James Arthur Ray
November 22, 1957
A news follower wrote in requesting a chart summary for James Arthur Ray, the self-help author and speaker who had three of his followers die in a Sedona “sweat lodge”. The individual requesting the summary specifically wants to know what motivates James Arthur Ray? Will his empire and reputation be damaged by the deaths? Will he face criminal charges? Because we were unable to locate a time of birth, the following chart summary is based upon the planets within the signs and their various aspects within the birth chart.
Beginning with Uranus in Leo retrograde, we know that James thinks very highly of himself. Those with this placement have their own ideas concerning personal and spiritual liberties. They are typically non-conformists with their own take on how life should be lived. Further, those with this placement of Uranus are overly-proud. Don’t expect James Ray to humbly admit his faults. It will come down to court and a loss of fortune.
Pluto in Virgo was not surprising in the least to find in James Ray’s chart. This is a placement found in charts of individuals with extremist and far reaching ideas concerning health regimes. Individuals who have battled anorexia or bulimia typically have this aspect in their chart. Individuals who seek unproven means of treatment for terminal illnesses oftentimes have this aspect in their chart as well. Additionally with this placement of Virgo, we know that James Ray is very vulnerable when it comes to criticism. With this, we know on an outward show, he appears to be “handling” the sweat lodge tragedy. While internally, his reputation means everything. What might he do if he reaches a point where he believes his reputation is not salvageable?
Jupiter is found in Libra. Ironically, this is a placement for individuals who tend to lead surface-based activities as opposed to leading activities that resolve significant issues.
In Scorpio, we find Neptune. Many individuals with this aspect in their birth charts make a living off of their spiritual belief system. They are occult or religious thinkers. Mel Gibson has this aspect in his chart as well. Those with this aspect also crave power and wealth.
Also in Scorpio is the planet Mars. With this aspect, we know James Ray has an abnormally high sex drive. He’s likely had his fair share of lovers. Mars is also conjunct Neptune, indicating that James Ray has a true desire for unity. Unfortunately, Mars is also square Uranus. Those with this aspect lean towards folklore even when it collides with common sense.
The Sun in found in Sagittarius. This is yet another spiritual aspect found in James Ray’s chart. He’s a believer in mind over matter. He’s also blunt with his philosophies.
Second in Sagittarius is Saturn. Those with this aspect tend to live for the day as opposed to live for tomorrow.
The Moon is found next in Sagittarius. Once again, this is another spiritual or religious placement. Chances are, James Ray was raised in a strong religious or spiritual environment. With the Moon conjunct Mercury, we know that James is very direct in speech. He also has a fondness for other cultures. This is a positive conjunction regarding the support of other people. With this, we can expect some of his followers to remain loyal to him. The Moon is also sextile Jupiter. James Ray is a born charmer. Further, the Moon is conjunct Saturn. Those with this conjunction tend to be skilled manipulators.
Last in Sagittarius is Mercury. James Ray’s feelings and beliefs are genuine, but far from grounded. He prefers visions over reality.
The final planet to cover in James Ray’s chart is Venus in Capricorn. This is another aspect for individuals who relish tradition, folklore and rituals. They love being in control. With Venus square Jupiter, we also know that James isn’t the best when it comes down to taking advice. Advice is seen as criticism.
Minus the knowledge of the houses in which the signs and planets fall, that sums up James Ray’s birth chart. It appears that James is motivated by his strong belief system as well as by power and wealth. Additionally, it appears that his empire and reputation will indeed be irrecoverably damaged by the tragedy that occurred during the sweat lodge ceremony. Further, perhaps instead of asking whether or not James Ray WILL face criminal charges for what occurred at the Sedona sweat lodge ceremony, we should be asking CAN James Ray face criminal charges?
* The information in the above article is not the opinion of the author, but rather an astrological interpretation based upon the placement of the planets in the houses of the celebrity’s birth chart. Charts are said to be less accurate when the time of birth is not known. Chart pulled, courtesy of Science of Astrology. To have your own birth chart e-mailed to you, please visit Science of Astrology.