Killed by Lightning

In astrology, Uranus rules sudden shocks and signifies the urge to understand the overall pattern in our lives acting as a bolt of lightning, jolting us wide awake. For study and research purposes I examined the natal charts of those struck by lightning and killed, to see how Uranus figures in these charts. Prometheus (Uranus) the awakener is a powerful player here in both transit and natally. Before we proceed, however, it should be said that this post isn’t about delving deep into the psychological implications of Uranus, but portrays the power of this planet in transit especially involving its physical manifestation.

Samuel Brashear Avis (February 19, 1872 – June 8, 1924) was an American politician who represented West Virginia in the United States House of Representatives from 1913-1915.

He was killed by lightning in Charleston, West Virginia June 8, 1924, and was interred there in Spring Hill Cemetery.

The Astrology

On the day that lightning struck, transiting Uranus was conjunct his natal Mars exactly. This aspect indicates an increased level of Uranian energy.  It can indicate a rebellious time with the need to channel this energy into something exciting using up all this high level of Uranian impulse. Mars-Uranus is linked to sudden accidents in general and it often reflects physical energy that is overflowing with excitement and electrical currents. During this time we can be a bit of a live wire, sparking off in new directions.

Mars-Uranus contacts are often associated with dangers involving machinery, electrical equipment, fireworks, and lightning. Transiting Saturn squared Uranus at the time of his death and he was made powerfully aware of Uranus. Saturn rules old structures and reliable forms of security, and when Saturn-Uranus meet in the chart it can shatter existing reality. Old forms collapse to make way for a new vision, and in the case of Samuel, Uranus broke through violently and entered right through his body.

Hernán Gaviria Carvajal (November 27, 1969 – October 24, 2002) was a Colombian football central midfielder. Gaviria died on October 24, 2002, when he and teammate Giovanni Córdoba were hit by lightning during a practice session with Deportivo Cali.

Gaviria was killed instantly, though he was not pronounced dead until arriving at Valle de Lilli Hospital; Córdoba died three days later. Nicknamed “Carepa”, he left a wife and two children; he was only 32.

The Astrology

In this case, transiting Uranus was in an 8-degree orb on his natal Mars in Aquarius. Transiting Mars was conjunct Uranus on that day. Transiting Jupiter opposed his natal Mars in Aquarius and seemed to exaggerate Mars in the electric sign of Aquarius.

Geremis Segundo González Acosta (January 8, 1975 – May 25, 2008) was a Venezuelan right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, and Milwaukee Brewers. In his rookie season, he led the Cubs with 11 wins, but he was unable to continue that success in later seasons.

The Astrology

González died after being struck by lightning in Punta Palma, Zulia on May 25, 2008. At the time of his death, Geremis had Transiting Uranus was squaring his natal Mars. He also has a natal Mercury square Uranus contact.

Overall, it has been mostly Mars-Uranus featuring, but this is common transit for all kinds of other accidents. Still, it would more common in the case of being struck by lightning, which is a rare occurrence in itself.