April 25, 2012 by Nina Gryphon
Faithful readers of the Gryphon Astrology blog have read my 2007 post about little Madeleine McCann who vanished without a trace from her parents’ vacation apartment in Portugal, on May 3, 2007. Recently, Scotland Yard stated they have evidence that Madeleine is still alive and they are investigating this line of inquiry. Perhaps they read this blog! In 2007, I wrote that the little girl is most likely alive.
As this is an emotional topic for me (and many readers), I impulsively cast a horary chart when I learned of Scotland Yard’s announcement, asking “Is Madeleine McCann alive?” The chart is below:
Short answer: Yes, Madeleine is still alive. There is a good possibility she will be found.
Long answer: This is clearly a question about children; we have a Mercury-ruled sign rising, Gemini. Mercury rules young children, especially those between 4-10. We also have the Moon and Venus on the Ascendant, so further evidence that this is about a little girl. Madeleine is represented by the 1st house (William Lilly assigned missing persons we don’t personally know to the 1st house), its ruler, and planets in it. Any past connection to planets associated with the eighth house would indicate death.
Mercury, ruler of the 1st house, is in the auspicious 11th house, which, according to Lilly, means the person is still alive, however many reports there are of their death.
Saturn rules the 8th house of death in this chart; there is no past connection between Saturn and Madeleine’s planets (Mercury, Venus, or the Moon). Lilly also says to watch out for oppositions between these planets, which we fortunately do not see here.
Now, the Moon does apply to a trine of Saturn, translating the light of Venus to Saturn. However, we are optimistic that Madeleine is not in danger. Saturn is in the 5th house, which is not malefic, and having Venus on the Ascendant is highly protective for the little girl. Interestingly, Venus will not trine Saturn anytime soon; she will go retrograde a hair before the aspect perfects.
We do see that the Moon has separated from Venus, ruler of the 12th house, which means a past imprisonment or fear of imprisonment. But interestingly, we do see Mercury and Venus applying to a sextile, and are cautiously optimistic that this brings some news of Madeleine. This aspect perfects on May 4th, William Lilly says to look at when the ruler of the 11th (Mars) and the ruler of the Ascendant (Mercury) come into aspect to determine when we hear about the missing person. Mercury trines Mars on the 13th of May. Let us hope we hear about Madeleine on one of these dates.