The Astrology of the Fort Hood Killings: The Enemy Among Us?

shooterIn a shocking and inexplicable incident that claimed the lives of 13 and threatens to claim some the lives of 38 others wounded, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a U. S. Army psychiatrist, opened fire on his fellow soldiers. The November 5, 2009 mass murder took place at a readiness center at Fort Hood, Texas, where a crowd was gathered to witness graduation exercises for some of the soldiers.

Col. Kimberly Kesling, deputy commander of clinical services at Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, said she had known Hasan.
“You wouldn’t think that someone who works in your facility and provided excellent care for his patients, which he did, could do something like this,” Kesling said. She described him as “a quiet man who wouldn’t seek the limelight” and said she was shocked when she heard he was the suspect in the shootings.

Was this a expression of faith as some had surmised about this deeply religious Muslim, or was this an act of a deeply disturbed individual?

What can astrology and his horoscope tell us about this man?

Nidal Malik Hasan was born on September 6, 1970, in Arlington, VA. The son of Palestinian immigrants he:

attended William Fleming High School in Roanoke, Virginia.[31] He joined the army immediately after high school and served 8 years as enlisted soldier while attending college. Hasan graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and went on to medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.[32] After earning his medical degree (M.D.) in 2001, he completed his residency in psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.[33] In 2009, he completed a fellowship in Disaster and Preventive Psychiatry at the Center for Traumatic Stress.[34


His aunt had reported to reporters that Hasan was distressed about what he perceived as harassment about his Muslim faith and that for a number of years he had been seeking to pay the Army back for his education and get a discharge. Other reports portray him as a man for whom the army was his life. Though he was slated for deployment no official date apparently had been set. Nonetheless, two weeks ago he gave notice to his landlord he was leaving and he said his goodbyes to friends, giving away belongings and making final arrangements to have his apartment cleaned. In retrospect, all this seems like acts of person who is planning his suicide.

Hasan’s facial features resemble so closely his many planets in the zodiac sign of Virgo it is hard to tell if his ascendant is Virgo as well. However the sunrise chart fits his stated personality well. With many planets in Virgo, he would naturally be drawn to a helping profession, and if he did indeed have a twelfth house sun, it would explain an interest in the psychological workings of the mind. His work would be careful and precise, and with his Sun in harmonious energetic connection with the planet of work and responsibility, he would be a hard worker as well. What stands out is his Sun and Mars in stress aspect (inconjunct) to the planet of wounds difficult to heal, Chiron which in the sunrise chart is tenanted in the eighth house, traditionally associated with death. It is reported the Hasan became more committed to his faith after his parents’ death. Can it be that his parents death opened a chronic wound that he was unable to reconcile in his mind?

With his strong Virgo sense of perfection and his Libra in the justice minded zodiac sign of Libra, he would have a strong sense of right and wrong. Couple that with a probable Moon in the zodiac sign of Scorpio, he would have fixed ideas of what should happen, ideas that could be at odds with the realities of his world.

Notice that this moon is opposite the planet of restrictions and duties, Saturn, which is in the zodiac sign of Taurus. The Taurus/Scorpio axis is a difficult one to master, one that pits three dimensional reality against the surreal impressions of the Universe that bombards the Scorpio Moon person. Though all his earth sign Virgo planets should have helped ground that Scorpio Moon, a challenge aspect from the Moon’s neighbor Neptune, the planet of delusions to Mars which is inconjunct Chiron, upset that apple cart.

Chillingly, two weeks ago, when he gave notice to his landlord he was quitting his apartment, the Saturn/Uranus opposition sat on his natal Pluto in Virgo at 29 degrees, the anarectic degree of decision. It seems that in his mind the only way he could break free of the chains of this life was to sever them altogether. It is entirely possible that he confused his devotion with God with a desire to release those chains and an extremist view of self-sacrifice to justify an action that he would intellectually know was wrong. It appears that the enemy among us was what many of us have faced, the difficulties in reconciling the realities of this world with our inner view of how the world should work.

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Update: As Funkstar pointed out in the comment below and Chris Brennan to another astrologer there is a posting of an army record on My Space Astrology discussions that lists Hasan’s birthdate as September 8 not 6 as reported by Wikipedia.

Aside from the Moon moving forward, not much else has changed in terms of aspects to each other. The Saturn/Neptune opposition seems to stand alone, but it is still in challenge aspect (square) to the personal planet Mars, so the observation about the Scorpio/Taurus axis stands. Chiron in the new sunrise chart is in the seventh, but so close to the eighth house cusp, that without a birth time, we can not be sure its not there anyway.


The progressed chart on the event date is tantalizing as well. Some astrologers like to read the progressed chart as a stand alone, though again without a birth time still leaves some information open to question, especially the position of the moon. With all this being said, in the progressed chart, the Taurus moon is the apex of a Yod between Pluto and Venus signaling difficulties in transforming his value system. It is an aspect of someone feeling the call of destiny. The trigger appears to be transiting Sun and Mercury in Scorpio, again highlighting the difficulty in handling the Taurus/Scorpio axis.

Your thoughts?


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5 Responses to The Astrology of the Fort Hood Killings: The Enemy Among Us?

  1. Funkstar says:

    There seems to be some confusion about this guys birthdate. The date you have is listed at wikipedia, though this army record had 8th Sep:

    • bturnage says:

      Thank you, Funkstar for this information! Chris Brennan pointed out the same page to another astrologer the same time you did. Obviously I did not find it and of course, for any of us, without a birth certificate in hand all dates are suspect.

      Wikipedia is a tremendous source of information, but in being edited by thousands of people, isn’t always the most accurate. In the case of Drew Peterson, Wikipedia may have his birthdate two days off as well, since an anonymous person sent me his “real, confirmed” birthdate, but without documentation, that is not official either.

      I’m posting the updated version and his progressed chart which is interesting in an of itself.

      And kudos for your blog being mentioned in Mountain Astrologer!

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  4. Funkstar says:

    Thankyou for the kudos Beth! It’s flattery like like which adds links to my blogroll :))

    I have been working on a rectified time of 9:03 am for Nidal. I played around tith lunations and Arabic Parts. Unrelated to the recification, but what got me started down this track, was his part of assassination (I) being 24lib04, so this was triggered by the last new moon (24lib59).

    For the time of the shooting, Mars + Neptune – Uranus = 09can56.
    AC + H12 – Neptune = 15cap19, triggered by the july lunar eclipse (15cap24).

    This rectified time puts the IC at 14cap34 which made sense because the IC is about family roots which seems important with the Palestinian link. His p.Fortune at 09cap22 opposes the shooting p.assassination (II) at 09can56.

    This gives his AC 12lib45 on the fixed star Algorab (kill or be killed) which was the same star rising with Mercury for the WTC attack. I also like his mercury in the 12th, as it was oposed by transiting Uranus.

    Progressions are not my strong point so I look forward to what you find there. This is turning out to be a very interesting case, there is lots being written about it on blogs and forums.

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