Can Astrology Predict Death?
The short answer is yes.
The long answer is more complicated than that. To my knowledge, the leading astrologers alive on the planet today, Rob Hand for one, decry the use of astrology in any predictive manner. They answer this question, emphatically, no! They use astrology as a psychological tool, a helpful way for people to understand themselves and the world around them. What the person does with that knowledge is then up to them, I guess.
Since I am a predictive astrologer, I respectfully disagree.
So, my answer is yes, I can predict death. BUT, should a predictive astrologer predict death? No, absolutely not. For a couple of good reasons. First, predictive astrology requires a working knowledge of many different astrological specialties: financial, medical, relationship, etc. that takes decades to develop. Second, an astrologer reading charts without this level of experience may be wrong and terrify people.
Third, predicting death is most likely followed by a request for money so that the astrologer can "protect" the client. (SCAM!!!) Fourth, I see many more charts capable of committing murder than charts indicating unnatural death by misadventure or disease and often people want to know when their boss, spouse, or romantic rival is going to die. That's a question I'm not going to go anywhere near.
And fifth, and most important, the placebo - a powerful belief - could cause a person ill fortune by believing the reading of the astrologer alone. That is an ethical nightmare.
You've been warned, but if you're still interested, here's how.
To do this correctly, it might be a good idea to know something about Arabic Parts. These are equations, using other points in the natal chart, that can be calculated. So, calculate the Part of Death and then look for progressions and heavy transits to that degree. The equation is:
Death = ASC + Cusp of the 8th house - Moon
This is fairly simple. Translate the zodiac position into numbers. For example, my ASC is twenty-five degrees of Taurus. So, considering there are thirty degrees in Aries (zero degrees Aries is the first degree of the zodiac), my ASC would be 55. Then count around the circle to the 8th house cusp and the moon, translating their zodiac position into numbers as well.
Plug the numbers into the above equation and you have it.
If you really hate math, you can use one of the online Arabic Parts Calculators. I bookmarked www.noendpress.com/pvachier/arabicparts/index.php, but if you google Arabic Parts Calculator there are several good ones available. And, they're free.
Once you have the degree of the Part of Death, look at progressions, eclipses, and heavy duty transits (by conjunction, square or opposition) to that point. But even if I see several direct hits to the degree of the Part of Death, it's not enough to make a prediction.
Next I look to see if the Cusp of the Eighth house of Death is getting hit by transit or progression. I check the Solar Return and the progressed chart. I take a good, long look at the lord of the Eighth house and determine what is the natal strength. Are any planets in the Eighth house getting hit? If I see a lot of activity, at least three separate indicators, I look further.
Having said that, what good does it do? If astrology is predictive, then by definition death is predetermined. I've written other hubs on this subject, but I believe too many astrologers wish to have their cake and eat it too. If it can be predicted, it is not avoidable. So, what is the point of doing it in the first place?
This is why I don't predict death, even though I could. What do you think? Would you?