To have an event as dramatic as a false conviction in a murder trial, there must be numerous transits and indicators to the various predictive charts: Solar Arc, Secondary Progressed, Converse Progressed, Solar Return, and Lunar Return. In addition, there must be a natal promise of such a period/ event happening, otherwise it will not come about. In Amanda’s case she had both the natal promise and the appropriate triggers to the charts.
Transits to the 12th house will activate the natal promise of the person’s 12th house. In this case, there is significant 12th house activity in the natal chart, solar arc chart, solar return chart, lunar return chart, secondary progressed chart and converse secondary progressed chart, suggesting that this period in her life will be when the natal promise comes to life.
The outer planets take a very long time to travel around the Sun and when they transit key points in your natal chart they will always cause life defining events to happen. I notice that there are many tight aspect transits from outer planets to the natal 12th house and its associated planets Mars, Venus and Jupiter, that is a guarantee that these 12th house issues will take center stage. It does not matter as much which specific types of aspects (easy, hard) there are, just that there are many aspects.
November 2 2007 (Morning after the death), transits (Tr) to natal planets
Tr Pluto at 27 Sag makes an exact trine (within 2 mins) to Jupiter at 27 Aries in the 12th house
Tr Neptune at 19 Aqu makes a 2d (degrees) sextile to the 12th house cusp at 17 Aries
Tr Neptune at 19 Aqu makes an exact sesquiquadrate (within 8 mins) to Venus, ruler of Taurus intercepted in the 12th house
Tr Uranus at 14 Pisces makes a 2d semisquare to Jupiter at 27 Aries in the 12th house
Tr Uranus at 14 Pisces makes a 2d sesquiquadrate to Mars (ruler of 12th house) at 1 leo
Natally Uranus is the ruler of the 10th house and makes a semisquare
to the MC by 2 minutes, predisposing her to sudden and unexpected changes of status and public reputation. Transiting Uranus at 14 Pisces is making an exact semiquintile to her natal MC at 8 Aquarius. The Solar Arc shows a 2d opposition from Uranus to the MC. The Solar Return shows a 2d biquintile between Uranus and the MC. With these three triggers to the natal promise, we see a unexpected and dramatic shift of status from college student to murder suspect in a high profile case. Similar aspects between Uranus and MC are seen again in December 2009 when she was convicted. This is discussed in the solar arc directed section for December 2009.
Tr Saturn at 6 Virgo makes a 2d sextile to Venus, ruler of Taurus intercepted in the 12th house
We can see here that 4/4 of the heavy outer planets are making very tight aspects to the 12th house, these set the stage of events for the next 4 years.
Solar return precessed for November 2 2007
Venus is the ruler of the 12th house in the SR chart:
Transiting Pluto (on Nov 2 2007) at 27 Sag exactly trine SR Venus at 27 Leo
SR Venus trine SR Pluto exact
SR Venus conjunct part of fortune (6 mins)
SR Venus oppose SR Saturn 4d
SR Venus oppose SR Neptune 6d
Tr Mercury (on Nov 2 2007) at 23 Libra is conjunct 1d the 12th house midpoint at 22 Lib
Tr Venus (on Nov 2 2007) at 23 Virgo is semisextile 1d of the 12th house midpoint at 22 Lib
SR Mars quincunx the 12th house cusp within a degree
Tr Mars (on Nov 2 2007) squares the 12th house cusp exactly
It is a powerful statement to have the ruler of the 12th house aspecting ¾ of the heavy outer planets. Of course we must check the other charts but with Mercury, Mars and Venus also contacting the 12th house, it is very likely that 12th house matters will be a focus this year.
Lunar return precessed for November 2 2007
Uranus rules the 12th house and is in the 12th house (always adds a lot of extra strength towards activity of the house)
Uranus is oppose the moon 7d, square Jupiter 1d and oppose Venus 8d
Neptune is ruler of the chart and is placed in the 12th house- tends to indicate very tough months emotionally and/or physically.
Jupiter at 16 Sag squares Neptune at 15 Pisces by 1d
Vertex is exactly conjunct the descendant, always indicates especially fated events originating from events concerning one on one relationships and/or involvement with the legal system. Moreover, Aries is intercepted in the 1st house and Libra is intercepted in the 7th house making these houses abnormally large and therefore much more important this month. The sign of Libra in particular represents law, justice, the scales and the judicial system. Libra being intercepted has the potential to cause trouble in these areas due to the repressed energy.
All the angles are 29 degrees (AC/DC off by 1 minute), indicates endings of all sorts. 29 degrees Pisces is the strongest of endings as it is the last degree of the zodiac. In this case it was the end of Amanda’s freedom for 4 years.
Venus conjunct Astrea at 7 Virgo is opposing the 12th house at 7 Pisces exactly and Tr Astrea at 16 Virgo (on Nov 2 2007) quincunx the 12th house cusp exactly. Astrea making these tight aspects to the 12th house is a sign of deep sorrow from injustice and the denial of Amanda's innocence.
Tr Sun at 9 Scorpio (on Nov 2 2007) is conjunct LR Mercury at 7 Scorpio and LR Black Moon Lilith at 10 Scorpio both in the 7th house (legal troubles). These are day timers of the event.
Tr Mercury at 23 Lib (on Nov 2 2007) is conjunct LR Sun in the 7th house (legal troubles) exactly, another day timer of the event.
The lunar return reinforces the statement of the solar return, and that is that 12th house matters are certain to manifest this month specifically, likely in the form of a dramatic event. Moreover, we add in the “fated 29th degree of endings” on the angles and the vertex exactly conjunct the descendant, we can say this event truly is like the train wreck Amanda described in the previous post, with her having no chance to stop it.
Since the solar arc directed, secondary progressed and converse secondary progressed charts would have had most planets move 3 degrees at most (except for the moon which moves much faster), many of the same transits would apply as for December 4 2009. Therefore I will omit them for November 2 2007 and instead discuss them for December 4 2009.
Predictive charts for December 4 2009, the date Amanda was found guilty of the murder of Meredith Kercher:
December 4 2009
There is a natal 5d square between Mars and Pluto:
Tr Pluto at 2 Cap quincunx natal Mars (12th house ruler) by 1d:
Tr Saturn making a 2d sextile to natal Mars
There is a natal 3d trine between Venus and Pluto:
Tr Pluto oppose natal Venus (ruler of intercepted Taurus in 12th) by 2d.
Venus is natally intercepted in the 12th house:
Tr Saturn at 3 Lib making a 1d square to natal Venus
Tr Pluto at 2 Cap makes a 5d out of sign trine with Jupiter at 27 Aries in the 12th house
Tr Neptune at 23 Aqu makes a 2d sextile to the 12th house cusp at 17 Aries
Precessed Solar Return July 9 2009
It is extremely important to note that this solar return has almost exactly the same house cusps as the natal chart (off by about 3 degrees, SR ASC at 11 gem). This shows a year in which the natal promise has its full potential to manifest and will definitely do so in a sensational way.
Mercury the chart ruler is out of bounds at 23d 52 min. Since Mercury rules the ASC (first impressions, physical body) this may help explain why people thought her physical reactions were “inappropriate”, “abnormal” and “unconventional”. As you will see in all the charts, Mercury is the dominant influence throughout. Mercury is at 10 Cancer conjuncting the Sun at 16 Cancer in the 2nd house. The transiting Moon at 11 Cancer (noon on the day of the verdict) is an exact day timer of this event.
Mercury/ Uranus midpoint is the same as the 12th house midpoint at approximately 30 min Taurus. This shows the potential for highly extraordinary, unusual and shocking events, indeed a false conviction qualifies!
Mars is the 12th house ruler and Taurus is intercepted in the 12th, connecting Venus to the 12th house. Mars and Venus are conjunct out of sign 6d. When the house’s associated planets are placed in the house, it greatly intensifies the nature of the house and guarantees that domain of life to be very strongly featured that year. Mars conjunct Venus is heavily associated with sexual violence since we are combining love (Venus) and aggression (Mars), since this combination is in the 12th it seems to symbolize the framing of a sexually deviant crime on Amanda and her boyfriend. Moreover the depositor of Mars in Taurus is Venus and with Venus quincunx the vertex 1d and placed in the 12th one cannot avoid 12th house matters as they are particularly fated.
Tr Venus at 3 Sag making a 1d opposition to Solar Return Venus at 4 Gem in the 12th house. Tr Saturn at 3 Lib making a 1d trine to SR Venus. Tr Pluto is quincunx SR Venus (ruler of intercepted Taurus in 12th) by 2d. These transits are very important because Venus is also in the 12th house natally and will give a lot of extra energy for the 12th house potential to manifest. When Venus is in the 12th house, especially when younger, the person does not view themselves as an attractive, sophisticated person. They may not be graceful and their actions may sometimes seem inappropriate in various social settings. In her book Amanda describes feeling this way. Another manifestation of Venus being in the 12th is guilt and shame over Venus ruled matters such as physical appearance, sexuality and sex. This can occur even if the person is very chaste and beautiful. The debilitating emotions can come from within the person or from the external world. Certainly the prosecutors grim portrayal of Amanda as a sex obsessed whore was intended to shame her in public.
Tr Saturn making a 6d out of sign trine to SR Mars (Mars is placed in the 12th house). When Saturn contacts a house it brings many struggles, obstacles and disappointments in the house’s domain.
Jupiter which is natally in Amanda’s 12th house is in the SR chart conjunct Neptune and Chiron within a degree in the 10th house. This means matters of the 12th house will become very public (10th house is public reputation and status) and will also be connected with wounding, shame (chiron) and deception/ lies (Neptune).
Precessed Lunar Return November 19 2009
The Solar Return and Lunar returns are in an exact square, the ASC for the LR is 11 Virgo. This shows the likelihood of harsh difficulties, unfavourable events and obstacles cropping up this month.
The natal ASC at 8 Gem is moved to the MC position on the LR, marking a major change of status. This theme is reinforced by aspects from Uranus to the MC, discussed in further detail in the solar arc directed section.
Mercury is a dominant influence in the LR chart. The LR chart ruler is Mercury, similar to the SR and converse charts. The converse chart is only 2d behind the LR chart. Critical degree Mercury at 4 Sagittarius rules the MC and is making a 3d opposition to the MC. Transiting Venus at 3 Sagittarius is conjunct this point bringing it to life, a day timer of the event. The ruler of the 12th house is the Sun and the Sun is making a 8d conjunction with Mercury. Tr Mercury at 28 Sag is conjunct the midpoint of the LR 12th house exactly, another day timer of the event. This is emphasizing the language difficulties (her Italian was very basic and she was questioned in Italian) and deliberate distortion of her words to forcibly put her in prison. As a result a slander charge was also placed against her and remains to this day.
Mars is making an exact conjunction to the 12th house cusp. Mars in this position reinforces the Mars-12th house connection seen natally and in the solar return. It is representative of aggression and secret enemies. The shape of this chart is a locomotive with Mars as the leading planet. Mars is also making a 2d opposition to the vertex reinforcing the fated nature of the event. For quite a long time, Amanda genuinely thought the police were trying to gather as much information from her to locate Meredith’s killer, little did she know that they were trying to frame her for murder! They were also very aggressive with her, with one investigator repeatedly slapping her on the head to tell her to remember and using brutal coercion tactics to get a false confession.
Secondary progressions for December 4 2009
Moon at 14 Libra is making an exact conjunction with the ASC suggesting a very emotional time with huge mood swings an which your emotions are very difficult to hide from other people. It also puts a lot of attention from the public on your emotions- this relates back to many people judging her for her seemingly odd reactions to the death, unfortunately this also included the Italian prosecutors, police and judges.
With Mercury, Venus, Sun and Mars all in the 10th house and 7 planets angular (including moon from 12th as it is within a degree from ASC) it makes it very difficult to avoid the spotlight. Transiting Mars at 18 leo on December 4th was conjuncting these planets during the final phases of the court case, ending off with secondary progressed Mars at 16 leo just a couple of days before the 4th.
Tr Pluto at 2 Cap makes a 1d sesquiquadrate to Mars at 16 Leo and a 1d quincunx to Venus in the secondary progressed 10th house. Both Venus and Mars are connected with the natal 12th house and the SR 12th house.
Tr Saturn making a 2d quintile to Mercury (ruler of 12th house) in the secondary progressed chart. Saturn contacting the 12th house will tend to bring grief and obstacles in that house’s domain.
The ruler of the 12th house and 9th house, Mercury is conjunct the MC by 2d. As mentioned in the previous post the 9th house is higher education and foreign travel, the 12th house includes prison, secrets and grief. These two areas are connected in a very public way (MC is the highest point on the chart and represents public image). Mercury conjunct the MC also manifests in that her words and communication took on very important meaning and were scrutinized and distorted immensely- first in explaining the sequence of events the night of the murder and secondly implicating Lumumba in the murder.
The Mercury/Saturn midpoint is the same as the 12th house midpoint at 2 Libra. Transiting Saturn was at 3 Libra highlighting this point. This is descriptive of the forced censoring of Amanda’s voice, no one wanted to listen to her telling her side of the story and she was purposely silenced.
The overall shape of the chart is a locomotive with Jupiter as the leading planet. Jupiter was in the 12th natally bringing this house’s affairs to prominence.
Converse secondary progressed chart for December 4 2009
The ruler of the 12th house is the Sun and the Sun is making a 3d conjunction with Chiron in the 10th, this is a repeat of the theme we saw in the Solar Return chart with Jupiter ruler of the 12th being conjunct with Chiron in the 10th house. This conjunction in the converse chart occurs in Gemini- literally wounding due to problems communicating her personal truth made worse with language difficulties.
The Sun makes an exact sesquiquadrate with the vertex, the harsh aspect from the 12th house to the vertex has been a recurring theme of a fated negative event.
The Moon is making a 3d conjunction with the descendant. The ascendant-descendant are on the same axis and are two ends of a continuum. This aspect is mirrored in the direct secondary progressions with moon conjuncting the ASC.
The IC-MC axis is 4 Sag and 4 Gem. Note that LR critical Mercury at 4 Sag (critical degree) would be placed in direct opposition to the converse MC and SR Venus at 4 Gem (critical degree) would be placed on the MC reinforcing the public distortion of words (Mercury) and the 12th house matters (Venus) brought to the public in a highly televised trial. This axis also makes an exact semisextile (MC at 4 Gem) and quincunx (IC at 4 Sag) to natal Venus (ruler of Taurus in the 12th house) at 4 Cancer.
Solar Arc Directed for December 4 2009
Tr Venus at 4 Sag makes an exact opposition to Venus/Vertex midpoint at 4 Gem. Venus in the SA chart rules houses 1 and 8 and is placed in the 10th house. The first house is the physical body and personality, the tenth house is your public reputation and the 8th house is death. The vertex is unavoidable circumstances that play a part in shaping your destiny. People’s perceptions of Amanda’s personality caused her to have a negative reputation and thus implicated her in the death of Meredith Kercher, the situation unfolded in an erratic way that Amanda could not control.
Chiron is within 2d of the MC, reinforcing the extremely public wounding caused by lies about her character.
POF is making a 1d opposition to 12th house cusp. Natally POF is making a 1d opposition to Venus ruler of Taurus intercepted in the 12th house, thus POF does not represent good fortune in 12th house matters.
Tr Uranus at 22 Pis makes an exact opposition to the 12th house cusp at 22 Vir, a good indicator of shocking disruptions and upheaval.
Natally Uranus is the ruler of the 10th house and makes a semisquare to the MC by 2 minutes, predisposing her to sudden and unexpected changes of status and public reputation. Transiting Uranus at 22 Pisces is making a 1d semisquare to her natal MC at 8 Aquarius. The Solar Arc shows a 2d opposition from Uranus to the MC. The secondary progressed chart for December 4 2009 shows an exact biquintile from Uranus to the MC. With these three triggers to the natal promise, she suddenly goes from murder suspect to convicted murderer in a day!
Tr Jupiter at 21 Aqu and Tr Neptune at 23 Aqu make a 1d quincunx to the 12th house cusp. Jupiter represents higher education/ travel, Neptune represents lies and missing information. In combination with the 12th house of sorrow, we see how her pursuit of higher education in a foreign land brought her to a state of extreme sadness.
The 12th house cusp is exactly on the Pluto/Chiron midpoint, this symbolizes the wounding with the prison stay causing a deep transformation. When Pluto and Chiron combine, you are never the same again as it cuts straight to the most raw and vulnerable area. Amanda mentioned how she is not the same “chirpy Amanda” that her family knew, rather she is more guarded, less outgoing skeptical (1).
Tr Saturn conjunct Astrea. Astrea is the goddess of purity, innocence and justice. When Saturn contacts Astrea, one will have to work very hard to defend themselves in that regard as there will be people firmly intent on challenging you. The prosecution tried desperately by leaking the list of men Amanda slept with to paint her as promiscuous and deviant, a she devil capable of brutally murdering a woman in a sex game gone wrong. The theories that were brought up seemed to get progressively more outlandish. They even went to the extent of spending 182 000 euros in creating an animated video of the prosecution’s imagination of how the night may have gone (2). Although this was termed a “visual guide” and not actual evidence, it had the desired negative effects.
Midpoints are blending of the energies of two planets/ points. When they are triggered by transiting planets it brings their combined energy to life.
Charts in effect for December 4 2009
Tr Mercury is within a degree of converse secondary progressed Saturn/Neptune midpoint. This shows the extremely heavy karma associated with this whole ordeal.
Tr Venus at 3 Sag is within 1d of the midpoint of LR Saturn/ Astrea and exact on Saturn/ Black Moon Lilith. Tr Mars is within a degree of the natal Astrea/Black Moon Lilith midpoint. Tr Merc is within a degree of Solar Return Astrea/part of fortune midpoint. These transits show Amanda having to fight extremely hard as a woman to protect her reputation as she was being unfairly characterized as a she devil, whore and sexual deviant.
Tr Mars at 18 Leo is within a degree of the SR Sun-Saturn midpoint. Sun-Saturn represents very hard work, obligations, restrictions and challenges. When Mars activates this point it causes a lot of stress for an individual.
Tr Jupiter at 21 Aquarius is exact on the natal Jupiter/Saturn midpoint and Neptune/ North Node midpoint. Jupiter being associated with the natal 12th house takes causes it to bring up much more grief and sorrow rather than displaying its usual benefic nature.
Tr Saturn at 3 Libra is within a degree of natal Sun/Moon midpoint. The Sun-Moon midpoint is a tender point that is very important for relationships. Saturn hitting this point shows her difficulties in her relationship with Raffeale, several of his people wanted him to distance himself from Amanda to avoid further legal trouble. She also didn’t fully trust him for a while since she was tricked into believing that he took away her alibi by saying she wasn’t at his house the night of the murder.
Tr Saturn is within a degree of natal Venus/POF. Saturn brings misfortune for both her romantic relationship with Raffeale (symbolism of Venus) and for 12th house matters (Venus rules the house).
Tr Neptune is within a degree of the natal Moon-Jupiter midpoint. Tr Merc at 28 Sag is within a degree of the natal Moon/Neptune midpoint. Tr Merc is exact on the Secondary progressed Neptune/ POF midpoint. Jupiter is in the 12th house natally and the moon represents emotions and instinctual reactions. Neptune can cause people to see things much differently than they really are, throwing up a veil of illusion and foggy vision. I believe this contributed to people’s interpretation of Amanda kissing Raffeale outside of the villa after Meredith died. It was actually a kiss of sympathy/ comforting and they never thought about it, it was a instinctive response. However people thought they were being inappropriately sexual. This brought Amanda a lot of trouble and grief (12th house).
2. Sollecito, R. (2012). Honour Bound, My Journey to Hell and Back with
Amanda Knox. New York, NY: Gallery Books