New Age Rape Culture: Astrology Pseudoscientists Blame ‘Rape-Prone’ Women & the Planets That Make Men Rape

After posting about one astrologer’s statements recently on an Indian TV news program (Rape Horoscopes: India TV News’ Latest Ratings Ploy, Dec. 3), I wondered if this was an isolated madman, or if this was a thing.  My sad report: it’s a thing.  I’ll let the astrologic community speak for themselves.  My comments are in italics prefaced with “Note.”

Before we get to the “experts,” let’s look at how this plays out in discussion forums, such as this Vedic Astrology board:

J.S. Sandhu asks: “What causes a child’s sexual abuse?  The close affliction of Rahu or the most malefic planet to Venus or the lord of the seventh house…?  What planetary influences cause a rape?”

rajat19731 helps by offering a case study:  “Here are the planetary positions of a native who was raped a year ago…”

astro_scholr responds: “… Person is analytical nature and good in academic… courageous and go getter…. Nobody can reason with person. Person is egoistic in nature and adamant. Tries to follow western culture, non conservative and questions indian culture/processes. Budadithya yoga in 7th is not good for marital happiness… person will not be chooser in good friends… Event should have happened… where Jupiter is PK. during this time person looks more attractive/passionate in behavior to opposit sex.”

RishiRahul, ‘Astrology Reader,’ is impressed: “It is marveling to see astro_scholr make such beautiful attempts at predicting the sad event. He is taking Jyotish very seriously and has an organised mind.”

Identifying the Astrological Predisposition for Female Sexual Assault, Curtis Williams, October 18, 2014.

Curtis Williams

Curtis Williams, A.P. D., MA, CRP, CRMT, E3 is a Certified practicing Astrologer, Shamanic Practitioner and Reiki Master and Teacher here on the Central Coast.

…Astrologically there are a number of red flags that can suggest the high potential for a physical attack, rape, and murder, or all combinations. Although these “astrological signatures” are from data listing female assaults, these same signatures can apply to men by simply interchanging Venus for Mars…

For women, and for girls, some of the prime indicators for assault is the Venus and Pluto hard aspects (conjunction, square and opposition) and any variables that include the 2nd, 7th, and 8th houses (houses naturally ruled by Venus and Pluto)…

My intention here is to alert Astrologers, counselors, and medical/legal professionals to the potential for sexual assault that is held in the timing of one’s own natal, and progressed charts.

Aspects and House and Sign Positions in the Horoscopes of Murderers, Serial Killers, and Mass Murderers, Bob Marks, Astrology Research Journal, 8/27/2002.  [Note: This “journal” is a vanity project filled with pseudoscientific charts and tables, with only a single edition, created by Marks to post his “research.”]

Bob Marks

Bob Marks has a Masters degree in Chemistry… and founded and operated “The New Prospect High School”,  a high school based on the Summerhill method that operated in New York City from 1970 to 1974.  Since 1979, he has been the producer and host of “Astrology Now” on Manhattan cable television. It is the longest continuously running TV show on astrology in the nation… [He has been featured by] Oprah Winfrey Show, Newsday magazine, Huffington Post, Tony Brown Journal…, [and author of] How to get More Love, Money, and Success by Traveling on Your Birthday.

…Let’s take a look at the horoscope of John Wayne Gacy. Gacy tortured and murdered over thirty young men… His Ascendant was in the sign of Sagittarius… In addition to Gacy, the horoscopes of Ricardo Ramirez, the infamous “Night Stalker” of Los Angeles, and Eugen Weidmann, a German serial killer, also have the Moon within one degree of Scheat…

Astrology Lesson 21.5: Chiron, Bob Marks, 2012:

[T]he late Joanna Shannon told me that she had noticed the presence of stressful aspects to Chiron (both natally and by transit) in the horoscopes of rape victims… Chiron problems can be dealt with and solved… The descriptions of Chiron placements and aspect sometimes look suspiciously like those for Saturn. Both seem to indicate problems and obstacles that need to be overcome. With Chiron, the problems must also be dealt with by insight (Uranus). The catch is that if we don’t follow up these insights with more work (Saturn) the problems come back…The only way to get the benefits of the sign and house that Chiron is in, or those of the planets that Chiron aspects, is to confront and deal with your own inner wounds.

[Note: A brief fact-check as a typical example of what actual scientific research found about astrologers’ ability to identify psychopaths: ]

Quirkology: How We Discover the Big Truths in Small Things, Richard Wiseman, Ph.D., 2007:

American researcher[s]… visited five professional astrologers and presented Gacy’s details as his own… The astrologers got it badly wrong.  One encouraged the researcher to work with young people because he could “bring out their best qualities.”  Another… confidently predicted that the researcher’s life would be “very, very, positive.”  A third said that he was “kind, gentle, and considerate of others’ needs.”

Astrology Prediction for Julian Assange, Gurmeet Singh, January 9, 2013  [Note: Julian Assange is editor of WikiLeaks].

Gurmeet Singh Gurmeet Singh book

Gurmeet Singh is an internationally acclaimed Vedic Astrologer with over 25 years of experience as a full time consulting astrologer in Advanced Vedic Astrology (KP System). Mr. Singh is one of the most respected astrologers in America… Mr. Singh is expert on Relationship Compatibility issues… Singh had deep interest in complex subjects such as Science, Math, and Astrology…

When the lord of 5th house has connection with the Badhaka house, 8th house and 12th house then person can become victim of rape allegations or may become a rape victim himself or herself or commit sex crimes during the mahadasha or bhukti of such planets, Saturn and Rahu in Julian Assange’s case.  Saturn mahadasha is very evil for Julian Assange…

Astrological Factors: Rape Victims, Hemant Bhatt on Mar 21, 2013:

Hemant Bhatt

Hemant Bhatt is author of the 2014 book Cursed Karma of Past Life in Vedic Jyotisha.

To identify the chart prone to rape correctly and definitely is indeed a very difficult task… we have to give prudent guideline for the prone cases; a word of caution may save the victim.

In nutshell, for rape cases afflicted segregation of 4th house is for distorted… self – fidelity… 7th… is for conjugal fidelity disrupted in equality and legality. 8th is seen for conjugal relation in inequality with force or forgery and intrusion,and lastly 12th house is seen for conjugal relationship with illegality and unsocial i.e. bed pleasure is shared with others… Moreover, weak Venus or its affliction in addition to this… prove fatal in female horoscopy for rape and sexual abuse…

…[W]hen we see any house wife or daughter is rape prone we have to see the 4th house at first… 8th house females suffers sex relationship based on inequality and intrusion… male violence to 8th or its lord is very important to signify the rape prone chart…

[A]strologers are humbly requested to check these analogy results of rapes and sexual abuses of female on more and more charts available with them…

[Note: Bhatt provides case studies of rape victims explaining how they were what he terms “rape prone,” giving victims’ full identities and personal data, which I’ve withheld. ] 

Melissa… [Note: Raped and killed at age 13 by neighbor]  Ascendant is afflicted… indicating sex abuse and dreadful premature death… Puberty lord Mercury is retrograde… indicating conjugal-self fidelity breakage…

Susan… [Note: Raped at age 10, and again at age 14 by two males]  Ascendant lord Saturn is with 7th lord Moon indication some disruption in sexual relationship… This is the prime factor inflicting rape… Saturn… is carrying the influence of 7th and 12th lord is also one of the reason why rape took place… In the second event of rape… lord of Jupiter-Venus both being protecting planets and afflicting them to cause the rape.

Phoolan … [Note: Gang-raped for weeks at age 18] …7th house lord is Venus. Conjugal and self fidelity is in total risk…

Forensic Astrology: Jessie Leroy Matthew, Cate Callaghan, September 27, 2014.

Cate Callalghan

[A] social anthropologist… I devised a system; a methodology, which appears to be uncannily accurate in isolating a crime, locating a body, identifying a perpetrator and further possibilities I haven’t yet thought of.  There is nothing psychic in this method we’ve devised… as long as I have the basic information of a timed event and the birth data of the persons involved, I can undertake what I call, a forensic enquiry… “

[Note: This “forensic astrologer” assesses at great length the horoscopes of criminals and their victims, including most recently this accused Virginia serial rapist/murderer, analyzing his birth chart and his horoscope for dates of crimes of which he’s suspected: ]

Alleged Virginia serial rapist/murderer Jesse Leroy Matthew

This is a man with Sun in Sagittarius and Moon in Leo; hence the orange-coloured car and the dread-locks; leonine symbols… The ominous 22 degrees is present – both his Sun and Lunar nodal axis. This does not bode well for a happy life…The planetary tension in itself is drawing attention to his personal lack of self-control…

The two cases that we know are definitely related to the same perpetrator; a DNA match…  Morgan Harrington [and]…the sexual assault and attempted abduction foiled by a neighbour in Fairfax City… Note the similarities of ascendants…

Possible victims… Cassandra Ann Morton … Gemini connection at the ascendant… Hannah Elizabeth Graham… My initial response was to discount Jesse Matthew, however that is impossible now… his charge – ‘abduction and intent to defile Hannah Graham’ means we are obliged to continue our enquiry. …grad student…screamed. The attacker ran… two days after the alleged rape event at Liberty… So what has changed in the heavens? The house placements; realms of action will likely be different… whenever there is a hard aspect to 18°Taurus in the heavens, this man is prompted to reopen the emotions of the childhood wound…

Vestora Leatrise Spriggs…HIGHLY PROBABLE victim… Saturn at the ominous 22°Cancer conjunct natal Lunar nodal axis… Quaisra Khan is a POSSIBLE victim….Moon (blue)/South Node = natal Mars – this suggests there will be a connection that is karmic in this regard… Sereda Jacquline McGlothin, POSSIBLE victim…Sun (orange) conjunct natal Mars – a date on the calendar to be assertive… Bonnie Santiago…Sun (orange) and Moon conjunct natal Lunar nodal axis – sheer lunacy…

If I were a profiler I would sit down with Jesse Matthew and ask him to tell me about what was happening in his life around the time of his birthday in 1987… Venus (pinkl) square natal Saturn – what does Venus represent to a 6 year old?…

‘Rape’- dilemmas of an Astrologer, Āchary Kalki Krishna, December 27, 2012.


Āchary Kalki Krishna, … B.Com. LL.B., ACMA from the most premier institutions of India, …has been awarded with more than hundred titles by various institutions, universities and organisations. Having studied all the branches of Vedic legacy e.g. Yoga, Naturopathy, Ayurveda, Planetary Gemology…mythology…, Āchary Kalki Krishna is known for innovative use of all these sciences in the Remedial Astrology….At Present, he is Chairman of Noida Chapter of ‘Indian Council of Astrological Sciences’ (ICAS), where he is guiding research scholars of Astrology and Vastu…

With the Delhi Gang Rape, suddenly, the word ‘Rape’ has got central place in the Indian Media… However, being astrologers, due to our unique profession, the word ‘Rape’ comes before us with very different dimensions, creating unique dilemmas…

We are handling a case of horoscope matching. We discover and latter confirmed by the girl that a close relative had sexually assaulted her, in the past.  Should we disclose this fact to the Groom side?

…A woman approaches us for counseling, after being sexually victimized. She clearly shows Rape Trauma syndrome. She does not want to a clinical psychotherapist and feels more comfortable with us. Should we send her to a hospital for psychotherapy or handle ourselves?…

[Note: His website also prominently features the following long-debunked astrology lie.  Einstein stated he did not believe in astrology. ]

“Astrology is a science in itself and contains an illuminating body of knowledge. It taught me many things, and I am greatly indebted to it. Astrology is like a life- giving elixir for mankind.” These words have not been written by Acharya Kalki Krishna or some other Astrologer, but none other than Great Scientist, Albert Einstein.

An Astrological Heads Up: Rape and Aggressive Super Sexual Energy

Michael Vanderpool, June 9, 2013

Associate Member at Member of Legal Shield, Journalist at American Press Association (APA) and Astrologer at OMSH Books And Services

… those in situations that risk rape should be on heightened alert into the 19th at minimum (no joke) and for those who like and or enjoy aggressive sexuality, it’s ‘your time’ till then…

the last time I gave this kind of astrological heads up … a man was breaking into houses there and raping women…

If your a dog or horse breeder, etc. it might be time to get the stud service ready This is a great energy for that kind of business…

Many of you will enjoy this energy…


Sadly, more…

An astrologer for over two decades, I conduct extensive, ground-breaking research into new techniques, serve on the steering committee of the San Francisco Astrological Society, and provide readings for clients. 

…Here’s a transit chart for Cosby for two days ago, when the stories were attaining escape velocity…

All of this nastiness has inspired me to look for a “Rapist Formula” on the charts of rapists who don’t kill, in the same vein as my Bloodbath Formula for multiple murderers.  Obviously, it’ll take me a while to process enough charts to be sure, but I’ve checked a half-dozen already and clear patterns are already emerging.   Compromised Pallas…Venus + Neptune…Sun-Mars-Jupiter aspect triangle…

11/29/2014:  I am slowly building a collection of rapist charts here where I’ve got my multiple-murderers.  My updated astrological “Rapist Formula” is here.

3 thoughts on “New Age Rape Culture: Astrology Pseudoscientists Blame ‘Rape-Prone’ Women & the Planets That Make Men Rape

  1. Pingback: Pressure Mounts in India to Discard Astrology as Another Anti-Progressive Superstition, Like Caste | Under the Greenwood Tree

  2. 13-11-1988,13:40.JAIPUR(RAJASTHAN,INDIA)

    Have rahu aspect on weak venus in eighth house.

    Victim of child abuse during venus dasha.

    The above compilation is accurate.

    Hope don’t have to suffer such situation ahead in life.


  3. Other than the last two men listed…The others were explaining in what they believe in, what makes someone a rapist or how you can read these things in a chart. It is a big leap to say they are saying “rape prone” women and “planets that make men rape” when they are reading what they see in a chart. Like in all astrology they say each planet influences someone in one way or another. They aren’t blaming the woman. I read all the blogs you mentioned (Except the last two) and all it said was how you can read sexual violence in an astrological chart. Why villainize people who aren’t saying anything about a person but reading a chart?


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