John Lennon was gunned down forty three years ago on 8 December 1980 in New York by mentally disturbed Mark Chapman who also had a hit list including David Bowie, Johnny Carson, Paul McCartney, Ronald Reagan, and Elizabeth Taylor. Having shot Lennon he sat quietly and waited to be arrested. No one has managed to tie down his motive though it appeared to be connected in his psychotic fantasy with Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. He is still in prison serving a life sentence with parole being routinely denied every two years since 2000.
A new Apple TV+ docuseries, John Lennon: Murder Without a Trial narrated by Kiefer Sutherland looks over the events of that night.
What was always significant astrologically was that Lennon, born 9 October 1940 6.30pm Liverpool was born on a Jupiter Saturn conjunction in Taurus, made his debut with the Beatles twenty years later on the next Jupiter Saturn and was killed when the next Jupiter Saturn conjunction in Libra was in place.
When he died tr Neptune was hovering around the opposition to his Solar Arc Jupiter Saturn and the transiting Saturn Jupiter was moving to conjunct his North Node and square his SA Uranus and IC.
For most people Jupiter Saturn produces unexceptional effects apart from a need to fulfil ideals in a practical way. But for a few who are raised too high by Jupiter’s expansive drive to attract public adulation they are subsequently cut down by Saturn’s scythe. US Presidents elected under it can often come to a sticky end.
Lennon’s Chiron was conjunct his Pluto in his performing 5th house giving him enormous influence but relocated to New York it put his Pluto Chiron in the 8th house of death and rebirth.
Mark Chapman, 10 May 1955 7.30pm Fort Worth Texas, had no prior criminal convictions and had just before resigned from a job as a security guard in Hawaii. He was bullied as a child by his father compounding his sense of worthlessness which with a Taurus Sun opposition Saturn square Pluto makes sense. He also had an 8th house Mars trine Neptune which would give him an underlying reservoir of deep anger and a need to attract publicity and attention. Plus an adventurous Venus opposition Neptune square Jupiter Uranus in his 9th house of books and ideals. There’s a terrible split in his chart between his totally battened down Sun, Saturn Pluto and his yearning for a pzazzy life of glamour and excitement – all channeled through Pluto trine Venus, sextile Mars into that underground tank of explosive rage. When he shot Lennon his SA Jupiter Uranus, desperate for excitement was squaring his drab, downbeat Sun opposition Saturn – bringing his life into a destiny changing crisis. His SA Pluto was moving to square his Mars as well with tr Neptune just over the opposition to his Mars, triggering his rage.
Chapman’s Chiron was conjunct Lennon’s Aquarius Moon and opposition Lennon’s Pluto Chiron. Two unhealable wounds interlocking. Their relationship chart was brutal with a composite Mars Pluto conjunction opposition Saturn square North Node in Scorpio.
The other astro of note is Yoko Ono, 18 February 1933 8.30 pm Tokyo, Japan. On her astrocartography Liverpool sits exactly on her Venus Midheaven line which is charmingly apt. Her Chiron at 23 Taurus is conjunct Lennon’s Uranus and also square Chapman’s Pluto for another entanglement.
Jupiter Saturn – hubris brought low by the gods who brook no rivalry from mere humans.