A few weeks ago there was a “Bonnie & Clyde” style bank robbery in Columbus, Ohio. I once heard a bank security officer explain how stupid it is to do a high-risk bank robbery when you can earn much more through credit card theft.
So why in the digital age would a couple go shooting guns in the middle of a bank for a wad of dye-pack triggered cash? It had to be more than money.
The French term “folie a deux” is a psychiatric phenomenon of shared delusion between two individuals. Some examples are Bonnie & Clyde and Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold (Columbine).
Bonnie & Clyde
Bonnie Parker had sun in Libra and moon in Virgo. Clyde Parker had sun in Aries and moon in Taurus. Clyde appears to have been the stronger personality here, with his Mars conjunct Uranus in Capricorn adding ambition to an already strong and driven personality.
Bonnie was the relater, the Libra who seeks reflection in the other with a critical and perfectionist Virgo moon. While our image of her is a brazen moll, she probably worried a lot. Pluto square Mercury probably provided the provoking language façade while she probably was shivering in her shoes with nervous indigestion.
A look back at the times of Bonnie & Clyde shows Uranus was in Capricorn causing sudden changes to society’s structures, Neptune was in Cancer spiritualizing the family and Pluto was in Gemini transforming communications.
What drove these two to folly?
Clyde’s Saturn in Aries on his sun in Aries suggests great insecurity and restraint in his Arian warlike nature. Mars in Capricorn squaring the Aries energy is great, great frustration. Clyde was a man held back by somebody or something and he only knew how to break out of the chains through violence.
Why was the poetry-writing gentle Bonnie attracted to this? Libra is opposite Aries and it’s easy to think Clyde was the shadow side of a peace-loving soul. However, two aspects make me wonder about Bonnie’s attraction to Clyde – her Saturn in Taurus on his moon and her own Pluto (in Gemini) square Venus (in Virgo).
Bonnie may have felt some material lack in her life and Clyde brought home the bacon. He brought home lots of bacon in a very hunting Neanderthal way. Libra loves nice things and he was simply a provider.
Pluto square Venus suggests Bonnie had other abusive relationships and really didn’t know a relationship of respect. Clyde has this same aspect (Pluto in Gemini square Venus in Pisces) so played the part.
Bonnie & Clyde were shot to death in their car on May 23, 1934 with Mars in Taurus on Clyde’s moon and Bonnie’s Saturn (Bonnie may have given them away somehow) and Neptune in Virgo moving to those Pluto/Venus squares. If they hadn’t been shot to death, they probably would have harmed each other in some other way.
Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold
I read an interesting book on Columbine where the author portrayed Harris as the psychopath and Klebold as the follower.
Harris was the sun in Aries, with both Venus and Mars conjunct his sun. Klebold was the sun in Virgo, with five planets (Saturn, Mercurity, Jupiter, Pluto and Venus) in Libra.
Aries meets Libra/Virgo again, ala Bonnie & Clyde.
Harris’ moon was in Gemini or Cancer. From his inability to feel, Gemini might be more accurate. Klebold’s moon was in Aquarius.
Klebold was not as gentle as Bonnie Parker. Moon in Leo suggests a handsome ego while moon in Aquarius is someone who can’t express his feelings very well and takes a scientific, analytical approach to emotions. While he may have been gentle, he really didn’t “get” where people were coming from. Mars opposite that moon suggests he was actually very demanding of others.
Harris had Pluto opposite Venus and Klebold had Pluto conjunct Venus. As with Bonnie & Clyde, these two probably didn’t know a good relationship from a bad one. Both were involved in power struggles in love and friendship. Both probably had dysfunctional friendships well before they met each other.
Harris and Klebold killed themselves on April 20, 1999 while Pluto was in Sagittarius. Pluto in Sagittarius had not yet reached the Neptune in Sagittarius aspect in their charts.
It’s interesting that Pluto in Sagittarius brought us 9/11 and religious wars. Many involved were born when Neptune was Sagittarius. Neptune in Sagittarius spiritualized the “spiritual quest.”
Folie a deux
When I want to do something bad (like call in sick and go to the zoo), I know there are certain friends I would call to accompany me and certain friends I would not. And when I do something stupid, I also call certain people first.
But I have a mixture of friends who will drink with me and friends who will remind me it’s not good for my health.
I think Bonnie & Clyde and Harris & Klebold just didn’t have a set of friends in their lives to say, “Hey, you’re being stupid.”