Recently I was lucky enough to be able to take part in a web seminar or webinar at Kepler College where Lee Lehman gave a presentation on astrology in modern literature, which included a look at the charts of Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort. Inspired by Lee's talk, and in view of the upcoming release in July of the movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, I decided to take a further look at the charts and the synastry between them. We have dates but no times for the births of Harry and the Dark Lord so I have used noon charts. We do have a time of sunrise on the 2nd May 1998, for the final showdown between Harry and Voldemort. This takes place at Hogwarths which we know is in Scotland. I have used Edinburgh in the absence of a more exact location. Perhaps some of our members from Scotland could help here?
Unsurprisingly Lord Voldemort, nee Tom Marvolo Riddle, has a complex chart with both a kite and a T-Square. Neither of these configurations include the opposition between his Capricorn Sun and a conjunction of Pluto and the North Node. While a Sun-Pluto aspect is to be expected in the chart of someone known as the Dark Lord or He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, the fact that this aspect is an opposition gives us a flavour of the switch in identity that took place when Tom Riddle announces that he is now to be known as Lord Voldemort. In true Plutonic style, we have the death of the brilliant if flawed student, that was Tom Riddle, and his re-birth as the power-hungry Voldemort, intent on the domination of pure-blood witches and wizards over Muggles (the non-magical population of the world) half-bloods (a witch or wizard with one pure-blood parent and one Muggle parent) and mud-bloods (a witch or wizard born to Muggle parents). Paradoxically Voldemort is himself a half-blood. The Sun-Pluto opposition can be detected quite clearly in Rowling's statement that Voldemort is a 'self-hating bully', whose greatest fear is death.
On the apex of the T-Square is the Moon-Saturn conjunction. At noon this conjunction is applying. Although we do not have a time of birth for Voldemort, it is likely that he was born late in the day when the conjunction would be tighter, perfecting at 11.52 p.m. On 31st December his mother arrives at a Muggle orphanage in London where later in the day she gives birth to little Tom. She dies an hour later and Tom grows up in the orphanage without any knowledge of his parents or family, until at eleven years old he receives a visit from Dumbledore and learns that he is the last descendent of Salazar Slytherin, one of the four founders of Hogwarths. The Moon-Saturn conjunction shows the pain and loss he felt at the absence of a home and family, and its apex position gives us an indication of its power as a motivating force in his life. A tight opposition between Jupiter and Neptune squares the conjunction. Perhaps he could have found a spiritual form of expression for this T-Square, but instead he deals with his hurt in other ways. The Jupiter in Aquarius opposite Neptune also runs through the centre of the kite aspecting Mercury and Chiron. Tom had the potential to be a powerful healing force in society, but the painful Moon-Saturn squaring the central axis of the kite, appears to have led him to use these gifts in killing. In July 1943 as tr Chiron conjoins natal Neptune and activates the kite, Tom kills his hated Muggle father and grandparents and leaves his uncle to take the blame. Many more murders were to follow.
In 1947 as tr Neptune squares his Sun, Tom disappears and ten years later when tr Pluto is approaching a conjunction of his Moon-Saturn, he resurfaces and announces he is now known as Lord Voldemort.
To Follow: Harry's chart and his links to Voldemort
To hear Lee Lehman’s presentation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yHA28C4rNs