©2009 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
A young girl approximately 14-17 turned up outside a youth shelter in Manhattan, NY at around 12:30 AM on October 9, 2009. She claims not to know who she is, where she came from, or how she got there. From the tone of the CNN article about her, it would appear she isn’t the typical runaway who comes to Covenant House and that authorities are taking her story seriously. The article makes no mention of drug abuse, and in the picture given at CNN, she looks healthy and well-nourished. You can see the full story here: http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/10/23/teen.jane.doe/index.html?eref=igoogle_cnn.
I’m also reprinting the picture of her from CNN on the slight chance someone can recognize her—or even guess her Ascendant. New York City Administration for Children’s Services and police are asking anyone with information about the young woman or her family to contact the NYPD Missing Persons Squad at 212-694-7781 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.
Readers, what do you see in the chart shown below, based on the time she appeared? Can we tell whether this is a genuine case of amnesia or a hoax? Is she running away or trying to avoid punishment for something she did? Or, did some sort of head trauma or traumatic event wipe out her memories?
Would the chart give us any hints about her origins or her life up to the time she showed up? I invite you to comment and to speculate. Donna
UPDATE: In the evening on October 24, CNN began reporting that the girl had been identified. Someone in Pennsylvania had recognized her photo and got in touch with the parents, who were quickly on their way from Washington State to New York City to get her. No further information was being released as of this morning.
In the comments section, there were a range of opinions, but then it would be unusual for astrologers to agree on anything! I’d withheld my opinion in order to leave space for free discussion, but here’s what I saw in the chart. What happens when I am looking for answers through astrology is that I begin with a visual survey. Then quite quickly, certain features of the chart will leap out at me. I don’t think it’s primarily intuition, but rather high speed data processing (Uranus) based on working with thousands of clients’ charts for over 40 years. There were two things about this one that struck me immediately.
First, the conjunction of Neptune, Jupiter, and Chiron straddling the 8th house cusp suggested that she was a victim of someone deceptive (Neptune) who wanted to use her for sexual purposes (8th house)–maybe even though the internet (Uranus). This supposition deepened as I noted Mars conjunct the Ascendant but in the 12th house, which is similar to Neptune and Pisces–and that Mars was trined by Uranus in Pisces and quincunx to Neptune in Aquarius.
The Mars-Neptune quincunx, it quickly became apparent, was part of a Yod (aka Eye of God, aka Finger of Fate) with Neptune and Chiron in the 8th as the peak. The other leg was Venus, Saturn, and Mercury in Virgo in the 3rd (communication).
The second pattern that my eyes tripped over was the Grand Trine in Air of Moon in Gemini in the 11th with Jupiter in Aquarius and the Sun in the 4th. On the one hand, the Grand Trine can be a “greased slide,” in which the person can be led astray by how easy it all is. (Here it would be easy for someone fluent with words to lead the girl astray by first establishing a friendship.) On the other hand, Moon in Gemini (news media, publicity) in the trine suggested to me that the publicity would quickly bring an identification of the girl so she could be identified and brought home to her family.
A fascinating story, folks, and quite a stimulating debate! Donna