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.
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.”
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.
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).
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.