Meth Use, Hearing Voices, and a Violent Police Response

I’ve found it interesting how four individuals—Jeff Ely, David Donovan, Ethan Freeman, and Mark Clermont—could be lumped together based only on an attempt to make sense for the public the current cultural, mental, and physical health crisis gleaned from the title of this post. However, given the narratives of all four individuals, the events leading up to their deaths when scrutinized by occult traditions reveal much about them. And, with that, the forensic interpretation of their traumatic scenarios is enhanced.

These events occurred between October 19, 2020 to March 21, 2021, The official investigatory reports in on each of these cases are included below, as well as additional supporting evidence released to the public:

The article, in question, was published by Damien Fisher for on August 25, 2021 (“AG: Claremont Man Heard Voices Before Fatal Shooting By Police”:

The autopsy, conducted by the Office of the New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner, found methamphetamine and other drugs in Ely’s system. New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella, said at Wednesday’s press conference that methamphetamine is a growing concern in the state.

“It’s an increasing trend that we’ve seen,” Formella said.

Formella said New Hampshire law enforcement officials are partnering with other states to get a handle on the methamphetamine issue. This is the fourth shooting in recent months that is linked to the drug.

David Donovan, 35, was shot and killed by police in Meredith in November when he came at police, armed with a knife and bloody from just having stabbed his mother’s boyfriend, according to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s report. Donovan’s methamphetamine use caused him to become violent, paranoid, and delusional in the months leading up to his fatal encounter with Meredith police.

In October, Ethan Freeman, 37, of Thornton, was shot and killed by Thornton Police Officer Matthew Yao when a naked and bleeding Freeman charged Yao during a confrontation. Freemen had a history of methamphetamine and other drug abuse, as well as a significant history of mental health issues.

In December, Mark Clermont, a paranoid felon who was known to carry an assault-style rifle and wear ballistic vest while hunting for alien spacecraft, was shot and killed by New Hampshire State Police Trooper Matthew Merrill during a gun battle Clermont started. Clermont was known to use methamphetamine.

Damien Fisher
Jeff Ely

Beginning with Ely, some important clues are contained in his AG’s report, which supports my attempt at coming to an understanding of finding an accurate birth time through rectification when no birth time is available (birthday found from Mr. Ely’s obituary:

During their interaction, Mr. Ely reported hearing voices. While it was apparent to the officers that Mr. Ely was having mental health complications, Mr. Ely did not believe he had any mental health problems or that he was imagining the voices. Mr. Ely said that he wanted to harm whoever was making the voices, but did not want to harm himself or anyone in the area. The officers tried to persuade Mr. Ely to get mental health treatment, but he refused to consult with a mental health provider or participate in a mental health evaluation. It appeared to the officers as though Mr. Ely had ‘lost touch with reality’ and may have believed the Claremont Police Officers were ‘the voices’ he had been hearing.

Although Mr. Woodman [a longtime acquaintance] said the Mr. Ely was a ‘tremendously skilled’ tradesman, Mr. Woodman observed him having ‘psychotic episodes’ over the previous six months. Mr. Ely accused various people in the building of harassing him and told Mr. Woodman that he was hearing voices in his head. Mr. Woodman reported that Mr. Ely was seeing and hearing things that were not actually there. Mr. Woodman said that Mr. Ely was in need of psychological help.

Mr. Wright said that at a certain point, the SUV ‘came peeling back in’ to the parking lot and the driver ‘made a couple of comments’ to him and Mr. Wolfe. While he could not recall exactly what the driver said to them, Mr. Wright remembered him saying, ‘Do you hear the voices?’ The driver then pointed a rifle at them and fired a single round at them.

[An anonymous witness] explained that over the previous couple months, Mr. Ely had ‘started to lose it,’ which Anonymous attributed to a methamphetamine addiction. Anonymous suspected Mr. Ely may have been ‘cooking’ methamphetamine in the building. He explained that Mr. Ely believed that there were ‘people fucking with his head.’

In response, Ms. Holloway viewed Mr. Ely’s Facebook page and saw that he was posting bizarre things that were a ‘red flag’ that he needed help. She said Mr. Ely posted that he had a microchip in his head and that he was going to ‘kill some mother fuckers.’ Ms. Holloway reached out to Mr. Ely via social media, but his only response was that she was trying to telepathically speak to him.

Ms. Holloway said that Mr. Ely struggled with the untimely death of his mother. Ms. Holloway said that Mr. Ely was not close with his father or brother. She thought that the family disconnect, Mr. Ely’s anger issues, mental health issues, and delusions combined to make a recipe for disaster.

Mr. Barnet began distancing himself from Mr. Ely when Mr. Ely started ‘trouble making’ and using ‘drugs.’ Mr. Ely also suffered from progressive mental health issues. Mr. Barnet said that Mr. Ely had expressed a ‘hate for cops,’ after the ‘George Floyd stuff.’ Mr. Barnet reported that Mr. Ely used Suboxone, Adderall, and methamphetamine. He believed Mr. Ely suffered from a combination of: (1) his drug use; (2) guilt from telling his mother that he ‘fucking hated her before she killed herself’; and (3) that he was an overall ‘angry guy.’

After speaking with Mr. Ely for over 20 minutes through his door, the officers were able to convince Mr. Ely to open the door. Mr. Ely told the officers that the voices he was hearing said they would put a chip in his neck. He also discussed ‘remote neural monitoring’ and ‘drones.’ Mr. Ely reported that the voices told him that he was going to kill himself and hurt his dog. Mr. Ely said he was being harassed ‘24/7’ and that he was ‘losing it.’ He said ‘they’ could somehow read whatever he was reading. He discussed a ‘V2K’ transmitter, which he said made it so they could bypass his ears and talk directly to his brain. He said the voices wanted him to kill himself and told him that that was the only way they would stop. He also said that the voices were trying to get him to say things. Mr. Ely said, ‘I know I sound bat shit crazy saying that.’ Mr. Ely said that the only people he wanted to harm were the people who were ‘harassing’ him with the voices.

AG’s Office

And also from the Valley News article “Man killed in Claremont police shooting showed signs of distress, friend says,” published by Anna Merriman on April 7, 2021 (, more background info is gleaned:

For Ockington-Nugent [Ely’s ex-girlfriend], the change in Ely just before his death was confusing. Ely had started making posts on Facebook earlier in March, asking for help and claiming someone was harassing him using voices of people he knows.

Ockington-Nugent and others who knew Ely or saw the Facebook posts said they were worried about his mental health.
“I had never known him to be like that,” Ockington-Nugent said.

However, she said, Ely’s life had long been marked by tragedy that he rarely discussed: “He just wasn’t an open man, but you could tell when he was hurt.”

Ely grew up in Windsor and went to Windsor High School as part of the Class of 1998.

“He wasn’t a bad kid growing up,” said former Windsor High School Athletic Director Bob Hingston. “Everyone knew he had struggles later.”

The biggest struggle came when Ely was 18 and his mother, with whom he was very close, died by suicide, according to Ockington-Nugent.

“He dealt with it for so long,” she said of the depression Ely felt following his mother’s death.

The next decade would be troubled for Ely; in 1999 he pleaded no contest to stolen property and unlawful mischief charges, and to DWI charges the following year. In 2008 he was charged with aggravated assault after he fired off a gun during a fight at a party, injuring three people. He pleaded guilty to the charges in 2010 and received up to a year of prison time, according to court records.

He and Ockington-Nugent connected after he was released from prison; she said Ely was determined to improve his life. Over the next few years, Ely built up his credit, bought a new truck, and worked several jobs, often as a welder.

“He could quit a job yesterday and have a job tomorrow,” she said. “He was always working.”

Ely also helped Ockington-Nugent care for her grandchildren, taking the family on hiking trips or day trips out on the lake. She distinctly remembers lying in the sun on the banks of a nearby lake while Ely and her granddaughter Skyler jumped off a boat and played and swam in the water.

On the weekends, he would take his truck and join friends to go “mudding,” driving on back roads and covering his truck in mud for fun.

“He was a wonderful person,” Ockington- said. “If he cared about you, he cared about you wholeheartedly.”

Anna Merriman

0200 for a birth time seems most accurate for rectifying Mr. Ely’s chart. Looking at some of the planetary placements already standing out in his birth chart:

  • An Aquarius ascendant explains one as an outsider, which also places signs in particular averse places that fit with the information from the report:
  • Saturn rules Aquarius, so we see Saturn’s placement in Virgo in the 8th
  • Fixed air (Aquarius) is energy resonating via inner mind/nervous system; that is, staying, remaining, and churning within. Being the greater malefic, Saturn, as ruler, the essential energy is “to take” and keep in, leading the native to exhibit this energetic force to express itself in 8th house areas of life.
  • As Aquarius is inconjunct Virgo, even though the Saturn demonstrably expressed itself as a “tremendously skilled tradesman,” Mercury-ruled Virgo is much more than that by definition, with Mars asserting itself in a degree-based conjunction with Jupiter in detriment—both just entering the zero degree of Virgo.
  • This makes the “in between” trine and opposition aspect (i.e., inconjunct/quincunx), which is naturally a “hard” aspect since it’s “unable to relate” in essence; whereas, trines are harmonious and oppositions repel and attract, a quincunx of 150 degrees in aspect is simply foreign. As Saturn is not as harsh in a diurnal/day chart, it’s not just the Virgo Saturn that steered his native’s life.
  • The real problem here is Jupiter because the sphere of spirituality here in Virgo provides an illusionary perspective to the areas in the birth chart that Jupiter rules: Sagittarius and Pisces (11th and 2nd house, respectively). Mars also mixes and asserts this expansion. Both malefics in the same sign greatly expanded by an in-detriment Jupiter averse to the ascendant can make one psychologically angry, let alone a more “looser” cannon with the drug abuse.
  • As all Jupiter signs in Ely’s chart will be detrimental to Jupiter’s “natural” state of energy—I use “natural” loosely, like saying “outside of Jupiter in fall (Capricorn) or detriment (Gemini/Virgo),” so natural, I guess, would be more likened to Jupiter peregrine (Aries, Taurus, Leo, Libra, Scorpio, or Aquarius placed) rather than domicile/exalted (Sagittarius/Pisces, Cancer, respectively)—to have the placement of the Moon in the 11th is positive, but the energy of Sag is rough, which also makes the 6th house Cancer placement a domicile of suffering for the native. Plus, a busy Virgo Jupiter can make a workaholic or the opposite, overnight. Whether this rectification is accurate or not, being in the last degree of Sag, the Moon would have then moved into its detriment in Capricorn—yet another unsavory placement. In the last degree of Sag, the Moon is opposed Venus in Gemini, where is shares no aspect with its domicile in Taurus where the Sun and Mercury are placed.
  • Mercury dominates the chain of command of the Virgo placements, as well as the Venus in Gemini; however, since Mercury itself is in Venus’ sign, there is mutual reception occurring, yet without aspects to each other since Gemini follows Taurus. Therefore, the 4th and 5th is the powerhouse of the chart.

Ely’s mother committing suicide when he was 18 years old is telling, and Rahu here clearly demonstrates that. But, at 18 years of age, the 7th house is profected for all individuals. Leo is in the 7th and the ruler of Leo, the Sun, is in the 4th house Taurus. As the 4th is concerned with home, parents, hidden things, death, etc., observing that the ruler of Taurus, Venus, is in the 5th but opposed the Moon in the 11th Sag, placing the Moon’s domicile, Cancer, in the 6th. This archetypal pattern via placements, geometry, and natures of the Moon and Venus show a left-brain roadmap hemisphere (Sun) built on 4th house values. And the ruler of that house in the house of good-doing, etc. No matter what, Mom was in the good place for Ely, possibly quite communicative between them both being the Venus in Gemini placement. Yet, as oppositions are historically characteristic of designators of natural dispositions, this opposition to a Moon in poor Jupiter’s detrimental sign connects the two and finds Cancer in a place of suffering.

And being Ely was experiencing the last few weeks of this 5th house Gemini profected year at the age of 40, like the death of his mother when he was 18, the rulers of both those signs (5th house Gemini and 7th house Leo) are in the 4th, again repeating perhaps another pattern of downward spiral. What’s also important to note is that Ely’s ascendant ruler, Saturn, is square the Moon’s placement, as well as Venus’ placement, so Moon/Mom/nurturing and Venus/attraction/harmony both aspect by t-square the apex Saturn: the flow of energy is already troubled.

Knowing that Mercury is top dog in his birth chart, but Jupiter is a mess, and both the Moon and Venus are terrible shape from Saturn, at the moment of Ely’s death, we find:

  • The Sun exalted in Aries and Venus combust in detriment
  • Mercury in detriment in Pisces
  • The Moon in exile in Scorpio
  • Jupiter and Saturn again in the same sign (Aquarius) and square the Moon
  • Mars in Gemini square Mercury

Truly strain on energy of planets that are already not at their best for Ely. In this forensic chart, as the rising sign is in late Libra, conjunct fixed star Spica, Libra’s ruler, Venus, opposes the ascendant in the 7th. The energy of that 5th house Saturn in Aquarius sextile the combust Venus, also sextile the Mars conjunct Rahu, law-oriented Libra in the form of an opposing war on Ely’s own person was his end.

Jeff Ely

As the increase in methamphetamine use has gained more public awareness, more observable now than ever, the assertion and imposition of this crisis placed on the public is more apparent. Of course, today, more advanced weapon systems like semi-automatic rifles, etc., are easier to come by, especially in NH, but when considering another time in history when irrational behavior was not only feared but the source of this behavior originated from the consumption of a chemical substance, the ease of asserting one’s own anger onto another by the squeezing of a trigger is very different than one tearing another individual into pieces. What comes to mind is the maenads and the cult of Dionysus in the ancient west. This, too, was scrutinized and misunderstood as irrational common behavior derived from a toxic drink—the psychotropic Eleusinian kukeon, for example—as patriarchal communities attempted to make sense of this phenomena from drunk, violent female cult members. The changes in behavior were considerably different than their observable sober states, I estimate, yet the desire to lash-out in this way, specifically from certain under privileged groups, is no different today. In fact, the only difference is the oddly more intimate close-quarters contact from maenad to victim, given the inability of someone like Ely to achieve with the distance a firearm allows.

The theories of Julian Jaynes’s give better insight into what may have been occurring in Ely’s life, promulgated by his mom’s suicide, downward spiral into violence, crime and prison, and subsequent methamphetamine use:

What were Jaynes’s reasons for making his extraordinary claim about Greek zombies? The bone of his argument consists of historical evidence from Biblical and Homeric times, notably including inscriptions and other written sources from Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Greece, dating roughly between 3000 and 1000 B.C. Jaynes argued that the reports of mental life overtly present or implied in this evidence make much more sense when taken as reports of minds that were not conscious in anything like the modern sense of the word, but instead were of a ‘bicameral’ nature, as Jaynes called it.

In rough outline, the difference between the bicameral mind and the conscious mind is that the actions of bicameral persons are motivated by auditory and sometimes visual hallucinations such as hearing voices, seeing gods appear, obeying the voice of the god, and other divine apparitions and commands, whereas conscious persons experience a private, inner, mental space where individual deliberation takes place and where individual actions is planned and motivated. In the bicameral mind an alien voice tells you what to do, in the conscious mind you plan and execute your actions yourself.

According to Jaynes, the two main features of the modern conscious mind are ‘mind-space’ and the ‘analog I.’ Mind-space is the space in which mental contents are stored for introspections, while the analog I is the ‘I” that does the introspecting. Both features are claimed to be absent in the bicameral mind, which quite literally has no room for introspection or deliberation, nor even for contents to be explicitly represented and grasped by an individual self. The bicameral mind is instead composed of voices from nowhere telling you what to do, or is better described as a ‘blindness’ (Greek atè, also meaning ‘Fate.’) that comes upon people to guide their actions. In one of Jaynes’s numerous examples, we are told that Achilles will fight ‘when the thumos in his chest tells him to and a god rouses him.’ Similarly, Agamemnon, who robbed Achilles of his prize mistress, tells us, ‘Not I was the cause of this act, but Zeus and moira…’ Taking these and many similar passages as literal as possible, Jaynes argued that the ancient Greeks acted not for reasons represented and understood, but on blindly obeyed command.

Jan Sleutels, author of the article “Greek Zombies: On the Alleged Absurdity of Substantially Unconscious Greek Minds” in Marcel Kuijsten’s Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness: Julian Jaynes’s Bicameral Mind Theory Revisited

Did maenads in Ancient Greece, etc., also question their rationality? Or did they succumb to the irrationality while under the influence of substances? To get more in-depth about Jaynes’s theories,

Jaynes wrote of this again in the ‘Afterword’ to the 1990 edition of his book. He urged that there was no single red thread to his argument. Rather, it consisted of four main hypotheses, any one of which might be shown to be wrong without the others collapsing. He reviewed each in turn:

1. Consciousness is based on language and it goes beyond sense perception. To Bertrand Russell’s example of logical atomism, ‘I see a table,’ Jaynes replied, ‘I suggest Russel was not being conscious of the table, but of the argument he was writing about. He should have found a more ethologically valid example…such as…How can I afford alimony for another Lady Russell?’ He concluded, ‘such examples are consciousness in action.’

2. As for the bicameral mind, his second main hypothesis, he invoked new evidence that a third of all people experience auditory hallucinations. Congenital quadriplegics understand language and hear voices of gods, without ever having moved or spoken. In short, we continue to show artifacts of bicamerality.

3. In the hypothesis of dating, he adds a weak form of the theory, dating consciousness from 12,000 B.C., assuming that both mentalities developed together and then the bicameral one was ‘sloughed off.’ The stronger form of the dating argument, the one he presented in the book, was that consciousness arose around 1200 B.C.

4. Finally, his double brain hypothesis about hallucinations occurring in the right hemisphere and ‘heard’ by the left, could now be tested, he suggested, using cerebral glucography with positron emission tomography (PET) scans. Jaynes cited a study showing more glucose uptake occurred in the right hemisphere when a patient was hearing voices.

William Woodward and June Tower’s article “Julian Jaynes: Introducing His Life and Thought” in Marcel Kuijsten’s Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness: Julian Jaynes’s Bicameral Mind Theory Revisited

And, like consciousness, regardless of the “fate” one has been dealt—the blueprint of that fate being the birth chart—the native’s own spiritual evolution is directly related to understanding these mysteries in life, rather than avoiding, ignoring, or fearing them, often leading a subject to substance abuse as a coping mechanism. The heavy metals and other toxic substances that not only affect the physical and nervous systems, but the nature of blood magnetism and water in the blood, can be even more affected. Spiritual health equates with physical and mental health, allowing a strengthening of the EM field each human emanates from the nervous system, blood magnetism, and inherent positive pattern vibrations of the heart, which create this very wavelength. This is why fasting and meditation allow balance and natural removal of toxic elements within the body by energetically allowing the structure to perform in this fashion. The body works to not ignore nor avoid these unnatural elements by purging them. Yet, when emotional trauma has occurred and the native chooses not to engage with and understand the source of trauma, thus never becoming triumphant over it, like the emotional pain, the native’s body not only ignores and avoids the core principle of the trauma by oppositional attraction itself, instead of direct action to engage with it, it attracts similar negative influences and substances to support it. And traditional astrology is the guide to understanding how these hermetic principles relate and correspond to consciousness—a field guide to subtle energy.

A confused lifting of the veil of irrationality (Moon conjunct Neptune) in a fiery place towards groups (11th house Sagittarius) can demonstrate itself in this way for the right-brain hemisphere, especially when the left-brain hemisphere road-map is concerned with nature and things Venusian.

A quick internet image search about David Donovan brings photos up with the same theme:

David Donovan
David Donovan
David Donovan

These are Venusian themes of Libra in appearance: music, harmony, etc.—quite hard to imagine Donovan a violent criminal in this images; yet from the narrative below,

Within Ms. Fry’s apartment there was a broken ukulele, furniture strewn about the living room, and a broken window. There was also a substance on the first floor walls, floor and ceiling that was consistent with beef stew.

According to Ms. Schaub [Donovan’s mother], Mr. Donovan was addicted to, and frequently used, methamphetamine. When under the influence of methamphetamine, Mr. Donovan often hallucinated, believed that his room was full of snakes, and that Ms. Schaub and Mr. Blaisdell were the devil sent to kill him. Ms. Schaub told investigators that Mr. Donovan’s methamphetamine use had increased significantly in the past year. Officers O’Reilly and Heney were both familiar with Mr. Donovan from several prior interactions. Ms. Schaub often asked the police for assistance when Mr. Donovan was acting particularly paranoid or delusional. This behavior often coincided with Mr. Donovan being under the influence of methamphetamine.

Mr. Donovan was delusional and reporting that Ms. Schaub and Mr. Blaisdell were imposters that killed people and buried the bodies under their house. Ms. Schaub expressed concern for her safety and told police she had hidden all the knives in the house so that Mr. Donovan could not hurt her or himself. Meredith police arrested Mr. Donovan and brought him to a hospital to be evaluated for an involuntary emergency hospitalization. On the way to the hospital, Mr. Donovan complained that snakes were in the back of the cruiser with him and were biting him.

When Ms. Schaub arrived at 10 Bennett Drive, she ushered Ms. Fry’s two children upstairs to ensure their safety. As she was climbing the stairs, Mr. Donovan stabbed her in her lag. Around this time, Mr. Blaisdell arrived at the residence and Mr. Donovan turned his attention to him. Mr. Donovan chased Mr. Blaisdell outside while saying, ‘Run, run as fast as you can, I’m the gingerbread man.’

Ms. Schaub and Ms. Fry went outside and saw Mr. Donovan punching Mr. Blaisdell. Mr. Blaisdell later stated that he thought Mr. Donovan was punching him, but later realized Mr. Donovan had stabbed him multiple times. Ms. Fry tried to stop Mr. Donovan from attacking Mr. Blaisdell and in so doing sustained minor wounds to her shoulder and stomach caused by the knife.

Mr. Donovan would also often accuse his parents of being serial killers and stealing other people’s faces.

Officer O’Reilly described Mr. Donovan as having an angry look on his face during their interaction, and described Mr. Donovan’s demeanor as ‘scary.’ He elaborated, stating that Mr. Donovan was, ‘very angry, obviously, something I’ve never seen from him before. Scary obviously, with the knives. Not complying to verbal commands. Just completely irrational. Scary.’

Officer Heney described Mr. Donovan as angry and said that his movements were unpredictable. Mr. Donovan’s behavior was also markedly different from that of past interactions. Officer Heney told investigators this ‘was not the same David’ they were used to dealing with. Officer Heney stated that he was scared by Mr. Donovan’s actions and fear for his life.

Specific to the deadly force used by Officer O’Reilly, Ms. Fry told investigators that she did not know Mr. Donovan had a knife when interacting with police officers, but she did hear the officers warn Mr. Donovan and tell him to put his hands up. Ms. Fry said that after this warning, Mr. Donovan made a joke and said something like ‘seize the day.’

AG’s Office

Like the forensic chart the day of Jeff Ely’s birth, I believe the rectified birth chart for Donovan is 1500 (birth day, year, and place from Donovan’s obituary). A few justifications for this estimate:

  • This scene—Donovan’s behavior—before his death demonstrates a snapshot of an exaggerated expression of a native experiencing fun by torturing other individuals (Jupiter in the 5th). The neighbor’s ring camera caught the footage (Donovan is the fast-moving individual throughout the sequence of motion-activated clips): Meredith Officer-involved Shooting – Full Ring Video | Multimedia | NH Department of Justice
  • Being 35, this would have been a 12th house profection for Donovan, so Mercury not only placed powerfully at the angle in the 10th house Cancer conjunct Mars in fall/exile, Donovan may have been often a weird but excitable person that would emotionally attack (Mars) through communication (Mercury) the confusion (Neptune) with his parents (Neptune in 4th). Virgo in the 12th may have activated his Virgo-ruler Mercury in this subconscious way. You can also see that at this moment police fired, the forensic chart of Donovan’s death, when considered in relation to Donovan’s birth chart, given Cancer was rising:
  • Mercury ruled Gemini is in the 12th and Mercury is in Mars’ ruled sign, Scorpio, in the 5th—themes of Mercury and Jupiter often apply as all Mercury-ruled signs are oppositional on the axis of all Jupiter-ruled signs.
  • Rahu was in the Gemini 12th
  • Donovan’s birth Moon was conjunct the forensic chart Rahu
  • Mars was in 10th house Aries
  • The ruler of the forensic chart, Cancer, was in the 6th house.

Going back to Moon/Cancer-corresponding right-hemisphere themes, having Donovan’s birth placements—applying new moon occurring in Gemini in the 9th house—the Sun is in joy in the 9th, yet the following tarot card—the 10 of Swords—demonstrates the outcome of Donovan’s birth Sun in the Sun’s own decan here:

10 of Swords/3rd face of Gemini

he symbolism of the death of the priest in this card can be seen given the same right-hand gesture; this is the same hand gesture in the tarot card, “The Hierophant.” Here you can not only see Donovan’s birth chart with his Venus in Taurus—“The Heirophant” is the card for Taurus—along with Rahu, but Taurus falls in Donovan’s 8th house of death, quite spookily symbolic (Rahu, or the North Node of the Moon, has traditionally been considered a malefic and “an increase” of negativity wherever it is placed/located).

While H. P. Lovecraft has been the predominant Libra rising sign native that I have described on this website (other than the rectified ones), it’ll make more sense to include a living individual that is a Libra ascendant and a musician, to show how Donovan’s rectified Libra rising demonstrates his physical appearance.

Musician Anaïs Mitchell was born four days before John Hinkley, Jr.’s attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan and 13 days before Eric Harris, the orchestrator of the Columbine High School shootings, was born. Yet, as both Hinkley and Harris had the malefics Saturn and Mars, respectively, ruling their ascendants (Hinkley has Aquarius ascendant with Saturn in 10th house Scorpio opposed Venus in 4th house Taurus; Harris had Scorpio ascendant with Mars in 6th house Aries conjunct the Venus and combust), we find Mitchell with the Sun-Venus-Mars stellium opposed the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in her first close to the ascendant. You can see just how her own partner-originating melancholy takes on a harmonic Venusian form in folk music as to this incredibly strong oppositional energy, almost as life itself on Earth hangs in the balance made by these aspects. Venus is not only in detriment in Aries, but it’s approaching a stronger conjunction and upcoming opposition from Pluto, which you see in Harris’ chart:

Anaïs Mitchell
Eric Harris

With Donovan, you see his chart ruler in the 8th opposed Pluto in the 2nd in Scorpio, so the expression of this underworld theme when he died can be contemplated as well as Mitchell having Pluto in the first adding an underworld-themed shade to her own persona thorough her music; her very album was about Hades, the god of the underworld.

Ethan Freeman

Officer body cams captured footage on Ely; the neighbor’s doorbell ring cam caught Donovan’s behavior up until the police shooting. For Ethan Freeman in Thornton, the same small-town officer that assisted Freeman in the morning—Freeman needed medical attention due to a medical issues as he entered into the lobby of Thornton Central School (Freeman was 37 and entered the school in search for a nurse)—became the same officer whom shot and killed an enraged and threatening Freeman at his apartment rental (the landlord had called the police at Freeman’s request for an ambulance because he was bleeding and complained of chest pains).

For most of Mr. Freeman’s adult life, he had suffered from mental illness. According to Mr. Freeman’s mother, as well as his landlord, he would have occasions in which he would become delusional and paranoid, the latter focused on his belief that people, and more specifically the police, were spying on him. At times during these episodes of unstable thinking, Mr. Freeman also would become highly agitated and hostile, including acting out physically against people and property. In the days leading up to Mr. Freeman’s shooting, his landlord noticed that he had become increasingly paranoid. On the morning of October 19, the landlord saw that Mr. Freeman was agitated and acting erratically, in particular claiming not to recognize him and menacing him with a pronged roasting fork.

AG’s Report

For Donovan, given his behavior with the knives he held, in his birth chart, we see his Mars in Cancer. Mars, the principle of assertion resembles the male genitalia or an object with a point for a reason. Often the ruler of Mars and Scorpio when in Cancer can be frightening, adding this principle to the drive of the sign of nurturing—a forcible penetration on anything external that resembles this, particularly true should the native have Neptune opposing Mars and also be under the influence of a substance notable for altering the emotional state. For Freeman, with Mars in the other sign of the Moon’s enlightenment (Cancer: Moon rulership; Taurus: Moon exaltation) where Mars is in detriment, and also opposed Saturn in Scorpio, which itself is challenging enough taking this position opposed Scorpio’s ruler, the sudden change in behavior from a native’s rectified chart in the 2nd and 8th house axis is not surprising. As this axis in Freeman’s birth chart makes a painful aspect from the values of the native to the values of the other—the officer caught Freeman masturbating, which may have triggered the opposing malefics in this areas of his life—the officer, too, was shocked by the change.

And, at the age of 37, the 2nd house is profected, so the 2nd-8th axis is activated, making the Mars as Scorpio’s ruler, as well as Saturn’s placement in Scorpio, of particular emphasis. Looking at the chart for the moment of Freeman’s death, we that:

  • The ascendant just conjunct Neptune in Pisces, which is opposed Venus in exile in Virgo
  • The ruler of Pisces, Jupiter, is conjunct Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn
  • The Sun in exile in Libra conjunct fixed star Spica opposes Mars in domicile in Aries—both planets form a t-square to the ruler of the ascendant
  • The ruler of the Virgo descendant, Merucry, is in Mars’ other sign, Scorpio, and opposed Uranus in Venus’ sign Taurus

In a symbolic interpretation of this forensic chart, the nature of the native’s self is represented by Jupiter; however, as Jupiter is in a good house (Jupiter is in joy in the 11th) representing an expansion in friends and goals, its conjunction with Pluto speaks of rebirth and annilihation—the former perhaps could of occurred if not the fog of Neptune obsuring and resulting in the latter. Saturn’s in domicle structures this, while Pluto delivers a Dionysian theme. As Freeman’s 2nd house is profected, a left-brain ego in exile (Sun in Libra 8th), is quite disarmed by it’s opposition to this reinforced Mars, let alone the fact the ruler of Libra is also in exile. So, the Sun is doubly affected negatively, so as Leo anyway is in the 6th, it’s by far the worst 6th house that could occur by quality alone. And you see it in Freeman’s behavior with his assertion (Mars) to attack (Aries) because his self-esteem/values (2nd house) were challenged by the approaching office, regardless of the fact Freeman even remembered that he asked his landlord to call for medical help. As forensic charts are symbolic obserations of the moment—the ascendant is the victim; the descendant the opponent—for the officer represented as Virgo with Venus in exile opposed Neptune, to see Mercury as the ruler of Virgo opposed Uranus, it is clear that something immediate and unexpected will occur for the opponent. Yet, to see this exiled Venus trine the ascendant ruler, Jupiter, we see hope for the officer more so than the victim. All the placments in the top half of the chart—the areas representing the opponent’s interaction with the victim, we see the malefics more affecting Freeman (aspects to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd from all over the chart) than the descendant. Rahu in Gemini in the 4th shows an increase in negative energy in the place of the home from Mercury—pretty clear, symbolically.

Mark Clermont
Mark Clermont

The case of Mark Clermont is more puzzling since I could not find any relationships to Spica to justify the following narratives from the AG Office’s report, even though similarities to others with those placements:

Trooper Merrill was unsure exactly where Mr. Clermont was in the driveway, but he could hear him because Mr. Clermont was yelling ‘No!’ several times. Trooper Merrill said that ‘it was strange’ and ‘didn’t sound right.’ At the time time, Trooper Merrill was not saying anything to Mr. Clermont so as not ti give away his position. He described it as almost like Mr. Clermont ‘was talking to himself,’ and was not addressing him.

[The owner of the house where Clermont was shot] Chris said that he met Mr. Clermont as little less than a year ago through some friends. Chris said that he had seen Mr. Clermont drink alcohol and use methamphetamine in the past. Chris told investigators that Mr. Clermont had ‘gone off the deep end,’ broken up with his girlfriend, and been ‘acting weird’ lately. Chris explained that Mr. Clermont talked about ‘aliens,’ the government listening in to him through ‘smart TVs,’ and that he was a ‘time keeper.’

[The woman Clermont lived with off and on for around 16 years] Ms. Pilotte said that Mr. Clermont had drug problems in the past and had ‘some kind of breakdown last spring.’ Mr. Clermont had a job and quit because he though he was ‘being set up.’ Mr. Clermont thought the ‘Feds’ were after him and would drive around looking for spacecraft. He would point at the sky and say ‘that’s like the mother ship’ and they were coming. Mr. Clermont also believed he was the ‘key.’ Ms. Pilotte mentioned a prior incident where the police came to the house and Mr. Clermont was screaming at them: ‘I am the clock, I am the key!’ Mr. Clermont also believed that he was ‘some Government secret,’ was ‘indestructible,’ and could ‘not be shot and killed.’ Ms. Pilotte said she tried to talk to Mr. Clermont about his strange beliefs, but he would get angry so they did not challenge him.

Ms. Pilote said that Mr. Clermont was physically abusive toward an ex-girlfreind in the past and a couple of times physically assaulted her husband. Otherwise, Mr. Clermont was only verbally abusive to them at times.

Ms. Pilotte said that they used to have a scanner, but Mr. Clermont thought that conversation could be heard thorough the scanner. Mr. Clermont would aso shut off the hot water in the house at night and do ‘experiments with water.’ He would boil their water because he believed that there were drugs in the water and that someone was trying to poison them. In addition, Mr. Clermont believed that their computers had been ‘hacked’ and would remove batteries from things like their cell phones and soak them in water.

Ms. Pilotte told the investigators that Mr. Clermont had a girlfriend ‘who went through hell with him.’ He would ‘imagine’ a lot of stuff and accuse his girlfriend of cheating on him and working with the police against him.

Ms. Pilotte said that she reached out to Mr. Clermont’s family asking for their help because of her concerns about him. Ms. Pilotte said it was hard to get Mr. Clermont help because he did not think he was ‘sick,’ and believed everything he was saying.

Ms. Pilotte described Mr. Clermont as highly intelligent with a ‘genius IQ.’ She said that Mr. Clermont swore that there was ‘an apocalypse coming.’ He also believed in aliens and said that he knew ‘secrets’ that the government did not want anyone ‘to know and tell.’ Ms. Pilotte said that she witnessed ‘a lot of the same stuff with him [Mr. Clermont], in the sky…’ Ms. Pilotte said it was like Mr. Clermont knew something was coming and ‘they don’t want him to talk.’

Ms. Pilotte said that Mr. Clermont was taking ‘black market steroids,’ and believed he had some sort of ‘mental breakdown’ in spring. She also said that Mr. Clermont used to have a serious drug problem. Mr. Clermont believed that the town was trying to poison their water and that the pigs on the Pilotte property had been poisoned. Ms. Pilotte said that Mr. Clermont was ‘doing experiments with the water.’ She recounted how one night Mr. Clermont was sittin gin their home with three bowls of water laid out and told her that one bowl had heroin in it, one bowl had cocaine in it, and one bowl had meth [amphetamine] in it. Ms. Pilotte said that the bowls just contained tap water that had been boiled. She told the investigators that Mr. Clermont would pick plaster off the ceiling and think it was drugs. He would smoke the plaster and one time she saw him lick it. Ms. Pilotte told the investigators that Mr. Clermont ‘had some kind of a breakdown, he wasn’t a monster.’ She said that she believed his mind ‘was gone.’

Joseph [Clermont’s brother] believed that Mark [Clermont] started having some kind of ‘mind problems.’ He described Mark as ‘troubled’ during the summer visit, and saying things that did not make sense. For instance, Mark believed that he was being followed and was seeing things that were not there. Joseph said it seemed like ‘something wasn’t right with his mind.’

Thomas [Clermont’s other brother] said Mark was extremely smart, went to college, and was a chemical engineer. Thomas did not have a lot of communication with Mark, but knew that he had ‘substance problems’ and was ‘all over the place.’ Mark had been calling and talking about ‘spaceships coming down to see him,’ the ‘mothership,’ that ‘they’ were watching and recording him, and that he had a ‘chip implanted in his head.’ Mark also told his brother that ‘they’re not taking me,’ in a possible reference to the police.

Ms. Clough [Clermont’s ex-girlfriend] said that Mr. Clermont had a ‘big heart and was a ‘highly intelligent person.’ However, at the beginning of 2020, Mr. Clermont ‘started changing.’ She said that coinicided with him getting ‘black market’ steroids and sometimes taking fifteen of those in a day. Following that, Mr. Clermont began talking about ‘UFOs’ and said that he was ‘the key to the universe.’ Mr. Clermont said that he had a fleet of forty spaceshits that he controlled with his mind. Mr. Clermont would have Ms. Clough drive him around, during which he would point at the sky and say ‘they were all up there.’ He would ask her if she could see the spaceshits in the sky, and she would tell him that there was nothing there. Mr. Clermont would also make sounds that he belived could control things in other dimensions.

Ms. Clough described how Mr. Clermont would have drastic mood swings and get very angery. Mr. Clermont would also do ‘experiments’ with water because he was convinced there were drugs in the water. Ms. Clough said everhtone knew that Mr. Clermont had mental illness, but he refused to seek treatment.

[At a previous interaction with police], when the police arrived, Mr. Clermont was outside with the car. He started screaming at the police and told the officers that he was going to get into his spaceship and blow up the police cruiser. As the officers treid to speak to Mr. Clermont, he continued to yell at them and talked about ‘the satellites being hacked and people watching him.’

It is also possible that Mr. Clermont’s mental health issues, including his psychotic behavior and paranoia over the ocurse of 2020, impacted his decision and behaivor during his encoutner with Trooper Merrill. For example, Mr. Clermont’s paranoia about being watched and his belief that the ‘Feds’ were after him could have made him suspicious and more likely to over react during his encounter with a government official in the form of Trooper Merrill. In additoin, the fact htat Trooper Merrill heard Mr. Clermont shouting ‘No!’ during the incident, which was seeming unprompted and to himself, could be indicative of someone who was potentially disconnected from reality at the time. Whatever the source, Trooper Merrill’s description of Mr. Clermont’s behavior during the incident is consistent with Mr. Clermont’s criminal history, expressed desire to avoid going back to prison, and recent mental health issues.

AG’s Report

Here’s a moment in time—Clermont’s birth—where from the perspective of the Earth all the planets were in one hemisphere of the galaxy, except Saturn, which was in detriment in Cancer. Knowing that, that Saturn was in detriment, we know it’s symbolic of how the nature of a king/leader/ruler affects the nature of a kingdom. Thus, looking to the domiciles of Saturn—Capricorn and Aquarius—we see that, with their ruler is opposition to one domicile and inconjunct to the other, that affects the planets within both signs. Therefore, a Sun in Capricorn reflects the ego/left-brain nature of an overtly emotional and less-than-structured ego; the same with the principles of communication/symbol-orientation/sense-interaction (Mercury) and attraction (Venus). In the tarot, the placement of the Sun is in the face/decan of the 4 of Discs (“Power”) and the Mercury-Venus conjunction is in the 6 of Swords (“Science”). Yet, as the ego/Sun is oriented towards power, the ability is lacking: the essence of that power as fluid as the domicile of the Moon. And there’s a lot of Moon here, especially given the placement of the Moon’s conjunction with Jupiter in domicile in Pisces. There’s a reason Pisces is called “The Moon” in the tarot, to include Saturn’s trine with this conjunction: toxic metals in fluid structure—Saturn in Cancer, reminiscent of an imbalanced meth-inundated quasi-scientific mind “experimenting” with water in the same fashion—are quite alright with the irrationality of the very prevalent right-brain. And Neptune conjunct Rahu squared this Moon-Jupiter conjunction from Jupiter’s other domicile is an inner confusion and preponderance of negativity affecting the expanded emotional irrational influence of spaceships and paranoia. However, Neptune is inconjunct Saturn, so, structurally, there’s an inability to recognize that maybe this phenomena Clermont was experiencing was in his mind. The Neptune-Rahu-motivated substance-abuse habit most definitely allowed the veil to be lifted for an already less-than-rational mind with even more strange forms fueled by the negativity of the downward spiral of traumas he experienced in his life. A simple look at the change in the two photos shows he had been through hell.

So, honestly, it appears the very rich imagination of Clermont is an influence different than the escapist imagination/”bullhorn of the masses” that Spica placements seem to entertain.

In a future post, I’m going to dig into the fixed star Antares because there seems to be a pattern in natives that have it conjunct planets in their birth charts.

From the previous post:

  • Seth Mazzaglia has Uranus conjunct Antares at birth
  • Lizzy Marriott had Rahu conjunct Antares at birth

From this post:

  • David Donovan had Uranus conjunct Antares at birth; Moon conjunct Antares at death (Venus conjunct Spica at death)
  • Ethan Freeman had Jupiter-Uranus conjunct Antares at birth; Moon conjunct Antares at death
  • Mark Clermont had Neptune-Rahu conjunct Antares at birth; Venus conjunct Antares at death

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