Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tupac Shakur

Rapper Shot From Passing Car; Shooter Never Found

From Wikipedia

September 1996 shooting and death

On the night of September 7, 1996, Shakur attended the Mike Tyson - Bruce Seldon boxing match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. After leaving the match, one of Suge's associates spotted 21 year-old Orlando "Baby Lane" Anderson, a member of the Southside Crips, in the MGM Grand lobby and informed Shakur. Shakur then attacked Anderson. Shakur's entourage, as well as Suge and his followers assisted in assaulting Anderson. The fight was captured on the hotel's video surveillance. A few weeks earlier, Anderson and a group of Crips had robbed a member of Death Row's entourage in a Foot Locker store, precipitating Shakur's attack. After the brawl, Shakur went to rendezvous with Suge to go to Death Row-owned Club 662 (now known as restaurant/club Seven). He rode in Suge's 1996 black BMW 750iL sedan as part of a larger convoy including many in Shakur's entourage.

At 10:55 p.m., while paused at a red light, Shakur rolled down his window and a photographer took his photograph. At around 11:00-11:05 p.m., they were halted on Las Vegas Blvd. by Metro bicycle cops for playing the car stereo too loud and not having license plates. The plates were then found in the trunk of Suge's car; they were released without being fined a few minutes later. At about 11:10 p.m., while stopped at a red light at Flamingo Road near the intersection of Koval Lane in front of the Maxim Hotel, a vehicle occupied by two women pulled up on their right side. Shakur, who was standing up through the sunroof, exchanged words with the two women, and invited them to go to Club 662. At approximately 11:15 p.m., a white, four-door, late-model Cadillac with an unknown number of occupants pulled up to the sedan's right side, rolled down one of the windows, and rapidly fired twelve to thirteen shots at Shakur. He was struck by four rounds, with bullets hitting him in the chest, the pelvis, and his right hand and thigh. One of the rounds apparently ricocheted into Shakur's right lung. Suge was hit in the head by shrapnel, though it is thought that a bullet grazed him. According to Suge, a bullet from the gunfire had been lodged in his skull, but medical reports later contradicted this statement.

At the time of the drive-by Shakur's bodyguard was following behind in a vehicle belonging to Kidada Jones, Shakur's then-fiancée. The bodyguard, Frank Alexander, stated that when he was about to ride along with the rapper in Suge's car, Shakur asked him to drive Kidada Jones' car instead just in case they were too drunk and needed additional vehicles from Club 662 back to the hotel. Shortly after the assault, the bodyguard reported in his documentary, Before I Wake, that one of the convoy's cars drove off after the assailant but he never heard back from the occupants.

After arriving on the scene, police and paramedics took Suge and a fatally wounded Shakur to the University Medical Center. According to an interview with one of Shakur's closest friends the music video director Gobi, while at the hospital, he received news from a Death Row marketing employee that the shooters had called the record label and were sending death threats aimed at Shakur, claiming that they were going there to "finish him off". Upon hearing this, Gobi immediately alerted the Las Vegas police, but the police claimed they were understaffed and no one could be sent. Nonetheless, the shooters never arrived. At the hospital, Shakur was in and out of consciousness, was heavily sedated, was breathing through a ventilator and respirator, was placed on life support machines, and was ultimately put under a barbiturate-induced coma after repeatedly trying to get out of the bed.

Despite having been resuscitated in a trauma center and surviving a multitude of surgeries (as well as the removal of a failed right lung), Shakur had gotten through the critical phase of the medical therapy and was given a 50% chance of pulling through. Gobi left the medical center after being informed that Shakur made a 13% recovery on the sixth night. While in Critical Care Unit on the afternoon of September 13, 1996, Shakur died of internal bleeding; doctors attempted to revive him but could not impede his hemorrhaging. His mother, Afeni, made the decision to tell the doctors to stop. He was pronounced dead at 4:03 p.m. (PDT) The official cause of death was noted as respiratory failure and cardiopulmonary arrest in connection with multiple gunshot wounds. Shakur's body was cremated. Some of his ashes were later mixed with marijuana and smoked by members of Outlawz.


This man was so controversial and interesting I was drawn to this case out of sheer curiosity. His godfather was a black panther (I was around back then, actually traveling through Newark the day after the riots), his sister did prison time for shooting a state trooper, his stepfather was on the FBIs "Most Wanted" list, so although he started out studying acting, is it any surprise that he became a "social activist" rap singer who made controversial music? I don't have time or date information for it but Shakur had been robbed and shot on a a previous ocassion but whether that had anything to do with his murder is still unclear. I wish I had time information on that event to make a comparison. I apologize for the long lead in on this case but I thought background information might help anyone considering the charts in this case. I am assuming that some of you who read the blog do your own charts. In this case, because of his background, my curiosity was definitely aroused about his birth chart. I do not have the exact time of birth which is a big drag but I can get an overview from it none the less. So the first chart I read was for his birth date and it was totally fascinating!

The first telltale aspect that stands out for me is Mercury exalted in Gemini right behind the Sun, trine to Mars in Aquarius, which is conjoined the Node. This man had a humanitarian mission and a message. Mercury is under the Sun's beams which means he was sure to draw fire for this "thinking" and spoken words and might even be "in danger" as result of his outspokenness. The Sun in Gemini with Mercury and Venus also in Gemini shows a talented "talker", a communicator, a lyricist and writer. He had a talent for getting his message across and, from the position of the Node, this was a part of his destiny. The position of Saturn in Taurus, the sign of the artist, lingering in an out of sign conjunction with Venus shows discipline and determination. The Jupiter in Scorpio opposing Saturn also shows a tendency to "live it up", to "break the rules" and to not follow advice. He often thought he was right and that there was "nothing to worry about". Life was a party in a fashion and he used parties to push his product. Another standout position is the Moon in Pisces opposing Pluto in Virgo. I mean, considering his end this is an interesting aspect. Moon in Pisces gives sensitivity, creativity and artistry but also can create illusions, deceptions and scandal. Opposing Pluto can bring violence in response to the expression of the artist. When I read the death chart, as I have already done, I will show you how this dovetails with that.

Other aspects in the birth chart I want to point out. Neptune in Sagittarius lingers around Jupiter in Scorpio in an out of sign conjunction. This points to his infamous drug and alcohol use. Neptune is also opposed to Venus in Gemini, giving him an "aura", an "image" of sorts that may not have been real. Neptune and Venus give a higher octave of beauty and charisma, bringing people into a circle of adoration and admiration. His fans were legion and they adored him, no doubt. But who he appeared to be was often not who he was. He was a master manipulator and would have made a talented politician or salesman. In a way, he was both. Since I don't have house positions (I won't read a solar from the houses) I can't tell you in what exact area of his life these influences actually played out. I am hoping to find out more about these elements from the shooting chart, which I will read next. I will also read the chart for the actual time of death, which was quite some time after he was shot. He was quite a fighter, with a strong will to live.

Right away notice that Gemini is rising at the time he was shot and that many of his birth planets are in that sign. This puts him "front and center", the object of attention. The big aspect that stands out for me is the chart ruler, Mercury in Libra in conjunction with the Node in the fifth house and widely trine to the natal Venus-Saturn conjunction as well as conjoining the natal Uranus in Libra. This event had everything to do with his music and his work and was not a personal attack. This was about his career in entertainment and the methods he was using to entertain. The presence of the Node in this interesting aspect tells me that all of this was destiny. It was a part of the evolution of his personal message. He was meant to do what he was doing and he was meant to die in the public eye. The seventh house ruler, Jupiter, is in the eighth house in Capricorn. This shows the shooter as being on the mission of killing him. Death was the purpose. They weren't trying to scare him, chase him off, or take him out for a while, but they aimed to kill him outright. That was the idea. Capricorn hints at career and business so it is likely that this was a professional hit. This person kills for a living and, by the way, Jupiter is saying he is very successful at it. Because Jupiter in Capricorn is in fall, this person did not especially enjoy his work nor did he feel that it did anybody any special good, but it was all about money. Cold hearted killing to make a living.

Jupiter is disposed of by Saturn in the eleventh, hinting that the hit was ordered by a friend or associate. The dexter trine from Saturn to Pluto shows that this was an older man who worked with Tupac in the past. The greater grand trine involving Saturn, Pluto and Venus shows creative input and partnerships. Because Saturn is disposed of by Mars in Cancer conjoined the Moon in the second house, this older man may have been a mentor or teacher to Tupac. Did Tupac have songwriting partners? Producers that also wrote music he recorded? Did he have a "partner" in his business? The co ruler of the chart is the Moon, as well, and this placement of the Moon shows two things. One, that Tupac was out "earning money" or "looking for money" on the night he was shot. But then also that he was shot over money. Whether this is the money paid to the hit man or money that someone felt cheated out of I can't be sure. Just that this event had emotional ties to money and issues surrounding finances. The sinister opposition from Moon in Cancer to Neptune in Capricorn shows that the money issue at the core of this event was hidden or carefully kept secret. Someone borrowed money, stole money, owed money, needed money. Something like this. And no one knew about it except perhaps Tupac and his partner, if , indeed, he had one.

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In comparisons between the birth chart and the time of the shooting, I see right away that Pluto is sinister to a conjunction to his natal Neptune, which rules the tenth house in the birth chart. Violence for business reasons is once again indicated. Neptune as ruler of the tenth again demonstrates Tupac's charisma and mastery of illusion. Moon in the tenth in the creative sign of Pisces indicates career success in music and art; an adept at emotional expression that many people can appreciate. At the time of the shooting, the transiting Moon is sinister to a trine with the natal Moon in the tenth from the natal first house. He was at the peak of his popularity. He was at the "top of his form", so to speak, doing his best work. I was not a fan of Tupac Shakur and I don't listen much to rap, although I won't claim to hate it actually. I like more guitars in my music, personally. Tupac, along with Snoop Dog, JZ and Ice T, were and are among the artists who dominate this music. He was very popular, very successful, very gifted. And he was very much loved by fans. His chart shows that he would have been talented in any music he chose to perform; like all musicians, he chose a form and went with it. Success was a part of his destiny, but, then so appears to be his death!

And one last thing I must mention is that transiting Mars is coming to a trine with the natal trine between the Moon and Jupiter. The Moon follows Mars in close conjunction. This is what is called a translation of light and because it occurs between a transiting planet and natal planets, it shows how the event came to pass. Tupac was out partying (Moon conjunct Jupiter), he was promoting himself (Mars trining the Moon), he was probably drinking or otherwise impaired (Mars trining Jupiter) and he was a clear target. These planetary aspects indicate that he is happy and having fun and feeling full of himself. It is exactly this mood, this state of emotional affairs, that put him where he was, in the line of fire. The person who shot him waited out an opportunity and this act of self promotion combined with personal joy created just such an opportunity. I mean, Tupac was literally standing in the sun roof of the Limo shouting down girls and inviting everyone to come see him. This is so typical of musicians when they are promoting their recordings, their concerts, their tours, their image. Motley Crue used to ride around in a Limo with a jacuzzi plugged into the trunk. So as Tupac was shouting his invitation to the world, he also invited his killers to take their best shot.

The last chart I wanted to consider is the chart for the exact time he was pronounced dead. Tupac had survived a previous shooting and did not die right away this time. He could just as easily have lived through this one, too, had it be "meant to be". But he actually lived for another 6 days before succumbing to the reaper. And this chart, for this exact time, is interesting. Notice the grouping of planets in the eighth house. This is a bit telling but not conclusive. The eighth house alone does not designate death. Again, without Tupac's birth time, I can't figure the house positions of key planets and this is a debility. But the forensic chart helps us see some of the indicators. Notice Jupiter in Capricorn in the twelfth house. The twelfh house is the house of passings and endings; Capricorn is known as the sign of the "gates of heaven". Neptune is again prominent, occupying the first house of the forensic chart and indicating again that his death played a large part in his legacy, it helped shape the illusion that became his imprint on history. Pluto in the tenth house seals the deal. He became more famous because of this violent death; violence, in many ways, shaped his public image.

I know the only thing left with this case is who did it? I already saw in the charts that someone who had been a mentor, a partner, a teacher of sorts had something to do with his murder. This is actually a "hardened" person who has lived a complicated life. This, I realize, defines Tupac Shakur and is not unique in this case. But this person is also older than Tupac, a father figure of sorts who did not have a sense of humor and took everything very seriously. Slights and hurt feelings are not easily forgotten or forgiven. He may have a problem with his weight and if he is also black, he is pale for his race. He has a thin face with freckles, moles or acne scars. He is very ambitious and without reservations about how to achieve it. Killing Tupac Shakur benefited his career in some way. These are keys and clues to this person's identity that could be deciphered by people close to the singer. Because this person is a perfectionist and a great organizer, I would look closely at his manager, secretary, valet, music teacher, producer and / or personal assistant, if he had any of these. Look for someone who complained a lot, was miserly and stingy and too guarded. There was a lot of envy here. This person was really self-centered and self-promoting and did not feel that Tupac deserved what he had and was determined to take it from him. He succeeded.

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  1. I loved reading your article on Tupac. His music had meaning, he was a "Real" rapper, but I love reading all your articles. : )
    suge knight was Tupacs manager or he owned the record label. I can't recall. google him, it has been rumored he had something to do with it. He was in the car when Tupac was shot.


  3. I enjoyed this post. Would you consider revisiting this topic if Tupac's time of birth were provided?

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