Or Was He Just the Patsy?
We always breathe a collective sigh of relief when the ‘bad guys’ are caught after some atrocious event, such as the assassination of a prominent person.
Such was the effect of James Earl Ray being arrested. He even pleaded guilty during his trial by judge. He was avoiding the death penalty by doing that. He may also have been coerced by the ‘powers that be’.
How can I state such a thing?
That’s the advantage of using Astrology as a view finder to history. Neptune in Leo in Ray’s 1st House indicates a hidden motivation. He may have been under a misapprehension of reality. “This placement suggests an idealization of self-expression and of the rugged individualist who stands alone and becomes self-sufficient.” (Neptune in Leo) “Because it is so easy for you to assume different roles and acts, you may be unable to distinguish between what is really you and what you have picked up from someone else.” (Neptune in the First House)
Jupiter Conjunct Neptune
In the chart above, transiting Jupiter is nearing conjunction with his natal Neptune. This can give the native a sense of being invincible. “Some people develop a feeling of false happiness, like living in the dream world of an opium smoker, with no basis in reality. You may feel that everything is all right when it is not, or you may feel that you can do anything you want and get away with it.” (Jupiter Conjunct Neptune)
This got me to thinking: if you were ‘programmed’ to commit an assassination, you wouldn’t be able to resist, especially if the suggestions were couched in terms like “this is good for America”. But who would do that? The CIA, the FBI, who?
It is telling that James Earl Ray later tried to recant his confession. Had it been his own free-will choice, he would have ‘owned’ it forever. No, I suspect it wasn’t really his intention to kill King. He was like an arrow pointed by someone else. The bow was pulled back, and the arrow was shot at the intended victim, with deadly accuracy.
When your masters want you silenced, they arrest you, blackmail you into agreeing to take the fall, and then lock you away.
After that, they throw the key away and there you rot for the rest of your ‘natural’ life.