Of course there was more in the case of Van Gogh.
Both killer and victim had an important Mars. The killer's Mars was out of bounds. The victim's Mars was semi square the natal midpoint Sun/Moon and widely conjunct Mercury.
When he died Theo van Gogh had transit Pluto square his progressed Mars and trine natal Mars. He also had the transiting ruler of the 8th house, Venus, conjunct his progressed Mars. This way, the old and new ruler of the 8th house in astrology were active. On that specific day there was a more than average risk to get hurt or to die.
His killer was born on March 8, 1978 and 26 years old. He had the progressed Sun conjunct his Eris with transit Saturn exactly on his progressed Mars as a manifest of discord with an issue of death (and punishment). He serves life in prison.
There was a double dangerous aspect combination in the synastry.
1. The killer's Mars + Pluto with the angles of the chart of the victim.
2. The killer's Saturn on the victim's Mars/Pluto midpoint.
A few years ago I published a book about midpoint combinations in Dutch and I told the public that Mars-Saturn-Pluto combinations express:
"exhaustion, working too hard. There is a tendency to get into violent situation or to use violence. Wants to win in spite of resistance".One more example:
Pim Fortuyn, a Dutch politician, was murdered by an activist whose Saturn/Pluto midpoint was semi square his Out of Bounds Mars. His victim had an OOB Pluto and Saturn conjunct MC, close to Mars and Pluto.
A recent third example was mentioned by Dr. Phil a few months back. 6 year old Max fell in a most peculiar way over the balcony at home, riding his little bike. After a period of coma, he died. Two years later his stepmother Rebecca Zahau born March 15, 1979, was found hanging from the balcony, with hands and feet tied. The police still thinks it is suicide and also that the death of the boy was an accident. Now where is the Mars-Saturn-Pluto theme?
The stepmother's chart has Mars opposite Saturn and biquintile Pluto.
Max's chart (June 7 2005) has an out of bounds Moon, Mercury and Venus, with Mars trine Saturn and square Pluto. In 2011 his progressed Sun was opposite Pluto.
Now the synastry: her Sun is conjunct his Mars. Her Sun is square his Pluto and trine his Saturn.
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There is a strange connection between the two lives ended the unnatural way, their charts pointing at the danger of death and the synastry that relates the life of one person with the untimely death of the other.
If she bites with those little teeth, again, I will tell her to stop!:)
PS On THEO VAN GOGH THE ARTIST
Van Gogh was a director and an author. Both professions require creativity and style. It also takes the ability to 'direct' to be a director. Those qualities are in the chart:
1. His Sun is 'calling' (no Ptolemaic aspects in sign). That is for drawing attention and leadership.
2. Cancer on Midheaven with the Moon in Gemini for communications.
3. Venus sextile Neptune and in minor aspect (75 d) with the Moon for the pattern of artistic talent, together with Venus semi quintile MC and biquintile IC.
4. Jupiter in between Venus and Neptune for fans and followers
5. Mercury and Mars both connected to Sun/Moon midpoint highlights discussions and the 'sharp tongue'
70 percent of the placements in fire signs show the tendency to take risks. Mercury with Uranus/Pluto mirrors the sometimes radical opinion that was an excuse for the slaughter of a controversial newsmaker who also happened to be a loving father and an artist.
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