March 23, 2011
Another week passes and I am putting together another article about a major disaster in the world. I’m actually getting this article out a lot later than I had anticipated. This is my third attempt to publish this article, after the internet ate my last two versions.
A lot of people are talking about this being the end of the world. It isn’t, it’s just geology.
That being said, this run of disasters is going to make the human race take a long hard look at the way we treat the earth, particularly how we use it to generate power and otherwise live off the land. The disaster in Christchurch gives us an idea that, just because there hasn’t been an earthquake in a zone which is close to a fault line, don’t make the mistake of assuming there will never be one. Japan takes the level of this assumption to new heights. Japan is an old culture, and they have had to deal with the earth moving and volcanoes inconveniencing them since the dawn of time. The Japanese are extraordinarily good at controlling their environment so that earthquakes impact day to day life as little as possible. However when the big one comes, inconvenience is the best you can hope for. This week, nature has shown Japan that they can prepare as much as they like, but they cannot stop the forces of the earth.
The chart I’m using for Japan is 29/10/1890, Tokyo, 9 am. Pholus is playing a major part in this particular event. Natal Pholus, at 29 degrees of Pisces, was being transited by Uranus almost to the second at the time of the quake. As the country finds itself drawn deeper and deeper into a nuclear catastrophe, the Black Moon is now settling into place on top of the natal Pholus. With Uranus focusing a bolt of light at the places where Japan is most vulnerable – areas of car production, fishing, and rice farming, the Black Moon follows that by focusing the bolt of light on the area’s production of power. The nuclear plants in Japan are older nuclear technology, and the greatest danger at the moment seems to be of what is referred to as a “China Syndrome” where the uranium fuel melts through the housing and bores into the earth. At this point, the unprecedented measure of using sea water to cool the fuel rods is being taken. This shows the level of concern about a meltdown, as the reactors will be rendered useless by the sea water.
The other interesting point in Japan’s natal chart is the North Node/South Node axis. Japan’s North Node has a wide conjunction to Pluto, and the South Node has very tight conjunctions with Venus, Juno and Ceres, an amazing trifecta of the feminine. Transiting Pholus is sitting right on top of Japan’s South Node, and Venus, Juno and Ceres.
Pholus draws attention to the need for massive change in the areas it touches. Sitting on the South Node, Pholus is drawing calling into question all the fundamentals of Japanese society. The Japanese have done amazing things for technology, but have allowed this “superiority” of the mind to lull them (as have we all in the Western World) into a false sense of security that the power of the mind will be superior to the power of the Earth. No matter how smart we get, Mother Earth will always be able to pull out something bigger which can bring us to our knees, and we would do well to remember that. Pholus is also impacting on the health of the nation (Pholus on Ceres). The fallout from the leakage from the nuclear plants will affect the country for many years to come, impacting on the food supply as well as the general health of the population.
Like Christchurch, Japan will rebuild. It will be a much longer process, and hopefully the Japanese will explore less dangerous versions of electricity production. Uranus has now moved into Aries, and Mars is now slowly approaching Japan’s natal Pholus. Hopefully this isn’t going to indicate a bigger, nastier meltdown in the country’s imminent future.