Terri Schiavo is the 41 year old woman from Florida at the center of a very hot legal controversy right now over whether she should be left to die since she is a “vacant shell” or deserves the full protection of the law because she is arguably able to be saved by medical science. 

Her feeding tube was removed Friday, March 18, 2005; and federal officials are working hard to try to override the local court rulings.  At this point she only has a week or so to live.  Grass roots movements have managed to galvanize the US Congress and the President to act on the matter, and at this point her fate has been relegated to a federal judge who will give his ruling presumably very shortly. 

Through a cursory study of events of the case and Terri herself; I have come up with I believe to be a tentatively accurate rectified chart for her; her birth date and place is known but not the actual birthtime.  Inasmuch as this is a tentative, hypothetical chart; let the reader take read this article for what it’s worth.  I have no bias except to let astrology help us to make sense of the headlines. 

I have determined her birthtime to be exactly 4 pm, December 3, 1963 in Huntingdon Valley, PA; using a Vedic/sidereal chart Terri would have a horoscope with a Taurus ascendant, the ruler of which, Venus, would fall in the deeply problematical eighth house in Sagittarius. 

Spousal Issues

Spousal issues would be very strong for this chart since there is a powerful Sun in Scorpio in the seventh house (house of marriage); and the seventh house ruler, Mars; is conjunct Venus (signifying Terri, her ascendant ruler) and the Moon’s South Node (negative spiritual issues) in the eighth house.  The eighth house signifies joint finances but also that of death and transformation. 

The kind of spouse that Terri would have attracted would be a manipulative and possibly cruel individual; who would be focused around financial and ethical issues (seventh house ruler’s dispositor in eighth house in Sagittarius); and who could be quite arrogant in his dealings. 

Terri’s seventh house ruler Mars is also in the very nasty nakshatra of Mula.  Mula is signified by the Hindu goddess Kali, who is usually pictured as a fierce female image with a necklace of severed human head.  It is my experience that whenever people have important planets in this nakshatra, they will have severe experiences; and therefore we can extrapolate that Terri’s intense experiences would come through spousal situations. 

Three planets in the eighth house of her chart would indicate a major life-focus around joint finances.  With her twelfth house ruler Mars in the eighth as well, it would have indicated foul play, secretive actions, betrayals, and cruelty also coloring the joint resources issue. 

Injuries

It is alleged that Terri did not have a heart attack caused by bulimia, but that she collapsed as a result of injuries to her head, brain, neck and spinal cord.  Bone scans also show unexplained mending broken bones in Terri’s body.  Since the accident/injury occurred at home, circumstantial evidence would point to Michael Schiavo himself as the perpetrator. 

Terri’s personal inclination would be to invest herself very strongly into relationships with her fourth house ruler Sun in the seventh house of marriage; one could say that she put too much emphasis on relationships.  One of the possible results of depending too much on relationships is that they can start to control you. 

Michael Schiavo’s Treatment of Terri

Michael Schiavo reportedly would call his wife 3-4 times a day at work, that he was observed scolding her often; he would monitor her odometer to control where she went. He tried to isolate her from her friends and family; he scrupulously tracked every penny she spent (while he wildly splurged on expensive items), and that he never was able to hold down a steady job while Terri was the main bread-earner of the household.  Michael Schiavo appeared to be a dominating and controlling presence in Terri’s life. 

Michael is committing adultery by living with another woman who has already born one child with another on the way, thereby creating an obvious conflict of interest as guardian. Michael continues to deny Terri the right to receive Holy Communion as part of her Catholic and civil rights. 

Nurses’ testimony: Heidi Law, Carla Sauer-Iyer, Carolyn Johnson have been ignored and dismissed without hearing; each testified that Michael was abusive to Terri and may have attempted to kill her by insulin injection and attempts to induce pneumonia by turning the thermostat in her room to 64 degrees.

Terri’s Weak Points

Terri is very compassionate and nurturing; and this is astrologically corroborated by her atmakaraka Moon (planet with the highest degree value which signifies what kind of person they are).  Terri’s Moon however is very weak since it is in the last degree of its sign (a weak place for any planet), low in shad bala (a Vedic planetary strength measurement), and conjunct the malefic Moon’s North Node.  Having a weak Moon but somehow prominent at the same time in her chart would indicate that Terri is indeed compassionate but that it’s expression is impure and problematical. 

Having the Moon’s North Node (Rahu) in the second house would indicate a difficult family life and early childhood.  From Carole Lieberman, M.D., M.P.H., Psychiatrist/Expert Witness:

Terri’s personality fits that of a woman who would have been attracted (and attractive) to such a man. She was a loner as a child. In high school she was overweight and not popular with boys. She had low self-esteem. She was extremely compassionate, nurturing and subservient. They met when Terri was 20 years old, and married by the time she was 21. Such whirlwind courtships are typical of these men, who are able to spot a vulnerable woman they can dominate, and eager to seal her commitment to him.

As the image of Terri Schiavo in her hospital bed has now corralled the attention of the US Congress, the President, the media, and millions of Americans; we can look at the starts and see that transiting Saturn is now exactly opposite her debilitated moon mentioned two paragraphs up

Transiting Neptune is also in exact square to natal Neptune in her astrology, so a great confusion and vagueness clouds the issue. 

Transiting Pluto is also coming up to a conjunction to Terri’s natal Mercury, which is her second house ruler.  Since the second house rules financial matters, but also that of speaking and eating (according to Vedic astrology); this developments would seem to portend changes in her financial picture, her ability to speak, and eat.  In fact eating (through a tube directly into her stomach) is what this case is all about. 

Terri’s Cycles Upcoming

The cycles of Vedic astrology are uncannily exact, as of February 5, 2005 not too long before this situation has become a nation-wide issue Terri Schiavo has entered a whole new seven year major period, that of the Moon’s South Node (Ketu). 

I am finding it difficult to try to describe what the next seven year period portends for Terri.  The South Node is definitely a renunciative, separative, and malefic influence.  Since the South Nodes dispositor is a well-dignified Jupiter, I am inclined to say this will be a mildly favorable period but also with periods of great intensity for Terri. 

The ruler of the eighth house in the eleventh house in its rulership is the astrology of sudden good fortune; so maybe things will take a turn for the better for Terri.  Maybe the deeply transformative potentials of her life are about to manifest themselves; the caterpillar is about to become the butterfly, as it were. 

But dasa lord (Ketu) is in the eighth house; and that could be considered to be a very severe and un-pretty influence.  The federal judge has already issued his order not to resume feeding of Terri and appeals are now underway. 

With transiting Neptune in the next few years coming to rest over her Saturn; I would not expect getting out of the woods to be that easy for Terri and her family.  Dealing with sticky, hard-to-define issues may be things they will be contending with. 

There is more to be said about this case; the chart of Michael Schiavo, the astrology of the US government action culminating with the Presidents signing of bill into law at exactly 1:11 am; and more which I hope to be covering at some time soon here. 
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