Sunday, 3 January 2016

Ian and Myra: Folie a Deux

Ian Brady and Myra Hindley killed and sexually assaulted at least five children in the mid 1960s in a chilling crime spree that became known as "The Moors Murders".

Brady was born on 2 January 1938 at 12:40 pm in Glasgow (Rodden Rating: AA; Collector: Fisher) with Jupiter in Aquarius and Saturn in the final degree of Pisces.  His natal Jupiter was in opposition to his natal Pluto and so both would be implicated in transits. This opposition would have been active in the charts of many people but of course, no one else would be declared criminally insane as Brady had been. 

Brady was adopted when he was four months old and found out in 1954 that the mysterious woman who occasionally visited his home was in fact his mother (a story similar to Ted Bundy's). By the time of his first Jupiter return he had been returned to his mother in an attempt to steer him away from a life of crime. He became fascinated with Nazi literature and the works of Marquis de Sade and ended up in prison when he was 17.

Hindley was born on 23 July 1942 at 2:45 am in Manchester (Rodden Rating: B; Collector: Fisher) with Jupiter in Cancer and Saturn in Gemini. Her natal Sun is exactly conjunct his natal Pluto--which is opposite to Jupiter. As I concluded with Perry Smith and Richard Hickok (of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood "non fiction novel"), as individuals Brady and Hindley may have just been petty criminals. Together, they were serial killers. Folie a deux. Their composite chart has Mars conjunct the ascendant and the Sun on the North Node in Libra in the 5th house, a classic signature for a couple who go on a violent killing spree together. They started their killing spree as Jupiter was conjunct Jupiter and Saturn was sextile to Jupiter.

Hindley's stepfather taught her how to fight and she scored her first 'victory' at 8 years old when a boy scratched her face and drew blood. Her stepfather made her (by threatening violence) to go back and sort him out. She did. This event--and others--were eventually raised in her defence case. "The relationship with her father brutalised her ... She was not only used to violence in the home but rewarded for it outside. When this happens at a young age it can distort a person's reaction to such situations for life." 

At the age of 13. Hindley witnessed the drowning of a boyfriend as the transiting Jupiter/Uranus conjunction passed over her natal Sun. She found comfort in the Catholic Church, a reaction that suits the transit.

The pair met at a chemical works where he was a stock clerk and she was a typist. They consummated their relationship on 1 January 1962 (this information is available on and is presumably from Hindley's diary). Brady had just had a Jupiter transit a few weeks before but incredibly Saturn had transited his Jupiter-Pluto by conjunction--which of course also picks up her natal Sun. It's like they became locked together in deeper ways other than in just the physical sense. She was said to be completely under his control, wrote about her intense feelings for him in her diary (Pluto conjunct the Sun) and was quickly indoctrinated in his extreme political views once they started dating. An astrologer might say she was acting out of character with her natal Uranus conjunct the ascendant and Mars of the composite chart. Brady's Saturn is conjunct the Venus of the composite chart--no question about who has the authority in that relationship.

Transiting Mars was conjunct Brady's natal Neptune when the carried out their first killing (Pauline Reade) on July 12 1963. Pauline Reade had been given a lift by Hindley and was introduced to Brady. He cut her throat and sexually assaulted her (it is not clear how involved Hindley was in this). As she lay dying, Hindley waited with her whilst Brady fetched a spade so they could bury the body. The transiting North Node was conjunct Chiron in the composite chart.

A few months later, as transit Jupiter was exactly square its natal position in Hindley's chart, they carried out their second murder (John Kilbride) on November 23 1963. A Venus/Mars conjunction was passing over the natal Moon of the composite chart.

For the next murder (Keith Barrett) on June 16 1964, Jupiter was transiting Brady's ascendant and transiting Saturn was on her natal South Node. The ascendant and Mars of the composite chart are too far out of orb to be considered to be conjunct the dreaded fixed star Algol. But transiting Mars at 28 Taurus on the night of this murder pulls in the configuration to be on Algol. It is interesting to note, Hindley drew comparisons to Medusa during her long term stay in the British press.

Mars was again transiting Brady's natal Neptune when Lesley Ann Downey was raped and murdered Transit Jupiter was square Hindley's natal Chiron. The Neptune of the composite chart was transited by Mars.

Their final murder was witnessed by Hindley's brother in law on 6 October 1965. The Uranus/Pluto conjunction was on his Neptune and Saturn was transiting his Mars. The transiting North Node was conjunct her Uranus and Jupiter was on her Venus: it was the breaking of the spell Brady had over her--and it was the last time they saw each other. That the brother in law informed police shows with the Sun on Mercury in the composite chart.

On 6 May 1966, the day of their conviction, transiting Saturn and Venus crossed over Brady's natal Saturn and the Sun was on his ascendant. Transiting Jupiter was on her Venus and Neptune was on her natal moon. There was a Saturn/Venus conjunction on the Venus of the composite chart and Mercury was conjunct the Jupiter of the composite chart. And of course, it was Brady's saturn return as well.

Transiting Saturn was on Hindley's natal descendant when she agreed to assist the police in recovering the body of Keith Barrett on 16 December 1986. Her return visit to the moors was unsuccessful and much criticised. The body remains undiscovered as of the date of this blog post.

The body of Pauline Reade, the first victim, was recovered on 1 July 1987. Jupiter was a few degrees away from its return point in the chart of the murder itself and Mars was close to Hindley's Sun (which also picks up Brady's Jupiter-Pluto opposition). On 10 February, Hindley confessed to her part in the murders as Chiron transited her ascendant.

About the Astrologer

Alex Trenoweth, DFAstrolS, MAPAI is an MA graduate of the Cultural Astronomy and Astrology course at Bath Spa University (2007) and has gained recognition as an outstanding schoolteacher for her tireless and innovative education of adolescents. Her unique expertise in both astrology and teaching, coupled with ground-breaking research, led her to her write Growing Pains, a book aimed at helping parents and teachers support and guide young people into maturity. Alex’s articles have appeared in astrological magazines across the globe and in addition to her many writing accomplishments, she was voted “Best International Astrologer, 2015” by the Krishnamuti Institute of Astrology in India for the energetic presentation of her original and thought-provoking investigation into astrology and education. As of October 2015, Alex is on a world tour, lecturing on a variety of astrological topics and is enjoying meeting other astrologers from different cultures. The articles on serial killers are a part of the case studies that will be presented in her next book due for release later this year.

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