Solar aspects

On the page about the male murderers' Sun signs I concluded that "the Sun and Neptune seemed to follow a 6th harmonic with an amplitude of 11%".

If you are an astrologer you might ask what this means in practice - when working with birth charts. Practicing astrologers seldom use harmonics, when they deal with the distances between two celestial bodies like the Sun and Neptune, instead they prefer aspects. For this reason I have calculated the aspects for Sun and Neptune for the 1260 male murderers. I use the orbis recommended by John Addey:

  • Conjunctions: 12 degrees
  • Oppositions: 6 degrees
  • Trines: 4 degrees
  • Squares: 3 degrees
  • Quintile and biquintiles: 2:24'
  • Sextiles: 2 degrees
  • The series of septiles: 1:43'
  • Semisquare and sesquisquare: 1:30'
  • The series of noviles: 1:20'
  • The series of deciles: 1:12'
  • The series of undeciles (or 11th harmonic aspects): 1:05'
  • Semisextile and quinqunx: 1 degree

In figure 1 I present the aspects between the Sun and Neptune with the following parameters:

  • O for observed counts
  • E for expected values
  • ChiSqu is the result of the Chi Square calculation
  • P is the probability
  • 1:x is the odds
  • % is the +/- percentage.

None of the aspects in the table shows any statistical significance, which is when the P-value is equal to or below 0.05, which represents a chance of 1 out 20.

Figure 1: Aspects between the Sun and Neptune

This result means that the Sun-Neptune aspects by degree cannot explain Sun's preference for Aries, when Neptune was in Libra - and the opposite, when Neptune was in Scorpio.

Nevertheless, I decided to continue checking out aspects between the Sun and various celestial bodies. Figure 2 shows a a preliminary list in alphabetical order of the abbreviations. The celestial bodies in the list are categorized in the following categories:

  • Planet: The "regular" planets are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
  • Asteroid belt: There is an infinite number of celestial bodies in the asteroid belt - so far I have decided to include the following ones into this project: Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta, Iris, Hygiea and Eros. Iris and Hygiea may be excluded, because their positions seem to be difficult to calculate with ARGUS, my astrological software programme.
  • Centaur: So far I have decided to include the following centaurs into this project: Chiron, Pholus, Chariklo, Nessus and Hidalgo.
  • Ressonant KBO's: You will have to look up the definition of "Resonant KBO" at Wikipedia, but I can inform you that "KBO" is an abbreviation for "Kuiper Belt Object". The Resonant KBO's in my project consist of Haumea, Manwë and all the Plutinos. The Plutinos are interesting in relation to murderers, because Wikipedia writes the following about them: "Plutinos are named after mythological creatures associated with the underworld." In other words: Plutinos are mythologically associated with death. The Plutinos included in my project are Pluto, Orcus, Ixion, Huya and Lempo.
  • Cubewano - also known as "Classical KBO's": Apparently they are the KBO's, which are not "resonant", and in my project I have included the following ones: Makemake, Quaoar, Salacia and Varuna.
  • Scattered Disc Objects - also known as SDO's: So far I have only included Eris, Gǃkún ʼhòmdímà and Sedna.

I am not using the term "dwarf planet" for any category, because astrologically it does not make sense to put Ceres into the same category as trans-Neptunians such as Pluto, Eris, Makemake and Haumea. Furthermore, a lot of the trans-Neptunians, which haven't been designated "dwarf planet" yet, may become dwarf planets in the future, which means that the label "dwarf planet" is very unstable. I assume that categories, which I have selected, are more stable.

Figure 2: Abbreviations for celestial bodies

The celestial bodies, whose aspects to the Sun came out to be statistically significant by their numbers, are displayed in Figure 3. More aspects will be added as they are calculated and counted. You can find a table with all the E-values here.

Figure 3: Statistically significant aspects with the Sun

The fact that the statistically significant aspects aren't impressive in number or strength is probably caused by the fact that my definition of a male murderer is very broad. I assume that more and statistically stronger aspects will appear, the moment I limit myself to a specific kind of murderer profile - but for now I am mostly interested in finding the astrological influences, which make men cross that thin and invisible line, where they kill other human beings - often without having any kind of bad conscience or moral qualms about doing it.

I define a male murderer as a male person, who has killed somebody else without being in war and ordered to kill by his superiors. I even include a few men, who have killed in self defence. The selected category includes sexual predators, psychotics, drug addicts, thieves and robbers, who happened to kill someone as part of their enrichment crimes, ideologically motivated killers, hitmen paid by the mafia, islamic terrorists, military officers, who comitted war crimes, etc. I exclude politicians, who have been found guilty in war crimes, if these politicians don’t have blood on their hands themselves. I also exclude leaders in organized crime, who have paid hitmen to kill for them.

The following observations can be made regarding the statistically significant aspects:

  • Outside the usual astrology: So far the Sun only made one statistically significant aspects to one planet, namely Saturn.
  • Centaurs: The 5 centaurs I have checked out don't have any statistically significant aspects with the Sun.
  • The extraordinary: The most interesting category seems to be the group of "resonant KOB's": Pluto, Orcus, Ixion, Haumea and Huya, while the Cubewanos seem to be less interesting.

So, which celestial body or bodies are the most "active", when it comes to aspecting the Sun? Figure 4 can give you a clue. (I have excluded Mercury and Venus, since they only make a limited number of aspects with the Sun.) The average Chi Square output has been calculated for each celestial bodies - this means that even the Chi Square outputs, which were not statistically significant, are included.

The result so far is very interesting:

  • The most active celestial bodies are Saturn, Orcus, Haumea, Manwë, Eris, Lilith, Pholus and Juno.
  • The least active celestial bodies are Jupiter, Makemake, Quaoar, Chiron and Vesta - even though Vesta does have one statistically significant aspect type.

Figure 4: Average Chi Square output for celestial bodies

The results from Figure 4 can also be grouped according to astronomical category, as I have done in Figure 5.

  • Most active: The resonant KBO's, the SDO's and the lunar points. The fact that the lunar points are among the most active suggests that with timed data aspects with the Moon will be among the most active. We only know a limited number of SDO's, because fewer of them have been discovered due to the greater distance from planet Earth.
  • Medium active: The planets and the celestial bodies in the asteroid belt.
  • Least active: The cubewanos and the centaurs.

Figure 5: Average Chi Square output for categories of celestial bodies

Finally we can also determine the most and least active aspects, as illustrated in Figure 6. The opposition and the series of deciles seem to be the most frequent in the chosen category, while trines, quintiles, noviles, semisextiles and quinqunxes are the least frequent.

Figure 5: Average Chi Square output for the 12 aspect types

Question: Can we conclude anything from the aspects with the Sun among the birth dates of the 1260 male murderers? 

Answer: The signficance level was set to 0.05, which means that 1 out 20 of the found aspects with statistical significance could have happened by chance. So far - without Iris and Hygiea, which are expected to be included - 391 aspects were analyzed. This means that 19.6 or approximately 20 statistically significant aspects are expected to be found by chance - and I have only found 18 such aspects. This means that yes, all the statistically significant aspects found in this research project could have happened by chance.

However, maybe it is too early to jump to conclusions, because some of the statistically significant aspects do have pretty strong odds. The strongest proof in favor of astrology would in this case be, if this research project is replicated and a certain fractions - I would say 65% based on the odss - of the results reappeared in the replication test.

NB! The list of celestial bodies in Figure 2 has not been covered yet - I am waiting for proper software to calculate the remaining asteroids, Hygiea and Iris.

(C) Copyright Eskild Rasmussen. This page was last edited May 19th 2019.