The Nashville Christmas Day Bombing
2020 went out with a bang in Nashville, Tennessee, when on Christmas Day 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner self-detonated a bomb in his RV in front of an AT&T network hub, killing himself, devastating the surrounding area and causing communications outages across the state. No motive for his destructive suicide has yet been established for Warner, a tech specialist conspiracy theorist whose writings express concern with “shape-shifting reptilian creatures that appear in human form and attempt world domination.” But Warner took pains to prevent additional loss of life, with the RV broadcasting warnings of the pending explosion and urging evacuation for 15 minutes before detonation. Despite these precautions, eight were injured in the blast.
In the weeks before his death, Warner quit his job and also divested himself of his worldly possessions, giving away his car and deeding his home to a friend, telling her he had cancer (this has not been confirmed). Known as a recluse and loner, Warner broke his habitual silence when he told a neighbor that “Nashville and the world is never going to forget me.”
Born 17 January 1957, with the Sun at 27 Capricorn conjunct asteroid Karma at 28 Cap and opposed asteroid Memoria at 23 Cancer, being remembered (Memoria) was important to Warner, something he felt was a fated (Karma) part of his essential self (Sun). A T-Square with natal Mars at 23 Aries indicates the potential for violence, and with transit Pluto at 23 Capricorn, transit TNO Eris at 23 Aries and transit Mars at 24 Aries for his death, Warner’s disaffection and discontent (Eris) took the form of that fatal (Pluto) explosion (Mars) which extinguished his life (Sun) but guaranteed his remembrance (Memoria). Warner had recently experienced a Mars Return in triplicate, with Mars retrograding over its natal degree three times, emphatically reinforcing the natal potential for a violent end.
The workings of Karma can be seen in the venue and its timing: the RV was parked on Second Avenue North, near the intersection with Church Street. Asteroid Church in Warner’s birth chart falls at 28 Sagittarius, the exact degree of transit asteroid Bomben (one of two variants for “bombing”), just one degree off the 27 Sagittarius Ascendant for the 6:30 AM CST detonation. 27 Sagittarius is also the degree of the Galactic Center, a point which, when activated, ensures global notice and attention. Capping this off is a square from these to natal asteroids Osiris (named for the ancient Egyptian god of the dead) and Warner, at 27 and 28 Pisces, bringing home the notoriety (GC) of his death (Osiris) in the bombing (Bomben) at Church Street (Church) very personally (Warner).
In addition to the Mars Return, Warner was experiencing a Return of asteroid Nemesis to its natal degree; noted as a point representing ruin and self-undoing, natal Nemesis at 20 Scorpio was conjoined by transit Nemesis at 21, making a transit T-Square with asteroid Antonini (one of two variants for “Anthony”) at 16 Aquarius, itself conjoined Damocles at 24 Aquarius and asteroid Rip at 25, and asteroid Nash (for Nashville) with Church, at 19 and 24 Leo. We see here again the perpetrator (Antonini) tied directly to the venue (Nash/Church) and a sense of looming disaster (Damocles), destruction (Nemesis) and death (Rip as the acronym “RIP”, “Rest In Peace”, a common tombstone inscription). Transit Antonini had passed over natal asteroid Bomben at 12 Aquarius barely a week before the bombing, uniting Warner with his chosen means of self-destruction.
Astrologic precursors of the event include several eclipses; the Solar Eclipse of June 21, 2020 at 0 Cancer closely conjoined Warner’s natal Antonia/Requiem conjunction at 1 Cancer, with Antonia the second variant of “Anthony” and Requiem named for the funeral mass for the dead, implying that his demise was close at hand. The Lunar Eclipse of July 5th at 13 Capricorn exactly conjoined natal asteroid Bombig, the second variant of “bombing”. Less than two weeks before the bombing, the Solar Eclipse at 23 Sagittarius on 14 December gave a glancing blow to natal Church, squared natal Osiris/Warner and trined natal Mars exactly. The preceding Lunar Eclipse of November 30th at 8 Gemini opposed Warner’s natal Saturn at 10 Sagittarius, ancient lord of death, and broadly squared natal Nash at 3 Pisces.
Additional death indicators activated at the time of the suicide bombing were transit Requiem at 4 Aries conjunct transit Antonia at 8 Aries, once again combining Warner with the theme of death, with Requiem exact on natal Antonini and Antonia exact with natal Eris. The transit Sun at 4 Capricorn with transit Mercury at 7 Capricorn and transit Memoria at 8 Capricorn squared these, making discontented (Eris) Anthony Warner’s (Antonia/Antonini) memorable (Memoria) death (Requiem) the focus (Sun) of the news (Mercury) for the day. The transit Sun/Mercury also opposed natal asteroid Anubis at 10 Cancer, named for the Egyptian deity governing funerary rites.
Natal Atropos, named for the mythic Greek Fate who severs the thread of life at death, pairs exactly with natal Rip at 17 Aries, and these were highlighted by the transit IC of the bombing at 16 Aries, placing Warner in death’s crosshairs in the moment. Transit Atropos at 4 Leo was conjoined natal Uranus at 5 Leo, which rules bombing and explosions, and squared transit asteroid Lachesis at 3 Scorpio, named for the Fate who determines the span of life; transit Saturn and Jupiter at 0 and 1 Aquarius makes this a T-Square, and speaks of a famed (Jupiter) death (Saturn). Also in the mix is transit Uranus at 6 Taurus, squaring its natal degree and conjunct asteroid Carr, for the vehicle he exploded, which at 7 Taurus was stationary, having turned direct two days prior.
Natal Lachesis at 0 Pisces was also receiving activation; conjoined by natal Nash at 3 Pisces (which in itself speaks of Nashville as the place of death), both were opposed by transit Karma at 2 Virgo, for a fated end. Transit Anubis and Warner conjoined at 5 and 9 Gemini foretell Anthony Warner’s passing, and form a loose T-Square with Lachesis/Nash and Karma. Transit Bombig had conjoined natal Nash early in December, and at 8 Pisces was now exactly semisextile transit Antonia at 8 Aries and ringing the bell of the 8 Gemini Lunar Eclipse by square, T-Squared natal Saturn at 10 Sagittarius.
With the Sun also conjunct transit centaur Pholus at 3 Capricorn, a point noted for mass casualties by whatever cause, we’re fortunate that there wasn’t greater loss of life, for the potential for that was inherent, in the sky and the situation. But in picking Christmas Day and the early morning hour, and issuing clear warnings of his intent just prior to the explosion, Anthony Warner made a conscious effort to avert shedding innocent blood. For that we may be indebted to the Sun’s conjunction with his natal Venus at 5 Capricorn, due the following day – the Christmas Bomber chose to go out with as much peace and harmony as possible, given the circumstances.
Such multiple activations of death indicators are typical of passing charts, which also regularly incorporate PNAs (Personal-Named Asteroids) representing the deceased and the locale for the death. We may never know the precise motivation for Anthony Warner’s suicide, but clearly, his time had come.
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A fascinating analysis and very timely as the incident is still fresh in everyone’s minds. The asteroid correlations are incredible and I guess it’s not surprising he recently underwent a triple Mars return. Perhaps the desire to be remembered was the overall motivation and you have hit the nail on the head. Thanks for this, Alex!