James Foley was a photojournalist who reported on war zones. He went missing on November 22, 2012 in Syria. He had gone there to cover the mass rebellion during Gaddafi capture, and was abducted by an islamic militant group. After missing for nearly 2 years, they released a video showing Mr. Foley’s beheading in August 2014, which was apparently done in retaliation to US’s air strikes in Iraq. Anyway this is a story of a innocent man who was there doing his job and was literally sacrificed by barbarians for their cause. Does the chart show the potential to be stuck in powerless situations even without any provocation?
Yod Pattern: A Yod is a chart pattern where 2 planets are sextile each other and both of them are inconjunct/or quincunx another planet which is at the apex of the Yod. Due to the shape of this pattern, the Yod is also called “Finger of God”. A chart with many Yod patterns point out to karmic situations wherein the person does not have much choice and can be used by other people for their cause. In this case James Foley happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time and was sacrificed in a gruesome manner. James Foley’s horoscope (time unknown) shows three Yod patterns, one with a sextile from Jupiter to Neptune with Saturn as the apex, a second one with Pluto and Neptune sextile each other with Mars at the apex and a third one with Mars and Saturn sextile each other with Neptune at the apex. If you look at the James Foley’s horoscope below (chart shows only planets involved in Yod), the green lines show the pattern of the three Yods and the planets involved in these aspects.
Do you see that Neptune is part of all three Yods? This is very telling because Neptune among other things shows up in situations involving loss, confusion, exile, imprisonment, getting lost, etc. It is kind of like a fog came over his life and he was lost to the world. Jupiter sextile Neptune shows his sensitivity to the environment, and how he used his love of photography to express it. However, both these planets (Jupiter and Neptune) connected to Saturn through a Yod shows another story of being put in difficult situations which are out of his control. This is exactly what happened. He was on a photo assignment in Syria and got captured by the militants. This is not the first time for James Foley; he was jailed in Libya by Gaddafi supporters for 44 days but was later released. The sextile between Saturn and Mars shows that he is not afraid to take on focused difficult jobs but again the Yod to Neptune shows that being in this kind of situation can sometimes bring loss. Pluto sextile to Neptune shows creative transformation which was easy for him but the Yod to Mars shows that in this process he could get pulled into someone else’s conflict and aggression. So his is basically a story of the Yods where in spite of opportunities, one can be put in situations that need adjustment. It is very karmic as the events unfold without any input from the person. Its as if they are pushed in front of the stage to play an unknown role in which they have no say or power.
Some of the words mentioned by him in interviews explains his sensitivity to the world around him and the the energy inherent in his Yods.
Transits and Progressions to the Yod: In November 2012 when he went missing many people with Cardinals were feeling the effects of the Uranus Pluto square in the early cardinal degrees. If you look at the planets involved in the three Yod patterns, they are all in early degrees, with Mars in 3 Capricorn and Pluto in 5 degree Libra. These two planets got trigged by the Uranus Pluto square and hence activated all the three Yods. Uranus Pluto square is about intense push for change and transformation and it could take both positive and negative turns based on the natal chart. For him, this transit meant it was time to play the unsuspected role for a cause that did not belong to him. Also, at the same time progressed Sun activated the natal Neptune which was part of all 3 Yods. In August 2014 when he was purportedly killed and his death was released in a video, progressed Sun was conjunct his natal Uranus and I think this signifies freedom after 2 years of being kept captive and tortured.
Given below is his complete horoscope (birth chart) of James Foley. Apart from the yods described above, James Foley has he Sun Uranus conjunction which gives an independent streak. However in opposition to Chiron, his freedom loving nature may also bring him some pain. He also has Neptune Venus conjunction which shows love of the arts and in his case specifically his liking for photography. Jupiter Mars square explains his abundant energy and zest for life and traveling. With the time being unknown, I am sure there are transits and progressions to the angles, especially to the Ascendant and Midheaven which are unfortunately not known.
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