NOTE: There is now good evidence that the Sandy Hook shootings did not happen. You can take the article that follows as a commentary on the very real pressures on the Pluto in Scorpio generation. It's possible Adam Lanza died one day before Sandy Hook.
On December 14, coming out of the Sagittarius New Moon, a 20-year-old male named Adam Lanza reportedly entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and shot and killed 27 people, including 20 children, and then himself.
Lanza's mother was a teacher at the elementary school and had also been found dead in her home.
Adam Lanza's birth date has been listed as April 22, 1992. According to news reports, he was an honour student, and a family member has told media he had been diagnosed with a form of autism. One of his old classmates told the press, "You could tell he was a genius." Lanza's parents divorced in 2009 when he was 17.
When an event like this happens, people always say, "I don't understand how someone could do something like this."
I don't like it. I don't justify or condone it. I know it's wrong. But I understand how a person could be pushed to the point where they hate society so much that they could do this. And I think the mainstream has to start looking at this if we're going to change things.
There are obviously a lot of factors involved in shootings like these. The underlying culture of neverending war and violence in the United States, so implanted in the psyches of citizens from birth on, is part of it.
For me, it also comes back to the way "outsiders" are treated by the mainstream society. An outsider who has autism (some form of "neurological diversity") along with an above-average intelligence level, for example.
I know how cruel people and society can be toward people who don't fit in, and I know what that can do to a person. If you don't feel that you belong or that you can ever enjoy the benefits of "normal" society the way other people can, it's easy to dissociate from it, to hate it, and to even want it destroyed.
Especially when you're in your teens and twenties. And especially when you have a highly-stressed natal Pluto in Scorpio.
Pluto in Scorpio and Black Moon Lilith Under Pressure
Both the Aurora, Colorado theatre shootings this past July and the most recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut were reportedly committed by young men of above average intelligence who had stressful Pluto contacts, both natally and by transit. Both men were under extreme pressure on many fronts, actually, indicated by the transits to their natal charts.
Shootings like these ones often have a Black Moon Lilith flavour, and this can also be seen in the astrology of both.
The Aurora, Colorado theatre shooting happened just as the transiting Moon in Leo formed a conjunction to Mercury retrograde in Leo, which conjuncted shooter James Holmes' natal Black Moon Lilith-Vesta in Leo and squared his natal Mars-Pluto in Scorpio. Leo is the sign related to actors, theatre, and drama, and the shootings occurred at a theatre during the opening night of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. Transiting Pluto Rx in Capricorn was exactly conjunct Holmes' Neptune in Capricorn at the time. Pluto relates to death, and Neptune is the planet most strongly associated with Hollywood, glamour, and illusion.
We will also see the dark side (BML) of the media (Gemini) here with sensationalized, round-the-clock coverage that will still somehow manage to miss the point.
The Jupiter-Black Moon Lilith conjunction in Gemini squared Lanza's natal Jupiter and Vesta in Virgo.
Transiting Saturn in Scorpio (8 degrees) was also forming an applying square to Lanza's mean Black Moon Lilith in Aquarius (10 degrees), at its most pressurized point just ahead of the exact aspect. Transiting Saturn in Scorpio was also loosely square Lanza's true BML-Saturn in Aquarius (at 15 and 17 degrees Aquarius), and the Part of Fortune in Aquarius was conjunct these points.
He also had contacts involving both natal and transiting Pluto underway, and these were extreme.
Lanza's natal Moon is in early Capricorn, one of the more difficult placements for the Moon in the sign of its detriment. At the time of the shootings, the transiting Moon in Capricorn had just conjuncted Pluto in Capricorn (8 degrees). This Moon-Pluto conjunction was conjunct Lanza's natal Moon in Capricorn, as well as his natal Pallas Athene in Capricorn. This marked Adam's monthly lunar return. Very harsh.
Transiting Pluto was bearing down on Lanza's natal Moon in a long-term conjunction, stirring a notoriously tough Moon-Pluto contact. This pressure was increased by the transiting Moon in Capricorn. These transits could easily bring emotional resentments, psychological trauma, and resulting hatred (Pluto) from the early upbringing, home life, or family (Moon) to the surface.
The combination of Moon in Capricorn contacted by Pluto indicates the potential for resentment related to the mother's (Moon) career or workplace (Capricorn). It also indicates the possibility of the mother having to act as both parents, with resulting overextension and emotional difficulties for the child. The Moon-Pluto conjunction on Lanza's natal Moon makes this an astrologically textbook case of death (Pluto) of the mother (Moon).
At the time of the shootings, war planet Mars in Capricorn was conjunct Lanza's Uranus-Neptune conjunction in Capricorn, creating a potential mix of violence, genius, rebellion, disillusionment, fantasy, and possible mental illness. Mars had just moved out of range of its conjunction to Pluto November 27, which occurred conjunct Lanza's natal Moon in Capricorn, as well as conjunct his Capricorn North Node.
Lanza's natal Pluto in Scorpio was at 22 degrees, which is conjunct unfortunate fixed star Unukalhai (Alpha Serpentis). You might recall that this fixed star (along with Lanza's natal Pluto) was highly activated by the November 13 Scorpio New Moon solar eclipse, referred to here as the Alpha Snake New Moon. The fixed star Alpha Serpentis, associated with suicide, insanity, accidents, love problems, loss, and earthquakes, has a very dark imagery and was strongly influential during the most recent eclipse season.
There was a strong possibility of dark energy slipping by at that New Moon.
From the post:
"Ensuring we're leaving detrimental influences on the other side of this portal is going to take some steel-willed concentration and focus. Mercury Rx is backing into its second square to Neptune in Pisces, clouding our vision, and some fairly unpleasant things could be slipped by us if we're not vigilant.
We all, ultimately, have to be responsible for what we bring through this New Moon portal. For what we mix into our own Scorpionic alchemical soup. There are certain dynamics, people, and situations we should just not be playing with now."
The school shooting happened just after the December 13 Sagittarius New Moon, which followed the Scorpio New Moon eclipse.
It appears Lanza's natal Pluto in Scorpio was stirred to the intolerable point at the Alpha Snake New Moon. The triggers were then continued by transiting Venus in Scorpio (28 degrees) conjunct the Scorpio North Node (25 degrees), which were both conjunct Lanza's natal Pluto in Scorpio at the time of the shootings.
From the Aurora post:
"Astronomically, Black Moon Lilith is the point of lunar apogee - the point where the Moon is furthest away from Earth in its orbit. Astrologically, it relates to a point of deep, dark feminine awareness and life experience, as well as marginalization from the mainstream.
This point involves a theme of being put out of society, being put out in the cold, being isolated, alone, forced to fight for bare survival. It relates to a society that would prefer an individual dead rather than accept what he or she represents into its folds. As part of that, Black Moon Lilith can be a raw, potentially volatile point, with sudden, extreme, and even violent trigger points.
Pluto is the dwarf planet named for the Lord of the Underworld and involves a state of living beneath the surface, seeing in the dark, being aware of what others who live above ground are not. Pluto involves a process of bringing up to the surface issues which remain detrimentally denied and suppressed in the collective. It is related to Hades (hell), death, and destruction and can also be volatile, highly-triggered, and violent.
Both Black Moon Lilith and Pluto involve extremes - emotional and psychological extremes as well as life-and-death scenarios. Both placements indicate depth and "dark" awareness, involving the seeing and experiencing of things the mainstream does not see or experience.
Both placements can indicate a level of marginalization and forced isolation from mainstream society. This can be for legitimate reasons or it can be simply because the mainstream society cannot face or accept what the individuals know or represent. The disruption to consensus reality is too great.
Due to the forced isolation/marginalization of those with strong Pluto or Black Moon Lilith placements - either physical or emotional/psychological/psychic - both placements can indicate the development of a level of misanthropy or hatred of mainstream society. These are not often taken to the extremes to which they were taken by the Century 16 shooter...but it would be rare to find these feelings completely absent in individuals with highly activated and influential Pluto or Black Moon Lilith placements.
Often individuals with these strong placements natally would wish to remove themselves from society or from the planet altogether as a reaction to levels of corruption, dishonesty, denial, injustice, or suffering intolerable to them - less commonly would they turn those feelings outward in a shooting spree like this one."
Lanza's natal Black Moon Lilith in Aquarius is a placement related to the genius of the extreme outsider. This placement, conjunct Saturn, can involve challenges related to "neurological diversity." A mind that doesn't work like most other people's and structures that don't know what to do with the person. An individual who is shunned or considered an oddball because of this. Black Moon Lilith in Aquarius indicates an extreme level of detachment possible, easily shifting into complete dissociation from mainstream society if pushed past its limits. This placement indicates a person who can take the seemingly cold and emotionless qualities of Aquarius to extremes as a matter of survival, but can then go beyond the point where survival is even possible.
Mercury Retrograde Activations
The pressure on Lanza's natal Pluto in Scorpio was added to by a recent Mercury retrograde period over this point (November 6 to November 26). Mercury moved back and forth over Lanza's natal Pluto from late October to early December. As Mercury relates to ideas, communication, logistics, transportation, and the mind, this was likely when the plan was hatched. Mercury re-entered Sagittarius December 10 and had just left the retrograde shadow, squaring wounded healer Chiron in Pisces at the time of the shootings.
Lanza's natal Mercury placement was also highly triggered at the time. Uranus (shocking trauma) at 4 degrees Aries (war/aggression/violence) had just stationed direct at the time of the shootings in tight conjunction to Lanza's natal Mercury in Aries at 5 degrees. Extremely violent Uranian ideas were flooding the neural pathways as Uranus sat nearly motionless on his natal Mercury.
Again, as with Black Moon Lilith and Pluto, Lanza had stressful Mercury contacts underway involving both natal Mercury and transitting Mercury. He was being double-teamed on multiple fronts.
As stated, Mercury was also highly prominent at the time of the Aurora, Colorado shootings. That time period, too, involved a station, when the energy would be more potent than usual. Mercury had just stationed retrograde in a conjunction to James Holmes' natal Black Moon Lilith and Vesta in Leo, which squared his natal Mars and Pluto in Scorpio. This would have kept the extremely dark ideas of Black Moon Lilith, deepened and further triggered by Mars and Pluto in Scorpio, firmly on his mind. The Moon seems to be the exact trigger point, as it was in the Sandy Hook shootings. It formed a conjunction to Mercury Rx at the time of the Aurora shootings, indicating roots to the early upbringing, home, family, mother, or general emotional state.
The events of both Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut are horrific, tragic, and heartbreaking. But we can see the energies and themes prevalent as well as similarities in both scenarios when we look at them through an astrological lens.
Like Holmes, Lanza seems to be a case of a young Pluto in Scorpio male with a potent, unconventional, and perhaps out-of-control mind that had been overloaded. The pressure and frustration built until horror and violence blew the lid off, drawing attention to things that had been simmering beneath the collective surface.