You know how the FBI has an entire team dedicated to psychologically profiling murderers? Well, maybe they should just use astrology instead. It's cheaper. And bizarrely on point.
Let me explain: In the zodiac, the 12 signs are divided into three groups by something called modality. Each sign is either a fixed sign, mutable sign, or cardinal sign, and each of these modalities has a different set of personality traits that go along with it. Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces are known as mutable signs, meaning their signs fall at the end of a season (Gemini falls at the end of spring, Virgo at the end of summer, Sagittarius at the end of fall, and Pisces at the end of winter). And back in 2008, a Dutch statistician named Dr. Jan Ruise looked at the birth charts of almost 300 serial killers, and found that "serial killers are frequently born when celestial factors are in mutable signs."
So, what are the traits of these mutable signs? Well, they're known to be adaptable and frantically indecisive. They're like chameleons, experiencing episodic and frequent change throughout their lives. Combine that with these signs' energies and personalities and you've got a recipe for people living double lives. No, really….
- Geminis are symbolized by twins and known for having multiple sides or hidden personalities. A charming outer persona and a darker, disturbed inner one? Yup, a real possibility.
- Virgos are meticulous and systematic—they live for patterns and routine. Serial killers tend to commit acts that follow a characteristic, predictable behavior pattern. Also, Virgos are v. good at cleaning up after themselves. So.
- Sagittarians are charismatic and thrive on adventure. It makes sense that thrill-seeking Sags might be more likely to take a chance on going through with a heinous act. They're impulsive and spontaneous...and don't always think things through.
- Pisces are empathetic, but that empathy could backfire. Since they have the ability to feel collective pain, they can get overwhelmed and turn way inward as a coping mechanism.
Round up a few of America's most notorious serial killers, and you'll get: Ted Bundy (Sagittarius), Jeffrey Dahmer (Gemini), John Wayne Gacy (Pisces), Andrew Cunanan (Virgo), "Son of Sam" David Berkowitz (Gemini), Richard "the Night Stalker" Ramirez (Pisces), "Boston Strangler" Albert DeSalvo (Virgo), Randy Kraft (Pisces), Larry Eyler (Sagittarius), and "BTK" Dennis Rader (Pisces).
Dr. Ruise also found that "the frequency of planets in the 12th house is significantly high." In astrology, your birth chart is divided into 12 sectors called houses, with each house representing different areas of life. While your Sun sign is determined by the date you were born, the houses in your birth chart are determined by the time you were born. Your Rising sign, indicated by the zodiac sign on the horizon when you were born, is always on the cusp of your first house. The 12th house is sometimes called the "house of the unseen," and it rules intuition, mental health, spiritual health, mysticism, and—significantly—endings. Having a lot of planets in this house indicates that those factors will play a significant role in your life.
There's more: Others have found that in comparing some of these criminals’ birth charts, patterns emerge. Bundy, Cunanan, Ramirez, and Kraft all share three key aspects (aka the significant angles planets make with each other) in their chart: a harsh and tense one with Pluto, the planet of death and repressed psychological behaviors; a soft and supportive one with Mercury (the planet of communication); and a Rising sign that is conjunct (aka in the same sign as) another planet.
Translation: Pluto can bring positive transformations, but when poorly aspected, it can also cause troubling self-sabotage—even a fixation with death. A Mercury connection enhances the gift of gab, a necessary skill for luring new victims. And when any planet forms an aspect to your Rising sign, it can amplify that facet of your personality. Bundy, for example, has a Venus in Scorpio that forms a stressful square to his Leo Rising. When Venus, the planet of love, forms an unforgiving aspect like this, there is a tendency for the person to struggle with self-worth and to act out as a result.
Of course, not every serial killer is a mutable sign. Other studies of serial killers’ birthdays have found that a disproportionate number of them are Aquariuses (Gary Ridgway, Robert Hansen, and Luis Alfredo Garavito), Tauruses (H. H. Holmes, Michael Ryan, and David Copeland), and Capricorns (the Sorcerer, Freeway Killer, and Wolf of Moscow).
Plus, every zodiac sign can claim at least one serial killer—for example, Charles Manson was a Scorpio, the "Hillside Strangler" Angelo Anthony Buono Jr. was a Libra, and Keith Hunter Jesperson was an Aries.
Interestingly, birth charts also aren't the only intersection of astrology and true crime. Some forensic astrologers try to solve murders by looking at "event charts" or "last-seen charts" of what the cosmos looked like the day the murder occurred. Although forensic psychologists are skeptical of this, there are several popular blogs dedicated to the field.
So before you freak out because you live with a Pisces, remember that birth charts are only a map. Everyone still has the power to exercise free will. Plus, "I'm a Gemini" won’t hold up in court, so, yeah. Please don't kill anyone.
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.
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