would become an international incident, highlighting stark differences
between the Indonesian and Australian judicial systems. And just when
people were about to move on from the 2002 carnage. Corby was the unwilling
horoscope for the trial wasn't looking good. The planet of justice and
hope, Jupiter, was in a testing square to her birth Sun, from January
through to late August 2005. The transiting Neptune was opposing her
natal Saturn, until January 2006. The opposition is an aspect generally
played out in a relationship situation. It describes a differing viewpoint,
begging for both recognition and reconciliation. If Saturn represents
stability, and structure; Neptune is eroding it here. Authorities (Saturn)
can well believe you're living in the world of delusion (Neptune), or
could even be doing so themselves. Her one saving grace seemed to be
her Venus line, which for her birth-time was above Jakarta. There may
be hope through diplomatic channels - given time.
TEST OF TIME
key to this is patience. If her birth-time is accurate, which it looks
to be (credit to Australian astrologer Nancy Dunn), then Schapelle has
yet to be free of the conjunction of her progressed Sun (identity, vitality)
to the limitations of Saturn (confinement, obstruction). It does not
ease until the second half of 2007. It's during that year that the planet
of sudden liberation, Uranus, will by transit form an opportunistic
trine to her birth Sun/Midheaven. Additionally the planet of affections,
Venus, will favourably trine Uranus by progression. Added testimony
are the travel planets, Jupiter and Neptune, aligning with each other
strongly suggesting that she will travel again. Next time with a more
fortunate outcome! But there is still the hurdle of time. But then Lindy
Chamberlain endured three years behind bars. Her release was an unexpected
surprise ending, not unlike her conviction. Schapelle, if she can tough
it out, may experience the same.
the international level, using my personally researched Australian First
Settlement chart of January 26 1788 at 5.23 am Sydney we are about to
experience a progressed Sun to progressed Saturn opposition by August
2005. During the same month transiting Saturn will oppose our own Sun.
By September the progressed Ascendant will be opposing natal Pluto.
Initially I looked at this as a changing of the guard at our leadership
level (new PM). But it may mean more than that. It may coincide with
a national incident of great proportion.
May 31 2005 Ed Tamplin
FURTHER FOR ASTROLOGY BUFFS
event chart - an electional analysis.
verdict was announced at 11.38 a.m. (GMT+8) at Bali Courthouse. The
event chart of the judgement should hold some clues as to the outcome.
In the oldest remaining astrological textbook, Astronomica by the Roman
poet Manilius, he assigns the Midheaven to rule law and justice in the
courts. England's modern Merlin William Lilly following the tradition
prescribes the 10th house to rule judgement and judges. Here
we have Mercury (a media circus surrounds the court) conjunct Algol
and three judges who have yet to acquit a defendant.
prosecution, is identified by the Ascendant and Ascendant ruler the
Sun. The Ascendant ruler the Sun is in Gemini and the tenth house (emphasizing
a public prosecution covered extensively by the media). The chief judge
had already conducted press interviews broadcast through the Australian
media. The Sun is disposited by Mercury which conjunct the Midheaven
is of course with Algol. This is not good for the defendant. The judge
and the prosecution are as one. The Sun is in an approaching trine to
the natural ruler of justice, Jupiter, indicating further judicial support
for the prosecution case.
seventh house; it's ruler and planets therein represents the defendant.
With Mars and Uranus in the seventh it's clear that they try will act
independently, perhaps erratically. Mars present implies anger and aggressive
pursuit of their aims. Mars rules weaponry and the prosecution argued
for the death sentence by firing squad against this defendant. At the
commencement of the trial on January 27 Mars was conjunct Pluto. The
Descendant conjunct Neptune also alludes to a general weakness in the
defenses execution, inability to get at the facts, or duped by dishonesty.
The Descendant is in trine to Venus and sextile Pluto. And although
the defendant may be popular with the masses, the strength in this chart
is obvious. It lies with the prosecution.
ruler of the defendant's Aquarian Descendant, Saturn, falls in the prosecution's
twelfth of imprisonment. The natural indicator of female persons, the
Moon, is also opposite this Saturn. The Moon is blocked, inhibited,
and removed, trying to exercise emotional control. Corby's best chance
is to appeal for Presidential clemency, or work through diplomatic channels,
despite any initial misgivings or setbacks. As mentioned in the main
body of text, her Venus line (favours, affection etc) runs directly
over Jakarta. The key may lie with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang
May 31 2005 Ed Tamplin