Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Trayvon Martin Case

Young persons die every day by accident, disease, or murder.  Both the current US President and the last have personally sent thousands of young persons to their senseless deaths overseas, without so much as a peep from the voices trumpeting the importance of the Martin case today.  Every young death is a tragedy, of course, but there seems nothing inherent in the Trayvon Martin killing to merit national attention.

What makes the case notable is not the unfortunate event itself, but the media-fueled social firestorm it has raised in the American psyche.  As soon as the media began its campaign to publicize and sensationalize the killing, the politically passionate of America immediately took sides and drew battle lines.  Liberals, which include most astrologers, automatically assumed a racially-motivated murder.  Conservatives and libertarians, for the most part, saw a tragically avoidable death.  I lean toward the latter verdict, but I recognize that I am not qualified to pass judgment on this case.  So, unlike millions of Americans who have already weighed-in on the case based on a slippery and ever-changing narrative from the press, I leave it to the jury to decide.  If we already knew the whole truth, we wouldn't need a trial now, would we?

The astrology of the incident and the men involved, however rich in symbolism, is insufficient to judge the case.  George Zimmerman could have the chart of a near-saint, but even near-saints can make severe errors in judgment and experience moments of destabilizing emotion.  He could conversely have the chart of a potential mass-murderer, and yet still be involved in a legitimate case of self-defense.  For the record, the charts of both men are a mixed bag when it comes to Pallas, planetary ruler of ethics.  And yes, transiting Pluto was conjunct Zimmerman's Pallas last year, possibly altering his ethics and judgment for the worse.  This is a transit during which persons do commit murders (I've researched this)... but the vast majority of persons experiencing the transit don't go around killing people.  The astrology, suspicious as it is, is not enough. 

I hold that the guilt or innocence of George Zimmerman is a matter not for any astrologer, media talking head, or political opportunist, but for the jury charged with rendering the verdict.  Either way, the man's life will probably be a nightmare until its end (which given the murderous public sentiment might be very soon).  The rest of us have a choice between giving into mass hysteria and emotion (Neptune is strong in the sky this month, in a grand trine with Saturn and Jupiter), or keeping our heads and moving on to matters of actual relevance to our own lives.  Choices have consequences. We owe it to ourselves and each other to choose wisely. 


  1. The jury has spoken: the defense case clearly overwhelmed the prosecution, even amid heavy public pressure to convict, and a judge slanted toward the prosecution. Nevertheless, millions of Americans will consider the opinions of political operatives, celebrities, and race-baiting pundits to be superior to the findings of a jury considering the physical evidence and charged with upholding the law. The Obama administration is already using the verdict to push a gun-control agenda -- they and the corporate media will milk the Martin killing for every drop of bloody advantage they can.

  2. The case has some interesting polarities in it that perhaps explain why it has captured the public imagination (beyond the obvious media-hype). Zimmerman is Latino, a volunteer assisting at-risk Black youth, probably highly integrated into "American" culture, and Catholic. Martin was black, apparently immersed in the problematic "urban" culture, and his father is a Master Mason (arguably anti-Christian). Zimmerman's brother Robert is the most intelligent, articulate, and level-headed spokesman anyone could ever wish for. Martin had Rachel Jeantel. These contrasts are consistent with the immediate Left-Right divide that formed around the case: most Americans probably formed an opinion based on which man they most identified with.

  3. Stefan Molyneux weighs in with relevant information that has gone completely unpublicized.