When I found the birth data for the Alexandria, Virginia shooter on Ancestry.com (December 12, 1950), I couldn’t be certain if it was correct. The James T. Hodgkinson I found was the same age as the man in the news, with the same name and middle initial, the only one listed in the town of Belleville, Illinois. But one look at the chart convinced me this was the person who had opened fire on Congressman Steve Scalise and other Republicans at an early morning baseball practice.
Was this someone who could conceive a grandiose scheme? He had the Sun and Venus in Sagittarius along with Jupiter in Pisces, all of which suggest seeing the big picture.
Is this the kind of person who’d think outside the norm and take an extreme stance? He had Mercury Out of Bounds in declination and opposite Uranus, along with the Moon in Aquarius, all of which may incline toward a radical agenda.
Could this person think ahead to plan a crime? Hodgkinson had Mercury in Capricorn and Saturn exalted in Libra, both signifiers of the ability to take things one step at a time and follow through on plans.
Could he carry out a violent act? Mars in Capricorn and the Sun trine Pluto are both indicators of someone who can exercise control, take a calculated risk, and is not afraid of pursuing violence.
The timing of the shooting was also clear. Sudden events and extreme acts come under the rulership of Uranus, and violence is associated with Mars. On the day of the shooting, transiting Uranus squared Hodgkinson’s Mars and trined his Venus (within a half a degree of exact for both).
Transiting Saturn was near the midpoint of Hodgkinson’s Sun and Venus. He may have been feeling down and depressed, unhappy with the status quo, leading him to take his fatal actions.
Of course, we don’t have a time of birth for Hodgkinson, and not everyone born on this day will express the chart with such negativity. For example, the popular Indian actor Rajinikanth was born on the same day. He has gone on hunger strikes to draw attention to issues that were important to him, and has supported anti-corruption and campaigned for eye donations. In June of 2017, the month of the Alexandria shooting, Rajinikanth met with leaders and appears to be considering entering politics. He leans conservative.
The FBI’s wanted list confirms Hodgkinson’s birth data.