(c)8-12-2014 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
A reader wrote this morning and asked, “Would you be willing to elaborate in your blog on the issue of predicting suicide in charts that are so heavily impacted by this year’s astrology in light of Robin Williams’ suicide? I think his death has torn up half the world, and shocked us all. I would love to hear your comments, as opposed to what else I’m seeing out there in the astrological section of the web.”
I’ve been devastated by these events and haven’t had the heart to venture out onto the web, but it’s easy to imagine what she might have encountered in the blogosphere. Unfortunately, there are astrologers who glory in the negativity and get a thrill out of making astrological interpretations that are terrifying to people whose chart or loved ones’ charts have related natal or transiting aspects.
Back in June, Liz Howell created a guest post here about the charts of several young men who committed massacres and then killed themselves. Eventually, there were so many comments that reveled in the negativity and speculated on its origins that Liz and I agreed to delete the post and the comments. (Eventually, I put up some posts on the ethics of the situation, and on predicting suicide—see the links at the end of this post.)
I find myself not wanting to put up this post or to open the comment section because it would be disturbing—and infuriating—to get comments like those.
I feel such a compassion for this man whose work so many of us have loved for decades. Having worked in mental health settings and seen non-medicated manic people in action, I believe he was bipolar (manic depressive), as his comedy was wildly manic and because he struggled often with a deep, bleak depression. Read More…