Violence erupted from a 100,000 strong crowd in India when a controversial Indian guru was sentenced to 20 years in prison for rape. 38 died and over 200 were injured as the supporters of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, known as ‘the guru of bling’, voiced their disapproval. He denies charges of murder in two cases due to be heard next month and has been accused of forcing 400 followers to undergo castration to “get closer to god”. He is leader of a sect, which claims to have 60 million followers around the world. In addition to spiritual guidance, and some admittedly constructive charitable and social welfare work, he performs at rock concerts, acts in films and even has his own line of food products.
Born 15 August 1967, he is unsurprisingly a Sun conjunct Jupiter Leo with Mercury also in Leo. His Sun Jupiter squares a showbizzy conjunction of Mars Neptune in Scorpio. And he has a challenging Yod of Venus sextile Mars inconjunct Saturn in Aries, which requires maturity and self-discipline to operate well, otherwise it self-destructs.
His 10th Harmonic is exceptionally marked – the wheel of fortune bringing material abundance but also containing the seed of the rise and fall, the good and the bad.