Derek Chauvin – A Birth Chart Analysis

In this article I will give an overview of the birth chart of Derek Chauvin. At the time of writing this Mr Chauvin is due to stand trial for the murder of a black civilian, George Floyd on 25th May 2020 in Minneapolis, USA.

For an overview of the planetary configurations surrounding this event and the social unrest playing out in America, see:

George Floyd and the Rise of Social Tension

I hope to bring to your attention to key personality traits and themes in his natal chart that can help us to understand who he was and what may have driven him to such an unforgivable act. I will not be going through each planet and sign, rather I will pick out what I feel are the dominant psychological drivers.

As in all of my chart analysis’ I endeavour to provide an honest and unbiased interpretation of the birth chart, as I do not believe anybody is born inherently bad. It is more to do with the choices we make and the effort we put in to our own development.

Also, please note that I do not have access to Derek Chauvin’s time of birth, therefore I am unable to take angles and house placements into account.

Birth chart of Derek Chauvin
Chart generated through Astrodienst

Temperamental and Changeable

Elemental In-balance.

Derek Chauvin has a considerable elemental in-balance in his chart, with 7 of the 10 planets, and his north node in water. This is the chart of somebody with an excessive emotional nature. When an individual views life through such a concentrated emotional lens everything is experienced on a highly personal level. This means that they can lack objectivity and struggle to understand experiences from any viewpoint but their own.

This is the chart of a very open individual, who would have as easily expressed his love and affection as he did his temper. With two grand trines in water there’s a desire to merge with life and transcend through emotional experiences, but the personality lacks structure. It is fluid but chaotic. This is the chart of a highly changeable and impressionable man, whose heightened subjectivity may lead him to act in a way that is peculiar by normal standards, ‘he walks to the beat of him own drum’, so to speak.

Mr Chauvin would have experienced difficulty with managing himself, presenting as unreliable and disorganised. There is considerable creative potential and intuitive ability, but with so little in air or earth there was little way for him to channel this energy constructively. You could say that he was at odds with reality.

Disassociation from Vulnerability

Scorpio Moon

When somebody has such a predominance of water in their natal chart you could say that they are very ‘lunar’. For this reason I would put particular emphasis on the Moon, which is in Scorpio.

A Scorpio Moon feels compelled to overcome personal weakness. Mr Chauvin would have sought to disassociate himself from feelings of vulnerability through direct confrontation with emotional tribulation. His survival need are inextricably linked to building emotional resilience and personal empowerment.

Scorpio as an archetype accepts the human capacity for extreme good and extreme evil. It knows that to deny it serves no purpose and at a primal level it understands that to fully confront ones shadow, and to learn to control it, is what makes one a formidable force. Part of Mr Chauvin’s evolutionary purpose was to learn to master his emotions.

He is likely an intense, introverted and deeply emotional person. His ability to manage the Scorpio drive for evolution through emotional trial, would have been hampered by his difficulty in consciously processing his experiences. This arouses feelings of being inadequate and ineffectual at managing life.

When Scorpio feels like they can’t cope, they tend to come back with a fighting spirit. Negatively this manifests as controlling, manipulative and overpowering behaviours. These serve to reaffirm one’s desire for strength, and their personal ability to manage.

Mr Chavin has no negative aspects to his moon, but with no earth and very little air in the chart (as I will discuss below) he doesn’t have much authority over his emotions. This can leave one feeling vulnerable and unable to manage. In this sense you can see how the more domineering and controlling aspects of Scorpio may have manifested as a defence mechanism.

Ungrounded and Lacking Perspective

No planets in earth, only one in Air

A person who has their eyes covered. Blind.

With such a predominance of water and fire in the chart Mr Chauvin would have a desire to want to be completely immersed in everything he does. He is passionate, impulsive and reckless and likely alternates from extremes; reactive to defensive, ecstatic to miserable. This creates a dramatic and compulsive personality type.

With no earth in the natal chart one could literally be described as ‘ungrounded’. This further exaggerates Mr Chauvin’s disposition toward erratic and changeable behaviours. He will experience difficulty with grounding his thoughts and feelings in reality. Again, imaginative potential is strong and there is a predisposition to becoming lost in ones imagination. Please remember not everyone with chart configuration like this go on to commit crimes! With no earth a person tends to have an overt preoccupation with an internal world, displaying as contemplative and brooding.

Saturn is often a stabilising factor but even this falls in the lunar ruled sign of Cancer. Have you ever tried to build a house on water? This placement denotes a strong identification with values concerning family, home and tradition. Likewise, his fears and defensive behaviours would have been triggered by anything that he saw (subjectively) as threatening to these.

Now, what does having so little air add to the mix? Here we see difficulty with gaining perspective. Perspective to understand himself and the means by which to understand others. For example children with this configuration need help understanding people’s differences, for them there’s no frame of reference besides the self and their subjective viewpoint. Indeed, if not balanced this can manifest in either a naive and impressionable personality or in bigoted and prejudiced behaviour. Most commonly a bit of both!

These traits are made more prominent by his having Mercury in Pisces square Neptune. Mercury is our ability to understand and manage information, to orient our thinking. Mercury in Pisces shows yet further imaginative potential, it supports conceptual thinking and intuitive ability, but it is not grounded or considered overly sensible. Squaring it’s ruler in Sagittarius, lends itself to an ideological leaning. Mr Chauvin could be considered a free thinker, but one that struggles to structure his beliefs and principles, or ground them in physical truths.

Difficulty Restraining Unconscious Drives

Sun square mars

A person rubbing his head in mental discomfort

Mars square the Sun is the assertive energy at odds with the conscious self. This leads to the inefficient management of the one’s unconscious drives. By this I mean that one acts without reason and finds it difficult to reconcile the self with the behaviour. With this aspect individuals struggle with their temper, they ‘see red’, only to later say “I don’t know why I did what I did.” Mr Chauvin would have often acted impulsively with little thought to consequence.

This adds yet another level to the picture of a man driven by strong unconscious feelings. This aspect, when balanced by other factors in the chart, depicts irritability, rashness and a ‘devil may care’ attitude. However, in this instance it further adds to Mr Chauvin’s unrestrained emotional nature, adding volatility and emotional transparency. Often seen as ‘uncivilised’ due to it’s primal nature, this aspect further exaggerates the irrational and compulsive drives discussed earlier.

The placement of Mars in Cancer often leads to challenges around asserting oneself, it is naturally gentle and nurturing. What Cancer as an archetype needs to learn is that it’s natural to feel angry and to express when one doesn’t agree. If you do not this anger gets suppressed, until eventually it erupts! Not an easy placement for somebody like Derek Chauvin who is already predisposed to emotional turbulence.

For individuals with this aspect the lesson is to learn to control one’s will through understanding triggers and managing reactions. We know already that with neither earth nor much air in his chart, that this was incredibly difficult for Mr Chauvin to do.

The Physical Manifestation of Nessus

Nessus conjunct Mars square sun

The silhouette of a person screaming under plastic - signifying unconscious pain

Take everything that I said above any add Nessus to the mix!

Learn all about the mythology of Nessus here

For those of you unfamiliar with this asteroid, here’s a brief overview of the themes it represents.

  • Karma
  • Tyranny
  • Physical and psychological abuse
  • Death
  • Revenge
  • Jealousy
  • Victimisation

People struggle to acknowledge Nessus within themselves. It’s an invite to address aspects of our nature that are incredibly hard to swallow; the weakness in ourselves that drives us to dominate over others, the hatred we feel and the desire for vengeance, our feelings of shame, humiliation and indignity. I could go on. To integrate Nessus consciously is psychologically very challenging. It requires honest reflection and exceptional courage.

Nessus is a controlling force. It embodies the dynamic of the bully and the bullied. By this I mean the abuser who in an effort to disguise his own powerlessness violates another, and in doing so creates the illusion of power.

For many what happens is they cannot bare to acknowledge their own vulnerabilities and accept a world where somebody would purposefully take advantage of that to do them harm. So in an effort to not be victimised themselves they assume the role of the aggressor and project their feelings of impotence onto others. This behaviour pattern is then adopted by the other party and the cycle starts over

This inability to integrate Nessus results in cyclical projection, nobody accepting fault and the problem always being somebody else’s. On an individual level this tendency to see fault in others, but not in themselves, can lead to superiority complexes.

So why do men do bad things?

In this instance Mr Chauvin, as we discussed earlier is a highly subjective individual. He likely finds it very difficult to see the world from any perspective but his own. He has an unrestrained emotional nature, coupled with a desire to fully immerse himself in the moment. This combination results in impulsivity with little to no heed of consequence. The unconscious manifestation of his will makes him prone to acting in a volatile and inflammatory way. Also, his thinking lacks structure and boundaries; he has the makeup a man with strong ideological leanings. His imagine his behaviour is often considered highly unpredictable and unreasonable.

He is driven to overcome his own feelings of inadequacy through engaging with life on a deep emotional level. His difficulty with processing these intoxicating, and I dare say disturbing, experiences likely leads to an element of emotional suppression. As in all cases of suppressed emotion, their inevitable resurgence in life is likely strong, compulsive and seemingly irrational. For such an unconscious individual it is likely that the presence of Nessus, exaggerated by his Scorpio Moon’s innate fear of being victimised, leads to the adoption of a powerful persona in an effort to escape his own vulnerability.

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George Floyd and the Rise of Social Tension

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Karen Meme: Mercury and Humour

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George Floyd and the Rise of Social Tension

In this article I’m going to walk you through the current planetary configurations that are underpinning the social unrest in America. If you haven’t been following these events I suggest you read the article linked below. It outlines the rise of social tensions following the death of George Floyd, 25th May 2020.

George Floyd death: Why has a US city gone up in flames?

I will discuss Mars in Pisces in terms of being both our saviour and our noose. The loss of individuality that this entails, as the self merges with the collective, can signify both the unsung hero or faceless aggressor .

Now for the really ugly part – Nessus. If any asteroid is going to lower the tone it’s this one. Nessus forces us to look at the most despicable aspects of nature and challenges us to make a choice; perpetuate the pain or break the cycle. There’s no easy way out with Nessus, but there is a right way out. More on that to come!

Human Rights Warriors – Mars in Pisces

Let’s quickly recap on Mars in terms of its place in the astrological cycle. So here’s the deal, Mars is ruled by Aries which follows Pisces on the wheel right? But why? Because in Pisces there is no self, this sign is concerned with collective identity and universal principles. In terms of evolution Aries, or Mars, thought ‘To hell with this!’ and developed through a primal drive to individuate, to separate from the crowd and follow their own path and be free to express themselves.

So when Mars transits through Pisces it’s pulled back into the collective pool that it was hell bent on escaping. It’s primal needs are denied and it’s made to feel powerless, weak and ineffectual.

The positive manifestation of this transit can be understood as an opportuity for the individual to learn to direct personal energy towards collective good. It recognises that what hurts one of us hurts all of us. It is compassionate and driven to unite people.

On the other hand, what do you think Mars does when it’s threatened and it’s back is against the wall like this? it does one of three things.

  1. It adapts – the individual learns to direct their personal energy towards a collective good. Here we have the peaceful protester.
  2. The life forces gives up, it disassociates from the self and withers. It drowns in the metaphorical Pisces ocean. This can lead to severe depression.
  3. The life force fights back whatever the odds! Though understand if Mars fights back under these circumstances what you see is a fight to the death type mentality. To the individual it’s a matter of drown, die for the freedom you stand for, or just go down swinging! This can be understood as the martyr.

Sound extreme? It’s not. I know Mars transits Pisces every two years or so, and it’s true we don’t always see headlines like we’re currently seeing. The difference is the other two bodies in the astrological mix – Neptune and Nessus. Both of these exaggerate the narrative of:

  • The dissolution of individual rights – tyranny and martyrdom
  • Feeling powerless against collective force – the faceless enemy
  • Assertive action without forethought or consideration of consequence – recklessness

Before we move on, if the primal drive of the Aries/Mars archetype interests you, or if you know that it’s a key player in your chart, you may be interested in reading:

The Psychology of Aries – Basic needs and dominant drives

Introducing Nessus – abuse and history repeating itself

I want to introduce you to Nessus. Some of you may have come across this asteroid, some of you purposefully may have given it a wide berth. I can understand why! It’s dark and at it’s lowest polarity full of spite and cruelty.

Learn all about the mythology of Nessus here

Let me give you a brief overview of the astrological themes underpinning this asteroid.

  • Karma
  • Tyranny
  • Physical and psychological abuse
  • Death
  • Revenge
  • Jealousy
  • Victimisation

Seeing any cross-over between this and the uprising in America? Exactly!

Boil all of these keywords down and you get an over-riding theme:

The misuse of power

So, with Nessus the role of the abuser and the abused, the oppressor and victim, come to the fore. In order for these terms to exist at all you need to understand that they are mutually dependent on one another.

Nessus stirs up deep karmic physical and psychological wounds, not unlike his fellow mythological centaur (and asteroid) Chiron. History is made present again through Nessus, if it’s deemed that evolutionary lessons are still to be learnt. In this situation we can see the fires of the American Civil Right Movement of the 1950’s/60s being stoked and brought into the limelight of the present day. This is made more prevelant by the current transit of Saturn through Aquarius and the themes of social justice and social responsibility that this carries.

Nessus is a controlling force. It embodies the dynamic of the bully and the bullied. By this I mean the abuser who in an effort to disguise his own powerlessness violates another, and in doing so creates the illusion of power. It’s clear to see how this role was enacted by the police officer that killed George Floyd.

Here’s the thing though, we all know how the abused child, if support and intervention isn’t put in place, is at a greater risk of growing up to repeat the same pattern of behaviour. Not so sure?

This study by the CDC on adverse childhood experiences outlines the correlation between historic trauma and social emotional and cognitive impairment.

Also, this study by the World Heath Organisation “The cycles of violence – The relationship between childhood maltreatment and the risk of later becoming a victim or perpetrator of violence” shows how patterns of abuse are perpetuated through generations.

Why am I telling you this?

Rioting and revenge

We cannot think of Nessus as a static set of traits, it’s part of a process. We are not formed from nothing, our behaviour does not manifest in isolation. In the situation of George Floyd we are seeing historic trauma being channelled at the individual level. The situation has touched so many people because it is iconic, exemplary or you could even say archetypal.

The cyclical element of Nessus explains this asteroid’s correlation with revenge. One ill turn deserves another your could say, and this was evident in the riots, you could say that people were fighting fire with fire. To master Nessus and turn it into a strength (this can be done and I promise to address this in another article,) you need to break the vengeful cycle of the aggressor and the victim. Else we will be subject to escalating feelings of enmity, fuelled by power and hate for a long time to come.

Turning pain into a strength

The bottom line with Nessus is that it is indeed a dark and unpleasant influence, but if developed into a strength it would grant a force capable of shattering mountains. You’ve never met anyone as strong as the one who has been to the depths of hell and returned. Who has confronted and overthrown all of the demons lurking in the shadows.

This is what Carl Jung spoke of when he referred to the importance of integrating the shadow. It is about acknowledging the connection between one’s personal proclivity for evil and the collective proclivity for evil. What one person does we are all capable of doing. We are all united in our capacity for both good and evil. What differentiates a bad person from a good person is their ability to control and master it.

Neptune and the strength of the collective

Wow! As if the Pisces influence alone wasn’t enough, we have weight of an olympic god firmly nestled in the mix at the moment. This serves to enhance the themes of:

  • Group idenitifcation
  • Alignment of the self with universal principles
  • Collective pain and collective hope

I want to illustrate the collective mentality and the common drive towards an identified goal through a selection of quotes taken from recent press articles. Please pay careful attention to the language.

“It falls on all of us, regardless of our race or station — including the majority of men and women in law enforcement who take pride in doing their tough job the right way, every day — to work together to create a ‘new normal’ in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts.”

Barak Obama, 44th President of the USA (CBS Minnesota)

As leaders, we must encourage people who are frightened and frustrated. We must stand in solidarity and unity as one human race. We must reject the socially engineered concept that our skin colors and ethnicities divide us into racial groups.”

Alveda Kin, evangelist and the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King (Fox News)

Our country has a sickness. We have to be out here. This is the only way we’re going to be heard.”

Brianna Petrisko, demonstrator (The Telegraph)

Neptune rules Pisces and, as discussed earlier, this archetype dissolves the concept of the individual and considers one’s purpose and meaning only in as far as it contributes to the bigger picture. If and when a leadership figure arises under a strong Neptune influence, they don’t use their voice for themselves, but rather they channel the voice of the people!

This is why Neptune, ruler of the ocean, can be considered a wave of considerable magnitude. We can hold back individuals, we can’t hold back the force of an ocean.

To offer a word of caution concerning Neptune. It is incredibly difficult to channel Neptune energy, the currents are strong and we struggle to see clearly underwater. Intent can lack focus and beware of misinformation through media sources (Gemini square Pisces). Neptune rules illusion, and it may well take a collective effort to see through smoke and mirrors to expose the truth of the matter.

Though remember, when the wave is aligned with the greater good incredible things can come to be.


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