Anders Breivik will no doubt be remembered as a monster.
When someone blows up a city centre with a homemade fertiliser bomb and then dresses up as a policeman, grabs a machine gun and murders 70+ kids on a picturesque island, one doesn’t need validation of that person’s insanity.
What I do like doing though is showing how the astrology is working.
Perhaps even more importantly, I want to show how astrology can curtail the potential for people like Breivik to wreak havoc.
Anders Breivik was born on 13 February 1979 in London according to Wikipedia. Because the time is unknown, I’m using the time as noon. Without the angles nor exact position of the Moon, the information available is limited but not to the point where the astrology can’t be seen.
Like Amy Winehouse, Breivik’s chart contains a magic triangle. Whereas Amy had Saturn/Pluto as the tip, Breivik has Neptune. His focus was cloudier, flimsier and much, much harder to pin down (see previous entry on Amy’s Pluto/Saturn for a contrast).
Anyone can be a drug addict, a drunkard, a sympathiser or an idealist (all traits of Neptune) but Neptune’s position and contacts to other planets show how a native embraces the nebulous attraction of Neptune. Think about the pull of the sea: to some of us the idea of swimming in the ocean a terrifying one (some of us grew up in the 70s when “Jaws” was popular!), some of us might find it exhilarating (like surfers), some might see it as something to be conquered (deep sea fisherman) and some of us might find it fascinating (like Jacques Cousteau).
Breivik had Jupiter in Leo so he would have needed opportunities to express his creativity. Shortly after his Jupiter return, his parents divorced. Surely this qualifies as a loss of status that would be difficult for any child to tolerate. For Breivik, the event would have occurred as his brain was rapidly developing.
During this time, Breivik also became involved with expressing himself as a graffiti artist and began weight training. His looks seem to have preoccupied his interests since early adolescence. These interests would have “coincided” with his first Jupiter return.
Saturn in Virgo may have also contributed to this preoccupation with health. Transiting Saturn would have opposed its natal position for the first time just after his 15th birthday in 1995. The final Saturn transiting opposition was in 1995 when he was 16.
He broke away from his hip-hop friends around this time.
Breivik had a Sun/Mars conjunction in Aquarius trine to Pluto in Libra, all three planets pointing to his Neptune by sextile. With different lifestyle choices, Breivik could simply have ended up as the town drunk. Instead he became drunk on the idea of religious perfection (Neptune in Sagittarius). In Breivik’s case, “the pull of the sea” would have felt pretty irresistible–especially as North Node began transiting his Neptune earlier this year. With this, the attraction of Neptune became not only interesting but something that may have felt “fated” to him.
But there are other things happening too. . .
For the past couple of years, Neptune had been doing the boogie-woogie all over his natal Sun and Mercury. Perhaps the siren’s call to a perfection?
Transit Uranus began a long stretch going over and passing then retreating and re-passing (by retrograde motion) over his progressed Sun, destabilising an already eccentric centre-self (Sun and Mercury in Aquarius square to Uranus). Of course, not all Aquarians are unstable—but they do enjoying holding unique or even unpopular beliefs. Breivik goes way beyond simple eccentricity. Someone, somewhere probably tried to tell Breivik he was behaving oddly but he probably turned around and said “But I’m right.”
So far, no one has said much about Breivik’s love life but something unusual is here too and is worth a look.
Natally, he most likely had a Saturn/Moon conjunction in Virgo. He’d hardly be a fluffy bunny kind of boyfriend: he’d most likely fix that cold, icy stare on you if you were anything less than perfect. This is trine to Venus in Capricorn—again, hardly cosy. Venus in Capricorn is not known for its love of soft furnishings. This guy is about as comfortable as a bed of nails. Transit Pluto in Capricorn was slowly making its way to Natal Venus, thus setting off what may be construed as a very unpleasant love affair with cold discomfort and harsh reality—and complete unpredictability. The image of those poor teenagers rushing to the good-looking, heroic policeman for help only to be gunned down as they stood is a tragic metaphor for this.