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Black Lives Matter, almost a year on

Almost a year ago, the world watched as George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis by a white police officer, during the course of eight minutes.  Everyone hoped it would be a turning point in race relations, and there were reverberations around the world, not least in the U.K.  This week, a landmark verdict was given in the trial of the perpetrator Derek Chauvin, guilty on three counts.  It has been seen as a long-awaited sign of hope in the cause of Black Lives Matter.

George Floyd’s birth chart

Re-post from last year:

What do we know of George Floyd?  We know that he had five children, and was a caring provider for them, and lost his job due to the coronavirus crisis.  We know that he has lobbied for a change in the gun laws.  We know that at the time he was being apprehended, his crime was attempting to pass off a fake banknote.  We know he was not a violent or dangerous criminal, therefore not remotely deserving to lose his life.  The actions of the policemen were extremely disproportionate to the crime.  He tested positive for the virus, but had been recovering.

The first thing which leaps out to me in his natal chart is an exact Venus-Neptune conjunction in Sagittarius, conjuring up a phrase often used about him, that he was a “gentle giant” (at 6 foot 4 inches).  Another nuance of this conjunction is that of “global martyrdom”, where Sagittarius = global and Venus exactly conjunct Neptune = martyrdom.  Another aspect in his chart which is definitely problematic is Saturn exactly square Pluto.  Mars square Jupiter gave exuberance and Jupiter trine Pluto a more powerful side (playing basketball in his youth).  Saturn on his South Node in Cancer may have caused him to bring through some difficult past life karma, and Pluto square his Nodal Axis may show that his death has been used karmically to show humanity a profound lesson.

Derek Chauvin

There is a lot of confusion within the birth chart of Derek Chauvin.  Firstly, he has Sun in Pisces, ruled by Neptune.  That Sun is closely squared by Mars, implying that he has a strong temper, which may be difficult to control.  Then Neptune squares his Mercury, bringing a great deal of mental confusion to his make up on top of that.  He has 0 Earth planets, which adds to his lack of grounding, and 7 planets in Water (very unusual) indicating a very high degree of emotionality.  His Jupiter square Saturn can be ham fisted, and Saturn square Chiron may lack the skills of healing (i.e. in not having the presence of mind to try to resuscitate his victim on the spot).  The whole picture shows someone who is not in control of his emotions.  That he has become notorious in a public murder is hinted at by his Moon (emotion; public) conjunct his North Node (karma) in Scorpio (a sign associated with death and rebirth).  George Floyd cannot be reborn, but his memory is living on in a profound sense.

Synastry with George Floyd

A karmic connection is clearly shown in their Synastry (compatibility).  George Floyd’s South Node (past life karma) is exactly conjunct Derek Chauvin’s Mars (anger); thus it would seem George Floyd may have been destined to bring out Derek Chauvin’s weakness (misdirected anger; a badly aspected natal Mars), and Chauvin was unable to control his impulse.  Floyd’s Neptune was also square Chauvin’s Venus (social confusion).

Transits at the time of the murder

Chauvin’s transits at the time of the murder  included Jupiter opposite his Saturn in Cancer (literally, over-restraint!) and Pluto square his Chiron in Aries (a horrendous expression of inhumanity).  Of course, while referring to it as a murder, I realize that he may appeal.

Transits at the Guilty Verdict 

Chauvin’s transits at the time of the verdict this week show Chiron opposite his natal Pluto (a reckoning), Pluto opposite his Saturn (the guilty verdict itself), the South Node on his Neptune and ruler (a karmic reckoning).  For anyone who has any of these transits currently – don’t stress – other interpretations are available…!

Transits for U.S. chart at this time

How much of a turning point is this for the U.S.?   Jupiter is on its Moon in Aquarius in the 3rd House at the moment; they have a new leader at the helm putting out new policies.  But there are also confusions, e.g. Neptune square its Neptune.  The U.S. has been undergoing its Pluto Return, and this landmark court ruling I feel is part of that process of transformation.  The South Node is also on its Ascendant in Sagittarius, putting an emphasis on reparations for past actions and omissions.


This morning served us a double dose of Saturnian reality, with first Venus square Saturn then Mercury square Saturn.

Venus square Saturn: Maybe you were wrestling with a conundrum overnight possibly triggered by events last night…Maybe you felt let down by someone or you disappointed yourself in some way.  Forgiveness could be a solution, in that case.  Your dreams may have held a key to the way forward.  We need a great deal of patience in our human interactions, and some may be dealing with rejection or sadness.  We need to acknowledge those feelings before we can move on.

After rising this morning, and while getting going with the business of the day, we may be finding it heavy going (unless we are having a total Sunday lie-in), submerged in paperwork (left over from last week’s schedule), or subject to delays or technical hitches.  Patience may be the key here too, but more on the mental level, and in communications or travel.  More haste less speed may be a useful mantra to follow.  So, for the early and mid part of the day, Forgiveness plus patience is the formula.


You may find that things come together more easily in the evening, especially late evening when Mercury conjoins Venus.  This conjunction is ideal for socializing, conversation, artistic or literary endeavours, or negotiations.  Your communications will have an artistic flair, so it’s a good time to get creative.  You might even find that the struggles of earlier in the day have added grist to the mill, or lessons which enhance your evening activities or performance.

Tuesday (27th) brings a Full Moon at 7 degrees Scorpio, during the early hours.  You may feel the emotional tension building up the night before.  This is the most emotionally intense Full Moon of the year, and it is a Supermoon which may magnify that.  Something which came up in conversation the night before could set you on a profound journey.  You will need to be in touch with your deepest emotions and be constructively authentic.  There may be a focus on shared finances and an attempt to balance material resources and needs between two people.  With the Moon opposite the Sun in Taurus, values and shared values may be the current issue on your mind.

In the evening, just as you may laying such issues to rest, Pluto goes Stationary, prior to turning Retrograde.  This may give you a fresh set of preoccupations, or remind you of earlier ones.  You may recognize a psychological theme where you have been making headway, but now need to revise your steps, perhaps look further into the past.  If you’ve been knitting, you may need to unravel a few rows, for instance.  Eventually, you will recoup your ground and be stronger, richer and truer for it.

Friday (30th) looks more promising, with a sextile and a conjunction.  First, Mercury sextiles Neptune: Sensitivity towards others, and spiritual awareness, inform our minds easily, making delicate conversations and channelling easier.  You can receive inspiration, especially for writing and communication.  This occurs in the early hours of the morning, so again may influence your dream and dream guidance.  You may feel that you communicate with other dimensions on other planes.

Then in the evening the Sun conjoins with Uranus.  Expect the unexpected, in other words!  It is a good day to demonstrate your originality and inventiveness, and in your leisure time begin a project which is highly creative or benefits society.  You may decide to join a group activity along those lines.  If you are feeling more contemplative in mood, new ideas can flash into your consciousness during meditation.  The evening’s television or film viewing (Netflix or whatever) could provide heightened interest.

The week in bullet points:

  • Today – deflation then equilibrium
  • Tuesday – emotional high tide; psychological reviewing
  • Friday – mental inspiration; creative invention