Astrology of Missing People: Is Madeleine McCann Still Alive?

April 25, 2012 by  

Children Playing on the Beach

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:

Madeleine McCann Astrology Chart

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.

Steve Fossett: Horary Astrology of Missing People

September 5, 2007 by  

Daedalus and Icarus - illustrating horary astrology reading

The sudden disappearance of multi-millionaire record-setting aviator Steve Fossett has raised a lot of questions as to his whereabouts. Though searches for Fossett have been going on for days, no sign of him or his small airplane has been found. Ironically, Fossett has cheated death on riskier occassions, during his daredevil flight expeditions.

Horary Astrology Chart – Steve Fossett

As frequent readers of this blog know, I am very interested in the astrology of missing persons. Astrological techniques are effective to determine a person’s whereabouts and their condition. Though I rarely do this, I felt moved to use horary astrology to ask: “Is Steve Fossett dead or alive?” This horoscope is below:

Is Steve Fossett alive?

Unfortunately, I fear the worst. Fossett is symbolized by the ruler of the 7th house of other people in general, Venus. Venus is right on the cusp of the turned 4th house, which rules all endings, and which seems to be very common in horoscopes having to do with missing persons. Venus’s position in itself, however, is not a complete testimony of death. The famed astrologer, William Lilly, says that a significator’s location in the 4th house only indicates death when there has been a long absence, the person was lost in remote parts, and/or there is strong external evidence pointing to death. Even though all of these factors are in play in Fossett’s case, I feel that we need corroborating evidence to be certain.

We do not have a separating aspect between the ruler of the radical or turned 8th houses of death, which would be the most obvious evidence. However, we do see that Venus has recently sextiled Mars in Gemini in the 8th house of death, and the Moon, also in the 8th house, has translated the light between Venus and Mars, recreating the aspect. This is strong evidence pointing to a violent death, since Mars rules violence, and it is in the air sign Gemini. Further, Mars rules the malefic 6th house (or the turned 12th house, which is just as bad). The Moon’s upcoming and last aspect in Gemini will be a square to Mercury, ruler of the 8th house. The Moon rules all missing things, especially live ones (animals and people). It doesn’t look good for Fossett.

Where is Steve Fossett?

With his significator, Venus, in the 10th house in Leo, our authorities tell us that this means he is on high ground (at the very top of the chart), in a place of wild beasts, the desert, steep and rocky terrain that is likely quite wild and inaccessible. No wonder he has not yet been found!

“Last Seen” Horoscope for Steve Fossett

My astrology contact in the Netherlands, Karin Verhoeve, emailed me this morning with her analysis of the situation. Karin cast a chart for the time and place that Fossett was last seen, and drew the conclusion that he died. I also looked at the horoscope, and to me, it is not nearly as terrible-looking as some other “missing persons” charts, though the most notable aspect is the immediate Venus sextile to Mars, which can never be too good.

The Astrology of Missing People: Madeleine McCann

May 25, 2007 by  

Little Girl in Big Straw Hat - Illustrating Horoscope - Madeleine McCann - Astrology of Missing Persons

The Madeleine McCann case is the latest mystery in the Astrology of Missing People topic; the story has been covered by the news somewhat here in the United States, but not nearly as much as in Europe. One of the readers of this blog, Magwitch, has brought the Madeleine McCann disappearance to my attention. Magwitch writes:

I was re-reading your blog entry from January concerning the whereabouts of missing student May Zhou. At the start of the article you say that “the fate and whereabouts of missing people” is an area of astrological interest for you. That got me wondering; has there been much in the news in your part of the world about the missing 4 year old child Madeleine McCann?

Madeleine was apparently abducted from her parents’ holiday apartment at the Ocean Club Resort, Praia da Luz in Portugal on Thursday 3rd May. The story is absolutely massive here in the UK and across most of Europe and the press seem keen to keep it as front page news even 3 weeks after the event. Sadly there appears to be no progress on Madeleine’s whereabouts at the moment.

Full details about Madeleine and the search to find her are available at

Madeleine was last seen by her parents on May 3, 2007, at 9:30 p.m. local time***(see important update at end of post), near the town of Lagos, Portugal. To try to determine whether she is dead or alive, and her whereabouts, we cast a horoscope for the time of her disappearance, which is below:

Horoscope - Madeleine McCann - Astrology of Missing Persons

We will examine the chart according to the rules laid out by astrologer William Lilly in his book, Christian Astrology. First, we shall see whether little Madeleine is still alive, and then we will analyze the horoscope for her location.

Is Madeleine McCann Alive?

We take the ruler of the first house, Mars, and the Moon, as Madeleine’s significators. Mars is in Pisces, in the fourth house. Mars is not afflicted, as it is in the sign of its triplicity, and it is not making aspects to troublesome planets. So far, so good.

The Moon, however, is not in such good shape: it is in Scorpio, the sign of its fall, so little Madeleine is in trouble. The Moon is void of course, meaning it will not make any more aspects in its current sign, and is about to enter Sagittarius. Normally, this would mean that Madeleine’s situation is about to get better, since the Moon is not nearly as afflicted in Sagittarius as it is in Scorpio. However, we would really want to see the Moon entering its own sign, to indicate that Madeleine will return home. I will discuss this more later when we talk about her whereabouts.

Death is shown by the ruler of the eighth house, Mercury, and to a lesser extent, by Venus, which is right on the cusp of the eighth. We also need to look at the Arabian Part of Death, which falls at 25° Gemini. It is encouraging to see that neither the Moon nor Mars are aspecting Mercury, ruler of the eighth house. However, and this is significantly troubling, Mars is about to square the Part of Death, from its location in the fourth house. Also, William Lilly writes that if the missing person’s significators are in the fourth house, “these are testimonies that the party absent be dead.”

I am also concerned to see Venus, ruler of the 7th house, so closely conjunct the Part of Death in the eighth house. While Venus is not one of Madeleine’s significators, whenever we see the Part of Death in play like this, it adds in a small way to the evidence of death. The seventh house would rule her abductors, and I do not like to see them connected to her death by such a close aspect. So, while the evidence for death here is not as overwhelming as in the May Zhou case, I am inclined to believe that Madeleine may not be alive.

Where Is Madeleine McCann?

We can also use this horoscope to find her location. Praia da Luz, Portugal, is about 90 miles from the Spanish border. The fact that the Moon is about to enter Sagittarius made me think that Madeleine’s abductors took her across the border to Spain. Spain is ruled by Sagittarius, and the Ascendant, where the Moon is located, represents the East direction. The emphasis on water signs (Mars is in Pisces and the Moon is in Scorpio) might show her in or near the water, particularly standing water.

***Important Update (5/26/07):

One blog reader (Suzanne – thank you!) has found out that Madeleine was last seen around 9 pm, not 9:30 pm. This changes the above chart in one important respect: The Part of Death falls at 13 Gemini. As a result, neither of Madeleine’s significators, Mars or the Moon, aspects the Part. This takes out a major part of our concern that Madeleine has come to an untimely end. I am far more optimistic about her being alive now, than when I looked at the 9:30 pm chart. Unfortunately, I cannot tell from the above chart whether she will be found again. I still feel very strongly that the water is important here, as I am sure it would be very easy to take away the child by boat without a trace, or even hide her in a boat. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for her safe return, folks!

I left the old chart up for comparison, and because it is still extremely close to the 9 pm chart (which has the Ascendant at 21 Scorpio).

Astrology of Missing People: The Missing Local Student

January 25, 2007 by  

Sunset California Yosemite

One of my astrological interests is learning the fate and whereabouts of missing people via astrological charts. For higher profile missing people cases, the police and sometimes the family often hire psychics (not astrologers, typically) to help them find the person. However, I do not know of too many cases where the psychic was the one who broke the case.

I suspect the reason for this is that psychics seem to work best when they have some connection to the case. As an example, they typically do extremely well when locating someone of their acquaintance, and will do very well when they are working directly with the family or close friends of the missing person. However, if they are only working with the police, we already have several degrees of separation, and therefore, their intuition is less reliable.

As astrologers, we face a similar challenge. Unless we’re working directly with the people looking for the person in question, or we are trying to locate the person ourselves, it is best that we cast a chart for the time and place the person was last seen, rather than the time we think of the question. I suspect that this is why asking questions about rulers of faraway countries with whom we have no real connection will give us a lower rate of success than we are accustomed to.

Below is the chart for the time and place that May Zhou, a local graduate student, was last seen. There seems to be no indication of foul play and neither her credit cards or cell phone have been used since her disappearance. Our goal will be to determine whether she is alive, and where she is.

May Zhou Last Seen

I will not give details of my analysis here, but will post them when more is known on the situation, due to the sensitive nature of the information.

UPDATE (1/26/2007): May Zhou’s body was found in her locked car trunk, about 100 miles to the north of Stanford.  The car was parked at a junior college planetarium. The police believe that she committed suicide, though her family has doubts.   Below is the analysis I held back yesterday:

The missing girl is shown by the ruler of the first house, Mars, and her co-ruler is the Moon.  Seemingly, May is fine, seeing as she is symbolized by Mars in its exaltation on the cusp of the strong 10th house.  However, her co-significator, the Moon, is not in as good a shape.  It is on the cusp of the 12th house of self-undoing, opposing a very nasty Saturn in detriment in the malefic 6th house.  Saturn rules the 12th house, so the opposition is a malefic double whammy.  William Lilly writes that oppositions to the rulers or planets in the malefic houses (6th, 8th and 12th) bode badly for the missing person.  With this in mind, I looked at the location of the Arabian Part of Death, which is at 6.32 Capricorn, with the girl’s significator going to meet it.  The picture does not seem positive, to say the least, but I will be very happy to have been wrong about this part of the judgment.

What about the girl’s location?  I am struck by the position of Mars at the top of the chart, and in its exaltation.  She is somewhere high up (hopefully this is not meant metaphorically, as astrology can do that sometimes).  Capricorn gives barren land, where beasts, wood or tools are stored.  Moon in Aquarius gives hilly ground that has been newly dug up.

The chart did not give strong clues as to May’s location, which makes me suspect that these “last seen” horoscopes may not show the location as clearly as the person’s being alive or dead.  It is quite likely that the planetarium is on an elevation or hill, but I could not confirm this.  Sadly, this horoscope showed May’s fate too clearly.