Knoxville Unitarian Church Shooting

April 21, 2015

I was speaking with my friend during the weekend about the Knoxville Unitarian Church shooting that took place July 27, 2008.  She was actually at the church on that dreadful day when Jim David Adkisson sneaked in with a 12-guage shotgun in a guitar case during a youth performance of Annie junior.  As I am working on a project to determine whether mass murderers and serial killers can be identified using advanced metaphysical techniques, I was intrigued to take a closer look at Adkisson.


I use hermetic astrology, combined with numerology and statistics, to determine whether a person has any significant mental illness or a propensity to kill. One of my first discoveries was that serial killers (those who kill over and over) have very discordant natal charts whereas mass murderers (those who kill more than one person on one single occasion) seem to have harmonious natal charts.  This discovery alone would enable us to determine whether a potential killer would be a mass murderer or a serial killer. There are also many other fascinating findings that I can’t go into right now.  However, I do want to explore the case of Adkisson.


Most astrologers study the longitude of the planets (in other words, the distance or proximity of planets in the zodiacal wheel) to understand the psyche.  However, the planets don’t just move horizontally.  They also move up and down forming a wave pattern like this:



When Adkisson was born, Uranus was conjunct (next to) the Sun. Now, the Sun represents a person’s power urges and Uranus is renowned for its tendency towards eccentricity and sudden impulses.  It is also the planet of shootings… This combination alone means that Adkisson tended towards an eccentric expression of his strong power urges.  But the plot thickens… I study not only the longitude of the planets but their declinations.  This is basically the extent to which they are above or below the equator at any point in time.  When a planet goes above or below 23 degrees, the expression of its archetype / characteristics tends to lose control.  Adkisson was born not only with Uranus conjunct the Sun, but both were at extreme declination (above 23 degrees north of the equator) as was Pluto the modern planet of death. Aggressive world events also seem to occur when Mars is at extreme declination or nearing the equator.


Mars (planet of aggression) was indeed near the equator when Adkisson came into this world. It is also interesting to note that the Moon (mentality and emotion) was also at the same declination as Chiron.  The asteroid Chiron is normally an indication of where a person is wounded.  In the case of Adkisson, it means that his mental and emotional judgment were highly dysfunctional. I could go on and on about his chart: for example, his power center (Sun) and eccentricity (Uranus) formed a disharmonious connection with his aggressive urges (Mars).  We could even explore the positioning of asteroids such as Lucifer in his psyche, but let’s move on to the dreadful day in question when he opened fire in a church full of innocent people and wonderful children.


The event took place on July 27, 2008.  On this day, all of the astrological markers that we would expect to see in a person’s chart for this kind of horrific event were present. In hermetic astrology, we don’t just study transiting planets; we study progressed natal charts.  The progressed natal chart shows us deep underlying conditions within a person’s psyche.  The transiting planets trigger these conditions at a particular point in time. So you may be asking “what was occurring within Adkisson’s psyche on this day?”  Here goes:


1) Progressed aggression urges (Mars) smack bang on top of emotional and mental state (Moon)


2) Progressed emotional and mental state formed exact and powerful aspect to rigid lack of love and passion (weak Venus in Taurus)


3) Progressed Uranus (eccentricity and planet of gun crimes) forming exact aspect to (2) above…


4) Progressed Pluto (modern planet of death and crime) forming exact aspect to Saturn (ancient planet of death aka the Devil in tarot)


What about the trigger (transits) for these deep underlying conditions within Adkisson’s chart?


1) Transiting Mars (aggression) exactly conjunct (on top of) Adkisson’s Saturn (major malefic / ancient planet of death)


2) Transiting Venus (passion to do something) exactly conjunct Adkisson’s Pluto (modern planet of death and crime)

And what about the asteroid Lucifer?


1) 28 degrees Pisces forming a powerful aspect to Adkisson’s natal Pluto (modern planet of death and crime)


2) Exact square (discordant aspect) to Adkisson’s natal Venus (passion / lack of)


3) Exact square to transiting / triggering Pluto (modern planet of death and crime)


Etc. etc. etc…

You see, our experiences of life and all events are somehow mirrored by the ancient metaphysical systems.  These systems can be used to understand what is occurring and to peer into the very likely future.


So at this point you are probably thinking “okay Frampton, what’s your point?”


This is my point: like everything, a desire to kill can be identified through advanced metaphysics.  My hypothesis is that we can ultimately identify heinous criminals and avert tragedy. Not only that, but it is possible to calculate exactly when crimes would be committed. More about all of this in future…


Wishing you all love, happiness, and safety.  Love and peace to Greg McKendry and Linda Kraeger. Healing to those suffering from post-traumatic stress.


Steve Frampton




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