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Posted May 21, 2007

A Scorpio Hero's Story
by Mary Plumb

Pat Tillman played pro football for the Arizona Cardinals before serving as an Army Ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he was tragically killed by "friendly fire." Both his heroic sacrifice and the controversy surrounding the initial cover-up about the nature of his death have garnered much media attention.

Tillman was born on November 6, 1976, several hours before a lunar eclipse at 14°41' Taurus. (Chart 1) He died on April 22, 2004, two weeks before a total lunar eclipse on May 4 at 14°42' Scorpio. (Chart 2) The fixed signs at 15° are connected to 0° Aries, the potent Aries Point in the Uranian system, by an eighth-harmonic aspect of 45°. The Aries Point brings an individual into public awareness or shows what that person is known for in the world. [1]

Looking at midpoints in Tillman’s natal horoscope, we see that not only is the natal Sun at 14°27' Scorpio on the Aries Point, indicating a heroic (solar) role in the public eye, but this Sun on the Aries Point is also the Ascendant/Midheaven midpoint, which connects the two most important angles in the horoscope. (In fact, on the 45° dial, the Ascendant/Midheaven midpoint is the closest to the Aries Point, further indicating its prominence in the horoscope.) This midpoint symbolizes the linking of our personality (Ascendant) with what we show the world in our public life (Midheaven). The Sun conjunct this most significant midpoint suggests a person whose life purpose and unique creative drive (Sun) seek expression through the synergy of the personal (Ascendant) and public (Midheaven) identity. This planetary picture is a strong indication of fame or of someone whose life touches many.

Tillman was a renowned professional athlete when he enlisted in the Army in 2002. A member of an elite infantry unit, he served in Iraq before being deployed to Afghanistan, where he was killed on April 22, 2004. At the time of his death, his progressed Sun at 12°10' Sagittarius had come to a conjunction with his 12th-house natal Neptune at 12°38' Sagittarius. This is also conjunct the U.S. (Sibly) Ascendant at 12°21' Sagittarius. (Chart 3) A sad story indeed — the nation as a whole (the Ascendant) was touched by the loss (Neptune) of a hero (Sun). Also a Neptune issue is the distorted story that was told to Tillman's family about the conditions surrounding his death.

At Tillman’s death, his progressed Moon, ruler of the 8th house, was at 14°13' Taurus, opposite the natal Sun at 14°27' Scorpio. On that day, transiting Mars was at 20°38' Gemini conjunct his Descendant, which is also conjunct the U.S. Mars (21°23' Gemini). The Moon was in Gemini (6°52') at Tillman’s death as well; his brother Kevin, who had enlisted in the army along with Pat, was riding in a vehicle not far away when Pat was killed. (Chart 4) The U.S. horoscope has a square between angular Mars and Neptune, suggesting confusion or obfuscation (Neptune) in battle (Mars). At Pat Tillman's death, his personal horoscope and transits aligned directly with this aspect in the nation's chart. The capacities inherent in his life (as shown in his natal chart) and the time of his death converge with a key dilemma (i.e., Mars square Neptune) in the national psyche; thus, his story has a hold on the nation's consciousness.

Gemini is, of course, the sign of brothers. On April 24, 2007, Kevin Tillman appeared before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in Washington, D.C. [2] He spoke forcefully and movingly about his brother Pat and accused the Pentagon and the Bush administration of covering up the circumstances of Pat’s death. At the time of the hearing, Pat Tillman’s progressed Moon, ruler of the 8th house of death, was at 20°03' Gemini on his natal Descendant — the same degree as transiting Mars at his death and the U.S. natal Mars. Transiting Jupiter was also conjunct Tillman's Ascendant. Transiting Saturn had stationed direct on April 20 and had just passed natal Saturn in the 8th house. Jupiter rules both the 1st house and the 3rd house in Tillman’s chart: His brother was a spokesman for him as he told the unvarnished (Saturn) truth about Pat’s death and gave an unforgettable tribute to a brave, unusual, and much loved man. (Chart 5)

References and Notes

[1] Jessica Lynch is another famous soldier in our time. I wrote about her for TMA in 2003: “U.S. Army private Lynch was born on April 26, 1983. Her natal Mars is at 15°21' Taurus, which is on the Aries Point in the Uranian system … Could there be a clearer picture of a famous female soldier (i.e., Mars in a feminine sign)? Natal Mars is also directly on Lynch's natal Sun/Chiron midpoint, suggesting that a wound or healing is part of her personal warrior archetype.” Jessica Lynch's birth data: April 26, 1983; 7:45 a.m. EDT; Palestine (Wirt County), WV, USA (39°N02', 81°W24'); A: news report.
Jessica Lynch testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on April 24, 2007, the same day that Kevin Tillman spoke. In her prepared statement, she said: "I hope whatever comes out of this hearing will be good news for the Tillmans......This is more about them than it is about me. The Tillmans have been lied to so many times, it's hard to tell what took place....Our stories are similar.....[The military] either didn't take the time to tell the truth or find out what really happened."

[2] Watch Kevin Tillman’s testimony here on YouTube.

© 2007 Mary Plumb - all rights reserved

Mary Plumb has been studying astrology since the 60s. She has practiced as an astrological counselor since 1985 and has been the Book Review and Web Editor for The Mountain Astrologer magazine since 1993. She has written numerous articles for TMA over the years. Mary has taught a variety of astrological topics to all levels of astrology students - including, most recently, a series of Astrology Salons (2001-2003); annual talks at the Southern Oregon Chapter of NCGR in Ashland; and, in November 2005, the Black Moon Lilith and the Progressed Moon Cycle at the Oregon Astrological Association in Portland, Oregon. She also gave the keynote address in Ashland at the NCGR Regional Conference in November 2004. She is available for consultations, in person in Ashland or via phone: 541.488.3048. You can read her blog www.maryplumb.com, or contact her via e-mail at: mary@maryplumb.com

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