The steaming-media-consuming world learned of Luka Magnotta from the Netflix docuseries Don’t Fuck With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer. Magnotta anonymously uploaded onto YouTube videos of him torturing kittens, which caught the attention of vigilant individuals whom, in response, made a Facebook group to uncover his identity and location, attempting to hold him accountable. They discovered who he was and where he lived based on examining videos. They also notified Canadian police since that was Magnotta’s current location; police, in turn, ignored the FB group, even though the group warned them that Magnotta may potentially pursue a human victim next, which he did.
Magnotta killed, dismembered, and abused/sexually gratified himself with the body of Chinese international student Jun Lin in Magnotta’s Montreal apartment, filming the entire scene. Magnotta then sent Lin’s body parts to political parties and schools. Lin’s decomposing torso was found in a suitcase in a garbage pile in an alley of a Montreal apartment area.
Magnotta fled to Europe, but was later caught in an internet café in Berlin, Germany, then extradited to be tried in Quebec, where he was convicted and is currently serving a life sentence.
Magnotta was diagnosed with schizophrenia, according to the Wikipedia page about him, as well as borderline personality disorder and histrionic personality disorder, but I fear the history of mental health diagnoses, like religious possession determinations, are all attempts to make sense of a phenomenon through speculation. And while the attempts are thoughtful and considerate, I feel they are not accurate. Why? Because institutions like the church or court can only function—or appear to function—effectively when they reduce a subjective experience of an offender into a pattern that has repeated itself by speculating that multiple subjects have encountered the same experience. That means that the pattern is real; however, it is assessed inaccurately.
Reading a birth chart is interesting because it allows one to make a gnosis between the philosophies of fate vs. life potential of the native. That is the wiggle room: we have the ability to make our own futures because the chart is not deterministic. It’s a blueprint of the current drives we’re exhibiting in our DNA. It’s the moment we left Mom’s biofield and relied entirely on our own, not only no longer receiving food and comfort from the womb; we no longer find ourselves in the EM field of our creator.
And this has repeated in humanity long before recordings and documentations of births. So, by having supreme vulnerability from in that moment, also of first breath, our very matter is influenced by the course of the cosmos: what planets are where, moving in what direction, determines each sphere’s quality, and these spheres are locations in relation to each other sphere, which we are effected since we’re in the grid with them all.
By taking an imaginative approach to understanding the why an individual does a heinous act—or creative one—does justice to not only the individual and victims (or creative fans), but to the universe itself. Justice and order seem to be underlying emanations of the universe that humans are tools for—it’s not the other way around. Yet, there seems also to be certain areas that contradict this, and I feel fixed star Spica may add to the planetary archetypes’ motivations when conjunct them, and this influence is outside of justice related. Or perhaps it’s beyond our comprehension. Yet, like matter and the body and the brain, these are end states, not deterministic, as matter can change form like Newtonian physics dictates.
And the birth chart is a map to navigate the individual’s imagination.
You can see that Magnotta had Mars conjunct Pluto at Spica. One notable thing about Magnotta’s imagination is that he had someone that allegedly forced him to commit crimes, “Manny,” whom wasn’t real. Magnotta said Manny was an ex-escorting client. Magnotta blamed the cats and Lin murders on Manny, that Manny wanted them to be sold on the dark web. Manny, according to Magnotta, had abused him, and Magnotta even sought a lawyer and confided in the lawyer about Manny.
During the filmed murder, the scenery was designed in a manner that reflected Magnotta’s fascination with the film Basic Instinct, as well as Magnotta’s own life:
- Poster of film Casablanca on the bedroom wall to replicate Basic Instinct stained-glass window scene
- Painted screwdriver to appear as icepick in Basic Instinct
- One of Magnotta’s aliases, Kirk Tramell; Sharon Stone plays Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct (other aliases: Jimmy, Justin, Angel, etc.)
- Magnotta’s “Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Lopez”; Basic Instinct’s main character, “Manuel ‘Manny’ Vasquez”
Many identities, possibly from real/fictional characters? A scapegoating antagonist authorities just cannot find evidence of? Community speculation of mental health issues? We’ve seen that Hilley had many, from family members and friends in her childhood, to possibly the very literary characters she immersed herself in as she escaped into novels. But we also see that she created antagonists:
She seemed to be experiencing more than her share of difficulties. Going back over the reports, Carroll found that the problem with the gas fumes was the fourth involving Mrs. Hilley in just three months. In March she had reported a burglary in which jewelry, two guns, and a hair dryer had been stolen. A short time later she had arrived home after dark to find the light in her kitchen being turned on and off; when she returned with the police, no one was there. And just a few weeks after that, she had reported receiving nuisance phone calls and a threatening note. Marie Hilley appeared to be genuinely concerned. There was real fear in her voice as she talked about the threat, the feeling that somebody was out to get her. She reported that she had come back from shopping and found a piece from an envelope tacked to the screen door at the rear of the house. The front of the envelope had been torn away and the note was scrawled on the outside of the remainder. The writing, in blocky, quarter-inch letters, looked like that of a child, or an adult using his off-hand. The message read, “You are going to be sorry if you don’t move.” There was no clear lead to follow. Mrs. Hilley had no idea who could be harassing her. That only magnified her fear, she said. Carroll examined the note and sent it to be processed for fingerprints. Nothing turned up. In the normal course of business the file was eventually sent down to Central Records. There was no reason for Gary Carroll to think he would ever see that piece of envelope again, but two years later he would have reason to remember it and retrieve the dusty file on Marie Hilley from the archives of the Anniston Police Department. By then he knew a good deal more about her—he had spent enough time talking with her and thinking about her that he thought of her familiarly as Marie—and he examined the note with a fresh eye. This time he found a faint impression on the inner surface of the envelope back, where the typing of the address had come through from the missing front. Rubbing lightly with the side of a pencil point, Carroll brought up the address: “Miss Carol Hilley, 2905 McClellan Blvd., Anniston, Ala. 36202.”Philip E. Ginsburg
And family members were convinced of the state of her mental health; this from her son, Mike:
These charges against her at present are just a small part of the series of events over the past two or three years. After talking with her and having her live with us last summer, I am almost positive she has schizophrenic tendencies.Philip E. Ginsburg
Later in the summer, Carol agreed to talk with a reporter from a Birmingham newspaper. Along with the recovery of her physical strength had come a change in her thinking about what had happened to her. A few weeks after her mother’s arrest, Carol had said, “I’m not going to believe it until it’s proven. My mom is just a little mixed up. The mother that raised me and my brother wouldn’t have done something like this.” Now, eight months later, Carol told the Birmingham reporter that she believed her mother was a paranoid schizophrenic. Carol had “no doubt,” she said, that her mother had killed her father and had tried to kill Carol herself.Philip E. Ginsburg
Yet, what happened to Anneliese Michel is much different, evidentiary, but the form is not far off. The film The Exorcism of Emily Rose exhibits the gist of what happened to Michel: the physical events occurred, but the narrative arc for the film was slightly skewed. It’s not 100% accurate to the book The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel by Felicitas D. Goodman, but is enough to terrify:
Michel, as a child, was sensitive to sickness, as was H. P. Lovecraft. She caught, measles, mumps, and scarlet fever very young, very small for her age, and per her teacher’s request before grade school, her parents kept her home an additional year because of her size. Once she went to kindergarten, other kids pushed her around. It was around her 16th birthday when the supernatural events began to occur.
But before going further, it’s important to delve into the concept of annual profections.
Chris Brennan in Hellenistic Astrology: The Study of Fate and Fortune has a talent for reducing a complicated concept in process into a simplified scaffold:
The basic method of calculating annual profections is rather simple. Beginning with the rising sign, count one sign per year from that sign in zodiacal order for every year of the native’s life. Whatever sign is reached in a given year, the domicile lord of that sing becomes activated as the time-lord for the year.Chris Brennan
Michel was born September 21, 1952, and I rectified her chart to the best of my ability to sometime after 9:00am. Being that I believe she was a Scorpio ascendant, it would make Pisces in the 5th house the profected sign for her 16th birthday in 1968, and Jupiter as domicile lord for Pisces is in Taurus in the 7th house in her birth chart.
But how can this make sense when it looks like there are no planets/triggers in Michel’s 5th house?
First, I’m looking at Michel’s birth chart above with transits, looking at where Jupiter as time-lord is located. Jupiter is in detriment in Virgo, because it’s opposite it’s domicile in Pisces. This is notable. And while Jupiter’s location at Michel’s birth was in Taurus, it’s not super close to fixed star Algol, but also retrograde and moving away from it. But either way, that’s in the back of my mind. What’s in the front of my mind is the fact for Michel’s 5th year Pisces profection and the domicile lord is in detriment in transit; it’s in Venus’ sign at birth, and not only is Venus in domicile in Libra, it’s conjunct Spica at birth and in current transit. This stands out because location is important for planets, and we seem to have a disharmony with Michel where Venus rules, which was somewhat of my inkling when considering rectification.
Mars, as domicile lord and ruler of the ascendant for Scorpio is about to enter the Virgo 11th, but look at Mars’ other rulership, Aries. Not only is the greater malefic, Saturn in fall in Aries, but it’s opposed the native’s stellium at Spica.
Also, consider Cancer and the Moon. With Cancer in the 9th house, it’s the emotions of cardinal water—love for god—that resonates here, but the Moon is conjunct Spica, where we are learning that there’s some very frightening influences here. Uranus was in Cancer at Michel’s birth, and on September 28, just seven days after her birthday, Uranus entered Libra in 12th house, just five days prior to the Sun-Uranus conjunction and Sun entering Libra: the sign of its fall. Also notable, as the outer planets have more to do with spiritual experiences, Neptune is conjunct Spica, too, from her birth chart. So, what we seem to have is a week from September 21-28, 1968 where something changed in Michel’s life, even though the 5th house is considered the house of fun. Goodman even alludes to this 5th house influence:
After the long and lazy days of summer, it was great fun to go back to school in September, Anneliese though as she boarded the train for Aschaffenburg for the first school day of the 1968-1969 academic year. And it was fun. Then, about the time of her sixteenth birthday at the end of that month, it happened. It came up suddenly, like a thunderhead boiling up over the horizon, pregnant with lightning. The day before she had been sitting in class, at her place next to [her friend]. Without warning she had blacked out. [Her friend] had pressed her arm.
‘Mensch,’ she had whispered to her, ‘Anneliese, what’s the matter with you? Are you asleep or something?’
‘I suppose so,’ Anneliese shrugged, still dazed. ‘Maybe I studied too much.’ They both giggled a little and then forgot about it.
That night, shortly after midnight, she woke up and could not move. A giant force was pinning her down. It pressed on her abdomen and she could feel her warm urine spilling out. Her breathing became labored. In utter panic, she wanted to call to her sisters, but no sound came out. Her tongue was as if paralyzed. ‘Holy Mother of God,’ she thought. ‘I must be dying.’ By the time the tower clock of the church sounded the quarter hour, it was over. All pressure ceased as if blown away. Only her tongue felt sore.
Whimpering with terror, so exhausted she could hardly move, she got up and changed the linen on her bed. Nest day she told her mother that she was too tired to go to school.Felicitas D. Goodman
Annual profections are effective determiners of the quality of the year based on the domicile/time lord for that year, often quite literal in interpretation. One of the best books I’ve found to deeper evaluate this and other forms of prediction techniques is Dr. Ben Dykes’ Persian Nativities III: On Solar Revolutions: Abu Ma’shar’s ‘On the Revolutions of the Years of Nativities. Here Dr. Dykes reconstructs Abu Ma’shar’s argument:
‘The nativity is a basic plan for life, establishing its basic themes and possibilities. Now, natal configurations are not all equally active at any given time, so we must apply predictive techniques to show when each is activated. Still, even important techniques like annual profections are rather static variants on the nativity (which never changes). Therefore, in order to track the changes in the native’s life more fully, we must use a variant of techniques such as revolutions, which track changes at important symbolic times. The annual revolution is essentially a set of ongoing transits measured once a year, and we can use directions and transits within the revolutionary chart to examine trends throughout the year. However, some authorities want to use these transits and direction only at the annual revolution, as though the positions at the revolution and the direction in the annual chart will be dispositive for all actions and events throughout the year. And this makes the same mistake as someone who believes that the nativity alone can provide the timing for everything. If we only used the chart of the annual revolution, then it would be as tough only one kind of thing (signified by a planet at the moment) was possible throughout that year. But that is contrary to experience. So even though direction and transits within the annual revolution are important, in order to identify the most important events and their timing, we must do similar things in smaller units of time such as in month revolutions.’Dr. Ben Dykes
I could take the rest of this post to evaluate Michel’s timeline with annual profections, but the post is about Hilley, not Michel, and I would suggest reading Goodman’s book, if interested. Goodman not only gives dates, but provides in her later chapters, her theories of Michel’s possession, as well as a timeline. Connecting Michel’s birth chart with the timeline is eye-opening.
Goodman also makes some interesting points that lead us back to the “Steiner Model” (from Creative Intent page) in reference to Michel’s psychological state and the places she encountered in that state:
Had the psychiatrist who saw Anneliese as a patient been trained to also look at the culture that had decisively shaped her, namely, a Catholicism deeply rooted in peasant tradition, their diagnosis might have been entirely different. Ideally, they would not have immediately set up the equation—so disastrous in Anneliese’s case—of convulsions signaling epilepsy. They might have attempted to discover other possible reasons for their occurrence. The question is: What causation might we propose? One direction worth exploring might be some special characteristic of Anneliese’s nervous system.
Anneliese was, from all accounts, endowed with a nervous system that was more sensitive than that of most people. In persons involved with their religion, going to church on Sundays produces a certain mood, a stimulation that makes the occasion pleasantly different from that of the workaday world. For Anneliese the excitation was often so unbearable when she was a teenage that she became sick to her stomach; as the mass reached its high point she felt like she had to run out of the church or else she would scream. Or remember her reaction to seeing pictures of Hitler in a movie theater. To others her age he was an object of loathing, of morbid curiosity, perhaps. In her he aroused an icy, all engulfing terror.
An even more telling example is provided by what happened to Anneliese in San Damiano. She was physically incapable of entering certain precincts there. Thea Hein took that as proof positive that the girls was possessed by demons who could not suffer to be close to holy places. But what makes a place holy? Why is it that around the world, in all religious systems that we have knowledge of, there are certain geographically fixed spots that are singled out as special? Is it merely their interesting land formation, their beauty, their significance for survival that sets them apart, as some anthropologists have suggested? All these factor may play a role in one place or another. But the legends about these shrines nearly always related how they were discovered in the first place. It happens quite accidentally. Someone feels or experiences something strange, something miraculous, not just anywhere in the general area but at a specific spot. This ‘something’ is there objectively, welling up unexpectedly like a new spring, as it were. Scientists hope that someday there will be instruments to tell what this special quality might be. Until such time it is only the overly sensitive nervous system of the ‘shamans’ or ‘mystics’ that registers and reports it.Felicitas D. Goodman
There are important patterns than can be identified with Audrey Marie Hilley, Anneliese Michel, and Luka Magnotta:
- All three mirrored and made real the narrative themes they read and internalized in the meaningful literature/media in their lives
- All three unintentionally developed scapegoats to buffer/distance their relationships with the horrors/shadow side of their selves, finding themselves committing horrible acts or being victims of horrible acts—could this be what historically/culturally has been called a “curse”?
- Mental-health concerns seem to be the common assumed claim, whether officially diagnosed or family/court speculated
- All three had Spica placements
What’s most interesting in the rectification of the natives’ birth charts is observing which planets are conjunct Spica and how that planet relates to the estimated ascendant. From left to right: Hilley, Michel, Magnotta.
And these comparisons also bring up important astrological differences:
- Hilley’s ascendant ruler, the Moon, was conjunct Spica in the 4th house
- Michel’s ascendant ruler, Mars, conjunct Antares (anti-Mars) in the 2nd house was sextile Libra’s ruler, Venus, as well as the Moon (like Hilley) and Neptune, conjunct Spica in the 12th house
- Magnotta’s ascendant ruler, Mars, conjunct Pluto and Spica in 12th house
Notably, there is a pattern here, but what can it be?