“Last Seen” Chart for Roxanne Paltauf

Roxanne Paltauf around the time she went missing

This particular missing person’s case has always really bothered me….it strikes a chord, if you will. I’m not sure if it’s because she is my age, or because she’s a native Austinite, or maybe because it’s just really fucking tragic to have a loved one be missing for SUCH a long time (or maybe….it’s a little of all of that). Roxanne Paltauf went missing in Austin, Texas on July 7, 2006. The last time she was supposedly  seen was at 830 pm that evening when she left the Budget Inn Motel off of Rundberg and IH-35 that she and her boyfriend were staying at. Anyone who is familiar with Austin is familiar with that area of town, and while it might be different NOW, back then it wasn’t the safest place with the world’s greatest cast of characters circling about. (I’m not sure what the area is like now, truth be told). The story goes that she left the hotel WITHOUT any of her stuff and was never seen again. The boyfriend claims to have no idea where she went or what happened to her. The astrology below tells me that while he may not have actually been the one to hurt her, her certainly KNOWS more than he’s saying (such as where she went and who she went off with). The boyfriend happened to be much of the focus of the police investigation (can’t really blame them, because on the face of it, he seems the most likely candidate). However, there is another player involved in this case, who days after she went missing was found incarcerated and WITH HER ID in his possession. We will call this guy “other guy,” who the astrology tells me is actually responsible for her demise. 
**For the purpose of this blog post, I’m going to refer to her boyfriend as “the boyfriend” and the perpetrator as “other guy.” All of the names and possible players in Roxanne’s case are open and known to the public, but I’m not going to actually mention them here. I also won’t go into ALL the details of this case as they are already known to the public. I will put a link below if you want to read more about the case, though. Here I will only be focusing on what the astrology tells me from the last time that she was supposedly seen.
Here is a link to info on her case to get you started if you’re unfamiliar:
http://charleyproject.org/case/roxanne-elizabeth-paltauf

So, this event chart reads like a story. Errr, let me rephrase that….it reads like a series of events that begin unfolding from the moment that she went missing (and even in the 30 minutes or so prior to it). The EXACT details of what happened between each of these events unfolding are things I’m still playing around with astrologically. And I know you’re not really “supposed” to use intuition when looking at last seen charts and stick strictly to the chart at hand (people that have written about this sort of stuff mention not letting your intuition “get in the way”), but my own Jupiter Retrograde can’t help itself in this regard. I only use intuition here to try and fill in the blanks between the actual things I SEE transpire in the chart (and I try to use it as sparingly as possible). Here is how I think all of this went down, step by step:

  1. Roxanne is represented by the Ascendant @ 15 Capricorn 17, which makes her Saturn in the Chart by way of 1st disposition (Saturn @ 11 Leo 01 in the 7th House). So the 7th house is where she “starts” off here. I believe that she and her boyfriend were in some kind of argument at this point in time. I could take some guesses as to WHY they were fighting (feeling limited in the relationship seems highly likely, and I’m thinking something about feeling limited in her own power with this him), but the exact reason she felt this way is up for grabs. I think it’s very possible that she ended up getting in over her head with this guy. I also think, with the harsh Venus/Pluto opposition and harsh Neptune/Mars opposition (and the places they fall in the chart), that there very easily could’ve been some kind of sex work stuff involved. I know this isn’t something that her family and friends want to read, but I do think it’s possible (and shouldn’t be discounted because it’s an unpleasant thing to think about). And I think if something like this *was* going on, it wasn’t ALL the time (that is just intuition speaking), but more when money was needed for whatever reason money was needed. I also think it’s very possible there was a “work” or “service” element going on here because the ruler of the 6th house, Mercury rx, falls in the 7th. The fight very easily, in my opinion, may have had to do with just that; maybe he wanted her to do some “work” for money and she didn’t want to do this particular night? Or maybe their relationship was just feeling very limiting to her and her own power? Or maybe, just maybe, it was a little bit of both.
  2. Next, by way of dispositions, we have the Sun @ 15 Cancer 47 (since Leo, where Saturn falls, is ruled by the Sun), which is DAMN NEAR EXACTLY CONJUNCT the Descendant/7th House Cusp. Sun on the angles in this sort of chart usually indicates that the Ascendant person is in some kind of real danger. I actually feel that this placement is indicative of both the boyfriend AND the perpetrator/other guy. I’m not sure if the boyfriend and the perp were friends (I feel like they were at least acquaintances), but I do feel like this is very possible, and that he may have even been present IN SOME WAY while the argument between Roxanne and her boyfriend was going on (either in person, or maybe they were just texting at the time and setting up the meeting?) I think her boyfriend probably got pretty nasty with her, told her that she WAS going to meet up with the other guy (for whatever reason), and that she would get her stuff back when she was done (keeping her personal belongings as a sort of collateral). Whatever the circumstances actually were, she was in danger at this time. She gets angry at her boyfriend and leaves the hotel room to go off with the other guy. 
  3. Next, by way of dispositions, we have the Moon (since Cancer, where the Sun falls, is ruled by the Moon) @ 6 Sagittarius 11 in the 11th house. Now we have her actually WITH the other guy, and I feel like she KNEW this other guy (either because her boyfriend KNEW him or she actually knew him herself). Another reason why I feel like this is where they “come together” is because the Moon is ALWAYS the co-ruler of the missing person, and the other guy is represented by the Moon as well (because the Descendant/7th house rules over the perpetrator in question and by way of first dispositions, he is represented by the Moon since the Descendant here is in Cancer). I don’t think that she thought she was in any danger with this guy, and actually seemed like she was probably enjoying herself in his company. I think she was probably able to vent or let go of  somewhat any frustrations that she had with her boyfriend with this other guy. Or she FELT LIKE she could do this, anyway. 
    4. Next, by way of dispositions, we have Jupiter (since Sagittarius, where the Moon falls, is ruled by Jupiter) @ 8 Scorpio 59 in the 10th house. Now, the 10th house is representative of a lot of things in these sorts of charts. It can show Law Enforcement and the public’s response to the case, and it can also show the place where the perp lives. In this particular case, right now, I think it shows that he took her back to his apartment. This is the last place that she goes alive, because I think it’s here that he kills her (around 5-6 in the morning on the 8th…I’ll get to that in just a little bit). 
    **I’d also like to point out that the 10th house cusp and Jupiter fall along “Via Combusta Way” which is from 15 Libra to 15 Scorpio and is notorious for a bunch of violent fucking fixed stars. This is just another reason why I get the feeling that his apartment was her last stop among the living.**
    5. Next, by way of dispositions, we have Pluto retrograde (since Scorpio, where Jupiter falls, is ruled by Pluto) @ 24 Sagittarius 53 in the 12th house. This is when he disposes of her body. Pluto falling in the 12th house in a chart like this can definitely indicate death. The 12th house tells me that the piece of shit did a good job of hiding her (which is really fucking annoying and disheartening). 
    **Honestly, the retrograde motion of Pluto makes me think that he initially put her one place, and then went back and “re-did” it down the line (hid her away somewhere else). I actually think it’s very possible that he ended up burning her remains when he he went back and redid what he did the first time (I think he probably ended up feeling Law Enforcement breathing down his neck and needed to move her somewhere else once he became a person of interest).
    6. Next, by way of dispositions, we go BACK to Jupiter in the 10th in Scorpio. This tells me that after disposing of her body, he went back to his apartment. 
    **Something about Jupiter in the 10th makes me think that THIS is why he’s gotten so lucky evading law enforcement. And while I think he body can be found, I’m not sure he’ll ever “hang” for it.

Other things that stand out in this chart are as follows: 
*The 7th House shows the perpetrator, as I mentioned above. This can be the way the perp looks, acts, etc, and the 7th house in this chart is stacked with shit to look at. 
-We have the Sun right along the Descendant, which gives the perpetrator a fuck load of power in the situation. 
-Mercury is an interesting one in this chart, because on the surface it doesn’t appear to be a major player, but I believe that it is (especially in terms of identification of the perp). MERCURY IS RETROGRADE. Why is this important? Because the douche that I think actually killed her IS FUCKING DEAF/LEGALLY HEARING IMPAIRED! Mercury retrograde is known to fuck up communication on a mundane level, but in a chart like this IN the 7th House (which helps to describe the perp)? I would have to assume that the perp AT LEAST has some difficulty IN communicating in SOME way. 
Saturn falling in this house tells me that the perp is OLDER than she was (and he was older than her by a good 10 years). Saturn, as I mentioned before, is representative of Roxanne, meaning she is IN HIS DOMAIN. 
**Saturn is also representative of the body, which makes me think think he felt that he had POWER over her body, both dead and alive. 
Mars is also in this house, which, because it falls so close to the cusp of the 8th House, makes me think this shows her death AND his anger. Mars in Leo is very prideful here in this chart, aggressively so, and I feel like she may have done something that set him off. I actually don’t think that this was on purpose on her part, but she did something that killed an illusion OF her for him (Mars opposite Neptune in the 1st). I’m actually getting the impression that she did something that hurt his pride (maybe it was a language barrier of some kind that got screwed up?). Whatever it was, it set him off in what feels like a blind rage. Maybe he was delusional enough to think that she actually liked him and it wasn’t just transactional? Maybe he was just violent in general and looked for any excuse to unleash his rage? Whatever actually caused this, I do think it shows some anger problems on his end. 
-This chart has a few applying or “sinister” aspects that need to be mentioned. An applying aspect is when a faster moving planet is forming an EXACT aspect with a slower moving planet, and thus gaining power. 
**The Moon @ 6 Sagittarius 11 in the 11th house is APPLYING to an exact trine with Saturn @ 11 Leo 01. The Moon moves quicker than Saturn, which is why it is applying. This aspect is important because we  are talking about both the rulers of the Ascendant and Descendant here. This aspect becomes exact when you push the chart forward to about 5:40 am on the morning of July 8th, 2006 (which is when I think she actually died). This is really just a feeling that I get, but it feel “right” to me. 
**Mars @ 20 Leo 53 is APPLYING to an exact trine with Pluto @ 24 Sagittarius 53 rx. Mars moves more slowly than Pluto, which is why it is applying. Contacts between Mars and Pluto can be part of a “death” pattern (even the “nicer” aspects). It would have been more “exact” around July 14, 2006, which makes me think that THIS may have been when he re-hid her somewhere else (if he did happen to do this). 

Where do I think she is? I think there are a couple of possibilities. I did a map of the chart using the Ascendant as the radius. I have seen this technique using a couple of different things in the chart to create the radius (and I so wish that SOMEONE would get back to me on WHAT exactly SHOULD be used to create the radius…..I digress), but the Ascendant seems to be used a lot of the time. So that’s where I started, with the actual marker used being her last known location, the Budget Inn Motel. 

Now, after you set the marker and the radius, you can see that you’re looking at a pretty big area. You then want to look at different angle and planet degrees that stand out (turning those degrees into the 360 degree zodiac). The ones that should always be looked at, per my understanding, are the 4th house cusp (since it tends to represent the “womb to the tomb”, and the Saturn degree (since Saturn represents the body, and in this case is representative of HER). There are a couple of what are called “wedges” that stand out to me, and those are planets that are VERY close to another house cusp that are prominent in the chart.  In this case I’m looking at the Mars/8th House wedge (circled in the chart above) AND the Pluto/12th house wedge (also circled). This would change the degrees too:
-4th House Cusp @ 2 Taurus 50 Translates to 32 Taurus 52 (the bearing you use)
-Saturn @ 11 Leo 01 Translates to 131 Leo 01 (the bearing you use)
-Wedge from Mars to 8th House Cusp is 20 Leo 53 to 22 Leo 43 which translates to 140 Leo 53 and 142 Leo 43 (these are the bearings that you use to create your wedge)
-Wedge from 12th house to Pluto is 21 Sagittarius 42 to 24 Sagittarius 52 which translates to 261 Sagittarius 42 and 264 Sagittarius 52 (these are the bearings that you use to create your wedge)
-Wedge from the 7th house to the Sun is 15 Cancer 17 to Sun @ 15 Cancer 47 which translates to 105 Cancer 17 to 105 Cancer 47 (these are the bearings that you use to create your wedge, and this one is small)
-My understanding is that when setting the radius, you DON’T change the degrees of whatever you point you use to the 360 degree zodiac, so in this case we’re looking at a radius of 15 degrees (since the Ascendant is 15 Capricorn 17. 

On the map, you will see the Radius as the circle in red. The Budget Inn Motel is marked with the blue marker. The Blues Lines are the “Descendant/Sun” Wedge (there are two lines there). The Green Lines are the “Pluto/12th House” Wedge.  The Purple line is the “Saturn” line. The Pink Line is the “Mars/8th House” Wedge. The Red Line is the 4thHouse Cusp Line.  The Yellow Lines stem from an area that appears to have been important to the perpetrator (won’t say where exactly for legal reasons). 

If I were in charge of her cold case, if it hasn’t already been done (I called APD to find out WHERE she had already been searched for but wasn’t given any information), I feel like the Saturn Line, the 8th House/Mars Wedge, and the yellow line that I’m not going to give a whole lot of info about needs to be an area HIT HARD when looking for her, if there ever happens to be another search. The other lines should be looked into as well, but the area zoomed in on below I feel like is particularly hot. I feel like they need to focus specifically around the area of Decker Tall Grass Prairie reserve if that hasn’t already been hit. And I have a feeling they will find her remains (what’s left of them) out in the open, but hidden. Maybe in some kind of big drain pipe that is out in the middle of this place (or near one). That’s what I mean by out in the open by hidden….something like that.

Especially this area zoomed in on here:

I would really love to see this family get some closure on her case and to find healing SOME kind of healing. I know I’ll help any way I can. If you have any information on Roxanne’s whereabouts, please contact Austin Police Department’s missing person’s unit at 512-974-5250.



The Fundamentals of Reading a Natal Chart Part II

I want to start Part II of this series off by making it very clear that you are so much more than your Sun Sign or your “Big Three” (The Sun/Moon/Rising). If you went off of the basic or trendy instagram/facebook/etc post about astrology, you might be inclined to to think that you’re Sun Sign is literally the only thing that matters, or that your “Big Three” compose the sum of your astrological parts. Personally I take real issue with this sort of astrology that is passed around the internet like some incurable clusterfuck of infectious diseases. Infection is a good word for it, really. I get the some of the memes and posts are funny (though some are downright stupid and only used as a source for starting some shit), but the infection happens when people take silly memes and posts to heart, using them as learning tools, because they don’t yet know anything else. So they believe that they’re toxic because they’re a Pisces Sun. They believe that they’re “boring” because they are a Virgo Sun, or that they are equal to “The Devil” because they’re a Gemini Sun. Obviously, universally, people don’t believe this popsicle bullshit, but for people who are just dipping their feet into astrology and starting out, and then seeing some nonsense like they are the devil because they are a certain Sun Sign, it can be be discouraging. And it’s just fucking incorrect. I don’t hold the learners accountable here, but those who know better and still push this sort of astrology. It drives me up the fucking wall.
……In essence, don’t take to heart any sort of bunk ass astrology that focuses on only your Sun Sign, or your “Big Three.” And honestly this goes for the entire chart.

Like, what the actual fuck?!?! Like, this is taken out of context completely…..and posted to social media.
And while we’re at it, let’s knock of posts like this, too. Just because you knew ONE toxic Leo doesn’t mean ALL Leo’s are toxic.

It’s not a matter of not being able to take a joke. I realize that a lot of these posts and things are meant to be jokes. Or were created because the creator was burned by a couple of signs in the past and they want to make it known out loud how much they think those signs sucks. The issue that I have with all of this is when this infection sort of unconsciously seeps into people’s minds, and they start forming incorrect schemas about the different signs and their energy. Or they believe that because ONE Leo was toxic in their life, they then believe something like the post above to be true. For people who don’t want to really learn astrology, that’s fine (we all want to learn different things), but for the people that actually want to learn it, these sorts of infections passed around the internet don’t help this process. They also don’t help astrology to be taken very seriously in general.
….Sorry, rant over. I just want to make it really clear that you aren’t totally fucked or totally “blessed” or whatever because of your Sun sign, your “Big Three,” or any individual thing in your chart.

On the subject of all of this, I wanted to go into just a little bit about what the different Planetary energy represents in your chart (what energy is needing to be expressed).
*The Sun (Rules over Leo): This represents your life force and your ego. It needs to express those plus your vitality, your self-expression, and where/how you need to really shine. It can be arrogant.
*The Moon (Rules over Cancer): This represents your emotional core. It needs to express your emotions, mothering/nurturing, protection, It can be moody and withdrawn.
*Mercury (Rules over Gemini and Virgo): This planet represents your mind. It needs to express communication, change, dexterity, learning, thinking, agility, and its perception of things. It can be nervous, nosy, and is considered youthful.
*Venus (Rules over Taurus and Libra): This planet represents the concepts of love and value. It needs to express itself by giving/receiving love the way that you need to, through your sense of value, affection, diplomacy, compromise and beauty. It can also be self-indulgent, indecisive, and hedonistic.
*Mars (Rules over Aries): This planet represents one’s drive. It needs to express itself through direct energy, sexuality, action, courage, strength, and competition. It can also be impulsive, aggressive and angry.
*Jupiter (Rules over Sagittarius): This planet represents one’s beliefs. It needs to express itself through expansion, optimism, experiences, knowledge and wisdom, and the higher/abstract mind. It can also be over confident, dogmatic (about beliefs), and wasteful.
*Saturn (Rules over Capricorn): This planet represents one’s responsibility. It needs to express itself through authority, mastery, patience, structure, and is thought to represent “Father Time” and old age. It can be limiting, cynical, and overly reserved.
*Uranus (Rules over Aquarius): This planet represents your liberation (it’s the higher octave of Mercury). It needs to express this liberation plus freedom, detachment, revolution, and any quirks you have. It needs to point towards the future, quickness, and experimentation. It can exhibit shocking change and erratic behavior as well.
*Neptune (Rules over Pisces): This planet represents universal love (being the higher octave of Venus). It needs to express itself through spirituality, creativity, dreams, and through the collective unconscious. It can also be clouding, deceiving, and lack boundaries.
*Pluto (Rules over Scorpio): This planet represents power (being the higher octave of Mars). It needs to express itself through magnetism, desire, taboos, transformation, and letting things go. It can also be destructive, obsessive, compulsive, and resentful.
……As you can see from just this above, we are definitely composed of more than just our Sun Signs, or our Sun/Moon/Ascendant.

Something I wan’t to point out here about the planets and their “keywords” is that just because some of the keywords have a more “negative” connotation attached, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you will exhibit all of those in your own chart/in your own life. It also doesn’t mean that those negative keywords will end up being negative things in your own life. Take Uranus for example: Uranus can be quirky and electric and revolutionary, and it can use these traits for the “good” or the “bad.”

Another thing I want to mention here (briefly, as not to overwhelm anyone) are retrograde planets in the natal chart. Retrograde planets turn the energy of that planet inward in the most basic terms possible. So you can take all of the planets mentioned above, and turn that energy inward instead of outward (inward on a soul level).
**My post on retrograde planets is here**

Stay tuned for Part III, coming soon! And if you want to check out another place to learn if you are a beginner, check out the beginner astrology subreddit :)**

The Fundamentals of Reading a Natal Chart Part I

I have always wanted to get into teaching astrology (and writing books!), and have recently started doing this teaching thang for clients that ask if I teach “courses” or things like that. These have translated into sessions that are more like “private lessons.” I like the one on one aspect of teaching this way, and it feeds into my tutoring roots (of which I have years of experience teaching kids and teenagers math & science). Anywho, it’s a lot of fun. So I figured I’d make a post about the bare bones basics on HOW to read a chart….because when you first start looking at them, they can look like some kind of fucking foreign alien language.

First things first: create your birth chart if you haven’t already. I know there are lots of popular apps and websites out there, but as far as I’m considered a lot of them produce charts that are a pain in the ass to read off of (I’m looking at you Co-Star and AstroCharts). While maybe not as “pretty” as some of the others, http://www.astro.com creates charts that are much easier to read (to put all the pieces of the chart together).

Also, when you pull your chart, whether on http://www.astro.com or elsewhere, you’re given both the natal chart wheel, and what I call the natal chart table. I see lots of people trying to read off of that fucking table alone (this is a bitching of mine lol), and if you’re only trying to read off of the table, it will be hard as hell to make the connections that you need to make when reading a chart. Astrology is incredibly visual, and it usually helps to look at the natal chart wheel to see HOW connections are made. Using BOTH the natal chart wheel and the table are how you really want to do this.

The main things to consider here:
*The PLANET represents WHAT ENERGY needs to be expressed.
(For instance, Venus needs to express “love”, Uranus needs to express “liberation,” etc).
*The HOUSE represents WHERE/THE AREA OF LIFE that the energy needs to be expressed through
(For instance, the 1st house represents the “self,” the 2nd house represents personal values & resources, etc).
*The SIGN represents HOW the “what” and “the where/the area of life” express themselves
(For instance, Capricorn expresses itself as mastery/authority, Pisces expresses itself clouded/creatively, etc).
**Mind you, these are very general keywords for what the planets and signs represents and may differ slightly depending on your chart….but I hope you get the idea**

The ASPECTS help to fill in the rest of the picture. The major aspects are:
*The Conjunction-When two planets are within 8-10 degrees of one another
—Can be either harmonious or difficult (a fusing of the planetary energy)
*The Trine-When two planets are 120 degrees apart (with an orb of 8-10 degrees)
—This is a harmonious aspect (the planets understand and “like” one another)
*The Sextile-When two planets are 60 degrees apart (with an orb of 8-10 degrees)
—This is a harmonious aspect (same as the trine, just to a lesser degree)
*The Opposition-When two planets are 180 degrees apart (with an orb of 8-10 degrees)
—This is a challenging aspect (the planets are on the opposite side of the spectrum)
*The Sqaure-When two planets are 90 degrees apart (with an orb of 8-10 degrees)
—This is a stressful aspect (the planets don’t “get” along and feel the tension)
*The Quincunx/Inconjunct-When two planets are 150 degrees apart (with an orb of 8-10 degrees)
—This is a stressful aspect (the planets don’t “see” one another)

Another thing that is super important are DISPOSITIONS. A house is disposed of by the house with the other house’s planetary ruler falling in it’s bounds. For instance, in my chart above, my 6th house is ruled by Taurus. Venus falls in the 1st house, which causes the 6th house to be disposed of by the 1st (since Taurus is ruled by Venus). This causes the 6th house to bend to the will of the first. This helps to flavor the chart in an even deeper way, like peeling a layer of an onion. It also helps one to understand the role that empty houses can play in one’s life. Just because my 6th house is empty doesn’t mean it’s not important, it just bends to the will of the 1st house. Even if the 6th house had planets there, it would STILL bend to the will of the 1st.

If anyone is ever curious about lessons with yours truly, I’d love to help you learn the basics (or even anything more in depth). Also! Soon I’m going to be coming out with some teaching materials, if anyone is interested 🙂 I’m really super fucking excited about this (muhahahaha!)!!

**If anyone is interested in another place to get advice or to ask questions to get down the fundamentals of astrology, check out the subreddit Beginner Astrology on Reddit. Lots of information and super nice people 😀