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Stephen Paddock - Mass Murderer

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“I hate the world because it has rejected me.”

Stephen Paddock killed at least 59 people and injured scores more at a music festival on the famed Las Vegas strip, Sunday 1st October, 10.08pm local time. Here is a brief overview of his astrology and what drove him to do what he did.

9 April 1953 – 1 October 2017
Birth time unknown, an Aries 0 degree chart set for 12 noon.


Narcissist with an inability to relate intimately

a. Selfishness – VENUS afflicted.
The first major flaw in Paddock’s character is shown by afflicted Venus – it is in detriment in selfish Aries and retrograde.  It represents a person whose relationships would potentially fail as long as he remained self-absorbed and selfish and placed his desires and goals above the needs of his partner. News reports tell us that Paddock drifted in and out of relationships, which confirms that he had not yet healed the difficulties he had in forming deeply meaningful and enduring relationships.

b. “Me first!” SUN in Aries.
Paddock was an Aries ego, a sign which encourages us to be first and best. In his professional life he was an accountant and very successful, he made millions. But Aries can also be selfish and when we combine afflicted Venus with a flawed Aries personality we begin to get the sense of a narcissistic personality (extreme love of self) who was at war within himself. Inhibiting Saturn and delusory Neptune were conjunct in Libra – he was continually striving for inner balance.

c. Emotional suppression – MOON in Aquarius.
The second serious flaw in Paddock’s character is the Moon in Aquarius, in a t-square with Jupiter and Pluto. It shows person who would ruthlessly suppress his emotions (Moon opposite Pluto) in order to achieve his hopes and wishes (Aquarius is related to the 11th house). It also reveals – when associated with his narcissistic side, a singular lack of empathy for others.

(A note about the Moon’s location when a birth time is unknown. When a birth time is not known, professional astrologers usually use a chart set for 12 noon with a zero degree Aries ascendant. This forces the reading to be centred on the planets, although houses can be referred to via the signs and their natural rulership of houses. Such a chart – the Moon aside, is really accurate. If a Moon changes signs during the day, then the astrologer has to assess which sign best fits the client and this was done with Paddock.
      The Moon moves approximately 12-13 degrees in a day, and setting the chart up for 12 noon puts the Moon midpoint in that range. You then have your Moon within 6 1/2 degrees (plus or minus ) of being accurate. Paddock’s Moon at noon on the 9th of April was at 24 Aquarius 02 minutes. The range it travelled on the day is 16 Aquarius 49 minutes to to 1 Pisces 19. If he were born in the morning, the Moon would still be in the t-square with Jupiter (23 Taurus) and Pluto (20 Leo 55 or 21 Leo). If he were born after 9.49 pm the Moon would have moved into Pisces and just beyond the traditional 8 degree orb square with Pluto.
The chart has been interpreted with an Aquarius Moon, because it seemed the best fit. Paddock was a loner and aloof, people could not really get to know him – Aquarius Moon traits. Esoterically, an afflicted Moon in Aquarius can symbolise people who get mentally fixated upon what they believe to be true, to the extent they become captive to those beliefs and are unable to see the world from any other angle. They can become insane. With a Pisces Moon, Paddock would have been more of a people person and this does not fit his profile.)

d. Rage and hate – MARS square PLUTO.
To commit such an atrocity, you have to be filled with rage and hate. The Mars–Pluto square in Paddock’s chart represents this. Mars is also afflicted – it is in detriment in Taurus.
This, with the Aquarius Moon, tells us that he would bottle up his anger until it became too much, then he would explode. This is the pattern that is behind the atrocity of his mass killing. Pluto (mass) squares Mars (killing).

e. So what was he angry about?
The number 1 cause of emotional pain in most human beings is rejection. Paddock was essentially bitter and angry over his rejections in love and life, and this is behind his action.
Paddock (Sun-Venus in Aries) bitter (opposing Saturn in Libra); and angry (Mars rules Aries, square Pluto) over being rejected (Venus opposite Saturn, Moon opposite Pluto, Sun square Uranus)

f. Two major patterns in the chart
There are two major planet patterns in Paddock’s chart, and they collided with each other in the period of the attack.
i. Pattern 1: The first pattern contains the Sun, so this pattern concerns his conscious self and acute awareness of his feelings of bitterness and anger at rejection (Sun-Venus opposite Saturn-Neptune, Sun square Uranus, an almost t-square).
ii. Pattern 2: the second pattern contains the Moon, representing unconscious (since he repressed his emotions) or unacknowledged emotions (T-square pattern, Moon – Pluto – Jupiter, Mars). Containing as it does Mars and Pluto, it is his rage pattern.
Pattern 2 had rotated by solar arc so that it had settled over pattern 1.  Read more …  

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Astrology Analysis of a Friend's Death

Leoni Hodgson 2014

Lawson Bracewell was a friend to many and a tireless worker in the esoteric teaching community. He is the founding member of Christ College, Akaroa, New Zealand. I met Lawson in New Zealand in the early 80’s at an astrological workshop given by Alan Oken, then later we both frequented the Auckland Goodwill Centre. We had a special connection and foundational to this was our attraction to the Bailey/ esoteric teachings and the fact that we were both astrologers. LawsonLawson2

Born 13 July 1943, Milaca USA;
died 15 July 2014 at approximately 11.07, NZST.

 Cause of death was heart disease, not heart failure. The latter is due to a weakened heart muscle. In heart disease, the physical heart muscle remains strong but is impaired from doing its work by various causes. All disciples have strong hearts, psychically and physically.

Lawson left a legacy of light and wisdom, and was the founder of Christ College located at Akaroa, New Zealand. Since 2009 it has been offering a variety of courses and meditation. 


The Meditation Room at Christ’s College

Whenever a significant event happens, all astrologers consult the stars to try to find the relevant planetary activity.
Here are my findings on Lawson’s passing.


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The natal chart tells us the strengths and weaknesses of our physical body. In the case of disease, realised or potential, this is shown by the most powerful planetary stress pattern, especially if the Sun is involved. It is the ultimate symbol of life and vitality. However, in the average healthy person, such diseases do not manifest until later in life and may never manifest if a compensatory, healthy lifestyle is adopted. The major planet stress pattern we find in Lawson’s birth chart is a T-square. From this point on, I will refer to this specific planetary pattern in Lawson’s chart as “the T-square”.

Sun in Cancer, wide conjunction to Jupiter-Pluto in Leo,
– Sun square Libra Ascendant:
Ascendant opposite Mars,
Mars square Jupiter and Pluto in Leo.

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Clinton's Loss and the Trump Potential

An Esoteric Astrology Analysis – Clinton, Trump, the USA
13 November 2016 –  Leoni Hodgson: PMAFA; Ph.De Esotericism

According to opinion polls – and they have taken a severe beating as a consequence of their misreading of this US election; most people in the world thought Hillary Clinton (“the lesser of two evils”) would win the US Presidency. For many, Trump’s win was like a destructive and painful lightning strike. The lead-up to the election generated hatred and bitterness, pitched people against each other in nasty way never seen before in American politics. Most blame Trump for this, because of the divisive and vindictive tone. More American people voted for Clinton than Trump – this includes (speculatively), the world-wide community who voted with their minds or hearts. Many now feel wounded and disenfranchised, furious that a “misogynist, sexist, racist bully” has won the prize. But from a spiritual perspective, has he? Or at least, have the material forces which Trump seems to represent based on his professional life history, got the right man in place? This remains to be seen.

1. Why Clinton Lost the Election

clinton-2016On the surface, it appears Clinton lost the election because many accepted that she was “a liar and corrupt” and subjectively, she came to represent the “crooked establishment” that is responsible for all our woes.

I cannot recall a more successful campaign to so deliberately demonise a decent human being like Clinton,
than this concentrated attack over email misuse. Clinton’s ordeal was reminiscent of the Witch-Burning Trials of Salem

Engineered by Republican’s for political gain, this smearing migrated into corruption claims re the Clinton Foundation. That so many Americans (including many Bernie Sanders supporters and other Leftish leaning people) accepted these aspersions and accusations and repeated them without hard evidence, demonstrates the success of this witch-hunt. But it is understandable, based on America’s witch-burning/ lynch-mob inheritance. Just as witches were burnt at Salem for being “responsible for the troubles of the day”, so was Clinton in the author’s opinion. Interestingly, this aspect is part of the American psyche.


1. The Mars – Neptune 6th Ray factor

  • (First US chart). Neptune in Virgo 9th house square Mars in the 7th: These two planets – Neptune and Mars carry the 6th Ray of Devotion and Idealism, the force that rules the personality or lower nature of Americans. (Destiny of the Nations, p59; Alice Bailey). Neptune is in the 9th house of “orthodox religion and morals”, afflicted in Virgo. Warlord Mars is in the US “open-enemies” house. The two planets are in conflict. This indicates the misuse of this force at times that may lead to perversions of justice, conducting of crusades on shaky moral grounds, cruel acts, fanaticism and mob behaviour. This aspect could be interpreted as “get them before they get you” and “crucify before you are crucified”. Positively, we see here the struggle of the American soul to rise above and free itself from the negativity of lower emotional control and material life.
  • This Neptune-Mars square was present at the beginning of the Salem Massachusetts Witch Trials in 1692 and 1693, excepting Neptune was in Pisces (Second chart).
  • In 2015 as the State Department and FBI investigated Clinton’s emails, Neptune was once again in Pisces and from May through to June 2014, Mars returned to Gemini – the sign it inhabits during the Witch-Hunt Trials and the US Chart. This fueled the righteous fury of partisan Republican’s to “get Clinton”.
  • Clinton and Trump are karmically very connected with the events of Salem. Their Moon’s – symbols of “the past”, trigger the US Neptune-Mars square in a very powerful way. They brought it to life (forming a Grand Cross, the most tense and challenging set of forces possible in astrology) to play out another chapter from this sorry part of American history.

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Astrology: Pope Francis, Forerunner of the Rider on the White Horse?


Leoni Hodgson
PhDe Esotericism, PMAFA

Prior to his election in March 2013, Pope Francis lived a simple lifestyle, resided in a small apartment, took public transport and cooked his own meals. As Cardinal Bergoglio, he became known for personal humility, doctrinal conservatism and a commitment to social justice. He chose the name “Francis” in honour of Saint Francis of Assisi, who was especially concerned for the well-being of the poor and who opposed the luxury, pride and vanity of those in power at that time. By taking on this name – and by following up quickly with sweeping reforms, Francis declared to the world the nature and goals of his mission as pope. He is a new, cleansing wind blowing through an organisation that reeks of greed, corruption and self-service. It is easy to see from his words, actions and global influence, that he is at least an initiate – a very spiritually advanced human soul.


|| Charts of the very spiritually advanced are interpreted differently. This is because the inner cleansing work on the personality has been done and the chart does not represent the personal self and its goals. Interpreted at the “Hierarchy” or global consciousness level, the chart represents the character of the individual, the goals of the world missionary work, the way they go about it and any obstacles that stand in their way.

|| Remember also that in the very spiritually advanced, the force of Uranus – the 7th Ray (that seeks to unite spirit and matter, to lift the masses up to their higher spiritual destiny), flows through the Sun and Moon. Spirit rules and it releases its power through the personality. It is no wonder Francis’ approach as Pope has thus far been very different and radical from his predecessors. He bristles with Uranian electric-fire and it pours through his work (6th House {H}), his important partnerships (7H), and through his important goals out into the world for all to see (10H).

Solar Fire - Chart Page

Source Notes for chart from – Birth certificate  Read more …  

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Buddhism and the No-Soul Doctrine (v4) 2014

Buddhism and the No-Soul Doctrine

An Esoteric Perspective – March 2014 (version 4)

Leoni Hodgson, PMAFA, MSE (Psych), PhD Esotericism

[This article first published in 2010, has been extensively rewritten. LH] 

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There are many who do not identify specifically with the Buddhist religion,but nonetheless hold Gautama Buddha and his world mission, in the highest regard. His teachings, specifically the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, his effect for good upon the human consciousness – all these elevate Gautama Buddha to the status of being one of the greatest spiritual Messengers the world has ever known.

Having said that, many people whose understandings are based on Deity and soul, are confused by the Buddhist “no-soul” and “no-God” doctrines. What is it that the great Teacher said exactly? Can these concepts be reconciled with the esoteric teachings promulgated by such writers as Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (HPB) and Alice Bailey?[1] This investigation is the reason for this article, in which Buddhist and esoteric doctrine have been compared and an opinion added.

Gautama was born Hindu, and received esoteric training in the old Brahmanical secret Schools – whose roots are founded in pre-Vedic Wisdom. From these Indian Sages he learned the truths of emptiness, the impermanence of material life, and spiritual development techniques. All students of these schools vow not to reveal the Esoteric Doctrines imparted to them, but in his compassion for man and in order to help him, Buddha violated this.

“In His immense pity for the ignorance—and as its consequence the sufferings—of mankind, desirous though He was to keep inviolate His sacred vows, He failed to keep within the prescribed limits. While constructing His Exoteric Philosophy (the “Eye-Doctrine”) on the foundations of eternal Truth, He failed to conceal certain dogmas, and trespassing beyond the lawful lines, caused those dogmas to be misunderstood. In His anxiety to make away with the false Gods, He revealed in the Seven Paths to ‘Nirvana[2]‘ some of the mysteries of the Seven Lights of the Arupa (formless) World”.[3]

It appears that Gautama was so anxious to help man free himself from corrupt religious teachings; he gave out certain truths about the formless world of Monadic existence – a level of pure spiritual awareness (the first level down from God-consciousness or Brahman) that lies way above human existence. He released these truths to his disciples whose minds and hearts he had prepared to assimilate these great esoteric truths. In order to reach this level, all attachments and trappings pertaining to human life must be stripped away. Occurring naturally through the course of evolution, this stripping away or emptying is accelerated through certain spiritual practices. But they are way above the level of the average student in esoteric training who is being instructed in methods that raise consciousness from lower mind to higher soul wisdom – which is the half-way point to this lofty level.

Students were given a vision of the formless Monadic world, before they could build the equipment to reach it. The whole process of the Soul journey – the continuous expansion of consciousness across lives until enlightenment is reached, was omitted. This situation can be likened to an astronaut told he has to fly directly to the heart of the universe when the technology of his spaceship barely allows him to break free of the Earth’s atmosphere. The consequence is that Buddha’s teaching in this area, has been misunderstood and thus the no-soul, no-creator belief has arisen.

His new doctrine, which represented the outward dead body of the Esoteric Teaching without its vivifying Soul, had disastrous effects: it was never correctly understood… Immense philanthrophy, a boundless love and charity for all creatures, were at the bottom of His unintentional mistake… If the “Good Law,” as preached, resulted in the most sublime code of ethics and the unparalleled philosophy of things external in the visible Kosmos, it biassed and misguided immature minds into believing there was nothing more under the outward mantle of the system, and its dead-letter only was accepted.[4]

The Brahmin’s jealously reserved occult knowledge as the right of their caste. To his credit, Buddha broke this rule, admitting all castes to the path of adeptship, based on merit. It earned him great hostility however, and he was driven out of India. On the positive side, when one looks at religious intolerance in the world today, caused through immature minds misinterpreting the scriptures, perhaps Buddha’s lack of emphasis upon God was one of his greatest gift to man. With one sweeping stroke, he stripped away the roots of religious superstition and taught students to commune directly with God rather than to go through intermediaries (priests) who were so often corrupt. The Renaissance period which broke the hold of religious superstition in the west occurred two thousand years later.


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