Sun sign statistics for the male murderers

Many people have asked me about the sun signs of the male murderers, so I have begun to make statistic counts of them. One should always remember that the Sun sign itself only represents a small fraction of an entire birth chart - I belive 2-5% - but in popular astrology it is definitely overrated, if you ask me.

Below I present my research results so far. There is nothing that indicates that the Sun signs by themselves play a role in the astrological charts of the male murderers - but when the Sun signs are combined with the Neptune signs - then there is a statistically significant correlation rendering a Chi Square result of 0.0011, which means that the chance that this correlation has happened by coincidence is 1 out of 889. It was Robert Currey, who pointed this possibility out to me after having looked at the below bar diagrams, and I wish to thank him for making the observation and communicating it to me.

We are talking about a so-called 6th harmonic relation between the Sun and Neptune - or you could call it conjunctions, oppositions, trines and sextiles by whole signs. If this discovery was to be put into practice, then the astrologer could use +11% for the whole sign conjunctions, oppositions, trines and sextiles and -11% for the rest. But at the end of the article I have checked out the Sun-Neptune cycle by degree - and the result limits the statistical significance to the sextile only - with a +54% to the sextiles, rendering a statistical significance of 0.0046 or a 1:218 chance that the result could have happened at random. All in all it's merely a small piece in a great jigsaw puzzle.

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Let's take it step by step. In Figure 1 I present the counts among the entire collection of 1260 male murderers born between January 1st 1930 and December 31st 1969. 512 af the data are from rectified charts with a birth time - the rest are from untimed data from Wikipedia and other sources. More data will be added as I work my way through them.

Figure 1: Sun sign distribution among 1260 murderers

Here is the result of the Chi Square calcuation: The two-tailed P value equals 0.9129. By conventional criteria, this difference is considered to be not statistically significant.

In Figure 2 I present the Sun sign distribution among 273 male murderers with Neptune in Virgo.

Figure 2: Sun sign distribution among male murderers with Neptune in Virgo

Here is the result of the Chi Square calcuation: The two-tailed P value equals 0.3413. By conventional criteria, this difference is considered to be not statistically significant.

In Figure 3 I present the Sun sign distribution among 502 male murderers with Neptune in Libra.

Figure 3: Sun sign distribution among male murderers with Neptune in Libra

Here is the result of the Chi Square calcuation: The two-tailed P value equals 0.03835. By conventional criteria, this difference is considered to be statistically significant! 

Please bear in mind that in this case we are talking about the entire distribution between the 12 zodiac signs being statistically significant. If you use the simple Chi Square calculation on each zodiac sign seperately, then it is only the counts for Aries, which is statistically significant.

In Figure 4 I present the Sun sign distribution among 486 male murderers with Neptune in Scorpio.

Figure 4: Sun sign distribution among male murderers with Neptune in Scorpio

The two-tailed P value equals 0,01845. By conventional criteria, this difference is considered to be statistically significant. (The result of the Chi Square calculation has te be equal to or below 0.05 to be statistically significant.)

Again: Please bear in mind that in this case we are talking about the entire distribution between the 12 zodiac signs being statistically significant. If you use the simple Chi Square calculation on each zodiac sign seperately, then the counts for Aries and Gemini are actually statistically significant by themselves.

Pluto was in Leo almost the same years that Neptune was in Libra - namely from 1939 to 1956 approximately. The statistically significant result with Neptune in Libra might therefore be caused by Pluto in Leo instead. After all we are dealing with murderers, and Pluto (or Hades) was the god of death in Roman (or Greek) mythology. That's why I did a Chi Square calculation for the Sun sign count for the male murderers with Pluto in Leo - the result is displayed in Figure 5.

 

Figure 5: Sun sign distribution among male murderers with Pluto in Leo

The two-tailed P value equals 0.0781. By conventional criteria, this difference is considered to be not statistically significant.

Again: Please bear in mind that in this case we are talking about the entire distribution between the 12 zodiac signs not being statistically significant. If you use the simple Chi Square calculation on each zodiac sign seperately, then the count for Aries is actually statistically significant.

Figure 6 shows the calculations, which lead me to conclude that the Sun-Neptune relation seems to follow a 6th harmonic with an amplitude of 11%.

Figure 6: The calculations, which made me suspect that there was 6th harmonic relation between the Sun and Neptune

A sixth harmonic in the aspect circle consists of the following aspects:

  • Conjunction
  • Opposition
  • Trine
  • Sextile

Now, suppose we used the same orbis for these aspects - but altered the orbis incrementally, like this: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8... Then it would be possible to determine if the 6th harmonic was statistically significant, using Chi Square. That's what I have done in Figure 7.

Figure 7: Result of Chi Square when shifting orbis for Sun-Neptune's 6th harmonic

It is obvious from Figure 7 that the Chi Square output reaches its maximum, when the orbis is set to 9 degrees - but with no statistical significance, since the Chi Square output never passes the 3.84 mark.

NB! This calculation pressumes that the Sun-Neptune 6th harmonic has its phase (or culminating point) in 0 degrees, because that's how astrology is assumed to work. Suppose the phase is in 355 degrees instead, i.e. the Sun-Neptune aspect has its culminating effect 5 degrees, before it becomes exact - then there could be a statistically significant 6th harmonic, only we haven't detected it. 

(C) Copyright Eskild Rasmussen. This page was last edited May 17th 2019.