Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito And The Eclipses
A sensational murder trial has finally come to a close. After seven long years, Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were cleared of the murder of Meredith Kercher yesterday by the highest court in Italy.
All of the major actors in this drama are playthings of the gods, acting out an archetypal story in the world media for our mass edification. The headlines have been lurid, speculation has been unbridled, truth has been scarce. Prejudice and bigotry, national pride, racism, misogyny and snobbery have all played a part in a story that at heart may be very simple: an innocent was raped and killed by a murderer who is now behind bars.
The mirroring of Knox and Kercher — both beautiful, beloved daughters — set the media hounds slavering. Good girl: bad girl. Bad girl: good girl. Rich girl: poor girl. Dead girl: sin eater.
Reams and reams have been written about the case (including by other astrologers) so I won’t go into the details. These are AA rated charts for Knox and Sollecito from astrodatabank. Here in brief are the bald facts about the trials and retrials, so we should be able to see a broad astrological arc.
- November 2, 2007: 21-year-old Meredith Kercher is found murdered in her flat in the Italian city of Perugia.
- November 6: One of her flatmates Amanda Knox and Knox’s boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito are arrested for Kercher’s murder.
- October 28, 2008: Knox and Sollecito indicted
- December 4, 2009: Knox and Sollecito found guilty
- October 3, 2011: Appeals court clears the pair. Knox returns to the USA.
- January 30, 2014: Appeals courts upholds the murder convictions, sentencing Knox to 28 1/2 years in absentia and Sollecito to 25 years.
- March 27, 2015: Court annuls the convictions, clearing Knox and Sollecito of any involvement in the murder.
The first thing to note is that this final release for Knox and Sollecito takes during the eclipse/Uranus-Pluto season. This shows just how positive these energies can be for some people. These two have been liberated (Uranus) from dark oppression (Pluto). Uranus is now rapidly moving away from Pluto by aspect, and they won’t be back in direct touch again for a long time. It’s like the liberator is escaping.
Knox’s natal °16 Cancer Sun is in the direct line of fire of this Uranus-Pluto square.
Sollecito’s Sun and IC were transited by Uranus during the earlier part of this case, and his Jupiter was later under the square.
Here are the details of the eclipses that led up to the murder. You can see that our eclipses have just returned to Pisces. In fact, last month’s eclipse was at 29° Pisces. One conjecture is that this story began for everyone months before, when they were booking their places on the exchange programs.
Eclipse data from cafe astrology
Mar 18, 2007 Sun 28 Pis 07 Conjunct Moon 28 Pis 07
Aug 28, 2007 Sun 4 Vir 45 Opposition Moon 4 Pis 45
Sep 11, 2007 Sun 18 Vir 24 Conjunct Moon 18 Vir 24
The upcoming eclipse on April 4 at 14° Libra will square Knox’s Sun and sextile her Saturn and Sollecito’s Uranus — interesting synastry there.
The second thing is Saturn. Saturn is now in Sagittarius, the sign of the lawgiver, and he has just turned retrograde. So a legal decision has been reversed. Just eyeballing those dates, you can see a seven-year span — that’s one-quarter of a Saturn cycle. We know Saturn is involved anyway, because the trial has gone on so long (Saturn is the planet of duration), because Knox’s natal Saturn is in Sagittarius, and note the length of her sentence, one complete Saturn cycle. Natal Saturn in Sagittarius can mean trouble with the law or fear of the law. It’s not considered a good placement traditionally.
Sollecito’s natal Sun at 5° Aries is currently trined by Saturn. As the I Ching says, “perseverance furthers”.
Knox’s Sagittarian Moon is conjunct her natal Saturn and Uranus. On the night of the murder, Jupiter and Pluto were transiting this stellium in her house of partnership. She was bound at some point in her life to encounter issues around freedom and relationships. This stellium rests on Sollecito’s Sagittarian Ascendant/Uranus. On the day of the murder, Jupiter was exactly on his Ascendant. Ironically, the whole story shot Sollecito to fame. His face and Knox’s face have been all over the papers for years.
Sollecito’s natal Jupiter in Capricorn is not considered well-placed either, and by transit the planet was not kind to him. But this natal tough Jupiter at 11° Capricorn has been agitated repeatedly by transit from Pluto over the past few years. Sollecito and Knox have both been determined to clear their names.
Here is something to look for in the transits: “I vanished so far from public view that I thought of myself… as Mr Nobody.” — Raffaele Sollecito
But Amanda Knox was the one sacrificed on the altar of the media as a scapegoat. The planet we associate with that is Chiron, exactly on her Midheaven by transit in November 2007. Her profile has been Chironic in America, where she has always been seen as a victim of a miscarriage of justice. In fact since April 2014, Chiron has been trining Knox’s Sun.
There is tons of interesting astrology associated with this case, including the synastry between these two charts. Please see what you can find. I have put the transits for the murder on Sollecito’s chart and the ones for yesterday on Knox’s.
Remember, at the centre of this story is the murder of a girl and the devastation of her family. The real truth is that no justice on earth could put that right, especially not the sacrifice of another victim.