Newspapers ( Business Insider, zerohedge.com) are suggesting that Gerald Cotten, the former founder of a Canadian crypto exchange, may have faked his death. “… if the coins have in fact been moved since his death, that could mean one of two things: Either the exchange is lying, and Cotten’s former colleagues are seeking to take advantage of his death by robbing his customers or, Cotten is still alive, and has already taken the money and run?”1
I was very curious about this and decided to ask a horary question about the possibility. I used William Lilly’s rules to interpret the chart. My conclusion is the report or rumor is false and the purpose of the statement was to frighten people.
Chart & Analysis
If the Moon is: 1. In an Angle or, 2. In a succedent house and fixed sign or, 3. In good aspect with the fortunate Planets (sextile or trine Jupiter, Venus, or Sun); you may then judge the rumors are true and very good.
Moon is in a cadent house, an air sign, and makes a square to Mercury. Nothing matches, suggests the rumor is false.
If the Dispositor of the Moon is: 1. In an Angle or, 2. In a succedent house and fixed sign or, 3. In good aspect with the fortunate Planets (sextile or trine Jupiter, Venus or Sun); you may then judge the rumors are true and very good.
Mercury deposits Moon. Mercury is in cadent house and a water sign. It makes a sextile to Venus. There is one match here; however, Mercury is in a sign opposite to one it rules. This is a weak position and points in the direction of false.
If you find the Ruler of the Ascendant afflicted by the Infortunes [Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto], or in a cadent house [3, 6, 9, 12], then the rumor is false.
Moon is in a cadent house. Rumor is false.
Rumors are for the most part true when the Angles of the chart are in fixed signs and the Moon and Mercury are in fixed Signs, separating from the Infortunes and applying to a fortunate Planet, placed in any Angle.
Angles are in cardinal and mutable signs. Moon and Mercury are in square aspect to each other. Suggests rumor is false.
Ill rumors hold true, if the Angles of the 4th and 10th house are fixed, and contain Moon; they will be in some way verified.
4th and 10th houses are mutable. Moon is in the 12th house. Suggests rumor is false.
If you hear evil news or bad reports, or have unlucky intelligence, and 1. The Fortunes [Jupiter or Venus] rule the Ascendant or are in the first house or, 2. The Moon Unfortunate, then it’s a strong argument the rumors are false and that they will turn rather to good than evil.
Moon is ruler of Ascendant and squares Mercury. Suggests rumor is false.
“The Retrogradation of Mercury, or he any other way afflicted, or of that Planet to whom the Moon applies, or to whom Mercury applies, and above all, if either of those two be Lords of the Ascendant, doe[s] signify the ill Rumors shall vanish to nothing, and shall be converted to good;”
“If the Moon and Mercury were in Square aspect or in Opposition, and did not either the one or other, or both cast their favorable Sextile or Trine to the degree ascending, the news was false, and reported of purpose to frighten us.”
Mercury squares Moon and Moon rules the Ascendant.
If the ruler of the Ascendant is under the Sun Beams [within 17° of Sun] or Combust [same sign as Sun, within 8°30’], the matter is kept secret and few shall ever know the truth of them.
Moon is not close to Sun. This does not apply. The chance remains that the full truth will be known.
If the Moon is: 1. In the 1st, 3rd, 10th, or 11th House and 2. Separated by a benevolent aspect from any Planet and 3. Applying by Trine or Sextile or Conjunction to the ruler of the Ascendant; the report or rumor is true.
Moon is in the 12th house and makes a square to Mercury. Moon rules the Ascendant. Ruler of the Ascendant in the 12th house suggests there is some key missing information.
If the Moon was void of course, the news proved to be of no moment, usually vain or mere lies, and very soon contradicted.
Moon is not void of course.
1Mystery Surrounding ‘Lost’ $150M Crypto Fortune Deepens As Analysts Question Exchange Founder’s Death by Tyler Durden; accessed 11:49 AM February 13, 2019; https://www.zerohedge.com/news