The Case of Seth Mazzaglia and Kat McDonough in Dover

Dark Heart: A True Story of Sex, Manipulation, and Murder was written by Kevin Flynn and co-author/wife, Rebecca Lavoie. Flynn has been quoted previously and extensively in “The Case of Sheila LaBarre” post on this website, which was gleaned from his book, Wicked Intentions. He wraps up the gist of the Dark Heart narrative in one paragraph:

The man who once called himself Darkheart, his hands still shackled at his waist, stood. He denied his guilt. “I did not rape and murder Elizabeth Marriott,” Seth began. “However, I do understand the Marriott family’s pain.” He continued, “I did play a part in covering up her death, a mistake I tried to correct when investigators came to me and I showed them exactly where I left Lizzi’s body. Unfortunately, they were unable to recover her and for that I am truly sorry. My heart goes out to the Marriott family and I am very sorry for their loss.” He sat after delivering his line. Seth Mazzaglia, with his BA in theater, had always played a good villain.

Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie

And the backstory to the case can be summarized here:

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To understanding the archetypal cosmology of this case, we will need to observe the astrology of Elizabeth Marriott, Seth Mazzaglia, and his equally complicit girlfriend, Kat McDonough. Attempts like these at understanding this influential nature, in particular, the natal placements conjunct the area of the cosmos where the fixed star Spica exists—as evidenced in the data in the previous posts—creates a startling correspondence between the following symbols, archetypes, and literary comparisons given:

  • Lizzy Marriott’s intrinsic fascination for the ocean
  • Lovecraft’s own seaside story “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”
  • H. P. Lovecraft’s intrinsic fascination Robert W. Chambers’ “The Harbor-Master”
  • The Sumerian fish god, Oannes (as first observed in “The Case of Sheila LaBarre” post)

And through these anecdotal archetypes and native chart rectifications based on narrative analyses applied to all three individuals’ annual profections, a forensic pattern can be shown. But first it’s important to delineate significant patterns in the natal charts, as well as determine how best to rectify them since their birth times are unknown.

Note: Marriot had no placements conjunct Spica; however, Mazzaglia and McDonough sure did.

For Marriott, she was experiencing an 8th house profected year—all natives for their 19th solar return (birthday) experience an activation or emphasis in the sign and ruler of that sign of their whole-sign 8th house profected year, so regardless of the placements, there can be challenges at the age of 19.

Image from Hellenistic Astrology by Chris Brennan
Image from Hellenistic Astrology by Chris Brennan

Also, it’s important to not only attempt to understand a native’s lifestyle, psychology, interests, etc., but observing which planets made aspects or initially entered into new zodiac signs that may have aversions to the 1st house (non-Ptolemaic geometries to 2nd, 6th, 8th, and 12th) reveals insights.

I rectified Marriott’s natal chart to 4:30AM for several reasons given corresponding narrative descriptions and passages from Flynn/Lavoie’s book:

  • Venus in domicile in Taurus—Marriott’s beauty attracted McDonough to consider her as merely an offering to satiate Mazzaglia’s sexual hunger, whichthen set in motion the events that led to Marriott’s death. Taurus, then, may be in a house with aversion to the ascendant in my assessment.
  • The sea was very important to Marriott, so Pisces at one of the angles would be probable since the symbolism was strong for her. Yet, as many love or hate the sea, regardless of quality or intensity for affection or disdain, for one to not only be drawn to it intrinsically but to pursue higher education for the purpose of acquiring a marine-aquatic occupation, Pisces in the 10th house seems most appropriate. Of course, it would be later in the day that the Moon moved from Aquarius to Pisces, which allowed me to consider the Moon’s position several times; however, when Pisces was in the 10th and the midheaven was in Aquarius, the Moon was applying a conjunction to Saturn, which had also just entered Pisces, so it seemed to fit.
  • The two forensic clues above reveal a Gemini ascendant, which would place the ruler, Mercury, in Cancer in the 2nd. Some hints to this Mercury conjunct Sirius the dog star in the 2nd house placement for ascendant ruler (emphasis mine below):

Lizzi Marriott had seen many unusual things along New Hampshire’s rural back roads since she’d moved in with her aunt and uncle to save on costs while she attended college nearby. Two days earlier, she’d spotted a Great Dane sticking its enormous head out the front window of a car Lizzi was passing, making it look like the dog itself was doing the driving. Three weeks before that, she’d encountered an endangered species, a Blanding’s turtle that had decided to quit crossing the road halfway across. Lizzi had pulled over, run to the rare turtle, and picked it up, snapping an iPhone photo of its leathery head tucked inside the shell before releasing it on the side of the road. “Poor little muffin,” she wrote when she posted the photo on Facebook. “Now it’s safe to continue on its journey.”

Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie
  • Cancer, symbolic of shelled creatures via armored movement (The Chariot tarot); Mercury, symbolic of aide/health, expressing the motivation of caring/nurturing (Cancer); the 2nd house of possessions/things of value, nurturing of things of value (2nd house Cancer).

With these principles established, there are additional factors in this rectified chart that reveal more.

  • Saturn in 10th house Pisces: structure and/or melancholy due to things related to the sea, located early in the 1st face/decan of Pisces. Truly this case was in the public arena, complete with investigation confusion over not only the details of the location of Marriott’s body (transit Neptune conjunct Moon-Saturn conjunction of 9th-10th house. As transit Neptune is notorious for being the archetype of confusion/dissolution—the thinning of the boundary between conscious and unconscious, like fog—Saturn/Kronos has been known in early Greek myth as holding a sickle or hooked tool).

On October 2, 2012, Elizabeth Marriott slowed down to make the final turn toward her aunt and uncle’s house. She had clocked nearly a hundred miles in her eleven-year-old Mazda Tribute that day alone—driving first to a full day of school at the University of New Hampshire campus in Durham, then to a friend’s house in Dover to hang out, and, finally, now home to bed. The fog was thickening, the dashboard thermometer number falling a degree at a time as her tires crunched over wind-drifted leaves. As Lizzi reached the driveway, her foot instinctively hit the brake before she could make the turn, her heart jumping into her throat. Standing in the front yard was a large man wearing dark clothes. He was completely still, his arms hanging at his sides, his feet planted slightly apart. It was as if he had been waiting for her. The man was facing Lizzi’s car and stood in silhouette, the front porch light glowing behind him. She couldn’t make out his face as she inched the SUV forward, and she soon realized why—the man was wearing a mask. And in his hand he held what appeared to be a large hook…Her drive home to Chester the night of October 2, 2012, was the end of another marathon day—Lizzi had finished her evening chemistry lab, then gone to a new friend’s apartment to watch The Avengers. She’d briefly met her friend’s boyfriend, who seemed to want her to come back again. They’d made plans to watch movies again the following week. It was at the end of that late-night drive when she pulled into the Hannas’ driveway to find a threatening man waiting for her in the front yard. He wore a mask over his face and brandished some kind of hook or weapon in his hand. The intruder was broad shouldered and sinister, standing still in the fog. As the circle of her headlights crawled up the man’s body, Lizzi widened her eyes in disbelief and let out a bark of nervous laughter. The man wasn’t a man at all, but a scarecrow, a straw man wearing her uncle’s welding gear. The family had done some early Halloween decorating, the front porch of the house full of pumpkins and buckets of mums. “Thank you, Mr. Scarecrow, for not limiting your scare tactics to crows,” Lizzi wrote in sharing the whole incident on Facebook after she flopped into bed that night. “I’m really feeling the love.”

Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie
  • 2nd house Cancer Mercury as ascendant ruler opposed Uranus-Neptune conjunction in 8th house profectedCapricorn: immediate (Uranus) and confusing (Neptune) themes of death from what the “other” values (8th), opposing what the native values (2nd).

Continuing her direct examination, Kat recalled that both she and Seth were soon completely naked. Lizzi still had on a pair of blue thong panties. With nothing left for two of the players to offer, Seth suggested a change in the game. “How about something happens to the next person who loses?” Kat had the next low hand and turned to Seth to ask for the consequences. “Kat, why don’t you kiss Lizzi?” Lizzi looked back and forth between them. “I’m not comfortable with that,” she said. Seth gestured to his naked girlfriend. “Come on,” he invited Lizzi. “Just make out a little bit with her.” Lizzi said, “No. I’m in a committed relationship.” Seth nodded and said it was cool, but Kat read his body language and said she knew he was upset. He stood up, put on a robe, and went to get the women glasses of apple cider. Kat and Lizzi sat on the floor, their backs to the futon, and watched the movie while still in their states of undress. Seth texted Kat from the kitchenette. “We painting tonight?” On its face it was a reference to the painting they’d been doing at his mother’s house, but Kat understood it to be a coded message: Are we having sex with Lizzi tonight? She texted back. “Your decision I guess. If you have a plan.” Afraid of Seth’s reaction if things didn’t go as he hoped, Kat was on edge. She added to the text the word, “Nervous.” That was at 10:29 P.M. Seth got on the futon behind them. Kat knew the move he was about to make. “Lizzi, is it okay if Kat and I have sex now?” It was the line he’d used several times before, and each subsequent time he’d used it, the sexual encounter had gotten hotter. The last two girls he’d used it on eventually joined them in bed. Lizzi was already topless. This had all the hallmarks of an epic night. Maybe this time he could be the one getting all of the attention. Unlike all the previous times he’d used this line on people, Lizzi didn’t acquiesce. Instead, she scowled. She didn’t want them to do that in front of her, she said. Seth protested, saying, “My girlfriend is here and I want to fuck her.” Then he asked Lizzi to join them, his voice rising, saying there were things that Kat could do to her that he couldn’t. Lizzi repeated firmly that she was in a committed relationship. She wasn’t interested. Seth appeared to let it slide, but again, Kat testified, she could tell he was angry. He was always the Master and was unaccustomed to people saying no to him. Kat stared at the television, now hyperaware of her nakedness. She crossed her arms, casually trying to cover her breasts. She wondered what Seth was thinking. She could hear him moving around on the futon but didn’t want to look back at him. It was then Seth struck, looping one of the white cotton ropes they’d used for sex play around Lizzi’s throat, crossing it behind her neck and pulling as hard as he could.

Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie
  • 3rd house Mars in Leo opposed 9th house Moon in Aquarius: the daily life of the native is assertive with the stimulus of the revelation of her ego by shining via emitting creativity; however, in opposition to the irrational fixed mind of the “other’s” daily life. This opposition forms a t-square aspect to Pluto in Scorpio in the house of bad fortune, the 6th (you can glean more of this with the previous quote).
  • 2nd house Mercury in Capricorn square 5th house Jupiter in Libra: an abundance/expansion on fun and good times challenges personal values (again, can be gleaned from quote above).

As the birth chart gives denotes a potentiality of the principles I’ve described—so “convenient” to “Monday morning quarterback” a scenario with astrology (actually, not really)—the transiting planets tie in with the natal chart and profected sign. That is, one’s moment of birth and death have a lot to say to each other.

  • Transit Venus is in fall/exile in 4th house Virgo. Venus rules Libra, where transit Sun is located and in fall/exile, as well as natal Jupiter. Transit Jupiter is in detriment in Gemini in the 1st house conjunct the Sun: themes of expanded detrimental spirit effecting ego and self; the “other” (7th house Sagittarius) and the “public role” (10th house Pisces), ruled b Jupiter are detrimental; the Sun’s sign in the 3rd house Leo, too, is in poor place. And Mars itself just entered Sagittarius.
  • Transit Saturn just entered 6th house Scorpio, applying to transit ascendant ruler, Mercury. Saturn, as lord of profected sign, Capricorn, is trine its natal placement by degree, and both natal planets in Capricorn—Uranus and Neptune—opposed natal ascendant ruler, Mercury, are found in Mars’ other sign, Aries (11thhouse, transit Uranus) and conjunct natal Saturn (10thhouse, transit Neptune).
  • Capricorn, The Devil tarot card, by profected 8th house, activates themes of bad fortune (6th), public appearance (10th), and friends (11th).

Forensically, while looking at Marriott’s birth chart with transits, we can see the relationship of the both moments: Marriott taking her first breath in 1993 and her last in 2012. And if we look at the chart alone for the day and estimated time of Marriott’s death (in between the one text message Mazzaglia sent at 10:29PM, when Marriott was still alive, to the one at 10:47PM when Mazzaglia attempted to call his friend to ask for her help with Marriott’s body), what’s most interesting is that the area of the ascendant of that forensic chart is EXACTLY the same degree area as the placement of Mercury, Marriott’s ascendant ruler, in Marriott’s rectified natal chart: 11-12 degrees Cancer. So we see that this degree and placement is the most important trigger point for Marriott. And the hardest aspect of the seven traditional planets in that forensic chart is Cancer’s ruler, the Moon, squaring Mercury as Mercury’s ruler, Gemini, is in the 12th house of bad spirit.

This October 9, 2012 moment is important because it shows just how the power of the lesser and greater benefic—Venus and Jupiter, respectively—can almost act as malefics, as well. And we can see that in Mazzaglia’s chart.

I rectified Mazzaglia’s chart to just after 10:15AM, which gives him a Sagittarius ascendant, just opposite Marriott’s Gemini ascendant. Flynn/Lavoie’s narrative details helped come to this rectification:

  • Jupiter, ruler of ascendant Sagittarius, is in Scorpio in the 12th house, conjunct the Moon. Note: these two planets form no aspect to anything other than each other since all planets are no further than two signs apart. Understanding the domiciles of both planets—Sagittarius 1st, Pisces 4th, and Cancer 8th, says much about Mazzaglia:
  • The very planet that he steers towards in life, Jupiter, has no Ptolemaic aspect to its ascendant, so it cannot “see” it, and it can result in suffering, sickness, and dangers by house.
  • With Jupiter in this sign and in this quality at this time of day, it’s not likely that “core Seth Mazzaglia” is known by really anyone, to include Mazzaglia himself.

When people would ask Seth to tell them something about himself, he eventually would tell them an incredible story about his first love. If one were to compare notes, there would be variations in details, though it was always tragic and simultaneously dubious. While attending RPI, Seth said, he met the woman he thought was the love of his life. Her name was Natasha. Seth said she was beautiful and had liked to highlight her natural platinum-blond hair with bright pink and amber accents. Seth claimed that as he and Natasha walked alone through a Troy park one night, a mugger jumped from the bushes intending to rob them. The man pulled out a gun, pointed it at them both, and made threatening demands. Seth said the mugger then turned the gun on Seth and pulled the trigger, but Natasha threw herself in front of the speeding bullet. It caught her in the chest and she stumbled back into Seth’s arms. The mugger ran off into the darkness as Seth slumped to the ground, holding the love of his life as blood seeped from her chest wound. He said Natasha died in his arms that night. The story always struck Seth’s friends as peculiar. Even his best friend, Andy, wasn’t sure he believed it. But it was one of Seth’s go-to personal tales. In some versions, Natasha woke up in the hospital before dying. He often worked the Natasha story into icebreaker conversations, as he did with a community theater husband and wife who were told a version in which Natasha was actually Seth’s fiancée. The couple assumed it was just another overdramatic anecdote from another eccentric actor. While the truth is easy to prove, a lie is surprisingly difficult to confirm, as there’s no way to say for sure that something didn’t happen. That being said, the story didn’t pass even a cursory sniff test. Not only was no one in Troy ever arrested in that time frame for a shooting like the one Seth described, the Troy police have no reports of the incident. No news clippings exist that mention a homicide in a public park, a murderous mugger at large, or any similar crime committed against a person named Natasha. There are no records at all of a shooting involving an RPI student during the brief time Seth was enrolled there, from September 2001 to January 2002, nor do his RPI classmates remember hearing about a girlfriend who got shot. And while administrators at the school agree that such an event would be remarkable, there’s no institutional memory of it having happened. But Troy, New York, seemed a million miles away from the New Hampshire Seacoast. Perhaps that was what Seth counted on when he told the Natasha story. For him, it wasn’t just an anecdote about a tragic thing that happened in his life. It was part of a mythology he was creating. Natasha’s “death” would be the source of a darkness inside him, a motivation for wanting to destroy the world and rebuild it anew.

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Scorpio, or the Death card in tarot, as Jupiter as ascendant ruler conjunct the Moon placed there, it expands motivations of a macabre nature, in a particular irrational right-brain manner through musings. Finding Cancer in the 8th for Sagittarian ascendants makes Moon placements in relation to its domicile reflect their 8th houses in this manner; especially in Mazzaglia’s case since the 8th is trine the 12th. The macabre magnetism simply wafts off easily off of him, as Mazzaglia was well aware.

Seth did have a bookcase, packed top to bottom, which served as an indicator of his interests: a smattering of books on drama and one-act plays; a couple of classics like The Odyssey and The Art of War, and two copies of Bram Stoker’s Dracula; hardbound editions of Batman and Superman graphic novels; and mainstream horror from Edgar Allan Poe to Stephen King. There were also more obscure selections in Seth’s library. He owned every book in a sword-and-sorcery series that was labeled ultraviolent by critics, as well as a copy of the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Overall, the place gave the impression that its occupant was stunted, like an overgrown man-child—someone with a preoccupation with the occult and the supernatural. He needed the edge. In the subjective world of talent evaluation, local directors later said they thought Seth Mazzaglia did not audition well. His awkward personality traits often showed through whether he was delivering a memorized monologue or cold-reading lines from a script. One director called him “off-putting.” Another saw him as one of the “regulars,” someone who would continue to audition despite rejection, to whom it was easier to grant a small part after the principal characters were cast. Seth had a reputation for attempting to flirt with actresses during tryouts and rehearsals. He was not smooth, though, and while too polite to say so to his face, many women shared junior high school–like “ick factor” stories about him.

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Sagittarius in the 1st can make for one with issues involving weight due to Jupiter’s principle of expansion and the 1st house symbolizing the body. Mazzaglia also has Uranus, Mars, and Neptune in the 1st. Here we see uniqueness/rebelliousness/strangeness (Uranus) with assertion/anger/wrath (Mars) and mysticism/dreaminess/multiple identities (Neptune). Yet, while we can see that mutual reception is occurring—that is, Jupiter in Mars’ sign (Scorpio) and Mars in Jupiter’s sign (Sagittarius), the challenging part is that preceding/following signs do not “see” or “communicate” with each other. Truly in the signs of mutable fire and fixed water, fire and water are occurring, but remain as odd bed fellows not in sync with each other, very much Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in Grumpy Old Men.

Seth was neither tall nor short. His hair was dark and full, and he almost always sported facial hair. He was broad-shouldered and had a solid build, but his body type didn’t carry weight well. In a matter of a couple of months, Seth could easily transform from fit to doughy if he didn’t keep up a strict diet and exercise regimen. It didn’t help that his cooking skills were as stunted as his other domestic skills and were limited to boiling macaroni and cooking variations of stir-fry. Seth was keenly aware of how he was typecast. With his deep, close-set eyes and average build, he knew he would never be seen as a leading man. He did think he was sinister-looking, however, and saw that as a potential advantage. He thought he could get bigger roles as villains or their henchmen. Sometimes he would fashion his whiskers with wax to make himself look like an archetypal silent-film villain, the sort who’d tie a damsel to the railroad tracks.

Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie

The Mars in the 1st in a fire sign like Sagittarius that’s averse to its Scorpio domicile is trine its 5th house Aries domicile, was well demonstrated in the video earlier, as well as revealing more about the influences of Uranus and Neptune here:

At home, Seth dabbled in writing plays and films. Write what you know, he’d heard, so his stories were primarily horror and fantasy, the genres he read most avidly. Theater had scores of whodunit mysteries but few truly scary horror stories had ever been staged, and Seth thought he could create a niche: shows that would terrify the audience, perhaps even spray them with fake blood. (It apparently hadn’t occurred to him that such an experience might be unpleasant for those who’d dressed up for a night at the theater.) On the page, his characters were powerful, untamed. They were warriors and ghosts who lived on a spiritual plane, on the other side of the mystical “Veil of Separation” that divided our world from theirs. Some of these characters were heroes; others were motivated only by laying waste to their universe. Seth seemed to believe there were other entities on other spiritual planes—perhaps from past lives—that were tethered to his current existence. He told Kat that he had not one, but many of these personas, and he sometimes held them responsible for his life’s difficulties. He’d turn to the more reliable ones for direction on major decisions. The personas offered him guidance as well as excuses for his failures. Like Kat’s “Scarlet,” there’s no indication Seth’s personas were the manifestation of a clinical mental illness—delusions or hallucinations. In this own imagination, his alter egos gave him comfort and satisfaction, and were wish-fulfillment fantasies of a certain sort. And Seth Mazzaglia and his fantasies had big plans for one another.

Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie

The nature of Saturn is quite revealing for Mazzaglia in his birth chart and on the day Marriott died. Mazzaglia has his Sun-Venus-Saturn-Pluto conjunction conjunct the area of Spica, so given the earlier posts made about natives with placements here, it doesn’t come as any surprise that Mazzaglia spoke of personas. Saturn is exalted in Libra, even though that Venus is in domicile, and this would show as a mixing of the strong qualities of the principles of ego, attraction, structure, and underworld/annihilation. In fact, as Marriot came back on October 2nd from watching The Avengers with McDonough and Mazzaglia, it was almost as though the dark and hidden scarecrow served synchronistically as a warning, although only understood and applied as a literary device by Flynn/Lavoie. If only Marriott trusted her instincts. But according to Flynn/Lavoie, easier said than done.

Kat waited outside the entrance to Sawyer Mill Apartments looking for Lizzi’s Mazda on the night of October 2, 2012. When she finally pulled up, Kat jumped in the front seat. The parking lots were hidden along a confusing tangle of streets and behind the mill, so Kat needed to show her where to go. As the movie started and they settled in to watch it on the futon, Lizzi and Kat dug into the individual bowls of microwave popcorn they’d each perched on their laps. Seth came home form play practice a few minutes before the end of the movie, said hi, and then waited until the film was over to make small talk. He told Lizzi it was great to have her visit and that she should come back again. They could watch another movie or play video games or Dungeons & Dragons, he said. Because it was nearly an hour’s ride from UNH to her aunt and uncle’s house in Chester, Seth also offered the apartment as a place to crash if Lizzi ever felt like it. Lizzi said she was grateful and would absolutely come back to hang out. The conversation lasted about ten minutes before she said good-bye. “She had definite potential,” Seth said after Lizzi left. “We have to get her back.”

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However, the Sun is in fall/exile in Libra, and being not only in the same sign but this close to the Sun, Venus, Saturn, and Pluto are combust, therefore hidden in the traditional sense. The Sun being in fall/exile is trapped, “off-putting,” because the Sun’s domicile, Leo, is in the 9th house of higher education, mysticism, etc., so if its quality is at the mercy of the most powerful planet in Libra, Saturn, but Saturn is hidden based on the Sun’s placement, so what you have is most off-putting: a sextile (60 degree) stimulating relationship of strong but hidden destructive structure overcome by imprisoned ego in the area of life involving friends, hopes, and goals, influencing a blind assertion. It would be challenging NOT to see the potential of this ghost in the machine by merely reading the birth chart and never hearing about Mazzaglia. A demonstration of Mazzaglia’s off-putting behavior is an odd thing to match with his desire to work in public service as an EMT or police officer, but Saturn in Libra, to me, is the Pat Mills Judge Dredd-like placement in one extreme, or the Torquemada-like placement in the other, so not at all surprising the following passage:

There was “The Nameless One,” an evil, brooding persona—one who emerged when Seth became angry or depressed. “The Hollow One” was even more evil than the Nameless One. There were others, like “Rune,” “Black Knight,” “Powered Achron,” “Scourge,” “Kushira,” “the Arbitor,” “Old Evil Brain,” “Dark Kaiser,” and “the Horror of all Nightmares.” There was even the
female spirit, a woman with ebony hair and black eyes named “Eve,” who Seth said was his unborn daughter caught in the Veil. Each had different characteristics, but all sounded menacing. Some posed threats to other personas. Some could foresee the future. Others could affect what happened in the real world on this side of the Veil. The persona Seth most often took was called “Darkheart.” He was the spirit of a dragon who lived inside of Seth’s mortal coil. Darkheart, explained Seth, was largely in control of his body and his fate. Darkheart had one important job: to control “the Darkness.” This was the wicked, doleful cloud that would sometimes overcome him psychically and emotionally. It could make him do terrible things. The Darkness was sent by the Nameless One, and Darkheart would have to take any measure to stop it. Any measure. Seth said that Darkheart would often make requests of him and others—all so the Darkness would not consume him. If Kat were ever to fully believe in the existence of the Veil of Separation and its inhabitants, then she would have to accept Seth as Darkheart. Doing so would give Seth wide latitude to make demands of her, all in the name of keeping the Darkness in check. It would give him a means of control. There was one more persona Seth cautioned Kat about. He was called “Doomsday.” This was the most powerful of all his personas. Doomsday lurked in the depths of the Veil. Seth said he could unleash Doomsday only once. It would be on the day he would launch his plan to destroy the world. “The Plan,” as Seth referred to it, was both elaborate and far-fetched. It called for Seth to cut his teeth in law enforcement, where he would join a SWAT team. When the time was right, he’d use his reputation as a “veteran police officer who has seen the dark side of life” to start a private security firm. The people he’d hire would serve as Seth’s private army, and among their ranks, he would plant those he called “minions.” To Seth, minions were men and women who would do his bidding without question. The men would follow his orders with a cultlike discipline. The women would serve as sexual playthings. Minions were to be collected and groomed. Seth thought college protest groups, their minds open to influence, would be a source to find potential minions. They’d be more reliable in the revolution, he explained, than “allies from overseas.” Seth would release Doomsday from the Veil, along with his army of bone rippers, to raze the world. What would rise after Doomsday’s campaign of destruction would be a far better world. In his vision, the “outsiders” would inherit the Earth. His visions said that Skarlet would be fighting alongside him.

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Mazzaglia, at the day of Marriott’s death, was towards the end of a 6th house profected year in Taurus, with nine days remaining until his solar return (birthday). Consider the loaded sign of Libra and the fact that, like Taurus, Venus also rules Libra, where Mazzaglia had his Venus placement. So as Venus was activated from its natal placement in 11th house Libra and was currently transiting and in fall/exile in Mazzaglia’s 10th house, the themes of bad fortune (6th house), public persona (10th house), and friends/hopes/goals (11th house) were prevalent for Mazzaglia from October 18, 2011 to October 17, 2012.

UNH held an outdoor service for Marriott on October 18, 2012, which just happened to be Mazzaglia’s birthday, and Mazzaglia was in police custody at this time. But the annual profection on this day changed from Taurus to Gemini for his solar return, and while Mercury, Marriott’s ascendant ruler, was in Libra in Mazzaglia’s birth chart, the transiting benefics Venus and Jupiter were in fall/exile and in detriment, respectively. That is, both signs that Mercury ruled were experiencing hardships, and this was strongly reflected in Mazzaglia’s chart where the angles of the 7th house of the “other” and Mazzaglia’s 10th house demonstrated this. In fact, on this day, exiled Venus in Virgo conjunct Mazzaglia’s midheaven.

Lastly, we look at McDonough’s chart and the process I used to rectify hers to roughly 8:00AM.

  • Mars conjunct by degree Pluto is in domicile in 1st house Scorpio (house of self) square Saturn in domicile in 4th house Aquarius (house of parents):

When Peter tried to quarrel with his wife, Denise would brush him off and not engage. But Kat always took the bait. The father and daughter would bicker like little children, neither having the good sense to let anything lie or to concede the last cutting word. Dinnertime was another battle of wills. Kat was famously picky about her father’s cooking. “I don’t like this,” she would say at the table, pushing her plate away. “This spaghetti sauce is too salty.” “Your brothers don’t mind it.” Now muscular teenagers, Kat’s brothers would wolf down virtually anything that was put in front of them. “I don’t care. I’m not going to eat this,” she would insist. Peter refused to be a short-order cook for his kids. Kat was free to make herself a can of soup or heat up leftovers, but he drew the line at making separate entrees for her. When she’d refuse to eat and complain instead of feeding herself, he’d lose it. “Fine,” Peter would tell her time and time again. “You’ll stay at that table until you clean your plate!” The boys would finish and ask to be excused, and Peter would follow, clearing the table of everything save Kat’s plate. Different lights would turn on and off, the din of the television swelling from the other room, as Kat remained at the table, staring at the plate but refusing to eat a bite. She would stew, feeling as if she’d been sentenced. She felt there would never be any reprieve from her father, and as she sat there, she fantasized about someday getting out of the house and escaping his control.

Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie
  • Retrograde Mercury (often the symbol of missing the grasp of the symbolism) combust from Sun (hidden), both in 1st house:

The defense wanted to go over the timeline of October 9, 2012. Barth stated that the text message proved Lizzi arrived at Sawyer Mill at 8:51 P.M. Kat agreed to his assertion. They decided to play strip poker then? Yes. Seth explained the rules? Yes. Seth dealt out about twenty hands? Kat looked at Barth in puzzlement, and said she didn’t know if what he did was “give out hands.” Seth dealt hands, correct? Kat still claimed ignorance. “My question is pretty simple,” Barth said, his patience wearing thin. “Seth dealt hands?” Another searching pause. “I don’t know if it’s a ‘hand,’” Kat said. “Seth dealt out a pile of cards to each of us.” Barth finally exploded in frustration. “When you do this,” he almost shouted, “are you trying to buy more time to answer questions or are you seriously answering my questions in this way because you need to?”

Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie
  • Gemini Moon in the 8th house (Cancer in 9th house mysticism, no aspect to ruler, ruler Gemini in first house, and Virgo 11th house midheaven)

Kat had always had a vivid imagination, and her mother’s many roles all seemed like a fantastic game of make-believe. As a child, Kat’s fantasies flourished from wanting to hold a sword or wear a hat to trying on dresses and playing with makeup as a pre-teen. She loved pirates and princesses, and loved pirate princesses most of all.


When she was a junior at Portsmouth High School, Kat decided to create an alter ego—a persona she could channel when she needed to be someone else. Born from the avatars and characters she fabricated playing video games online, Kat created an inner character she named “Scarlet.” Scarlet was stronger than Kat, more self-assured. When faced with adversity, Kat often thought about what Scarlet would do. Scarlet became something of a spirit guide. As she would later discuss in public, sometimes Kat would imagine stepping into Scarlet’s body—the way an actress stepped into a character—and facing her problems head-on. One can imagine Kat at the kitchen table pondering what Scarlet would do, what lengths she’d go to to escape the situation. To Kat, Scarlet was just a person she would pretend to be. Kat wasn’t hallucinating or hearing voices. She didn’t have a split personality, nor was she living in a Walter Mitty–type alternate reality. Scarlet was not real in that sense. The idea of Scarlet was a coping mechanism, a tool; she wasn’t like an imaginary friend dreamed up by a child. Kat was a good student, but she only connected with a handful of the teachers. She confided her secret about summoning Scarlet when she needed strength to a science teacher she thought of as a role model. He told her there was no shame in channeling Scarlet when she needed to. In the teacher’s estimation, Kat’s belief in Scarlet’s power was a normal, positive behavior, no different from people believing the Lord walks alongside them in their hours of need. Kat shared everything with her mother, including the nature of her alter ego, Scarlet. Denise wasn’t surprised. A strong believer in intuition, she’d always felt Kat had her own attuned sense. Denise’s own love of fairies and fantasy was common knowledge. Medieval costumes had always been her favorite to make, and she frequently posted her own original illustrations of warrior princesses and steampunk heroines on social media. Like her daughter, she was equally as fascinated with fire-breathing dragons as she was with butterflies, sharing art of both the mighty and the delicate on her Facebook page. Denise enjoyed wearing her own creations to Renaissance fairs; her costumed persona was named “Violet.” At the same time Kat’s Scarlet persona was developing, her interest in otherworldly fantasy began to express itself through her art. She posted her drawings, short stories, and photography on a community website under the username of “vampirate-actress” (vampirate a likely portmanteau of “vampire” and “pirate,” two of her fascinations). The photographs were often moody self-portraits, some in which she hid behind a drama mask, others treated in oversaturated black-and-white filters to give her a Goth appearance, that of a pale-skinned vampire with curly ebony hair. Kat was able to transfer her years of experience painting ceramics to computer art and photo manipulation. Some works depicted angelic cherubs bound by iron chains. Others were of dragons and ghosts. Kat also posted some of her early attempts at poetry and short stories. She began with a piece of Harry Potter fan fiction, a story about a fellow student at Hogwarts named Scarlet whose mother was an infamous witch named Violet. Kat posted her intention to expand the story into a full-length book in which Scarlet might be led down the same nefarious path as her mother. By pulling in her mother’s persona, Kat demonstrated a belief that these “other” personas could coexist. Harry Potter was one of the greatest influences on Kat’s adolescence. From a young age she loved the books and the movies, which were full of witches, wizards, and dragons. She imagined being like Harry, rescued from the home in which he was unwanted only to discover he was no ordinary person. Harry wasn’t the only character in the Potter universe she could identify with. For a midnight release of the sixth Harry Potter movie, Kat and her friends—and her mother—arrived at five P.M., all wearing costumes inspired by the books. Kat dressed as one of the book’s villainous witches. When the seventh Harry Potter movie premiered, Kat arrived at three P.M. for the midnight showing dressed as a different witch and carrying an official-looking magic wand. Kat next tried her hand at original fiction. Her longest story was about a girl—again named Scarlet—trapped in a stalled elevator with a mysterious, handsome man named James. While “Scarlet” was usually the imaginary version of a braver Kat, this story’s Scarlet sounded more like the real teen. In the story, Scarlet’s parents nagged her about the smallest things, but she didn’t have the strength to stand up for herself. “Most people saw her as the sweet, shy little girl . . . now all she wanted to do was live, and live her life to the fullest.” As more short stories were written, “James” appeared again and again as Scarlet’s partner. It seemed, as with Scarlet, the idea of a “James” was important to Kat’s coping mechanisms. More darkly, Kat wrote a poem in which she described a fight between a husband and wife. “From behind his back, silver appears, propelling itself through my chest.” Kat described blood on the tile floor, red drops piled like rubies. “This is how you will find us,” it ended. “Till death do us part.”

Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie

Both Mazzaglia and McDonough have packed placements in Libra and Scorpio, but what’s also interesting is that they both have Virgo midheavens, only in different houses, so the exiled Venus delivered the same affect when it was transiting these areas for them. And like Mazzaglia, McDonough had Spica conjunct planets.

Returning to Marriott and her pull from the sea, from Flynn/Lavoie’s book,

  • “Her eyes were usually the first thing people noticed, and ‘ocean’ was the color often ascribed to them, mostly because Lizzi herself had always loved the ocean.”
  • “Lizzi never lost her interest in the ocean and marine life. On the dashboard of her car, she kept a collection of thumb-sized toy animals: dolphins, penguins, sea lions, and whales. Wherever she went, her aquatic friends came with her.”
  • “As often as she could in high school, Lizzi would volunteer at Boston’s New England Aquarium.”
  • “After completing her freshman year at community college, Lizzi applied to the UNH marine science program.”
  • “She continued, ‘Some day, I’m determined to be a prominent figure when it comes to protection our oceans. I want to help everyone when it comes to learning the wonders of our surrounding waters. But until then, I’m more than happy to be the intrepid ocean explorer, arm deep in the tank.”
  • “She was always friendly, even if she’d come straight from the University of New Hampshire ocean lab to her shift, wearing salt and exhaustion like a second skin.”
  • “Bob Marriott finally got up to speak, the swelling under his eyes visible from the back of the crowd. He put on another brave face as he paid tribute to his daughter, maintaining his composure as he spun tales about her life, her love of the ocean, and how much it meant to her to finally be studying marine biology.”
  • “Lizzi had always wanted to live in the ocean. Now, it seemed, the ocean would be her tomb.”

And even though Marriott did not have any planetary placements conjunct the Spica, you can see the symbolism when one has a Sun in Gemini from the “Part One: The Case of Audrey Marie Hilley.”

One thing that sticks out clearly though (through my rectification, that is):

  • Marriott, with Sun in Gemini, was born Gemini rising
  • Mazzaglia was born with Gemini descent–Marriott was symbolically his “other” (and vice-versa)
  • At the time of Marriott’s death, Cancer was rising, symbolizing Cancer as the subject/protagonist, Capricorn–the opposite sign–the antagonist. So, the rulers of both signs would symbolize these two, respectively
  • Not only did the antagonist’s ruler, Saturn, just enter Scorpio (Death) in the house of fun and good times at zero degrees, but the Moon had recently entered Leo and was squaring Saturn. The weak Sun in exile made Leo weak for the Moon, let alone the Moon’s aversion to the protagonist’s domicile, Cancer.
  • McDonough was born with Gemini in the 8th house of death, with the Moon in Gemini, not only in an aversion to McDonough’s ascendent, but the Moon in relation to Scorpio is not very good. Being that McDonough lured the good-natured Marriott to that monster she fed sexually, McDonough is as complicit as he. And the cosmos reflects this moment rather succinctly when one can interpret that reflection.

But there can be no doubt about the Spica placements of Mazzaglia and McDonough. In fact, both Mazzaglia and McDonough had Venus not only conjunct Spica but in the same degree. Nor H. P. Lovecraft, a reliable go-to historical figure with Venus also in Libra, but the Moon-Uranus conjunction conjunct Spica. Lovecraft also had his Leo Sun conjunct fixed star Regulus sextile his Moon-Uranus. This is the principal of red-carpet access to the path that bridges the left and right hemispheres of the brain, so Lovecraft based on his astrology and life work provides supporting comparisons of this nature.

Marriott’s brief experience on Earth, resembling a quest for the sea, can be compared to the Lovecraft’s own New England travels, like his protagonist from “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”: to find out more about his own family history, discovering that his interest was a lure by and destiny towards the sea.

You can trace Lovecraft’s interest and influence for “Innsmouth” from the reading of Irving S. Cobb’s “Fishhead” from Cobb’s descriptive anatomical analysis of the protagonist; however, Robert W. Chamber’s “The Harbor-Master” can be seen as more influential, as well as the fact he also had Saturn conjunct Spica in his birth chart.

Graham Hancock (birth chart with Mars conjunct Spica), stated:

The fullest account we have of Oannes is found in surviving fragments of the works of a Babylonian priest called Berossos who wrote in the third century BC. […] Oannes did not do his work alone but was supposedly the leader of a group of beings known as the Seven Apkallu–the “Seven Sages”–who were said to have lived “before the flood” (a cataclysmic global deluge features prominently in many Mesopotamian traditions, including those of Sumer, Akkad, Assyria and Babylon). Alongside Oannes, these sages are portrayed as bringers of civilization who, in the most ancient past, gave humanity a moral code, arts, crafts and agriculture and taught them architectural, building and engineering skills.”

It is a curious mystery […] that the exact same notions of the Seven Sages as the bringers of civilization in the remotest antiquity, and of the preservation and repromulgation of “writings on stones from before the flood,” turn up in the supposedly completely distinct and unrelated culture of Ancient Egypt.

Of the greatest interest, at any rate, is the [Temple of Horus]’s idea of itself expressed in the acres of enigmatic inscriptions that cover its walls. These inscriptions, the so-called Edfu Building Texts, take us back to a very remote period called the “Early Primeval Age of the Gods”–and these gods, it transpired, were not originally Egyptian, but lived on a sacred island, the “Homeland of the Primeval Ones,” in the midst of a great ocean. Then, at some unspecified time in the past, a terrible disaster–a true cataclysm of flood and fire […]– overtook this island, where “the earliest mansions of the gods” had been founded, destroying it utterly, inundating all its holy places and killing most of its divine inhabitants. Some survived, however, and we are told that this remnant set sail in their ships (for the texts leave us in no doubt that these gods of the early primeval age were navigators) to “wander” the world.

[…] Of particular interest is a passage at Edfu in which we read of a circular, water-filled “channel” surrounding the original sacred domain that lay at the heart of the island of the Primeval Ones–a ring of water that was intended to fortify and protect that domain. In this there is, of course, a direct parallel to Atlantis, where the sacred domain on which stood the temple and palace of the god, whom Plato names as “Poseidon,” was likewise surrounded by a ring of water, itself placed in the midst of further such concentric rings separated by rings of land, again with the purpose of fortification and protection.

Intriguingly, Plato also hints at the immediate cause of the earthquakes and floods that destroyed Atlantis. In the Timaeus, as a prelude to his account of the lost civilization and its demise, he reports that the Egyptian priests from whom Solon received the story began by speaking of a celestial cataclysm: “There have been and will be many different calamities to destroy mankind, the greatest of them being by fire and water, lesser ones by countless other means. Your own [i.e. the Greeks’] story of how Phaeton, child of the sun, harnessed his father’s chariot, but was unable to guide it along his father’s course and so burned up things on earth and was himself destroyed by a thunderbolt, is a mythical version of the truth that there is at long intervals a variation in the course of the heavenly bodies and a consequent widespread destruction by fire of things on earth.”

Another point of interest about the Tiahuanaco [in Bolivia] monoliths is that their garments from the waist down are patterned in the form of fish scales. Here, too, is a parallel to the Apkallus–the bearded, “fish-garbed figures” who brought high civilization to Mesopotamia […]. Nor is it as though bearded figures are missing from the repertoire of Tiahuanaco. Two have survived, and one on the pillar in the semi-subterranean temple has been identified since time immemorial with the great civilizing deity Kon-Tiki Viracocha, […] who is described in multiple myths and traditions as being white skinned and bearded.

Graham Hancock

And an article submitted on Hancock’s site by Bibhu Dev Misra about this same subject may gain a different perspective if Spica was considered given these patterns?

By Bibhu Dev Misra

Lovecraft, in life, advocating civilization in his letters to Robert E. Howard, yet fictionalizing human origins from Deep Ones in the sea, follows recollections of very Spica-influenced creatives in a long tradition, which leads one to contemplate, perhaps the only difference between antediluvian civilizations and ours today was their knowledge of the source of subtle energy applied to everyday activities? And perhaps from the stars and the sea there is something ancestral and primal we’re not understanding? Were the Seven Stages NOT the planets but fixed stars, like Spica, that seemed to influence consciousness?

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