From a Vedic Astrologer’s view it is possible that at the time he contemplated (and actually committed) suicide were the days when he felt the “explosive energy” of Mars and Ketu conjunct in the sky transiting over his Moon. Mars and Ketu are conjunct right now in the sign of Capricorn until November of this year…What? Talk to me in English please. Let me explain what this statement means in layman terms. Moon is the ‘manas’ (Sanskrit word for how we filter life’s experiences through our thoughts). The Moon is symbolic of our mind (thoughts). Our mind is used to perceive the world through our own personal filter, which depends on our past experiences, our habitual thought patterns, and anything that influenced us to derive an opinion of any situation at hand. It is no secret you may look at a homeless person and think, “Poor guy!” while the homeless himself might be looking at you thinking, “Poor guy!”. Why? Because you think he/she has your same values, needs, and opinions of the way to live life. You might be thinking, “how could you live without a house and a bed?” While the homeless person might be looking at you thinking, “how could you live tied up and prisoner to the responsibilities of a boring nine to five job and sacrifice your freedom?”
Not to belabor the Moon’s function, let’s find out about Ketu. In Vedic Astrology, Ketu is a symbolic planet representing the South Node in common Western Astrology terms. Ketu is our past, the doorway to the deep, dark, and unconscious (almost neurotic thoughts)part of our psyche that keeps us dissatisfied with how things are (Ketu is what you have already done in the past, yet have no recollection). And then we have Mars, the planet of fighting for what is right and wrong. Mars represents that part of ourselves that is ready to go to battle for what we think is right (that’s right…what we think is right, not necessarily what is right to another observer with another set of values, experiences, and past).
Consequently, the combination of Mars and Ketu is said to have an explosive, confusing, and volatile effect. Imagine that energy ‘transiting’ over your natal Moon (your mind). In case that isn’t enough, lets take a look at other areas of his chart. As you can see, it is thought he had a Libra Ascendent, placing his natal Saturn in the same house with Rahu (common to most adults that are around the age of 61 years old) in the sign of Scorpio (deep fears). This energy is said to have a lot of “karmas’ (negative karmas) to resolve (not a fun life) in this life. He also had Mercury and and Ketu in Taurus in the 8th House of Death and Research, which gave him his writing skills, yet made the subject of death and suffering very real.
Ironically, he did enjoy the blessing of Venus (combust) and the Sun in the 9th House of Travel in Gemini (flirting, curiosity, and communication). That played out in the later years of his life, traveling around the world (9th House) and enjoying (Venus) the pleasures of life.
We come to the day of tragedy,his natal Moon was in the sign of Capricorn in his 4th House of Happiness. So, when the suicide came to fruition, it was around that time the volcanoes were erupting in Hawaii and Guatemala (explosions). That same intensity was ‘transiting/happening’ in his mind. That is a hard energy to ignore, especially when he had to deal with that Saturn and Rahu (the malefic energy) in the sign of Scorpio his entire life. If you had this foresight, what would you have done differently?
Janet M. Perez
Founder of Your Mercury Messenger