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The Buffalo Mass Shooting

The latest in a string of seemingly endless mass shooting hate crimes unfolded in Buffalo, New York on Saturday, 14 May 2022, when 18-year-old suspect Payton Gendron unleashed a hail of bullets from his modified AR-15 weapon at a Tops Friendly Market, killing 10 and wounding three others.  Nine of the dead were black and specifically targeted for their race by Gendron, who is white and had released his White Supremacist manifesto online days before the shooting, then live-streamed the initial stages of the massacre from a camera mounted on his helmet.  Clad in body armor, Gendron drove 200 miles from his home near Binghamton to exterminate individuals he feared were “replacing” whites as America’s majority, and had made the trip at least twice earlier to select additional targets, which included a nearby black church and an elementary school.

We have an approximate time for the shooting, and a birthdate for the shooter, so let’s dive in.

Shots rang out in the parking lot of the Tops Friendly Market on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo at about 2:30 PM EDT on May 14th, where Gendron shot four before entering the store to continue his carnage.  Rising on the 15 Virgo Ascendant were asteroids Anubis at 8 Virgo, named for the ancient Egyptian deity governing funerary rites, and Gunn at 11 Virgo, homophone for gun.  Asteroid Nemesis, named for the Greek goddess of divine vengeance and retribution, and a symbol of ruin or undoing, was setting at 13 Pisces on the 15 Pisces Descendant.  Gendron saw himself as an avenger of wrongs done to Whites, and put himself in the Nemesis role, disseminating justice as he saw it, and bringing ruin to others.  Nemesis is also cojoined by asteroid Black at 6 Pisces, identifying the group that was the object of Gendron’s retribution.

T-Squaring this polarity was asteroid Payton at 13 Sagittarius, on the 12 Sagittarius IC, representing Payton Gendron as the foundation of the situation.  Inside the store, Gendron exchanged fire with security guard Aaron Salter, Jr, a 55-year-old retired police officer, killing him.  Gendron was hit, but his body armor prevented injury.  Asteroid Aaronson, for Aaron, appears exactly opposed asteroid Payton in the sky, just as Aaron and Payton were opposed on earth, with Aaronson at 13 Gemini conjoined the 12 Gemini MC and forming a Grand Cross with the Anubis/Gunn – Nemesis axis.  Note the precision of celestial timing required to bring three of the arms of this Cross to the same degree of their respective Signs, and then to fortify this pattern by placing it on the Angles, boosting its power and ability to project into manifestation.

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Security guard and retired police officer Aaron Salter Jr exchanged fire with Gedron, but was himself killed; asteroid Aaronson conjoins the MC and is involved in a Grand Cross with asteroids Anubis and Gunn on the Ascendant, Nemesis on the Descendant, and Payton on the IC

Tying to this pattern loosely is a combination of asteroids Atropos at 3 Sagittarius (at the extreme edge of orb with Payton), named for the mythic Greek Fate who severs the thread of life at death, and Polizzi at 5 Sagittarius which together reflect the death (Atropos) of a policeman (Polizzi, from the German Polizei, police, and Italian Polizia, police).  These oppose Mercury at 4 Gemini, bringing the incident into the news, and reflecting the youth of the shooter, just 18 years old.  Also connected, on the far side of the Cross, is asteroid Osiris at 20 Gemini, named for Egyptian god of the dead.

The Sun at 23 Taurus heads a Grand Cross, opposing asteroid Karma at 26 Scorpio, suggesting a fated or predestined component to the incident; and squared Saturn, the ancient lord of death, at 24 Aquarius and asteroid Requiem, named for the funeral mass for the dead, at 27 Leo.  A preordained rendezvous with death was in the air that day.

Victim names appear prominently as well.  As a veteran of far too many of these stories, I have become used to seeing “clumping” of asteroids representing the dead, who appear in proximity in the sky as on earth, but this is one of the most extreme examples I have encountered.  Fully half the dead and the location of the shooting have PNAs (Personal-Named Asteroids) clustered within 21 degrees of the zodiac, and all are embedded at station!

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The ten shooting victims, most of whom were retirees; asteroids representing half of them appear clustered together in Capricorn, all at station, and accompanied by TNO Ixion (murder), Centaur Pholus (mass casualties) and an asteroid matching the name of the street where their deaths occurred

Stationary points exert a stronger-than-typical pull on psyches and events, and form an almost literal “turning point” in the lives of those with which they resonate.  In this cluster we see asteroids Ruth and Whitfield, for the eldest victim, 86-year-old Ruth Whitfield, at 4 and 10 Capricorn; Ruth turned retrograde May 1st, Whitfield on the 15th, the day after the shooting.  Asteroid Jefferson, for the Jefferson Avenue location of Tops Friendly Market, appears at 14 Capricorn, and turned retrograde on the 5th.  At 16 Cap is asteroid Young, representing Pearly Young, 77; Young turned retro on the 9th.  Asteroid Andree at 19 Capricorn turned retrograde May 12th, and asteroid Patterson at 21 Cap turns on May 27th (but is already at that degree); these represent victims Andre Mackneil, 53, and Heyward Patterson, 67.  Lastly asteroid Copland at 25 Capricorn turns retrograde on the 20th, and is another referent for former police officer Aaron Salter, Jr.  Further pressure on this group is applied by TNO Ixion at 2 Capricorn, named for the first murderer in Greek myth, and Centaur Pholus at 7 Capricorn, which relates to mass casualties, by whatever cause.

The other commonality in these events is connections between asteroids for the shooter and his victims, and several of the dead can be celestially accounted for this way.  Asteroid Celestia, for Celestine Chaney, 65, falls at 18 Sagittarius, with asteroid Payton on the IC.  Asteroid Geraldina, for Geraldine Talley, 62, appears at 8 Pisces, conjunct Nemesis/Black/Descendant and squared Payton.  Also here is asteroid Hayward at 6 Pisces, a second referent for Heyward Patterson, found above in the Capricorn cluster.  Asteroid Marcus for Margus Morrison, 52, falls at 21 Pisces, closely cojoined Mars at 22 Pisces, ruler of guns, attacks, shootings and violent death; it also squares Payton (as does Mars, broadly). 

Morrison is also represented by asteroid Morrison, which at 2 Aries is exactly conjunct asteroid Apophis, named for the ancient Egyptian personification of pure evil, and Jupiter at 0 Aries, which promotes public awareness or recognition, though in this case for all the wrong reasons.

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Tops Friendly Market, the scene of the carnage, is on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo, NY; asteroid Jefferson was at station for the massacre, trined Uranus, which rules shootings, and conjoined asteroids representing five of the ten victims; natally, Payton Gedron has Jefferson conjunct Apophis, a point representing pure evil, which was squared by the transit Moon at the shooting

Connections to the Sun or Moon are the third most common placement for active PNAs, and here we see asteroid Kathryn, for victim Katherine Massey, 72, which at 22 Taurus closely conjoins the 23 Taurus Sun, with asteroid Massey at 6 Aquarius squared the 4 Scorpio Moon; and asteroid Roberta, for victim Roberta Drury, the youngest at age 32, which at 0 Cancer trines the Moon. 

Suspect Payton Gendron was born 20 June 2003 (no time available), and shows a cosmic profile typical of mass murderers.  The Sun at 29 Gemini conjoins Saturn at 2 Cancer and opposes asteroid Nemesis at 26 Sagittarius, uniting Gendron at his core (Sun) with the principles of death (Saturn) and vengeance (Nemesis).  Also here is an exact pairing of asteroids Requiem (funeral mass) and Brown at 25 Gemini, linking the theme of death (Requiem) with persons of color (Brown), in ways which are self-defining (Sun) to Gendron. 

Two reiterations of this theme can be found in an opposition from asteroid Schwartz (German for “black”) at 12 Capricorn to Osiris (Egyptian god of the dead) at 9 Cancer, and a conjunction of asteroid Black with Centaur Pholus (mass casualties) at 18 and 16 Scorpio respectively.  Black is also at station, making it an embedded, perhaps obsessive focus for Gendron, one of two points standing still in the nativity, the other being asteroid Anubis (funerary deity) at 5 Scorpio, again emphasizing death in his psyche.  Anubis squares a union of asteroids Jefferson and Apophis at 5 and 8 Leo, combining the venue (Jefferson Avenue) for the carnage (Anubis) with a point representing unrepentant evil (Apophis).

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With his Sun conjunct Saturn, asteroids Requiem and Brown, and opposed asteroid Nemesis, Payton Gedron was focused (Sun) on death (Saturn, Requiem) and bringing ruin (Nemesis) to persons of color (Brown); asteroid Black with Centaur Pholus sought a high body count (Pholus) of African American victims (Black)

Wide of the Sun, but forming a very tight, powerful T-Square, is an opposition from asteroid Atropos at 18 Virgo to asteroid Gunn at 19 Pisces, with an exact pairing of Pluto and asteroid Rip on the fulcrum at 18 Sagittarius.  Pluto is the modern lord of death, and Rip is another death indicator (in the form of the acronym “RIP”, “Rest In Peace”, a common tombstone inscription), binding three deadly energies with the means of enacting their potential (Gunn).  The empty leg of a Grand Cross is filled in with an exact Mercury/Venus conjunction at 12 Gemini.  This combination can produce a well-spoken individual, but in this instance, obsessive (Pluto) thoughts (Mercury) of death (Atropos, Rip) and a warped, deformed (Pluto) value system (Venus) led to the shooting (Gunn).

A propensity to interact personally with law enforcement at some point is foreshadowed by an exact conjunction of asteroids Payton and Polizzi at 20 Leo, also conjoined by Jupiter at 16 Leo, squared by a grouping of asteroids Karma, d’Arrest and Copland, at 16, 17 and 20 Taurus.  Black and Pholus at 16 and 18 Scorpio create a T-Square of this, defining the precise nature of the transgression (mass casualties/Pholus of African Americans/Black) which would bring on Gendron’s (Payton) detention (d’Arrest) by police (Polizzi, Copland) and a reckoning for his acts (Karma), ultimately bringing public recognition and a form of celebrity (Jupiter).  The addition of Neptune and Damocles at 12 and 16 Aquarius transforms this pattern into a Grand Cross, with Neptune providing the degree of detachment from reality necessary to believe the regressive philosophies (Jupiter) underlying Gendron’s motivation for the crime, and Damocles acting as the looming threat, about to descend on hapless victims unaware of their peril.

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Gedron live-streamed the initial stages of his rampage; transit asteroid Photographica was sextile transit Payton for the shooting, and opposed natal Payton with Jupiter, providing his 15 minutes of fame (Jupiter) via slaughter

Finally, an opposition from TNO Ixion at 7 Sagittarius to asteroid Tantalus at 1 Gemini combines murderous intent (Ixion) with another energy noted for the commission of heinous crimes (Tantalus).

Primary triggers to action on the date of the massacre include the transit Moon at 4 Scorpio, closing in on natal Anubis and setting off its square to Jefferson and Apophis; transit Apophis at 2 Aries, exactly squared natal Saturn as well as the Sun, and given an assist from transit Jupiter at 0 Aries, inflating the situation; and the transit angular T-Square of Payton at 13 Sagittarius, Gunn at 11 Virgo, and Nemesis at 13 Pisces, setting off that natal Grand Cross of Pluto/Rip, Atropos, Gunn and Mercury/Venus.  Lastly, the pending Lunar Eclipse of the following day at 25 Scorpio/Taurus widely T-Squared natal Payton/Polizzi, bringing Gendron into direct contact with police.

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The Bidens place a bouquet at the memorial established outside Tops Friendly Market, where the massacre occurred; sadly, such memorials have become a sign of the times

Another ten lives lost in another senseless act of violence, and another young life ruined, prompted by the unholy marriage of warped, paranoid and racist philosophies promulgated by the Right, and unrestricted access to weapons of war.  When will we learn?

Alex Miller is a professional writer and astrologer, author of The Black Hole Book, detailing deep space points in astrological interpretation, and the forthcoming Heaven on Earth, a comprehensive study of asteroids, both mythic and personal. Alex is a frequent contributor to “The Mountain Astrologer”, “Daykeeper Journal”, and NCGR’s Journals and “Enews Commentary”; his work has also appeared in “Aspects” magazine, “Dell Horoscope”, “Planetwaves”, “Neptune Café” and “Sasstrology.” He is a past president of Philadelphia Astrological Society, and a former board member for the Philadelphia Chapter of NCGR.

6 comments, add yours.


so…………this is Pluto return and there will be more of these people?

    Alex Miller


    not exactly; the USA Pluto Return doesn’t help, but this is Ixion (murder) conjunct Pholus (mass casualties), which began in 2008 and lasts 35 years, and there will be a LOT more of these people.


      35 year conjunction? How does that compare with others, perhaps common for this type of object. Also presumably certain areas of the sky have lots (all?) of objects going retrograde at a particular time. Can one predict these events or are they more easily correlated after?

        Alex Miller


        as far as I know, and I haven’t looked at every possible combination, not by a long shot, but the 35-year conjunction is extraordinary. especially because the objects involved are so very disparate in their orbital periods. but at this juncture, Pholus, the faster, is at aphelion, and moving its slowest while Ixion, the slower, is at perihelion and moving its fastest. this is occurring while they are close to each other by zodiacal degree, so the conjunction extends.

        it’s not at all uncommon to find asteroids in conjunction for a year or two, sometimes more, but that’s because they all have similar rates of movement, so once they align it takes awhile to separate.

        I’m unclear as to which ‘events’ you are referring to – is it the incidence of retrogradation, the incidence of extended conjunctions, or the incidence of mass shootings? the first two can be – and are – predictable, by checking an ephemeris. the shootings, not so much.

        perhaps the worst if it is, even after the conjunction itself ends, there will be fallout for decades, as any individuals born in that 35 years will have this seed in their psyches, which can germinate at any time. many of the earliest mass shootings and terrorist attacks (Columbine and the Boston Marathon bombing, for example), were perpetrated by individuals who had a conjunction of Ixion with Pluto in their natal charts, another long period which combined the planetary ruler of homicide (Pluto) with the minor body ruler of murder (Ixion).


          A much clearer answer than my question, grateful for that. Looks like there could be a whole article just on the dynamics of Ixion, in the Kuiper belt, though swinging inside Pluto’s orbit in 2034, and Pholus orbiting between Mars and Jupiter. Do orbital inclinations count for anything?

          I meant events generally, not just shootings, but I do realise you have articles both looking at the astrology of what just happened as well as looking forwards.

          Alex Miller


          I don’t work with declinations, so I’m not sure what effect, if any, they might have.

          I have done an article on the Ixion/Pholus EC, back in 2014, before I had this site, for Daykeeper Journal.

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