The Georgia Spa Shootings

At approximately 4:55 PM EDT on 16 March 2021, Robert Aaron Long allegedly entered the Young’s Asian Massage in Acworth, Georgia and opened fire with a 9mm handgun, killing 4 and wounding another.  He then drove the half hour to Atlanta and continued his shooting spree at two additional massage establishments, Gold Massage Spa and Aromatherapy Spa, across the street from each other on Piedmont Road.  Long shot three dead at Gold’s Spa, killing one more and wounding 4 others at Aromatherapy Spa.  He was apprehended on the highway at about 8:30 PM, allegedly headed to Florida to continue his murderous rampage. 

Upon interrogation, Long asserted that, despite the fact that 6 of 8 victims were women of Asian Descent, race was not his motive.  Rather, the deeply religious 21-year-old, recently treated for a sex addiction, wanted to remove “temptation” for himself and others in the form of the massage parlors.  Long had been living with his parents, who threw him out of the house the night before the murders.

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Young’s Asian Massage, scene of the first shootings; asteroid Asia conjoined asteroid Requiem, named for the funeral mass for the dead, and the Midheaven, opposing asteroids Young and Lachesis, named for the Fate who determines the span of life, on the IC

A chart cast for the first shooting accurately portrays the tragic circumstance.  The 21 Leo Ascendant shows asteroids Apophis and Roberts rising, at 13 and 28 Leo respectively.  Apophis is named for the ancient Egyptian personification of pure evil, and often appears prominently in charts of heinous acts.  Roberts is one of two PNAs (Personal-Named Asteroids) for Robert, the shooter’s first name, linking the suspect and his actions in angular importance. 

Opposing from the 21 Aquarius Descendant are Jupiter, asteroid Georgia and Damocles, at 20, 22 and 28 Aquarius.  Jupiter relates to excess, and partly indicates the high death count, as well as having affinities with religiosity and fame-seeking.  Georgia establishes the general venue, while Damocles represents the doom hanging unseen overhead, about to descend at any moment.  Note that Roberts and Damocles oppose exactly, making Robert Long an agent of the threatened destruction in the moment.  There is some reporting that indicates that, at certain times or in certain circumstances during his life, Long preferred to use his middle name of Aaron as his primary form of address.  If that is the case, then asteroids can provide Aaronson, closest to Aaron, which at 27 Aquarius is angular with Georgia and Damocles, opposing Roberts.

On the 16 Taurus Midheaven is asteroid Requiem at 12 Taurus, named for the funeral mass for the dead, and asteroid Asia at 20 Taurus, identifying the race of most of the victims, linking that with the theme of death, and on the MC, making this the focus of all eyes.  Also within orb of the MC is Uranus, ruling shootings, at 8 Taurus; Uranus further suggests shocking actions, sudden, impulsive decisions, and volatile responses.  With Uranus, recently culminating but no longer strictly within orb of the MC, are asteroid Gunn at 5 Taurus and the Moon at 4 Taurus.  Gunn (for “gun”) defines the weapon of choice generally, while the Moon indicates that most victims were female, and also describes Long’s state of mind, described as “emotional.”

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Suspect Robert Aaron Long; asteroid Roberts was rising, opposed asteroid Aaronson with Damocles, the impending doom, and asteroid Georgia, the state where the tragedy occurred; asteroid Longo (for “Long”) opposed Roberta with Rip (“RIP”), and t-squared TNO Ixion, named for the first murderer in Greek myth, with centaur Pholus, noted for mass casualties

On the 16 Scorpio IC are asteroids Lachesis and Young, at 17 and 19 Scorpio, both at station.  Lachesis is named for the mythic Greek Fate who determines the span of life, while Young is the name of the spa at the first shooting location.  Stationary points are embedded factors in the period, foci of energy for good or ill.  Lachesis turned retrograde March 13th, while Young did so March 8th; both remain at their station degrees for the shooting.

So just by looking at the points present on the Angles of the moment, we see the full story outlined, with many of the details as well.  But, as always, there is much more. 

There is a third point at station, asteroid Atropos at 19 Cancer, named for Lachesis’ sister, who actually severs the thread of life at death once Lachesis has chosen the moment, increasing the emphasis on death for the time period.  Robert Long is further imaged by asteroid Longo at 2 Libra, which opposes asteroids Rip and Roberta at 0 and 6 Aries.  Longo is closest to Long, Roberta is a feminine version of Robert, and Rip functions as yet another death indicator, in the form of the acronym RIP, “Rest In Peace”, a common tombstone inscription.  This polarity T-Squares a pairing of TNO Ixion with centaur Pholus at 1 and 5 Capricorn.  Ixion is named for the first murderer in Greek myth, while Pholus relates to mass deaths, by whatever cause.  Their ongoing extended conjunction, beginning in 2009 and lasting 35 years, has seen a huge rise in mass shootings with large body counts, especially when PNAs representing the killers are interacting with the pair.

Asteroid Gold, for the Gold Massage Spa, falls at 5 Virgo, in a Grand Cross with Mars, ruler of attacks, violent death and guns, at 7 Gemini and asteroid Anubis, named for the Egyptian deity governing funerary rites, at 13 Gemini; asteroid Nemesis, representing ruin and destruction, at 11 Sagittarius; and Mercury, ruling massage as well as the news of the day, at 1 Pisces.  Two of the shootings occurred on Piedmont Road in Atlanta; Piedmont shows as asteroid Piemonte, the Italian form of the word, which at 20 Capricorn conjoins Pluto, modern lord of death and planetary ruler of homicide, at 26 Cap, and opposes stationary Atropos. 

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Gold Spa, site of the second shootings, is seen as asteroid Gold opposed Mercury, ruling massage, asteroid Osiris, named for the Egyptian god of the dead, and centaur Nessus, associated with sexual addiction, in a Grand Cross with Mars conjunct Anubis (funerary rites), opposed asteroid Nemesis

Long’s alleged sex addiction motivation may be seen as a series of penis euphemism asteroids, strategically placed.  Asteroid Wiener is an exact match for Mars at 7 Gemini; asteroid Dong at 20 Aquarius is setting with Jupiter and Georgia, granting angular force; asteroid Pecker at 23 Aries squares Piedmont/Pluto and T-Squares Atropos; asteroid Dick at 9 Pisces conjoins Mercury (establishing the massage venue and the fact that Long often patronized such establishments for sexual release) on one side, and on the other a grouping of asteroids Osiris (named for the Egyptian god of the dead) and centaur Nessus (associated with sex addiction) at 12 and 13 Pisces.  Dick’s contacts neatly encapsulate the major themes of the event, for a celestial nutshell retelling of what occurred. 

Unfortunately, I have been unable to obtain birth data for the suspect.  Sources state that he is 21, and some mention 1999 as the birth year, but the actual birthdate seems to be unpublished.  So a detailed analysis of his birth chart is not possible at this time.  Similarly, I would typically look at PNAs for victims in stories of this type, but as an Asian population, thinly represented celestially, there is a lack of suitable referents.

But three of the victims do have celestial placeholders.  Soon Chung Park, 74, killed in Atlanta, is represented by asteroid Parks at 14 Sagittarius, joining Nemesis and the Mutable Grand Cross.  Hyun Jung Grant, 51, also of Atlanta, is seen as asteroids Grant and Jung, at 7 and 10 Capricorn, joining the Ixion/Pholus conjunction, T-Squared Longo/Roberta/Rip.  The sole male victim, Paul Andre Michels, 54, who died in Acworth, is represented by asteroids Paul and Andree at 16 and 19 Virgo, opposing the Sun/Neptune conjunction at 26 and 20 Pisces, T-Squared by asteroid Michel (for Michaels) at 24 Gemini.  This puts Michels in focus (Sun) for the day, and establishes his status as a victim (Neptune).

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Aromatherapy Spa was the scene of the final shootings; just across the street from Gold Spa, both on Piedmont Road, this massage business is represented by asteroid Piemonte, the Italian form of the word, which conjoins Pluto, modern ruler of death and homicide, opposing asteroid Atropos, named for the Fate who severs the thread of life at death

Despite the shooter’s insistence that race has nothing to do with the sites and victims chosen, it would seem undeniable that in fact it played a prominent role in the crime.  The year-long anti-Asian rhetoric concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, which originated in China and has been termed, by former President Trump and others, the “China virus” and “Kung Flu”, has led to a dramatic increase in violence perpetrated against Asian Americans.  The spa shooting rampage by Robert Long cannot be fully separated from that trend.

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.

4 comments, add yours.


Thank you for another excellent analysis, Alex, and for pointing out the obvious racial motivation in the attack even though the killer denied it. I agree that Asian Americans and Canadians have been unfairly attacked because of anti-Asian rhetoric linked to COVID-19. Nobody seems to remember that the last great pandemic, the Spanish flu, likely started in Kansas but to my knowledge nobody blamed the US for it. And now I see there is another deadly shooting in Colorado claiming 10 lives. Sadly there is no shortage of material on the subject of mass shootings to write about.

    Independent Thinker

    MERS “Miiddle Eastern Respiatory Syndrome” first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 (So noted by both CDC and WHO)
    WEST NILE VIRUS first isolated in a woman in the West Nile district of Uganda in 1937 (So noted by both CDC and WHO)

    And Kawasaki Syndrome (emerging in early cases of Covid19)was named after the man who discovered it in1974 in Japan: Tomisaku Kawasaki. Not some Dr. in NYC or Iceland. Go figure.

    And as for the 1918 “THE SPANISH FLU”
    Fyi – it first was noticed in Europe During WW1 (Pluto + Saturn conjunct during that worldwide pandemic too!) and thought to be brought to USA by returning soldiers and is believed to have been tagged The Spanish Flu because Spain seemed to have got hit the hardest, and a newspaper reporter there gave it that name.

    from Nat Geo:

    My point being – know some wider facts before parroting stuff dictated by that endless online politically-driven echo chamber.

    Thank you.

Jr Toro

Hey Alex,
Do you use or factor in asteroid White 10730 when a white caucasian person or mass white people are killed in shootings or such?
You use Black 11207.
Just wondering.

    Alex Miller


    I have used White in some racial story settings, but no, I don’t typically think to use it when everyone is Caucasian. I guess that’s my subconscious bias asserting itself.

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