Amelia Earhart: Did She Disappear into Thin Air? An Astrological Inquiry.
July 17, 2008 by Nina Gryphon
Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, and she famously disappeared in the Pacific Ocean while attempting a round-the-world flight on July 2, 1937. Earhart’s birthday is coming up next week, which would be an appropriate occasion to analyze her horoscope for clues to her disappearance. An added challenge is that Earhart’s birthtime is rounded off to the nearest half-hour. We will present a slightly modified horoscope for her, based on her life events and personal characteristics.
Amelia Earhart said she was born at 11:30 pm, which would giver her early degrees of Taurus rising. This stolid, contented sign seems highly unlikely for a feminist pioneer in a masculine pursuit such as flying, especially since Earhart’s Venus (the ruler of Taurus) is not particularly disposed to feats of daring. No, Earhart must have been born a few minutes earlier than 11:30, giving her an Aries ascendant. This means that Mars rules her horoscope; partile conjunct Jupiter, the planet of expansion, and square the Moon, the planet of travel. The Moon, appropriately for an aviatrix, is in an air sign.
Let us take a look at what Earhart’s horoscope shows regarding the nature of her death. We are using Guido Bonatti’s Book of Astronomy to guide our footsteps. We primarily look to the 8th house of death and its ruler. The 8th house could be ruled by Scorpio or Sagittarius, depending on Earhart’s exact time of birth. Because the two rulers, Mars and Jupiter, are conjunct, separating their effects will take some careful picking apart of influences. However, that is not necessary here. We can safely assume that the Mars-Jupiter complex in Earhart’s horoscope is indicative of death. Note that Jupiter rules Earhart’s 9th house of long journeys.
Let us see what Bonatti says (or quotes from older authors) about this combination. We don’t have to do any selective reading here:
- When almuten – planet with the most essential dignities – of the 8th cusp is cadent, death will come by fall from a height. Both Mars and Jupiter are on the cusp of the cadent 6th house.
- When the almuten of the 8th is afflicted by a malefic and peregrine, the death will be on a journey. Both Mars and Jupiter are malefic in Earhart’s chart; Mars by its nature and Jupiter because it is in detriment. Thus, they afflict each other.
- When the almuten is in its descension (I assume fall or detriment), death will come from “wells or pits or caverns or in deep waters.” Again, we have Jupiter in its detriment.
Regardless of Earhart’s exact birth time, the secondary progressions active at the time of her death show her natal Sun conjoining Mars and Jupiter in the autumn of 1936. This progression is still active at the time of her death in 1937.
Earhart’s Solar Return for 1936-1937 looks grim. The ruler of the chart is Mercury, combust. The natal Ascendant ruler, Mars, is in Cancer – the sign of its fall (!), trine Saturn in Pisces, retrograde and exactly opposite the Ascendant. If there ever was an indication of a watery grave, this would be it. The Moon conjoins the benefic fixed star Spica, but without a favorable direction, not much could have helped Earhart.